Father’s Day Gift, Journey in the Black Belt, Big Fish Contest & More! – May Newsletter
Aiming for a Perfect Father’s Day Gift?
Black Belt Bounty is on target to be a must have for any avid outdoorsman and those that simply have a passion for nature’s bountiful resources. Stories like Follow Me from Ron Jolly and dozens of others are included in ALBBAA’s beautiful coffee table book Black Belt Bounty.
The book, following an incredible demand of the first printing, is now available again just in time for Father’s Day. We expect it to be as popular as the first and encourage you to pre-order your copy of the second edition on our website at this link.
This deluxe hard-cover 11 x 11 is a treasure trove of endearing stories of the Black Belt’s hunting and fishing heritage penned by award winning outdoor scribes. The pages are heavily laden with images and artwork from nationally recognized wildlife photographers and artists as well a wild game recipe section by celebrity chefs. Most all the contributors are from Alabama and many from the Black Belt region.
Black Belt Bounty promises to become a prized possession for anyone who enjoys the outdoors or simply a good read and it’s a gift that will endure for many generations.
Perhaps Ron Jolly said it best when describing the complex Black Belt region, “It is much more that fertile black soil. It is much more than the wildlife and natural resources. It is where black, white and red people live as one people. It is where the traditions, customs, legends and beliefs of all people have room and space not only to exist but to flourish.”
The Black Belt region of Alabama is as multifaceted, and beautiful, of a region that you will find. Yes, the bounty of natural resources is overwhelming but the pure history, legends and folklore that live here are as captivating as they are complex. To experience the true sense of the Black Belt, you must visit the Black Belt.
Follow Ron Jolly as he leads us down a path of exploring Nature’s bounty as a youngster as well as all the Black Belt region has to offer from the Civil War to the Civil Rights, to the Native Americans, to the homegrown authors, athletes and celebrities, to local food and hangouts; the region is the perfect place to slow down and let your senses take you on a journey!
Artwork by Sue Key Art. Read the full story here.
Black Belt Big Fish Photo Contest
Prime fishing is available year-round in the Alabama Black Belt and those who are wetting lines this summer are encouraged to enter their big fish into the 2020 Big Fish Photo Contest for a chance to haul in the main prize.
Whether it’s a lunker bass, a river cat, a mess of crappie or a feisty bream, all fish are welcome in this photo contest as we look to showcase the public and private opportunities available in the region.
The contest, which opens Saturday, June 6th and runs to Saturday, August 15th, is eligible only for fish caught in the Black Belt during 2020. Participants should visit www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org/bestblackbeltfishcontest/ enter their big fish and to vote for their favorite big fish.
The prize package includes a guided fishing trip for two on Lake Eufaula and a boat load of fishing lures. Tony Adams of Gone Fishing with Tony is providing a half-day fishing trip for two. The winner has the choice of crappie or catfish and the package is valued at $350. Tru-Turn and Blakemore is also donating a $200 hook and lure prize pack that includes Bass and Pan Fish Hooks, Daiichi Bass Hooks, Randy’s Swim-N-Runner for Bass, Marabou Pro’s for pan fish and bass, GOGO Runners for Pan Fish and crappie, Team Catfish Hooks, Bucktail Pro’s for bass.
ALBBAA promotes and encourages ethical hunting and fishing practices. These contests were created to further educate the public on the abundance of natural resources found in Alabama’s Black Belt region.
The Black Belt includes the following counties: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.
Flavors of the Black Belt Trail Launching Soon!
Looking for the perfect summer adventure filled with good eats and back road treats?
Then start planning your next adventure along the Feed Your Adventure – Flavors of the Black Belt Trail!
The 9 themed-trails map outa bounty of drinks and eats created by the locals across Alabama’s Black Belt and will highlight travel destinations designed around the hand-crafted food, treats, and spirits found across our 23-county region.
Additionally, you can find where to shop for all of the featured Flavors products as well as find the numerous uniquely Black Belt places, eateries and overnight accommodations.
Feed Your Adventure offers a fun “passport” competition for a grand prize and a Feed Your Adventure Photo Contest that will have a monthly winner as well.
Be on the lookout for the official launch of these exciting road trips and the photo contest in the near future!
Youngster Jake Hornsby Wins Big Gobbler Photo Contest
With the close of another turkey season, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is excited to announce 14-year-old Jake Hornsby of Reeltown as the Big Gobbler Photo Contest Winner for 2020.
Jake’s photo received 460 votes and edged out nearly 30 other contestants to claim the title. Additionally, the bird was Jake’s first turkey which was called in by his father and harvested with his grandfather’s Remington 870 making it a true experience they will never forget.
Jake and his father, Brandon, hunt in Lowndes County and have been hunting together for 10 years. In recounting the story, Brandon noted “The one we ended up taking weighed 12 pounds, had a 4.5-inch beard and 1/2 inch spurs. There weren’t any super tight expensive chokes, high end turkey loads or professional calling involved. Just a 14-year-old boy with an old, worn out, passed down shotgun with a factory full choke, some cheap Remington turkey loads and some amateur calling from his dad. When we went back to gather up all of our gear and head out, Jake looked at me with the biggest smile and said “Daddy, I love deer hunting, but this turkey hunting…ain’t nothing like it!”
Jake Hornsby has been awarded with a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) framed and doubled matted Lynch and Gibson turkey box calls print (limited edition) by Melissa Gayman Ball donated by the NWTF Alabama Chapter. He also received a newly released book titled “Memories of Spring” by avid outdoorsman Ron Jolly and wildlife photographer Tes Randle Jolly.
“Each year the region’s hunters never fail to showcase some of the finest turkey hunting opportunities in the country with their successful hunts,” said Pam Swanner, Executive Director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “Additionally, we know it’s really the time afield with family and friends that’s embedded in our outdoor heritage and traditions. Seeing young people experience the bounty of the Black Belt is one of the many reminders of why this region remains so special to so many.”
This year’s contest had just shy of 30 entries of successful turkey hunts throughout the Black Belt region. The contest was open throughout turkey season as a way to further educate the public on the abundance of natural resources found in Alabama’s Black Belt region. To view all of the other contest entries visit www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures Announces New Logo Design
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association (ALBBAA) is pleased to announce the creation and launch of a new logo. While ALBBAA works to update the logo across all promotional platforms over the course of the next few weeks, readers are the first to get a look at it here!
“We are excited about this new logo that continues to capture the abundant natural resources found within the Black Belt region of Alabama. After celebrating our achievements in the first 10 years and heading into a new decade, we felt this was the perfect time to update our logo as we continue in our important work”, noted ALBBAA Director Pam Swanner about the new look coinciding with the important 10-year anniversary milestone that was recently celebrated.
Founded in 2009, the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens.
Enjoy the outdoors!
Alabama Black Belt Adventures
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens. For more information, go to www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org.