Prime Black Belt Land Available – Summer 2018
Calling All Rookie Hunters
If you are new to hunting, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has a great program to teach you all you need to know as you head into the great outdoors in pursuit of that whitetail or feral hog or wild turkey. Alabama’s Adult Mentored Hunting program teaches firearms safety, equipment overview and needs, scouting techniques, on-site hunts, game cleaning and preparation and wild-game cooking techniques.
Registration for the 2018 program must be completed online at outdooralabama.com/mentored-application. All AMH program correspondence is via email, so please be sure to include a valid email address with your application. You will be notified by email if you are selected for a mentored hunt event. Email Justin.Grider@dcnr.alabama.gov with any questions about the application/selection process.
To apply, you must be at least 19 years old, have a valid driver’s license and be new to hunting (or have limited experience). The first event is Oct. 27 and you can apply to up to three AMH events with a single application, however, depending on the number of applicants, you might only be selected for a single event.
Best Black Belt Fish Contest Ends Soon
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s Best Black Best Fish Photo Contest wraps up on Aug. 31, so there’s still a little time to get your entry in for a chance to win $100 worth of fishing gear!
Photos of any fish caught in the Black Belt this year are eligible. Just email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. Please include the name of the angler, the place where the fish was caught – the county is good enough if you don’t want to share your favorite honey hole’s location – and a phone number where we can reach you if you’re our winner.
The winner will be determined based on the number of “likes” the photo gets on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.
The winner will be announced the first week of September. The 2016 and 2017 Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest winners are not eligible this year. Visit and follow our page!
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.
A Message from Great Southern Land
Great Southern Land Offers
Prime Black Belt Property
Alabama’s Black Belt is renowned for its magnificent lands and waters used for sustenance and enjoyment by hunters and anglers for decades and decades. Owning a piece of this kind of property is a dream and it often comes true when people turn to experienced agents and brokers such as those at companies like Great Southern Land, who specialize in Alabama land.
Great Southern Land often spotlights properties in the Black Belt. Click this link for a look at a featured listing for this month, a premiere trophy hunting and fishing plantation in the heart of Bullock County. This magnificent tract has more than 1,200 acres of high fencing throughout, with a giant whitetail population as well as a meticulously managed 78 +/- acre lake with huge largemouth bass. The video above (click the photo to view) shows a bird’s eye view. To learn more about this premiere high fence property, contact Fletcher Majors at 334-472-0029 or Fletcher@GreatSouthernLand.com.
We’re proud to have Great Southern Land as a sponsor for this newsletter. As they say, “When it comes to Alabama land, do business with the name you know and trust – Great Southern Land.”
Great Southern Land is a full-service land brokerage company dedicated to helping clients buy and sell rural, recreational, hunting, plantation, timber and transitional land throughout Alabama. Founded by Fletcher Majors in 1974, Great Southern Land has earned a solid reputation for providing personalized assistance and in-depth professional real estate services. Its team of expert agents and brokers specialize specifically in the land industry. They are committed to ensuring landowners get the most value for their land and take pride in helping clients navigate the entire process of buying or selling land with ease. Great Southern Land provides additional services including real estate consulting, land appraisals and consulting on valuation issues with clients’ attorneys and their accountants.
Back Roads Rendezvous
For our second trip in our Back Roads Rendezvous series, we’re taking you to the central area of the west side of the Black Belt region. We’ve enjoyed some cooler temperatures as we head toward September – a welcome respite from the sultry days of summer in the South – so we hope you’ll be inspired to grab your gear and get your adventure rollin’! We’ve highlighted camping in tiny cabins, canoeing the backwaters of the Alabama River, a ferry boat ride, and the handy work of Black Belt artisans and craftsmen.
Day One – Friday, 4 p.m.: Arrive in Gee’s Bend in Wilcox County via Alabama 28. You’ll be taking the Gee’s Bend Ferry (departs at 5 p.m.) across Miller’s Ferry Reservoir to Roland Cooper State Park. Gee’s Bend is home to the world-renowned Gee’s Bend quilters whose fabric creations have been showcased in museums all over the world. As you arrive in Boykin (the town’s official name) you’ll see replicas of some of the quilts along the Quilt Trail. We recommend calling ahead to double check ferry schedule (it’s subject to change).
5 p.m.: Enjoy the scenic ferry ride to the other side of the river and travel to Roland Cooper State Park. There you’ll set up for a night under the stars. The park features a rustic campground for tents, RV sites with full hook-up, cabin rentals (including the new tiny cabins) and many other amenities to make your stay comfortable. Call ahead for reservations. Hiking trails are available for scouting before cooking out on site or you can drive into Camden for dinner at Gaines Ridge Dinner Club.
Day Two – Saturday
Morning: Take a self-guided canoe trip in the backwaters of Miller’s Ferry Reservoir (rentals available at office of state park). Bald eagles and osprey are frequently seen fishing for meals. You can spot egrets and other shore birds, as well. Another option is to wet a hook along the banks or off the pier. Fishing for bass, crappie and catfish will give you a challenge and provide hours of fun.
Lunch: Jackson’s Fried Chicken is a great mid-day stop. Even Mark Zuckerberg thought so when he stopped in unannounced last fall.
Afternoon: You definitely don’t want to leave Camden without a visit to Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center. Here you’ll find the best of the best created by talented Black Belt artisans and craftsmen and food product makers. Please note they close at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Depending on your point of origin, keep in mind these points of interest along the way as you travel:
SELMA – The Edmund Pettus Bridge and the art gallery of Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas.
MONTGOMERY – The brand-new National Memorial for Peace and Justice (also known as the Lynching Memorial).
MONROEVILLE – Monroe County Historical Museum houses memorabilia from authors Truman Capote and native Harper Lee.
Become an Outdoors Woman
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources still has spots available for this year’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop that runs from Oct. 5-7. The workshop, held at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, is designed for women 18 years old and older who want to learn new outdoors skills. Hands on instruction on things such as rifle, pistol, archery, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking and many more.
A new class offered this fall is Raptor and Reptile Husbandry and returning to the curriculum is a class on Medicinal and Edible Plants.
Registration of $275 covers meals, dormitory-style lodging, program materials and instruction. Enrollment is limited, so visit outdooralabama.com/bow to register as soon as possible.
Alabama Youth Dove Hunts Set
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has set the dates for the 18th Annual Youth Dove Hunts, with most areas of the state starting on Sept. 8. The hunts are free, but registration is required. Online registration is scheduled to begin on Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. Visit outdooralabama.com/youth-hunting/youth-dove-hunts for the complete schedule and more information.
Hunters submitting a registration must be a parent or adult at least 21 years old and have a Conservation ID number. For information on how to get a Conservation ID number, visit outdooralabama.com/hunting.
Alabama Youth Dove Hunts are held in open fields and staffed by Wildlife and Fisheries personnel, which encourages a safe, secure environment for both the participants and their parents. The program makes use of private lands and fields opened for use by community members.
To participate, hunters must be 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult (at least 21 – or a parent) who holds a valid state hunting license and a Harvest Information Program stamp. Hunters should obtain their license and stamp before the Youth Dove Hunt as they will not be available on site.