2020 Best Dogs of the Black Belt
April 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bee Frederick | 334-300-3996 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash is King of the Best Dogs of the Black Belt Photo Contest
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The first ever Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association “Best Dogs of the Black Belt Photo Contest” was an astounding success by all measures and finished with Steve Hutto’s photo of Cash emerging as the winner. The contest drew nearly 200 entries all totaling more than 10,700 votes this year with Hutto’s photo of Cash garnering nearly 7,300 votes.
“We loved seeing everyone’s hunting companions throughout this contest,” said Pam Swanner, director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “We know that people rightfully love their canine hunting buddies and the overwhelming response we had to this contest only solidified that sentiment. So much of being afield is the dog work and this contest was a fantastic way to recognize and praise these sporting dogs as well as the endless hunting opportunities with the Black Belt region.”
The photo of Cash further highlighted the Black Belt’s cultural significance with bird dogs, and the contest as a whole promoted the numerous dog hunting opportunities within the Black Belt including quail hunting, duck hunting, small game hunting as well as hog and deer hunting.
To be eligible, the photo must have featured a hunting dog on point, in action, or posing with their retrieved bird or game and uploaded to the website. To see all the sporting dog entries, visit www.AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.org/bestblackbeltdogs.
Steve Hutto, of Fitzpatrick, Alabama, is the owner of Steady Point Kennels and has been training bird dogs for the past 30 years. He guides regularly around the Fitzpatrick and Union Springs Area throughout the Alabama quail season and keeps around eight dogs in his kennel. Hutto noted that Cash, a beautiful 3-year-old Brittany, is one of his best and most stylish bird dogs despite coming to him without any training.
“Cash came to me at 10 months old after a family decided that they could not give him the life he needed as a true hunting dog with endless energy. I told them I would take him on a two-week trial basis, and it only took three days before he was nailing quail with beautiful points. Cash is incredibly stylish for a Brittany keeping his head and tail up, and is one of, if not the, top dog in my line.”
Hutto won a Filson Game Mesh Vest (valued at $145) perfect for the Black Belt’s mild winter seasons and designed for upland bird and small game hunting, donated by Quail Forever, one of the nation’s leading conservation organizations, plus three varieties of Sure Shot game calls – the Yentzen Classic (the original double reed duck call), the Rascal 7-in-1 call for duck, quail and turkey hunting and the Speckle Belly Goose Call along with the LANYARD (valued at $125). Total prize package is worth $270.
ALBBAA promotes and encourages ethical hunting and fishing practices. Its 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.