Big Gobbler Photo Contest Winner
Pickens County Teen Wins Big Gobbler Photo Contest Prize from Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Carlee Jane Criswell, a 14-year-old from Reform, is the winner of the seventh annual Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest. The contest, open to hunters who took turkeys in Alabama’s 23-county Black Belt region during the 2018-19 season, drew 27 entries. Carlee Jane wins a prize package worth $175 for attracting the most votes on AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.org. “For the seventh year in a row, we’ve brought awareness to the great hunting opportunities found in the Black Belt through our popular contests,” said Pam Swanner, director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “It was nice to see another young person do well as it reminds us spending time in the outdoors together is the perfect way for families to make lifelong memories. We even had one entry of a young man with his grandfather, celebrating 20 years of turkey hunting together.” This year’s contest was sponsored by Josh Cumbee, owner of Jager Calls of Barbour County. Carlee Jane will receive a handcrafted one-of-a-kind Jager Call with striker, a Summit Predator Blind, a Thermacell Mosquito Repellent and a Jager Calls T-shirt. Carlee Jane’s winning photo was taken following a hunt with her father, Jeff, in the Palmetto community north of Reform in Pickens County. The eighth-grader at Gordo High School, whose award-winner was her third-ever gobbler, also enjoys deer hunting in the Black Belt. Carlee Jane recalled her excitement from the hunt. “I was shaking so bad,” she said. “He looked like he was floating across the field!” The Big Gobbler Photo Contest drew entries from 13 of the 23 Black Belt counties, including five from Montgomery County, four from Barbour and Bullock and three from Pickens.