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    Forever Wild Board commits to feral hog mitigation  

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As the Forever Wild Land Trust (FWLT) is preparing for its first meeting of the year on Feb. 1, 2024, in...

    Beach renourishment continues along Alabama coast  

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    For those planning trips to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast for spring break or summer vacation, expect to see an abundance of change for the...

    ADCNR: Deepwater Horizon settlement projects surpass $1B

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With the conflict among deer hunting factions at an all-time low, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Commissioner Chris...

    Cook: Deer activity in most of Alabama approaching peak

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - For most of the state, Alabama deer hunters are in the midst of the peak hunting period when deer start moving...

    Lake Guntersville State Park’s Eagle Awareness Weekends

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    MONTGOMGERY, Ala. - About 50 years ago, only 480 nesting pairs of bald eagles were left in the United States, with the last nest...

    Find, share recipes at Outdoor Alabama’s Wild Eats page

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - If your hunting season has gone well and you have plenty of wild game to prepare, you may be looking for...

    Voters overwhelmingly approve state parks amendment

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - By a wide margin, Alabama voters approved the amendment on last Tuesday’s ballot to provide as much as $80 million in...

    Black bear cubs collared in northeast Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - To say Traci Wood has a passion for bears would understate her love for the small black bear populations on opposite...

    New license allows hunting of feral swine, coyotes at night

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature this week, new legislation will provide hunters in Alabama with another opportunity to harvest two specific...

    Hawley wants to leave turkey hunting legacy

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    At the recent Alabama Conservation Advisory Board meeting in Montgomery, one of the people who took advantage of the opportunity to address the Board...

    Controlled burns top tool for wildlife, land managers

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Social media has been filled with smoke and fire lately as many land managers, like the...

    R3 campaign encourages Alabamians to get outdoors

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources With the social distancing requirements from COVID-19, many people have turned to the outdoors to escape...

    Alabama hunters bagging big bucks this season

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Judging from the number of deer reported through the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division’s...

    Woodcock monitoring program tracks migration routes

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Seth Maddox will head out in February with other Division biologists to do some woodcock hunting....

    Black Belt Adventures urges hunters to donate venison

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Hunters Helping the Hungry has provided more than a half-million pounds of ground venison to those...

    WFF reactivates 800 number for Game Check

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The toll-free Game Check phone number, 1-800-888-7690, is back and better than ever. The Alabama Department...

    Tips for hunting the rut in Alabama

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While the white-tailed deer rut has come and gone in a few areas in Alabama, hunters...

    Last-minute Christmas gifts for outdoors enthusiasts

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Buying Christmas gifts for those who love the outdoors can be a daunting task simply because...

    Public land provides opportunities to hunt rut all season

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Most people think the rutting activity of white-tailed deer in Alabama occurs mostly in January and...

    Venison recipes perfect for holidays

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources When that Thanksgiving turkey has been reduced to a discarded carcass, it’s time to break out...

    With piers closed, Thornton takes to Alabama’s beautiful beaches

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources With a nickname like Pier Pounder, David Thornton of Mobile has seen his favorite pastime disappear...

    Parks officials working to reopen portion of Gulf State Park Pier

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Gulf State Park on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast will be a beehive of activity now and...

    Feral hog population in Alabama shows no decline

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Despite an increased effort to mitigate the impact of feral hogs in Alabama, the hog population...

    Wood duck mates determine migration routes

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources In the waterfowl world, Alabama’s most abundant species, the wood duck, is not known for migrating...

    Don’t get complacent about hunter safety

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Although the number of hunting accidents has held steady for the last several years, Captain Marisa...

    Gulf State Park section succumbs to Sally’s surge

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources One aspect of living on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast is the realization that the best-laid plan...

    What’s new for the 2020-2021 hunting seasons

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Deer hunters will find two new zones in the 2020-2021 Alabama Deer Zones...

    Alabama State Parks online campground reservation system now live

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Ready for a camping trip to one – or several – of the beautiful Alabama State...

    WFF cautiously optimistic about spread of silver carp

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Chris Greene is cautiously optimistic that an invasive fish species that can wreak havoc on...

    Scaup limit reduced to 1; Sandhill crane registration opens soon

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources North America’s waterfowl breeding population annual survey is another aspect of the outdoors that has been...

    North Zone dove season opens Labor Day weekend

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    Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Director Chuck Sykes wants to make sure dove hunters are not caught flat-footed this September when the season...

    Awesome Trail opens at Joe Wheeler State Park

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  Those who love to explore nature have another opportunity with the opening of the new trail...

    Alabama’s outdoors provides solutions for social distancing

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While Governor Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris, chair of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force, work...

    Conservation Advisory Board considers deer zones, turkey reporting

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The first Alabama Conservation Advisory Board meeting of 2020 resulted in a wealth of good news...

    First wild eastern indigo snake found in Alabama in 60 years

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Traci Wood admitted holding the snake almost made her come unglued. No, she wasn’t afraid of...

    AL Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources named Agency of Year at Sportsmen’s Caucus...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently received special recognition by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation with the presentation of...

    Complacency often leads to treestand, firearms accidents

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    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division’s Hunter Education Program wants to teach old hunters...

    Alabama sets 1st sandhill crane hunting season in 103 years

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    Alabama hunters will have their first opportunity in 103 years to hunt a migratory bird that has been making a steady comeback for the...

    WFF Enforcement K9 Unit a different breed

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    One turkey hunter was extremely grateful that the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Law Enforcement Section has a K9 unit, although there is...
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    From Cheaha to Meaher, state parks diversity abounds

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    Cheaha State Park's Callie Thornton takes in the vista at Bald Rock. (Photo by David Rainer) By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural...

    COLUMN: Disease-carrying ticks widespread across Alabama

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    The collection of ticks using sticky tape shows the abundance of ticks in certain areas in Alabama. (Emily Merritt) As a turkey hunter, I am...
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    Ever seen a black bear in Alabama? You might soon

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    Black bears in Alabama are being studied by using DNA collection devices, like barbed wire around a bait, as well as collaring adult bears....