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Rare Swallow Tailed Kite Spotted in Alabama ~ It Happens in Alabama

Rare Swallow Tailed Kite Spotted in Alabama ~ It Happens in Alabama | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Rare Swallow Tailed Kite Spotted in Alabama: Our most beautiful bird of prey, coolest bird on the planet and is rarely spotted above the Florida Panhandle.
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Rare Swallow Tailed Kite Spotted in Alabama: It's called "Our most beautiful bird of prey" by Audubon and "coolest bird on the planet" by Cornell. It is rarely spotted above the Florida Panhandle.
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Bill proposed to keep State Park revenues in the parks

Bill proposed to keep State Park revenues in the parks | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Proposed state constitutional amendment would prevent legislature from taking park revenues for the general fund.
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Alabama Legislature Keep Your Hands OFF of our State Park money! Our Alabama State Parks are given very little money and must operate mainly on the fees they collect. Since you have chosen to take $30 million, we have had parks close and maintenance and upgrades put on the back burner. This is a disgrace and not fair to Alabamians and visitors to our state. 2015 saw record visitors to our parks. This is great for our state's economy. Think about the dollars also spent at gas stations, lodging, shopping, eating out and more!

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Alabama Becoming Mountain Bike Mecca of the Southeast

Alabama Becoming Mountain Bike Mecca of the Southeast | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Alabama is one of the fastest growing states in terms of mountain bike trail construction and ridership.
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Spring is on the way to Alabama; Let's get out and" Explore Alabama and Uncover the Unexpected". Nine of Alabama’s 22 State Parks and a handful of other Forever Wild properties offer mountain bike trails. To learn more about Mountain Biking in Alabama, also check out http://mountainbikealabama.com. How do you enjoy the Alabama great outdoors?
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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Enjoying Alabama’s Outdoors

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Enjoying Alabama’s Outdoors | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
If you’re already an avid outdoorsperson, this article isn’t for you. However, if you find yourself watching nature documentaries and thinking “that looks like fun” but aren’t sure how to...
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We found this article from a lady that I have just become acquainted with, Jesseca Cornelson is an Assistant Professor of English at Alabama State University and is a resident of Cloverdale and thought this might be of interest. Jesseca has created a group on called Montgomery Backpackers. it’s a Meetup group for random local people who share an interest in being outside. It's not just backpacking. they do a lot of fun outdoor things like camping on the Tallapoosa, Kayaking the Coosa and hiking beautiful forests. It is a free group and is a great way to meet other people who like the things you like. The group is not limited to women. Men can join also. Do you know of other groups that do fun outdoor activities? Please share them with us.

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Alabama's State Parks Open for Business

Alabama's State Parks Open for Business | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

We host everything from triathlons to family reunions, cave tours for scout groups, fishing tournaments, concerts, golf tournaments, as well as many other events!

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The Alabama State Parks are Still Open! 100% of the operational funds for our parks are generated through visitors and the remaining maintenance funds decided by the Alabama Legislature. We are very blessed to have such beautiful parks. Let’s make sure we get out, support and enjoy them.

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Alabama Red Snapper Season Opens October 1, 2013

Alabama Red Snapper Season Opens October 1, 2013 | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

Fishermen in Alabama will be able to resume red snapper fishing in federal waters next week.

A 14-day season will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said. It raised the total allowable catch from 8.46 million pounds to 11 million earlier this month. For recreational anglers, there's a two fish daily limit and a minimum size of 16 inches.

 

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So glad to get the second Red Snapper season this year!

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The Crimson White | Students start first kayak fishing club in state

The Crimson White | Students start first kayak fishing club in state | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Kayak fishing is quickly becoming one of the most popular and practical methods for anglers to catch fish, and two pioneering students have started the state’s
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Ok, I just got my kayak and this is my second time ever in one. Now you tell me I need to learn to fish out of it? Oh yeah, I'd spend more time swimming with the fishes. I am very interested to see the Alabama Team! I'm sure they'll put on a show!

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Luke Ezell lands huge gator after 5-hour fight: August 24, 2013

Luke Ezell lands huge gator after 5-hour fight: August 24, 2013 | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Thor Manskow, Jed Hellmich, Luke Ezell and David Ezell battled this 13-foot, 1-inch, 504-pound gator for nearly five hours in the early morning of Saturday, August 24, 2013.
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This huge gator was caught along the Blakeley River's east bank. The struggle finally ended as the sun was coming up. I know these guys were worn out! Thanks al.com for this story.

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Video: These guys had a battle on their hands! What a monster. Did you see the Duck Billed catfish they caught?

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Gator hunting on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Gator hunting on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
This video will take you along on an alligator hunt deep in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in south Alabama, where Keith McKenzie and his family and crew track and capture a 10-foot animal on the opening night of the 2013 alligator season.
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This is a really cool video. I felt like I was on the hunt, without the skeeters! The hunt is about filling your tag, but I am glad they let this one go. Awesome job, guys.

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Minnow Fishing for Summer Bass

Minnow Fishing for Summer Bass | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
It’s hot. The middle of summer. The fishing seems to have slowed. The deep bite that has been so good the last couple of weeks or months seems to have evaporated. The bass seemed to have left.
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With the whether so steamy hot, it seems our Alabama bass are laid up, but here are some tips to get you back to reelin' and squealin' and catching the BIG bass.

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Lightning Near Springville: Aug. 11, 2013

Lightning Near Springville: Aug. 11, 2013 | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Lightning from an intense thunderstorm is seen north of Springville, Ala., between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in a time-lapse video Aug. 11, 2013.
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This is a cool time lapse video of the lightening in Springville, AL - Just couldn't pass up sharing this with you.

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New Dove Field Planting Guidelines 2013

New Dove Field Planting Guidelines 2013 | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

New Dove Field Planting Guidelines Have Been Established by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for 2013.

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Did you know that migratory doves can travel 150-200 miles per day? We do have doves that stay in Alabama year round, like the ones in my yard. If we have a cold winter, the Doves may travel all the way to Central America.

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Sure Bet for Fishing Inshore on Alabama's Gulf Coast in Late July ...

Sure Bet for Fishing Inshore on Alabama's Gulf Coast in Late July ... | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Even under high-wind conditions, rainy or stormy weather, you still can fish inshore for flounder, redfish, and speckled trout. For more than 40 years, Captain David Brown has been guiding on the back bays.
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The fish seem to be laid up, on our lakes, right now with the hot days of August but you can still fill your coolers with a variety of fish inshore, near the beach. It's always a treat when we have a fish fry, but this mix would be oer the top!

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GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH RANKS IN BEST BEACHES

GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH RANKS IN BEST BEACHES | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Gulf Shores Public Beach ranks in best beaches -The beautiful dunes and white sand are only part of the appeal. It Happens in Alabama shares more AL beaches
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Congratulations, Gulf Shores Public Beach for being names in Cheapism's article "50 Of The Best Beaches In America".
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FREE Kids Fishing Day at Weeks Bay

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FREE Kids Fishing Day: Weeks Bay Foundation is holding Their annual Kids Fishing Day on September 27th. Participation is free and open to anyone age 15 or younger who wants to come out and enjoy an exciting fishing experience. They stocked their pond with 1,000 lbs of fish so there will be plenty for everyone. Kids are encouraged to bring their own equipment and cooler, however they will have extra fishing poles and bait available for use.  The event will take place at the Safe Harbor Pond next to the Weeks Bay Foundation office. They're located just west of the Fish River bridge on US Highway 98. For more information visit the Foundation website or call us at 251-990-5004. Registration flyer and permission form available for download here.  
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Alabama coach Nick Saban's final ballot in USA Today coaches poll revealed his vote for Auburn

Alabama coach Nick Saban's final ballot in USA Today coaches poll revealed his vote for Auburn | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Alabama coach Nick Saban's final ballot in USA Today coaches poll revealed
The Birmingham News - al.com
The Alabama coach's top six matches the top six that emerged in the final edition of the poll, which was released earlier today.
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Here's just another reason that I am proud to say "My Home's in Alabama!" Not only do we have the most beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, best hunting and fishing, best football teams in history, set the history of the Untied States of America on so many levels, but we take care of each other, are humble and have class! Nick Saban, coach of Alabama, voted Auburn #2 in coaches poll and showed his respect for Auburn. What a class act! No wonder we love and look up to him.

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A Big Surprise While Crappie Fishing

Travis Johnson visits with Dan Dannenmueller in Alabama for a relaxing day crappie fishing. They decide to spread multiple rods in the front of the boat and ...

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Travis Johnson got a 4 foot surprise while fishing with Dan Dannenmueller, Crappie Champion and Alabamian. Good catch! Can I suggest a bigger net? LOL 

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Travis Johnson got a 4 foot surprise while fishing with Crappie Champion,  Dan Dannenmueller. Likin' that catch, guys.

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Fall is a beautiful time in Alabama. Want to get the best seat for the changing of the leaves?

Fall is a beautiful time in Alabama. Want to get the best seat for the changing of the leaves? | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

At 2,405 feet Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest point above sea level. Cheaha State Park is a 2,799-acre state park in Alabama located in Delta, Alabama and is Alabama's oldest continuously operating state park. This foothill of the Appalachian Mountains is completely surrounded by the Talladega National Forest which offers additional recreational like hiking trails to waterfalls, camping, lodging and more. This is a beautiful location to see the seasons change in Alabama, either fall or spring.

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Cheaha Mountain has the best seat in Alabama for the changing of the leaves with such beautiful views! Whether seeing the leaves changing in the fall or seeing Alabama waking up in the spring,

this is a great place to take a break, sit back, enjoy a picnic and just quietly look and enjoy.

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New Shooting range located in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama

New Shooting range located in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

The facility includes a 10-station, 100-yard shooting range and a 10-station, 50-yard shooting range. Adjacent to the 100-yard shooting range is a shotgun shooting area for people who bring their own clay targets and thrower. The ranges are wheelchair accessible and have concrete walkways for downrange access to the target lines. The facility is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

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A valid Alabama hunting, wildlife heritage, Wildlife Management Area license, or daily U.S. Forest Service permit ($3 per car) is required for all shooting range users between the ages of 16 and 64.  Licenses can be obtained by visiting the license section of www.outdooralabama.com, by calling 1-888-848-6887, or from various outdoors retailers.  For a limited time, the daily Forest Service permit will be free.

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Directions from Andalusia: Take Alabama Hwy. 29 west approximately 20 miles to County Road 11 (just across the Escambia County line). Turn left at Dixie Community and travel south on County Road 11 approximately six miles to County Road 4 (County Road 11 dead ends into County Road 4). Turn right and the shooting range will be less than a one-half mile on the left before Parker Springs Road. GPS coordinates: N 31.0674000, W 086.7963167.

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New rule about rehabilitated wildlife has Many Upset in Alabama

New rule about rehabilitated wildlife has Many Upset in Alabama | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

WOODVILLE, Ala. The state no longer allows the rehabilitation of animals like raccoons and possums. Those changes have many state rehabilitators upset.

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"I don't know what they're thinking, I don't know how they can possibly even think that people in Alabama are going to put up with this," says Russ. I agree with you, Russ! What are your thoughts?

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Dove Hunting Changes in Alabama

Dove Hunting Changes in Alabama | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has made three major changes concerning practices involving mourning dove management which should enhance your hunting experience. 

 

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Dove hunting provides a great opportunity for family and friends to enjoy a positive outdoor experience.  Dove hunting is an ideal activity for youth. Don't forget: The new hunting and fishing licenses go on sale August 26th online at  www.outdooralabama.com/licenses or any place license are sold.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama tops CNN Best Beaches in the Nation

Gulf Shores, Alabama tops CNN Best Beaches in the Nation | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it

This year's top nod went to Alabama's Gulf State Park, which "features a two-mile white sand beach for swimming; more than seven miles of back country trails for walking and biking; and camping and lodging facilities for people who want to spend more time at the park," CNN stated in the report.

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Congratulations, Gulf Shores and Alabama.Here's another reason to cheer, this week. Not just Gulf Shores, but our entire Gulf Coast is truly a great place to visit. Billions of tourist dollars are spent in this area of our state each year and with the new attractions, coming on broard, this number just stand to grow for the foreseeable future. This truly is "Sweet Home Alabama"

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AUM: national champs

AUM: national champs | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
With their win on Georgia’s Lake Chatuge, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Tom Frink gets to go out on top and Jacob Nummy gets to see his creation rise to the highest possible high.
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Congratulations, Auburn University Montgomery, you have given the state of Alabama another National Championship to brag about! The AUM Bass Fishing Team will now be heading to the Carhartt Bassmaster Classic Bracket. Good luck, WAR EAGLE!

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Thunderstorms block view of meteor shower over central Alabama

Thunderstorms block view of meteor shower over central Alabama | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
Clouds and thunderstorms blocked the view of a meteor shower over parts of Alabama (Birm. Breaking News Thunderstorms block view of meteor shower over central Alabama (photos, video):...
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Lightning illuminates a cloud as an airplane flies by in a time-exposure photograph during an intense thunderstorm north of Springville, Ala., about 9 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2013. The paek is expected Aug. 12-13. We have blue bird skies this morning. Hopefully it will stay clear tonight for the meteor show.

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9-year-old from Limestone wins national shooting championship - The Huntsville Times - al.com

9-year-old from Limestone wins national shooting championship - The Huntsville Times - al.com | Outdoors Alabama | Scoop.it
9-year-old from Limestone wins national shooting championship The Huntsville Times - al.com LIMESTONE COUNTY, Alabama -- The winner of the 2013 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship last month was a 9-year-old boy from Limestone...
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Congratulations Mason Gonzales! Can I shoot clays better than a 3rd Grader? Not on your life! Mason, we are so proud of you.

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