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I heard it said at the Shoot-Out in July that the Truck-Buck contests hosted by AON and GON magazines are likely the best deer contests in the nation. It’s subjective, but I agree.

For starters, I don’t know of another deer-hunting contest that offers a pick-up truck for a grand prize.

In addition to a new truck, a Mathews bow, CVA muzzleloader or a...

AIt is well known among Alabama anglers that Lake Wedowee, also known as R.L. Harris Reservoir, is a top destination for bass and crappie, but monster catfish could soon be added to that list. Local fishermen Daniel White and his nephew, Andrew Arrington, 16, landed two huge blue cats on back-to-back days in July.

“We’ve caught lots of catfish in the past from Wedowee,...

Truck-Buck Shoot-Out winner Jeffrey Honnell, 45, of Pittsview, was one of seven men arrested in Marathon, Fla. on July 9 after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers discovered the men in possession of 320 lobster tails at a time when the state’s spiny lobster season was closed. Additional charges involving stone crabs, undersized fish and equipment used to take the...

Miller Dowling and Chandlar Hollingsworth, of American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, posted a dramatic final-day comeback to win the Bassmaster Junior Championship.
The pair was in seventh place going into the tournament’s final day and trailed the leading team by nearly 7 pounds. Dowling and Hollingsworth weighed the tournament’s biggest bag on the final day—five bass...

For four summers, AON has organized the Coyote Cull as an incentive to get hunters and trappers after coyotes at the time when fawns are dropping and hen turkeys are trying to raise poults. Our objective is to bring awareness about the damaging impact this non-native, invasive species is having. We also want folks to realize that if you have a coyote problem, it’s up to you to do something...

An avid Chambers County  fisherman was killed on Lake Harding on Friday night, July 21, after being struck by lightning, authorities said. There were four others in the boat at the time of the lightning strike. Two required medical attention for minor injuries, and two others did not. Those who were not injured performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The accident happened in Lee County....

That wonderful invention known as the trail camera often reveals some creatures that the camera owners did not expect to find on their properties. AON readers have sent in trail-camera photos of alligators, flying squirrels, rattlesnakes and even a naked man hiking through the woods wearing only sandals and a backpack.

We did not use that photo in our Spy-Cam section in case you...

There’s still time to play the Alabama lottery. You say Alabama doesn’t have a lottery? Of course it does. It has an alligator lottery.

Thousands across Alabama began plopping down their money on June 2 for the chance their name will be drawn to receive an alligator hunting tag this summer. The online registration will run through 8 a.m. on July 11.

A...

It’s not too late to enter AON’s 4th Annual Coyote Cull. There’s still time to do your part to help fawns and turkey poults survive, plus have a chance at one of three great prizes with a total value of more than $1,090, including a $500 cash prize.

The deadline is July 11, and entering the Coyote Cull is simple. We just need a picture of you holding the June or...

In 1974, a truck carrying an Airstream trailer rolled into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fish hatchery in Marion. Nick Nichols, then a young employee of WFF, stood in disbelief at what he was seeing on the trailer before him.

“I knew immediately what it was,” said Nichols, who more than four decades later is the Fisheries Section Chief of WFF. “I was...

AON is bringing back our annual Coyote Cull this June and July, and this year we are offering three great prizes with a total value of more than $1,090, including a $500 cash prize.

By leveraging great support from industry sponsors who are as concerned about the coyote situation as we are, AON uses the Coyote Cull as an incentive to get sportsmen out on their property during a...

You can probably count the number of fishermen who have caught a 100-pound-plus fish in freshwater in Alabama on one hand. You can now add the name of Cody Haynes to that exclusive list.

The angler from Glencoe landed a monstrous blue catfish on Lake Neely Henry near Gadsden last week. The fish weighed 101.9 pounds on two different scales before it was released unharmed.

N. Gunter Guy Jr. has been dismissed from his job as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the governor’s office confirmed Tuesday.

The commissioner’s job is a political appointment by the governor, meaning that the dismissal came from the office of Alabama's new governor, Kay Ivey.

Eileen Jones, a spokesperson...

In AON’s Hunting Land Special, we connect hunters with clubs or landowners and vice versa. All you have to do is get the information in the coupon to the right to AON by the June 7 deadline. Here are three options to provide AON your hunting-land information.

• All hunting-land coupon information can be e-mailed to gill@aon mag.com. Indicate what your hunting land need is...

Hunters from across Alabama and the Southeast will make their annual pilgrimage to Birmingham on July 21-23 as the 34th edition of the World Deer Expo comes to the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

The show that is billed as the nation’s largest three-day hunting consumer show draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the latest and greatest hunting gadgets and...

WFF will this summer announce a Wildlife Management Area Bonus Buck Program for the 2017-18 season. This program will allow hunters on certain WMAs, on certain days, to take a buck that will not count against their season’s three-buck limit.

No final decisions have been made yet about which WMAs will be part of the  Bonus Buck program. Chris Snith, the assistant chief of...

Alabama high school fishing teams swept the first five places in the Bassmaster High School Southern Open on Chickamauga Lake on Saturday, April 29 in an event that saw a number of B.A.S.S. records fall.

A field of 347 boats competed in the event that will send the top-35 teams to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship on June 19-24 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn....

Eighty-one deer racks were scored for Truck-Buck X contestants who showed up in Leeds on Saturday, April 15 hoping their deer would score high enough to win a Truck-Buck week or wildcard division.

Pending polygraph examinations, 17 weekly winners and three wildcard winners will be headed for the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out on July 22 at the World Deer Expo, where a brand-new Chevy pickup...

As announced in last month’s AON magazine, the Truck-Buck scoring date has been changed to April 15. It will still be hosted at the Hampton Inn in Leeds. The scoring date will be Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Below are the Truck-Buck scoring details. Please read them carefully, so you don’t miss out on your chance to win a brand-new Chevy...

Dog hunters are not unfamiliar with having to hunt under a number of regulations in Alabama. They’ll now be hunting under a new one when the 2017-2018 season rolls around.

The Conservation Advisory Board approved a “dog encroachment regulation” on March 4 during its second meeting of the year, which was at Lake Guntersville State Park. The regulation sets a path...

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