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The Tuscaloosa County High School fishing duo of Jace McNutt and Jon Hayden Raper brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship on Lake Neely Henry.

A field of 30 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Coosa Landing in Gadsden. In FLW/TBF High School...

Plant it, and they will come!

That is the wish of every hunter who sticks a seed in the ground. Work hard in planning, planting and managing a game food plot, then maybe your cost and sweat will pay off in increased sightings and harvest of game animals on your property.

In the movie “Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner thought that if he built a baseball...

For one of 21 Alabama deer hunters, the only thing now standing between them and a new Chevrolet pickup truck in their driveway is a keen eye and a steady hand.

Those 21 AON subscribers recently punched their ticket to compete in the AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out on Saturday, July 14 at the World Deer Expo. The Expo is set for July 13-15 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.
Far from what today’s crowd calls civilization, Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship gained a new appreciation for America’s symbol of greatness. Blankenship had the honor to release a rehabilitated bald eagle into the wild at the Uchee Creek Special Opportunity Area (SOA) in rural Russell County. “Holding the eagle, I could tell she was ready to go and get back into the...

Bo knows big fish. The former  NFL and MLB star and Heisman winner from Auburn may be a step or two slower at age 55 (probably not), but he still has that ability to amaze.

Bo recently went fishing out of Orange Beach Marina and landed his biggest fish ever, a 611-lb. bluefin tuna. Bo was fishing aboard the Breathe Easy, a 68-foot Viking owned by Matt McDonald and captained by...

AON’s editorial staff is much like its readers. We know the value of securing hunting land months in advance so that plans are in place to have the most successful season possible. That’s why every July we print AON’s Hunting Land Special, a collection of free classified listings to connect hunters with clubs or landowners. All you have to do is provide the information in the...

The 2018 red snapper seasons for private recreational anglers and the charter fleet are finally set. Well, maybe. The recreational for-hire (federally permitted charter boats) sector season is definitely set. It will start on June 1 and run through July 21. The private recreational season (private-vessel anglers and anglers on state-licensed guide boats) is currently scheduled for 47 days, also...

The baiting of deer and feral swine came the closest yet to becoming legal in Alabama, but the 2018 legislative session ended without passage of the controversial legislation. It is almost certain that lawmakers will have to deal with the issue again next year.

There was apprehensive hope among proponents of baiting and a getting-too-close-for-comfort worry among opponents this time...

On Feb. 10 the Talladega and Clay County chapters of the Alabama Dog Hunters Association (ADHA) came together to clean up some of our public lands. The event took place on the Talladega National Forest just outside of Munford, with clean-up sites off USFS road 654a, Hopeful Road and Cheaha Road.
 
Although bad weather was moving in around noon, roughly 38 people still showed up...

The scoring event for AON’s Truck-Buck Contest was held in Leeds on Saturday, April 7. From among the 148 entries during the 2017-18 deer season, we now have the numbers crunched and know which hunters are in line to make the prestigious trip to the World Deer Expo for the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. Only AON subscribers who entered bucks during the season could get their racks measured during the...

Now that Week 17 is in the books, it’s time to measure some antlers and see who qualifies for the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out in July.

AON’s Truck-Buck scoring will once again take place at the Hampton Inn in Leeds. The scoring date will be Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Below are the Truck-Buck scoring details. Please read them carefully,...

The Snake That Ate Birmingham Not In Theatres

Reports of a big snake terrorizing a south Birmingham neighborhood might seem like they were straight from some low-budget B movie, but the reports turned out to be true.

The 6-foot snake was already dead by the time Birmingham Police located it, but in an interesting twist, the snake was disposed of, and it reappeared the...

Thousands of Alabama deer hunters in north Alabama could regain the doe hunting days they lost several years ago when doe numbers appeared to plummet across much of the upper third of Alabama.

Alabama had originally been divided into two zones—Zones A and B—for deer hunting purposes. Two years ago, the CAB approved a proposal from WFF to create a third zone—Zone...

A father and son have been arrested in conjunction with the January murder of a hunter in Wilcox County, Alabama Bureau of Investigation officials say.

The murder victim, Robert Shane Manley, 47, of Mobile, had called law enforcement on Jan. 21 to report a poacher on the property he leased. When authorities arrived, they found Manley dead from a gunshot wound.

The...

The Alabama House of Representatives wasted little time in passing a bill that would allow the hunting of deer and feral swine with no distance restritions, but the measure will now need Senate approval before it would become legal in the state.

The bad news for baiting proponents is that the bill passed the house in 2015, 2016 and 2017 but failed to get Senate approval. Approval of...

Silver carp, that jumping, invasive fish that has astounded millions on the Internet and on television news reports as they leap from the water behind running boats, has been discovered in Pickwick Lake.

The carp made their way into many states thanks to accidental releases along the Mississippi River, but it is best documented in the Illinois River. There, the hum of outboard...

There are some big bass in Lake Eufaula—so many that the lake has been called as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.”

Now, the biggest bass ever in Eufaula is on permanent display downtown.

A historic marker placed in the same location will honor the late businessman, entrepreneur and legendary fisherman Tom Mann.

The City of...

Dennis Campbell, the man who gave Alabama deer hunters something to strive for with his creation of the Alabama Whitetail Records (AWR) book in 1986, has died at age 67.

Campbell, a lifelong resident of Sumiton, fought a five-year battle with cancer.

Campbell transferred ownership of AWR in 2012 to Hale and Michael Smith, and the deer-records program continues.
The 12 Alabama Conservation Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty have now been memorialized in Montgomery. The memorial is located on the fifth floor of the ADCNR headquarters in the Folsom Building on 64 North Union Street, and it is open to the public.

The Alabama Conservation Enforcement  Officer’s Association was approached by WFF Law Enforcement Chief...

Anyone who lives in rural Alabama—and even many who live in the suburbs—will tell you that the pigs are winning.

Despite the state removing almost every restriction on feral swine hunting and trapping, the feral swine population has continued to grow and spread to new tracts of land. Wild hogs can now be found in all 67 Alabama counties.

Could it be the...

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