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AON’s 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 truck.

• Racks will be...

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

The Conservation Advisory Board approved a dog encroachment regulation on Saturday. That regulation sets a path for dog hunters who continually have dogs that get on surrounding properties to be ticketed and...

The Conservation Advisory Board will finalize the 2017-2018 Alabama hunting seasons on Saturday, and little is expected to change from the 2016-2017 seasons.

The CAB’s second and likely final meeting of 2017 is set for 9 a.m., March 4 at Lake Guntersville State Park lodge.

The public is invited and can address the board with any questions, suggestions or...

The Conservation Advisory Board held its first of three 2017 meetings on Feb. 11, and the big news coming out of that meeting was that for the first time in several years, there was no big news.

Chuck Sykes, the director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, told the board that his department is proposing the same hunting dates and regulations as last season, with the...

Popular Alabama fishing pro angler Kyle Mabrey was killed Sunday night in a bizarre crash on I-459 near his home in McCalla, authorities say.

The FLW Tour regular was 42.

Authorities said Mabrey was towing his boat in the northbound lane sometime late Sunday night when for some reason his Chevrolet Tahoe entered the median. The truck and boat traveled between the...

Clifton Kelsoe has spent many of his 83 years working on his 100-acre family farm in the small community of Speake, Alabama. He’s hunted deer for decades. That dream of one day taking a monster buck never diminished even when he reached his 80s.

The passion of taking that buck-of-a-lifetime had sent Clifton hunting in nine different states through the years. What he never...

Each February, AON offers sportsmen the chance to voice opinions on issues that affect hunting and fishing in Alabama.

An important question asked each year is the annual Rate Your Season survey. This simple survey provides a consistent yearly look into how deer hunters feel about the quality of something they are passionate about. More important than the annual rating, the survey...

It’s been said that delayed gratification is almost always sweeter than the instant variety. Anyone who saw Dudley Luckie’s face last week during the annual Buckmasters Life Hunt at Sedgefields Plantation would most definitely agree with that adage.

Luckie was scheduled to be at last year’s Life Hunt, which brings disabled and seriously ill individuals to one of...

When Adam Bearden and Nicki Greene are planning a date, there’s never any of the usual, “Well, what do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

Picking the date activity is easy for this couple. They hop in the boat and go bowfishing for buffalo fish, members of the sucker family that are abundant in Alabama’s lakes and river...

A 7-year-old north Alabama first-grader took advantage of a rare snow day from school last Friday to bag a legendary buck that had been hunted hard by a number of Cullman County hunters for two years.

Cooper Johnson, a first-grader at Cold Springs Elementary School, used the youth model Savage 7mm-08 that he got for Christmas to bag the 11-point buck. He was hunting on private...

In what could prove to be a savior for tens of thousands acres of hunting land in this state, Alabama has joined 17 other states in a lawsuit challenging how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act.

In question is a new rule that expands the agency’s role to control private property adjoining...

On Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, New Market’s Leonard Jarrett was hunting on private property in Madison County when he saw a buck chasing a doe. The unassuming logger said he knew the buck was a good one, but he wasn’t about to take some wild shot at the deer as it was running through the woods.

He also had another problem a lot of deer hunters can identify with.
When is the best time for hunters to harvest does in Alabama? According to Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes, the answer is simple: When you have the opportunity.

“I am now a weekend warrior,” Sykes said. “I shoot them when I can. If I need to kill so many does, I have to do it when I can. In a perfect world, it would be better to get...

Ask anyone across Alabama to describe Jefferson County, and most will tell you about Birmingham and its bustling suburbs like Hoover, Vestavia Hills and Trussville. Not many likely think of Jefferson County as a great deer hunting county.

Jefferson County is indeed Alabama’s most populous county, but unknown to many is that much of its 1,124 square miles remains rural and...

Hurricanes are no friend to the Gulf Coast, causing damage from the beachfront to miles inland. But one devastating storm did have a side effect that hunters seem to like—it brought lots of white-winged doves.

“We started seeing them after one of the storms, I think it was Ivan,” said Bill Passmore, who runs three dove clubs shooting 15 fields in central Baldwin...

A two-year, multi-state investigation by Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries into the illegal transport, release and live possession of feral pigs has resulted in the arrests of 13 Alabama men. In addition, warrants have been issued for two men in Florida and one in Mississippi. WFF has not released the names of the 16 men, but the state agency did say that the 13 Alabama residents were from...

A black bear that captured the interest of thousands and became a media superstar when it freely roamed around Opelika neighborhoods during the summer has been shot and killed by a deer hunter in the Talladega National Forest, officials say. The bear was killed in Clay County.

Matthew Gage Stewart, 22, of Talladega, has been arrested and charged with killing the bear, officials...

Alabama waterfowl hunters who ventured out on opening weekend will probably have to expand their territory after several recent rain events have changed the amount of water currently available to the ducks.

“Earlier in the year we were in an extreme drought situation throughout Alabama, especially northeast Alabama,” said Seth Maddox, Waterfowl Coordinator with the...

Lawrence County strengthened its claim as Alabama’s No. 1 monster buck producer on Saturday when Bremen’s Shannon Alvis produced what will easily be one of the top bucks taken during the 2016-2017 Alabama deer season.

The massive buck, taken on the Black Warrior WMA, had 23 scorable points and biologists at the check station aged the buck at 8 1/2 years old. Alvis was...

University of Montevallo President Dr. John Stewart is a college president quite unlike any other. He is steadfast in his belief in the importance of secondary education of course, but it is his desire for students to be involved in hunting and fishing that surely sets him apart.

Last year, Dr. Stewart unveiled his plans for the University of Montevallo’s Outdoors Scholar...

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