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If we learned anything during the 2016-2017 duck season in Alabama, it’s that the old cliché that the third time is the charm doesn’t hold true for duck hunting in our state.

Alabama suffered its third consecutive dismal duck season last year. The thousands of Alabamians who jumped on the duck-hunting bandwagon thanks to the TV show Duck Dynasty are now wondering...

A 15-year-old Jefferson County teen was killed Monday, Nov. 13, in a hunting accident. According to authorities,  a rifle was being lowered to her from a tree stand when the gun discharged.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the teen as Alyssa Scott, a student at Oak Grove High School.

Alyssa was participating in the four-day special youth...

While visiting the Wheeler National Refuge, Decatur’s Kenneth Stuart has seen kayakers and adults on stand-up paddleboards. He’s seen kids in knee-high water. He’s seen fishermen putting their hands in the water to retrieve fish.

He’s also seen 12- and 13-foot alligators.

“I woke up one night in a cold sweat,” he said. “I have...

Truck-Buck XI kicked off at daylight on Oct. 14. AON subscribers who archery hunt are now looking to collect the highest-scoring buck in one of four weeks of bow season and win a Mathews Halon bow, a prize valued at $1,100. Those same four hunters will stand on the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out stage next summer and compete for a brand-new Chevy 4X4 pickup truck. Sound too good to be true? It’s...

Most hunters probably learned their woodsmanship skills as children venturing into the fields and forests beside a parent, grandfather, uncle or a family friend.

However, many young adults today missed that experience because they had no one to take them. Groups often create special opportunities for youths, but what about young adults who want to learn how to hunt and can’t...

A former Alabama Conservation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year has resigned his game warden’s post after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting at the Bass Pro Shops in Prattville.

James “Hasty” Hudson, 56, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft, according to Prattville police. According to the police report, Hudson was wearing his game warden uniform...

Truck-Buck XI kicks off at daylight on Oct. 14. AON subscribers who archery hunt will be looking to collect the highest-scoring buck in Week 1 of Truck-Buck (Oct. 14-20) and win a Mathews Halon bow, a prize valued at $1,100. That same hunter will stand on the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out stage next summer and compete for a brand-new Chevy 4X4 pickup truck. Sound too good to be true? It’s not... but...

Over the years, AON’s Dial A Tracking Dog list has helped plenty of Alabama hunters find their deer. This is a great list to keep in your truck, and you may also want to program some of these numbers into your cell phone.

When you call a dog-handler, keep the following in mind:

• Discuss payment for services prior to having a handler come out.

This season, some Alabama sportsmen will be able to enjoy new hunting opportunities on some special public hunting lands. Dubbed Special Opportunity Areas (SOA), four small parcels will provide public hunting opportunities that will almost seem like hunting on private land.

“We have lost some significant acreage from our wildlife management area system over the past several...

In what is already well on its way of becoming the most expensive game violation in Alabama state history, a Sumter County deer-breeding farm owner and his associate have been charged by federal officials with transporting Indiana deer into Alabama.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham charged Northport’s Lewis H. Skinner, 56, and his associate, 56-year-old Franklin...

Just about everyone has an item or two on their bucket list. Maybe it is taking a trip to Hawaii, or maybe attending a Super Bowl. You know, things that are actually attainable.

For Orange Beach’s Christopher Vecsey, an item on his bucket list seemed more than a little farfetched. He wanted to catch a swordfish from his kayak. Yeah, right.

Chances are that if...

Millions of deer hunters across the U.S. will climb into trees in the upcoming months as deer hunting seasons begin in each state. Tens of thousands of those tree climbers will be in Alabama.

With numbers like that, the law of averages tells you that a number of people are going to fall. Just how many people fall, and how serious are their injuries?

The University of...

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...

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