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A Choctaw County man was paralyzed and left fighting for his life in a Mississippi hospital after being bitten by a coral snake in his front yard in Gilbertown.

Coral snakes have the most toxic venom of any North American snake, but bites are almost unheard of because of the snake’s rarity and its inability to strike like other poisonous snakes. The coral snake has no fangs,...

An Oneonta man’s 80-lb. blue catfish has been certified as a line-class world record by the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Johnny Owen caught the big blue catfish while fishing at Inland Lake, the industrial water supply for the city of Birmingham. The 1,536-acre lake is located in Blount County.

The catfish had a certified weight of exactly 80 pounds...

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 Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will open online registration for the state’s 13th annual regulated alligator hunts on June 5 at 8 a.m. Registration must be completed by 8 a.m., July 11. A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22, and...

Alabama’s recreational red snapper fishermen will head to the Gulf of Mexico on June 1 for what is touted to be the start of a 47-day season, but fishermen should be warned that the 47 days should read “a potential 47 days.”

The season could actually be shorter, or it could go longer.

Alabama—not federal officials—will manage the red...

We think predator control—particularly on coyotes, which are a non-native, invasive species in Alabama—is very important. To help promote this concept, AON is bringing back our annual Coyote Cull this June and July.

This year we are offering three great prizes with a total value of more than $1,300.

By leveraging great support from industry sponsors who...

It was a very good year for Alabama’s student archers at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Eastern National Championship. Placing in the top five of their shooting categories were two Alabama teams and four individual students. Additionally, an Alabama elementary school student was chosen as an Easton Academic Archer and five Alabama students made the NASP All-American...

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...

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