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Will Little watched in dismay last hunting season as his home county of Lawrence County turned out monster buck after monster buck. The 21-year-old Mount Oak resident knew he had such a buck on his family’s property, and he had the trail-camera photos to prove it.

Will had spent two seasons hunting the huge buck, but he couldn’t figure the deer out. The buck traveled a...

For Greenville, Georgia’s Jason Tomlin, the opportunity to come to Alabama and hunt trophy whitetails was a dream come true. The trip did not disappoint. The 12-point buck he took in Cullman County was by far the biggest buck he had ever taken. He couldn’t wait to get back to Georgia to show it off.

The buck never made it out of Alabama.

Jason stopped at...

When the  Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) meets in February for its first meeting of 2018, the board will be without a couple of familiar faces and will be introducing two new ones.

Jessica Butler, of Scottsboro, and Greg Barksdale, of Hanceville—both appointees of Gov. Kay Ivey—have joined the board that sets the policies for the four DCNR...

With the youth opener and primitive weapons week in the books, all focus is on rifle season. Word is that plenty of food is still available for the deer, although the acorns are not far from being gone. This will mean deer will start spending more time on green fields.

Most of the youth hunters we heard from were successful. In fact, with six youth Truck-Buck entries over the...

Greg Owens, of Clanton, had a lot to be thankful for when he took down a massive Autauga County buck Thanksgiving morning. The buck has 22 points and grossed 189 inches when scored by Buckmasters Master Scorer Steve Lucas.
 
Greg woke up early on the morning of Nov. 23 and got into his climbing stand looking over a cutover. Other than seeing a couple does at dawn, his morning...

The opening day of the Alabama gun deer season is always a big deal in Marengo County, but this year there was special excitement in the small town of Thomaston.

The quaint town of less than 500 people welcomed the opening of the Alabama Whitetail Records Museum on the town square. Mounts of some of the biggest bucks ever taken in Alabama greeted the opening-weekend crowd who came...

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,...

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