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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...

Truck-Buck Scoring April 7

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, so you don’t miss out on your chance to win a brand-new Chevy truck.

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It seems that anyone who has hunted deer for any length of time has a story about that special buck, that buck too smart that no one can kill him.

Sylacauga’s Will Davis and a lot of others have lost sleep through the years trying to figure out the movements of the mysterious Shelby County buck they affectionately called “The Ghost.”

Will himself had...

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. From year to year, the survey provides an...

Matt Choate, of Huntsville, killed a huge Madison County giant buck on Jan. 12. The 16-point tallied up a gross score of 184 5/8 inches of antler. Matt willl have to wait 60 days before getting an official B&C score on the rack.

According to Matt, the buck started showing up on his cameras on Halloween three years ago. The buck was then fondly named “Punkin’...

Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting death of a hunter in Wilcox County, but authorities are staying tight-lipped about the case and releasing few details.

ALEA officials identified the dead hunter as Robert Shane Manley, 47, of Mobile, but said little else because it is an ongoing investigation....

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...

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