Deer Archery Season opens Saturday, Oct. 14

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Deer Archery Season opens across Alabama on Oct. 14.  Alabama allows archers to use traditional archery methods, compound bows, and crossbows.

In Zone B of the state only antlered bucks can only be taken for the first 10 days of bow season.  Check the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) website or a 2018 game regulations book for more details go to:

http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/deer-hunting-season-bag-limits/

ASCNR reminds hunters to be safe while hunting this fall and always wear a safety harness from an elevated position.  Numerous accidents occur when hunters fall out of their tree stands.  Remember that hunters are required to report all deer and turkeys harvested through Alabama’s Game Check system. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through the OA mobile app or online at:
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State Conservation Enforcement Officers announce $750,000 fine for Illegally importing deer

October 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

In November 2016, Conservation Enforcement Officers with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division arrested deer breeder, Lewis H. “Sonny” Skinner, and his associate, Franklin Banks Loden, for knowingly importing six live white-tailed deer into Alabama from a farm in Indiana. Federal and state charges against the men were announced in Birmingham on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and prosecutors charged two Northport men with knowingly transporting and receiving white-tailed deer into the state – a violation of state law and the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold.

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Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day: Alabama businesses, parks, lakes and others offering discounts in recognition

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and others came together to promote National Hunting and Fishing Day, which will be observed this year on Saturday, Sept. 23. They also announced that a number of Alabama businesses, lakes and parks (both public and private), shooting ranges and others are offering discounts or waiving fees this Saturday.

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Ivey gives Taylor, Blankenship permanent roles

August 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Chris Blankenship and Hal Taylor are sticking around.

Blankenship, who was appointed the acting Commissioner of the Dept. of Agriculture, and Taylor, who was acting Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), had their acting tags removed by Governor Kay Ivey on Friday.

The pair will be the permanent heads of those departments going forward.

“Since I appointed (Blankenship and Taylor), both men have proven beyond any doubt their abilities to effectively lead their respective agencies,” Ivey said. “I am proud to appoint both men to serve permanently in their particular roles.”
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Participants in National Hunting and Fishing Day can win prizes

July 28, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Report

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that hunters and fishermen who participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) can win a vacation package.  NHF Day Challenge participants are eligible for a NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor experience

National Hunting and Fishing Day.  NHF day is an annual celebration of hunters and anglers.  Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting.
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A Red Snapper victory

June 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

We recently had a major victory for our area’s Red Snapper fishermen and the coastal communities, which benefit from a longer Red Snapper season.

Last Wednesday, the Federal Department of Commerce announced an emergency extension of the 2017, Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen. As you probably remember, it was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this year that the Red Snapper season would be just three days, the shortest season ever.
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Alabama leaders applaud Red Snapper announcement

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 13, 2017, The United States Department of Commerce announced an extension of the Federal Red Snapper season. Governor Ivey was notified Tuesday night yesterday of the decision.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement, “I am proud to report that President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have granted my request to extend the Federal Red Snapper season. The announcement comes after twice last week, once through a letter and once in person while at the White House, I asked President Trump to add to the season.”
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State Leaders angered over three-day Snapper season

May 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama fishermen can only catch and keep Red Snapper for three days this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Federal Red Snapper Recreational Seasons open for the private angling and Federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. local time. The private angler component season will be three days and the Federally permitted for-hire component season will be 49 days in Federal waters. Private Anglers must not take any red snapper after June 4, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.
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House Renews Magnuson-Stevens, Includes Some Reforms

June 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 1, US Representatives Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), and Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) voted for HR1335, “The Strengthening Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act” (the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization) and issued statements saying that the changes will benefit Alabama fishermen.

Congressman Byrne said: “Tonight was a big win for Red Snapper fishermen in the Gulf and fishermen all across the country. These provisions were designed to give the Gulf states control over the science and data collection as it relates to Red Snapper, and I believe that with better data and more flexibility for fisheries managers, we can get back to having a real Red Snapper season in the Gulf.”
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