US Sen. Marco Rubio to endorse Will Ainsworth for Lieutenant Governor

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will be in Birmingham on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Sen. Rubio reportedly will endorse state Rep. Will Ainsworth for Alabama Lieutenant Governor.

“Come hear Senator Marco Rubio’s endorsement of our campaign on Thursday. The campaign is sponsoring the first 50 people to get in for free to the Reception. It starts at 6:00 PM and goes until 6:45 PM. It is located at the East Hall on the 3rd Floor in Meeting Room 3. Let us know if you would like to come,” Rep. Ainsworth said on social media.

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State proposes 2018 commercial paddlefish season

October 27, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that qualified holders of an Alabama Commercial Freshwater Fishing License for fiscal year 2016-17 are eligible to participate in a drawing for an Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area Commercial Paddlefish Harvester Permit for the 2018 paddlefish harvest season.

ADC&NR Fisheries Section said that residents of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois who are licensed to harvest paddlefish in their state of residence are also eligible to participate in the season, which is proposed to run the entirety of February 2018.

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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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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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An agri-business center would be a great addition to the mega sports complex

September 8, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford
State House of Representatives

Tourism and hospitality are a $13 billion a year industry in the state of Alabama. That number comes from the Alabama Department of Tourism, and it was included in a press release Gov. Ivey put out last month.

But tourism and hospitality don’t just come from our beautiful beaches and college football. Alabama brings tourists from all over the country to participate in fishing and golf tournaments, space camp and tours of the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, travel ball sports and many, many more events.

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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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Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus promotes hunting and fishing in state economy

March 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 8, 2017 the Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its annual luncheon on the state Capital grounds.

State Representative Randy Davis (R from Daphne) and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R from Anniston) chair the caucus. Chairman Davis said that that the Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was started in April of 2009. It is one of 48 Legislative Sports Caucuses across the country.
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2016 Red Snapper Season Will Be Just Nine Days

April 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Alabama leaders denounced a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to limit the 2016 red snapper season for private fisherman to just nine days. Charter boat captains got some relief from NOAA. They were given a 46 day season in which clients pay harvest the popular table fish. Fisherman are allowed to fish for red snapper outside of the prescribed season, but must release all red snapper caught outside of the season. Fishermen may only keep two fish per day and the minimum fish kept is sixteen inches long. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama), U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, and state Auditor Jim Zeigler all released statements calling the nine day plan unacceptable.
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State to Shut down “Outdoor Alabama” Magazine

December 10, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 9, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that December will be the last issue of Outdoor Alabama.  The agency blamed budget cuts passed on to them by the State legislature.

In a statement on Facebook the popular hunting and fishing magazine announced, “We are very sorry to announce that Outdoor Alabama magazine is ceasing publication with the December 2015 issue. Current subscribers will receive the December calendar issue later this month. A letter with refund options for subscribers should arrive in mailboxes soon.”
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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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