In partnership with the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), Ben will work with private landowners and hunting clubs to establish and support QDM Cooperatives in Southwest Alabama. He will also work closely with the AWF’s Land Stewardship Assistance biologists to encourage and facilitate management practices that enhance wildlife habitat and meet landowner objectives.
A bill to allow hunters to buy licenses to hunt deer and feral hogs over bait has passed the Alabama Legislature after several years of falling short.
Where I’m from, we like guns. They are as much a part of our story as Jesus, “Roll Tide,” and monograms. Even if you’ve never shot one, you appreciate the romance.
Drought conditions in Alabama left many hunters unable to plant fall food plots. Those that did plant likely have very poor food plots due to the lack of rain. While food plots provide great hunting areas, and food in times of nutritional stress, they are only one very small piece of the puzzle when it comes managing for white-tailed deer and other wildlife. Those that have been managing for natural food sources likely have healthier deer herds and increased deer sightings.
Help may be on the way for a hog problem in north Jefferson County. Community leaders in Gardendale are planning their next step in dealing with the issue and they’re asking for input from people like John Epps.
Just about everything green you see on the Castle Pines Golf Course is under the care of Epps. He cuts the grass, prunes the trees, and hunts wild hogs.