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Very cool golf news out of Alabama!

Miguel Angel Jimenez has committed to play in the PGA Tour Champions 2017 Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The club, located in Hoover south of Birmingham, was the original home to the tournament, which at the time was known as the Bruno’s Memorial Classic.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 1.14.29 PM.pngGreystone is a gorgeous facility with a challenging layout. The tournament also has been held at Ross Bridge, an RTJ Trail course, and Shoal Creek Golf Club, which will play host to the USGA’s 2017 US Women’s Open.

The Bruno’s Memorial Classic began in 1991 as a way to bring fun, competitive golf with well-known albeit older PGA Tour players. That first event had Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez as guests, and was won by George Archer. Other winners over the years include Jim Dent, Alabama native Hubert Green, Hale Irwin and Andy Bean.

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FLW Tour Forrest Wood Cup champion John Cox and Stephanie Hutchinson with a couple of awesome @BienvillePlantation largemouth bass.

It’s been a few years since I was able to enjoy the fishing at Bienville Plantation, but the memories remain and always will. It’s a fantastic place. From the sounds of the news coming out of this legendary Florida outdoors getaway, more memories will be made soon by anglers and hunters.

Bienville Plantation has gotten a facelift on its awesome cabins and facilities, including expansion of the shooting sports complex. Along with the super lakes that offer bass fishermen untold opportunities for techniques — everything from topwaters and pitching plastics to crankbaits and swim jigs — the new owners have opened more lakes.

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Working Lands for Wildlife Projects in the Southeast

Working Lands for Wildlife Projects in the Southeast

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative moved a step closer to two of its major goals for landscape restoration of wild bobwhites – reconnecting cattle and quail, and reconnecting forests and quail – when the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the approval in December 2016 of two NBCI-led proposals to recognize bobwhites in the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife program.

“We were really pumped to receive two bobwhite proposals,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller, announcing the approval while on a Missouri farm. “These projects represent what’s best for America-family ownership, conservation, helping communities and partnerships.”

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Advancements in sonar and GPS technology are now helping anglers catch more fish in Alabama’s state lakes. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has updated State Public Fishing Lake contour maps originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s.

The new maps are more accurate, have finer detail and are less expensive to produce. Contour maps are available via the State Public Fishing Lakes page on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, outdooralabama.com.

“The older maps varied in depth and lacked the detail of the newer maps,” said Matt Marshall, WFF State Lakes Supervisor. “By updating the contour maps we hope to provide better information for anglers to catch more fish.”

To access the maps, click “state fishing lakes” in the Fishing drop-down menu on outdooralabama.com. From the state lakes page, click the link titled “Updated Contour and Depth Maps.” Then check State-Public Fishing Lakes, Lake Contours and Lake Depth under the Fishing option to the left of the interactive map and zoom in on the lake you would like to view.

The new maps are also available by clicking the “map” icon on the outdooralabama.com homepage.

WFF owns and operates 23 State Public Fishing Lakes in 20 counties throughout Alabama. These lakes range in size from 13 to 184 acres with a total of 1,912 surface acres. For more information about State Public Fishing Lakes, call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471, or visitwww.outdooralabama.com/alabama-state-public-fishing-lakes.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

SOURCEAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Paddlers can reserve one of six camping shelters along the Perdido River that accommodate up to eight people each. (Photo: ADCNR)

The Alabama State Lands Division has launched its new canoe trails website, www.alabamacanoetrails.com, with information and maps needed to plan an adventure on the Bartram Canoe Trail or the newly opened Perdido River Canoe Trail.

The site also makes it easy for paddlers to make overnight camping reservations for both trails.

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Alabama Wildlife Management Areas offer opportunities for hunters, anglers, birders, campers, hikers and others who take advantage of the public lands. The WMAs are managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Photo: ADCNR)

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) will host a series of Wildlife Management Area (WMA) listening sessions across the state this winter. The listening sessions will focus on the history of Alabama’s WMA system, how it is funded, habitat management efforts, future plans and ongoing research. WFF staff will also answer attendees’ questions.

“It’s important for hunters and others who utilize the state WMA system to understand how our WMAs operate and our management objectives,” said Keith Gauldin, WFF Wildlife Section Chief. “It is equally important for us to listen to the ideas and concerns of those hunters.”

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Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes migrate through north Alabama each winter and stop at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge holds a festival each January to celebrate these cool birds and other wildlife. (Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

DECATUR, Ala. — More than14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, a major stopping point on the birds’ migration route.

To celebrate these birds and other wildlife viewing opportunities, the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts a two day event bringing together experienced birders and those who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the refuge home. Sponsored by Toray, the fourth annual Festival of the Cranes is set for Jan. 14-15, 2017, at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Along with offering two days of nature walks, concerts, live raptors and special programs, there are additional nature-inspired exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the city before, during and after the festival.

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