Archive for August, 2016

On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and “piney” woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true. For most of the year one hears only the peaceful sounds of nature.

On Labor Day, however, the quiet is broken when folks gather for the annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration. They come to have a good time and to pay tribute to the dogs and to those who loved them, especially the cemetery’s founder, Mr. Key Underwood, and the first dog buried here.



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Bruno Event Team a Birmingham-based sports marketing and event management company announced today that DeeDee Mathis will be joining the team as senior vice DeeDee Mathispresident of marketing. Mathis will oversee Bruno Event Team’s Creative Works Division and Ticketing Division.

“We are thrilled to have DeeDee join our team,” stated Gene Hallman, Bruno Event Team president and CEO. “She is a strategic thinker with a wealth of industry knowledge in marketing, digital media and advertising and we look forward to what she has to bring to the table.”

Most recently, DeeDee was vice president of digital sales for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., one of the top publishers of local news and information in the United States. Prior to that position she spent 11 years an Alabama media group leading a statewide team of digital marketing executives, managers and directors.  

“I’m excited to join Bruno Event Team,” Mathis said. “I have always admired the tremendous talent of this group, and I am looking forward to working with one of the leaders in this industry.”

Mathis received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama. She resides in Vestavia Hills, Ala. with her husband.

Source — Bruno Event Team

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service, shows overall duck numbers in the survey area are statistically similar to 2015 and remain steady.

DU Waterfowl outlookTotal populations were estimated at 48.4 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 38 percent above the 1955-2015 long-term average. The 2015 estimate was 49.5 million birds. The projected mallard fall flight index is 13.5 million birds, similar to the 2015 estimate of 13.8 million.

The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2016 breeding population survey were generally poorer than last year.

The total pond estimate for the U.S. and Canada combined was 5.0 million, which is 21% below the 2015 estimate of 6.3 million but similar to the long-term average of 5.2 million.

“In light of the dry conditions that were observed across much of the northern breeding grounds during the survey period, it is reassuring to see that the breeding population counts were little changed from last year,” said DU Chief Scientist Scott Yaich. “But, with total pond counts similar to the long-term average, and with hunting season and winter mortality being a relatively small part of annual mortality, it’s not surprising to see that populations largely held steady.

“What’s not reflected in the report is that there was fairly significant improvement in habitat conditions after the surveys were completed,” Yaich said. “In some key production areas, heavy June and July rains greatly improved wetland conditions. This could benefit brood rearing and the success of late nesting species, as well as give a boost to overall production through re-nesting by early nesting species.

“Watching the changing habitat over the spring and summer this year underscores the importance of two things: First, we must simply accept that habitat and populations are going to vary over time. They always have and they always will. Second, that’s why we need to keep a steady hand on the course of our conservation efforts. Our job is to steadily make deposits into the habitat bank account so that when the precipitation and other conditions are right, the ducks will do the job that they do so well, which is to produce more ducks and provide us all a nice return on our investments.”

The spring surveys provide the scientific basis for many management programs across the continent, including hunting regulations. Individual states set their hunting seasons within a federal framework of season length, bag limits and dates. Hunters should check the rules in their states for final dates and bag limits.

View all the data and get a species-by-species breakdown at www.ducks.org/DuckNumbers.

SOURCE — Ducks Unlimited

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Youth Dove Hunting AC

Alabama’s16th annual youth dove hunts in two zones have been scheduled for 2016, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

North zone hunts begin Sept. 10. South zone hunts begin Sept. 17. For the complete hunt schedule and registration information, visit www.outdooralabama.com/youth-dove-hunts.

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Honey bearsFarmers have sold their wares in the United States since Colonial days, offering fruits and veggies along with ciders, beers, whiskey, honey and other goodies.

Farmers markets today span the gamut from slick, streamlined and organized affairs — probably because a city or community somehow could make money — to roadside gatherings that become known among locals.


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Wade “WC” Hodges, a rising junior at Georgia Southern University, is the 2016 Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award recipient. Presented by the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America (OJEFA), the award provides an aspiring young outdoors communicator with a scholarship to attend the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA).

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Wade “WC” Hodges

“I applied for the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award because I saw it as a great opportunity to showcase my God-given talents to professionals in the industry,” Hodges said. “By going to the conference, I hope to gain wisdom and knowledge from those at the top of the outdoor communications field while also establishing essential relationships that could help advance my career. I think this conference is a great chance for me to get my foot in the door and hopefully lead me to where I want to be. I am expecting to meet a lot of influential people while I am there and create friendships that will last a lifetime.”

SEOPA President Gil Lackey said, “Our goal is to encourage young folks to pursue a career in outdoor media. It’s inspiring to watch the younger generation meet and learn from outdoors icons at the SEOPA conference. I can’t wait to meet Wade and welcome him into the SEOPA family.”

Hodges will be one of at least six communicators at the upcoming conference under the age of 26. The October conference will be in Lakeland, Fla.

Stu Tinney, founder of the original Striper magazine and tournament series, is the benefactor of the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. His donation of $25,000 at the 2013 conference is restricted for the sole purpose of providing this conference scholarship. Tinney established the award to honor his late wife, Lindsay Sale-Tinney, and her love of the outdoors, animals, children, photography and education.

“The SEOPA conference provides a super venue for networking, learning and enjoying fellowship with like-minded individuals,” Tinney said. “I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to Lindsay than to send young outdoor communicators to a SEOPA conference.”

To learn more about the Lindsay Sale-Tinney award, please watch this short video produced by previous recipient Josh Honeycutt at Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award.

The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Inc., has been helping outdoor communicators and allied industry representatives excel in their professions since 1964. Membership includes a wide range of communicators from traditional and new media, supporting outdoor industry partners, tourism and CVBs, agencies, organizations and others.

The Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in 2004 to further education, research and network opportunities in the field of outdoor journalism for students, active outdoor journalists and outdoor journalist organizations.

SOURCE: Southeastern Outdoor Press Association

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