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Stokes Alabama Alligator

Amanda Stokes and her party (John Stokes, Savanah, Kevin and Parker Jenkins) from Thomaston, AL hauled in this 15 foot, 1011.5-pound gator from the waters near Millers Ferry Saturday morning, August 16, 2014. This is the largest gator to come out of Alabama during a regulated alligator hunt. (Photo distributed by ADCNR)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open online registration for the state’s 12th annual regulated alligator hunts June 2 at 8 a.m.

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TORQ electric vehicle

I saw the TORQ light electric vehicle for the first time at the 2015 Archery Trade Association show and was impressed. This is a neat vehicle with multiple possibilities for outdoors folks, hunters and recreational users.

Here’s a press release about the vehicle with more information:

A unique little electric vehicle combining innovation with the great outdoors is quickly becoming the talk of the industry and boasts its birthplace in Birmingham, Ala. The new eco-friendly TORQ Suppressor VLE (Very Light Electric) off-road ATV is designed for the adventure-seeking outdoorsman who wants more capability, maneuverability and overall performance in a hunting vehicle that can provide a stealthy and silent approach.

Available in single-seat and side-by-side versions, the TORQ Suppressor VLE is quicker, quieter, lighter and tighter by design. This innovative electric off-road vehicle satisfies one’s need for speed with a swift, stable and silent ride and is ideal for hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor recreation, as well as farming, ranching, land management, department of conservation and law enforcement use.

The TORQ Suppressor VLE has a midget-racing/hot-rod-inspired heritage and features a full-coverage roll cage, race-worthy four-point safety harness, quick-release steering wheel, fully independent front and rear suspension and all-wheel disc brakes, providing both youth and other adult riders with peace of mind, even when driving on the most challenging terrain. No detail has been overlooked in engineering this game-changing electric crossover vehicle.

Founder Steve Brown said he designed the TORQ Suppressor VLE to fill a void in the market with regard to off-road electric vehicles.
“Up until now, hunters have had few choices, using either modified golf carts or loud, gas-burning ATV’s to get them to their favorite tree stand,” Brown said. “We wanted to engineer a new breed of zero-emission, off-road electrics that combined silence, stability and performance in to a single vehicle.”
Brown has a successful background in ATV parts and manufacturing and only uses top-of-the-line components for his electric off-road vehicles.

Specifically designed for trail riding, this electric vehicle is perfect for getting to and from your tree stand, hunting grounds, setting game cams or for exploring trails and dirt roads yet discovered. The TORQ Suppressor VLE’s lightweight is also a key design feature, which makes it easier to transport and maneuver than most other electric vehicles of similar size.

“One unique feature that we are most proud of is that the Suppressor VLE is ideal for those with limited mobility who want more freedom in the great outdoors,” said Rick D’Andrea, director of sales and marketing.

The TORQ VLE’s standard automotive-style brake and throttle controls can be easily converted to utilize the well-designed and easy-to-use Sure Grip Push/Rock Hand-Control System for drivers with limited lower mobility.

Unlike other hand-control styles, the Push/Rock system puts the operating handle in a vertical position; the driver eases the handle back to accelerate and pushes forward to brake. This unique rocking motion allows full-range braking and acceleration with minimal hand travel while keeping the hand in a natural position. The mobility controls install fast and easy, since each TORQ Suppressor VLE has the systems’ anchor points already engineered into the frame.

The 2016 TORQ Suppressor VLE is equipped with a 48-volt AC Brushless motor from Advanced Motors and Drives, a Curtis 1236 450 Amp AC motor controller, a fully documented whole car logic wiring harness and a Curtis dash display with speed, mileage, time and battery percentage readout. The Suppressor VLE also features regenerative breaking and a selectable ECO/SPEED switch for greater versatility in the great outdoors. The firm has also joined forces with Crown Battery Company, a premium U.S. manufacturer of industrial grade AGM batteries, using eight, 6-volt sealed maintenance-free batteries along with an On-Board Charger designed specifically for recreational EV’s.

No gas engine means no messy oil changes or fuel to haul or handle. The TORQ Suppressor VLE‘s smart design means you’ll enjoy super low maintenance. Just plug in the onboard charger, and when the light turns green, you’re ready to go. It’s that easy.

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bank-roll-hero-shot

Back in the day, I couldn’t understand how my father and other anglers could be so patient with a jig tied on their line. Gaaa! Boring! Slow! Nothing fast about a jig!

But with age and trial-by-fire comes education and today, I’d probably take a jig first and foremost if anyone said “Pick just one” for bass fishing. Heck, I’d take a jig for catching redfish and maybe pike, too. Aggressive fish will blast ’em.

Check out the new jig from BOOYAH Baits. If you like to fish craws, worms and beaver-critters, this stand-up version may be the ticket for you.

The new Bank Roll Jig from BOOYAH Bait Co. was created with the help of some of this country’s best jig fishermen.

The stand-up jig features a top-heavy flat top design that keeps it upright on bottom – effectively standing on its head. The skirts are special, too. These unique skirts feature multiple colors and produce reflection like no other. Plus, it’s equipped with one of the strongest hooks available in a bass jig.

If used with a crawfish-imitating trailer, the Bank Roll keeps the claws up in a defensive position – exactly what bass are expecting to see when approaching a real craw. When used with a more-baitfish or beaver-style trailer, the Bank Roll swims with a slightly down-turned attitude and mimics baitfish feeding action when crawled slowly across the bottom.

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The angle of the hook adds up-and-down “floppy” action when shaken or lifted, and the long, full silicone skirts never seem to stop moving. When flipping or pitching to cover, the Bank Roll presents a natural, nose-down attitude that keeps the hook super-strong hook positioned for perfect hooksets.

The unique skirts mimic crawfish and bluegills with equal accuracy. BOOYAH limited color selection to only the top eight as determined by our pro anglers (ever try to get a dozen pro anglers to agree on anything?) to catch bass anywhere in the country. The Bank Roll is available in two sizes, 3/8- and ½-ounce.

For more information, go to www.booyahbaits.com.

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RTJ Trail Cards

2016 RTJ Trail Cards are now on sale at a special price of $35. Trail Cards can be purchased online or in the Pro Shop at any of our Trail sites, excluding Lakewood Golf Club.

Trail Card holders receive discounts on green fees and merchandise at all eleven RTJ Golf Trail sites. You can play some great courses including several that have hosted the PGA TOUR, PGA Champions Tour and LPGA Tour along with NCAA regional golf championships.

The RTJ Trail has a BYOB Scramble each year that’s pretty doggone popular. It’s billed as the World’s Largest Golf Tournament and will be Dec. 6 this year at the RTJ courses throughout Alabama. If you register for the BYOB Scramble you’ll get a free 2016 RTJ Trail Card included in the entry.

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As part of the National Wildlife Refuge Week celebration, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Refuge Visitor Center.

The visitor’s center is located on Alabama 67 south in Decatur.

Mallard ducks have begun arriving and will continue to do so at Wheeler NWR in the coming weeks as part of their annual autumn migration.  (Photo: Friends of Wheeler NWR)

Mallard ducks have begun arriving and will continue to do so at Wheeler NWR in the coming weeks as part of their annual autumn migration. (Photo: Friends of Wheeler NWR)

Come out and bring the kids for a day of outdoor activities. You can fish, learn the basics of archery, target shoot with air rifles, explore the corn maze, join in a bird count, take a tethered ride in a hot air balloon, learn about raptors and see them up close, watch a master flint knapper at work, and take in a nature flick in the auditorium. Ranger Kevin will be available at the catfish pond from 9 till 2 helping anyone age 5 to 12 catch the big one.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can bring your own fishing rod or use one of ours. We even supply the bait.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Wheeler staff will be available throughout the day instructing anyone in the fun and popular activity of archery. Tim Baker will be on hand demonstrating the art of flint knapping.  The Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be available with their popular “Jakes Take Aim” shooting simulator for ages 5 to 17.

Children can explore the corn maze and learn the importance of farming for wildlife, then learn to shell the corn the old fashioned way.

The Decatur Hot Air Balloon will be onsite offering tethered rides and Becky Collier from the Alabama 4H Center will be presenting Raptor Trek! featuring owls, hawks, and a bald eagle at 9am, noon, and 3pm.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Visitors can also join Refuge Manager Dwight Cooley at the Observation Building in “The Big Sit!”  This annual, international, noncompetitive all day event is a great introduction to birding.  Award winning conservation films, including a series of short films, America’s Wildest Places, featuring video tours of National Wildlife Refuges, will also be shown.  Call the Visitor Center at 256-350-6639 for a complete list of films and viewing times.

National Wildlife Refuges are dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats.  They also offer a wide range of wildlife-dependent recreation – from fishing, boating, hunting and hiking – to wildlife observation and photography, nature interpretation and environmental education.  The Refuge System includes more than 2,500 miles of land and water trails.  There is at least one National Wildlife Refuge in every state and one within an hour’s drive of most major cities.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge offers wildlife, environmental, and outdoor activities throughout the year.  All activities are free and the public is welcome.  Please visit the Wheeler NWR website at www.fws.gov/wheeler for more information or call the Visitor Center at 256-350-6639.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Source: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

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Colorfest, a two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone and sponsored by the Mentone Area Preservation Association, welcomes the arrival of the autumn season and all its colorful glory.

BandColorfest is set for October 18-19 and brings together art, music, food and other family-friendly activities as Mother Nature puts on a fabulous display of colors.

On Saturday morning, Oct. 18, gates open in Brow Park at 9 a.m. to a beautiful display of arts and crafts from more than 70 premier artists and craftsmen with breathtaking autumn views in the background. Swing by Mason Park to admire the Scarecrow Holler display and vote for your favorite handmade scarecrow.

This year’s event brings an additional blast of talent for festivalgoers to enjoy. The Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama and singers and musicians from area schools will perform throughout the weekend at the Children’s Festival, located in the side parking lot of Kamama Gallery. The Children’s Festival will also offer pony rides, pumpkin bowling, glitter tattoos, cookie decoration and a dunking booth where festival-goers have the opportunity to soak their favorite politician or other community leader.

Exciting, downhome mountain music fills the air beginning Friday evening, Oct. 17, with a two-hour tribute to the Beatles by David Lusk at the Mentone Inn pavilion from 8-10 p.m. Live music will keep festivalgoers on their toes throughout the weekend. Jess Goggans, Lisa Crow, Taylor Poff, Jared Cushen, Marc Womack, Silvia Constantino, Jerry Bloom, Ryan Keefe, Jordan Brown, Larry Joe Hall, David Lusk and Terry Hutcheson are slated to perform at the Brow Park pavilion.

Rise early Saturday morning for the One World Adventure Color Craze 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run before the festival. Modeled after popular color runs held across the country, participants will enjoy a scenic route beginning at Mason Park while being doused with colored powder. Sign in and race day registration begin at 7 a.m. with the first wave starting at 7:50 a.m. For more information and a registration form, visit www.oneworldadventureco.com/fall-fundraising-events/.

MuleDuring festival hours, the Taste of Mentone will be underway giving festival-goers an opportunity to try a signature dish from one of the many locally owned eateries. Additional activities include a huge scavenger hunt, a silent auction, horse carriage rides, and a Fish Fry hosted by One World Adventure at the Mentone Inn backyard pavilion on Friday from 3:30-7 p.m. Cost is $10 each and includes a heaping plate of fresh catfish, Dave’s hushpuppies, homemade slaw, drink and dessert.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brow Park is located off of Alabama Highway 117, north at the caution light in Mentone. All activities are held rain or shine and festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Admission is free.

Sponsors include Jet Polymer Recycling, DeKalb Tourism, Skelton Orthodontics, Kamama Gallery, Wildflower Café, Mentone Realty, Custom Home Designs, Mentone Camps (Camp Laney, Alpine Camp, Camp Skyline, Camp DeSoto, and Riverview Camp), Wilson Funeral Home and Crematory, Accel Graphics, First Fidelity Bank, The Citizens Bank of Valley Head, Bruce’s Foodland, Westmoreland Tire Company, Valley Head Drugs, First State Bank of DeKalb, Dixie Salvage, BJ Foodmart, and Mountain Top Country Store.

For more information on Colorfest or on additional things to do in and around DeKalb County, contact DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.

Source: DeKalb Tourism

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