As we say “farewell to February” most all of us turkey hunting addicts are honing our calling skills, scouting our hunting tracts for turkey signs, doing a little bit of off season feeding to keep the turkey interested in our place more than our neighbor’s place and marking off the days until the opening morning of the spring season in 16 days.
However, for those who have a young hunter they want to take to the spring woods for an early season turkey hunt, the opportunity is there next weekend, March 8th is a great event for “youngsters only” to pull the trigger on a big Alabama gobbler! I plan to take my granddaughter for a round of “Tom chasin” over in west Alabama on our family’s place in Greene County. If we get one or not will be secondary to how much fun we will have spending time together in the Turkey woods!
Other events happening for turkey enthusiasts is the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Hunting Heritage Banquets that are taking place around Alabama in the next few weeks. We just had ours in Elmore county last night at the Wetumpka Civic Center and it was a great evening where the folks around Elmore county showed up to enjoy a live auction, silent auction, raffles and door prizes galore all to raise money for the great cause of wild turkey preservation, conservation, and Habitat improving to benefit all types of wildlife across our state and country. If you hunt turkeys you should be a member of the NWTF! Click here to find out more and to locate a banquet schedule in case you want to be counted in the number of folks who are making a difference for the wild turkey! http://www.nwtf.org/alabama/ Montgomery chapter banquet is next week! Find out more details on the link above!
The AWF is holding a great Fishing event on March 15th and 16th at Lanark!
Come out to the Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook March 15-16, for a special Fishing Weekend. Enjoy catch and release fishing for catfish and bream in the Upper Pond and for bass and bream in the Bullfrog Pond.
“The spring weather is a great time for the public to fish in Alabama Nature Center’s well stocked ponds. Fishing is one of those activities that’s fun for the whole family,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Alabama Nature Center Community Education Coordinator.
The Alabama Nature Center will be open to the public Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All visitors of the Alabama Nature Center must check in at the Pavilion Outpost located inside the Lanark Pavilion before fishing or hiking the trails. General Admission is $4 per person/per day for adults, $2 per person/per day for ages 4 to 12, and children under 3 are free. A limited number of fishing poles will be available for $2 a day as well as a limited amount of bait for a small fee. Water, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.
The Alabama Nature Center, which includes five miles of nature trails and boardwalks that traverse a variety of forests, fields, streams, wetlands, and ponds, can be found at Lanark, just a few miles north of Montgomery and less than two miles from Interstate 65. Lanark is the State Headquarters of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the former estate of benefactors Isabel and Wiley Hill.
The Alabama Nature Center, a hands-on outdoor education facility located at Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama, is a joint project of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and benefactors Isabel and Wiley Hill. The Lanark property, State Headquarters for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, contains 350 acres of striking forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds that are traversed by five miles of trails and boardwalks including a tree top viewing platform. The Alabama Nature Center hosts a variety of outdoor education programs including Lanark Field Days events for youth and school groups, Expedition Lanark Summer Day Camp for children aged 5 – 15, and monthly weekend events for the general public.For more information about the Alabama Nature Center and the Alabama Wildlife Federation, call 334-285-4550 or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.