June and July is a like being stranded in a desert for us hunters. Just a stretch of 61 days to sweat it out until August when we can start to really get ready for the fall hunting season.
There is one species to hunt in the summer and that is hogs! They are multiplying at an alarming rate across central Alabama and you could do a great service to your own hunting tract as well as others that join you by taking some hogs off the property. Hunting, day or night, over piles of corn, by using hog traps, hog dogs, whatever! Just do your part and make a start, by killing some of these destructive swine!
Did you know that hogs are carriers of over 30 deseases and host to 37 different parasites??! They have infected livestock, people, our dogs and can be deadly to domestic swine through the transmitting of brucellosis. A feral hog’s blood, meat, feces and urine can all infect humans with the brucellosis bacterium. While there have been only a dozen or so confirmed cases in Alabama over the past few years, Just as sure as the hog population is rising, you can bet the number of cases will rise as well. Yet, I see hunters that lay on hogs for photos after the hunt, they butcher the hogs without using latex gloves and take other chances that are just not necessary to take! Now I have eaten wild pigs on various ocassions over the past 30 plus years and had no problems other than eating too much when it is good BBQ. But, in my younger days, I took some risks in handling game animals that I will not take anymore. Shoot some Hogs, But! be careful in handling them until they are cooked!
Have you seen the deer hunting season updates for this upcoming season? there are a number of them! Including extending deer season in more counties across south Alabama from the south side of US Highway 80. This will include most counties with the exception of some parts of Henry, Houston, Russell and Lee counties. When the new season dates info is posted on the ALDCNR web site, I will post it on an upcoming weekly blog.
If you want to get an alligator tag this year it will cost you more! The tags are free but, the application fee has gone from $5. to $20. to cover the costs to the conservation department as they administer the alligator hunting season. Gators also have to be a minimum of 8 feet long. The deadline to apply for an alligator hunting permit is July 16th and will now be limited to one application onstead of being able to make multiple applications.there will only only be 50 tags issued for the west central zone.
In other changes they have passed a new rule for trappers to be able to trap raccoon and opossums year round. This is good since these two omnivorous critters are also spreading due to lack of predators and hunting. They both kill birds and various reptiles in large numbers so to reduce the population is a good thing. Raccoons are particularly detrimental to birds, amphibians and reptiles, consuming many eggs each year. Not to mention the association of raccons and deseases such as rabies being transmitted to pets who have not been properly vaccinated.
Watch for news about the Birmingham World Deer Expo coming next month! It is a good way to enjoy some “hunting” fun in the middle of these long hot summers!
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