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AL Regs 2014

AL Regulations

Note it BEFORE You Tote It!…..says DCNR


Hunters are required to possess an accurate, up-to-date harvest record with them at all times while hunting deer and turkey.  Watch the Alabama DCNR’s “Outdoor Alabama” requirements for your hunting license and harvest record.  Saying you didn’t know just won’t hack it with the Game Warden!

Access to Archery Increases With New Facilities

Community Archery Park Range


Two new community archery parks are now open in Lincoln and Heflin, and the next one will open on October 12 in Ozark, Ala. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery.  Visit the BHA Website for Archery Range Locations.  All the Community Archery Parks (CAP) is posted on the map.  You can click on the individual locations for more information.  It is under the Resources tab.

BowTech Insanity Receives Recognition

Monday September 25, 2012

Source: The Archery Wire

The Insanity CPX, BowTech’s flagship model for 2012, was recently recognized as the most outstanding in its class by two different national hunting and outdoor magazines; Petersen’s Hunting and Field & Stream.

The Insanity SPX received the Editor’s Choice Award from Petersen’s Hunting, recognized as being of the highest quality, innovative design, and of the utmost utility for today’s bowhunter.

“For the last three years, Petersen’s Hunting has awarded manufacturers with the Editor’s Choice Award for best-in-class products. This award is given to products that embody the ideal combination of quality, craftsmanship, ingenuity and value. Hundreds of products are thoroughly tested by staff writers and editors in real-world conditions. Where scientific measures can be used for quantifiable results, they are. Where they can’t, years of hunting experience and practical field knowledge become the yardstick.” Petersen’s Hunting

Additionally, the BowTech Insanity CPX received the “Best of the Best” Award from Field & Stream.

“This bow surprised my testing team, a group of guys known to bash ‘speed’ bows. Nothing wrong with a fast arrow, of course, but speed usually comes at a price-a rugged draw, unconquerable noise, thrumming vibration-that most bowhunters don’t want to pay. The Insanity, however, managed to solve those issues and nose out some heavy competition.

“It broke the 300-fps barrier while flinging a 425-grain

hunting arrow, only the second manufacturer’s bow to accomplish that feat in the history of our test. That speed comes from BowTech’s aptly named Overdrive Binary Cam, which rolled over nicely at the 70-pound test weight; crank the weight down 10 pounds and the draw would be effortless. The back wall was rock solid, and the bow had wonderful balance. 

BowTech has incorporated a lot of new technology, too, including the FLX-Guard, which reduces riser torque and nock travel.” -Field & Stream.

Conservation Groups Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Wildlife Restoration Act

September 26, 2012


Montgomery – State Rep. Randy Davis (R – Daphne), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, joined with officials from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as well as representatives of hunting and fishing organizations, on Wednesday to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife Restoration Act, the landmark federal legislation that dedicates excise taxes collected at the manufacturers’ level on hunting arms and ammunition to the states to pay for wildlife management.

“In the early 1900s, several species of wildlife were disappearing altogether because of habitat loss, over harvest and lack of management programs, but the Wildlife Restoration Act changed all of that,” Davis, who passed a legislative resolution recognizing the anniversary, said. “The dramatic turnaround that has occurred since that time and the abundance of wildlife we enjoy today is especially important in Alabama, where so much of our economy is based on the hunting and fishing opportunities we offer.”

The Wildlife Restoration Act, signed into law in 1937 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provides 3-to-1 matching grants to the states to be used for reintroduction of declining species, acquisition of wildlife habitat, hunter education and other wildlife-related work. Under the Act, state hunting license revenues are matched 3-to-1 from monies derived from an 11 percent excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. The Sport Fish Restoration Program, signed into law in the 1950s, established a similar funding source for fisheries-related work.

“Hunters and anglers pay for management and protection of wildlife and fisheries resources enjoyed by all of society,” said Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. “The benefits of hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation to Alabama and its citizens are significant in terms of economic impact and quality of life.”

Among the groups represented at the event were the Alabama Bass Federation Nation; Alabama Chapter, Ducks Unlimited; Alabama Chapter, Quail Unlimited; Alabama Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation; Alabama Dog Hunters Association; Alabama Quail Hunters Association; Alabama Wildlife Federation; Bow Hunters of Alabama; Coastal Conservation Association; East Alabama Rabbit Hunters; Hunting Heritage Foundation/H.U.N.T. Alabama; Mobile Bass Anglers Association; National Rifle Association; and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Bear Archery Releases 5 Brand New Bows For 2013

Source: The Outdoor Wire

Evansville, IN – This past week Bear Archery revealed their lineup for 2013, five brand new top-end bows and five reasons that make Bear Archery the hottest bow company out there. The climb to the top all started six years ago with the successful launch of the Truth bow, and it has been up hill ever since, completely out-doing themselves each year and gaining the kind of momentum that has the competition feeling nervous. This year’s launch is all about super performance; top-end bows and includes the launch of the brand new Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System which is featured on three of the five bows.

“This is going to be a big year for Bear, there is absolutely no question that this new line up of bows is the fastest, yet the smoothest shooting bows on the market. We have a bow for everyone out there and the consumer does not have to make sacrifices getting what they want, not on the draw cycle, the shot or their bank account”, stated Jack Bowman, President of Bear Archery.

Each year, bow companies launch what is considered a flagship bow, this year Bear launched five including 3 Hybrid Cam bows and 2 single cams that range from $599 – $899.

– The Motive 6 is the fastest bow in the line up with an IBO speed rating of 350 fps. This bow sits on a very comfortable 32″ axle to axle length coupled with a 6″ brace height and features the all new Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System. The Motive 6 retails for $899.

– Want speed and forgiveness? Here you go, the Motive 7 comes with forgiving 7″ brace height, 32″ axle to axle length and is powered by the Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System that will send an arrow down range at a 340 fps IBO speed rating. The Motive 7 retails for $899

– Bear Archery for years has been known for smooth, quiet and smoking fast single cam bows, and this year is no exception with the introduction of the all new Bear Empire. At a 32″ axle to axle length, 7″ brace height and 330 FPS speed rating the new Bear Empire will leave you speechless after the shot. The Empire retails for $849.

– Speed doesn’t have to cost you, not at the cash register and certainly not on the draw cycle. The all new Bear Method retailing at $649 gives you every ounce of top-end performance at an incredible price. The Method is 33″ axle to axle and boasts a forgiving 6.75″ brace height and shoots an incredible 340 fps IBO rating.

– Bear’s philosophy of bringing value and performance in the same package to the consumer continues this year with the brand new and smartly priced $599 Bear Domain bow. The E3 Single Cam is housed on a 33″ axle to axle length and has a 7″ brace height and shoots an IBO speed rating of 322 fps. The Domain is every bit the performer the other bows are, with technology and innovation that leaves money in your pocket.

“Bows have already begun shipping and are already available at many dealers that took advantage of our 2013 preview program. So far the response to the product line has been overwhelming, which is a trend we expect to continue as our sales reps make their way into the shops this fall”, said Jeff Pease, National Sales Manager with Bear Archery.

The Motive 6, Motive 7 and Empire bows are available in the following finishes: Realtree, Realtree AP Snow/Black, Shadow Series Black, Red/Black and Green/Black.

The Method bow is available in Realtree and Shadow Series Black.

The Domain is available in Realtree only.

Both Method and Domain bows are available in an RTH package featuring Trophy Ridge Accessories.

Bear Archery manufactures and distributes a full-line of archery products including compound bows, traditional bows, quivers, arrow rests, fiber optic sights, stabilizers, and other related accessories under the Bear Archery, Trophy Ridge and Rocket Broadheads brands. For additional information regarding Bear Archery, Trophy Ridge or Rocket Broadheads, please visit:,, and

Jason Pickerill 812-467-1330

Scent-Lok Wins Lawsuits Challenging Carbon Hunting Clothing

Monday, October 1, 2012
Source: The Outdoor Wire
ALS Enterprises, Inc., which makes Scent-Lok® odor reducing carbon hunting apparel, has claimed a complete victory in the nine federal lawsuits that challenged Scent-Lok®’s ability to control human odor. After over five years of litigation, plaintiffs finally said “uncle” and agreed to take nothing and dismiss all of the pending lawsuits with prejudice. The final straw for plaintiffs was the district court’s August 17, 2012 Order dismissing the first-filed Minnesota case. In that Order, the district court noted the extent to which these lawsuits were lawyer-driven: “The Court is firmly convinced that ‘this litigation is so feeble that it is best to end it immediately,’ as its ‘only goal . . . appears to be fees for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.’ Indeed, it would simply ignore reality to believe that this case is about anything other than fees at this juncture, given the small number of Plaintiffs and the paltry damages they could recover if they were to prevail. There exists no perceptible public benefit.”Less than a week later, plaintiffs in the eight other lawsuits agreed to end those lawsuits as well. As explained in the final dismissal orders, an example of which is attached, Scent-Lok® products give hunters a real advantage:”Expert testing found that, using highly elevated test odor concentrations that were ‘likely a ten thousand fold greater than a human body could produce in the course of 24 hours,’ Scent-Lok® carbon hunting clothing fabrics blocked 96-99% of the odor compounds, and essentially 100% of the surrogate body odor compounds tested.”As exemplified by the test results below, Scent-Lok® carbon hunting clothing fabrics dramatically outperformed non-carbon fabrics at blocking odor permeation in head-to-head testing:

Test Sample
(sample time = 1 hour)
% Reduction
Odor Permeation

Fleece Balaclava w/out carbon
Fleece Balaclava w/Scent-Lok®

Base Layer w/out carbon
Base Layer w/Scent-Lok®

Hunting Jacket w/out carbon
Hunting Jacket w/Scent-Lok®

Hunting Pants w/out carbon
Hunting Pants w/Scent-Lok®

“Expert testing also found that after drying, or washing and drying, Scent-Lok carbon fabrics continue to be highly effective at blocking odor permeation.”

Greg Sesselmann, Scent-Lok®’s president and the inventor of carbon hunting clothing, commented: “We are gratified and vindicated by the end of these nine lawsuits. It gives me great satisfaction that Scent-Lok® products were shown without question to be highly effective at reducing odors, which allows hunters to get close to wildlife and experience the beauty of nature like never before. It saddens me to think that lawyers are allowed to abuse the legal system and companies like us with groundless lawsuits.”

“Our customer satisfaction level is extremely high, based on survey evidence and unsolicited testimonials from hunters, because Scent-Lok® products work unbelievably well,” Sesselmann remarked. “Customers don’t need an attorney to get total satisfaction from Scent-Lok®; because our products come with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. On behalf of our consumers and retail partners, we remain focused on making products for the best hunting experience in the world.”