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Deer*Turkey
Ruzic Farms
Michael Davis
1450 Cattle Drive
Coatopa, AL 35470
Ph 205-499-6472
Ruzic Farms family owned and operated for over 50 years. Experience some of the best trophy hunting in west alabama. Ruzic farms offers 2800 acres of private owned land consisting of mature hardwoods and open meadows on the ten tom river. We have an excellent deer herd with bucks ranging from 120-170 class. Ruzic Farms is also known for its abundance of wild turkey.
Deer*Turkey*Wild Hog*Quail
Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation
BOX 629
Union Springs, AL. 36089
Main 334-738-5066
Home 334-281-5670
Fax 334-738-8329
Great Southern Outdoors offers a bountiful sportsman's paradise. Open to the public in 1999. There are six thousand acres of naturally beautiful land abundant with wildlife and full of southern heritage. This dream destination for any outdoorsman or woman consists of prime habitat for deer, turkey, quail and hogs. Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation is owned and operated by the Pritchett family dating back to the 1800's. 6000 acres of naturally beautiful land abundant with wildlife and full of southern heritage makes this a dream destination for any outdoor enthusiast. The plantation consists of prime habitat for whitetail deer, eastern turkey, bobwhite quail and wild hogs. Great Southern Outdoors prides itself in trophy deer management. This means taking care of our deer herd year round. So fields stay full of grain sorghum, iron clay peas, and other protein supplements. This insures the best in antler development and maintains a large deer herd. This has resulted in what we consider a perfect deer ratio (about 1.4 to 1). 
Deer
Indian Creek Farms
778 First Baptist Church Road
Midway, Alabama 36053
Ph 334-616-1109
Ph 888-307-8773
 Long Before the popular acceptance of Quality Deer Management, bowhunter John Miller realized that age, nutrition and superior genetics were foundational for producing white-tailed deer. John realized that in his home state of Alabama, trophy bucks were rare because trophy deer management was virtually unheard of, so he began his quest for the perfect piece of property where he could invest his passion for true trophy deer management.crops for both summer and winter grazing to ensure maximum. Long Before the popular acceptance of Quality Deer Management, bowhunter John Miller realized that age, nutrition and superior genetics were foundational for producing white-tail deer. John realized that in his home state of Alabama, trophy bucks were rare because trophy deer management was virtually unheard of, so he began his quest for the perfect piece of property where he could invest his passion for true trophy deer management. 
Deer*Turkey*Hog*Dove
Brian Daniels Guide Service
128 Darlington Road
Camden, AL 36726
Ph 334-682-4260
Cell 850-516-9760
We offer  Deer Hunts, Hog Hunts, Spring Turkey Hunts, and Corporate or Individual Dove Hunts. Come experience the wildlife with us on Alabama's beautiful gulf coast. 
Deer*Turkey*Hog*Quail*Waterfowl
Hawkins Ridge Lodge
John or Craig Hawkins
910 County Road 79 South
Eufaula, Alabama 36027
Phone 334-687-6820
Phone 334-695-2258
Alabama has some of the best Whitetail deer hunting and Eastern Wild turkey hunting in the southeast. Hawkins Ridge Lodge is located in a relatively undeveloped part of Alabama, and our lodge is located on one of the largest unbroken tracts of land in the southeast. Being known for its big deer and large turkeys, Hawkins Ridge Lodge, with its fine accommodations, is the place to plan your next hunt. We also offer Duck hunts to accommodate all your hunting desires. The terrain we hunt is a basically dense type of terrain as is all of Alabama hunting.  All of our biggest deer are killed out of stands or houses. We plant over 250 food plots for our turkey and deer. Each time you're in the woods you can hunt from a different stand if you wish. All of our land has been managed for trophy deer for years. The bucks that you will be harvesting must have at least 8 points or have at least sixteen inch spread. You will also be able to take does, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes. Hawkins Ridge Lodge has been in operation for more than 20 years managing under a strict managing program for trophy bucks. Our hunting guest are only allowed to take 8 point bucks or larger if the buck does not have 8 points it must have a minimum of 16 inch inside spread While hunting with us you can also take 2 does, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes. This allows young bucks to mature so that you will have an excellent chance to harvest a trophy animal. Our whitetail deer hunts are all free chase with no fences.
FISHING

Bass
Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation

BOX 629
Union Springs, AL. 36089
Main 334-738-5066
Home 334-281-5670
Fax 334-738-8329
In addition to year round hunting opportunities, Great Southern Outdoors guest enjoys  our 88 acre lake full of large mouth bass, blue gill, crappie and catfish, just waiting to tighten up your line and send you scrambling for the net….dreaming of landing a 10 pound bass? You may be the next lucky guest to reel in a record catch! Boats are available and ready to go! Great Southern Outdoors will announce the opening of 2 new lakes which are under construction in the near future… watch for updates.Anyone who knows anything about us has heard the name Mark Davis…Mark is a favorite person here at Great Southern Outdoors and we always welcome him back anytime he can come.
Bass
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ndian Creek Farms
778 First Baptist Church Road
Midway, Alabama
Phone 334-616-1109
Ph 888-307-8773
Indian Creeks two lakes offer world class trophy bass as well as some of the finest bluegill you could ever have. Our 85 acre lake has a great base and lots of structure for those big ones to thrive in. The 10 acre pond offers plenty of action as well and has had many bass over 10 pounds caught in the last several years. All bass fishing excursions include boat and trolling motor and come with ice cold soft drinks and noon meals.
Bass
Brian Daniels Guide Service
128 Darlington Road
Camden, AL 36726
Ph 334-682-4260
Cell 850-516-9760
We offer inshore and nearshore from any local marina that is convenient to you. We specialize in light tackle and have several species of coastal fish that we catch seasonally. Types include: Sheepshead, Pompano, Cobia, Red Snapper, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Red Fish, and Speckled Trout. Our trips are 4, 6 and 8 hour trips and we supply the bait, tackle, and license.Orange Beach offers a variety of hotels and restaurants to accommodate you.
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Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

 

Deer were rare in most of Alabama until recent years.  In the early 1900s, it was estimated only about 2,000 deer existed in the entire state.  After decades of restocking and management efforts,  deer population was estimated at 1.75 million animals in 2000.  In fact, many areas inAlabama are overpopulated with deer and have been for many years.  As a result, crop damage, deer/vehicle collisions, and other negative deer/human interactions have become more common. Deer have an excellent sense of smell.  Their elongated noses are filled with an intricate system of nasal passages that contain millions of olfactory receptor sites.  The deer have a keen sense of smell is very important for avoiding predators, identifying other deer, and identifying food sources.  Perhaps most importantly, their sense of smell is important for scent communication with other deer.  Deer have seven glands that are used primarily for scent communication. Deer also have an excellent sense of hearing.  Large, moveable ears allow them to detect sounds at great distances and pinpoint the direction of these sounds.  Deer have numerous vocalizations, including various grunts, bawls, mews, whines, wheezes, and snorts. Female deer, or does, typically are smaller framed and weigh less than male deer, or bucks, of the same age.  At shoulder height, a doe is about 36 inches tall, with bucks of similar ages being slightly taller.  In Alabama, weights of healthy adult deer may range from less than 90 to more than 140 pounds, while healthy adult male deer may range from 140 pounds to more than 250 pounds, depending on age and habitat quality.  At birth, most fawns weigh four to eight pounds and stand about 18 inches tall at the shoulder. Deer were rare in most of Alabama until recent years.  In the early 1900s, it was estimated only about 2,000 deer existed in the entire state.  After decades of restocking and management efforts, Alabama’s deer population was estimated at 1.75 million animals in 2000.  In fact, many areas in Alabama are overpopulated with deer and have been for many years.  As a result, crop damage, deer/vehicle collisions, and other negative deer/human interactions have become more common.  Historically in Alabama, the predominant subspecies of whitetail was the Virginia subspecies (O. v. virginianus), with the subspecies O. v. osceola inhabiting the extreme southern edge of the state.  Following the near extirpation of whitetail deer from the state in the early 1900s, the Alabama Department of Conservation, along with some private individuals and groups, began restocking deer throughout the state in the 1930s.  Most restocking occurred during the 1950s and 60s.


Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

Alabama turkey hunting is a popular sport in the state, so it is not surprising that the wild turkey is the official state game bird. Turkey are shy animals and are extremely good at keeping themselves hidden; thus they are a challenge for hunters. Alabama has the most wild turkey per acre in the United States. The eastern wild turkey was designated the official state game bird in 1980. The diet of the wild turkey is made up largely of whatever can be foraged from the ground. Staple foods for adult turkey include seeds, nuts, and acorns while insects and other animal matter comprise a large portion of a young turkey diet. The wild turkey can be found throughout most of the state of Alabama. These populations of wild turkey, however, have not always been so prominent. By the early 1900's wild turkey had all but disappeared (a result of commercial harvesting and habitat destruction). Fortunately, conservation and wildlife organizations intervened, and the wild turkey made a dramatic recovery - today 6.4 million wild turkey roam the lower 49 states. Turkey are unique, resiliant, and prolific. The male turkey (Tom) strives to mate with many females. Toms begin their breeding displays in early spring - strutting proudly for the hens with fanned tail and fluffed feathers. The Toms' head turns a bright red during this mating display. Toms have nothing to do with the poults (baby turkey), leaving all nesting and rearing chores to the female. A turkey hen lays 9 - 12 eggs in a shallow nest where she incubates her clutch for about 28 days. She then leads her newly hatched brood to forage for insects, berries and seeds. In 1980, the eastern wild turkey was designated as the official state bird. The wild turkey is one of the most difficult game birds to hunt, due to its cleverness. In the 1940's, the Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources founded a re-population program to increase the turkey population. Since then, Alabama's turkey population has become one of the largest in the United States, as well as one of the most hunted game birds in the United States. Wild turkey have very powerful legs and can run at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Their top speed in flight is 55 miles per hour. Domestic turkey, on the other hand, are bred to be heavier so they provide more meat and therefore cannot fly. These birds are omnivorous and will try many different foods. Most of their diet is grass and grain, but wild turkey have a varied diet and will also eat insects, berries and small reptiles. The average lifespan of a wild turkey is 3-5 years, and the oldest known wild turkey lived to be at least 13 years old. Domestic birds bred for food only live a few months.In the wild, turkey range from 5-20 pounds. Domestic turkey are specially bred to be heavier and could weight twice as much as their wild cousins.


Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Hog Facts

 Hunting feral hog has become very popular with some Alabama hunters. Feral hog can provide a thrilling hunting experience and tasty eating afterwards. Several Alabama Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) provide opportunities to bag a wild hog. Feral hog populations have greatly increased in Alabama since the 1980s. Before that time, feral hog were located mostly in south Alabama with highest numbers found along the lower Tombigbee and Alabama rivers. Hog have spread to northern portions of the state as a result of individuals illegally relocating feral hog into new areas and some natural dispersion. The human relocation of hog has resulted in feral hogs on many of Alabama’s WMAs. Hunting Alabama’s WMAs for feral hog is more popular today than ever before. With a little research, field work, and luck, you may be able to sample some of Alabama’s WMA wild hog. Hog population densities on WMAs vary greatly, as does hunter success. Most hogs killed on WMAs are a result of one hunter disturbing a hog and it running by another hunter. But, a few WMAs have populations high enough to provide better hunter success.East central Alabama’s Lowndes WMA has the highest number of feral hog per acre. Smaller hog populations can be found on Coosa and Hollins WMAs. Feral hog directly compete with native wildlife for hard and soft mast and many other foods. Feral hogs are present in at least 23 states and are found in most counties in Alabama. Their population and range is increasing. Feral hog first breed at six months of age and average nearly two litters per year. They average 4 to 7 hog per litter and breed in cooler months with a 115-day gestation period. A population of feral hog can double every four months. Numbers can increase from one hog per square mile to 100 hog per square mile in 3 years. Feral hog are crafty, intelligent animals and can survive natural hardships.  They consume primarily vegetative matter. The meat of feral hog is lean and delicious. In Alabama the feral hog is categorized as a game animal and can be hunted by licensed hunters year round without limits. They cannot be hunted over bait or at night. If on private land, the landowner’s consent is needed. It is illegal to relocate trapped feral hog. The last cases of brucellosis and pseudorabies in domestic swine in Alabama were in 1996. Since that time, there have been over 20 premises where trapped feral hog have been found to have one or both diseases. Fortunately, the diseases have not spread back to domestic hog. Domestic swine owners should not allow their hog to come in contact with feral hog. Adequate fencing and sound management practices should be utilized. Brucellosis, also know as Bangs disease or undulant fever, can spread from infected hog to humans, usually through contact with reproductive fluids andinternal hog organs. It is a debilitating disease in humans requiring extensive antibiotic and supportive treatment. Hunters are especially vulnerable when field dressing feral hog barehanded. The meat should be cooked thoroughly. Trichinosis, caused by a parasite found embedded in the muscle and Sparganosis, caused by a tapeworm found beneath the skin of infected hog, can affect humans. Caution should be exercised in handling; thorough cooking will destroy the parasite. Agricultural damage caused by feral hog includes crops, land, fences and farm equipment. The timber industry is adversely affected through destruction of seedlings and young trees. Monetary loss can be extensive. Feral hog have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. They are known to compete directly with native game species, cause damage to wildlife food plots and
are predators of ground-nesting birds.


Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Duck Facts

A single species of waterfowl in Alabama during the winter season outnumbers all other waterfowl species within the state’s borders combined. It is a legal game bird, with a very liberal limit of 15 per day. A few die by the gun, but most die from natural causes. At moderate range, coots look like drab colored ducks. True dabbling ducks have an iridescent patch, called a speculum, on the trailing edge of their secondary feathers. Most male dabbling ducks are brightly colored; the females are less distinctly marked. Diving ducks lack this iridescent speculum. Coots can feed like either a dabbling or a diving duck; dabbling for seeds, algae, aquatic insects, and small fish on the open water, or diving to feed on roots of aquatic vegetation, snails and worms.The estimated number of mallards, which is the gold standard for duck hunters, was 10.6 million birds. The estimated number of gadwall duck, which we see in relative abundance along the Tennessee River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Teal numbers look excellent as well. Green-winged teal duck estimates are 3.5 million, up 20 percent over last year's numbers.


Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Goose Facts

Both sexes of the greater white fronted goose are brownish gray in coloration. Distinguishing characteristics include a white patch at the base of the pink or orangeish colored bill and dark brown to black blotches on the breast feathers. The snow goose is a medium sized goose which has two color phases. Birds with the dark plumage are more commonly known as a blue goose.  The light plumage is present on the more recognizable namesake or snow goose. The Ross’s Goose is the smallest of the three varieties of white goose in North America. Males range from 24 to 26 inches in length and weigh an average of four pounds. Females are somewhat smaller, averaging 23 inches in length and an average weight of 3.5 pounds. The Ross’s goose has a short triangular shaped bill that is pink in color


Alabama Hunting Outfitters and Guides Alligator Facts

The American alligator is one of the largest reptiles in the world. Males can grow to 19 feet in length and weigh up to 900 pounds, while females tend to be somewhat smaller on average. Their entire bodies are covered with large horny plates which protect them from predators and other alligators. They have short legs with five toes joined by webbing at the base on their front legs and four webbed toes on the back legs. They have a broad head with a short rounded snout. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are located on top of their head so they can use them without being completely emerged from the water.
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