With water spring-like weather in the forecast bass anglers will be itching for a fishing trip to the lake. Savvy anglers can narrow down their lure choices and spend more time catching fish and less time searching through their tackle bag.

Around 1920 biologists began banding various types of waterfowl. The small metal bands have not changed much over the years. A unique number is engraved on each band. The numbers are entered into a database maintained by the Bird Banding Laboratory in Maryland.

Deer season is in full swing across the state. Hunters will be taking to the fields and woods in search of a big buck and some venison for the freezer. With two sets of holidays approaching, deer hunters may venture out of state for additional hunting opportunities.

When he was 4 years old, Blake Gibbs, now 18, starting fishing with his dad. The pair would often fish around Neely Henry lake and some private ponds. Later, after moving to Piedmont they fish on Weiss Lake. Gibbs likes to fish for bass, crappie, catfish and carp.

Like most youth, Dave McWhorter, 70, of Anniston learned about the outdoors from his dad. McWhorter began hunting when he was 13 years old after his dad retired from the Navy. On a dove hunt, McWhorter was the “dove fetcher.”

Sean Wadsworth, 22, of Munford is a big fan of camping, hiking and fishing. He enjoys camping for the alone time and getting back to nature. For Wadsworth, hiking provides a good form of exercise. He said that while hiking you can discover some spectacular views, especially around Mount Chea…

One of the largest undertakings of any hunting land improvement is developing food plots. Hunt clubs and leases utilize food plots as a supplemental food source for deer and other wildlife. The ideal plots will provide nutrition to help sustain wildlife when other food sources are scarce.

During the summer, bass retreat to the cooler depths in lakes and rivers across the state. Creek channels and river ledges become the favorite hideouts for bass seeking some reprise for the sweltering southern sun. Although some bass will move shallow to feed, most of their summer is spent l…

Elisha Burdett, 14, of Alexandria enjoys doing just about anything outdoors. About four years ago, he learned to ride a bike. This was something really special for Burdett. He is non-verbal autistic and communicates by using a special communication device, which looks like an iPad but is muc…

In 1938, Alabama took the initiative to become the first state to outlaw alligator hunting. In 1967, the American Alligator was put on the endangered species list. Through conservation efforts and protection, alligators have flourished throughout the Southeast — even more so in recent years,…