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#11902638 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
Steelhead Offline
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Couple more from there. They were chasing hard right around the New Year.




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#11902688 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Very nice deer !

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#11902753 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: MissouriEd]
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Originally Posted By MissouriEd
Originally Posted By kstockfo
what is an academy hunt?
. Try calling Chamber of commerce in Selma. They have a two day hunt in the vicinity of$700 for two days. Fully guided and Two or three meals provided.


Hey! That's pretty cool. It looked like the cost varied between the different academy's but it was reasonable for a guide and 3 hots.
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#11902756 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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We get some good ones closer to the coast than most think. This one was killed less than 5 mi. from the Gulf.


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#11902837 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Yeah, I always get a chuckle out of those 'German shepherds are bigger than Florida deer' comments from people.

I know many have seen this one before, 225 pounds of Florida whitetail.


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#11903281 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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In honor of St Patrick's day, be careful in south Alabama.


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#11903310 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: ctsmith]
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Originally Posted By ctsmith
In honor of St Patrick's day, be careful in south Alabama.



Undocumented immigrant...

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#11903429 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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How much for the flute?
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#11903925 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: Steelhead]
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Darn nice bucks Scott you shoot those on public?

Thanks again all!!
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#11903990 - 03/16/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Well, not exactly, though it was Federal property. It was the CG station I was at. We had about 300 acres and a mile long, wooded fence line on the north that ran east/west. They ran the sheit out of that fence line.

Luckily it was only a 4 man station at the time and I was the only guy that hunted.
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#11904693 - 03/17/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Cool bucks Scott.
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#11910704 - 03/19/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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tag. These Academy hunts sound interesting

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#11913004 - 03/20/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: blairvt]
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Originally Posted By blairvt
tag. These Academy hunts sound interesting


Found out about them by accident. I hunted almost 1k acres outside Selma, happened to go in one day at Noon and saw it advertised on a private school driveway.
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#11913229 - 03/20/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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The differences between the regions and deer in Alabama are often unknown, outside of those that have hunted many of them. Some areas of AL are like hunting FL, some like MS, some like GA, some like TN, and some areas are even like NC. Most places are some combination of all that, and so are the deer.

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#11916363 - 03/21/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Fun place to hunt and the folks are very nice. We hunted early December and the deer movement was pretty limited. It was the kind of country where you expected a deer to step out at any time, but the action was very slow at that point in the season. It is my understanding that things really heat up around New Years Day.

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#11916415 - 03/21/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Depends on what specific area, often down to the county. The rut and movement based on it can be up to nearly 3-months different, from one county to the next. Then you have the weather that can run from 80s to single digits, any day of the season to the next. LOL.

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#11919137 - 03/23/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: hh4whiskey]
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Originally Posted By hh4whiskey
Depends on what specific area, often down to the county. The rut and movement based on it can be up to nearly 3-months different, from one county to the next. Then you have the weather that can run from 80s to single digits, any day of the season to the next. LOL.


^^^^^^ this

have seen very little difference between Early December and late January. MOst noticeable difference was early February.
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#11948203 - 04/04/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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I hunted academy hunts for 3 yrs. , lot's of fun, great folks, and good food.Shot deer 2 out of 3 yrs. Crenshaw Academy in Luverne ,AL.
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#11954253 - 04/06/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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There is a lot of varied terrain in Alabama. LA (Lower Alabama) looks like north Florida ie pine plantations, swamps, wiregrass etc. North central and North east Alabama is the foothills of the Appalachians with deep canyons and steep hills, lot of hardwood forest. There are a couple of decent sized National Forests with WMAs, Bankhead and Talladega. Bankhead especially has some really nice bucks, but you have to do your homework and be willing to walk a long ways away from the roads.
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#11957719 - 04/08/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Nothing but tiny deer down here in SE AL...


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#11957953 - 04/08/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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#11963822 - 04/11/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Originally Posted By efw

First I see there are many WMAs. Are these areas one must draw to hunt? If so, are non-residents able to participate in those lotteries?

Is there quite a lot of public hunting aside from those WMAs? Is it heavily hunted? Anybody here hunt the month of January or February at all on public land?


I hunt Mississippi but it's a lot like Alabama in most ways, the hunting and laws are similar.

I personally wouldn't bother hunting public land in Mississippi or Alabama. I've done it before and killed a couple of deer that way, but the reward for the effort didn't stack up. It's overhunted and mostly poorly managed for deer. Private land is definitely the way to go down here. I'm sure there are some exceptions and someone will pipe in with a great buck killed on public land in AL or MS, but for the most part they're few and far between.

I hadn't heard of the academy hunts but those sound like a great option. There are a lot of lodges in the black belt region that offer good hunting with good accommodations for reasonable prices and those would probably be my first choice if I didn't already know someone with access to good hunting property. Don't let anyone tell you that MS & AL don't have good deer, every year my taxidermist will take in deer that make the Boone & Crockett book.

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#11965295 - 04/11/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: ChrisAU]
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Originally Posted By ChrisAU
Nothing but tiny deer down here in SE AL...



Good buck, Chris! Looks like he's been into y'all's peanut crops for awhile.

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#11966824 - 04/12/17 Re: Tell me about Alabama Whitetails [Re: efw]
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Keep in mind that the rut in MS, TN, GA, LA, FL, or just about ANY other state, are at much earlier times (in general), and much more predictable and unmixed than 90% of Alabama. That factor alone makes hunting deer in Alabama different than hunting deer most anyplace else...Regardless of terrain/reg similarities. I have grown up with deer rutting at 2-3 totally different times, just within one county....Often with little predictability. It really is crazy to figure sometimes.

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