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Alabama Now Has Blackpowder=Only Season

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by BrianDamage, May 25, 2003.

  1. BrianDamage

    BrianDamage YouTalkin'ToMe?

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    Outdoors Columnist Mike Bolton



    Board's changes to hunting rules make no sense


    05/18/03




    Get out the smoke poles, boys. Alabama now has a genuine blackpowder-only deer hunting season. The Conservation Advisory Board created a three-day, blackpowder-only deer hunting season that will begin on Nov. 19 and run for three days before the gun season begins Nov. 22.


    Before the change, Alabama and Montana were the only two states that didn't offer a muzzleloader-only season. The three-day blackpowder season will overlap with the final three days of the Alabama bow season that begins Oct. 15.

    The reason for that special season was unclear Saturday. There was no hoard of muzzleloading enthusiasts asking for the change. Only Tony Knight, the owner of Knight Muzzleloaders from Iowa, addressed the board to ask for such a season. The board passed the measure without discussion.

    Knight Muzzleloaders, by the way, is owned by Birmingham's EBSCO Industries. I have no idea if there is a connection there or not. It's interesting to note that blackpowder weapons are legal throughout the gun deer season. That means Alabama already had the nation's longest muzzleloader hunting season.

    I can't see where the special season does a whole lot for muzzleloader hunters. It will likely do a lot for those who sell muzzleloaders and equipment.

    That wasn't the only odd decision that came down the pike Saturday. Some board members were ready to introduce a measure that would provide for a lottery that would allow bowhunters to help ease Oak Mountain State Park's atrocious deer over-population problem.

    That measure never saw the light of day Saturday. Some close to the situation said someone high in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources got cold feet at the last moment, fearing the repercussions from those opposed to killing Oak Mountain's deer.

    Mark Easterwood, director of Alabama state parks, said Saturday that the park will now spend the fall testing deer to further understand the health of the park's deer herd.

    Tests have already shown that the deer there carry more parasites than normal, fawns have lower than normal birth weights, and does are giving birth to single fawns when twin fawns are normal. Studies have also shown that the deer herd has decimated almost all edible plants in the park and are being hit by cars as they cross roads for food.

    Records also show the park is averaging 20 to 25 accidents inside the park each year with vehicles hitting deer.

    What is it that officials are trying to find out with another year of study?

    The most bizarre move by the board, however, was rescinding a measure that it imposed in April that allows hunters age 62 or older to hunt with a crossbow. The law now reverts to the old law that requires any person to be at least 80 percent disabled in order to use a crossbow.

    There are plenty of senior citizen hunters who don't meet that requirement, but are unable to draw a traditional compound bow.

    State officials on Saturday reiterated the need for more deer to be harvested in Alabama, but the board apparently doesn't believe some senior citizens should participate in that process.
     
  2. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

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    Do they have shotgun only areas in Alabama?

    Rather than cutting into the Archery season for ML firearms, maybe it would be best to open up the shotgun only areas (if any) to ML rifles.
     

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    BrianDamage YouTalkin'ToMe?

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    LOL I knew you'd be the one to reply to this;)

    not that I know of. We have always had archery straight into gun season, you can keep hunting with a bow or use any legal gun during gun season. There may be some National Forest or Wildlife Refuge that does, but I don't think so. That always tripped me out when I moved here from Missouri in high school, 'cause we had the distinct bow/shotgun/blackpowder/gun seasons.
     
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    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

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    I would hope that they will have a traditional ML rifle season set apart from the other seasons. Perhaps a specific region be set aside for traditional hunts, hopefully a non-developed area that aproximates wilderness.

    I would make the regulations specify patched roundball be used for a traditional hunt. If the deer are large over there then .50 would be the minimum caliber. If the deer tend to be small over there then I would go with a .40 minimum caliber.