BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Turkey season for Alabama hunters extends through the month of April, and the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is sponsoring several events to make the season particularly memorable.
The group, which promotes outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the state's 23-county Black Belt region, is adding a turkey recipe contest to its annual Big Big Gobbler Turkey Photo Contest.
Turkey season began March 15 and ends April 30. The Big Gobbler Photo and the Wild Turkey Recipe contests run now through May 14.
The photo contest is open to anyone who bagged a turkey in any of the 23 counties that comprise Alabama's Black Belt; those counties are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.
The recipe contest is open to anyone who lives or hunts in a Black Belt county.
Alabama has the largest population of Eastern wild turkeys per square mile than any state in the country, and they are especially plentiful in the Black Belt.
"Our annual deer and turkey photo contests have been popular with hunters over the years," Pam Swanner, project manager for the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association, said. "They also give us another opportunity to promote hunting in the Black Belt, which is one of the top hunting regions in the country. In fact, a 2012 study found that hunting and fishing in the Black Belt region of Alabama had a total economic impact of nearly billion."
Swanner said the addition of the recipe contest allows hunters and wild game chefs to showcase their culinary skills.
"Wild game cook-offs have become increasingly popular throughout the state," she said. "In addition, these recipes will be included in a new cookbook to feature some of the best wild game recipes and signature dishes from lodges and restaurants found throughout the Black Belt."
To enter the photo contest, email your pictures to Amanda Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also text them to her at 334-300-6616. There will be children and adult categories. Be sure to include your name, age, hometown and the county in which you harvested the turkey.
Wild Turkey Recipe contest entrants should also email or text their recipes to Ingram. Photos of your turkey dish are helpful but optional. Be sure to list any trimmings and side dishes. The recipes could be included in a later cookbook featuring favorite Black Belt dishes.
Entries in both contests will be posted on the , and the number of likes will determine winners. Winners will receive gift certificates from Bass Pro Shops.
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