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Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park


Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park Location:  McCalla, AL Closest WMA:  Cahaba River and Mulberry Fork WMA Cost:  $20-$30 per day # of Sites:  195 Type of Camping Available:  Tent and RV Amenities:  Water, electric, and sewer hookup available, modern bathhouses Activities:  Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Trade Days, Train Rides, Historical Crafts Cabins and Stores, Alabama Iron and Steel Museum, Pioneer Farm, Preserved Civil War Landmarks Overview:  Tannehill offers many activities, as listed above.  It is a picturesque location along Shades Creek, which flows into the Cahaba River.  The campground is centrally located among the action and is a great place to center your trip.  A great place to camp and hunt that has plenty to do when not hunting.

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Cahaba Wildlife Management Dove Hunt


On the second Saturday of Dove Season (Sept. 15) I led a group of men from my church on a Dove Hunt at Cahaba Wildlife Management Area.  The group consisted of first-time hunters as well as seasoned veterans.  We had kids of six and nine and men in their seventies and others in between.  It was really a neat experience to see these men interact and share their experiences of dove hunting.  After giving out some awesome prizes from two of our sponsors—Houndstooth Gamecalls and Dead Deer Walking—we set out for an afternoon of hunting. The day was hot with only a few scattered clouds in the sky.  In Alabama’s wildlife management areas, dove hunts start at 12 noon, so we definitely had full exposure to the sun.  The area we hunted was several acres of cutover next to a state-planted sunflower field.  There were a few tree lines left … Continue reading

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Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park


Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park Location:  Near Montevallo, AL Closest WMA:  Cahaba River Cost:  $12-$20 per day # of Sites:  25+ Type of Camping Available:  Tent and RV Amenities:  Water, electric, and sewer hookup on each site. Activities:  Once you tour the park, there isn’t much to do.  It’s a great place to get away for the weekend.  The greatest advantage of this park is its proximity to Cahaba River WMA and Cahaba River National Refuge.  If you are looking for a cheap place to camp near the WMA, this is the place to do it. Overview:  Like I have stated, it is probably the closest campground to Cahaba WMA.  It is a perfect place to park the RV and hunt for the weekend or week.  Either way, it makes for a great get away.

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Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park Location: Pelham, AL Closest WMA: Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area; *there is a lottery to be able to bow hunt within the park also Cost: $24-$30 / day ($16 primitive) # of Sites: 150 Type of Camping Available: Primitive, Tent, RV, Backcountry, and Equestrian Amenities: modern bathhouses; water, electric, and sewer hook-up Activities: Alabama’s largest state park offers a variety of activities, including various hiking trails, mountain biking trails, fishing on three lakes, canoeing and boating, picnic sites, lake beach with pavilions, petting farm, horseback riding, 18-hole championship golf course, and the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Overview: The setting of this campground is within the vast wooded acreage of Alabama’s largest state park, next to Beaver Lake.  The sites are well-positioned for seclusion and offer several varieties of camping.  The park’s activities offer plenty to do around this campground.  Be sure to check out the mountain … Continue reading

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The Elusive Public Land Gobbler

Wild Turkey

A turkey may not look like the most intelligent creature, but apparently public land birds have learned enough evasive maneuvers to stay alive.  While plentiful turkey exist on public lands, they may be harder to kill than you first think.  Turkey on public land are ten times harder to kill than birds on private property. This season, I have hunted turkey on public lands in Alabama and Georgia.  In Cahaba Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Alabama, where I have hunted the most, I have found the birds to be very wary.  After locating about three different gobblers and knowing their strut zones, I used several tactics to try to seal the deal. The first few hunts, I tried sneaking onto the edge of a green field where one of the gobblers was known to be.  I even crawled with my gun, army-style, to no avail.  There were often hens in … Continue reading

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First Public Land Bird

Cahaba Bird 2

2012 marked the first season that I got serious about turkey hunting.  On opening day in Alabama, I spent the day hunting at Hollins Wildlife Management Area.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bag a bird even though I got close to a couple of gobblers.  After opening morning, I spent the rest of opening weekend at Cahaba Wildlife Management Area, but I was unable to locate any birds there. On Sunday, between church services, my luck changed.  I got out of the truck, and started walking and calling along a management road.  When I was about 100 yards from my truck, I cut with my mouth call and heard a whole flock of birds less than 50 yards away.  Unfortunately, I did not get a shot at a gobbler, but I was happy to finally locate some birds at Cahaba. Monday afternoon after work I set out to seal the … Continue reading

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William R. Ireland, Sr. – Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area

Cahaba Sign

Size: 40,504 acres Location: Bibb and Shelby Counties, AL Nearest City: West Blocton or Montevallo, AL Hunted: Big Game (Deer, Turkey); Small Game (Squirrel, Rabbit, Quail, Dove, etc.) Shooting Range: Yes Check-in Before Hunting Required: Yes (For Deer Gun Days) Check-in After Kill Required: Yes Map Accuracy: Excellent (Food Plots marked also) Management Roads: Good Number of Hunts: Multiple, due to close proximity to home Wildlife Sightings: Multiple Deer, including more Bucks than Does during the Rut; Fewer Turkey than in other WMA’s; Bobcat; Fox Terrain: Planted Pines with Hardwood Creek Bottoms and sloping land; thick undergrowth in areas previously cut Overview:  Cahaba WMA offers plenty of access points in both Bibb and Shelby Counties, with dirt and gravel roads traversing the interior.  The terrain offers plenty of cover, with several creeks crossing the area as well as the larger Cahaba River.  The area is broken up by private land … Continue reading

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Why Hunt Public Lands?

Cahaba Lake

You may have asked yourself this question, “Why hunt public lands?”  As I did, you might have thought the crowds and lack of deer made public lands not even worth the effort.  However, in this article I hope to prove to you how hunting public lands became the best hunting I’d ever done. I previously hunted on land leased by a private hunting club, where I sat in the same shooting house or tree stand year after year, hoping a large buck would come through but knowing it was more likely that the bucks would be harvested before they ever matured.  The size of the hunting club I was a member of was about 800 acres with 15 members, most of whom would rather be assured a kill than wait out an aging buck. When I moved to Montevallo, AL, and discovered that the Cahaba Wildlife Management Area was only … Continue reading

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The Iron Bowl Buck


November 26, 2011.  That date holds a lot of meaning to most people in the state of Alabama.  November 26th was the day of the Iron Bowl.   For me the date has a totally different meaning.  That Saturday was only my second hunt on public land.  I set out that morning to hunt at Cahaba Wildlife Management Area, picking up my permit before daylight.  I only knew of a few spots because I had not been able to scout too much. I set up in my Primos Escape Ground Blind (see product reviews) on a power line with a green field right in front of me.  There was a fire break through planted pines on my right and left, giving me the opportunity to watch for deer on three sides.  I could see down the power line about 1000 yards, so I was happy to use this trip to see … Continue reading

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