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Auburn football assistant finds off-season is a turkey of a time

What do Southeastern Conference college football coaches do during the off-season? Some take advantage of mild weather and head out for a fishing or hunting adventure.

Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran did that recently.

Gran received a special invitation to participate in the 2007 Alabama Governor’s One-shot Turkey Hunt. The event took place March 19-21 in Montgomery.

Only 100 invitations are extended each year, and Gran certainly took advantage of his opportunity. Of the 100 hunters from 19 states, 21 turkeys were harvested, and Gran’s 22-pound bird took top honors.

He took his one shot on private land in Chilton County belonging to Dan Moultrie.

Gov. Bob Riley hosted the hunt, which is an annual industrial recruiting event that also raises funds for hunting and conservation initiatives. Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, the hunt is an exciting event where food, fun, fellowship and friendly competition are abundant.

While Gran claimed the biggest turkey, second place went to Indiana’s Gregg Meunier. Third place went to country music recording artist Aaron Tippin.

Bringing in celebrity hunters helps to advertise this event, which in turn helps to raise more money. Other celebrity hunters included NASCAR driver Jeff Green and television fishing icon Jimmy Houston.

Spotlighting Alabama’s abundant wildlife resources and outdoor recreational opportunities are what it is all about, according to Riley.

“Nature-based recreation has an economic impact of $4.4 billion annually in Alabama,” he said in a release. “This annual hunt does a lot to successfully build relationships that result in new business and jobs in our state. Long-lasting relationships are also formed between hunters, landowners, guides and staff.”

During the event, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University accepted $50,000 in scholarship money.

New boat ramps

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced the building of two new boat ramps in North Alabama.

One of the new ramps is in Waterloo, located in the extreme northeast part of Alabama on Pickwick Reservoir in Lauderdale County.

The other ramp is located in our own backyard, as ADCNR has revamped the Hickory Hills boat ramp in Decatur on Flint Creek. The new docking and launching area is in Southeast Decatur.

While traveling east on Alabama 67 across the Wheeler Lake backwaters, you will go across two small bridges before you can see a big gravel parking lot on your right.

Once you see the big gravel lot on your right, take the next paved road on the left, which will take you into Hickory Hills. The road will take anglers directly to the boat ramp entrance.

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Paul Stackhouse
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