David Rainer

David Rainer

Public information manager/outdoor writer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Currently first vice president of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Former outdoors editor of the Mobile (AL) Press-Register newspaper. I currently publish and weekly column that is posted at and is distributed to outdoors-related media throughout Alabama and nation. I also write feature articles for the Outdoor Alabama magazine.

Areas of Expertise: Hunting, fishing (freshwater and saltwater), wildlife and habitat conservation issues

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Aaron Martens recovered from a horrendous start to the 2013 season to claim the coveted Bassmaster Angler of Year title. Martens, who calls Leeds, Alabama, home, will lead a contingent of nine Alabama anglers who will compete in the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville February 21-23.

A Look at the 2014 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament

If the results from the inaugural Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) North Division tournament are any indication, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic anglers and spectators are in for a treat. The ABT tournament on Lake Guntersville, site of the Bassmaster Classic on February 21-23, was impressive to…

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During the unveiling of the Alabama Bass Trail last year at Lake Guntersville, Governor Robert Bentley showed off this huge, 12-pound bass with the help of fishing guide Mike Carter.

The Alabama Bass Trail Evolves

The Alabama Bass Trail made a splash last year when it became the state’s first destination trail for bass fishing. With the announcement this past week on the steps of the State Capitol, the Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) adds the designation as Alabama’s premier amateur…

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Buckmasters CEO and founder Jackie Bushman, right, greets a fan during the Buckmasters Expo last weekend at the Montgomery Convention Center.

Jackie Bushman Talks Buckmasters’ Success

As people started to fill the Montgomery Convention Center for the Buckmasters Expo recently, Jackie Bushman,  Buckmasters’ CEO and founder, sat upstairs and wondered why it had taken so long to put two and two together. That simple arithmetic concerned the recent alliance between Montgomery-based Buckmasters…

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The red snapper are so easy to catch that they’ll even hit a cobia jig without any natural bait.

Alabama Gets Another Crack at the Red Snapper

If projections by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are fairly accurate, Alabama anglers may get another bite at the red snapper apple. At a recent special meeting held in New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to add about 2.5 million…

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