David Rainer

David Rainer

Public information manager and 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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Although Linder held the big bass by one hand on the shore, it took two hands to pull the giant into the boat.

Branson Linder and His Largemouth Bass

This is a story about a big fish. But this one didn’t get away. It’s a woulda, coulda, shoulda tale of a largemouth bass, one of those that people deem a whopper, a jaw-dropper when they see the mount. Since 1987, Thomas Burgin’s 16-pound, eight-ounce…

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Large alligators, like this one sunning at Lake Eufaula, are not uncommon in south Alabama, but the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division has decided to reduce the number of alligator tags in the Southeast zone to ensure the population remains healthy.

Changes for Alabama’s 2014 Alligator Hunting Season

Alabama residents who have participated in the state’s alligator hunting seasons in the past will find several changes for the 2014 season. First, for the first eight years the season has been in existence, people could apply for an alligator tag as many times as…

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Big red snapper, like this one Gregg Miles of Winfield caught on the Fairwater II out of Orange Beach, have been commonplace in recent years.

Alabama Red Snapper Fishing Limited by NOAA

Setting the red snapper season off the Alabama Gulf Coast has had more twists and turns than the Barber Motorsports race course. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) first set the season at 40 days, but that was just the drop of the…

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