Located in northern Lowndes County near White Hall, Alabama covering 12,531 acres Lowndes WMA has become one of the states best for producing good quality deer. I have had several chances to hunt on this tract of land and keep looking forward to each new year to hunt again. There is big and small game hunting here and also has a local state park close by to camp when you are on those weekend long hunts.
There is plenty of hunting to be done in Alabama. One of my most favorite places to hunt each year is Lowndes Wildlife Management Area. Most of the hunting done here is driving into the area to park and then take off by foot to find that perfect spot. This land is managed by a on hand biologist of the Alabama Game and Fish Department and is owned by the U.S. Army Corps and Engineers Department.
The whitetail deer hunting here has begun to be a whole lot better in the last 4 years since they have placed this area on a quality deer management program. Only harvesting bucks with at least 3 points on one side and having a minimum of at least one inch per point to count. You can take two deer per a day here in our great state only one of them being a buck. But you do have the choice of taking two does instead.
This land use to be cotton, soybean, and corn fields and has been planted in native hard wood trees to produce food for wildlife. There are food plots throughout the WMA but plan to do some walking or riding a bike to get to them. There is also some pine plantation area if hunting in pines are your thing. There is more to this tract of land than just deer hunting.
The small game hunting here draws some attention as well with rabbit and squirrel mainly being the most game hunted. Local hunters bring beagles in to put on a good chase for rabbit and then you have a few that come in to even tree the squirrels. If the small game is not what you are looking for but would choose to take aim for something that moves a little faster try your hand at some great duck hunting.
From all the times that I have hunted this place there has yet been one time that I have not seen at least one duck. Usually when I have seen them it has been at least a dozen or more. These ducks come in from the north and to this area for the Alabama River. Some of the sloughs that have water coming in from the river back up into the WMA. This makes some great duck hunting. I have heard of hunters going into the area and and shooting their limit in thirty minutes leaving them with plenty of time to even go home and change for a day of work. I have never found this duck hole but to me it sounds like a spot to wonder about. I would call it the
” Thirty Minute “duck hole.
Like I have said there is plenty of wild game to chase in this area of the state.
Hog hunting here is also on the agenda. This place is over run with Ferrel hogs and could use some thinning out if you know what I mean. Just hit the south road and walk out into the wood’s and sit down on a stump. One is bound to come your way with a little patience. Also while hunting these creatures make sure to be as free of scent as possible for they say that a hog can smell better than a deer.
The last thing I will bring up to talk about is my favorite and that is turkey hunting in the spring. There is not one year that go’s by that I don’t at least hunt the elusive Eastern Wild Turkey. The turkey population is a whole new kind here and can most likely be one of the hardest to hunt compared to many of the other WMA’s in the state that I have hunted. I have hunted quite a few WMA’s for turkey and by far5 the Lowndes WMA is the hardest.
If the cool spring mornings don’t freeze you because of the water, then the bugs will catch up to you on a warm morning. To kill a turkey off this land you will need plenty of patience and very little calling. After the first week these turkey’s are call shy to a point. Go into a area park side the road and wait for one to gobble, then go set up and wait him out. Try to locate them the evening before for this will lead you to a better chance of harvesting one.
When a bird gobbles here it may sound like he’s right on top of you when he’s actually still 100 to 300 yards away. Then there are those that sound like they are 300 yards away and you start to mover toward them and they fly a mile away. This is a simple but hard place to hunt and you have to be careful at not making the wrong moves. So I leave you with this the next time you want to hunt public land in Alabama give Lowndes WMA a try. Trust me you want be disappointed you at least gave it a try.