Regional Reports-South

Barbour County

When opening morning of turkey season rolls around, one of the hottest state-run management areas won't be covered up with hunters, which is fine with those in the know. Barbour County Wildlife Management Area is 18,924 acres of mixed forests and rolling hills in southeastern Alabama, about 25 miles east of famed Lake Walter F. George (known locally as Lake Eufaula). Turkey hunters have ample room to spread out and pursue gobblers, and WMA supervisors have planted chufa, bahia, grain sorghum and clover to augment a good mix of natural forage. Most gobblers average 18 pounds and several sporting double beards are killed each year. Jakes usually average 14 to 15 pounds. Hunters take 40 to 45 turkeys each season, with longbeards making up 65 to 75 percent of the harvest. Hens are strictly off-limits. Hunters who score during the morning hunts (daylight to noon) can double their fun by visiting Lake Eufaula for an afternoon of angling for crappies and bass. Contact: Barbour County Wildlife Management Area (334-529-3222).