M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    This tract was once known as the "State Cattle Ranch" because it was used as such in the past.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Sunflowers

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Sunflowers

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    An owner gives a command to his dog.

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    An owner gives a command to his dog.

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    The dog retrieves a duck

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    An owner gives a command to his dog.

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    The dog retrieves a duck

  • Retriever Hunt Test

  • Retriever Hunt Test

    Hunt Retriever Judges

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    The tract is open for fishing on select days during the year.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    A successful youth hunter.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    A successful youth hunter.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Youth duck hunters

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    A youth dove hunt is held each year.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Jason Creel and his family caught their limit of fish.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Some happy anglers with their catch.

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    A successful first-time hunter

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Another successful hunter!

  • M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

    Some happy duck hunters

Overview
Situated between drainages of Big German Creek, the tracts that comprise M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area are named in honor of the former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources commissioner. These acquisitions in Hale County encompass 3,342 acres of Black Belt prairie habitat that includes a mix of prairie grassland and pine-hardwood forest.

This area provides potential for habitat restoration, as well as numerous recreational opportunities. The property, formerly known as the "State Cattle Ranch" has become a premier location for sporting dog competitions. 

The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area served as host of the 2012 Master National Field Trails http://www.masternational.com/2012-akc-master-national

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Sporting Dog Competitions
The landscape of this tract makes it an ideal location for sporting dog competitions. Both retriever and pointing dog competitions are held each year. The public is welcomed at these events.

Click here for Sporting Dog Competition Schedule

Hunting
Youth hunts take place on the field trial area by pre-registration only. Announcements regarding these hunts will be made on this page just prior to hunting season. Click here for details on the 2017 youth deer, duck and physically disabled deer hunts.

Fishing
The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area hosts fishing days for families and small groups during the summer. When reservations are made, each group is assigned a pond along with details such as creel limits and what kind of tackle to bring. Ponds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to anglers, but anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 is required to have a fishing license. 2017 fishing dates will be announced in the spring.

Directions
1132 County Road 73
Greensboro, AL 36744

From Demopolis, take US 80 East to AL-69. Turn left onto AL-69 and travel approximately 8 miles. Turn left onto County Road 16 then turn left again on County Road 73.

From Selma, take US 80 West to AL-69. Turn right onto AL-69 and travel approximately 8 miles. Turn left onto County Road 16 then turn left again on County Road 73.

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