A local youngster has become quite a celebrity at his school and among other avid hunters after an image of himself and the game he shot captured first place in the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s (ABBAA) Big Buck Photo Contest.

According to a news release from ABBAA, the adventure took place on New Year’s Eve. Eight-year-old Grayson Milner was in a deer stand with his father, Daniel, just before sundown.


Daniel Milner won first place in the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s Big Buck Photo Contest with this photo of his 8-year-old son, Grayson. Courtesy Daniel Milner.

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Pete Mitchum, a district park ranger with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ State Parks Division, won the ACEOA Enforcement Officer of the Year award. Courtesy ADCNR.

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Sports Writer

J. Mark Bryant got his start writing about sports in junior high while covering summer league baseball games at $2.50 a pop for the local newspaper in Pascagoula. After starting college as a pre-med major (Who knew they would schedule labs during happy hour?), he changed over to journalism. With his bachelor’s degree in hand, Bryant returned home to work at The Mississippi Press for 19 years. He managed to cover a little bit of everything in that stretch, including a Super Bowl in New Orleans on a Sunday and junior high girls’ basketball that Monday. Also during that time, he took a young fresh-faced reporter named Robbie Holbert under his tutelage. Even with that burden, Holbert turned out all right. Bryant continued his journalism career as an editor and page designer with the Newhouse newspaper syndicate, first at the Birmingham News and finally the Press-Register. Once the Mobile newspaper eliminated his department, Holbert reappeared with an offer to get the old band back together. Bryant then began composing his sports column — Upon Further Review — in Lagniappe. The goal is to find the unusual story that may have been skipped over by other media. Everyone writes about football and basketball, but sailing, biking and non-traditional games also need some love. So let’s keep Mobile — and its sports coverage — funky.

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