The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that Alabama’s 13th Annual Youth Dove Hunts are scheduled for the following counties in 2013: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Colbert, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Talladega, Tallapoosa and Walker.
South Zone counties include Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile. All other counties are included in the North Zone. The hunts begin on September 7, 2013. For the complete hunt schedule and registration information, visit www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/youth-hunts/youthdove/reservations.cfm.
Although the hunts are free, pre-registration is necessary. The preferred method of registration is online at www.outdooralabama.com. Online registration begins on August 16 at 8 a.m. for the September hunts and September 20 for the October hunts. Participants without Internet access may register by calling their WFF district office listed in the hunt schedule. District office personnel will complete the electronic registration form for you over the phone.
“Spending quality time with family and friends while enjoying a safe hunting experience is at the core of our youth hunt program,” said N. Gunter Guy, Jr., ADCNR Commissioner. “Youth hunts, like these dove hunts, are a perfect way to introduce kids to the outdoors.”
Alabama’s Youth Dove Hunt events are held in open fields and staffed by ADCNR personnel, which encourages a safe, secure environment for both parents and participants. The program also makes use of private lands and fields opened for use by community members, thus fostering good relationships between hunters and private landowners.
To participate in the hunts, youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult at least 25 years old (or a parent) who holds a valid state hunting license and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp. Hunters should obtain their license and HIP stamp before the hunt since they will not be available on-site.
Before each hunt, a short welcome session with reminders on hunting safety will be conducted. All hunters are encouraged to wear eye protection and earplugs.
Doves are migratory and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has revised recommendations for plantings related to dove management. For the latest information regarding these recommendations, visit www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/game/doves.cfm.
Image courtesy Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources