February 9-10 Designated for Youth Waterfowl Hunting

CONTACT: David Hayden
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) has designated February 9-10 as this year’s Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. On those two days, youth under age 16 may hunt when accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Regular waterfowl season shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunitions apply to the special days.
ADCNR Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley thinks the two select hunting days give young people a chance to learn and grow as hunters. “Hunting under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter is one of the best ways young hunters can acquire the necessary skills to become a good hunter,” said Lawley. “Learning the correct way to handle firearms, to practice hunting safety and the ethics of hunting during these appointed days begins a positive step toward becoming an accomplished, lifetime hunter.”
To participate in the scheduled youth waterfowl hunts, individuals must adhere to the following rules:
·         An adult supervisor can accompany up to two youth participants. The adult supervisor, who may not hunt, is to remain within arm’s length of the youth at all times.
·         Youth are defined as those individuals who have not reached their 16th birthday. Adults are defined as those individuals 25 years old or older or the parent of the youth who are in possession of all state hunting licenses and state and federal waterfowl stamps required to hunt waterfowl.
·         Only one firearm will be allowed per youth. Only the youth hunters will be permitted to utilize the firearm for hunting. The adult is expected to review with each youth the rules of firearm safety and hunter ethics and to ensure they are followed.
For further information on the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, contact David Hayden at 334-242-3469 or visit the Outdoor Alabama Web site at www.outdooralabama.com.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.