Online registration is currently underway for the 10th Annual Youth Dove Hunts that are in the North Zone. Registration for the South Zone hunts will open on Sept. 20. South Zone counties include Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile counties; all other counties are in the North Zone. The event is sponsored by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) with support from many partners.
North Zone hunts begin Sept. 4, and South Zone hunts begin Oct. 2. There is no cost to participate in the hunts. However, pre-registration is necessary for all youth dove hunts. Hunt schedules and registration information is available here.
Online registration is encouraged, but interested participants without Internet access will be allowed to register by calling their WFF district office listed in the hunt schedule. A district office employee will complete the electronic registration form for you over the phone.
This year a small number of youth dove hunt participants will be surveyed by phone, both before and after the hunts, to help the WFF gather information to help ensure the future of our hunting heritage. Hunter cooperation in the survey will be greatly appreciated and helps to improve the event.
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. 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.
According to WFF Division Director Corky Pugh, dove hunting is a perfect way to introduce youngsters to hunting and to spend quality time with family members. “The youth dove hunts are tailor-made for first-time hunters,” Pugh said. “The emphasis is on having fun while enjoying a safe, quality dove hunt.” To date, more than 14,000 young hunters have participated in these annual hunts.
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 Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.