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Press Release

Conservation Department Schedules Youth Dove Hunts

July 21, 2010

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces registration for the Tenth Annual Youth Dove Hunts begins Aug. 2 for the North Zone and Sept. 20 for the South Zone. South Zone counties include Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile counties. The remaining counties are in the North Zone.

In cooperation with landowners, local volunteers, businesses and organizations, dove hunts are scheduled in 35 counties throughout the state. To participate, 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.

North Zone hunts begin Sept. 4 and South Zone hunts begin Oct. 2. There is no cost, but pre-registration is necessary for all youth dove hunts. Hunt schedules and registration information is available on the Department’s Web site at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/youth-hunts/youthdove.cfm.

This year, a small number of youth dove hunt participants will be surveyed by phone both before and after the hunts to help the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries gather information to help ensure the future of our hunting heritage. The Division requests your cooperation if you are called and asked to participate in the survey.

According to Conservation officials, dove hunting is a perfect way to introduce youngsters to the hunting tradition and spend quality time with family members. “The youth dove hunts are tailor-made for first-time hunters,” said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh. “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.

2010 Alabama Youth Dove Hunt Registration Information

Visit www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/youth-hunts/youthdove.cfm to register for a youth hunt. Interested participants without Internet access can register by calling the appropriate Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division office listed in below.

North Zone registration begins August 2 and South Zone Registration begins September 20.

County                        Youth Dove Hunt Dates                   Wildlife and Freshwater  
                                                                                                  Fisheries District Office

Cullman                    September 11 & 18                           Tanner 256-353-2634
Colbert                      September   4
Lauderdale              September   4
Lawrence                 September   4
Limestone               September 11
Morgan                     September   4 & 11
Walker                      September   4 & 11
Winston                   September 11

Calhoun                  September   4 & 11                               Jacksonville 256-435-5422
DeKalb                    September   4 & 11
Jackson                  September   4 & 11
Madison                  September   4
Tallapoosa             September   4

Bibb                         September   4 & 18                               Northport 205-339-5716
Chilton                    September   4 & 11
Dallas                     September   4 & 11
Hale                        September   4 & 11
Greene                   September   4 & 11
Jefferson                September   4 & 11
Lowndes                September   4 & 11
Pickens                  September   4
Sumter                   September   4
Tuscaloosa           September   4

Elmore                   September   4 & 11                            North Zone
Macon  1                September   4 & 11                            Enterprise 334-347-1298
Macon  2                September   4 & 11
Crenshaw             September   4 & 11

Covington             October 30                                            South Zone
Geneva                 October  2 & 16                                     Enterprise 334-347-1298
Dale                      October 30
Barbour                October   2
Henry                    October   2 & 9

Monroe                  September  11                                    North Zone
Wilcox                    September   4 & 11                            Spanish Fort 251-626-5474

Baldwin                October  2 & 9                                      South Zone
Escambia            October  2 & 9                                      Spanish Fort 251-626-5474