New Registration Process for 2017
 
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) announces that the state’s 17th Annual Youth Dove Hunts have been scheduled for 2017. The north zone hunts begin on September 9. The south zone hunts begin on September 16. 
 
Although the hunts are free, registration is required. Online registration is scheduled to open August 28, 2017, at 8 a.m. For the complete hunt schedule, visit www.outdooralabama.com/youth-dove-hunts.
 
WFF is implementing a new registration process this year. Hunters submitting a registration for participation in a youth dove hunt must be a parent or an adult at least 21 years old and have a Conservation ID (CID). Additionally, once you receive a registration confirmation email and accept the hunt you wish to attend, you cannot register for a second hunt until the date of your registered hunt has passed. 
 
As it becomes available, additional information describing the registration, notification and hunt acceptance process will be posted to www.outdooralabama.com/youth-dove-hunts.
 
Alabama’s Youth Dove Hunt events are held in open fields and staffed by WFF 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, which fosters 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 21 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 covered by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting which all hunters must follow. To review the Alabama Cooperative Extension System recommendations for plantings related to dove management, visit www.outdooralabama.com/mourning-doves. 
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com. 
 
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