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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
Cullman September 11 & 18 Tanner 256-353-2634
Calhoun September 4 & 11 Jacksonville 256-435-5422
Bibb September 4 & 18 Northport 205-339-5716
Elmore September 4 & 11 North Zone
Covington October 30 South Zone
Monroe September 11 North Zone
Baldwin October 2 & 9 South Zone