Registration for the youth turkey hunts on the University of South Alabama (USA) Foundation Hunting Area opens Monday, March 6, 2017. The hunts will take place during the upcoming spring turkey season on the USA Foundation Hunting Area located on a 5,000-acre tract of land in north Mobile County. For more information about the hunts or to register, please call the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) District Five Wildlife Office in Spanish Fort at 251-626-5474.
 
In 2004, WFF partnered with the USA Foundation to establish the state’s first Youth Turkey Hunting Area.
 
“This opportunity to introduce youth to turkey hunting has been well-received over the years with some youth taking their first gobbler on the hunting area,” said Steve Barnett, WFF District Five Wildlife Supervisor and Wild Turkey Project Leader. “We appreciate the USA Foundation’s ongoing support in the effort.”
 
The USA Foundation Hunting Area youth turkey hunts are managed similarly to youth hunts on state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Each youth must be under 16 years of age and be accompanied by an adult supervisor at least 25 years old and possessing a valid hunting and WMA license. Only one firearm is allowed per adult-youth pair and only the youth is permitted to use the firearm for hunting.
 
A register is maintained at the self-service check station where each adult-youth pair must record permit numbers, time in and out, harvest data, and complete a short questionnaire about the overall hunting experience. This information assists biologists with making improvements to enhance the hunting experience and helps WFF staff manage the habitat for turkey.
 
On hunting days, each adult-youth pair must check in and out at the check station as a single unit. Hunting hours are from daylight until 1 p.m. 
 
To promote a quality hunting experience at the USA Foundation Hunting Area, the number of permits and hunt dates are limited. Permit packets received at registration include regulations, hunting area maps, and other important information related to the hunts.
 
For more information about youth hunting opportunities in Alabama, visit www.outdooralabama.com/youth-hunting.
 
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 Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
 
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