The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) has purchased 3,649 acres that will be added to the state’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system in south Alabama. The land is located in Covington County and will become part of the Geneva State Forest WMA. The WMA addition will be managed for wildlife and will be open to hunting during the upcoming seasons.

The land included in this WMA addition was previously part of the Geneva State Forest WMA before being managed by a private land management company. With this purchase, the additional acreage has become a permanent part of Alabama’s WMA system. Hunting opportunities include seasons for a variety of small game, turkey and white-tailed deer.

In addition to being managed for game animals, the Geneva State Forest WMA is home to threatened and endangered species such as the Eastern indigo snake, red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise. The area is also a magnet for migrating birds.

Hunters will need a hunting license and a WMA permit to hunt within the WMA. Hunting licenses can be purchased online or at various outdoors retailers throughout the state. WMA permits can be downloaded here for free . For more information about hunting in the Geneva State Forest WMA, contact the WFF District 4 office at 334-347-9467.

Additional recreational activities are available within the Geneva State Forest including hiking, fishing, primitive camping and horseback riding. For more information about the Geneva State Forest, visit forestry.alabama.gov.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com

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