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Take a Kid Hunting: Alabama's Youth Deer Hunt

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Take a Kid Hunting: Alabama’s Youth Deer Hunt

 

By: Griff Johnson, Wildlife Biologist

 

 

Are you looking for a new way of spending time with your son, daughter or someone that you are mentoring, such as a family friend or neighborhood youth? The Alabama youth deer hunt is a very good event to achieve that quality time.  The 2008 youth deer hunt will be held November 15-16. It is open to any youth 15 years old or younger that is accompanied by a properly-licensed, non-hunting adult 25 years of age or older. Each properly-licensed adult can only carry one youth hunter and one gun between the two of them. The focus on this hunt is not just about youth bagging a white-tailed deer, but that they are empowered with knowledge, ethics and respect for the outdoors along with the making of memories that will last a lifetime.

During the special youth deer hunt, the supervising adults must stay with-in arms reach of the youth. This allows for a safe hunt and provides opportunity for teaching the youth about hunter safety, gun handling, rules and regulations, and when to shoot or not to shoot. This experience is very important and can provide the basis for an individual’s personal conservation ethic.

A majority of Alabama’s seasoned hunters follow a code of ethics while hunting. This special hunt provides opportunity for the supervising adults to teach the youth this code of ethics. The ethics include patience; appropriate hunting methods, and proper field care of game. All of these are important for the enjoyment of the hunt. However, the most important is to help the youngsters understand the relationship of all parts of our natural world and an appreciation for our many natural resources. This will help them on their way to being a true conservationist. 

     Alabama’s youth deer hunt is not all about bagging the youth’s first deer or the opportunity for hands on teaching. It is also about making memories. Whether you are successful or not you will cherish the time spent together in the field talking about the things that happen in your normal day-to-day routine. I can still remember the time spent with my father and a neighborhood mentor when I participated in Alabama’s youth hunts and I still cherish them. We were not successful all the time and neither will you. However, when you are successful and you hear the words “I got my first deer“, and see the look on his or her face, the memory will last forever.

If you don’t have a child and wish to participate in this hunt, just check with friends, extended family, or in your neighborhood because there are youth that could use a hunting mentor in their life. Take advantage of Alabama's youth deer hunt and make a memory.

 For more information concerning Alabama’s youth deer hunt, contact your local Wildlife and Freshwater fisheries office or call 334-242-3469.

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.

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