Conservation Department Schedules Youth Dove Hunts

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces registration for the Ninth Annual Youth Dove Hunts begins Aug. 24 for the North Zone and Sept. 21 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 30 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. All hunters are encouraged to wear eye protection and earplugs.

North Zone hunts begin Sept. 5 and South Zone hunts begin Oct. 3. There is no cost, but pre-registration is necessary for all youth dove hunts. Hunt schedules, contact information, schedule changes and updates may be found on the Department’s Web site at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/youth-hunts/youthdove.cfm

Before each hunt, a short welcome session with reminders on hunting safety will be conducted. 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, approximately 13,000 young hunters have participated in these annual hunts.

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