Youth Dove Hunt Registration Also Open
Registration is currently open for hunts on Alabama’s newly created Special Opportunity Areas (SOA). These smaller, specialty hunting areas are located throughout the state and offer a variety of exclusive public land hunting options including small game, archery, gun deer, youth hunting, waterfowl, turkey hunting and more.
Registration for the SOA hunts closes at 8 a.m. on October 3, 2017. Permit selections will be made by a computer-controlled, random process after registration closes. If successful in drawing a permit, hunters will be notified by email and have 72 hours to accept the permit. Similar to the state’s alligator hunts, applicants will accumulate preference points each year they apply but are not selected for a permit.
Alabama’s SOA program is provided free of cost. However, hunters must have the proper hunting license and WMA license. To register, click here.
“There are several SOA hunt dates available and plenty of time to register,” said Chris Smith, WFF Wildlife Section Assistant Chief. “We encourage hunters to visit our website to learn more about this unique hunting opportunity.”
SOAs available for the upcoming hunting seasons are the 6,500-acre Cedar Creek SOA in Dallas County, the 4,500-acre Uchee Creek SOA in Russell County and the 400-acre Crow Creek SOA in Jackson County. The Fred T. Stimpson SOA, a 5,400-acre tract in Clarke County that had been open for youth hunts and limited adult archery deer hunts, has transitioned to this hunting mode to assist in reducing deer densities on the area.
A new concept in public hunting land for Alabama, SOAs offer a limited number of hunting slots for a successful permit holder and guest(s) to hunt a dedicated 300- to 400-acre unit for a two- to four-day hunt. Smaller than Wildlife Management Areas in acreage, SOAs are more suitable to this limited quota hunting format because of the reduced hunting pressure, which increases the quality of the hunt.
For more information about Alabama’s SOAs including hunt dates and how to register, visit www.outdooralabama.com/special-opportunity-areas.
In addition to SOA registration, Alabama’s Youth Dove Hunt registration is currently open. Although the hunts are free, registration is required. For the complete hunt schedule or to register, click here.
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.
Read “SOAs Add to Alabama Public Hunting Opportunities” by David Rainer, ADCNR