A gateway to the outdoors
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The Freshwater Wildlife and Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) offers several dove hunting opportunities each fall to young people across the ‘State. A simple hunting setup combined with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere makes WFF Youth Dove Hunts a perfect way to introduce young people to the outdoors.
Registration for this year’s hunts will begin at 8 a.m. on August 16. Although the hunts are free, online registration is required. The first dove hunts for young people of the 2021 season begin on September 4. For more information, including a full hunting schedule, visit www.outdooralabama.com/youth-hunting/youth-dove-hunts.
Brenda and Pete Burns from Spanish Fort, Alabama took their daughter, Sydney, on a dove hunt for young people in Macon County in October 2020. Sydney, who was 9 at the time, hunts with her parents every year since she was 4 years old. years.
As well as providing a fun outdoor experience, Brenda said that youth dove hunts are a great way for kids to take a break from screen time and learn more about the value of harvesting their own food.
“Hunting for food is a natural part of life,” she said. “These experiences have taught Sydney that not everything we eat comes from a grocery store or a restaurant.”
Brenda was born in Alaska but raised in Alabama and learned to hunt squirrels and rabbits from her uncle in Coffeeville. She and Pete are proud to pass their hunting traditions on to their daughter through programs like the WFF Youth Dove Hunts.
“Sydney has always had an interest in the hunt by listening to our stories and she wants to become a better hunter herself,” said Brenda. “We will certainly take him on other youth hunts as they become available.”
To participate in the hunts, young hunters must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age (or parent) with a valid state hunting license, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp and a Conservation ID number. .
Alabama Youth Dove Hunting Events are held in open fields and hosted by WFF staff, which encourages a safe and secure environment for parents and participants. Before each hunt, a short welcome session with reminders on the safety of the hunt will be carried out. All hunters are encouraged to wear eye protection and ear plugs.
Doves are migratory and covered by the Migratory Birds Treaty Act. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting and that all hunters must follow. To view the Alabama Cooperative Extension System recommendations for plantation related to dove management, visit www.outdooralabama.com/what-hunt/mourning-dove-hunting-alabama.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes the judicious stewardship, management and use of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, Land of the State and wildlife and freshwater fishing. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
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