Dove hunting start nears

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Special to The Advance

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) recently announced that Alabama’s 15th Annual Youth Dove Hunts are scheduled for the following counties in 2015: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Choctaw, Colbert, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Jackson, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Sumter, Talladega, and Washington.
South zone counties include Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile. All other counties are included in the north zone. The north zone hunts begin on Sept. 12. The south zone hunts begin on Sept. 19. For the complete hunt schedule and registration information, visit
Although the hunts are free, pre-registration is necessary. The preferred method of registration is online at Online registration begins on Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. for the September hunts and Sept. 28 for the October hunts. Participants without Internet access may register by calling their Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries district office listed in the hunt schedule. District office personnel will complete the electronic registration form for you over the phone.
Alabama’s Youth Dove Hunt events are held in open fields and staffed by ADCNR personnel, which encourages a safe, secure environment for both parents and participants. The program also makes use of private lands and fields opened for use by community members, thus fostering good relationships between hunters and private landowners.
To participate in the hunts, 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. Hunters should obtain their license and HIP stamp before the hunt since they will not be available on-site.
Before each hunt, a short welcome session with reminders on hunting safety will be conducted. All hunters are encouraged to wear eye protection and earplugs.
Doves are migratory and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has revised recommendations for plantings related to dove management. For the latest information regarding these recommendations, visit

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