Alabama Offers Youth Hunts in Clarke County
Beginning in October, online registration will be available for the four youth deer hunts on the Fred T. Stimpson Community Hunting Area in Clarke Co., Ala. The online registration will begian, October 15, 2009, on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Web site, www.outdooralabama.com. Each youth may register one time only, but will be eligible for all four drawings. Once chosen the youth can hunt only once. The online registration will replace the previous registration process.
All applicants will be able to check the results of the drawing on the same Web site that they registered on. The chosen hunters will have until 5 p.m. the following day to accept the invitation. An alternate list of hunters will be selected after the primary list is drawn, in case the primary hunter cannot attend the hunt.
If the invitation is accepted, the hunter's name will be removed from the selection process for the remaining hunts. If, for some reason, the youth cannot attend the hunt and declines the invitation, their name will remain in the selection process for the remaining hunts, and a different hunter will be contacted to fill the slot. If the youth accepts the invitation, but does not show up for the hunt, their name will not be added back to the selection process for the remaining hunts.
Seventy youth hunters will be selected for each deer hunt. Youth must be under 16 years of age on the day of the hunt and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult 25 years or older, or a parent or legal guardian. Only the youth will be allowed to hunt or carry a weapon during the hunt, and only one weapon is allowed. A copy of the youth’s birth certificate and social security card will be required (to verify the last four digits of the youth's SSN) at check in on the day of the hunt.
- *Wednesday, November 4
- *Monday, November 23
- *Monday, December 14
- *Monday, January 11
- *Saturday, November 14
- *Saturday, December 5
- *Monday, December 21
- *Monday, January 18
Gun deer permits will be issued on the day of the hunt, starting at 5 a.m., at the checking station located off of Clarke Co. Rd. 15, which is 11 miles south of Jackson, AL. Maps may be obtained from the ADCNR Web site at, www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/wildlife-areas/wmamaps/; by writing the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) District 5 office at: 30571 Five Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 36527; or by calling 251-626-5474. When sending a written request please include a large, self-addressed, stamped envelope. All deer harvested must be checked at the checking station. A portion of the hunting area is located in the Tombigbee River floodplain and periodically floods throughout the year. In order to ensure fair chase, as well as provide for the safety and well-being of the participants, a hunt will be cancelled if the Tombigbee River gauge is forecast to be at or above 18 feet on the Leroy gauge (LRYA1) by 7 a.m. on the day of the hunt. River levels may also be check at weather.hamweather.com/rivers/gauge/lrya1.html and ahps.srh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mob&gage=lrya1&view=1.
Scouting is allowed the Saturday and Sunday from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., prior to the day of the hunt. The youth taking place in the hunt must be present during scouting.
ADCNR Youth Hunts are intended to introduce young people to the sport of hunting in Alabama. Statewide deer, dove, and turkey hunts are held throughout the year. For a list of Youth Hunting events, visit the hunting section of the ADCNR Web site, www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/.
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 Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.