Alabama Hunting News

Wildlife Strategy Approved
Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley announced today that the Alabama Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All 50 states agreed to complete a Strategy by October 1, 2005, as a condition for receiving State Wildlife Grants funding to support fish and wildlife conservation.
Hunters Help the Hungry
Alabama hunters again have the opportunity to help others while they enjoy their outdoor pursuits. The Hunters Helping the Hungry program provides a way that Alabama hunters can give thousands of pounds of ground venison to needy families and individuals in the state. Since the program’s beginning in 2000, approximately 229,000 pounds of ground venison have been donated to Alabama Food Banks in the state.
Emergency Regulations Enacted For Special State Park Deer Hunts
In preparation for regulated archery deer hunts at Oak Mountain State Park scheduled in November, December, and January, Commissioner Barnett Lawley of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces regulations governing the hunts.
Three Hunting Areas Added For The Physically Disabled
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces an amendment to Rule 220-2-.110-.138ER titled “Establishment of Physically Disabled Hunting Areas” regarding the addition of hunting areas for the physically disabled.
Buck Harvest Restriction Plan Implemented for Barbour County
The Conservation Advisory Board endorsed a public request to implement a five-year buck harvest restriction plan for Barbour County, beginning with the 2005-06 season. The new regulation will restrict buck deer harvest to those with a minimum of three or more antler points on one main beam.
Second Annual State Archery Championship
The second annual “National Archery in the Schools Program” State Championship will be held April 26 at the Autauga County Agricultural Arena in Autaugaville from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Approximately 550 students enrolled in 16 schools from Huntsville to Mobile will compete.
Turkey Decoy Regulations
Beginning this year, it is legal for hunters to use non-mechanical, non-electronic decoys for turkey hunting during the spring turkey season. The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board adopted a regulation allowing certain types of decoys to be used.
Over 100,000 Acres Protected by Forever Wild Land Trust
Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust acquisitions now total 107,000 acres, land which might otherwise be commercially developed or kept in private hands. Acreage in the program is used for the most common groups of outdoor interests: nature preserves, additions to state parks, outdoor recreational areas and wildlife management areas for public hunting. Ninety-three percent of the total Forever Wild acreage is available for public hunting.
Youth Turkey Hunts Scheduled
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces that on Saturday, March 12, a week before the regular starting date of spring turkey season, young hunters will have an opportunity to hunt turkey during special hunts held at some WMAs throughout the state.
Big Oak Physically Disabled Hunting Area
A new hunting area has been added to Alabama’s Hunting and Fishing Trail for People with Physical Disabilities. The Big Oak Physically Disabled Area is a segment of the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area in Cleburne County.