Open-gate Weekends Improve Hunting Access on Four Forever Wild Properties
The Alabama State Lands Division announces a series of “open-gate weekends” on four Forever Wild properties designed to increase access to hunting on public lands. During the weekends the internal woods-roads gates will be opened to allow for easier access to hunting on the properties.
The Forever Wild properties listed below are open-permit public lands. Unlike hunting on private land or Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), the hunter only needs a hunting license to hunt the properties. All other hunting rules and regulations apply and the tracts will be patrolled and monitored by conservation enforcement officers.
Open-gate properties and dates during the 2011-2012 Hunting Seasons:
- Lillian Swamp Tract in Baldwin Co. will be open December 8-10, 2011, and January 12-14, 2012.
- Splinter Hill Bog Tract in Baldwin Co. will be open December 8-10, 2011, and January 12-14, 2012.
- Red Hills Tract in Monroe Co. will be open December 1-3, 2011, and January 7-8, 2012.
- Old Cahaba Tract in Dallas Co. will be open December 9-11, 2011.
“The open-gate weekends are pilot projects designed to address requests for improved access to public lands,” said Greg Lein, Assistant Director, State Lands Division. “If successful, this could become an annual event.”
During the open-gate weekends the entire tract will be open to hunting, and hunters are encouraged to practice hunter safety. More information about hunting safely can be found in the hunter education section of the ADCNR website.
All published rules and regulations for these specific tracts remain the same during the open-gate weekends. Visit www.alabamaforeverwild.com for more information about hunting provisions on Forever Wild properties. For other periods of the hunting season, the tracts remain open under the routine designated means of access by public roads and parking area points of entry.
The Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased more than 226,000 acres for public protection and recreation, including hunting, since the program began in 1992. It is supported in part by a special Forever Wild car tag available at all probate offices.
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.