In an effort to increase hunter satisfaction, WFF has modified the hunt date framework and registration process. This year, registration is a first-come, first-served online permitting process to hunt one of the newly established 15 hunt zones that average 200 acres in size. While this change limits the overall number of hunting permits to 15 per hunt date, it dedicates each of the hunt zones to the sole use of an individual permit holder (and guests, if applicable) on their registered hunt date.
• October 8, 2016
• October 22, 2016
Youth Deer – Gun
• November 12, 2016
• November 26, 2016
• December 17, 2016
Deer – Archery (not limited to youth hunters)
• October 29, 2016
• December 31, 2016
• February 4, 2017
Online registration will open at 8 a.m. on September 27. To register, visit https://publichunts.dcnr.alabama.gov/. Once registered, hunters will receive their permits at the Fred T. Stimpson checking station on the day of each hunt – 5 a.m. for the deer hunts and 6 a.m. for the squirrel hunts.
The youth squirrel hunts are by limited quota permit only. The permit holder and youth hunter may have up to four hunting guests, which may consist of three youth hunters and an additional supervising adult, 21 years or older (or parent). Participants are required to hunt together and remain in their assigned zone. The permit holder, youth hunter and guests are allowed to hunt.
The youth deer hunts are by limited quota permit only with a two deer per day limit (one unantlered deer and one antlered buck). The permit holder and youth hunter may have one youth guest hunter accompanied by a properly licensed adult 21 years or older (or parent). Youth hunters are to hunt under the guidance of the supervising adult and only within the specified zone. Only youth are allowed to hunt.
The archery deer hunts are by limited quota permit only with a two deer per day limit (one unantlered deer and one antlered buck). Permit holders must have a valid hunting license and wildlife management area license. One properly licensed hunting guest is allowed. Both the permit holder and guest are allowed to hunt within the specified zone only.
Youth squirrel and deer hunters must be age 15 or younger. All squirrel and deer harvested during the youth and archery hunts must be recorded at the checking station located at 1415 Stimpson Sanctuary Road, Jackson, Ala., 36545. The statewide antlered buck bag limit of three applies.
Mandatory reporting of all deer (and turkey) harvests through Alabama’s Game Check system will be in effect for these youth hunts. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through a mobile app, online at www.outdooralabama.com, or by phone at 1-800-888-7690.
For more information about the Fred T. Stimpson CHA youth hunts including the complete hunt guidelines and a map, visit www.outdooralabama.com/youth-squirrel-archery-deer-and-youth-deer-hunts-fred-t-stimpson-cha.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.