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Department of Conservation announces new adult mentored hunting program

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Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the creation of the Adult Mentored Hunting Program to help first-time hunters get into the sport.

“Are you new to hunting and interested in learning how to hunt, or has it been a while since you’ve been hunting?” ACDNR wrote in a release. “If so, Alabama’s new Adult Mentored Hunting (AMH) program was designed with you in mind. Applications for AMH program events are now being accepted. The first AMH event will take place on November 18, 2017, in Mobile County.”

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries created the AMH program to provide new hunters with a one-on-one hunt under the guidance of a veteran mentor. AMH events are for individuals interested in learning how to hunt, be it to revive a family tradition, learn more about consumptive outdoor recreation or simply put wild game on the dinner table.

To apply for an AMH event, you must be at least 19 years old, have a valid driver’s license and be new to hunting – or have limited hunting experience. The AMH application is available for download at:

www.outdooralabama.com/apply-adult-mentored-hunt.

When you have completed the application, email it to Justin Grider, WFF Mentored Hunt Coordinator:

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All applications will be reviewed and placed into one of four priority categories. Participants for AMH program events will be selected randomly from the pool of eligible applicants. The first random draw is Oct. 18, 2017.

“The mentored hunts will be conducted in a safe, constructive environment and provide participants with the opportunity to learn from skilled hunting mentors. Participants will be exposed to many facets of hunting including: Firearms safety. Equipment needs, Scouting, Hunting, Game cleaning, Cooking,” ADCNR stated.

For most of the mentored hunts, the equipment needed will be provided or offered at no cost to the participant. Mentored hunts are currently available for deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit.

More information about Alabama’s new AMH program including hunt dates, locations and complete instructions on how to apply can be found at:

www.outdooralabama.com/adult-mentored-hunting-program.

For more information, contact Justin Grider at: 205-339-5716.

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.

Hunting and fishing is a $2.6 billion a year industry in Alabama, and Alabama is seventh in the nation on money spent for hunting and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, only four percent of Alabama residents have a hunting license.  The average hunter spends $1,648 a year on the sport, and a portion of those dollars is devoted to conservation.

Alabama is world-renowned for its numerous sporting opportunities. Our state boasts the highest deer population density in the country, as well as plentiful turkeys, doves, squirrels, geese, quail, hogs, coyote, rabbits, alligators and other game species, plus freshwater and saltwater fishing.

 

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