Youth deer and duck hunts are offered at the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area (FWFTA) in Hale County. The hunts usually take place in late-November through January. Registration begins in the fall.
Registration is only available to parents or adults who are at least 21 years old and have a Conservation ID (CID) number. A hunting license is not required at the time of registration. However, if selected during the random draw, you must have a valid hunting license to accept the hunt permit. If selected for a hunt, you will receive an email requesting you validate/accept the permit. Once the permit is accepted, you will receive an email with the hunt details.
To register for a hunt, visit https://publichunts.dcnr.alabama.gov/Public/AvailableHunts/12.
Youth deer hunt dates:
- November 22
- December 20
- January 13,17, 20 and 31
Youth duck hunt dates:
- December 20
- January 13, 17 and 20
For questions about the hunts or the registration process, call or email Doug Deaton: 334-242-3484; Doug.Deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov.
To participate in the youth hunts, youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old (or a parent). Adults must have a valid state hunting license and applicable duck stamp, if duck hunting. Hunters must obtain their license and duck stamp (if duck hunting) before the hunt since they will not be available on-site.
Mandatory reporting of all deer (and turkey) harvests through Alabama’s Game Check system is in effect for the 2017-18 youth hunting dates at FWFTA. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through the Outdoor Alabama mobile app or online at www.outdooralabama.com.
To learn more about Alabama’s Game Check system, visit www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck.
The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area consists of 4,300 acres in Hale County and is managed as a nature preserve and recreation area. In addition to developing a sporting dog Field Trial/Hunt Test grounds and a youth hunting program, the ADCNR State Lands Division is currently restoring the tract’s native prairie grasslands and managing its numerous ponds for future public fishing.
ADCNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.