Youth Hunting Alabama

Youth hunting programs are a critical component of ushering in the next generation of hunters who will enjoy the outdoors long after we are gone.  The Alabama Department of Conservation’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has made it a priority to promote outdoor related activities that help foster youth interest and promote participation in hunting and fishing. As with most states, youth hunting in Alabama begins with a hunter education program, which is available as a traditional in-class course with a written test, or as an Internet course.  If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved Alabama hunter education program to be eligible to purchase a hunting license, which is mandatory for all hunters over the age of 16.


ADCNR offers youth dove hunts on several Saturdays in the fall.  All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult, and pre-registration is required for these hunts.


Youth hunting days are offered every year prior to gun deer season.  Many Wildlife Management Areas offer youth hunting days before the season opens to adult hunters.  Several additional youth hunting opportunities for deer are also available, for more information visit:


A limited number of permits are issued for squirrel youth hunting on the Fred T. Stimpson Community Hunting Area.  Pre-registration is required; for more information please visit:


Youth hunting days are usually the Saturday and Sunday prior to the opening of the spring turkey season.  Additionally, a partnership with the University of South Alabama Foundation provides a Youth Turkey Hunting Area in Mobile County, where youth hunting is allowed on designated dates each year.  Pre-registration is required; for more information please visit:


Youth waterfowl days are typically designated on one day in November and one day in February.  For more information on youth hunting in Alabama, please visit:

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