Stuart R. Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Today he joined us to discusses a new program to reach out to young adults interested in trying hunting but do not know how to get started. Applications for the Adult Mentored Hunting program events are now being accepted.
The first AMH event will take place on November 18, 2017, in Mobile County and additional hunts in other counties throughout the hunting season. More information about Alabama's new AMH program including hunt dates/locations and complete instructions on how to apply can be found here.
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. When you have completed the application, email it to Justin Grider, WFF Mentored Hunt Coordinator, at Justin.Grider@dcnr.alabama.gov. 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 October 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, and cooking. 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. 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.