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Alabama offers options for hunters and anglers with disabilities

From the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

-- Hunting and fishing are time tested traditions in Alabama enjoyed by many, including those with physical disabilities.

To accommodate hunters and anglers with physical disabilities, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) developed the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Trail for People with Physical Disabilities. The trail is a network of public and private recreational sites throughout the state that provide the physically disabled with access to fishing, shooting and hunting opportunities they might not otherwise have the chance to enjoy.
The trail includes 17 hunting sites, 11 shooting sites and 20 fishing lakes. No reservation is required for use of the shooting sites or fishing lakes. All users of these facilities must be properly licensed and abide by regulations governing the sites. A pre-season turkey hunt for people with permanent physical disabilities is also offered.

To hunt at a designated site, the hunter must complete an application available from the ADCNR Wildlife Section, or the hunting section, and receive certification from a physician that he/she is physically disabled under the established medical guidelines.

Hunting is by reservation only except at Big Oak in Cleburne County where special restrictions apply. Early reservations are recommended to ensure that each hunter obtains the site he or she wishes to hunt on a selected date. On the day of their hunt, each participant must check in and out at the check station.

All hunting is from specially designed shooting houses capable of sheltering two individuals, except at Big Oak. Participants on these hunts are encouraged to bring a non-hunting partner to assist with the activities. An individual may hunt on a given area only once every two weeks, but by visiting the various trail locations hunting multiple times each week is available.

To obtain more information about the trail, including a trail application, contact the Wildlife Section, 64 North Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130, call (334)242-3469 or visit the hunting section.

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