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Oct. 3 registration for physically disabled hunters

Oct. 3 registration for physically disabled hunters

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

A series of deer hunts for Alabama hunters with physical disabilities will be available from late November 2022 through January 2023 at the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area (FWFTA) in Hale County, Alabama.

To register for the hunts, call (334) 289-8030 starting Oct. 3. “Access to outdoor activities such as hunting should be available to everyone who has an interest,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR commissioner and Forever Wild Board of Trustees chairman. “We are honored to provide hunting opportunities for all Alabamians, including those with physical disabilities.” Hunt availability is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Hunters are limited to registering for only one hunt for the season and may bring an assistant to help with the hunt. Hunters will need a hunting license and Conservation ID number prior to registering. FWFTA physically disabled hunt dates are Nov. 23 and 30; Dec. 14, 17, 21 and 28; and Jan. 4, 7, 11, 18, 21 and 25.

Hunters with physical disabilities are required to fill out a Disabled Hunter Permit Application prior to the hunt dates. The permit can be downloaded from the Physically Disabled Hunting Areas section of Where to Hunt Alabama.

All deer harvested during the FWFTA physically disabled hunts must be reported via Alabama’s Game Check system. Hunters will have 48 hours to Game Check their harvest through the Outdoor AL mobile app or online.

For more information about the hunt details or registration process, call Brae Buckner, ADCNR State Lands Division, at (334) 868-1684, or send an email to 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 test ground 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 public fishing events.

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