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July 08, 2009   Email to Friend 

Forrest Bailey
(334) 242-3901
July 08, 2009

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --  Four single-day archery deer hunts at Alabama's largest state park have been announced by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).

The hunts, aimed at reducing numbers and improving the health of the herd at Oak Mountain State Park, are planned for Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 and Jan. 5, 2010. Hunters have harvested 211 deer at Oak Mountain State Park since the regulated hunts began in 2004.

When the hunts began, participants were selected via online registration and computer selection by the ADCNR. This year, however, ADCNR is partnering with Bowhunters of Alabama (BHA) to provide information to hunters directly through BHA's membership base and contacts.

Hunters wishing to participate in the scheduled hunts will find registration and membership information at the BHA Web site, www.alabamabowhunter.com. The Oak Mountain hunt information and forms are located in the Urban Deer Control Program section of the message board. Visitors to the site should to be registered and logged in to download the forms. Registration to the site is free.

Conservation officials have made several changes to facilitate hunt goals and increase overall deer harvest.

Rules for this year's hunts include the following:

-- Hunt registration will begin immediately through the Bowhunters of Alabama.

-- Hunters may participate in each of the four hunts, but not more than 110 hunters will be selected per hunt.

-- A $5 registration fee, a $10 per hunt fee, and a $15 membership fee payable by cash or check will be collected by BHA through hunter registration. This fee will offset the costs associated with conducting the hunts. If a hunter is not selected, the hunt fees will be refunded.

-- The hunter selection will take place on Sept. 1. Applications received after this date will be used to fill vacancies and cancellations.

-- The park will be divided into 11 zones this year and the hunters will rank their zone preferences on the application. Once a hunter is assigned a zone they will only be able to hunt their assigned zone.

-- Hunter maps with regulation information will be provided by BHA prior to the hunt dates.

-- Selected hunters must hold a valid Alabama hunting license and complete a proficiency test conducted by BHA prior to the hunts.

-- Oak Mountain State Park will be closed during the four hunt days except for the golf course, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Persons wishing to play during that time frame may schedule a tee time in advance of the hunt days (first come, first served) by calling (205) 620-2522.

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