Hunting Safety

Wooden sign for the Wildlife Management Area at the edge of the woods next to a dirt road.
An entrance into the Wildlife Management Area, Little River Canyon's backcountry.

NPS / Matt Switzer


 

Hunting can instill an appreciation of wildlife, land, and nature.


It's a tradition passed from generation to generation, as family and friends take to the woods, fields, and waters. Hunters contribute billions of dollars to conservation through revenues from licenses, federal duck stamps, and excise taxes on hunting equipment and ammunition. Some NPS units, like Little River Canyon National Preserve, permit hunting.

The Wildlife Management Area is a multi-use area, shared by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and hunters - be aware of your surroundings and other users.

Park staff works in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, to manage the Wildlife Management Area. Hunting by gun, archery, and primitive weapons are permitted during State designated hunting seasons. Hunters are responsible for acquiring the proper permits and following all appropriate laws.

License/Permit Requirements:

  • Hunting License
  • Management Area Permit
  • Management Area License
  • Wildlife Heritage License in lieu of resident State Hunting and Wildlife Management Area License for small game hunting, excluding waterfowl.
  • Click here for Alabama State hunting information and license/permit information.

Safety Tips:

  • Wear proper, high-visibility (blaze orange) hunting gear for your safety.
  • The Wildlife Management Area is a multi-use area, shared by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and hunters - be aware of your surroundings and be sure of your target (and what is behind it) before you shoot your weapon.
  • Know your weapon and ensure it and your ammunition are in good working condition.
  • Sight your weapon in prior to hunting with it.
  • Handle your weapon safely and properly.
  • Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
  • Always point your weapon in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
  • Store hunting weapons in a safe place.
  • Fulfill your repsponsibilities and follow the rules of safe hunting.
  • Learn to identify game and know and observe the game laws.
  • Be courteous - conduct yourself so as to promote friendly relations among hunters, landowners, and other park visitors.
  • Insist your companions observe the same rules - safety starts with you.
  • In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100
Fort Payne , AL 35967

Phone:

256 845-9605 x201
Main phone number for Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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