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Guntersville Lake
(256) 571-4280
3696 Alabama Highway 69, CAB 1A-GVA
Guntersville, AL
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Auto Touring; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Tims Ford Lake
(256) 571-4280
3696 Alabama Highway 69, CAB 1A-GVA
Guntersville, AL
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Auto Touring; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Johnsons Sporting Goods
(205) 586-8323
444 N Main St
Arab, AL
 
Lawler Outdoors
(256) 753-5033
120 Deepwoods Dr
Union Grove, AL
 
Guntersville Outfitters INC
(256) 582-6320
534 Gunter Ave
Guntersville, AL
 
Normandy Lake
(256) 571-4280
3696 Alabama Highway 69, CAB 1A-GVA
Guntersville, AL
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

North Alabama Sports Center
(256) 586-1355
2423 Old Huntsville Hwy Nw
Arab, AL
 
Sports Connection
(256) 586-3004
604 11th Ave Nw
Arab, AL
 
Holster Usa
(256) 894-3230
289 Red Barn Rd
Guntersville, AL
 
Lake Guntersville State Park
(256) 582-0379
7966 Al Highway 227
Guntersville, AL
 

Pronghorn: The Perfect Beginners' Big Game Animal

Imagine you were given the assignment of designing a perfect big game hunt for novice hunters. Your objective would be to make the hunt fun and exciting so the new hunter would come away with a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors. It would be great if the hunt had some exotic appeal, something a little out of the ordinary so the new hunter wants to keep coming back for more. A high probability of success would be essential. No matter their age, beginning hunters don't want to wait several years to harvest an animal.

You'd probably want to eliminate most late season hunts. Dragging beginning hunters out into cold, wet, or snowy weather in pursuit of any animal carries high risk of disappointment. When someone is soaked and freezing it is hard to appreciate that it is the peak of the rut and you are holding out for a whopper.

Stand hunting probably isn't a great choice, unless it is an area crawling with game. Few things are more boring that sitting for hours, hoping that an animal will appear. That's especially true if you stick a first-time hunter alone in a tree stand and tell him you'll be back to pick him up in three or four hours. If an animal doesn't appear in the first few minutes, those hours are going to seem to take an eternity.

Forget about a wilderness hunt or one where you must backpack or camp in a tent. For someone not experienced in the outdoors, camping by itself can be stressful and frightening. I have a friend who introduced his brother to hunting by taking him on a backcountry elk hunt on horses. It snowed four feet the first night and the younger brother was convinced they would never make it out alive. In five days they did not see an elk and the brother has never gone on another hunt.

Chances are, no matter what criteria you defined for this perfect beginners' big game hunt, pronghorn antelope would rise to the top of the list.

The only real drawback of hunting pronghorns is that they are limited to the western third of the United States. But they still range over many states and populations have increased to the point that they are a nuisance in many areas.

Here are some of the factors, traits and behaviors that make pronghorn antelope a great choice as a first big game animal for beginning hunters:

Highly visible - Pronghorns prefer open country so they can see any approaching danger a long ways off. This also makes it possible for hunters to see them from long distances. Unlike other animals whose coloration blends in with the surroundings, pronghorns have a white rump patch that tends to stand out like a pimple on a prom date.

In wide open country even hunters with minimal experience in spotting game have little trouble picking out herds of antelope. My two-year-old granddaughter came along on an early fall ranch hunt for pronghorns this year. She had no trouble spotting them in the alfalfa fields several hundred yards away.

Spot and stalk - The fact that they are easy to see means the best huntin...

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Alabama Hunting Regulations

Age Requirement:

No child under the age of 16 is required to procure a hunting license; a licensed adult must accompany the individual. 

Education Requirement:

Anyone born on or after August 1, 1977 must show proof of completing a Hunter Education course prior to purchasing a hunting license except active duty U.S. military personnel, Alabama residents who are active members of the National Guard of the United States, and persons certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission as law enforcement officers who are employed by a law enforcement agency. The Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007 provided a mentor provision for hunter education. Hunting license buyers now have the option to hunt under the "supervision required" status in lieu of passing the hunter education course. Hunters under supervision MUST be under normal voice control, not to exceed 30 feet away from a properly licensed hunter 21 years of age or older. Under no circumstance shall the supervising person be the holder of a "supervision required" license.

Bow Education Required:

No

Orange Required:

Yes