Alabama Hunting Workshop 101, the first step on your journey to the great outdoors

Registration now open

Learning to hunt may seem out of reach for those who did not grow up with hunting as part of their family experience. Fortunately, Alabama’s Adult Mentored Hunt (AMH) Program teaches all the skills necessary to bring wild game to the table and help start new traditions. Getting started in the AMH program is as simple as signing up for a Hunting 101 workshop.

Designed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) for anyone with little or no hunting experience, the one-day workshops are held in various areas of Wildlife Management (WMA) throughout the state and provide participants with the opportunity to learn hunting basics, firearms safety and handling, where to hunt and the necessary equipment. Immediately following the workshops, participants are encouraged to put their newfound small game hunting skills to use at the WMA with the help of experienced mentors.

Registration for Hunting 101 is currently open. The first workshop of the 2022-2023 season will take place at the Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Decatur, Alabama, on September 24. There is a $20 registration fee for each workshop. To learn more about the AMH program or to register for a workshop, visit

“Hunting 101 is open to anyone interested in learning to hunt,” said Brandon Holloway, Conservation Compliance Officer and WFF Regional R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) Coordinator. “Our hope is that participants leave the experience with the skills and confidence necessary to have a successful hunt on their own or with a hunting partner.”

To attend a workshop, participants must be at least 19 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. Attendance at Hunting 101 is required to be eligible to participate in a three-day AMH deer or turkey hunt. Workshop attendees will be notified by email if they have been randomly selected for an AMH hunt.

Additional Hunting 101 workshop dates for the 2022-2023 season include October 1 at the William R. Ireland-Cahaba River WMA near Birmingham and October 8 at the Upper Delta WMA near Mobile. A Turkey Hunting 101 workshop is also scheduled for February 25, 2023, at the William R. Ireland-Cahaba River WMA near Birmingham.

ADCNR promotes the wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Freshwater Wildlife and Fisheries. For more information about ADCNR, visit