In addition to top-flight hunting lodges and outfitters, the Black Belt features plenty of public hunting lands, including Wildlife Management Areas and Forever Wild lands.
Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust, formed by a constitutional amendment in 1992, has purchased 227,000 acres of land in the state for public use. Forever Wild’s purchases account for less than 4 percent of all public lands. The trust has added land to 10 Alabama state parks and 17 Wildlife Management Areas, including six in the Black Belt.
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is responsible for about 150,000 acres of Wildlife Management Areas in the Black Belt. These public hunting areas are perfect for your outdoor adventure.
There are opportunities in the Black Belt to hunt on property designated as U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Corps of Engineers lands. The Corps of Engineers lands are along various Alabama rivers, including the Alabama and Tombigbee in the Black Belt.
Alabama also has a Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Trail for People with Physical Disabilities, with several sites in the Black Belt region. Those sites include the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area, the Marengo Physically Disabled Hunting Area, the Prairie Creek Physically Disabled Hunting Area, the Macon State Forest Physically Disabled Hunting Area and the Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area.