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Alabama Hunting and Fishing License Requirements for Active Military

Beginning on August 1, 2004, U.S. military personnel and certain family members (more information) stationed in Alabama on active duty are deemed residents for the purpose of purchasing a hunting license, freshwater fishing license or saltwater fishing license. Proof of active military status must be shown when purchasing a license.  Residency status is granted to In addition, residents of Alabama who are on leave from active military duty may hunt or fish without purchasing a license. For example, an Alabama resident who is a member of the Armed Forces and stationed in another state returns to Alabama for leave. He or she does not have to purchase a license to hunt or fish while on leave in Alabama.

All persons born in Alabama after August 1, 1977, are required to obtain hunter education certification before they purchase a hunting license. The new law exempts the following from that requirement: active duty U.S. military personnel, Alabama residents who are active members of the National Guard, and Alabama certified law enforcement personnel who are employed by a law enforcement agency. Proof of this status must be shown to be exempt from the hunter education requirement.


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