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FAQs

Frequently Answered Questions about Alabama Fishing and Hunting Licenses

Why am I being asked for my hunter education card or number when I buy a fishing license?

The Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007 created a Wildlife Heritage License allows:

  • residents to fish in freshwater statewide with hook and line from the bank
  • residents to fish in WFF operated Public Fishing Lakes (daily lake permits required)
  • residents to hunt small game, except waterfowl, on WFF WMA (WMA permit required)
  • residents to shoot on WFF managed shooting ranges 
  • residents to support wildlife
  • These privileges are also included in all resident hunting and freshwater fishing licenses (excludes the $1 Disabled Fishing License), including lifetime licenses.
  • residents who have not completed the hunter education course, and are required to, will have a fishing license that indicates supervision required. This is not for fishing, but for the hunting component of the Wildlife Heritage license included in the fishing license.

I have lost my hunter education certification card. Where can I get a replacement? You can print a replacement card here.

I have a lifetime license that is broken and hard to read. Can I get a replacement? This can be done at your local probate office (you will receive a temporary license)  or by mail with DCNR (complete lifetime license form and make a copy of your license so you will have the license in the field).  There is no charge if you turn in your old card.

I have lost my lifetime license.  Can I get a replacement?  This can be done at your local probate office (you will receive a temporary license) or by mail with DCNR (complete lifetime license form). There is a $5 charge for replacement.

I have a lifetime license but need the annual HIP certification.  Can I get the HIP stamp? Yes.The HIP stamp can be issued from any license agent or through the online system. HIP is required of all licensed hunting (residents 16-64 and nonresidents 16 and over).

Is there a special fishing license for disabled persons? Yes. Persons that are totally disabled and have been a resident of Alabama for six months may obtain this license for $1.00. Application is available on-line or applications for this license can be obtained from the Probate Judge or License Commissioner in the county in which they reside. 

Is there a special fishing license for disabled veterans?  Yes.  The  Annual Military Veteran's Appreciation Freshwater License available to veterans with a minimum of 20% disability as certified by the Veteran's Administration. Available at your local probate office or by mail with DCNR (complete application).

Can I fish from my pier in public waters without a fishing license? Normal fishing license requirements apply to fishing in public freshwaters of Alabama from a private pier.

I am 67 years of age and a non-resident. Must I purchase a fishing/hunting license to fish the public waters of Alabama? Yes. Non-residents 16 years of age and older must first purchase a fishing/hunting license before fishing the public waters of Alabama.

Is a fishing license required to fish private lakes or ponds? No. Fishing licenses are only required to fish in public waters.  Permission of the pond owner is required to fish a private lake or pond.

I’m active duty military and a resident of Alabama home on leave. Must I purchase a hunting/fishing license? No, residents on active duty home on leave may hunt and fish without license (must have proof of leave in their possession).

Is there a special hunting license for disabled veterans?  Yes.  The Annual Miliary Veteran's Appreciation Hunting License to veterans with a minimum of 50% disability as certified by the Veteran's Administration.  Available at your local probate office or by mailing with DCNR (complete application).

 

I am an exempt hunting.  How do I get my H.E.L.P. number the Game Check?  This is available at any local license agent, probate office, online or by phone (1-888-848-6887).

Must I purchase a federal migratory bird hunting stamp in addition to a state duck stamp to waterfowl hunt? Yes, all persons 16 years of age and older are required to purchase a federal duck stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl.

I am a resident of Alabama. Must I purchase a hunting license to hunt on lands I own in Alabama? No, residents of Alabama and their immediate family are not required to purchase a hunting license to hunt on property they own.   Click for more info.

I am a non-resident but own land in Alabama. Must I purchase a hunting license to hunt on this property? Yes, you are required to purchase a non-resident hunting licenseClick for more info.

Special Disabled Archery Permit

What are the requirements for a person to be issued a Special Disabled Archery permit? A person must have a permanent physical impairment that prevents them from being able to draw or hold a bow with a minimum peak tension of 35 pounds. This permit would allow a person to utilize a device that will hold a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow at full draw.

How do I obtain this permit? To obtain this permit your medical doctor must write a short letter that contains the following information:

  • Your name and address and that you are a patient of the doctor.
  • That you have a permanent physical impairment.
  • Briefly describe this impairment.
  • A statement that due to this permanent physical impairment you are unable to draw or hold a bow with a minimum peak tension of 35 pounds.
  • Your medical doctor must sign the letter.
  • Letter should be mailed to AWFF, 64 N. Union St., Room 559, Montgomery, AL 36104. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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