Handgun Regulation for Bowhunters Expanded

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the limited expansion of the opportunity for bowhunters to carry handguns during archery-only season, which opens October 15, 2011.

This regulation change creates the opportunity statewide for archery hunters otherwise authorized by law to carry handguns in the field for personal protection. However, such handguns may not be used to hunt game animals that are not already open to firearms hunting.

While some consideration had been given to expanding the regulation change to include all firearms, such action has been postponed for further evaluation.

Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. said, “This change has been made to conform to an existing regulation that allows the possession of handguns by legally licensed persons in any Wildlife Management Area (220-2-.21). We also want to afford more opportunity for hunters for personal protection and for taking legal game such as feral hogs. However, before action is taken to allow all firearms for archery hunters, we want to ensure that there is ample public notice and time for a comment period.”

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

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