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Hunting and Fishing Licenses on Sale Now!
OA Sweepstakes Returns
Thousands of Alabamians look forward to hunting season each year. The seasons officially open with dove on September 8 (North Zone) and culminate with gun deer season, which opens November 17. To hunt/fish in Alabama you must purchase a hunting or fishing license. Purchasing your license is quick and easy and may be done online at www.outdooralabama.com. In addition to purchasing online with a credit card, licenses are also available by telephone at 888-848-6887, at county courthouses and at many sporting goods retail outlets and marinas. Entry into the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes is automatic with the purchase of your license. A four-wheeler and gift cards to Alabama State Parks are the prizes to be awarded in early 2013. The official rules, complete list of prizes and entry instructions are available here. For more on hunting and fishing in Alabama, click here.

Your Harvest Record
Note It Before You Tote It
Hunters are required to possess an accurate, up-to-date harvest record with them at all times while hunting deer and turkey. There are three easy steps to record your deer or turkey harvest. One, always carry your harvest record when hunting. Two, fill it out before moving the animal. Three (optional), report your harvest online here. Don't forget to keep a pen/pencil with you in the field. For more information about your harvest record, watch this video or check out page 16 in the 2012-13 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. 

Alabama Youth Dove Hunts Announced
Alabama’s 12th Annual Youth Dove Hunts have been scheduled for 2012. North Zone hunts begin September 8, and South Zone hunts begin September 22. Hunt schedules and registration information is available here. Although the hunts are free, pre-registration is necessary. Two youth dove hunts are also scheduled at the Forever Wild M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area in Hale County. The hunt dates are September 8 and September 15. To register for these hunts, email the ADCNR State Lands Division at DCNR.FWFTA@dcnr.alabama.gov. If you do not have email, register by calling 334-624-9952. Alabama’s youth dove hunting events are held in open fields and staffed by ADCNR personnel, which encourages a safe, secure environment for both parents and participants. The program also makes use of private lands and fields opened for use by community members, thus fostering good relationships between hunters and private landowners. More

Hogs Gone Wild!
Feral hogs are considered a game animal in Alabama and have no closed season and no bag limits. This means that on private land, hunters can legally hunt hogs every day of the year with no harvest restrictions. Hogs can be stalk hunted by moving slowly through areas with choice foods like acorns or agricultural crops or stand hunted along trails leading to food sources or bedding areas. When hunting on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a hunting license, management area permit, and management area license are required. In addition to controlling wild pigs via hunting, we hear they are pretty good eating. More

Photo of the Month:
White-tailed deer
Michael Heston of Jacksonville captured this buck with his camera for entry into the 2009 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest. The velvet covering on this buck's antlers provides blood flow and nutrients so they can grow. For more about White-tailed deer in Alabama, click here.
Purchase Your Licenses Online

Hunting & Fishing Digest
The brand new 2012-13 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest is now available online and in print. Visit the Hunting Section of Outdoor Alabama for more details!

Beat the Rush, Take Your
Hunter Education Today
Were you born after August 1, 1977, or are you planning on traveling out of state for a hunting trip later this year? If so, you’ll need to take an Alabama hunter education course. Don’t put it off until the start of deer season; beat the rush and do it today!

ADCNR Interactive Map
Want to know where the best places are to hunt and fish on public lands? Check out our new interactive state map! To explore the map, click here.

Hunters Welcome!
Alabama State Parks are located near many Wildlife Management Areas and make a great place from which to launch your hunting trip. Visit  the Alabama State Parks website today and plan your stay!

Watchable Wildlife: 
Raccoons and Rabies
Have you ever been walking in the woods and noticed a raccoon that just did not act quite right? Perhaps it was not scared of you at all and may have even approached you. Or, maybe you have noticed one wandering around aimlessly in the middle of the day. These could be signs of rabies. More
Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
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 Outdoor Alabama September 2012 E-Newsletter