For information on hunting seasons and bag limits, check out our latest Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. For hard copies of the digest, check with your local hunting and fishing license agent. Inside the digest, you will find hunting seasons, license information, fishing creel limits and much more. Please be sure to review the major changes.

 

The 2017-18 Hunting and Fishing Digest is now available. Click the image of the digest below to view online. 

 

       

 

 

 

2017-2018 Wildlife Management Area Schedule will be posted soon.

 

 

 

 

 

2016-2017 Hunting and Fishing Digest

     

 

 

 

2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Guide

 

 

 

 

 

2016-2017 Game, Fish, Furbearers, and Other  Wildlife 

Alabama Regulation Book  

                        

    

 

 


DEER SEASONS

Click on picture of Deer Season Zone Map below to download as printable pdf. 

ANTLERED DEER: Statewide- one a day; (3) three during the season. One of the three must have at least 4 antler points 1" or longer on one antler (except Barbour County). A point is an antler projection of at least one inch in length from base to tip. Main beam tip shall be counted as a point regardless of length. 

BARBOUR COUNTY ANTLER RESTRICTION: Bucks must have a minimum of three points on one side (except on the statewide special youth deer hunting data). 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) BONUS BUCK: One buck will be allowed to be harvested from a select collection of WMA's specific hunt dates depicted on the WMA map permits that will not count towards the hunter's State 3 buck limit. Must be validated by WFF personnel.

UNANTLERED DEER: (EXCEPT SPOTTED FAWNS): One per day in addition to one antlered buck per day. (Exceptions may apply for selected areas with one deer per day limit on National Forest Service Lands). 
 

SPECIAL YOUTH (UNDER16) DEER HUNTING: Statewide, includes all Privately Owned and Leased Lands and Open-Permit - Public Lands (except Wildlife Management Areas).

  • November 10-13

  • Dog hunting in those counties or parts of counties where and how it is allowed during the regular dog deer hunting season.

  • See the 2017-18 Wildlife Management Area Schedule for youth deer hunting dates and other information.

2017-18 Game Check - Harvest Record


Mourning and White-Winged DOVE SEASONS - Hunting information for the north and south zones.

NORTH ZONE: (All counties except those listed below in south zone.)

  • 15 a day (90 days)                                                                                                                                   

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 9 - October 29

    • September 9: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)

    • September 10 - October 29: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

  • December 8 - January 15

    •  One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

SOUTH ZONE: Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile

  • 15 a day (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 16 - September 24

    •  September 16: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)

    • September 17 - September 24: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

  • October 7 - October 28

    • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

  • November 18 - January 15

    • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

 


Turkey Seasons 

Click on picture of Turkey Seazon Zone Map below to download as printable pdf. 

SPRING SEASON (DECOYS PERMITTED)

Zone 1: March 15- April 30

Counties: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman (except north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva (except south of AL Hwy 52, east of AL Hwy 167, west of Houston County line, and north of the Florida line), Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson,  Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox. 

Zone 2: March 31 - April 30

  • Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale (west of US Hwy 43), Lawrence (south of AL Hwy 24), Limestone (north of US Hwy 72), Madison, and Winston. 

Zone 3: April 21- April 25

  • Cullman (north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Lawrence (north of AL Hwy 24), Lauderdale (east of US Hwy 43), and Morgan

Zone 4: 

  • Counties: Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph and Talladega.

FALL SEASON (DECOYS NOT PERMITTED)

November 18 - November 30
December 16 - January 1

SPRING SEASON (DECOYS PERMITTED)

March 15 - April 30

Zone 5No Season

  • Limestone (south of US Hwy 72)

 


Bobwhite Quail 

November 4 - February 28

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession


Rabbit 

September 16 - March 4

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession

  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 am during and in areas of spring turkey season.


Squirrel

September 16 - March 4

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession


Raccoon

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours

  • Private Owned and Leased Lands: No Bag Limit

  • Open Permit- Public Land: 5 Per Party

  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 am during and in areas of spring turkey season.

  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.


Opossum

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours

  • No Bag Limit

  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 am during and in areas of spring turkey season.

  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.


Bobcat, Coyote, Feral Swine, and Fox (Daytime hours only)

Check with USFS for further restrictions.

No Closed Season

  • ​No Bag Limit

Dogs Cannot be used to hunt during and in areas of spring turkey season.

BOBCAT: All bobcat, regardless of method of harvest, are required to be tagged by a representative of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division within 14 days of harvest or may be left with a taxidermist with a completed tagging form, and the taxidermist is required to have the bobcat or otter tagged within 14 days of receipt.

COYOTE AND FERAL SWINE: trapping by landowner or his agent. 

FERAL SWINE: upon capture, it shall be unlawful to release any live feral swine. See regulation 220-2-.86

BOBCAT AND FOX: Trapping is limited to legal fur bearer season by licensed fur catchers only.         


Feral Swine (Privately Owned and Leased Lands Only)

May 1 - August 31

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours

  • Dogs only - no firearms allowed.

Note: Permit may be obtained through your local district office for nighttime nuisance control hunting outside of the dates of deer season.


Alligator

By Special Permit Only 

Alligator Hunt Information


Beaver, Nutria, and Groundhog 

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit - Daylight hours only


Starlings, Crows, and English Sparrows

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit - Daylight hours only


Bear, Mountain Lion, and Ruffed Grouse

No Open Season


Woodcock

December 15 - January 28

  • 3 a day

  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset


Snipe

November 11 - February 25

  •  8 a day

  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset


Rail and Gallinule

September 9 - September 24
November 24 - January 16

  • 15 a day

  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset


Bullfrog and Pig Frog

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours

  • Limit 20 frogs in aggregate per person from 12 Noon to 12 Noon the following day.


WATERFOWL SEASONS

SPECIAL WATERFOWL SEASONS

Special Teal Season:

September 9- September 24

  • 6 a day

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

REGULAR WATERFOWL SEASONS

Duck, Coot, and Merganser:

November 24 - November 25

 December 2 - January 28

  • 6 Ducks a day and may include no more than 4 Mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck, 2 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 1 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 3 Scaup. 

  • 5 Mergansers a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser.

  • 15 Coot a day

Geese (All Geese) Statewide: 

 September 1 - September 30 

  • The aggregate bag limit of 5 dark geese (Canada, White-fronted, and Brant) shall not include more than 1 Brant. Additionally, an aggregate bag limit of 5 light geese (Snow, Blue, Ross's) may be harvested per day.

Geese (Dark and Light): Statewide:

  October 7 - October 21

  November 24 - November 25

  December 2 - January 28

  • Dark Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Brant) - Limit 5 a day, the aggregate bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 3 Canada Geeses and 1 Brant, all 5 may be White-fronted Geese.

  • Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross's) - The aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.

SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS

November 18, 2017 & February 3, 2018

  • Same shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunition apply as the regular waterfowl season, in accordance with Rule 220-2-.119


Trapping

Bobcat, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, and Striped Skunk

  • November 4 - February 28

Beaver, Coyote, Nutria, Feral Swine, Raccoon, and Opposum

  • No Closed Season


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