220­-2­-.55         Wildlife Management Areas, Community Hunting Areas, Public Hunting Areas, and Refuges of Alabama

 

 (1)  It shall be unlawful on ALL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, COMMUNITY HUNTING AREAS, PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS, AND REFUGE AREAS, all of which are established as "wildlife management areas" by Rule 220-2-.22 and all of which are hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to herein as "AREAS" or "AREA":

 

       (a)        To hunt, trap, use dogs, possess firearms, traps, or bow and arrow, except on open designated target ranges and except bow fishing equipment from March 1 ­-August 31, without a valid permit.  A permit is valid only during scheduled AREA seasons during legal hunting hours and only with the required hunting license(s) and stamps and only with weapons and ammunition permitted for hunting the wildlife listed on permit. See (q) and (ff) for limited exception for certain lawfully authorized handguns possessed for personal protection.

       (b)        To use dogs for stalk hunting of deer or for turkey hunting.

       (c)        To use dogs for hunting of feral swine or small game where dogs are expressly prohibited (except for the special feral swine dog hunt on W.L. Holland and Mobile-Tensaw Delta WMAs on March 1-8).

       (d)       To use dogs for hunting, training or any purpose from March 9 until September 1.

       (e)        To conduct organized man drives during stalk deer hunts outside the hours of 10:00AM – 2:00 PM.

       (f)        For any person under 16 years of age to hunt on any AREA unless accompanied by a licensed hunter at all times; except on designated youth hunts when the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is either 21 years old or older or the parent, and who is in possession of all state hunting licenses required to hunt on a WMA.

       (g)   To use or possess any firearm, weapon or method that does not conform with Regulation 220-2-.02 and 220-2-.03 except that:

 1.    DEER:  Stalk Gun Hunting on Grand Bay WMA is restricted to shotguns with slugs.

 2.    DEER:  Stalk Hunting ­- Primitive Weapons Hunts are restricted to muzzle-loading rifles and muzzle-loading handguns (.40 caliber or larger), muzzle-loading shotguns, air-powered guns .30 caliber or larger, or bow and arrow (including crossbow). 

3.    DEER:  Dog Hunts ­are restricted to shotguns using buckshot only.

4.    FERAL SWINE SPECIAL SEASONS:  the same provisions as set out in (1)(g),

               (1)(g)1. and (1)(g)2. above, except at Seven Mile Island where (1)(g)1. and 2. apply. Feral Swine may also be hunted with legal arms permitted for other game birds and animals during scheduled WMA
hunts.

5.    TURKEY:  Centerfire handguns or pistols are prohibited.

6.    Bobcat, Coyote and Fox may only be hunted with legal arms permitted for other game birds or animals during those scheduled WMA seasons.

 

       (h)   To possess or use devices, or firearms or methods while trapping furbearers that are not

in conformance with 220-2-.30.

        (i)    For any person to hunt deer with gun without first presenting his required hunting licenses for certain specified hunts at the checking station except on David K. Nelson, Grand Bay Savanna, Riverton, Upper Delta, W. L. Holland and Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and Forever Wild Gothard – AWF Yates Lake AREAS.

       (j)    For any person to possess or to carry in or on a vehicle, any of the following: any firearms [including pistols/handguns, except as described in (q) and (ff)] with ammunition in the magazine, breech or clip attached to firearms, or black powder weapons with primer, cap or flash powder in place, or cocked crossbows. See (q) and (ff) for limited exception for certain lawfully authorized handguns possessed for personal protection.

       (k)   For hunters on dog deer hunts to leave stand assigned to them until instructed.

       (l)   To camp on any AREA except in designated sites.  Campers using generators must camp in site designated for generator use.  On AREAS located on U. S. Forest Service lands, this camping restriction applies October 1 ­- January 31, except on Choccolocco AREA, where the camping restriction shall also be in effect from October 1 through April 30 of each year.  Individuals or groups may camp on AREAS for a period not to exceed nine (9) days in any thirty (30) day period. Campfires must be extinguished before departing.  No warming fires shall be permitted away from camping area. All campers (portable shelters on wheels) must be removed from Barbour or Freedom Hills AREAS by sundown on the first Sunday following April 30th; otherwise, the camper may be towed from the AREA at the owner’s expense; or, may be relocated to another portion of the AREA without AREA personnel being responsible for any damages and the owner assessed a $10.00 per day storage fee without the State or AREA personnel responsible for any damage, loss, etc.  No campers are permitted on Barbour or Freedom Hills AREAS, until September 1, unless approved by special PERMIT issued by the AREA biologist.  All campers left unattended overnight must display the owner’s contact information to include name, address, and phone numbers.

       (m) To kill or willfully molest any species of wildlife except those designated for hunting.

       (n)   To discharge fireworks at any time.

       (o)   To discharge firearms for target practice except on designated target ranges in accordance with listed rules during posted times and dates.  Permits for excepted uses may be issued by the AREA biologist.  The range may be closed as necessary by the AREA biologist.  It shall be unlawful for designated target range users to:

       1.    Use range except during daylight hours within posted times and dates.

       2.    Possess any alcoholic beverages.

       3.    Use armor-piercing or tracer ammunition.   

       4.    Point firearms in an unsafe direction or possess a loaded weapon outside the firing line.

       5.    Stand on or in front of the firing line except when shooting.

       6.    Shoot while persons are down range.

       7.    Discharge firearms (except as noted below in #8.) anywhere other than designated stations on the concrete shooting line into the embankment at stationary paper targets.  Targets must be placed so shots will impact the embankment no higher than 5’ above ground level at the base of the embankment.  Only one person may shoot from each designated location at any given time.

       8.    Shoot clays except in designated areas.

       9.    Fail to place targets, hulls and trash in trash can or fail to remove same from area.

       10.   Violate any posted restriction.

 

       (p)   To hunt or discharge firearms within 150 yards of any camping area, dwelling, dam or timber operation, 100 yards of any paved public road or highway, or from within the right-of-way of any developed road (paved or unpaved) which is open for vehicular traffic [provided, however, that standers hunting the WMA roads on Frank W. and Rob M. Boykin, Scotch, and Upper Delta AREAS are allowed during scheduled dog deer hunts]; within a posted safety zone or on Sunday within one/half mile of any church.

       (q) For any person to possess any firearm while hunting with bow and arrow or crossbow, except on days of either sex gun deer hunts. This prohibition shall not apply to the possession of handguns by lawfully authorized persons for their personal protection, provided the handguns are not used to hunt or take or to attempt to take wildlife except as otherwise provided by this regulation.

       (r) To transport deer killed during gun hunts from any AREA before being checked at the designated checking stations for scientific data, except on David K. Nelson, Grand Bay Savanna, Riverton, Upper Delta, W. L. Holland and Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and Forever Wild Gothard – AWF Yates Lake AREAS or to transport turkey without reporting as specified for each AREA.

       (s)   For any person except authorized personnel to operate any motor driven vehicle behind, under or around any locked gate, barricaded road or sign which prohibits vehicular traffic.

       (t)    For any unauthorized person to possess and/or operate ANY UNLICENSED MOTOR DRIVEN VEHICLE (2, 3, 4, or 6 wheel) on Autauga, Black Warrior, William R. Ireland, Sr. - Cahaba River, Coosa, David K. Nelson, Frank W. and Rob M. Boykin, Mulberry Fork, Perdido River, Little River (within Little River Canyon National Preserve) and Forever Wild Gothard – AWF Yates Lake AREAS.  For any unauthorized person at any time to operate a motor scooter, motorcycle, motorized trail bike, or any motor driven vehicle on any AREA except on regularly used roads open for public use by four wheel vehicle traffic and except on U.S. Forest Service land in an AREA where "all terrain" vehicles (ATV's) must be used on open designated ATV trails only; or for any unauthorized person to ride or possess horses on any AREA except:  (1) on roads open to four-wheel motorized vehicles, except Autauga; and (2) in areas, roads, and trails, designated as open to horses, except Autauga. Riding or possession of horses is prohibited on any AREA on days of scheduled gun deer hunts, and during legal hours of turkey hunting, except those portions of AREAS kept open to such activity by the U. S. Forest  Service and Geneva State Forest, and except on Freedom Hills and James D. Martin-Skyline where horses are only allowed on designated horse trails and, in addition at Freedom Hills and the Jacinto Port Tract of W.L. Holland and Mobile-Tensaw Delta, horses are only allowed from March 1 to the beginning of turkey season and May 1 to September 30. Riding or possession of horses on wildlife management AREAS, except those on U.S. Forest Service lands and Geneva State Forest, shall be restricted to holders of a current valid Wildlife Management Area license and a valid wildlife management area permit.

       (u)   For any person to hunt any wildlife species (except turkey and migratory birds and while hunting legally designated species during legal nighttime hours) without wearing hunter orange as described in 220-2-.85.

       (v) For any person except authorized personnel to block or otherwise stop traffic on any road or at any gate by parking a vehicle in such a way that passage around the vehicle is impossible.

       (w) For any person to deposit, distribute or scatter grain, salt, litter, or any other materials on any AREA maintained by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources prior to receiving approval from said Department.

       (x) To damage or remove any artifacts, trees, firewood, crops, or other plants, dirt, gravel or sod without legal authorization.

       (y) To erect any permanent tree stand or install any screw-in type steps, spikes, nails or otherwise damage any standing live tree.  No portable stands may be used within 50 yards of the boundary line on Barbour and Geneva State Forest AREAS.

       (z)   To intentionally cast a light of any kind, either handheld, affixed to a vehicle, or otherwise, between the hours of sunset and sunrise from motor vehicles except those vehicles traveling in a normal manner on an open established road.

       (aa) To hunt from an elevated stand or platform without attaching themselves to the tree or platform with a full body safety harness capable of supporting their weight.

       (bb) To violate any posted restrictions on entry, hunting, fishing, or other conduct.

       (cc) To release any animal, bird, fish, or other wildlife without first obtaining written permission from the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.

       (dd) To possess any open alcoholic beverages outside designated camping areas. 

       (ee) The provisions of Rule 220-2-.109 entitled “Physically Disabled Hunting Areas”, shall apply to that area entitled “Shiloh Hill Physically Disabled Hunting Area” located within Blue Spring Wildlife Management Area; provided further, that as to said physically disabled hunting area, in the event of a conflict between the provisions of Rule 220-2-.109 and this rule, Rule 220-2-.109 shall control.  

       (ff) Nothing in this regulation prohibits or requires a wildlife management area permit for the possession of handguns by lawfully authorized persons for personal protection, provided the handguns are not used to hunt or take or to attempt to take wildlife except as otherwise provided by this regulation.

      (gg) Nothing in this regulation prohibits issuing each youth under 16 years of age and/or properly licensed female an either sex deer permit valid for that day of each gun stalk deer hunt.

 

(2)   Individuals must follow the listed rules to participate in the scheduled youth deer or turkey hunts on any AREA.

       (a)   Up to two (2) youth participants must be accompanied by an adult supervisor.  The adult supervisor is to remain within 30 feet of the youth at all times.

       (b)   Youth is defined as those individuals who have not reached their sixteenth birthday.

       (c)   Adult is defined as those individuals twenty-one years old or older or the parent of the youth who are in possession of all required state hunting licenses (and state and federal waterfowl stamps if required to hunt waterfowl). Possession of the required hunting licenses and stamps are required.

       (d)   Only one firearm will be allowed per youth.  Only the youth hunter will be permitted to utilize the firearm for hunting.  The adult is to review with the youth the rules of firearm safety and to ensure they are followed.

       (e)   The adult/youth group is to check in and out at the AREA checking station as a single unit, except at David K. Nelson, Grand Bay Savanna, Upper Delta, W.L. Holland and Mobile-Tensaw Delta AREAS.

       (f)   Both the adult and youth will be required to wear hunter orange while deer hunting, as defined in 220-2-.85.

(3) All antlered bucks and turkeys harvested must be properly recorded on the hunter’s Antlered Buck and Turkey Harvest Record form before field dressing or moving.

 

(4)   It shall be unlawful on Coosa AREA for any person to ride or possess horses except on roads designated for four wheel motorized vehicles.  Horses are not permitted in the campgrounds from October 1 to April 30.

 

(5)   It shall also be unlawful for anyone to destroy or attempt to destroy the antlers of any deer so as to make the determination of the legal status of the deer uncertain.

 

 (6) It shall be unlawful on Swan Creek, Crow Creek, Mud Creek and Raccoon Creek AREAS:

       (a)   For any vehicle not authorized by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or TVA to be driven beyond and/or between the dyke gates.

       (b)   For any person to leave his vehicle parked at the approved launching sites.  Hunters must use the designated parking areas.  However, handicapped persons with approved handicapped vehicles may be parked at the designated handicap parking location at the main launch only.

       (c)   For any person to excavate, to hunt or attempt to hunt from any dug­-out or excavated area.

 (7)  The following shall apply to the dewatering sloughs on Swan Creek, Mud Creek and Raccoon Creek AREAS:

       (a)   All boats and/or boat blinds used in the harvest of waterfowl on said dewatering sloughs shall be launched and removed daily or shall be floated to an approved launching site for overnight mooring. [For the Swan Creek AREA, see (10)(i).]

       (b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to take fish for commercial purposes and/or to use commercial fishing gear within said dewatering units from November 1 through January 31 of each fiscal year.

       (c)   Temporary blinds may be used for one day only.  All such blinds, except boat blinds, left in said areas for more than one day shall be disposed of as deemed advisable by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

       (d)   The construction or use of permanent blinds requiring building material, flooring and/or flotation materials shall not be permitted in, or within 150 yards of, the Mud Creek and Raccoon Creek dewatering units.

       (e)   It shall be unlawful for any person using duck and/or goose decoys in the Mud Creek and Raccoon Creek dewatering units to leave said decoys overnight.  In addition, all unauthorized activity is prohibited from the herein mentioned dewatering units; from 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight each day during Nov. 1 – Feb. 15; and, 48 hours prior to waterfowl season openings.

       (f)   It shall be unlawful to use airboats.

       (g)   It shall be unlawful to hunt waterfowl in Mud Creek (Wannville) and Raccoon Creek on Mondays and Wednesdays.  All activity in the Mud Creek (Wannville) and Raccoon Creek dewatering units is prohibited on those days unless authorized by WFF personnel.

       (h)   It shall be unlawful to have more than 25 shotgun shells in possession while hunting waterfowl on all Jackson County Waterfowl Management Areas (Crow Creek, Mud Creek and Raccoon Creek). 

 

(8) It shall be unlawful to operate airboats and mud motors (go-devil type motors) on those portions of Crow Creek and North Sauty Refuges lying north of U.S. Hwy 72 and the Green Tree Reservoir on Mud Creek from November 1 to April 30 of each year.

 

(9) It shall be unlawful to install permanent waterfowl hunting blinds (those using building materials and/or remaining in position overnight) anywhere on the Swan Creek or Mallard-Fox Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) except on the Swan Creek WMA dewatering unit where specified.  All such blinds to be placed in the dewatering area must be registered with Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division officials in accordance with the following conditions:

        (a)  The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's Blind Governing Committee shall be the final authority in resolving any dispute concerning permanent waterfowl blinds.  The Blind Governing Committee shall be made up of the following people: 

District I Conservation Enforcement Supervisor; two Conservation Enforcement Officers; District I Supervising Wildlife Biologist, and the Area Wildlife Biologist for Swan Creek AREA.  See also subsection (k) concerning the authority of the Blind Governing Committee.

       (b)   Blinds must meet "Qualifications and Registration Procedures" established by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and deemed acceptable by an inspecting team in order to be approved for use.  For information or a copy of the procedures, call (256) 353-2634.

       (c) All blinds passing inspection will be tagged by a Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries employee.  The tag must remain attached to the blind for the duration of the blind's stay on the Area.  Tags shall not be moved to a different blind.  It is the hunter's responsibility to make sure the blind they hunt from is properly tagged.  No person may hunt from an untagged blind.  See also subsection (k).

       (d) All permanent waterfowl hunting blinds will be registered between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 10, 2015.  Only one blind may be registered per individual.  Only persons 16 years of age and older may register a blind. The registrant must present all valid licenses and stamps required for them to hunt at Swan Creek AREA. Ages 16 through 64 must have an Alabama Hunting License, WMA License, Federal Waterfowl Stamp, Alabama State Waterfowl Stamp and HIP verification.  Ages 65 and greater must possess a Federal Waterfowl Stamp to hunt waterfowl.  Owners of blinds must present their blind number receipt at the registration table in order to complete their registration. Only fifty (50) permanent blinds will be installed at preselected sites in the dewatering area.  All registered blinds receiving one of the 50 preselected sites must be installed as near as possible to the preselected site prior to gate closing on November 2, 2015.  See also subsection (k).

       (e)   Each selected blind must be completely camouflaged with natural material (cane, oak limbs, or other similar materials) except for the boat entrance and the shooting holes before being placed in the dewatering unit.  Camouflaged netting, burlap or other similar materials will not be accepted as camouflage, except when used to cover the boat entrance and/or shooting holes.  See also subsection (k).

       (f) In order for a blind to be eligible to be hunted from it must be anchored within 10 feet of the appropriate blind location marker.  Blinds must remain within 10 feet of the blind location marker during the entire waterfowl season.  This is not intended to prevent a blind owner from removing his blind from the WMA.  Blind markers shall not be moved or otherwise altered or tampered with.  If it is determined by the blind governing committee that a blind marker has been moved or otherwise altered or tampered with, that blind shall be subject to disqualification from hunting by the Blind Governing Committee.  See also subsection (k).

       (g) No blind may be attached to the location marker in any way.  If a blind is found to be attached to a marker, all hunters in the blind will be deemed to be in violation of this regulation.  See also subsection (k).

       (h) Blinds that are drawn and installed in the dewatering unit must be completely removed from the WMA no later than February 22, 2016.  Any blind not drawn and installed on one of the 50 sites must be removed from the WMA by sunset of the day following the opening day of waterfowl season. (This includes all blinds within the boundaries of the Swan Creek WMA.)  Any such blinds, trailers,  or parts thereof remaining on the WMA after the above dates shall be deemed to be the property of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and shall be utilized or destroyed as deemed advisable by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.

       (i) Anyone launching a boat preparing to hunt waterfowl within the dewatering unit may not depart any launch site before 2:00 AM daily.  With the exception above, all other hunters preparing to hunt waterfowl within the dewatering unit shall not be allowed in the water before 2:00 AM daily.  All boats and boat blinds used in the harvest of waterfowl within the dewatering area shall be floated to an approved launching site for overnight mooring or removed from the dewatering unit no later than 7:00 PM daily. 

       (j) Dewatering area access gates will be closed on November 2, 2015 and will be opened by 10:00 AM of the day before the opening day of waterfowl season.  No boats with motors are allowed in the dewatering unit during the period gates are closed except as specified on decoy days.

       (k) The committee shall have the authority to disqualify any blind if a dispute occurs and it cannot be resolved; or for any violation involving Blind Regulations or Permanent Blind Qualifications and Registration Procedures; or for any violation of any portion of this section of the regulation pertaining to the Swan Creek dewatering area.  Any blind that is disqualified by the committee shall be deemed immediately ineligible to be hunted from and shall be removed from the dewatering unit for the remainder of the waterfowl season following notification of the blind owner.  The blind owner will have 48 hours in which to move the blind to an approved launch site for mooring and no more than seven-days following notification of disqualification, for its complete removal from the WMA.  Should the blind owner of a disqualified blind fail to move the blind to an approved launch for mooring and/or to completely remove any such blinds, trailers, or parts thereof from the WMA within the specified times listed above, the blind shall be deemed to be the property of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and shall be utilized or destroyed as deemed advisable by the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division.

 

(10)      A Wildlife Management Area License, PLUS the applicable Resident or Non-Resident Hunting License [for Alabama residents 16 through 64 years of age and for non-residents 16 years of age and older], PLUS a Wildlife Management Area Permit [free of charge], are required for hunting on AREAS; provided however, that properly licensed persons under the “Wildlife Heritage License” may hunt legal small game except waterfowl on AREAS without the other licenses described herein. PLUS, in order to hunt waterfowl on AREAS, all persons must have, in addition to the otherwise required licenses and permit, a HIP and valid State (ages 16 through 64) and a valid Federal (ages 16 and over) Waterfowl Stamp.

 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:       §§ 9-11-301, and 9-11-305,

Code of Alabama 1975.

 

PENALTY: As provided by law.

 

 

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