Hunting and Fishing Licenses on Sale September 1

The sale of hunting and fishing licenses for the 2009-2010 season begins at 12:01 a.m. September 1, 2009. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reminds hunters and anglers that all current recreational licenses expire on August 31, 2009. Residents ages 16-64 are required to purchase a license to hunt or fish in Alabama.

Prices are currently $24 for a resident all game license and $16 for a resident small game license. An all game license is required for hunting deer and turkey in Alabama. A resident freshwater fishing license is $12, while a saltwater fishing license is $21. Seven-day saltwater trip licenses are $9 and are valid for 168 consecutive hours.

All recreational hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase with credit card 24 hours a day on the Department’s web site at www.outdooralabama.com and by telephone at 888-848-6887. Most licenses are also available at sporting goods retail outlets, county courthouses and marinas. Saltwater recreational fishing licenses are only available through vendors with the ability to sell them electronically. This includes online and by telephone, Marine Resources’ offices in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island, probate offices using the electronic sales program, and any electronic point-of-sale location, which includes retailers such as Walmart, Bass Pro and Academy.

Besides name and address, the following information is needed to purchase a hunting or fishing license: driver’s license number, date of birth, sex, height, weight, eye color and hair color. Those born on or after August 1, 1977, and purchasing a hunting license will also need to provide a hunter education number. Hunter education class information is available at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/education.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 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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