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Alabama Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Alabama, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and deer management units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Alabama is known for whitetail deer, turkey, and alligator hunting, as well as some of the most liberal seasons and bag limits in the nation (up to three whitetail bucks per hunter per season). Alabama hunters also have opportunities to hunt bobwhite quail, feral hogs, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels, mourning doves, and many other species.

Terrain

Alabama stretches from high mountains to low valleys and sandy beaches. The state includes parts of the Cumberland Plateau, the southern extremity of the Appalachian Mountains, and a substantial portion of Coastal Plains with their swampy lowlands. There are vast forests of pine, which makes up the largest proportion of the state’s forest growth, but there is also an abundance of cypress, hickory, oak, populus, and eastern red cedar trees.

Alabama Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Alligator
Alligator – West & Southwest (Part 1)
By special permit only. West Central Zone, Coastal Zone, and Southwest Zone.
Aug 11, 2022 Aug 14, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Southest
By special permit only. Southeast Zone.
Aug 13, 2022 Sep 5, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – West & Southwest (Part 2)
By special permit only. West Central Zone, Coastal Zone, and Southwest Zone.
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 21, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Lake Eufaula
By special permit only. Lake Eufaula Zone.
Aug 19, 2022 Oct 3, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Hunting
Bobcat must be tagged by Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division within 14 days of harvest.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Coyote
Coyote – Hunting
No Bag Limit. Daylight Hours Only. No Closed Season
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2023
Coyote
Hog
Feral Swine and Coyote Special Nighttime Season (Dogs only)
No bag limit. May be hunted during nighttime hours. Dogs only – no firearms allowed.
May 16, 2022 Aug 31, 2022
Coyote
Hog
Feral Swine and Coyote Nighttime Special Season
Privately owned or leased lands only. No bag limit. Must have a valid annual resident or nonresident nighttime feral swine and coyote hunting license.
Feb 11, 2023 Nov 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Bow and Arrow – Stalk Hunting
Zones D and E. Either sex.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Bow and Arrow – Stalk hunting
Zones A, B, and C. Either sex.
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 10, 2023
Deer
Deer – Bow and Arrow – Stalk Hunting
Zone B. Antlered Bucks Only.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Muzzleloader and Air Rifle
Zones D and E. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands and USFS stalk hunting only (No Dogs).
Oct 31, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zone E where allowed. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones D and E where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 5, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zone D where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone E. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones D and E. Antlered Buck Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 5, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone D. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased land only.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Special Muzzleloader and Air Rifle
Zones A, B, and C. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased land and USFS stalk hunting only (No Dogs).
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones A and B where allowed. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased land only.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones A and B. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones C and D. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone C. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zone C where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones A and B. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 10, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones C and D where allowed. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones A and B where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones C and D where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones C and D. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones A and B where allowed. Either sex. On open permit-public land.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones A and B. Either Sex. On open permit-public land.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones C, D, and E where allowed. Either Sex. On open permit-public land.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones C and D. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones C and D where allowed. Either Sex. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones C, D, and E. Either Sex. On open permit-public land.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones A, B, and C. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zone C where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone C. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Jan 2, 2023 Feb 10, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone D. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased land only.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 27, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Dog hunting
Zones A, B, and C where allowed. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zones D and E. Antlered Bucks Only. On open permit-public land.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 27, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun – Stalk hunting
Zone E. Antlered Bucks Only. On privately owned or leased lands only.
Jan 16, 2023 Jan 27, 2023
Deer
Deer – Bow and Arrow – Stalk Hunting
Zones D and E. Antlered Bucks Only.
Jan 16, 2023 Jan 27, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 1
North Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 3, 2022
Dove
Dove – North Zone 2
North Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Sep 4, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Dove
Dove – South zone 1
South Zone. 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only). Bag limit 15 per day. Baldwin, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile counties.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 10, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 2
South Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Sep 11, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 3
South Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Dove
Dove – North Zone 3
North Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 4
South Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 4
North Zone. Bag limit 15 per day. One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Duck
Duck – Special Teal Season
Bag limit 6 a day.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Clapper Rail, King RAIL, Virginia Rail, Sora and Gallinule
Bag limit 15 a day.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck, Coot and Merganser
6 ducks a day — may include no more than 4 Mallards (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck, 2 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 1 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 1 Scaup. 15 Coot a day. 5 Merganser a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser.
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Duck
Duck – Clapper Rail, King RAIL, Virginia Rail, Sora and Gallinule
Bag limit 15 a day.
Nov 26, 2022 Jan 18, 2023
Duck
Duck, Coot and Merganser
6 ducks a day — may include no more than 4 Mallards (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck, 2 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 1 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 1 Scaup. 15 Coot a day. 5 Merganser a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser.
Dec 2, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Fox
Fox – Hunting
No Bag Limit. No Closed Season. May be hunted daytime and nighttime hours.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2023
Goose
Goose (1st Season)
Dark Geese (Canada, White-Fronted, Brant) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.
Sep 3, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Goose
Goose (2nd Season)
Dark Geese (Canada, White-Fronted, Brant) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Goose
Goose (3rd Season)
Dark Geese (Canada, White-Fronted, Brant) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Goose
Goose (4th Season)
Dark Geese (Canada, White-Fronted, Brant) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) the aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.
Dec 3, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Hog
Feral Swine and Coyote
Privately owned and leased lands only. No bag limit.
Jul 1, 2021 Nov 1, 2021
Hog
Feral Swine and Coyote
Privately owned and leased lands only. No bag limit.
Feb 11, 2022 Nov 1, 2022
Hog
Feral Swine
Private and leased lands only. Special Nighttime Season. No bag limit. Dogs only -No firearms allowed.
May 9, 2022 Aug 31, 2022
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite Quail
Bag limit 8 a day, 8 in possession. Closed on the Bankhead National Forest.
Nov 5, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit
Bag limit 8 a day, 8 in possession.
Sep 10, 2022 Mar 5, 2023
Sandhill Crane Game Type
Sandhill Crane
By limited quota permit only. Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and a resident or lifetime hunting license holder to apply. Limit 3 per person per permit.
Dec 3, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Sandhill Crane Game Type
Sandhill Crane
By limited quota permit only. Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and a resident or lifetime hunting license holder to apply. Limit 3 per person per permit.
Jan 16, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Zone 3 – Fall
1 gobbler per day, 4 gobbler bag limit during combined spring and fall season. No decoys the first ten days.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Zone 3 (Late season)
1 gobbler per day, 4 gobbler bag limit during combined spring and fall season. No decoys the first ten days.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Zone 3 – Spring
1 gobbler per day, 4 gobbler bag limit during combined spring and fall season. No decoys the first ten days.
Mar 25, 2023 May 8, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Zone 1
1 gobbler per day, 4 gobbler bag limit during combined spring and fall season. No decoys the first ten days.
Mar 25, 2023 May 8, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Zone 2 – Spring
1 gobbler per day, 4 gobbler bag limit during combined spring and fall season. No decoys the first ten days.
Apr 1, 2023 May 8, 2023
Waterfowl
Special Youth, Veteran, & Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days

Species you can hunt are Ducks (duck, coot, & merganser) & Geese. No Rail, Gallinule, or Sandhill Crane (sandhill is permit only).

Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022
Waterfowl
Special Youth, Veteran, & Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days

Species you can hunt are Ducks (duck, coot, & merganser) & Geese. No Rail, Gallinule, or Sandhill Crane (sandhill is permit only).

Feb 4, 2023 Feb 4, 2023

Alabama Hunting Regulations

Alligator

Alligator

Bag Limit

Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Tag will be allowed to harvest one (1) alligator. Alligators harvested in the Lake Eufaula Zone must be a minimum of eight (8) feet in length.

Deer

Deer

Shooting Hours

Legal hunting hours for deer are 30 minutes before official sunrise time until 30 minutes after official sunset time

Legal Arms, Ammunition & Equipment for Hunting Deer

Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.

  • Pre-charged pneumatic air powered guns, .30 caliber or larger.
  • Pre-charged pneumatic arrow shooting rifles using an arrow equipped with a broadhead which has a minimum cutting diameter of 7/8 inch and 2 sharpened edges.
  • Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using buckshot, slugs, or single round ball.
  • Muzzleloaders and Black Powder Handguns: .40 caliber or larger.
  • Long bows, compound bows, or crossbows in conformance with regulation 220-2-.03.
  • Handguns or pistols using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.
  • Hunting with fully automatic firearms is prohibited.

White-Tailed Antlered Buck Limit

Three per hunter during all combined seasons. One of the three must have at least 4 antler points 1” or longer on one antler (except for Barbour County). A point is defined as 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.

White-Tailed Unantlered Buck Limit

During the Unantlered Deer Gun, Special Muzzleloader, Bow and Arrow, and Special Youth (under 16) Seasons, one unantlered deer may be taken each day in addition to one antlered buck each day.

Hunter Orange Requirement

During dates and in areas open by regulation to gun deer season, including youth deer season and muzzleloader deer season, all persons hunting any wildlife species, except foxes, raccoons and opossoms during legal nighttime hours or turkey or migratory birds (including crows), are required to wear an outer garment above the waist with a minimum of 144 square inches of hunter orange or either a full size hunter orange hat or cap. Hunters are not required to wear hunter orange when hunting from a stand elevated twelve (12) feet or more from the ground, when hunting in an enclosed box stand, when traveling in an enclosed vehicle, or when traveling on foot no more than twenty feet directly between an operating enclosed vehicle and a stand where the hunter is exempt from the hunter orange requirement. The hunter orange must be worn when traveling on foot between an operating enclosed vehicle and exempt stand when the distance is more than a direct distance of twenty feet. A small logo and/or printing is permitted on the front of hunter orange caps; otherwise, hunter orange must be of solid color and visible from any angle. Only hunter orange, commonly called blaze orange, ten mile cloth, etc., is legal. The various shades of red as well as camo orange are not legal.

Deer Weapons on Public Land

  1. DEER: Stalk Hunting – Centerfire rifles using mushrooming and/or expanding type ammunition, pre-charged pneumatic arrow shooting rifles using an arrow equipped with a broadhead which has a minimum cutting diameter of 7/8” and two (2) sharpened edges, pre-charged pneumatic air powered guns .30 caliber or larger, shotguns using slugs or single round balls, muzzle-loading firearms .40 caliber or larger, centerfire handguns with a minimum of 4 inch barrel length using mushrooming and/or expanding type ammunition. All applicable laws regarding possessing and carrying handguns must be followed.
  2. DEER: Stalk Hunting – Primitive Weapons Hunt – Muzzle-loading rifles or muzzle-loading handguns .40 caliber or larger, muzzle-loading shotguns, pre-charged pneumatic arrow shooting rifles using an arrow equipped with a broadhead which has a minimum cutting diameter of 7/8” and two (2) sharpened edges, pre-charged pneumatic air-powered guns .30 caliber or larger, or bow and arrow (including crossbow).
  3. DEER: Stalk Hunting – Archery – bow and arrow (including crossbows): Conforming to the provisions of Rule 220-2-.03.
  4. DEER: Dog Hunts – Shotguns using buckshot only.

Furbearers

Furbearers

Trap Specifications

  1. Trap Specifications –It shall be unlawful for any person to set or use a leg hold trap on land that has an inside diameter jaw spread greater than six (6) inches as measured at the widest point perpendicular to the frame and parallel to the trap dog and for those traps without a dog, at the widest point parallel with the pan shank. Leg hold trap having teeth or serrated edges along the inside of one or both jaws are prohibited. All body-gripping traps with jaw width exceeding 5 inches as measured from the inside of the main jaw at the trigger assembly to the inside of the opposing jaw across the entrance window, and snares (except powered foot snare with a maximum loop of 5 1/2 inches) are prohibited for use in trapping fur-bearing animals on land. It shall be unlawful for any person to trap in the State of Alabama without identifying each trap with a metal tag bearing the name and address or Conservation Identification Number (CID) of the owner. Instructions for obtaining a CID are available at www.outdooralabama.com.
  2. Any person trapping fur-bearing animals, except for feral swine, in the State of Alabama must carry a choke stick while running traps. When trapped fur-bearing animals are dispatched with a firearm, only standard .22 caliber rimfire firearms may be used. However, feral swine may be dispatched by any firearm or sharpened
  3. It shall be illegal to set a trap on top of a post or stake elevated above ground level.
  4. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess a furbearer alive beyond the confines of the trap without a permit from the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or his designee. Except for feral swine,
  5. All furbearers shall be immediately dispatched or released at the trap site. All feral swine must be killed at the site of capture in accordance with rule 220-2- .86.
  6. It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb a legally set trap or to remove a fur-bearing animal from a trap without permission of the owner.

Fur-Bearing Animals Designated

The following shall be named and designated as fur-bearing animals in Alabama: Beaver, Bobcat, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Nutria, Opossum, Otter, Raccoon, Striped Skunk, Coyote, and Feral Swine.

Legal Arms, Ammunition & Equipment

  • Rifles of any caliber.
  • Handguns or pistols.
  • Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller.
  • Pre-charged pneumatic air-powered guns, .30 caliber or larger.
  • Long bows, compound bows, or crossbows.
  • Muzzleloaders and black powder handguns of any caliber.
  • Pre-charged pneumatic arrow shooting rifles using an arrow equipped with a broadhead which has a minimum cutting diameter of 7/8 inch and 2 sharpened edges.
  • Spear or sharpened blade.
  • Raptors by properly permitted falconers.

Migratory Birds

Dove

Legal Weapons for Migratory Game Birds on Public Land

Shotguns using No. 2 shot or smaller and bow and arrow (including crossbows).

Dove – Bag Limit

15 a day in both North and South zones.

Woodcock – Bag Limit

3 a day

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

Snipe – Bag Limit

8 a day

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

Rails – Bag Limit

8 a day. *Contingent upon federal register.

Gallinule – Bag Limit

15 a day

Sandhill Cranes – Bag Limit

By Limited Quota Permit only. Must apply online at www.outdooralabama.com. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and an Alabama resident or an Alabama lifetime hunting license holder to apply. Hunting Zone will be that area North of Interstate 20 from the Georgia state line to the interchange with 65, then East of Interstate 65 to the interchange with Interstate 22, then North of Interstate 22 to the Mississippi state line. Excludes the remainder of the state. Limit 3 per person per permit. Shooting hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Legal arms and ammunition are same as waterfowl.

Small Game

Small Game

Legal Hunting Hours For Game Animals

It shall be unlawful to hunt all protected animals during nighttime hours except as otherwise provided by law or rule promulgated by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources. Legal hunting hours for all game animals during the open season for same shall be daylight hours only, with the following exceptions: fox may be hunted during nighttime hours with light and dogs only; raccoon and opossum may be hunted during nighttime hours with the use of a light and legal arms and ammunition as provided in rule 220-2-.02 when hunter or hunters are accompanied by dog or dogs free of leash; and coyote and feral swine may be hunted during nighttime hours during the applicable special nighttime season.

Legal Arms, Ammunition & Equipment

  • Rifles using rimfire ammunition or those operated by air.
  • Muzzleloaders and black powder handguns of any caliber.
  • Long bows, compound bows, or crossbows.
  • Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller, using standard No. 4 shot or smaller.
  • Handguns or pistols.
  • Blowguns using darts propelled by the hunter’s breath only.
  • Slingshots.

Squirrel – Bag Limit

8 a day — 8 in possession

Rabbit – Bag Limit

8 a day — 8 in possession

Bobwhite Quail – Bag Limit

8 a day — 8 in possession

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Legal Turkey Weapons on Public Land

Shotguns using No. 2 shot or smaller and bow and arrow (including crossbows).

Shooting Hours

Legal hunting hours for game birds during the open season shall be daylight hours only (30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset), except as otherwise provided by law or regulation.

Gobblers Only

Limit One a Day, Four During Combined Fall and Spring Seasons.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program

All licensed hunters who hunt doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, coots, ducks, geese or sandhill cranes in Alabama are required by Federal law to obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit prior to hunting. The HIP program provides improved data collection on these species. This will allow hunting seasons for the various species to be set in an objective and efficient manner while maintaining healthy populations. HIP permits are free and are available wherever hunting licenses are sold. It takes a very short time to provide the requested information. In exchange for completing the HIP survey, you will receive proof of certification which must be in your possession while hunting migratory birds.

Legal Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset each day.

Ducks – Bag Limit

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

All Geese – Bag Limit

The total bag limit of 5 dark geese (Canada, White- fronted, Brant) can not include more than 1 Brant. Additionally, a total bag limit of 5 light geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) may be harvested per day.

Dark Geese – Bag Limit

(Canada, White-fronted, Brant) – 5 a Day. The total bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 3 Canada Geese or 1 Brant.

Light Geese – Bag Limit

(Snow, Blue, Ross’s) – The total bag limit shall be 5 a day.

Mergansers – Bag Limit

5 a day, only 2 may be a Hooden Merganser

Coots – Bag Limit

15 a day

Non-Toxic Shot

The use of non-toxic shot, either (1) steel shot T size or smaller, or (2) other shot and sizes approved by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is required in Alabama for waterfowl hunting.

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Alabama Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Alabama hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ official website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Alabama hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Alabama hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of deer management units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Alabama.

Deer Management Units

Alabama’s deer management units are part of various hunting zones (Deer Season Zones A, B, C, D, E). Each of these five zones has different season dates, regulations, and bag limits. Altogether, Alabama has 36 wildlife management areas encompassing more than 768,000 acres open for hunting and recreation. Click below to view Alabama’s deer management units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

AL Private Lands Preview

AL Private Lands

Over 2,500,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Alabama. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

AL Gov Lands Preview

AL Gov Lands

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AL Possible Access Preview

AL Possible Access

onX has mapped 2,800,000 acres of possible access lands in Alabama including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

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AL Forever Wild Tracts

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forever Wild Tracts. Check site specific regulations for recreation info.

AL Deer Hunt Zones Preview

AL Deer Hunt Zones

Alabama Deer Hunt Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.


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