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, or click the image below to view online. Inside the Digest, you will find hunting seasons, license information, fishing creel limits and much more. Please be sure to review the major changes.

2016-2017 WMA Hunting Schedule Coming Soon

2016-2017 HuntinG and Fishing Digest

 

2016-2017 Waterfowl Hunting Guide

 

2015-2016 Game, Fish, Furbearers, and Other Wildlife Alabama Regulation Book

 

 


DEER SEASONS

Deer Season Zones and Dates:

2016-17 Deer Zone Map and Season Dates

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).

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). 
 

 


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 - 45 in possession(90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 10 - October 30 
    • September 10: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    • September 11 - October 30: 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 – 45 in possession (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 17 - September 25
    •  September 17: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    • September 18 - September 25: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • October 8 - October 23
    • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • November 12 - January 15
    • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

Turkey Seasons 

Fall Season (Decoys not permitted)

November 19- November 30
December 17- January 1

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

Spring Season (Decoys permitted)

March 15- April 30

  • 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.

April 1- 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.

April 22- April 26

  • 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

Bobwhite Quail 

November 5 - February 28

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession

Rabbit 

September 15 - March 5

  • 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 15 - March 5

  • 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

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

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

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

May 1 - August 30

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours

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 16 - January 29

  • 3 a day - 6 in possession
  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

Snipe

November 12 - February 26

  •  8 a day- 16 in possession
  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

Rail and Gallinule

September 10 - September 25
November 26 - January 18

  • 15 a day - 15 in possession
  • 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

2016-2017 Waterfowl Hunting Guide 

Special Waterfowl Seasons

Special Teal Season: September 10- September 25

  • 6 a day - 18 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

 

Regular Waterfowl Seasons

Duck, Coot, and Merganser: November 25 -  November 26 ; December 3 - January 29

  • 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, 1 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 2 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 3 Scaup. Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
  • 5 Mergansers a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser. Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
  • 15 Coot a day - 45 in possession.

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: Statewide: November 25- November 26 ; December 3- January 29 

  • 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. The Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
  • Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross's) - The aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. The possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit. 

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

November 19, 2016 & Februaru 4, 2017

  • 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 5 - February 28

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

  • No Closed Season

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