2015 - 2016 Season: September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016

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.

 

the 2015-2016 HuntinG and Fishing Digest is now available at your local license agents, click here to view online for hunting and fishing information beginning September 1, 2015.

2015- 2016 WMA HUnting Schedule Coming Soon

 

2014-2015 Hunting and Fishing

Digest

Valid until August 31, 2015

 

 

2015-2016 Waterfowl Hunting Guide

2014-2015 Game, Fish, Furbearers, and Other Wildlife Alabama Regulation Book

 


DEER SEASONS

Deer Season Zones and Dates:

Click to view the 2015 -2016 Hunting and Fishing Digest for Deer Hunting Seasons, Bag Limits, Deer Zone Maps and Dog Deer Hunting Restrictions

Bag Limit:

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). 
 

 


DOVE SEASONS (Mourning and White-Winged Dove) - 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 12 - November 15 
    • September 12: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    • September 13 - November 15: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • December 5 - December 29
    •  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 19 - September 27
    •  September 19: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    • September 20 - September 27: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • October 10 - October 25: 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 21- November 30
December 19- 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 and east of AL Hwy 157 and west of AL Hwy 33 and south of AL Hwy 20), Lauderdale (east of US Hwy 43), and Morgan

Bobwhite Quail 

November 7 - February 29

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession

Rabbit 

September 15 - February 29

  • 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 - February 29

  • 8 a day - 8 in possession

Raccoon

September 1 - February 29

  • 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

September 1 - February 29

  • 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

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. 

 


Alligator

By Special Permit Only 

Alligator Hunt Information


Beaver, Nutria, and Groundhog 

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit - Daylight hours only

Starlings, Crows, and Blackbirds

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit - Daylight hours only

Bear, Mountain Lion, and Ruffed Grouse

No Open Season


Woodcock

December 18 - January 31

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

Snipe

November 14 - February 28

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

Rail, Purple Gallinule, and Common Moorhens

September 5 - September 20
November 28 - January 20

  • 15 a day - 15 in possession
  • Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

WATERFOWL SEASONS

2015-2016 Waterfowl Hunting Guide

Special Waterfowl Seasons

Special Teal Season: September 12- September 27

  • 6 a day - 18 in possession

Special Canada Goose Season: September 1- September 15

  • 5 a day - 15 in possession

Regular Waterfowl Seasons

Duck, Coot, and Merganser: November 27 -  November 28 ; December 5 - January 31

  • 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.

Goose (All Geese): Statewide: September 26 - October 13 ; November 27- November 28 ; December 5 - January 31

  • Dark Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Brant) - 5 a day. Bag limit of 5 shall not include mroe than 3 Canada Geeses or 1 Brant. The Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
  • Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross's) - 5 a day. The possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit. 

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

November 21, 2015 & Februaru 6, 2016

  • Same shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunition apply as the regular waterfowl season

 

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