Alabama has over 33 million acres and ranks 30th of all states in land mass. There are 22.7 million acres of timberland in Alabama accounting for 68% of the total land area in the state. Much of this timberland is either open to public hunting or by permission from the landowner.
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Facilities
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries operates and maintains 36 Wildlife Management Areas across Alabama comprising 775,000 acres. These WMAs range in size from 370 acres (Autauga CHA) to 91,263 acres (Black Warrior WMA).
Twenty Physically Disabled Hunting Areas make up Alabama's Hunting and Fishing Trail for People with Physical Disabilities. The trail is a network of public and private recreational sites providing accessible fishing, shooting, and hunting opportunities.
Forever Wild Land Trust
A large percentage of the land purchased through the Forever Wild Land Trust is open to public hunting. Many of the properties are in existing Wildlife Management Areas.
U. S. Forest Service Properties
The U. S. Forest Service has thousands of acres open to public hunting outside of the Alabama WMA system. These properties include significant tracts of land on Bankhead National Forest, Conecuh National Forest, Talladega National Forest, and Tuskegee National Forest. The following website contains information for hunting on National Forests in Alabama.
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers allows public hunting on several tracts of land along various rivers in Alabama. Most of these properties are small in size and as a result have more restrictive regulations regarding their use. All hunters must obtain a free permit from the appropriate US Corps of Engineers office prior to hunting on any of their properties.
- Hunting permits for properties located on the Tenn-Tom waterway in Greene, Pickens, and Sumter counties
- Hunting permits for the Black Warrior and Tombigbee lakes in Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, and Sumter counties
- Hunting permits for the Alabama River properties are issued at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers office located at 8493 U. S. Hwy 80 West, Hayneville, AL 36040. The phone number for the office is 334-872-9554.
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in north Alabama provides hunters with many opportunities to spend a day afield.
Commercial Hunting Lodges
There are many commercial hunting lodges in Alabama that provide exceptional hunting experiences as well as southern hospitality at its finest. Reservations made with these commercial lodges are made at your own risk and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources accepts no liability for any linked sites. We encourage you to check references prior to booking a hunt with any commercial lodge or outfitter.