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2014–15 Seasons & Bag Limits: Hunting & Trapping

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TURKEY

  • Gobblers only—one a day, five during combined fall and spring seasons.
  • Special Youth Hunt—Saturday & Sunday prior to opening of the spring season, in accordance with rule 220-2-.119.
  • Special Disabled Hunt—one day prior to all opening days. Participants must meet medical requirements of regulation 220-2-.109(d).
  • Mandatory Harvest Record.

FALL SEASON (decoys not permitted)
November 22 – November 30
December 20 – January 1

  • Clarke; Clay; Covington; Monroe; Randolph; and Talladega.

SPRING SEASON (decoys permitted)
March 14 – 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 ofLewis 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.

MOURNING & WHITE-WINGED DOVE

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 6 – November 9
      September 6: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset
      (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 7 – November 9: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • December 7 – December 31
      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 20 – September 28
      September 20: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 21 – September 28: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • October 11 – October 26
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • November 12 – January 15
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

BOBWHITE QUAIL

November 8 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

RABBIT

October 1 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession
  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 a.m. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

SQUIRREL

October 1 – February 28

  • 8 a day – 8 in possession

RACCOON

September 1 – February 28

  • 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 a.m. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

OPOSSUM

September 1 – February 28

  • No Bag Limit
  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 a.m. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

ALLIGATOR (2014)

  • By Special Permit Only
  • Must register on-line at www.outdooralabama.com between June 3 and July 8.
  • Must be Alabama Resident to register.

Sunset August 14 – Sunrise August 17
Sunset August 21 – Sunrise August 24

  • Mobile Delta (nighttime only)
  • Dallas;Monroe (north of US Hwy. 84) and Wilcox (nighttime only)

Sunset August 8 – Sunrise August 24

  • Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell counties (nighttime only)

BEAVER, NUTRIA, AND GROUNDHOG

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

STARLINGS, CROWS & BLACKBIRDS

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

BEAR, MOUNTAIN LION & RUFFED GROUSE

No Open Season

WOODCOCK

December 18 – January 31

  • 3 a day — 9 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SNIPE

November 14 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 24 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

RAIL, PURPLE GALLINULE &
COMMON MOORHENS

September 6 – September 21

November 28 – January 20

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 15 a day — 15 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL TEAL SEASON

September 6 – September 21

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 6 a day — 18 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL EARLY
CANADA GOOSE SEASON

September 1 – September 15

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 5 a day — 15 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL SNOW/
BLUE GOOSE SEASON

October 25 – November 9

  • Monroe and Escambia Counties only
  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 5 a day — 15 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

DUCK, COOT, MERGANSER

November 27 – January 25

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

    Duck

    • 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, 1 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 2 Pintail, 1 Canvasback, and 3 Scaup.
    • The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

      COOT

    • 15 a day — 45 in possession

      Merganser

    • 5 a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser.
    • The possession limit is thrice the daily bag limit.

GEESE

September 20 – October 7 (Canadian Geese only)

  • 3 per day – 9 in possession

November 27 – January 25 (All Geese)

  • The bag limit 5 shall not include more than 3 Canada Geese or 2 White-Fronted Geese. The possession limit of 15 shall include no more than 9 Canada Geese and 6 White-Fronted Geese.

  • Statewide (including Southern James Bay Population Zone)
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS

February 7 – February 8

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • Same shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunition apply as did in regular waterfowl season, in accordance with Rule 220-2-.119.

TRAPPING:
BOBCAT, COYOTE, FOX, MINK, MUSKRAT, NUTRIA, OPOSSUM, OTTER, RACCOON & STRIPED SKUNK

November 8 – February 28

BEAVER

No Closed Season

Raccoon and Opossum under Special Permit.

No Closed Season (Permit available at WFF District Office)

COYOTE

No Closed Season

Bobcat & OTTER TAGGING REQUIREMENT 220-2-.30

All bobcat and otter, 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.

BOBCAT(1,3), COYOTE(2), FERAL SWINE(2) AND FOX(3):

No Bag Limit

No Closed Season

See Hunting Regulations & Information for legal hunting hours. Dogs cannot be used to hunt during and in areas of spring turkey season.

  1. Bobcat – See tagging requirement (above).
  2. 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
  3. Bobcat and Fox – Trapping is limited to legal fur bearer season by licensed fur catchers only.

HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENT FOR HUNTING

All persons hunting any wildlife species (except turkey and migratory birds (including crows) and while hunting legally designated species during legal nighttime hours) during dates and in areas open by regulation to gun deer season to include special youth gun deer season and special muzzleloader deer season 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
  • hunting in an enclosed box stand
  • traveling in an enclosed vehicle
  • traveling on foot no more than twenty (20) 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 (20) 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.

IT IS LEGAL TO HUNT DOVES ON, OVER, OR FROM…

  • Lands or areas where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural operations, which include normal agricultural harvestings, normal agricultural post-harvest manipulations, or normal agricultural practices.
  • Lands planted by means of top-sowing or aerial seeding where seeds have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, a planting for agricultural soil erosion control, or a planting for post-mining land reclamation.
  • Lands or areas where grain or feed has been distributed or scattered solely as the result of the manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown.
  • Standing crops.
  • Lands planted as wildlife food plots, provided the seed is planted in a manner consistent with Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service recommendations for the planting of wildlife food plots. In states without Cooperative Extension Service recommendations for the planting of food plots, the seed must be planted in accordance with Extension Service guidelines for producing a crop.
  • Lands planted as pasture improvements or for the purpose of grazing livestock. (The Fish and Wildlife Service will not make a distinction between agricultural fields planted with the intent to gather a crop and those planted without such intent provided the planting is carried out in a manner consistent with the recommendations of State Extension Specialists).
  • Standing or manipulated natural vegetation.
  • A blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation.

For further clarification, see www.fws.gov/le/huntfish/whatislegal.htm.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has removed planting ‘zones’ and now recommends planting dates between August 1 and November 30 depending on individual circumstances. For details see www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1467/ANR-1467-low.pdf.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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