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General Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

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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.
  • Mandatory Harvest Record.

FALL SEASON (decoys not permitted)
November 23 – November 30
December 21 – January 1

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

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 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 21 – April 25

  • 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 ofUS Hwy. 43); and Morgan (east of I-65).

No Open Season

  • Morgan county is not open to turkey hunting west of I-65.

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MOURNING & WHITE-WINGED DOVE

NORTH ZONE(All counties except those listed below in south zone.)

  • 15 a day – 15 in possession (70 days)
  • Split Season with Shooting Hours: –
    • September 7 – October 6
    • September 7: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
  • September 8 – October 6:
    • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • October 19 – November 2
    • 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 – 15 in possession (70 days)
  • Split Season with Shooting Hours:
  • September 21 – September 29
    September 21: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    September 22 – September 29: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • October 12 – October 27
    One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • November 29 – January 12
    One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

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BOBWHITE QUAIL

November 9 – February 28

  • 12 a day — 12 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

September2 – 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 2 – 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 (2013)

  • By Special Permit Only
  • Must register on-line at www.outdooralabama.com between June 4 and July 12 (8:00 a.m.).
  • Must be Alabama Resident to register.

Sunset August 15 – Sunrise August 18 and
Sunset August 22 – Sunrise August 25

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

Sunset August 9 – Sunrise August 25

  • 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 — 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 &
COMMON MOORHENS

September 7 – September 22

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 7 – September 22

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 4 a day — 8 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 — 10 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL SNOW/
BLUE GOOSE SEASON

October 26 – November 10

  • Monroe and Escambia Counties only
  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • 5 a day — 10 in possession
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

DUCK, COOT, MERGANSER

November 28 – January 26

  • 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, 1 Pintail, 1 Canvasback, and 2 Scaup.
  • The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

COOT

  • 15 a day — 30 in possession

Merganser

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

GEESE

September 21 – October 8

November 28 – January 26

  • Statewide (including Southern James Bay Population Zone)
  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • All geese: the daily bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 2 Canada geese or 2 white-fronted geese. The possession limit of 5 shall include no more than 4 Canada geese and white-fronted geese in aggregate.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS

February 8 – February 9

  • 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 9 – February 28

BEAVER

No Closed Season

COYOTE

No Closed Trapping Season on Private Lands with Landowner Permission

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(3), FERAL SWINE(2,3) AND FOX(3):

No Bag Limit

No Closed Season

  1. See tagging requirement under requirement 220-2-.30 above.
  2. Trapping of feral swine is permitted by landowner or his agent. Feral swine are considered game animals any time they are being hunted. It is illegal to transport live feral swine beyond the boundaries of the property where they were taken.
  3. Daylight hours only except fox may be hunted at night with dogs only. (Dogs cannot be used to hunt during and in areas of Spring turkey season.)

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.

Recommended planting dates for winter wheat have changed. 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.

HUNTER SAFETY RECOMMENDATION

Many hunters travel to and from their hunting area, tree stand, or blind just before dawn and after dusk. It is recommended that hunters use a small pen light while traveling to and from their stands or hunting area. A small red flashing light can be purchased that pins to a hat or other visible area. Use of a small light will help with the problem of identification of hunters during low light condition. This recommendation does not legalize the use of lights to hunt game animals.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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