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Major Changes for the 2016-2017 Seasons and Bag Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon Alabama Hunting & Fishing

  • Mandatory Game Check for Deer and Turkey
  1. For the purpose of the regulation: “Deer” shall be defined as white-tailed deer; “Antlered Deer” shall be defined as a white-tailed deer with antlers visible above the natural hairline; and “Unantlered Deer” shall be defined as all other white-tailed deer.
  2. Deer and Turkey Harvest Record Form:
    1. Any person hunting deer or turkey, whether required to be licensed or not, shall maintain and have in his/her possession either:
      1. A “Deer and Turkey Harvest Record” which shall be in substantially the form and contain the same information as the Harvest Record form.
      2. The DCNR approved App on a hand-held device capable of recording the harvest in the Game Check System.
    2. All deer or turkey harvested shall be recorded completely on either the harvest record form or the DCNR approved App by the hunter harvesting the deer or turkey before the deer or turkey is moved or field dressed; confirmation number for each deer or turkey harvested shall be obtained and shall be entered on harvest record within forty-eight (48) hours of harvest.
    3. Any person who harvests a deer or turkey shall have in their possession either the completed harvest record form or the DCNR approved App until it is processed and stored in a cooler or freezer at one’s residence or delivered to a commercial processing plant; confirmation number for each deer or turkey harvested shall be obtained and shall be entered on harvest record form within forty-eight (48) hours of harvest. In addition, any other person who is in possession of a deer or turkey not harvested by that person shall have in their possession written documentation including the name, address, license number (if applicable), telephone number, date of harvest and signature of the person who harvested the deer or turkey until it is processed and stored in a cooler or freezer at one’s residence or delivered to a commercial processing plant.
  3. Deer and Turkey Harvest Reporting Requirement:
    1. All hunters shall report their harvest of each and every deer or turkey within forty-eight (48) hours of harvest, by using one of the following methods: (1) DCNR “Game Check” reporting site at www.OutdoorAlabama.com/Gamecheck; (2) OutdoorAlabama App on a hand-held device; or (3) DCNR approved Toll-Free Number.
    2. Online reporting shall be done by: (1) accessing the web site above; (2) using the OutdoorAlabama App on a hand-held device; or (3) other means of accessing the DCNR “Game Check” reporting site. On the Deer Harvest Reporting, the hunter shall be required to provide: (1) 16-digit hunting license, lifetime license, or other authorized identification number; (2) whether the deer is an “antlered deer” or an “unantlered deer;” (3) whether the harvest location is public or private land; (4) date of the harvest; and (5) county of harvest. On the Turkey Harvest Reporting, the hunter shall be required to provide the five items listed above for the Deer Harvest Reporting. A confirmation number shall be provided and then entered on the harvest record form within forty-eight (48) hours of harvest or the DCNR approved App.
    3. Toll-Free Voice Response Call. The phone number will be provided on the DCNR website.For deer harvest, the hunter, using the phone keypad, shall provide: (1) 16-digit hunting license, lifetime license, or other authorized identification number; (2) whether the deer is an “antlered deer” or an “unantlered deer;” (3) whether the harvest location is public or private land; (4) the date of the harvest; and (5) the county of harvest.For turkey harvest, the hunter, using the phone keypad, shall provide the five items listed above for deer harvest.A confirmation number shall be provided and then entered on the harvest record form within forty-eight (48) hours of harvest or the DCNR approved App.
  • Extended deer season in north zone
  • Eliminated December deer hunting closure in Zone B
  • Legal hours for hunting except as noted for migratory birds, waterfowl, raccoons and opossum are now defined as 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset
  • Reduced doe season in selected northern counties
  • Baldwin and Marengo counties were placed under the revised dog deer permit system
  • Changes in waterfowl hunting in Mobile-Tensaw Delta waterfowl management area and U.S. Corp Of Engineers public waters (see AL Waterfowl Hunting Guide)
  • Extended Squirrel and Rabbit seasons
  • Raccoon and Opossum season was changed to no closed season
  • Sauger length limit was increased to 15 inches
  • Largemouth bass 15 inch length limit was added to Pickwick Reservoir
  • The requirement for cotton line to be used on the ends of trotlines and the addition of social security numbers on slat boxes or baskets repealed
  • Prohibited import of deer carcasses from CWD states and territories unless all meat & antlers have been cleaned of spinal cord and brain tissue

For the complete rule, go to www.outdooralabama.com