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MOURNING AND WHITE-WINGED DOVE

Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.

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

  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)
    • September 7 – October 27
      September 7: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 8 – October 27: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • November 23 – December 1
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • December 14 – January 12
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

SOUTH ZONE

Baldwin; Barbour; Coffee; Covington; Dale; Escambia; Geneva; Henry; Houston; and Mobile.

  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)
    • September 14 – November 3
      September 14: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 15 – November 3: One-half hour before Sun- rise until Sunset (All Day)
    • November 23 – December 1
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • December 14 – January 12
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

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 recommends planting dates for some top sown grains 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.

BOBWHITE QUAIL

November 2 – February 29

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

RABBIT

September 14 – March 8

  • 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

September 14 – March 8

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

RACCOON

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours
  • 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.
  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.

OPOSSUM AND FOX

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours
  • No Bag Limit
  • No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 a.m. during and in areas of spring turkey season.
  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.
  • Fox — nighttime hours with dogs only. See Other Seasons & Bag Limits for trapping information.

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), FOX AND FERAL SWINE(2):

(Daytime Hours Only)

No Bag Limit

No Closed Season

See Sunrise & Sunset Times 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 – See Other Seasons & Bag Limits for information.
  4. Check with USFS for further restrictions.

FERAL SWINE (2020): (privately owned and leased lands only) (DOGS ONLY)

Special Nighttime Season

May 1 – August 31

  • No Bag Limit – May be hunted during nighttime hours
  • Dogs only – no firearms allowed.

Note: Permit may be obtained through your local district office for nighttime nuisance control.

BEAVER, NUTRIA AND GROUNDHOG

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

STARLINGS, CROWS AND English Sparrows

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

BEAR, MOUNTAIN LION AND RUFFED GROUSE

No Open Season

WOODCOCK

December 13 – December 15

December 21 – January 31

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

SNIPE

November 14 – February 28

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

CLAPPER RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA AND GALLINULE

September 14 – September 29

November 29 – January 21

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

ALLIGATOR (2019)

  • By Limited Quota Permit Only
  • Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com between June 4 (8:00 a.m.) and July 10 (8:00 a.m.).
  • Must be Alabama Resident or lifetime license holder to register.

Sunset August 8 – Sunrise August 11

Sunset August 15 – Sunrise August 18

  • West Central Zone: The private and public waters in Dallas; Monroe (north of U.S. Highway 84), and Wilcox (nighttime only)
  • Coastal Zone: the private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile that lie south of I-10 (nighttime only)
  • Southwest Zone – the private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile Counties (that lie north of 1-10) and the private and public waters in Washington, Clark and Monroe Counties (that lie east of US Hwy 43 and south of US Hwy 84) (nighttime only)

Sunset August 10 – Sunrise September 2

  • Southeast Zone: the private and public waters in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell counties (excluding public Alabama state waters in Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) and its navigable tributaries) (nighttime only)

Sunset August 16 – Sunrise September 30

  • Lake Eufaula Zone: The public Alabama state waters only in the Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) and its navigable tributaries, south of Hwy 208, Omaha Bridge, (excluding Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge) (daytime and nighttime)

BULLFROG and PIG FROG

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours
  • Limit 20 frogs in aggregate per person from 12 Noon to 12 Noon the following day.

SPECIAL YOUTH, ACTIVE MILITARY AND MILITARY VETERANS WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS

November 23 and 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 in regular waterfowl season, in accordance with Rule 220-2-.119.

SPECIAL TEAL SEASON

September 14 – September 29

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

DUCK, COOT AND MERGANSER

November 29 – December 1

December 6 – January 31

  • 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, 2 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 1 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 3 Scaup.

COOT

  • 15 a day

Merganser

  • 5 a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser.

GEESE

  • Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final.
    See
    Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
  • Statewide (including Southern James Bay Population Zone).
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL GOOSE SEASON

September 1 – September 30

All Geese:

  • The aggregate special early season bag limit of 5 dark geese (Canada, White-fronted, Brant) shall not include more than 1 Brant. Additionally, an aggregate bag limit of 5 light geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s) may be harvested per day.

October 19 –November 2

November 29 – December 1

December 6 – January 31

Dark Geese (Canada, White-Fronted, Brant)

  • Limit 5 a day, the aggregate bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 3 Canada Geese and 1 Brant, all five may be White-Fronted Geese.

Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’s)

  • The aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day.

SANDHILL CRANE:

December 3 – January 31

  • By limited quota permit only. Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and a resident or lifetime hunting license holder to apply.
  • Limit 3 per person per permit.
  • Hunting zone will be that area north of Interstate 20 from the Georgia state line to the interchange with Interstate 65, then east of Interstate 65 to the interchange with Interstate 22, then north of Interstate 22 to the Mississippi state line. (excludes the remainder of the state).
  • Shooting Hours – Sunrise to Sunset
  • Legal arms and ammunition are same as waterfowl

TRAPPING:

BOBCAT, FOX, MINK, MUSKRAT, OTTER & STRIPED SKUNK

November 2 – February 29

BEAVER, COYOTE, NUTRIA, FERAL SWINE, RACCOON AND OPOSSUM

No Closed Season

Note: Permit may be obtained through your local district office for the trapping of nuisance furbearers outside the dates of trapping season.

WFF has collaborated with the AL Trappers and Predator Control Assoc., The Safari Club and the USDA Wildlife Services to host adult and youth trapping workshops throughout the state. Go to www.outdooralabama.com for dates and locations.