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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)

Split Season with Shooting Hours:

  • 12 O’clock noon until Sunset
    (Afternoon Shooting Only) September 5
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) September 6 – October 25
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) November 21 – November 29
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) December 12 – January 10

SOUTH ZONE

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

  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours:

  • 12 O’clock noon until Sunset
    (Afternoon Shooting Only) September 12
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) September 13 – November 1
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) November 21 – November 29
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) December 12 – January 10

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 7 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

RABBIT

September 12 – March 7

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

SQUIRREL

September 12 – March 7

  • 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
  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.

OPOSSUM AND FOX

No Closed Season

  • May be hunted daytime or nighttime hours
  • No Bag Limit
  • Check with USFS for further restrictions.
  • Fox — nighttime hours with dogs only. See below 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 legal hunting hours.

  1. Bobcat – See tagging requirement (see 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 below for trapping information.
  4. Check with USFS for further restrictions.

FERAL SWINE (2021): (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 18 – 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 12 – September 27

November 27 – January 19

  • 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 (2020)

  • By Limited Quota Permit Only
  • Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com between June 2 (8:00 a.m.) and July 8 (8:00 a.m.)
  • Must be Alabama Resident or lifetime license holder to register.

Sunset August 13 – Sunrise August 16

Sunset August 20 – Sunrise August 23

  • 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: Baldwin; Clarke; Mobile; Monroe (east of US Hwy. 43 and south of US Hwy. 84); and Washington Counties (nighttime only).

Sunset August 8 – Sunrise September 7

  • 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 14 – Sunrise October 5

  • 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 VETERAN’S WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS

November 21 and February 6

  • 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 12 – September 27

  • 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 27 – November 28

December 5 – 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 1 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 10 – October 24

November 27 – November 28

December 5 – 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 4 – January 3

January 11 – 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

October 31 – February 28

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.

Open Permit-Public Land is defined as governmentally owned land open for public hunting and/or lands made available to the public on an individual basis whether for a fee or not. Examples of such lands would be U.S. Forest Service Lands, land owned by lumber companies and utility ­companies available for use by hunters either through free permits, fee permits or no permit ­requirement. This does not include Alabama’s Wildlife Management Areas. See the current Wildlife Management Area Map Permit for information.