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Mourning & White-Winged Dove

North Zone (All counties except those listed below in south zone.)
  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)
    • September 8 – October 14
      September 8: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 9 – October 14: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • November 17 – November 25
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • December 15 – January 27
      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 15 – October 21
      September 15: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
      September 16 – October 21: One-half hour before Sun- rise until Sunset (All Day)
    • November 17 – November 25
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
    • December 15 – January 27
      One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

Bobwhite Quail

November 3 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

Rabbit

September 15 – March 3

  • 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 15 – March 3

  • 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

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.

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) & Fox(3):

(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 and Fox – See Other Seasons & Bag Limits for information.
  4. Check with USFS for further restrictions.

Feral Swine (2019): (privately owned and leased lands 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 hunting outside of the dates of deer and turkey season.

Beaver, Nutria, & Groundhog

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

Starlings, Crows & English Sparrows

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

Bear, Mountain Lion & Ruffed Grouse

No Open Season

Woodcock

December 14 – January 27

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

Snipe

November 10 – February 24

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

Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, Sora & Gallinule

September 8 – September 23
November 23 – January 15

  • 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 (2018)

  • By Special Permit Only
  • Must register on-line at www.outdooralabama.com between June 5 (8:00 a.m.) and July 11 (8:00 a.m.).
  • Must be Alabama Resident or lifetime license holder to register.

Sunset August 9 – Sunrise August 12
Sunset August 16 – Sunrise August 19

  • West Central Zone: Dallas; Monroe (north of US Hwy. 84) and Wilcox (nighttime only)

Sunset August 9 – Sunrise August 12
Sunset August 16 – Sunrise August 19

  • Southwest Zone – Baldwin; Clark; Mobile; Monroe (east of US Hwy 43 and south of US Hwy 84): and Washington counties (nighttime only)

Sunset August 11 – Sunrise September 3

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

Sunset August 17 – Sunrise October 1

  • Lake Eufaula Zone: Alabama State Waters Only (daytime and nighttime)

Bullfrog & 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 Waterfowl Hunting Days

November 17 and February 2

  • 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 8 – September 23

  • 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, Merganser

November 23 – November 24
December 1 – January 27

  • 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, 2 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 13 – October 27
November 23 – November 24
December 1 – January 27

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.

Trapping:

Bobcat, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Otter & Striped Skunk

November 3 – February 28

Beaver, Coyote, Nutria, Feral Swine, Raccoon & 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.

For details on recommended planting dates for grains, see www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1467/ANR-1467-low.pdf.