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National Forests In Alabama Hunting Tips
- “Know Before You Drive” – Check to see if a national forest road is open to motor vehicles by picking up a free motor vehicle use map from a local Forest Service office or view online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/alabama/kbyd. Remember off- road vehicles (ORV) are prohibited unless on designated ORV trails.
- Avoid hunting and discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsites, developed recreation sites, occupied areas and trails. Do not hunt or discharge firearms from any open forest roads (including target practice).
- Prepare for your hunting trip. Check weather forecasts, always wear hunter orange, dress properly with layered clothing, check equipment before and after each outing, tell someone about trip details, carry a cell phone and avoid hunting alone.
- Check state regulations regarding the use of dogs for deer hunting.
- Be aware that the national forest boundaries are marked with red paint on trees, or yellow signs with black printing.
- No dispersed camping in the general Forest area over 21 days without leaving the national forest for 10 consecutive days (developed recreation areas have a 14 day maximum).
- Camping is allowed only at designated hunter camps or campsites from November 15 through January 31 except at the Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek Ranger District which is thru 4/30.
- Target practice outside of shooting ranges can cause resource damage and littering resulting in fines. Only paper or plastic targets are allowed at shooting ranges.
- All state laws apply to taking of game on national forest lands. The use of baiting or salt blocks is prohibited. No placing, leaving, depositing any food, bait, or refuse in a manner likely to attract or concentrate any wildlife, whether for purposes of hunting or viewing animals.
- Hunters are advised that permanent tree stands are not allowed on national forest lands. Temporary or climbing tree stands left on the Forest are left at the owners risk; theft or damage might occur. Tree stands left in the woods do not convey proprietary rights to hunting an area. Public lands hunting is always ‘First come; first served’.
- Be careful climbing in and out of deer stands. Falling can cause serious injuries. Alabama regulations now require all hunters using tree stands in wildlife management areas to wear a full body harness.
- Contact the following USDA Forest Service offices for information about maps, hunter camps and camping permits:
Regulations in red are new this year.
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