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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Sport Fishing & Hunting Laws and Regulations

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MAJOR CHANGES FOR 2013–2014

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INTRODUCTION

This publication is provided as a popular guide to Alabama hunting and sport fishing laws and regulations. The Code of Alabama and the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Regulation Book are the final authorities on laws and regulations relating to hunting and fishing. Contact the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, District Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Offices or any Conservation Enforcement Officer if you have a legal question not adequately covered in this booklet.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR HUNTING AND FISHING

To qualify for a resident hunting or fishing license, a person must be a bona fide resident of Alabama for a minimum of 90 days continuously immediately prior to purchasing any such license or be a member of U.S. military stationed in Alabama. For the purpose of buying hunting and fishing licenses, residency is determined by the Driver’s License issuance. Resident and nonresident annual hunting and fishing licenses are valid from September 1 through August 31 each year. Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977, see 2013 Hunter Education Class Schedule for exemptions. Licenses must be in possession while hunting or fishing. A deer and turkey harvest record must be in possession every time a person is hunting deer or turkey. It is unlawful to utilize or possess more than one harvest record.

It is illegal to kill or cripple any species of game bird, game animal or game fish without making a reasonable effort to retrieve same and include it in the daily bag or creel limit, except all game fish not meeting legal length regulations, and protected species. An individual should not trail or retrieve game on property they do not have permission to enter. All game bags, hunting coats, camping equipment, live boxes, automobiles and such used in hunting and fishing will be open for inspection by officers of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

BUYING LICENSES

Alabama hunting and fishing licenses are available in all sections of the State from approximately 300 special license agents in many sporting goods stores, marinas, and at all county courthouses. Licenses may also be purchased by mailing completed applications, proper payment and copy of driver’s license to Attn: License Sales, Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, 64 N. Union St., Suite 567, Montgomery, AL 36104. For application packet call (334) 242-3465 or e-mail Wanda.McCullers@dcnr.alabama.gov or visit our website atwww.outdooralabama.com/licenses. It is illegal to willfully or knowingly make a false statement to a license agent when purchasing a license. It is also illegal to lend, borrow, sell, buy, rent or use another person’s license to hunt, fish or trap. For the purpose of buying hunting and fishing licenses, residency is determined by the Driver’s License issuance. An Alabama resident without an Alabama driver’s license must present proof of residency to a probate judge or license commissioner to purchase a license. (Excludes all persons with out-of-state driver’s license).

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MIGRATORY BIRD HARVEST INFORMATION PROGRAM

All licensed hunters who hunt doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, coots, ducks, or geese in Alabama are required by Federal law to obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit prior to hunting. The HIP program provides improved data collection on these species. This will allow hunting seasons for the various species to be set in an objective and efficient manner while maintaining healthy populations. HIP permits are free and are available wherever hunting licenses are sold. It takes a very short time to provide the requested information. In exchange for completing the HIP survey, you will receive proof of certification which must be in your possession while hunting migratory birds.

GENERAL INFORMATION LICENSE FEES

Hunting Licenses: Required for residents 16 years of age and under 65 years of age and nonresidents 16 years of age and older. Residents on active military duty home on leave may hunt and fish without licenses. (State and federal duck stamps are still required when hunting migratory waterfowl. Management Area License and Permit are required when hunting deer or turkey on a wildlife management area.) See 2013 Hunter Education Class Schedule.

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WHO NEEDS A LICENSE?

Residency is determined by Driver’s License State of Issuance.

You are…

Resident

nonresident

AGE

16–64

16+

Hunting on land
you own

No

Yes

Fishing from the bank (public waters) with a hook & line in the county you live in

No

N/A

Military Stationed
in Alabama

Yes

Stationed in
Alabama
(30 days or more) may purchase resident license

Military Visiting Alabama

Home on leave —
No license required (must have copy of leave papers)

Purchase of
nonresident
license required

Annually, Hunting & Fishing—
big business in Alabama

  • Economic Impact of Hunting & Freshwater Fishing:
    $2.2 Billion (Hunting $1.8B; Freshwater Fishing $780M)
  • Direct Expenditures from Hunting & Freshwater Fishing:
    $1.7 Billion (Hunting $1.2B; Freshwater Fishing $514M)
  • Sales Tax Paid to the State of Alabama
    from Hunting & Freshwater Fishing Expenditures:
    $155 Million (Hunting $104M; Freshwater Fishing $51M)

Publications available ONLINE
from www.outdooralabama.com

  • Biology and Management of White-tailed Deer in Alabama
  • Effective Food Plots for White-tailed Deer in Alabama
  • Ecology and Management of the Bobwhite in Alabama
  • The Wild Turkey in Alabama
  • Wild Pig Management
  • Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds
  • Field Guide of Aquatic Plants of Alabama

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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