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National Forest Hunting Tips
NATIONAL FORESTS IN ALABAMA
- “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:
Supervisor’s Office in Montgomery – (334) 832-4470
Bankhead District in Double Springs – (205) 489-5111
Conecuh District in Andalusia – (334) 222-2555
Shoal Creek District in Heflin – (256) 463-2272
Talladega District in Talladega – (256) 362-2909
Oakmulgee District in Centreville – (205) 926-9765
Tuskegee District in Tuskegee – (334) 727-2652.
On-line maps are for sale at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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