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Alabama

Hunting

Other Seasons & Limits

Bobwhite Quail

November 6 – February 28

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession
  • Closed on the Bankhead National Forest

Rabbit

September 11 – March 6

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession

Squirrel

September 11 – March 6

  • 8 a day — 8 in possession
  • Fox squirrel closed on the Bankhead National Forest

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.

Bear, Mountain Lion and Ruffed Grouse

No Open Season

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 Hunting Laws & Regulations for legal hunting hours.

  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 – See below for trapping information.
  4. Check with USFS for further restrictions.

Feral Swine (2022): (Privately Owned And Leased Lands Only) (Dogs Only)

Special Nighttime Season

May 9 – August 31

  • No Bag Limit
  • Dogs only – no firearms allowed.

Feral Swine and Coyote: (Privately owned and leased lands only)

Special Nighttime Season

2021: July 1 – November 1

2022: February 11 – November 1

  • No Bag Limit

Must have a valid annual resident or nonresident nighttime feral swine and coyote hunting license (See Hunting Licenses & Fees).

Beaver, Nutria and Groundhog

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

Starling, Crow and House Sparrow

No Closed Season

  • No Bag Limit — Daylight Hours Only

Woodcock

December 17 – January 30

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

Snipe

November 13 – February 27

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

Alligator

  • By Limited Quota Permit Only
  • Must apply on-line at www.outdooralabama.com beginning at 8:00 am on the first Tuesday in June and ending at 8:00 am on the second Wednesday of July.
  • Must be Alabama Resident or lifetime license holder to register.

Sunset on the 2nd Thursday in August – Sunrise on the Sunday immediately following the 2nd Thursday in August

Sunset on the 3rd Thursday in August – Sunrise on the Sunday immediately following the 3rd Thursday in August

  • 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 on the 2nd Saturday in August – Sunrise on the 1st Monday of September

  • 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 on the Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in August – Sunrise on the Monday immediately following the 1st Sunday in October

  • 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.

Clapper Rail, King RAIL, Virginia Rail, Sora and Gallinule

September 11 – September 26
November 26 – January 18

  • 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.

Sandhill Crane:

December 3 – January 9
January 17 – 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

Open Permit-Public Lands

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.