Alabama Hunting Season

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Many species of game may be pursued in Alabama Hunting Season, including quail, turkey, deer, and even alligator. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the exact restrictions and schedules in the county and region in which you want to hunt.

In this page, you’ll find information about complete games available in the state of Alabama, including when they are and how to prepare for them, along with dates and information on the various licenses and regulations that apply.

Important AL Game Resources

Hunting Regulations

Legal Arms For Hunting in Alabama

Deer Season Schedule

AL Hunting Seasons 2023-24

Deer Season

General Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone

Zone Map

Alabama deer season zone map
Alabama deer season zone map/credit: outdooralabama.com

Turkey

Alligator

Frog

Furbearers

Bobcat

Coyote

Bear

Mountain Lion

Feral Swine

Fox

Squirrel

Rabbit

Raccoon

Opossum

Mink

Muskrat

Otter

Skunk

Beaver

Nutria

Waterfowl Season

Teal

Duck

Coot

Merganser

Geese

Special youth, active military, and military veterans waterfowl hunting days.

Sandhill Crane

Birds Season

With a combined size of more than 700,000 acres, the state’s wildlife management areas provide a wealth of chances for birdwatchers. There are some bird species that are visible throughout particular seasons, such woodcock and bobwhite quail. Initiatives like the Alabama Quail Trail and other conservation efforts, which promote the preservation and enjoyment of species like bobwhite quail, further add to Alabama’s appeal to bird aficionados.

Quail

Groundhog

Grouse

Woodcock

Snipe

Starlings

Crows

Sparrow

Rail

Gallinule

Dove

North Zone – All counties except those listed in South Zone
South Zone – Baldwin, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile counties
Youth Dove Hunt

AL Trapping Season 2023-2024

Alabama is home to a wide range of wildlife because to its huge public hunting land of over 1.3 million acres and its relatively relaxed shooting seasons and bag limits. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, mourning doves, bobwhite quail, feral pigs, ducks, rabbits, and squirrels are just few of the animals available to hunters.

Hunting 101 Workshop

Alabama Hunting 101 WorkshopDetails
Program NameAlabama’s Adult Mentored Hunting (AMH) program
Program ObjectiveTeach hunting skills to individuals with little to no hunting experience
Workshop NameHunting 101 workshop
Workshop Content• Learning hunting basics
• Firearm safety and handling
• Where to hunt
• Equipment needed
Workshop LocationVarious Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout Alabama
Small Game HuntingAfter the course, participants are invited to go small game hunting on the WMA with knowledgeable guides.
Registration Fee$20 per workshop
First Workshop Date for 2023-2024 Season16-Sep-23
EligibilityParticipants must be at least 19 years old and possess a valid driver’s license
AMH Hunt EligibilityAttending Hunting 101 is required to become eligible for a three-day AMH hunt for deer
Notification for AMH HuntWorkshop attendees will be notified by email if selected for an AMH hunt
Additional Workshop Dates for 2023-2024 Season• September 23 at Swan Creek WMA near Decatur
• September 30 at the Upper Delta WMA near Mobile
Official Program Websitewww.outdooralabama.com/hunting/adult-mentored-hunting-program
Contact Person and QuoteHunting 101 is for anyone interested in hunting." WFF Conservation Enforcement Officer and AMH/Assistant R3 Coordinator Brandon Holloway
Promoting OrganizationWildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)
Official Website of Promoting Organizationwww.outdooralabama.com

AL Hunting License Cost

Resident Licenses

License Type (Resident)Cost
State: All Game* (Hunting License)$30.25
State: Small Game* (Hunting License)$20.05
Annual (Bait Privilege License)$16.35
Annual (Nighttime Feral Swine and Coyote Hunting License)$15.90
Annual All Game (totally disabled-Physically Disabled Hunting License)$6.70
State: All Game (50% Physically Disabled Military Veteran's Appreciation Hunting License)$15.65
State: All Game (100% Physically Disabled Military Veteran's Appreciation Hunting License)$3.30
State: All Game (Physically Disabled Military Veteran's Appreciation 3-Day Hunting Event License)$152.55
Annual (Game Check H.E.L.P. Number)N/C
Annual (Wildlife Heritage License)$12.40
State (Duck Stamps)$11.00
Federal$28.00
Annual (Wildlife Management Area License)$20.05
Annual (Fur Catchers License)$24.60
7-Day (Commercial Fowl Hunting Preserve License)$10.00

Note: Licenses for resident hunters are valid from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023. (unless otherwise indicated)

Nonresident Licenses

License type (Nonresident)Cost
All Game: Annual (Hunting License)$350.15
All Game: 10-Day Trip (buyer is born on or after August 1, 1977. )$216.20
All Game:3-Day Trip$152.55
Small Game: Annual$114.25
Small Game:10-Day Trip$69.60
Small Game:3-Day Trip$50.45
Annual (Bait Privilege License)$55.70
Annual$54.15
State: All Game (Nighttime Feral Swine And Coyote Hunting License)$152.55
Annual (Game Check H.E.L.P. Number)N/C
State (Duck Stamps)$11.00
Federal$28.00
Annual (Wildlife Management Area License)$20.05
Annual (Fur Catchers License)Varies
7-Day (Commercial Fowl Hunting Preserve License)$10.00

Note: Nonresident Licenses are valid from September 1, 2022, until August 31, 2023.

Dates Source: outdooralabama.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to hunt in Alabama?

The cost of hunting license varies on category and residence. Residents pay $32.55 for an all-game license, while non-residents pay $332.25. Small game permits cost $21.55 for locals and $121.05 for non-residents. Military veterans and handicapped hunters get special permits. Beyond license fees, Alabama outdoor pursuit costs depend on the type of hunt and outfitter. For instance, a three-day early season deer rifle hunt costs $1,850, but late season/rut, black powder, and family specials cost different amounts. Game packages usually exclude permits but include food, lodging, and transportation.

Can you hunt in Alabama without a license?

Under specific exemption allows state residents and their immediate family to hunt on private land without a license. Both landowners and non-residents need game licenses. Hunters on private property must follow extra rules regardless of place of residence. Remember that this exemption only applies to hunting licenses, not other recreational permits.

How long is deer season in Alabama?

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources runs Archery Season  from October 14, 2023, to February 10, 2024, changing per zone, allowing either sexes to hunt. Zones A and D and E have Special Youth Gun Seasons on November 10-13, 2023, and October 27-30, 2023, for either sex hunt. Special Muzzleloader Season is November 13-17, 2023, in Zone A and October 30–November 3, 2023, in Zones D and E. Only stalk hunting is allowed, no dogs. Gun Deer Season runs from November 18, 2023, to February 10, 2024, with zone-specific dates and buck or sex designations. November 18, 2023, to January 15, 2024, is Gun Dog Deer Season.

Can you hunt at night in Alabama?

The Alabama Code Section 9-11-251 prohibits hunting at night for some species, such as deer, to reduce the risks of pursuing injured animals at night. Using lights or other techniques to capture or kill deer at night is illegal. Feral swine and coyote pursuing at night is exempt. A $15 license (or $51 for non-residents) allows residents to shoot wild pigs and coyotes at night. This license enables hunters to employ night vision or thermal optics and attach lights to rifles to manage these species during their more active nighttime times.

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