Deer hunting in Alabama

Hunting in Alabama

Hunting in Alabama is big business. In Alabama there are two distinct seasons. There is football season. And then there is hunting season. The impact of Auburn University and the University of Alabama football is around $500 million; A drop in the bucket considering the impact hunting and fishing have in this state. An estimated $2.7 billion is spent in the state on wildlife-related recreation. The survey reported 1.7 million people participated in wildlife-related recreation. 
With more than 1.3 million acres of public hunting land, Alabama has some of the most liberal bag limits in the country, which draws hunters from all over the world. Since it was established by constitutional amendment in 1992, the Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased more than 227,000 acres of land for public use. For more information on state hunting and fishing laws in Alabama, Click here to be connected to the state.   

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Whitetail Deer
Whitetail Deer: The Alabama deer herd tops an estimated 1.75 million animals and continues to grow. Alabama has one of the most liberal seasons in the country and hunting season covers 108 days annually with hunters allowed to harvest both a buck and a doe everyday in most areas. We have both a bow and gun season and a voluntary reporting system for reporting kills. In Alabama, we do ask, if you are not going to eat the deer you kill, please field dress it and drop it off at the nearest processor so I can be added to the participating food banks through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. This cost you nothing. The state will settle up with the processor. Anyone who would like to donate to the program or find out more information about the Hunters Helping the Hungry program can do so by calling 334-242-3467. Processors interested in joining the program are welcome to sign up. Depending on where you are hunting in the state, the hunting laws vary. To check the dates and regulations for your area, Click Here 
Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey: Alabama currently boasts more wild turkeys than any southeastern state, from the Appalachian foothills to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, with an estimated 400,000. The bag limit of one gobbler per day and five per season is the most generous in the country. In addition, Alabama hunters enjoy one of the longest seasons in the country. Season runs November, December and March – April. Be sure to check exact dates.    
Bobwhite Quail
 Bobwhite Quail: Because the soil and other requirements for quail to naturally flourish in Alabama, quail hunting consist of primarily farm raised quail in the state. Despite this fact, quail hunting is a very popular sport and draws hunters from all over the nation. Quail season runs November – February.
Wild HogsFeral Hogs: Wild hogs are taking over Alabama. 62 of the 67 counties, in Alabama, have a hog problem and the other 5 counties will have a problem. It is just a matter of time. Hogs that escaped or were released to the wild adapt, multiply quickly and the situation can get out of hand in a big hurry! Humans are the main predators of feral swine and hunting them is very popular. Hunting Wild hogs can provide a thrilling hunting experience with tasty eating afterwards. There is no CLOSED season on Feral Hogs, Beaver, Nutria, Groundhog, Starlings, Crows, and Blackbirds  
WaterfowlWaterFowl: Unlike deer hunting with days spent sitting alone in a tree, duck hunting can be a social event; two or three people sharing the day in unison.  Ask many experienced waterfowl hunters where to go and they’ll point to the North Alabama portion of the Tennessee Valley. The area between Stevenson and Scottsboro, Ala. offers an array of flooded swamps, bottomlands, aquatic vegetation and an intensive management program by the Alabama Wildlife Division. The season varies on the species.
Alabama RabbitRabbits and Squirrels: In the heart of Dixie, small-game hunting has a long and revered history going back at least a century. Alabama’s squirrel population has remained constant for a long time. The Wildlife Division extended the squirrel season through the month of February to take advantage of this underutilized resource. Changes in land use and farming practices has eliminated much of the edge habitat rabbits need, along with the rise of interest in bigger game, rabbit hunting activity has declined. Small game season is October – February.  
Alabama Mourning DoveMourning Doves: Mourning dove hunting usually starts the fall hunting season as many hunters look forward to a day on a dove field with family and friends.  Unlike many other hunting activities, dove hunting is usually a highly social event with many hunters on the same field.  The season and times of day varies through out the state.   
gator HuntingAlligators: Restoration of the American alligator is a national conservation success story in which Alabama played a lead role. Alabama’s alligator population has grown to the extent that they pose a nuisance in many areas.  Implementing a regulated alligator hunt on a small scale is an important step toward controlling populations and better managing them. Registration usually begins in early June and with the drawing for tags, the hunt is set for most of August.

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Hunting Guides and Outfitters:
As of 2015 it was estimated that Alabama had 1.8 million whitetail deer. Alabama has 67 counties, 62 of which have feral hogs. Alabama is world known as a hot spot for hunting many species of animals and birds. We have very experienced guides and outfitters to make your hunt a success.
Hunting Lodges:
Whether planning a hunt with your buddy, a corporate group retreat, or looking for a getaway weekend for your family, Alabama’s got the lodges and the expertise to make it a trip you will remember, regardless of what you are hunting.
Hunting Supplies:
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Hunting License:
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Pistol Permits:
Pistol permits are issued by the county Sheriff in the county where you reside. Please click on the link above to see the listing of Alabama Sheriffs and to obtain the contact information for your county Sheriff’s Office.