2015-2016 Alabama Hunting Seasons

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Below are the 2015-2016 Alabama hunting season dates. Dates are valid through August 31st, 2016. Consolidated information provided by both outdooralabama.com and eregulations.com. Check out the 2015-2016 Hunting & Fishing Digest (35MB .pdf) – which contains this years requirements, fees, and season dates.

Why? Because the DNR makes this information hard to find. It’s scattered across the 76 page Hunting & Fishing Advertisement Digest and all over the web. I hope you found this page helpful. Good luck out there – and be safe! Happy hunting!

Deer

Alabama is now divided into two Zones and dates change from county-to-county. Basically, everyone north of Montgomery or near the Chattahoochee River is in Zone A. See the images below:

Antlered Bucks – (With or Without Dogs – Private Land)

  • Zone A – Nov 21 – Jan 15
  • Zone B – Nov 21 – Nov 30 / Dec 11 – Jan 25

Antlered Bucks – (No Dogs)

  • Zone A – Jan 16 – Jan 31
  • Zone B – Jan 26 – Feb 10

Unantlered Deer – (Private or Leased Land Only)

  • Zone A – Nov 21 – Jan 31
  • Zone B – Nov 21 – 30 / Dec 11 – Feb 10

Unantlered Deer – (Open Permit – Public Land)

  • Zone A – Dec 15 – Jan 1
  • Zone B – Dec 15 – Jan 1

Special Muzzleloader / Air Rifle (Private, Leased, or National Forest Land – No Dogs)

  • Zone A – Nov 16 – Nov 20
  • Zone B – Nov 16 – Nov 20

Bow and Arrow and Spear (Stalk Hunting Only – No Dogs)

  • Zone A – Oct 15 – Jan 31
  • Zone B – Oct 25 – Feb 10

Special Youth Hunt

  • Statewide – Nov 13 – Nov 16

Bag Limit

  • Buck: 1 per day. 3 per year.
  • Unantlered: 1 per day (in addition to a buck). No annual limit. No spotted fawns!

For more information, see pages 18-25 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Turkey

Fall Season (Decoys not permitted)

  • Nov 21 – Nov 30
  • Dec 19 – Jan 1 (Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph, and Talladega)

Spring Season (Decoys permitted)

Mar 15 – Apr 30

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman (except north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva (except south of AL Hwy. 52, east of AL Hwy. 167, west of Houston County line and north of the Florida line), Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair,Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox.

Apr 1 – Apr30

Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale (west of US Hwy. 43), Lawrence (south of AL Hwy. 24), Limestone (north of US Hwy. 72), Madison, and Winston.

Apr 22 – Apr 26

Cullman (north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65.), Lawrence (north and east of AL Hwy. 157 and west of AL Hwy. 33 and south of AL Hwy. 20), Lauderdale (east ofUS Hwy. 43), and Morgan (east of I-65).

Special Youth Hunt

  • Statewide – The Saturday & Sunday prior to spring season.

Bag Limit

  • 1 per day. 5 per year. (Gobblers only!)

For more information, see page 26 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Dove

North Zone

  • Sept 12 – Nov 15
  • Dec 5 – Dec 29

South Zone

  • Sept 19 – Sept 27
  • Oct 10 – Oct 25
  • Nov 12 – Jan 15

Bag Limit

  • 15 per day

For more information, see page 26 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Waterfowl

Ducks

  • Sept 12 – Sept 27 (Special Teal Season – 6 per day)
  • Nov 27 – Nov 28, Dec 15 – Jan 31 (Duck, Coot, Merganser)
  • Nov 21 & Feb 6 (Special Youth Waterfowl Days)

Geese

  • Sept 1 – 15 (Special Early Canada Goose – 5 per day)
  • Sept 21 – Oct 8 (Geese  – 5 per day)
  • Oct 24 – Nov 8 (Special Snow/Blue Goose – 5 per day)
  • Nov 27 – 28, Dec 5 – Jan 31 (Geese – 5 per day)
  • Nov 21 & Feb 6 (Special Youth Waterfowl Days)

Bag Limit

  • 6 per day — may include no more than 4 Mallards, (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck, 1 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 1 Pintail, 1 Canvasback, and 2 Scaup.
  • Coot – 15 per day
  • Merganser – 5 per day, only 2 may be Hooded

For more information, see pages 29-30 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Alligator (2015)

  • By Special Permit Only
  • Must register online between June 2 and July 14, 2015.
  • Must be Alabama Resident to register

Trapping

Nov 7 – Nov 29

  • Bobcat
  • Fox
  • Mink
  • Muskrate
  • Nutria
  • Opossum
  • Otter
  • Raccoon
  • Striped Skunk

For more information, see page 30 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Small Game

  • Rail: Sept 5 – Sept 20
  • Purple Gallinule: Sept 5 – Sept 20
  • Common Moorhens: Sept 5 – Sept 20
  • Rabbit: Sept 15 – Feb 29
  • Squirrel: Sept 15 – Feb 29
  • Raccoon: Sep 1 – Feb 29
  • Opossum: Sep 1 – Feb 29
  • Bobwhite Quail: Nov 7 – Feb 29
  • Snipe: Nov 14 – Feb 28
  • Woodcock: Dec 18 – Jan 31

For more information, see pages 27-28 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

No Closed Season

  • Beaver
  • Nutria
  • Groundhog
  • Starlings
  • Crows
  • Blackbirds
  • Bobcat (must be reported and tagged)
  • Otter
  • Coyote
  • Feral Swine (hogs)
  • Fox

For more information, see page 27 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

No Open Season

  • Bear
  • Mountain Lion
  • Ruffed Grouse

For more information, see page 30 of the 2015-16 Hunting & Fishing Digest. (35MB .pdf)

Hunters Orange Requirements

(I was almost cited last year because my orange vest contained a breakup pattern, so I’m including this information!)

During dates and in areas open by regulation to gun deer season, including youth deer season and muzzleloader deer season, all persons hunting any wildlife species, except foxes, raccoons, and opossums during legal nighttime hours or turkey or migratory birds (including crows).

Hunters are required to wear:

  • An outer garment above the waist with a minimum of 144 square inches of hunter orange – or either a full size hunter orange hat or cap.

Note: The various shades of red, as well as camo orange (orange containing breakup patterns) – are not legal. A small logo and/or printing is permitted on the front of hunter orange caps; otherwise, hunter orange must be of solid color and visible from any angle. Only hunter orange, commonly called blaze orange, ten-mile cloth, etc., is legal.

Hunters are NOT required to wear hunter orange when:

  • Hunting from a stand elevated twelve (12) feet or more from the ground
  • Hunting in an enclosed box stand
  • Traveling in an enclosed vehicle
  • Traveling on foot no more than twenty (20) feet directly between an operating enclosed vehicle and a stand where the hunter is exempt from the hunter orange requirement. The
  • Hunter orange must be worn when traveling on foot between an operating enclosed vehicle and exempt stand when the distance is more than a direct distance of twenty (20) feet.

* The aforementioned data hereby deemed accurate, but not guaranteed. You should check with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 64 N. Union St., Suite 584, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 242-3469.

Author: Greg Rickaby

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19 thoughts on “2015-2016 Alabama Hunting Seasons”

  1. Thanks a bunch, 1 page, organized, neatly done, simple, & professional. Very easily understood and “quickly” helpful. No hunt & search through multiple pages and footnotes to follow. Thumbs up to you for your efforts!

  2. Thanks so much very helpful…..but all the rules and regulations even if u own your own land they r making it hard as heck for u to have wild game in ur freezer…..what happen to …”Hey get ur gun lets go hunting days” ….guess those days r like every thing else gone….but u did great job found what we needed

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