2017-2018 Alabama Hunting Seasons

Below are the 2017-2018 Alabama hunting season dates (on a single page). Dates are valid through August 31st, 2018. Check out the 2017-2018 Hunting & Fishing Digest – which contains this year’s requirements, fees, bag limits, and season dates. Why? Because the DNR makes this info hard to find.

Deer

Refer to the map below to find out which zone you’re hunting in.
2017-2018 Alabama Deer Hutning Zone Map

Zone A

2017-2018 Zone A Deer Hunting Dates

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Either Sex ………………….. November 18 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Either Sex …………………. November 18 – February 10

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks ……………………… November 18 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 15 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Either Sex ……………….. November 18 – January 15

Zone B

2017-2018 Zone B Deer Hunting Dates

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Bucks Only ………………… October 14 – October 23
Either Sex ………………….. October 24 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Either Sex …………………. November 18 – February 10

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks ……………………… November 18 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 15 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Either Sex ……………….. November 18 – January 15

Zone C

2017-2018 Zone C Deer Hunting Dates

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Either Sex ………………….. October 24 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Bucks Only ……………….. November 18 – February 10
Either Sex …………………. November 18 – November 26, December 22 – January 1

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks Only …………….. November 18 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 22 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Bucks Only ……………… November 18 – January 15
Either Sex ………………..November 18 – November 26, December 22 – January 1

All Zones

2017-2018 All Zone Deer Hunting Dates

Muzzleloader/Air Rifle (Private/Leads/US Forest Land Only)

Either Sex ………………..November 13-17

Source: http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/deer-hunting-season-bag-limits/

Deer Bag Limits

– Bucks: Three (3) total (all season)
– Does: One (1) per day

Remember, you will need to use the Game Check app to report you kill. Read more about bag limits.

Turkey

Refer to the map below to find out which zone you’re hunting in.

Zone 1

– March 15, 2018 – April 30, 2018

Zone 2

– March 31, 2018 – April 30, 2018

Zone 3

– April 21, 2018 – April 25, 2018

Zone 4

– November 18, 2017 – November 30, 2017 (Fall)
– December 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (Fall)
– March 15, 2018 – April 30, 2018 (Spring)

Zone 5

– No season.

Turkey Bag Limit

– Gobblers only. One (1) per day. Five (5) total all year.

Remember, you will need to use the Game Check app to report you kill. Read more about bag limits.

Mourning & White-Winged Dove

All dove hunting is from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset (all day), unless otherwise noted.

North Zone

– September 9, 2017 (Noon to Sunset)
– September 10, 2017 – October 29, 2017
– December 8, 2017 – January 15, 2018

South Zone (Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile counties)

– September 16, 2017 (Noon to Sunset)
– September 17, 2017 – September 24, 2017
– October 7, 2017 – October 28, 2017
– November 18, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Dove Bag Limit 

– All zones: Fifteen (15) per day

Read more about bag limits.

Bobwhite Quail

– November 4, 2017 – February 28, 2018
– Eight (8) per day. Eight (8) in possession

Read more about bag limits

Rabbit and Squirrel

– September 16, 2017 – March 4, 2018
– Eight (8) per day. Eight (8) in possession

Read more about bag limits

Racoon, Opossum, Bobcat, Coyote, Feral Swine (Hogs), Fox, Beaver, Nutria, Groundhog, Bullfrog, and Pig Frog

– No closed season

Read more about bag limits

Woodcock

– December 15, 2017 – January 28, 2018
– Three (3) per day

Read more about bag limits

Snipe

– November 11, 2017 – February 25, 2018
– Three (3) per day

Read more about bag limits

Rail & Gallinule

– September 9, 2017 – September 24, 2017
– November 24, 2017 – January 16, 2017
– Fifteen (15) per day

Read more about bag limits

Feral Swine (Private/Leased Land, Dogs Only)

– May 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018
– No bag limit
– Can be hunted at night
– No firearms allowed

Read more about bag limits

Duck, Coot, Merganser

– November 24, 2017 – November 25, 2017
– December 2, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Read more about bag limits

Geese

– September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017
– October 7, 2017 – October 21, 2017
– November 24, 2017 – November 25, 2017
– December 2, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Read more about bag limits

This information is deemed reliable, but ultimately was gathered from the official website. Make sure you double check dates and bag limits, before going out into the field. Thanks for reading, remember to be safe, and good luck this year!
– Greg

Author: Greg Rickaby

Greg is Lead Front-End Developer at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

33 thoughts on “2017-2018 Alabama Hunting Seasons”

  1. Greg,

    It appears that different info for harvesting a doe with archery tackle is posted on the ALDNR webpage from what is posted here. Can you look into that and make sure that the info you posted is correct? I can’t get anybody on the phone at AL Outdoors to discuss the discrepancy.

  2. Some of This information in reference to the Deer Bow Season is incorrect. Either Sex Deer Harvesting is actually Oct. 14 ( Bow Season Opening Day ) in Zone B not Bucks only. Either way we do not Harvest many Doe anyway on our place but just for those who do. Look it up on the Al. DNR website you will see.

  3. Hi Greg,

    thank you very much for a very understandable info. No more lurking on official dept pages :)
    Good luck with your hunting this season!

  4. Thanks for the easy to understand info. I agree with Jesse and Raymond about the rut. Had a guy from Michigan try to tell me that the rut in N. Alabama begins in mid-November and is over by January. Maybe in Kentucky, but I’ve been hunting deer in Jackson County for over 40 years and watched bucks chasing does into late February. Last year nearly hit a buck in March on highway 72 between Woodville and Huntsville. He was chasing a doe and still had his antlers; his neck was as big as my waist. The rut’s getting later. Happy hunting.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to spread this info out of state hunter been trying to get the date’s locked down

  6. The biologists for north Alabama need to get off their buts and do their jobs I had bucks chasing does throughout the month of February in my back yatd

    1. Amen to that due to whatever change it’s warmer into the later months pushing rut deeper into season needs to be changed!!!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

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