2018-2019 Alabama Hunting Seasons

Below are the 2018-2019 Alabama hunting season dates (on a single page). Dates are valid through August 31st, 2019. Check out the 2018-2019 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.

Zone A

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Either Sex ………………….. October 15 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Either Sex …………………. November 17 – February 10

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks ……………………… November 17 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 15 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Either Sex ……………….. November 17 – January 15

Zone B

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Bucks Only ………………… October 15 – October 24
Either Sex ………………….. October 25 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Either Sex …………………. November 17 – February 10

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks ……………………… November 17 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 15 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Either Sex ……………….. November 17 – January 15

Zone C

Bow/Arrow/Spear-Stalk

Either Sex ………………….. October 15 – February 10

Gun Deer-Stalk

Private/Leased Land Only

Bucks Only ……………….. November 17 – February 10
Either Sex …………………. November 17 – November 25, December 22 – January 1

Open Permit/Public Land

Bucks Only …………….. November 17 – February 10
Either Sex ………………. December 22 – January 1

Dog Hunting (Where Allowed)

Bucks Only ……………… November 17 – January 15
Either Sex ………………..November 17 – November 25, December 22 – January 1

All Zones

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

Either Sex ………………..November 12-16

Source: http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/seasons-bag-limits-hunting-trapping/

Deer Bag Limits

– Bucks: Three (3) total (all season)
– Does: One (1) per day, and five (5) total

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 16, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Zone 2

– March 30, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Zone 3

– April 20, 2018 – April 24, 2019

Zone 4

– November 17, 2017 – November 29, 2018 (Fall)
– December 15, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (Fall)
– March 16, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (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 8 – October 14
– November 17 – November 25
– December 15 – January 27

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

– September 15 – October 21
– November 17 – November 25
– December 15 – January 27

Dove Bag Limit 

– All zones: Fifteen (15) per day

Read more about bag limits.

Bobwhite Quail

– November 3 – February 28
– Eight (8) per day. Eight (8) in possession

Read more about bag limits.

Rabbit and Squirrel

– September 15 – March 3
– 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 14 – January 27
– Three (3) per day

Read more about bag limits.

Snipe

– November 10 – February 24
– Three (3) per day

Read more about bag limits.

Rail & Gallinule

– September 8 – September 23
– November 23 – January 15
– Fifteen (15) per day

Read more about bag limits.

Feral Swine (Private/Leased Land, Dogs Only)

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

Read more about bag limits.

Duck, Coot, Merganser

– November 23 – November 24
– December 1 – January 27

Read more about bag limits.

Geese

– September 1 – September 30
– October 13 – November 24
– December 1 – January 27

Read more about bag limits.

This information is deemed reliable but ultimately was gathered from the official website (pdf). 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 Director of Engineering at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

36 thoughts on “2018-2019 Alabama Hunting Seasons”

  1. Hello:
    I hope the following post is found permissible here on this blog for I was not certain. Currently, I am looking for Weekend Hunters, preferably Bow & Arrow Hunters for my private land located in rural Macon County, Alabama (Little Texas community): in the 36083 zip code area. If seriously interested, please contact me for more information & fee schedule Thank You: 334.339.3025

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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

  9. 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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