About Hunting in Alabama

Alabama is rich in natural diversity with more than 1.3 million acres of public hunting land and some of the most liberal seasons and bag limits in the nation. The Division of wildlife and freshwater fisheries of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages over 721,574 acres of land for the Alabama hunter. There are a lot of options to hunt publicly but you can also hunt privately using natural amenities such as swamps, ponds or creeks.

Alabama Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Alligator (closed), Bobcat, Bear

Small Game: Squirrel, Coyote, Feral Swine, Rabbit, Raccoon, Opossum, Otter, Muskrat, Mink, Striped Skunk, Beaver, Nutria, Groundhog, Bullfrog, Pig Frog

Birds: Turkey, Mourning and white-winged dove, Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane, Bobwhite Quail, Ruffed Grouse, Woodcock, Snipe, Starlings, Crows and English Sparrows, Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, Gallinule, Sora

Alabama Hunting Season Dates 2021

Hunting Season depends on the following:

  • The sporting arm (weapon)
  • Animal
  • Zone (location)


Once you know what you want to hunt, with what and where you can reference the tables below to know when the seasons begin and end and what the bag limits are (sex and how many to harvest)

AL Archery Deer Hunting Season

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZonesLimits
Bow and Arrow – Stalk Hunting10/15/212/10/22A, CEither Sex
10/15/2110/24/21BAntlered Only
10/25/212/10/22BEither Sex
1/16/221/27/22D, EAntlered
10/1/211/15/22D, EEither Sex
*Please see Alabama Regulation PDF below for more details.

AL Firearm Deer Hunting Seasons 2020

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZonesLimitsNotes
Muzzleloader
& Air Rifle
11/15/2111/19/21A, B, CEither SexNo dogs
11/1/2111/5/21D, EEither SexNo dogs
Firearms11/20/212/10/22A, BEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
11/29/2112/17/21C, DAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
1/2/222/10/22CAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
11/20/2111/28/21C, DEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
12/18/211/1/22C, DEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
11/6/2111/19/21DAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
1/2/221/27/22DAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
11/20/2112/10/21A, BAntleredOn open permit-public land
1/2/222/10/22A, B, CAntleredOn open permit-public land
12/11/211/1/22A, BEither SexOn open permit-pubic land
11/20/2112/17/21CAntleredOn open permit-public land
12/18/211/1/22C, D, EEither SexOn open permit-public land
11/6/2112/17/21D, EAntleredOn open permit-public land
1/2/221/27/22D, EAntleredOn open permit-public land
*Please see Alabama Regulation PDF below for more details.

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZonesLimitsNotes
Dog Deer
Hunting
11/21/211/15/22A, BEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
11/29/2112/17/21B, C, DAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
1/2/221/15/22B, CAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
11/20/2111/28/21C, DEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
12/18/211/1/22C, DEither SexOn privately owned or leased land only
11/6/2111/19/21DAntleredOn privately owned or leased land only
11/6/211/1/22EEitherOn privately owned or leased land only
11/20/2112/10/21A, BAntleredOn open permit-public land
1/2/221/15/22A, B, CAntleredOn open permit-public land
12/11/211/1/22A, BEither SexOn open permit-public land
11/20/2112/17/21CAntleredOn open permit-public land
12/18/211/1/22C, D, EEither SexOn open permit-public land
11/6/2112/17/21D, EAntleredOn open permit-public land
*Please see Alabama Regulation PDF below for more details.

Understanding Alabama’s hunting season

To hunt white-tailed deer in Alabama, residents, and non-residents must have the following:
● All Game Hunting License (unless exempt)
● Harvest Record (paper form or on the app)
● Wildlife Management License and map permit IF hunting on a WMA
● If you harvest a deer, you have 48 hours to report it through Game Check

AL Hunting License Costs

Resident/ NonresidentLicenceAnnual Cost
ResidentAll Game$28.50
ResidentSmall Game$18.90
Non-residentAll Game$329.70
Non-residentSmall Game (excluding deer & turkey)$107.60
*Please see Alabama Regulation PDF below for more details.

Alabama Hunting News

Approximately 180,000 deer hunters account for more than 4 million man days of hunting. There are many good opportunities to get out and about and enjoy all that the state of Alabama has to offer. The resources for more information are listed below. With so many lush and varying ecosystems around finding exactly the setting to capture the most reward is absolutely available right here in Hog Country.

Links to official sites

License Purchase
Alabama Regulation Site
State PDF