Alabama Hunting Season: A Simple Guide for 2021

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

SeasonDatesZonesBag Limit
Bow and ArrowStalk HuntingOct 15,2020 –
Feb 10, 2021
A1 antlered a day
and 3 per hunter
during all
combined
seasons. 1
unantlered per
day with 1
antlered per day
for season.
Oct 15- 25 2020 BAntlered
Oct 25,2020-
Feb 10, 2021
B, CEither Sex
Oct 1, 2020 –
Jan 27, 2021
D, EAntlered
Oct 1, 2020- Jan
15, 2021
D, EEither Sex

AL Firearm Deer Hunting Seasons 2020

SeasonsDatesZonesBag LimitsNotes
Special
Muzzleloader
and Air Rifle
Nov 16 – 20, 2020A, B, CEither SexNo dogs
Nov 2 – 6, 2020D, EEither SexNo dogs
FirearmsNov 21, 2020 –
Feb 10, 2021
A, BEither SexOn privately
owned or leased
land only
Nov 21, 2020 –
Feb 10, 2021
A, B, CAntlered Bucks
only
On Open Permit
Public Land
Dec 12, 2020 –
Jan 1, 2021
A, BEither SexOn Open Permit
Public Land
Nov 21, 2020 –
Feb 10, 2021
CAntlered Bucks
only
On privately
owned or leased
land only
Nov 21- 29,
2020, Dec 19,
2020 – Jan 1,
2021
C, DEither SexOn privately
owned or leased
land only
Dec 19, 2020 –
Jan 1, 2021
C, D, EEither SexOn Open Permit
Public Land
Nov 7, 2020-
Jan 27, 2021
D, EAntlered Bucks
Only
On privately
owned or leased
land only
Nov 7, 2020-
Jan 27, 2021
D, EAntlered Bucks
Only
On Open Permit
Public Land
Nov 7, 2020-
Jan 27, 2021
EEither SexOn privately
owned or leased
land only
SeasonDatesZonesBag LimitsNotes
Dog Deer
Hunting
Nov 21, 2020-
Jan 15, 2021
A, BEither SexOn privately
owned or leased
Nov 21, 2020-
Jan 15, 2021
A, B, CAntlered Bucks
Only
On Open Permit
Public Land
Dec 12, 2020 –
Jan 1, 2021
AAntlered Bucks
Only
On Open Permit
Public Land
Dec 12, 2020 –
Jan 1, 2021
A, BEither SexOn Open Permit
Public Land
Nov 21, 2020-
Jan 15, 2021
B, CAntlered Bucks
Only
On privately
owned or leased
Nov 21-29,
2020- Dec 19,
2020- Jan 1,
2020
B, C, DEither SexOn privately
owned or leased
Dec 19, 2020-
Jan 1, 2021
C, D, EEither SexOn Open Permit
Public Land
Nov 7, 2020-
Jan 1, 2021
DAntlered Bucks
Only
On privately
owned or leased
Nov 7, 2020-
Jan 1, 2021
D, EAntlered Bucks
Only
On Open Permit
Public Land

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/ NonresidentLicenceResident/ Nonresident License Cost
ResidentAll Game$28.20
ResidentSmall Game$18.70
Non-residentAll Game$325.90
Non-residentSmall Game (excluding deer & turkey)$106.40

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

Buy license in Alabama: MyOutdoorAlabama.com
Alabama Regulation Site: http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/hunting-laws-regulations/
Link to State PDF:
https://www.outdooralabama.com/sites/default/files/Enforcement/20202021%20REGULATION%20BOOK.pdf