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Alabama Hunting Seasons 2022

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Alabama's hunting seasons for 2022-2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Alabama Hunting Seasons

Alabama Hunting

Ready to hunt 'the heart of Dixie'? 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 Alabama hunting. There are a lot of options to hunt publicly but you can also hunt privately using natural amenities such as swamps, ponds or creeks.

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.

Alabama Hunting Seasons Offered in 2022-2023

Big Game: Deer, 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 2022-2023

Alabama Deer Season 2022-2023

Bag Limits: Three antlered bucks can be taken per hunting license year. One unantlered deer can be taken each day in addition to 1 antlered buck each day. These are the general bag limits but you're going to want to reference the official regulations for more detailed information.

Here is a high level overview of Alabama's Deer Season opening and closing dates (but details will vary by the zone you're hunting in):

Archery (Bow and Arrow Stalk Hunting): Oct. 1 - Feb. 10, 2023*

Special Youth Gun: Nov. 11 - 14*

Muzzleloader and Air Rifle: October 31 - November 19*

Firearms: Nov. 19 - Feb. 10, 2023*

Dog Deer Hunting (Where allowed): Nov. 5 - Jan. 1, 2023**

*Season dates vary by zone and antler/unantlered deer.

**Depending on the weapon and zone you can hunt on privately owned/leased land OR on open permit-public land.

Visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for more details.

Alabama Archery Deer Season 2022-23:

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.

Alabama Firearm Deer Hunting Seasons 2022-23:

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.

Alabama Deer Hunting Season 2022-23 with dogs:

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.

Alabama Wild Turkey Season 2022-2023

Spring Turkey Season (no decoys first 10 days): March 25 - May 8 (Zone 1, 3), April 1 -  May 8 (Zone 2)

Fall Turkey Season (no decoys): Nov. 19 - 27, Dec 10 - Jan 1, 2023 (Zone 3)

Visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for more details on limits and the mandatory game check and harvest record.

Alabama Alligator Season 2022

Alligator: Sunset Aug. 11-Sunrise Oct. 3**

**Season dates vary by zone

Alligator hunts are special permit only. Registration for an alligator permit can be completed online, and only Alabama residents are able to receive a permit. Dates vary greatly by region. All hunting is nighttime (sunset to sunrise) online except for Lake Eufaula. All dates are from sunset of opening day until sunrise of closing day.

Alabama Small Game Seasons 2022

Bobwhite Quail: Nov. 5 - Feb. 28

Rabbit, Squirrel: Sept. 10 - March 5

Raccoon: Open season

Opossum: Open season

Feral Swine: Special nighttime season, May 16 - Aug. 31; Open season, daylight hours only

Starlings, Crows, English Sparrows: Open season

Bobcat, Coyote, Fox: Open season, daylight hours only

Bullfrog and Pig Frog: Open season

Beaver, Nutria, Groundhog: Open season

**Season dates vary by zone

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Alabama hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons.

Alabama Hunting Zones 2022-2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Alabama's hunting zones:

Alabama Hunting License 2022-2023

Like most states, you will need a license if you want to hunt in Alabama. Hunters need a license from age 16 until 64. Residents don't need to buy a license from age 65 on.

Licenses are valid September 1 through August 31 and expire on August 31 unless noted.

Not from Alabama? Don't worry, the state offers hunting options for both in-state and out of state residents. The license cost varies from $18.90 all the way up to $329.90 depending on the type of game you're hunting and whether or not you live in the state. You can buy licenses here.

For more detailed information we put together a comprehensive page all about the Alabama hunting license to discuss the different types of permits and licenses.

Resident/ NonresidentLicenceAnnual Cost
ResidentAll Game$28.50
ResidentSmall Game$18.90
Non-residentAll Game$329.70
Non-residentSmall Game (excluding deer & turkey)$107.60

Alabama Hunting Regulations 2022-2023

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

For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for precise information.

Helpful links

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: https://www.outdooralabama.com/

Report a harvest: https://game.dcnr.alabama.gov/

Phone Number for Alabama Game Check: 1-800-888-7690

FAQs
When does hunting season start in Alabama?

Alabama's hunting season starts as early as October 1 for Archery and November 19 for firearms in some zones.

When is deer season in Alabama?

Alabama's deer hunting season starts as early as October 1st and goes as late as February 10th. Check the official website for dates based on what and where you're planning to hunt.

When is turkey season in Alabama?

Alabama's fall turkey season starts November 19th and spring turkey season starts March 25th.

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