Alabama Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Alabama offers a variety of game for hunters including alligator, deer, turkey and quail.

Alabama hunting seasons not only differ around the state, but individual counties may have their own season start and end dates, as well as bag limits. Be sure to visit the Conservation and Natural Resources website for additional information.

Alabama allows hunting permits and licenses to be registered for and purchased online. Additionally, hunters can easily report their harvests online, over the phone or through a smartphone app.


Deer Seasons

Archery or Spear Oct. 14-Feb. 18**
Firearms Nov. 18-Feb. 10**
Dog Hunting

Muzzleloader and Air Rifle

Nov. 18-Jan. 15**

Nov. 13-17**

*Alabama allows hand-thrown spears to also be used for deer hunting.
**Dates vary greatly by region.

Many of Alabama’s counties have restrictions on deer hunting with dogs. For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

Wild Turkey Seasons

(No decoys permitted)
Nov. 18-30
Dec. 16-Jan. 1
(Decoys permitted)
Mar. 15-Apr. 30*
Spring Young Sportsman Sat.-Sun. prior to Spring opening day
Special Disabled Hunt One day prior to opening day

*Bag limits and specific hunting dates may vary by by county. For more information on limits and the mandatory Game Check and Harvest Record, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

Alligator Seasons

General Season Aug. 10-Oct. 2*

*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

Small Game Seasons

Dove North Zone:
Sept. 9-Oct. 29
Dec. 8-Jan. 15
South Zone:
Sept. 16-24
Oct. 7-28
Nov. 18-Jan. 15
Bobwhite Quail Nov. 4-Feb. 28
Rabbit, Squirrel Sep. 16-Mar. 4
Raccoon Open Season
Opossum Open Season
Feral Swine Nighttime Hunting:
May 1-Aug. 30
Daytime Hunting: Open Season
Starlings, Crows, Blackbirds Daylight all year
Bobcat, Coyote, Fox Open Season

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Alabama hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Baiting is not allowed in the state, and firearms used to hunt are regulated by game type. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for precise information.

*Shooting hours begin at noon on opening day. All other days are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset