Alabama Hunting News

Alabama Lower Geneva County Lake to be Drained and Restocked
Lower Geneva County Lake has been closed for renovation and restocking. The lake was closed because anglers began experiencing a decline in fishing quality due to competitive species.
Alabama Handgun Regulations for Bowhunters Expanded

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the limited expansion of the opportunity for bowhunters to carry handguns during archery-only season, which opens October 15, 2011.

This regulation change creates the opportunity statewide for archery hunters otherwise authorized by law to carry handguns in the field for personal protection. However, such handguns may not be used to hunt game animals that are not already open to firearms hunting.

Alabama's Oak Mtn Deer Program Expands for 2011

In an effort to expand the opportunity for bowhunters to harvest more deer within Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, hunt dates will be scheduled November 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012. Hunt dates will be weekday only with the exception of the weekend of January 28-29, 2012. The program was designed by the Alabama State Parks Division, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (Wildlife Section) and Bowhunters of Alabama (BHA) in an effort to maximize hunter opportunity and streamline the deer management process.

Alabama Alligator Hunt Registration is Open

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has opened registration for Alabama’s sixth regulated alligator hunting season, which takes place in August. Prospective hunters can register now for one of the 295 tags. The hunts will be held on August 12-15 and August 19- 22 in the Mobile Tensaw Delta and west central Alabama, and on August 12-28, for the southeast Alabama area. Online registration for the random tag drawing will end at 8 a.m. on July 11.

Alabama Juvenile Charged with Killing Black Bear

Officers with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, have charged a juvenile with violating the Alabama Black Bear Protection Act in Mobile County.

A report of a dead black bear found in the Creola area of Mobile County led to an investigation, which determined the bear was killed by the juvenile at night. Evidence indicated that the bear was killed shortly before Thanksgiving and the carcass was then dumped in the woods nearby.

Alabama to Hold Youth Trapper Education Courses

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold four youth trapper education workshops between December 2010 and February 2011, with more to be scheduled during the 2011-12 trapping season. Each of the two-and-a-half-day events is free to participants, and classes are limited to 25 students per workshop. Youth need to be at least 6 years old to participate. Youth under age 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Call the Northport office at 205-339-5716 to register.

Full-Body Harness Required in Alabama Tree Stands

Hunting on an Alabama Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is easily one of the safest outdoor recreational activities there is. However, each season accidents happen that could easily be avoided. A fall from an elevated shooting position is often the most serious and preventable accident a hunter will face. Current WMA hunting regulations require hunters to use a full-body harness capable of supporting their own body weight; wearing one can save your life.

Alabama Has New Tool to Fight Poachers - Tip411

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is launching Tip411, an Internet based tool that enables the public to report hunting or fishing violations anonymously via text message.

Alabama Offers Hunting Trail for People with Physical Disabilities

Hunting and fishing are time-tested traditions in Alabama that are enjoyed by many, including those with physical disabilities. To accommodate hunters and anglers with physical disabilities, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) developed the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Trail for People with Physical Disabilities.

Alabama Now Offers Online Hunter Education Course

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is the latest state agency to adopt's online hunter safety course which will allow students to attend a hunter education Field Day and obtain their Alabama Hunter Education Certificate. A hunter education certificate is required for most hunters who wish to purchase an Alabama Hunting License.