Turkey Decoy Regulations

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Beginning this year, it is legal for hunters to use non-mechanical, non-electronic decoys for turkey hunting during the spring turkey season. The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board adopted a regulation allowing certain types of decoys to be used.

The new regulation limits the decoys to those that do not have mechanical or electronic parts that make the decoy capable of movement or producing sound. It also prohibits the use of fixed decoys that can be manipulated to produce movement or sound, such as a stationary decoy with a string attached so that movement could be produced by the hunter.

Hunters using decoys are urged to take special precautions to prevent being accidentally shot if another hunter should mistake their decoy for a real turkey. Collapsible decoys should be transported in the field in the collapsed condition and a non-collapsible decoy should be carried in a covering that conceals its resemblance to a turkey. Hunters should also position themselves so they are protected if another hunter mistakes their decoy for a turkey.

Whether using a decoy or not, all hunters are reminded to make sure of their target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger.

Decoys are not legal during the fall turkey season. Only Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph and Talladega Counties currently have a fall turkey season.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.