Having an understanding of the Alabama hunting season, hunting regulations, and choosing the right hunting gear will be crucial for a successful hunt, so it is important that you prepare yourself adequately before you go hunting.

The hunting seasons vary from state to state and from game to game in the United States. Here is the Alabama hunting season schedule for the years 2023-2024 if you are looking for it!

Why Is Hunting Season Regulated?

There are many reasons why the hunting season is regulated, all of which contribute to wildlife preservation and environmental health.

Firstly, regulation of hunting seasons is essential for maintaining healthy and sustainable wildlife populations. Hunters could potentially cause extinctions by overhunting species without regulations.

The regulation of hunting also ensures that humane and environmentally friendly hunting practices are followed. The proper setting of hunting seasons will enable wildlife to be protected from over-hunting and exploitation. A balance is also achieved between the needs of hunters and the environment.

Additionally, the regulation of hunting seasons protects both hunters as well as the game that they hunt as well. Setting specific hunting dates can prevent conflicts between hunters and other animals.

Alabama hunting season and regulations

Alabama Hunting Season 2023-2024

Get ready for an exciting season in Alabama! The 2023-2024 hunting calendar offers a variety of opportunities to pursue your favorite game. Here we will break down the hunting schedules for different wildlife in detail.

Depending on the zone and whether the deer has antlers or not, the season dates vary.

Alabama Deer Season

  • Bow and arrow – stalk hunting: October 15, 2022 - February 10, 2023
  • Special youth gun: November 11-14
  • Special muzzleloader and air rifle: November 14-18, 2022
  • Gun: November 19, 2022 - February 10, 2023

Alabama Turkey Season

  • Special youth hunt: Saturday & Sunday the week prior to the opening of spring season. (Decoys allowed)
  • 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)

Alabama Alligator Season

Alligator season: Aug. 11- Oct. 3(Season dates vary by zone)

Hunting Hours:

  • Southwest, Coastal, Southeast, and West Central Zones – Official Sunset until Official Sunrise.
  • Lake Eufaula Zone - Daytime and Nighttime Hours.

Alabama Small Game Season

  • Bobwhite Quail: November 5 - February 28
  • Rabbits and squirrels: September 10 - March 5
  • Feral Swine: Special nighttime season, May 16 - Aug. 31; Open season, daylight hours only
  • Raccoon: No closed season
  • Opossum: No closed season
  • Starlings, Crows, and House Sparrows: No closed season
  • Bobcat, Coyote, Feral Swine, and Fox: No closed season; Daylight hours only
  • Bullfrog and Pig Frog: No closed season
  • Beaver, Nutria, and Groundhog: No closed season

Alabama Squirrel Season

Dates: September 9 - March 3

Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels per day, with 8 in possession

North Zone:

For all counties except those listed below in the south zone, the season is divided into specific periods with varying shooting hours:

  1. September 2: 12:00 noon until sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
  2. September 3 - October 22: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)
  3. November 18 - November 26: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)
  4. December 16 - January 14: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)

South Zone (Counties: Baldwin, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile):

The season in the south zone follows a similar pattern:

  1. September 9: 12:00 noon until sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
  2. September 10 - October 29: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)
  3. November 18 - November 26: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)
  4. December 16 - January 14: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset (All Day)

*Please note that fox squirrel hunting is closed on the Bankhead National Forest.

Alabama Rabbit Season

Dates: September 9 - March 3

Daily Bag Limit: 8 rabbits per day, with 8 in possession

Alabama Raccoon Season

No Closed Season!

Raccoon hunting may be pursued during daytime or nighttime hours.

On private owned and leased lands, there is no bag limit. However, on open permit-public lands, there's a limit of 5 raccoons per party.

During the spring turkey season, running of dogs on open-permit lands is prohibited after 3:00 am.

Alabama Trapping Season

For Bobcat, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, and Striped Skunk: October 28 - February 29.

For Beaver, Coyote, Nutria, Feral Swine, Raccoon, and Opossum: No Closed Season!

*Please note that a permit may be obtained through your local district office for the trapping of nuisance furbearers outside the specified trapping season dates.

Alabama Quail Season

Dates: November 4 - February 29

Daily Bag Limit: 8 quails per day, with 8 in possession

Closed Area: Quail hunting is closed on the Bankhead National Forest.

With these hunting season details in hand, you're well-prepared to make the most of your time in Alabama's great outdoors during the 2023-2024 hunting season.

Be sure to review the specific regulations for your area and always practice safe and responsible hunting. Next, we also include the hunting seasons in a few popular hunting states. Read on!

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Wisconsin Hunting Seasons 2023

Wisconsin deer season

  • Archery and Crossbow: Sept. 16–Jan. 7, 2024
  • Youth deer hunt: Oct. 7–8, 2023
  • Gun: Nov. 18-26, 2023
  • Muzzleloader: Nov. 27–Dec. 6, 2023
  • December 4-Day Antlerless-Only Hunt: Dec. 7–10, 2023

Wisconsin turkey season

  • 2023 Spring Turkey Youth Hunt: April 15–16
  • Fall 2023: Statewide
  • Zones 1-5: Nov. 18–Jan. 7, 2024

Wisconsin bear season

Zones A, B, D(dogs are permitted)Oct. 4–10●with aid of bait

●with all other legal methods not using dogs
Sept. 13–Oct. 3●with aid of dogs

●with aid of bait
●with all other legal methods
Sept. 6-12●with aid of dogs only
Zones C, E, F (dogs are not permitted)Sept. 6–Oct. 10● with aid of bait

●with all other legal methods not using dogs

Wisconsin game birds season

  • Pheasant: Oct. 14 (9 a.m.)–Jan. 7, 2024
  • Ruffed grouse: Sept. 16–Jan. 7, 2024(Zone A);  Oct. 14–Dec. 8(Zone B)
  • Bobwhite quail: Oct. 14 (9 a.m.)–Dec. 6(Statewide)

Please note that all dates are subject to potential changes through rulemaking or the legislative process. We recommend referring to the Wisconsin Hunting Regulations for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on dates and unit designations.

Ohio Hunting Season 2023

Ohio Deer Season

  • Deer archery: Sept. 30, 2023-Feb. 4, 2024
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 18-19, 2023
  • Deer gun: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2023; Dec. 16-17, 2023
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 6-9, 2024
  • Hunting hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset

Official State Site: https://ohiodnr.gov

Michigan Hunting Season 2023

Michigan Deer Season

Early antlerless firearmSept. 16-17, 2023
Liberty HuntSept. 9-10, 2023
Independence HuntOct. 19-22, 2023
ArcheryOct. 1 - Nov. 14
Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, 2023
Regular firearmNov. 15-30
MuzzleloadiDec. 2-11, 2022
Late antlerless firearmDec. 12, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023

Michigan Small Game Season

Hunting TypesDate
Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hareSept. 15 - March 31, statewide
Pheasant (male only)October 10 - January 1
QuailOct. 20 - Nov. 14
Ruffed grouseSept. 15 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1
Sharp-tailed grouseOct. 10-31
Squirrel - fox and gray (black phase included)Sept. 15 - March 31

Opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, ground squirrel, woodchuck, Russian boar, feral pigeon, starling and house sparrow: may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.

Official State Site: Department of Natural Resources

Sum Up

Depending on the animal and the season, hunting regulations, bag limits, and special hunting seasons differ in most states. For more details on how to obtain a license, harvest records, permits, and regulations relating to 2023-2024 hunting, visit the official website for each state.

Preparation is a very important part of the hunting process before you're able to leave. Having knowledge of the hunting season is important for any hunter to plan their hunting trips, purchase necessary equipment, and obtain required licenses and permits.

Without this information, you may miss out on your preferred hunting dates or locations or risk violating hunting laws and regulations. Therefore, it is crucial to stay informed about the hunting season dates and any changes that may occur. Follow up with our article for the newest updates!

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