Outdoor enthusiasts have along enjoyed the challenge of
hunting in and around Morgan County. A variety of wildlife, including
turkey and whitetail deer, and waterfowl can provide many hours of sporting
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and the nearby Bankhead National Forest
offer excellent open permit-public land for hunting (during appropriate
seasons and with permits where required.) Privately owned and leased
land may only be hunted with the written permission of the landowner.
The Alabama Department of Conservation, Game & Fish Division, regulates
seasons, bag limits and license fees for deer, turkey and small game.
Hunting licenses are available throughout Morgan County at many sporting
good stores and from the License Commissioner (256-351-4770) at the Morgan
County Courthouse in Decatur.
Licenses are also available by mail from the License Unit, Wildlife &
Freshwater Fisheries Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources, 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, Al 36130 or by calling
the toll-free number: 1-888-848-6887.
Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for
all first time hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977.
Hunting licenses are required for residents 6 years or older and under 65
years of age and non residents 16 years of age and older.
For complete permit requirements and state hunting regulations, contact the
Alabama Department of conservation and Natural Resources, Game & Fish
Division at (334) 242-3829.
Alabama Hunting Seasons:
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces
basic opening and closing dates, bag limits and information for each hunting
season at the end of June each year. These are available by calling
(334) 242-3829 or by visiting their web site at:
Written approval from land owners must be obtained by hunters to hunt on
private lands and permits are required on public lands. There are also
hunter orange requirements within the State of Alabama.
Following are general time periods for select open seasons. Other
seasons include duck, goose, fox, beaver, turkey, wild hog and more.
Please confirm exact dates before planning a hunting trip.
Whitetail deer: Archery only - mid-October to mid-November.
Firearms - mid-November to late January.
Mourning dove: (North zone) Late December to early January.
Previous bag and possession limit has been 15 per day. Shooting hours
are noon to sunset.
Quail: Mid-November to late February, statewide. Previous
bag and possession limit has been 12 per person.
Rabbit: Mid-October to late February, statewide. Previous
bag and possession limit has been 8 per person.
Squirrel: Early October to lat February, statewide. Previous
bag and possession limit ahs been 8 per person.
Raccoon, opossum: Early October to late February, statewide on
private/leased land (raccoon bag limit 5 per person) and open permit public
land (raccoon bag limit 5 per party). There has been no bag limit for