Alabama Deer Hunting

Written By John VanDerLaan 

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Alabama continues to top the list of hunter friendly destinations. With a deer herd topping an estimated 1.75 million animals and one of the most liberal seasons in the country, is it any wonder that hunters love this state. The Alabama deer season covers 108 days annually and hunters may harvest both a buck and a doe everyday in most areas. Hunters may choose to harvest whitetails with a bow, crossbow, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, and even a spear…Did I say a spear? Oh well, you get the idea. Click on the link for complete
Alabama deer hunting regulations.

Top Areas For Alabama Deer Hunting

Alabama’s deer herd continues to grow and deer can be found in every corner of the Cotton State. In the northwestern part of the state, the largest deer populations can be found in Lamar, Fayette and Marion counties. These counties are also producing some trophy animals. The district including Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan, Cullman, Winston, Marion, Lamar, Fayette and Walker counties offers some great opportunities for public land deer hunting with more than 170,000 acres of WMA’s and National Forests.The northeastern corner of the state is made up of Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb, Cherokee, Etowah, Blount, St. Clair, Calhoun, Cleburne, Randolph, Clay and Talladega counties. There are some top quality private lands in this area, but all of the WMA’s produce good whitetails as well.

In the west central part of the state, the best deer hunting can be found in Pickens, Sumter, Green and Tuscaloosa counties, with the top WMA’s being Oakmulgee and Demopolis.

East Central Alabama offers opportunities for some trophy animals. The counties of Montgomery, Lowndes, Macon and Bulloch continue to produce good bucks thanks to Alabama’s fertile “blackbelt” area.

In the southern part of the state, the deer numbers remain high, with Clarke, Washington, Mobile, Barbour, Pike and Crenshaw counties being your best bets. Check out the WMA’s in these areas. Barbour county is particularly interesting due to the implementation of a quality deer management (QDM) plan. Under this plan a buck must have at least 3 points on one side to be legal. Only time will tell if this will lead to more mature bucks, but we have to applaud any state game management association that manages a deer herd not just for numbers but for quality as well. Nice Job Alabama!
For more information on Quality Deer Management, check out the Quality Deer Management Association.

Alabama Deer Hunting Season

Alabama deer  season is one of the most liberal in the United States with over 100 days of possible time afield. The bowhunting season begins on October 13 and goes all the way to January 31, that is a lot of time in the woods and reason enough to take up bowhunting. The Gun season typically begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and will also last until January 31. In most counties the limit is 2 deer per day, one of which could be a buck. The great thing about the season going through January, is that the Alabama whitetail rut occurs in January. This is by far your best opportunity to harvest a mature buck. Just when most deer hunters are settling in to thier easy chairs for a long winter, Alabama deer hunters are gearing up for the most exciting time of the year in the whitetail woods. Click on the link for complete regulations regarding the
Alabama deer hunting season.

Alabama deer hunting

The best time to harvest a mature Alabama whitetail buck is during the January rut!

Looking For Deer Hunting Land?

Check out the Find a Hunter Program sponsored by Whitetail Solutions. It is a free service to landowners who are seeking safe and ethical hunters to manage their property. You can sign up as a hunter and landowners can then review your posted profile and contact you directly. Sign up today…It really works!

Alabama Hunters Helping The Hungry

Alabama hunters again have the opportunity to help others while they enjoy their outdoor pursuits. The combination of Alabama’s long hunting season, dense deer population and generous bag limit provides ample opportunity for hunters to put food on their own tables as well the tables of those less fortunate. Since the program’s beginning in 1999, approximately 380,000 pounds of ground venison have been donated to Alabama Food Banks in the state. Hunters Helping the Hungry began as a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, the National Rifle Association and the Phillip Morris Company. Today, the program is sustained by annual fundraiser quail hunts hosted by the Governor. There is no charge to the hunter for processing the deer. There are over 40 participating processors and the list is growing. Thank You Alabama Deer Hunters!

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the managing editor here at He oversees a team of editors, writers and pro staff that are subject matter experts in hunting and hunting gear. John's expertise includes thoroughly testing all types of hunting gear, as well as hunting all over the U.S. and Canada. While his hunting expertise includes game birds, small game and large game, his favorite game animal is the whitetail deer and he loves to share the knowledge that he has gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail with both archery gear and firearms. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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  1. My wife and I are north Carolinians who are getting back to our roots. I grew up on a 150acre farm on the eastern shore of md. We are currently selling our two houses with 1 under contract now. We are looking for a farm in Alabama from 100 – 300 acres to manage whitetail deer along with quail and other species we love to hunt. We would love some input on what counties would be the best to do this in Alabama. Thanks Scott Harrison


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