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Alabama hunting licenses are required for all individuals who plan on taking wildlife from state-sanctioned hunting areas. Hunting in Alabama without a proper hunting permit is considered poaching. Individuals caught poaching will be subject to numerous fines and penalties. All licenses to hunt are issued by the state wildlife department, also known as the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The state wildlife department regulates and issues hunting licenses for both residents and non residents of the state. All Alabama hunting permits are categorized based on a number of factors, such as the length of the license’s validity, the type of animal the license allows the hunter to catch and the applicant’s residency status and age. However, before completing a hunting license application, applicants must first make sure they have met the hunter education requirements laid out by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Hunter education courses cover a range of hunting topics such as ethics, wildlife conservation, survival skills and firearm safety. Once completed, applicants can use their certificate of completion to buy hunting licenses through the state wildlife department. Prospective hunters can buy hunting licenses online, in person or by mail. Fees for hunting licenses also vary depending on the type of license being purchased. To find out more about how to get hunting licenses in the state, read the sections outlined below:

  • Types of Alabama hunting licenses
  • How to buy Alabama hunting licenses
  • Hunting education courses in Alabama
  • What can I hunt with an Alabama commercial hunting license?

What types of hunting licenses are available in Alabama?

A variety of AL hunting licenses are offered to residents and nonresidents for both recreational and commercial purposes. Prior to completing a hunting license application, prospective hunters should first peruse the available hunting licenses to find the right one for their purposes. Currently, the state wildlife department offers both residential hunting licenses and non resident hunting licenses for recreational purposes. Additionally, the department also offers residential hunting licenses and non resident hunting licenses for commercial purposes. Residents also have the option of buying lifetime hunting licenses, which allow the holder to skip the renewal process each year.

Residential hunting licenses are issued at a discounted fee rate in comparison to non resident hunting licenses. Applicants must provide proof of residency as well as proof of age and identity during the hunting license application process.

How do I purchase hunting licenses in Alabama?

Hunters planning to buy hunting licenses in the state have multiple application options to consider via the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. License purchase options include online, in person and by mail. To buy hunting licenses online, visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Online License Purchasing System. Once logged in, applicants must provide certain personal information on the hunting license application, including their name, date of birth, driver’s license number and/or Social Security Number. To buy hunting licenses by mail, print and complete a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Hunting License Application and mail it, along with the applicable fees, to the address on the form. To buy hunting licenses in person, visit the Montgomery Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office with a completed hunting license application.

Before purchasing an AL license to hunt, hunters must first meet all hunter education requirements. However, residents 65 years of age or older do not have to purchase hunting licenses in Alabama.

Am I required to take any hunting classes in order to purchase an Alabama hunting license?

Prior to buying hunting licenses, all Alabama hunting permit applicants born on or after August 1, 1977 are required by law to participate in a hunter education course approved by the  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Currently, the state wildlife department offers two options for completing the hunter education requirement:

  • Traditional hunter education classroom course
  • Internet hunter education course

Traditional hunter education courses last a minimum of eight hours, are taught by a licensed professional wildlife department instructor and culminate in a written hunting license exam. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Internet courses offer the same instruction through a series of hunting safety videos and interactive learning exercises. Subjects covered in hunting classes include:

  • Firearms safety and handling.
  • Responsible hunting practices.
  • Hunter ethics.
  • Wildlife laws and management.

There is no charge for classroom hunter education courses. Internet courses can be taken for a small fee, which varies depending on the vendor. Once each hunter has completed a hunter education course, he or she will be issued a hunter education certification card which is valid in all 50 U.S. states, as well as Canada.

What can I hunt with an Alabama commercial hunting license?

Alabama commercial hunting permits allow commercial hunters in the state to operate hunting preserves that hold birds that have been artificially placed on the land. Birds that can be hunted on commercial preserves include the bobwhite quail, chukar, pheasant and mallard.

During their proper hunting seasons, other game birds may also be hunted on these properties as well, with ultimate privileges determined by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner. The fee for a commercial fowl hunting preserve license depends on the size of the commercial preserve.

To purchase a commercial fowl hunting preserve license, prospective applicants should visit a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources district office. Applicants can also apply through a local Alabama Probate Office, a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources license commissioner or the department’s Montgomery office.

Prospective commercial hunters can also download a Commercial Fowl Hunting Preserve Application online, complete it, and submit it by mail to the Montgomery location of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Applicants mailing their application to the Montgomery office should make sure to address the package to the license sales department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All throughout the United States, hunters safety classes must be completed in order for applicants to obtain their desired hunting permits and stamps. Failure to take this specific course will result in the rejection of your hunting license request, thus requiring you to start over.
Depending on your state of residence, you may be able to buy hunting licenses in a variety of ways, including online (through your state department’s portal), by mail, by phone or in person. Choose the option that is most convenient for you. Make sure to also have any type of official documentation and payment for fees on hand.
No. Different states have different limits and regulations on hunting licensure. Certain animals may be considered “prohibited species,” whereas other animals may be legal to hunt, so long as you have the necessary hunting permit/stamp. Keep in mind that if you do hunt for any type of prohibited species, you will be subject to serious consequences.
Yes. States typically offer various short-term hunters license options, such as one-day and one-week passes, to those who do not meet residency requirements. In order to receive issuance of a short-term hunting license, make sure to get in touch with your state/hunting wildlife department to find out the available methods you have to apply.
In the event your hunting credentials are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, contact your state hunting/wildlife department to order a hunting license replacement. You may have to make an in-person visit to a local office to complete the process. At the time of your replacement request, you may be asked to present your state driving license or another type of identification.
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