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Deer Archery Season opens Saturday, Oct. 14

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Deer Archery Season opens across Alabama on Oct. 14.  Alabama allows archers to use traditional archery methods, compound bows, and crossbows.

In Zone B of the state only antlered bucks can only be taken for the first 10 days of bow season.  Check the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) website or a 2018 game regulations book for more details go to:

ASCNR reminds hunters to be safe while hunting this fall and always wear a safety harness from an elevated position.  Numerous accidents occur when hunters fall out of their tree stands.  Remember that hunters are required to report all deer and turkeys harvested through Alabama’s Game Check system. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through the OA mobile app or online at:

To legally hunt in Alabama you must have a valid Alabama Hunting license.  To hunt on a state Wildlife Management Area (WMA) you must also have a WMA license. To get properly licensed go to:

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Gun Season for deer is from November 18 to February 10 this year.

Using dogs to drive the deer to the hunters (deer dog season) is from November 18 to January 15; but only in areas that allow deer dog hunting at all.

The deer hunting industry results in $1.8 billion in annual revenues for the state of Alabama.

“Not only is deer hunting in Alabama a $1 billion industry, more importantly it is an integral part of the lifestyle and heritage of many residents and non-residents who enjoy our abundant natural resources,” Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Chris Blankenship said.

Hunting and fishing is a $2.6 billion a year industry in Alabama, and Alabama is seventh in the nation on money spent for hunting and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, only four percent of Alabama residents have a hunting license.  The average hunter spends $1,648 a year on the sport, and a portion of those dollars is devoted to conservation.

The state of Alabama is world-renowned for its numerous sporting opportunities. Our state boasts the highest deer population density in the country, as well as plentiful turkeys, doves, squirrels, geese, quail, hogs, coyote, rabbits, alligators and other game species, plus freshwater and saltwater fishing.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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