Alabama

Alabama Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Deer Season 2020-2021

2020-2021 Deer Zone Map

ZONE A

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING: 

  • Either Sex: Oct. 15, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE:

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION: CALHOUN, CLAY, AND TALLADEGA COUNTIES* 

Other than Piney Woods/Ivory Mountain area where dog hunting is prohibited in its entirety, no dog deer hunting on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of each week unless Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. No other state or federal holidays are included in this exception. Dog deer hunting on Thursday and Friday until 2:00 p.m.; on weekends during legal shooting hours where allowed on USFS land in these counties. 

Dog Deer Hunting on the Piney Woods/Ivory Mountain Area is Prohibited. The borders of this area are as follows: bounded by the Cleburne County line to the north running east and west, then to the west by Clay CR3 running south to Ste Rte 49; The south border is Clay CR 66 running east and west from State Rte 49 to Hwy 9; The eastern border is Hwy 9 running north from Clay CR 66 to the Cleburne County line. 

ZONE A

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING: 

  • Either Sex: Oct. 15, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE:

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION: CALHOUN, CLAY, AND TALLADEGA COUNTIES* 

Other than Piney Woods/Ivory Mountain area where dog hunting is prohibited in its entirety, no dog deer hunting on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of each week unless Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. No other state or federal holidays are included in this exception. Dog deer hunting on Thursday and Friday until 2:00 p.m.; on weekends during legal shooting hours where allowed on USFS land in these counties. 

Dog Deer Hunting on the Piney Woods/Ivory Mountain Area is Prohibited. The borders of this area are as follows: bounded by the Cleburne County line to the north running east and west, then to the west by Clay CR3 running south to Ste Rte 49; The south border is Clay CR 66 running east and west from State Rte 49 to Hwy 9; The eastern border is Hwy 9 running north from Clay CR 66 to the Cleburne County line. 

ZONE B

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING: 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 15, 2020 – Oct. 24, 2020
  • Either Sex: Oct. 25, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE:

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE B

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING: 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 15, 2020 – Oct. 24, 2020
  • Either Sex: Oct. 25, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE:

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 12, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE C

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Either Sex: Oct. 15, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020  – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE C

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Either Sex: Oct. 15, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS

  • Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)
  • Either Sex: Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020  – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE D

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS – Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)

  • Either Sex: Nov. 2, 2020 – Nov. 6, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE D

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS – Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)

  • Either Sex: Nov. 2, 2020 – Nov. 6, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 21, 2020 – Nov. 29, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE E

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS – Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)

  • Either Sex: Nov. 2, 2020 – Nov. 6, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ZONE E

BOW AND ARROW – STALK HUNTING 

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

SPECIAL MUZZLELOADER AND AIR RIFLE

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND AND USFS – Stalk Hunting Only (No Dogs)

  • Either Sex: Nov. 2, 2020 – Nov. 6, 2020

GUN DEER-STALK HUNTING: 

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either sex: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

DOG DEER HUNTING: WHERE ALLOWED

ON PRIVATELY OWNED OR LEASED LAND ONLY

  • Either sex: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ON OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND

  • Antlered Bucks Only: Nov. 7, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
  • Either Sex: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

ANTLERED BUCKS

Male deer with bare antlers visible above natural hairline – Statewide – one a day; three per hunter during all combined seasons. One of the three must have at least 4 antler points 1 inch or longer on one antler (except for Barbour County). A point is defined as an antler projection of at least 1 inch in length from base to tip. Main beam tip shall be counted as a point regardless of length.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Barbour County Antler Restriction – white-tailed deer bucks must have a minimum of 3 points on one side (except on the statewide special youth deer hunting dates during which any antlered buck may be taken).

2. Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Bonus Buck – One per hunter during all combined seasons will be allowed to be harvested from a select collection of WMAs on specific hunt dates depicted on the WMA map permits that will not count towards the hunter’s state 3-buck limit. Must be validated at the WMA check station by WFF personnel.

WHITE-TAILED UNANTLERED DEER LIMIT – During the Unantlered Deer Gun, Special Muzzleloader, Bow and Arrow, and Special Youth (under 16) Seasons, one unantlered deer may be taken each day in addition to one antlered buck each day. See Special Exception #3 for selected areas with one deer each day limit on U.S. Forest Service Lands.

SPECIAL YOUTH (under 16) DEER HUNTING Statewide, (includes all Privately Owned, Leased Lands and Open Permit – Public Lands (except Wildlife Management Areas). The same legal arms and ammunition apply as in Deer season, in accordance with Rule 220-2-.119.

  • Zones A, B & C  — November 13-16

    Zones D & E  — October 30 – November 2

  • Dog hunting in those counties or parts of counties where and how it is allowed during the regular dog deer hunting season.

  • See the 2020-2021 Wildlife Management Area Map Permits for youth deer hunting dates and other information.

ADDITIONAL ZONE MAPS

Detailed area of Zone C and D in Winston, Walker, and Cullman Counties.

Zone B Eastern Boarder Detailed Map.

Alabama New Deer Zone E located in two locations in East Alabama.

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