July 2013
Outdoor Life

Hunting Rules Changes Include Reporting System, Supplemental Feed

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has adopted new rules for 2013-2014 hunting season. The department will require Alabama outdoorsmen to report harvests of deer and turkey and will allow supplemental feeding of deer and wild hogs.

Legislators are considering a bill that would stop the reporting requirement. SB454, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, has passed the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. However, Alabama Farmers Federation policy states the organization supports the Conservation Advisory Board providing its decisions do not conflict with other Federation policy.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advisory board recently approved changes to supplemental feeding rules. Hunters may use supplemental feed for deer and wild hogs, but must be at least 100 yards away and out of the line-of-sight of the feeder. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advisory board recently approved changes to supplemental feeding rules. Hunters may use supplemental feed for deer and wild hogs, but must be at least 100 yards away and out of the line-of-sight of the feeder.  

"CAB exists to develop rules and regulations for hunting," said Federation Wildlife Commodity Director Rick Oates. "Collecting information on harvests is essential for the department to maintain its management program and control a proper balance of deer population in Alabama. With the reporting system, CAB will have the necessary data to improve hunting in our state."

Reports may be made through OutdoorAlabama.com or the Outdoor Alabama app. The department plans to establish a toll-free number for reporting.

CAB also voted to allow supplemental feeding for deer and wild hogs on private land. Hunters must be at least 100 yards away from the feeder, which must be blocked from line-of-sight by natural vegetation or terrain.

Another change shifts deer hunting season in southwest Alabama from December 2 - January 31 to December 12 - February 10. Counties affected include all of Baldwin, Mobile, Washington and Escambia; the majority of Covington, Conecuh, Monroe and Clark; and parts of Choctaw, Butler and Wilcox. ADCNR representatives said biological information showing a later mating season in southwest Alabama prompted the change.

The board voted to close the fall turkey hunting season in Alabama. Hunters will be required to report turkey harvests starting with the spring 2014 turkey hunting season.

Find more information in the Outdoor Alabama e-newsletter.

Mary Johnson is with Alabama Farmers Federation.