Talk about deer-rich states! Alabama has a deer herd that is thought to number one million animals, a season that runs three and one half months and a bag limit of a buck a day. In some areas you can even take an antlerless deer a day as well. As a nonresident, all it will cost you to get in on this bonanza is $200 for an annual All Game license, or $75 for a Seven-Day Trip All Game license, plus $3 for a wildlife management area license for deer and turkey. As for on-your own opportunities, Alabama has 626,500 acres of public hunting lands and a deer density that runs over 30 animals per square mile throughout entire counties. Obviously, Alabama is a prime state to consider for your Southern deer safari. For license and season specifics the publication you need is the Alabama Game and Fish Division's Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. You can get a copy from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Or download the information from their Web site.
Suggested Areas For Self-Guided Hunting: Do-it-yourself hunters headed toward Alabama can choose between 34 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and thousands of acres of National Forest (NF) lands. These are open to all who hold a valid license. Selecting just one of these public areas as the very best is not easily done. In fact, it's best avoided. The approach you should take is to choose the region of the state you want to hunt, then research the WMAs there. A listing of these is available from Game and Fish via mail or through the division's Web site. The list includes information about camping permits, retail outlets where you can buy a hunting permit for that particular WMA and the name and contact information for the area manager or wildlife biologist. Three wildlife management areas I suggest you look into are Barbour, Choccolocco and Skyline/J.D. Martin. The latter covers about 29,000 acres, and is located near Scottsboro in northeast Alabama. A very rugged region, the area includes 1,700-foot-elevations that drop into heavily wooded valleys. While most of the area is covered........(continued)