Alabama’s waterfowl hunters will again enjoy waterfowl seasons under the “liberal” designation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The 60-day regular duck, coot and merganser season will run Nov. 27 through Jan. 25 with a six-duck bag limit.
The daily limit can consist of no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be female), three wood ducks, three mottled ducks, one black duck, two redhead and one pintail. The scaup (bluebill) bag limit will be one bird from Nov. 27 through Jan. 5 and then increase to two birds per day from Jan. 6-25. The harvest of canvasback is prohibited because of a significant reduction in the USFWS’ breeding population count.
The bag limit for mergansers is five per day, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. The bag limit on coots is 15 per day. The possession limit on coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except during regular duck season in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. In the area north of Battleship Parkway, west of Alabama Highway 225, south of CSX Railroad tracks, and east of the west bank of the Mobile River: Monday through Thursday shooting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon; Friday through Sunday shooting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
The special teal season is scheduled for Sept. 6-21 with a daily bag limit of four and possession limit of eight.
A special early Canada goose season is set from Sept. 1-15 with a daily bag limit of five with a possession limit of 10.
The regular goose season – statewide, including the Southern James Bay Population Zone – is Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 and Nov. 27-Jan. 25.
The daily bag limit of five shall not include more than two Canada geese or two white-fronted geese. The possession limit of five shall include no more than four Canada geese and white-fronted geese in aggregate. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.