The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources continues development, maintenance, and management of over 750,000 acres of land for the Alabama hunter. These areas are financed with funds derived from hunting licenses and federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. Located below you will find a list and maps of public hunting areas in Alabama.
You may ask, what’s the ownership break down of these public acres?
- 366,670 acres are owned by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and State Lands Division) and the Forever Wild land Trust (FWLT).
- 345,323 acres are Federally owned acreage managed through cooperative agreements with the USFS, USFWS, TVA and COE.
- And roughly 38,000 acres are privately owned acreage managed through “In-Kind” lease agreements.
Special rules and regulations apply on all Wildlife Management Areas. Individuals should check area map or with Area Biologists for specifics (links located at the bottom of this page).
In addition to the appropriate license, a WMA AREA Permit is required in app or paper form on all WMAs for hunters 16 years of age or older. Hunters who fully complete the WMA Check-In/Check-out on the Outdoor Alabama app are not required to be in possession of a paper copy of the WMA AREA Permit. Check-in must be completed prior to or upon arrival and Check-out when departing the WMA. If not using this feature of the Outdoor Alabama app, hunters must have a signed paper copy of the WMA AREA Permit in their possession.
WMA Check-In/Check-Out or Daily Permit Requirement
When hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) using the Outdoor Alabama app Check-in or obtaining a paper daily permit from a check station or kiosk self-service box located on the WMA (See AREA Permit for check station and kiosk locations) is required before beginning your hunt.
If not using the WMA Check-in/Check-out on the Outdoor Alabama app and using the paper daily permit follow the instructions below:
The "Check In" tear-off stub of the daily permit must be filled out and deposited in the return slot of self-service box.
Remaining "Check Out" permit portion is to be retained in possession of hunter while hunting and completely filled out and deposited into self-service box at check station or kiosk at the end of each day hunted.
The daily permit along with a AREA Permit, and hunting license (or heritage license) are required to hunt small game.
The daily permit along with a AREA Permit, WMA license and hunting license are required for deer and turkey.
Prescribed burning is likely to occur on several WMAs during this hunting season. Prescribed burn units are indicated on the WMA maps below. Prescribed burn personnel will provide signage in the area of the scheduled burns on the day before and the day of the burns. Please be aware of these areas if hunting within these units.
If you have any questions regarding the burns, contact the area biologist listed on the Permit map.
When possible, up-to-date burning information will be posted on our Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook at: Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division.