Alabama has a variety of game species to hunt. The state has more than 250,000 licensed hunters who hunt every year. The northeastern part of the state contains a number of public and privately managed areas open to hunting. Special rules and regulations apply for each species of game that is hunted. A hunting license, a management license and a management license are required for hunting in state-governed areas. Here are some of the most popular hunting areas in Northeast Alabama.
Several of Alabama's 37 wildlife management areas are located in Jackson County. These areas are maintained by the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The James D. Martin-Skyline Wildlife Management Area near Scottsboro contains 46,000 acres, with shootings. Hunters will find large and small game animals on site. Quail and wild turkey abound. There is also a North Sauty Wildlife Refuge near Scottsboro. Its 5,000 acres are open for small game hunting. The Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area is located near Stevenson, Alabama. It covers an area of 12,000 hectares and the area is open for hunting birds and small game. The Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area near Scottsboro contains 8,000 acres of wetlands open to hunting birds and small game. Raccoon Creek Public Hunting Ground is on 7,000 acres near Stevenson. Waterfalls, game and game hunting allowed.
Those who enjoy quail hunting may want to check out spots on Alabama quail trails. This group of private individuals, businesses and nature conservation organizations focuses on developing quail hunting sites, quail conservation, and habitat research and development. Several private places in northeast Alabama provide assistance to quail hunters. The Crow Creek Hunting Area near Stevenson offers custom quail hunting. There is also a turkey and pigeon hunt. Northeast Alabama Hunting Reserve is located on Sand Mountain near Section, Alabama. From October to March, quail hunts are professionally managed. In addition, they offer pheasant, pigeon and squirrel hunting, as well as sports clays. Dream Ranch is located on High Point Road in Albertville, Alabama. They allow hunting for quail, pheasant, duck, deer and pig. Lookout Creek Farm is located along County Road 137 in Alabama's Valley Head. This picturesque valley between the lookout and the sand mountain offers hunting for quails, turkeys, pheasants, pigeons, ducks, rabbits and deer.
Autumn hunting includes deer, duck and geese seasons as well as pigeon season in the northern zone. The quail season runs from November 10 to February 28. The rabbit and squirrel season runs from October 1 to February 28.