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Hunting in Alabama: 5 Invasive Species to Alabama and Its Rules for Hunting Them

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:15 AM

Alabama does not have an abundance of invasive animal species, but like many other states, feral hogs and coyotes are two that top the list and provide hunting opportunities in Alabama. Deer can also become problematic, so each year, Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases updated bagging limits.

Here are five invasive species in Alabama permissible to hunt and either year-round or part of the year. 



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1. Feral Hogs

Many states in North America allow for the eradication of feral hogs since their swine have alarming reproductive capabilities according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. These pigs are a problem because they “can cause real financial problems for landowners. Timber producers suffer when hogs forage on seedling trees. Groundcover is destroyed and runoff and erosion can ruin water quality in nearby streams” according to ACES.

These hogs also carry diseases that can be passed to humans and domestic pigs. Hunters are permitted to hunt feral hogs year-round and there is no limit on private land in Alabama. Note that restrictions dictate that they cannot be hunted over bait or at night.

2. Coyotes

Like feral hogs, coyotes are not a direct threat to humans, but they are a threat to agricultural practices. As a result, on private land in Alabama, no closed trapping season exists as long as it’s not for commercial reasons.

3. Zebra Mussels

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These exotic mussels also rapidly reproduce and can grow on almost any surface. One of the biggest nuisances these mussels cause is the harm of native mussels, since they will latch on to other mussels and kill the other types. They also increase the human and wildlife exposure to organic pollutants due to their voracious filter feeding. Boats are to be thoroughly cleaned to help stop the spread of these highly invasive mussels.

4. Deer

Every year, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources evaluates the deer population of Alabama to determine what the bag limits will be for that hunting season. For the 2015-2016 hunting season, the bag limit for a white-tailed buck is three, while unantlered deer can also total three.

5. Panthers

Anyone is permitted to kill a large cat if it is putting a person, livestock or pet in immediate danger. There is also an organization called the Alabama Trappers and Predator Control Association that promotes trapper education, but a new bill introduced in 2015 could change trapping and killing regulations.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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