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Hunting in Alabama: 4 Animals To Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:17 AM

Hunters can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience hunting in Alabama during the summer –
joining an alligator hunt. Other prime summer hunting prey includes birds and feral pigs, which are actually year-round game.

Here are four animals prime for hunting during the summer months:

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1. Alligator

In 1938, Alabama was the first state to institute protective laws for alligators after decades of hunting to the point of extinction. Now, the alligator population in Alabama is healthy – too healthy, in some areas. To combat this issue, Alabama allows for hunting parties to take place a few dates in August.

Competition to win one of the limited number of Alligator Possession Tags is fierce, with only about 200 people randomly selected by a computer system. Only Alabama residents or lifetime license hunting holders can submit an entry to earn one of these tags, but non-residents can join a hunting party as an assistant. This year marks the 10th alligator hunting season in the state.

2. Feral Pigs

As Alabama Cooperative Extension System outlines in their Wildlife Damage Management information, there is no closed season for feral hogs since they are overpopulated in the state. There are also no bag limits, and the only restrictions are that the pigs cannot be hunted with bait or at night.

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3. Dove

Dove season launches in the summer, but most of the hunting is done in the fall. Regardless, the first day of dove hunting happens in early September, and hunters are only permitted to shoot during the afternoon. Also, the North and South zones have different restrictions, so be sure to note your zone before planning a dove hunting outing.

4. Rails

Hunting for birds from the Rallidae family takes place in a short season lasting only a couple of weeks at the end of summer. During this time, purple gallinule and common moorhens variations can also be hunted. These wetland birds can be challenging to cook, and many recipes advise wrapping your catch in bacon.

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

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Hunters can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience hunting in Alabama during the summer–joining an alligator hunt. Other prime summer hunting prey includes birds and feral pigs, which are actually year-round game. Here are four animals prime for hunting during the summer.
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