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Hunting in Alabama: 5 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:08 PM

Hunting on someone’s private property is a great privilege and responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly in Alabama, or any state for that matter. No landowner is obligated to grant permission for others to hunt on their property, so it’s important to show respect when asking to hunt on new land for the first time. To increase your chances that the landowner says yes, be sure to ask well in advance of hunting season, and start off by asking to just hunt small game to build up trust before asking to go after bigger game, like deer.

When you do gain permission to hunt on private land in Alabama, here are five things to keep in mind:

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1. Permission

Obviously, the No. 1 thing you need to have before hunting on private land is the permission of the landowner. And be sure to clarify exactly when, where, how and what the landowner is comfortable with and respect their wishes. Boundaries must be established and respected, and hunters need to earn and keep the trust of the landowner to extend their privileges. Hunting on someone else’s property is a gift that should not be taken lightly.

2. Offer to Help

Something else to consider when asking for permission to hunt on private land is offering to help the landowner in exchange for the ability to hunt on their land. Perhaps you could share your winnings and drop off meat to the landowner from a kill, or even just a thank you card. Do not act entitled or as if the land is yours; instead, respect the property owner and show appreciation.

3. Magazine Capacity

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When hunting on private land in Alabama, there is absolutely no restriction on your magazine capacity, according to Al.com. This opens a lot of possibilities when it comes to selecting your gun, and Alabama is lucky to not have a fixed magazine law as states like New York, which has a seven round law, or California, which has a 10 round law.

4. Documentation

Just because you’ve gained permission to hunt on private land does not mean you can skip getting your hunting license or your Harvest Record and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certificate. Be sure to have these documents with you at all times whether on public or private land.

5. Consider Insurance

Lastly, it’s worth considering purchasing hunting and liability insurance if you will be hunting on someone else’s property. Some landowners require this insurance before they will grant permission to non-family members. In addition, purchasing insurance also protects the landowner, which gives them peace of mind.

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

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