Hunting & Fishing
Frequently Answered Questions about Alabama Fishing and Hunting Licenses
I have lost my hunter education certification card. Where can I get a replacement?
You can print a replacement card here.
I have a lifetime license that is broken and hard to read. Can I get a replacement?
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will send you a replacement lifetime license. Make a copy of your license so you will have the license in the field. Send the plastic license and the lifetime license form to: Dept. of Conservation, ATTN: Lifetime License, PO Box 301450, Montgomery, AL 36130-1450.
I have lost my lifetime license. Can I get a replacement?
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will send you a replacement lifetime license for a five dollar fee. Send the lifetime license form and a check for $5.00 to: Dept. of Conservation, ATTN: Lifetime License, PO Box 301450, Montgomery, AL 36130-1450.
Is there a special fishing license for disabled persons?
Yes. Persons that are totally disabled and have been a resident of Alabama for six months may obtain this license for $3.05 per year. Application are available on-line or applications for this license can be obtained from the Probate Judge or License Commissioner in the county in which they reside.
Can I fish from my pier in public waters without a fishing license?
Normal fishing license requirements apply to fishing in public freshwaters of Alabama from a private pier.
I am 67 years of age and a non-resident. Must I purchase a fishing/hunting license to fish the public waters of Alabama?
Yes. Non-residents 16 years of age and older must first purchase a fishing/hunting license before fishing the public waters of Alabama.
Is a fishing license required to fish private lakes or ponds?
No. Fishing licenses are only required to fish in public waters. Permission of the pond owner is required to fish a private lake or pond.
I'm active duty military and a resident of Alabama home on leave. Must I purchase a hunting/fishing license?
No, residents on active duty home on leave may hunt and fish without license (must have proof of leave in their possession).
I'm a non-resident but stationed in Alabama with the military. Must I purchase a hunting/fishing license?
Must I purchase a federal migratory bird hunting stamp in addition to a state duck stamp to waterfowl hunt?
Yes, all persons 16 years of age and older are required to purchase a federal duck stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl.
I am a resident of Alabama. Must I purchase a hunting license to hunt on lands I own in Alabama?
No, residents of Alabama are not required to purchase a hunting license to hunt on property they own.
I am a non-resident but own land in Alabama. Must I purchase a hunting license to hunt on this property?
Yes, you are required to purchase a non-resident hunting license.
Does Alabama have a disabled hunting license?
Yes, Alabama does have a disabled hunting license.
Special Disabled Archery Permit
What are the requirements for a person to be issued a Special Disabled Archery permit? A person must have a permanent physical impairment that prevents them from being able to draw or hold a bow with a minimum peak tension of 35 pounds. This permit would allow a person to utilize a device that will hold a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow at full draw.
How do I obtain this permit? To obtain this permit your medical doctor must write a short letter that contains the following information:
Your name and address and that you are a patient of the doctor.
That you have a permanent physical impairment .
Briefly describe this impairment.
A statement that due to this permanent physical impairment you are unable to draw or hold a bow with a minimum peak tension of 35 pounds.
Your medical doctor must sign the letter.
Letter should be mailed to AWFF, 64 N. Union St., Room 559, Montgomery, AL 36104.
Hunting License Fees
Hunting licenses are required for residents between 16 and 65 years of age and non-residents 16 years of age and older. (State and Federal Duck Stamp required when hunting migratory waterfowl.)
These recreational licenses can be purchased at any Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries District Office, local agents (which includes most sporting goods and bait & tackle shops in Alabama), the internet, or by calling 1-888-848-6887.