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Click here for NFs in Alabama wildlife opening locations.

These openings are maintained by planting or periodic mowing, and they provide food and cover for game and non-game wildlife species. These locations are great places for hunting and watching wildlife.

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Hunting on National Forest Lands

All state laws apply to National Forest lands; however, additional federal regulations also apply.

Wheeled Motor Vehicle Use: A free Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows designated roads and trails open for motorized travel, including off-road vehicles, is available here.

  • Leaving equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is prohibited.
  • Cross-country travel off designated routes is prohibited.
  • Driving a motorized vehicle cross-country to blinds or to retrieve game is illegal. UTVs and ATVs are not allowed for game retrieval on the National Forests in Alabama.
  • Both state and federal laws governing off-road vehicle use must be followed.


Camping: Camping in developed recreation areas is limited to 14 consecutive days and there is a 24 hour waiting period to return. Camping in dispersed areas (hunt camps) is limited to 21 consecutive days. There is a 10 day waiting period before returning to the same area/location. 

Don't forget:

  • Leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours in a developed recreation area is prohibited.
  • Campfires must be attended at all times and extinguished completely when you leave.
  • Campers/trailers on National Forest land must be properly licensed or registered.


Blinds: The Alabama law regarding hunting blinds, tree stands, and raised platforms applies on National Forest lands. Failure to remove ANY type of blind, structure, equipment or trash will result in a fine and removal, destruction, impoundment and/or seizure of any abandoned or illegally placed item.

  • No permanent tree stand or scaffold may be used or affixed to a tree.
  • Cutting of branches or limbs for shooting lanes or to construct blinds is prohibited.

Additional Information:

  • Constructing or maintaining any food plot or any artificial garden to attract wildlife is prohibited.
  • Blocking gates or road access is prohibited.
  • Dragging forest roads is prohibited.
  • Discharging a weapon within 150 yards of a building, campsite or occupied area or across or on a National Forest road or body of water is prohibited.
  • Leashed dogs may be used for the purpose of retrieving wounded deer. 

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Alabama Hunting and Fishing Regulations

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