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August 20, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
August 20, 2010

Alabama hunting licenses expire Aug. 31.
Recreational hunting and fishing licenses for the 2010-2011 season begins Monday, Aug. 23, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. All current recreational licenses expire Aug. 31.

Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase both licenses at the beginning of the license year.

"Purchasing a fishing license at the same time you purchase your hunting license makes sense. The price is the same no matter when you buy it, but purchasing now gets you a full year of fishing privileges," said ADCNR spokesperson Kim Nix. "In addition, a person eliminates the chance of being in a situation where they are in violation of the law because their license is out of date."

A resident all-game license is $24 while a resident small-game license is $16. An all-game license is required for hunting deer and turkey in Alabama. A resident freshwater fishing license is $12, while a saltwater fishing license is $21. Seven-day saltwater trip licenses are $9 and are valid for 168 consecutive hours.

All recreational licenses can be purchased online at OutdoorAlabama.com or by telephone at 1-888-848-6887. Most licenses are also available at sporting goods retail outlets, county courthouses and marinas.

Saltwater recreational fishing licenses are only available through vendors with the ability to sell them electronically. This includes online and by telephone, Marine Resources' offices in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island, probate offices using the electronic sales program, and any electronic point-of-sale location, which includes retailers such as Walmart, Bass Pro and Academy.

To learn about Alabama's hunting and fishing regulations, seasons and bag limits visit the above web site or pick up a copy of the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest from license vendors.

Major changes for the upcoming season include the following:

-- Scopes are now allowed on crossbows.

-- No culling of rainbow trout below Lewis Smith Dam is allowed. This means anglers cannot trade fish from the stringer for bigger ones caught later.

-- Several counties have a more liberalized unantlered deer season.

Besides name and address, the following information is needed to purchase a hunting or fishing license: driver's license number, date of birth, sex, height, weight, eye color and hair color. Those born on or after Aug. 1, 1977, and purchasing a hunting license will also need to provide a hunter education number. Hunter education class information is available here.

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