Alabama has a diversity of wildlife for hunting. The state has more than 250,000 licensed hunters who hunt each year. The northeastern part of the state contains a number of public and privately managed areas that are open for hunting. Specific rules and regulations apply for each type of game hunted. A hunting license, management area permit, and management area license are required when hunting in state managed areas. Here are some of northeast Alabama's most popular hunting areas.
Several of Alabama's 37 wildlife management areas are located in Jackson County. These areas are maintained by the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The James D. Martin-Skyline Wildlife Management Area near Scottsboro contains 46,000 acres along with a shooting range. Hunters will find big and small game onsite. Quail and wild turkey are plentiful. North Sauty Wildlife Refuge is also near Scottsboro. Its 5,000 acres are open for small game hunting. Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area is located near Stevenson, Alabama. Comprised of 12,000 acres, the area is open for waterfowl and small game hunting. Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area near Scottsboro contains 8,000 acres of wetlands open for waterfowl and small game hunting. Raccoon Creek Public Hunting Area is located on 7,000 acres near Stevenson. Waterfowl, big game, and small game hunting are allowed.
Those who enjoy quail hunting may want to check out sites on the Alabama Quail Trail. This group of private individuals, businesses, and conservation organizations focus on the development of quail hunting sites, quail conservation, and research and habitat development. Several private sites in northeast Alabama cater to quail hunters. Crow Creek Hunting Preserve near Stevenson offers customized quail hunts. There is also turkey and dove hunting onsite. Northeast Alabama Hunting Preserve is located on Sand Mountain near Section, Alabama. There are professionally guided quail hunts from October through March. In addition, they offer pheasant, dove, and squirrel hunting as well as sporting clays. Dream Ranch is located on High Point Road in Albertville, Alabama. They allow quail, pheasant, duck, deer, and hog hunting. Lookout Creek Farm is located off County Road 137 in Valley Head, Alabama. This scenic valley between Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain offers quail, turkey, pheasant, dove, duck, rabbit, and deer hunting.
Fall hunting includes deer, duck, and geese seasons, as well as dove season in the north zone. Quail season runs November 10-February 28. Rabbit and squirrel season runs October 1-February 28.