Outdoor enthusiasts have long enjoyed the challenge of hunting in and around Morgan County. A variety of wildlife, including turkey and whitetail deer, and waterfowl can provide many hours of sporting pleasure.

The Alabama Department of Conservation, Game & Fish Division, regulates seasons, bag limits and license fees for deer, turkey and small game. Hunting licenses are available throughout Morgan County at many sporting good stores and from the License Commissioner (256-351-4770) at the Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur. Licenses, complete permit requirments and state hunting regulations are available from the License Unit, Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by calling 1-888- 848-6887 or online at www.dcnr.state.al.us.

Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all first time hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. Hunting licenses are required for residents 16 years or older and under 65 years of age and non residents 16 years of age and older.

Bankhead National Forest

Bankhead National Forest, located just southwest of Morgan County, offers some 180,000 acres of natural wildlife habitat and recreation areas. The forest also includes Alabama’s first National Wilderness Area (Sipsey Wilderness) that encompasses over 26,000 acres of untouched forest. Hunting, as well as, camping, fishing and hiking are permitted in the Sipsey but motorized vehicles of any kind, including all-terrain vehicles, are not allowed. Bankhead is a popular destination for turkey and white tail deer hunting. For complete information on hunting in Bankhead National Forest contact, USDA-Forest Service at (205) 489-5111.

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is Alabama’s oldest and largest national refuge. Public hunting on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is permitted on approximately 18,000 acres. Specific hunting dates are established each year for squirrel, raccoon, possum, rabbit, quail and deer. Hunting is allowed Monday- Saturday.

For complete hunting guidelines on the refuge, contact: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 256-350-6639 or visit www.wheeler.fws.gov.

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