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Registration for sandhill crane hunting starts September 4

Registration for Alabama’s first sandhill crane hunting season in more than 100 years will open on September 4 and run until September 25, 2019. Only 400 licens...

Registration for Alabama’s first sandhill crane hunting season in more than 100 years will open on September 4 and run until September 25, 2019.

Only 400 licenses issued and they will be randomly selected on October 2.

To register you must be 16 or older and a resident of Alabama or a Lifetime Hunting License holder of the State of Alabama. If you are drawn, you will have to complete an online test that includes species identification and regulations. If you don’t pass the first time, don’t worry. You can take the test as many times as needed.

The season will be split into two segments. The first runs from December 3, 2019, to January 5, 2020. The second is January 16-31, 2020. The daily, season and possession limit will be three birds per permit. Hunters can harvest all three birds in one day if they choose.

The sandhill crane hunt zone is restricted to north Alabama. Additionally, both state and federal wildlife refuges are closed to sandhill crane and waterfowl hunting.

For additional eligibility rules and information on the hunting season, click here.

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