And, sure, hunters in Alabama are permitted to use deer decoys. It is confirmed by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. They say that using deer decoys is "allowed as long as it does not cause harassment of the animals." Harassment is defined as "any act or series of acts which are committed against any animal including but not limited to, chasing, hunting, trapping, feeding, or otherwise disturbing such animal" (Alabama Fish and Game Commission).
Decoys have been used for years by hunters trying to attract wild venison into open sights. The practice is legal because it does not involve harassing the animal. Also, since deer are protected under state law, it is illegal to hunt them with a motor vehicle. Using a remote-controlled car would be considered an indirect method of hunting and would be allowed.
The only thing prohibited when hunting deer is the use of firearms. This includes air guns, crossbows, and anything else capable of shooting a projectile. Shooting at a deer from a moving object such as a vehicle is also prohibited because it can be construed as hunting with a motorized vehicle which is already illegal.
It is important to note that killing deer without a license is unlawful regardless of how you do it. This includes using a deer decoy.
In Alabama, deer are classed as big game and can be hunted with a bow and arrow, crossbow, muzzleloading guns, shotgun, or high-powered rifle. The only limitation on rifle type for shooting deer in Alabama is that it must be chambered in a caliber that shoots a centerfire cartridge. This means that you can't use a revolver or single-shot rifle.
Deer hunting with a high-powered rifle is popular especially among hunters who want to make sure they don't miss their shot. Deer have very good eyesight and a powerful sense of smell so making a lot of noise when you shoot your gun would scare the deer away from your stand. Also, since most deer attacks happen during the night, being able to see what's going on during the day is important so that you know where other people are hunting and how close they are to your stand.
The rule about having to use a centerfire cartridge to shoot deer in Alabama applies to all firearms used within the state limits. This includes shotguns and rifles. Handguns are not legal for personal use within the state boundaries.
Hunters should always check with local authorities before traveling to a new area to ensure that its legal to do so.
It's unknown who the deer hunter was, but it's unlawful to take or catch a deer from the state's waters, whether it's living or dead, according to Alabama Code. The only exception is if you're a member of the military and taking part in a government-sponsored program, then you can legally take game.
There have been cases where people have taken game while on boats, but this usually involves fishing with deer as prey rather than hunting them. If you do decide to fish for deer while in Alabama, make sure that you have a license and permit and that the area is open to fishing. Also, wear appropriate clothing (i.e., not swimwear) when out on the water.
If you are hunting deer and want to use a boat as a form of transportation, we recommend contacting local game wardens to see if the area is open to hunting. Also, be aware of any regulations that may exist regarding taking game while on a boat.
Special licenses, such as those for night hunting deer and pigs, are difficult to get in Alabama. Hunting is authorized, but only for game animals with regulated seasons or special license (draw) controlled hunts. So, while you may be allowed to hunt certain restricted small game all year, you will not be able to shoot species such as deer.
It is illegal to hunt endangered species in Alabama, but enforcing this law is difficult because laboratory tests cannot determine exactly which animal species any particular sample comes from. Hunters assume that if they see something being hunted that it can be killed, so there is little incentive to report endangered species.
Hunting deer is permitted in Alabama during the appropriate season. The type of license required varies by location within the state. Public land where no license is required includes national forests and parks. Private property owners can decide what role, if any, they want to play in regards to deer management. Some property owners choose to allow hunters to use their land, while others may prohibit hunting entirely.
In some counties, such as Jefferson, hunters must be accompanied by a licensed guide. This is required because many landowners impose restrictions on when and how hunters can pursue game, such as prohibiting them from shooting from vehicles or specific locations. Guides know where to find good hunting areas and can help hunters avoid problems with local landowners.
Alabama has five native species of deer.