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Turkey Hunting in Alabama



365,000 (2023 NWTF estimate)

Wild Turkey Population


Turkey Subspecies

Estimated 69,000

Number of Licenses Sold Annually


Cost of Resident License and Permit

$164.30 to $377.25

$164.30 (three-day); $232.90 (10-day); $377.25 (annual)

Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

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Alabama once lead the nation in turkey numbers, with 500,000 birds traditionally estimated to roam the Yellowhammer State. In recent years, though, 'Bama's numbers have declined. The population was estimated at about 365,000 in 2023, according to NWTF data. That's still a lot of turkeys when compared to other states.

Spring hunters have historically taken up to 60,000 or more birds some years, but that dropped to an average of 40,000 for a time. In 2023, hunters took an estimated 47,000 turkeys.

On the upside, about 76% of the state (22.7 million acres) is timbered, providing endless habitat for the wild turkey. Public land opportunities are decent in Alabama, with more than 760,000 acres spread across 37 wildlife management areas; extensive national forests, in the Bankhead, Conecah, Talladega and Tuskegee; and timber-company lands.

If there's drawback to turkey hunting in Alabama, it's that the birds are as hard-hunted and cagey as you will find anywhere. You probably won't just step out and shoot a gobbler here. These are Eastern turkeys at their wariest and most stubborn, and the hunting is never easy. That's OK for many hardcore traditionalists. Kill a turkey in 'Bama and you've done something.

Nonresident hunting licenses might be too expensive for some, though the three-day option is fairly affordable. Alabama is home to many fine hunting lodges as well, and that's a big plus if you're willing to pay.

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