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Alabama hunting and fishing licenses now available

From the Alabama Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources 
 
-- The sale of recreational hunting and fishing licenses for Alabama's 2010-2011 season has begun. Hunters are reminded all current recreational licenses expire Aug. 31.  
 
Prices are $24 for a resident all game license and $16 for a resident small game license. An all game license is required for hunting deer and turkey in Alabama. A resident freshwater fishing license is $12, while a saltwater fishing license is $21. Seven-day saltwater trip licenses are $9 and are valid for 168 consecutive hours.
 
All recreational hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase with a credit card 24 hours a day on the department's website at www.outdooralabama.com and by telephone at (888)848-6887. Most licenses are also available at sporting goods retail outlets, county courthouses and marinas.

Saltwater recreational fishing licenses are only available through vendors with the ability to sell them electronically. This includes online and by telephone, Marine Resources' offices in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island, probate offices using the electronic sales program, and any electronic point-of-sale location, which includes retailers such as Wal-Mart, Bass Pro and Academy.
 
To learn about Alabama's hunting and fishing regulations, seasons and bag limits visit www.outdooralabama.com or see the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest, available  from license vendors.

Major changes for the upcoming season include the following:

* Scopes are now allowed on crossbows.

* No culling of rainbow trout below Lewis Smith Dam is allowed. This means anglers cannot trade fish from the stringer for bigger ones caught later.

* Several counties have a more liberalized antlerless deer season.

Besides name and address, the following information is needed to purchase a hunting or fishing license: driver's license number, date of birth, sex, height, weight, eye color and hair color. Those born on or after August 1, 1977, and purchasing a hunting license will also need to provide a hunter education number. Hunter education class information is available at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/education.

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