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  • Alabama WMA Hunters?

    I am planning a trip up to my moms in mid January to the Pensacola area of FL. I wanted to drive up and hunt a WMA in Alabama and heard Barbour County WMA is a great one. Can anyone give me advice or let me know if this is even a place I could get access to? I was basically going to speed scout an area and hunt for 2 or three days. I heard does and one buck are legal to take. Is this true? Any local knowledge would be helpfull. Anywhere I should check out or stay away from etc... Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Depends on when you go. I'll be in Sumter the middle of January just in time for the rut. Good luck.

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    • #3
      I've never hunted that area, but I do know Barbour County is one of the counties with antler restrictions. Here is a link to a map and regulations for the area: http://www.outdooralabama.com/huntin...ntyMap2009.pdf

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      • #4
        Thanks for the great link! Do you know of any other WMAs in Alabama that I might want to try?

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        • #5
          Well, this probably won't help you much on this trip, but if you're ever between the Montgomery and Birmingham area, there has been some really good deer taken at the WMA in Helena, AL. There's some decent deer in the Cahaba River WMA in Bibb County, but it's always extremely crowded the days of the WMA hunts and there's been a lot of messed up racks killed out here. But I have heard of a couple of does with pretty good racks..One of them was a 7 point doe. But yeah, if you're ever this far up, try Helena! Good luck on your hunt in January!

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          • #6
            i actually hunted on the Boykin Management area today. they let us dog hunt them twice a year, and found some absolute giant scrapes. In my opinion, some of the biggest deer in the state of alabama, and the southeast for that matter, are right there in Boykin. The hunting club im a member of backs up to this land, and we kill some monsters that come off of there. Its about 30 mins north of Mobile, so your only about 2 1/2 hours away from home. Cahaba river has some monsters, but so does Scotch up in Coffeville.
            Hope that helps. If ya want more info pm me

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            • #7
              Hey ilive in north alabama in Winston Co. if you want a good wma to hunt then freedomhills is the place to go i have hunted it for the past 10 yrs and have had great hunts and killed 8 trophy bucks and my youngest son kill a nice 12 pt with a 23 7/8 spread that dressed 208 they have a hunt Jan.15-17 and Jan.27-31 here is the web page for the wma map and i can send you some pictures of the deer we have killed and i can put you on some great hunting spots there just let me know .just send me a e-mail and let me know . Good-Luck and have a safe hunt.http://www.outdooralabama.com/huntin...llsMap2009.pdf
              Last edited by redhawk; 01-03-2009, 09:08 PM. Reason: forgot wed address

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              • #8
                Originally posted by redhawk View Post
                Hey ilive in north alabama in Winston Co. if you want a good wma to hunt then freedomhills is the place to go i have hunted it for the past 10 yrs and have had great hunts and killed 8 trophy bucks and my youngest son kill a nice 12 pt with a 23 7/8 spread that dressed 208 they have a hunt Jan.15-17 and Jan.27-31 here is the web page for the wma map and i can send you some pictures of the deer we have killed and i can put you on some great hunting spots there just let me know .just send me a e-mail and let me know . Good-Luck and have a safe hunt.http://www.outdooralabama.com/huntin...llsMap2009.pdf
                the picture at the top is the 1 my son killed.

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                • #9
                  I'm currently up in Anniston right now, waiting for the season to start..I've been scouting but haven't spooked any deer, although signs are present..I'll be primarily hunting the Chocolocco WMA..
                  I also created a forum for Alabama WMA hunters (specifically), similiar to one I was a member of in Virginia..Come on over if you like and post some info if ya have any..http://alwma.proboards.com/

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                  • #10
                    Barbour is your best bet for an older buck in that area of the state.

                    Go to www.outdooralabama.com and read up on the regs. They do have I think a "3pt on one side rule" down there on that WMA.

                    You should hit the rut I would imagine at that time.

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                    • #11
                      Redhawk could you help a fellow hunter out? I just purchased my permit for the Freedom Hills I have only hunted the area twice two years ago. I am not familiar with the area at all. Could you give some pointers on what areas might be ok to hunt?

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