Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division

  • Agency: Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
  • Address: 64 N Union Street, Suite 584, Montgomery, 36130-1457 AL
  • Chief:
Phone: 334-242-3469
Fax: 334-242-3032

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is located at 64 N Union Street, Suite 584, Montgomery, 36130-1457 AL. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division phone number is 334-242-3469.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division News

🐟FISH FACT FRIDAY🐟 Neely Henry Reservoir recently received 100 fish attractors in the form of buckets made with plastic pipe. Fisheries Section biologists assisted the Neely Henry Lake Association and Alabama Power Co. with construction and deployment. Alabama Power Co. provided materials for the project. The structures should attract crappie and bass for many years! There are 5 sites with 20 structures each. Most are located at a depth of about 15’. Visit to download coordinates or view the sites on our interactive map.

It’s 97 degrees right now at Perdido WMA in Baldwin County, but the Gopher Tortoise beats the heat by hanging out in its cooler burrow when the sun is blazing. They’re not the only ones: a variety of species hang out in this “air conditioned” chamber provided by the tortoise. 😎🐢

🐟Approximately 3,500 catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked into the tailwaters below Lewis Smith Dam TODAY. Anglers may harvest five trout per day. Culling is not permitted. 🎣

📲😱📲😱📲😱📲😱📲😱📲😱📲😱📲😱 We launch more than boats! IT’S TIME FOR A NEW APP! Last year’s app is being REPLACED by this snazzy new model. 🕺🏼 Go to the App Store, look for THIS LOGO (search Outdoor Alabama) and download for easy access to hunting, fishing, and license information. OFFICIAL ADCNR APP

🐍WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY🐍 Snake ID Quiz! Be specific! Rare to uncommon, and possibly threatened. Found in south-central and eastern portion of Coastal Plain and adjacent Piedmont. Also known from Dauphin Island. Formerly one of Alabama's most commonly encountered snakes but has shown marked declines for reasons not fully understood. Food consists of other vertebrates such as frogs, birds, eggs of ground-nesting birds and turtles, rodents, lizards, and other snakes, including venomous snakes. A powerful constrictor, kills prey by suffocating with coils, although some prey, such as frogs and eggs, are eaten alive and without constriction. Snake bashing not allowed.

TUESDAY TIP! 🐻🧠 BECOME BEARWISE! Bears can potentially be seen anywhere in our state! If you see one and it's not causing a problem, there is no need to call the police or a game warden. Leave it alone and give it space to move along. We would like you to report your sightings at this site: Click here to learn more about living with bears in the area:

👎 We H8 Cogongrass 👎 Spraying on management areas to beat back this harmful, invasive plant is just one of many tasks that make this time of year busier than hunting season. Click here to learn more about cogongrass:

Today we debut: MANAGEMENT AREA MONDAYS! 🙌🏼 Did you know that we have almost 800,000 acres for you to experience by hiking, birdwatching, hunting, fishing, and sometimes even riding your horse? On Mondays, we will offer a tidbit about these properties so you can start getting to know Alabama's public land offerings. Click here to get started:

CEO Aaron Green responded to a call involving a young Eastern Screech-Owl that needed to be transported to a permitted rehabilitator for temporary care before release. Unfortunately, this owl had been removed from where it was found and held in someone's home when it should have been left alone. Many species spend some time on the ground being fed by their parents before they can fly. This is normal, and those young birds are not in need of "rescue."

What’s the largest feral pig you’ve ever killed (or seen)?

It's SUMMERTIME and the birds are FEASTING! If you are interested in luring them to your yard, here is some information on their favorite eats:

Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone! Keep your eyes open for SNAKES this summer!

WHAT MAKES THE MUSKRAT GUARD HIS MUSK?!? COURAGE!! 🎖 Here's a Coosa County muskrat doing what they do: eating aquatic vegetation or a small critter. These rodents are found statewide. QUIZ: WHAT MOVIE is that line about courage taken from??

Mr. Young's alligator hunting trip last year has left him with a problem that not many of us have faced...

We are excited to have caught another bear today in the same Mobile County area where we trapped the big male we posted about on Tuesday. This sow is likely his girlfriend. Click on each photo for more information about these activities.

We have a young ARCHER FROM ALABAMA headed to Canada as part of the All-Stat Archery Team! 👦🏻🏹 Click here for more info:

Antlers come and go! Here’s the same buck making his presence known 3 times on one of our management areas: first in velvet last summer, then fully antlered in the winter, and now he’s left his shed behind and is working on a new set!

We are 🌱WORKING FOR QUAIL 🌱 at Oakmulgee WMA! We partnered with the Black Warrior chapter of Quail Forever and they provided us with some partridge peas. Disking field edges near early successional habitat (such as this field near a newly replanted longleaf pine stand) and planting partridge peas is a great way to improve quail cover and forage! Click here to learn more about managing habitat for the benefit of quail:

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY! Insect quiz!! Who is this guy? What is he doing? And why is his wife along for the ride? EDIT: various species of DUNG BEETLE collect animal droppings to bury, they roll them up and along - with wife hanging on waiting to lay her eggs in the prize. Dung beetles are GREAT to have around because they not only help get rid of dung, they also eat the parasites that are found in it.

It seems that the bear who found his way into our trap already had quite a number of adventures before today. He had very worn canine teeth, most of his ears were gone, and his nose was torn off! He has either killed or ran off the male that was previously in this area. We bet it was a dramatic showdown! Such is the life of an Alabama Black Bear! His ears and nose have healed nicely, and he is now awake and released back to his business. Click here to learn more about the trapping & research being conducted: Mobile County.

TUESDAY TIP! Take the time to notice and appreciate the wildlife in your own backyard! We've gotten a lot of calls today about FOXES seen in neighborhoods and around homes. This time of year, you are very likely to see foxes - both juveniles and hungry adults. As long as the animal is acting normally and remains fearful of humans, there is no need for concern. Foxes live successfully even in metropolitan areas and may visit your yard in its search for rodents and birds. Make sure you're not leaving out any cat or dog food that would encourage it to come too close, and enjoy watching your fellow city-dwellers! Photo by: Tim Doerfler

Our own Courtenay Conring, Wildlife Biologist in Jackson County, completed her WILD TURKEY GRAND SLAM. She’s taken all four U.S. subspecies in a single season! 🦃🦃🦃🦃⤵️ Top left to right: Osceola, Eastern (taken in Alabama). Bottom left to right: Rio Grande, Merriam’s. Congratulations Courtenay!

You can find out a lot about the critters who move through your property by utilizing game cameras. This time of year, Black Bears are on the move and may wander through your property. Tim Ryan submitted this great video of a meandering bear. 🐻🚶🏻‍♂️ Have you seen a bear on your game camera?