Crossbow Regulations in Alabama
In Alabama, using a crossbow for hunting during the deer season is legal. For this, you must obtain a license, which you can request by contacting 888-848-6887. Mounting a magnifying scope on crossbow has also become legal since July 2010.
Everyone born after August 1,1977 must successfully complete a hunter completion course, otherwise they will not be issued a hunting permit. Here are some other things to note:
To be eligible for hunting, the minimum cutting diameter of your broad-head must must be 7/8″; if the broad-head is expandable, what matters is the expanded broad-head diameter.
Arrows fired from a crossbow must be at least 14 inches long.
The draw weight must be at least 100lbs.
Though using a lighted pin sight on a cross bow is legal in Alabama, it is strictly prohibited to use any scope or sight which emits a light beam towards the target.
Only disabled hunters have access to certain hunting areas, and an official disability certification is required to be allowed to hunt there legally.
If you shoot from a tree-stand, you are required to wear a safety belt or harness, as the major cause of Alabama hunting accidents is falling from a tree.
An area where a bait was used to attract a game is considered as “baited” for ten days after the bait is set, and can’t be hunted in during that period.
Hunting with crossbows (and other weapons) are only permitted during daylight hours, except opossums and raccoons.
Electronic calls are not allowed to be used, with an exception to when a predatory game is being hunted at the right season.
It is illegal to hunt within 100 yards of any human dwelling or residence without the owner’s permission.