Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes reminds all turkey hunters in the state that certain decoys are illegal to use or possess while hunting in Alabama.

“I’ve had several people contact me about the use of the latest technology in decoys, which are mechanical,” Sykes said. “Alabama’s game laws strictly prohibit those type decoys while you’re hunting.”

Regulation 220-2-.11 states that “it shall be unlawful for any person while engaged in hunting turkey in this state to use or have in his possession a decoy which has mechanical or electronic parts, which makes the decoy capable of movement or producing sound or which can be manipulated to produce movement or sound.”

Sykes also said several hunters in Alabama have run afoul of the regulation that requires the harvest of the state’s big-game species of white-tailed deer and wild turkeys be written on the appropriate harvest record before the animal is moved.

“That regulation has been in effect since 2007,” Sykes said. “Hunters are required to have the harvest record with you so you can ‘note it before you tote it.’”

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit

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