Hunting and Fishing

Hours of Operation

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holiday Hours (Unless otherwise posted) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day Closed

Contact

Outdoor Recreation Service Center
Bldg. 24235
Google Map

Tel:
+1 (334)255-4305

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Fort Rucker Lakes

Fort Rucker has several excellent lakes and ponds for fishing. Come try your luck with hybrid bass, catfish, crappie or bream and see if you’ll catch The Big One! State Fishing License and Post Fishing Permits are required for ages 16 and older.

  • Lake Tholocco – 676.8-acre lake located on Johnston Road; fishing open to all ages
  • Beaver Lake – 7.7-acre lake located off of 3rd Avenue by Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown
  • Beaver Pond – small fishing pond located off of Andrews Avenue near Ozark Gate, open sunup til sundown
  • Buckhorn Lake – 13.2-acre lake located 2 miles past Silver Wings Golf Course on Hatch Road; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown, but subject to closures (please contact Outdoor Recreation for weekly schedule)
  • Ech Lake – 7.7-acre lake located off of Johnston Road; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown
  • Parcours Lake – 4.1-acre lake located on Farrel Road, behind Lyster Army Health Clinic; reserved for youth fishing for ages 15 and below (ages 16 and above may assist youth fishing activities, but cannot actively fish at this lake)
Boat Launches & Boating Safety Course

Boat Launches

There are 3 boat launch ramps on Lake Tholocco:

  1. West Beach Marina
  2. East Beach
  3. Engineer Beach RV Campground.

The daily fee to launch your vessel is $3, paid at the ramp. Monthly passes are available for $12 and Annual passes are available for $36 at the Outdoor Recreation Pro Shop office.

Boating Safety Course

Please visit the Outdoor Recreation office to take the boating safety course. 

Rules and Regulations

Current Hunting Changes FY17 -- Effective Immediately

Click the AR215-1 update to view Current Hunting Changes FY17

AR215-1 update

Please disseminate to all appropriate personnel.  Key change to regulation is that  Hog Hunting during Turkey Season is now allowed.

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Hunting and Fishing on Fort Rucker requires that individuals ages 16 and older have an Alabama State License and a Fort Rucker Post Permit, both available for purchase at the Outdoor Recreation Center.

To purchase an Alabama State License at the Alabama state resident price, military personnel are required to provide a copy of orders of assignment to Alabama, along with their military identification card, driver’s license, and hunter safety education card. Without an Alabama driver license or copy of orders of assignment to Alabama, patron will be subjected to non-resident prices.

Alabama residents over the age of 65 are not required to have an Alabama State License, but must have a Fort Rucker Post Permit. Youth ages 15 and younger do not need a State License or a Post Permit.

Important Notice: It is against State Law to hunt turkey by means of bait. During the entire Turkey Season our hog trapping endeavors will continue. If you are Turkey Hunting and come across a baited hog trap, leave the area. If you are caught hunting around or near a baited hog trap you will be charged with Hunting By Means of Bait and your Hunting Permit Revoked.

Please see the Fort Rucker Reg 215-1 for regulations concerning Hunting and Fishing on Fort Rucker.

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Table of Contents

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 1, General

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 2, Hunting

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 3, Fishing

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 4, Trapping

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 4, Trapping Maps (1)

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 4, Trapping Maps (2)

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 4, Trapping Maps (3)

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 4, Trapping Maps (4)

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Section 5, Water and Other Activities

Fort Rucker Reg 215-1: Appendix

 

Weapons Registration Form
Fort Rucker Hunter’s Pledge
Additional Hunter Safety Tips
 

2016-2017 Fort Rucker Deer Harvest Rules

  • Antlerless Deer Harvest
    • None by gun or bow during the 2016-2017 season
  • Buck Harvest
    • 1 Buck per day
    • 3 points on one side minimum
    • Two for the 2016-2017 season maximum
  • Bow Season
    • Dates of IAW State Bow Season (No Antlerless Deer)
  • Annual Youth Hunt (November 12, 2016)
    • Any buck with antlers visible above the hairline
  • Managed Deer Gun Hunts
    • Public Gun Hunt Dates (Open to ALL hunters) - Honor Check Stations
      • November 19-20, 2016
      • November 26-27, 2016
      • December 17-19, 2016
      • December 26-27, 2016
      • January 7-8, 2017
      • January 14-15, 2017
      • January 21-22, 2017
      • January 28-29, 2017
      • February 4-5, 2017
      • February 7-10, 2017
    • Active Duty Military/Family Members and Military Retiree ONLY Gun Hunt Dates
      • November 24-25, 2016
      • December 20-25, 2016
      • December 28, 2016 - January 2, 2017
      • January 16-17, 2017
      • February 3, 2017
      • February 6, 2017
Hunter Education Course

Please Note: All hunters who need to take a Hunter Education Course will be required to complete the course through outdooralabama.com. The fee for the online class is $24.50 and hunters will receive their completion card once the fee is paid online.

There are other traditional courses (classroom setting) offered in the State of Alabama throughout the year. Hunters will need to log on to outdooralabama.com to register for all traditional classes. The fee of $24.50 still applies for the traditional course.

All individuals hunting on Fort Rucker are required to have a Hunter Safety Education card, accepted from any state, Canada, or Germany.

State Fishing and Hunting Licenses and Post Permits

Gun Hunt Calendar 2016

State Fishing and Hunting Licenses and Post Permits expire on August 31 and must be renewed annually.

Military Personnel and their dependents stationed  at Fort Rucker must bring in a copy of their Military Orders, along with Military ID, and Driver’s License to receive the Resident Rate for license fees.

Fort Rucker Post Fishing Permits

  • E4 & below, including Retirees
  • E5 & above, including Military Dependents, Retirees & DoD Personnel
  • Civilians
  • Seniors ages 65 & up, Individuals with Disabilities
  • Veterans and individuals with disabilities must visit their local County Court House to purchase either a Specialty License or a Veterans Fishing License.


Fort Rucker Post Hunting Permits

  • E4 & below, including Retirees
  • E5 & above, including Military Dependents, Retirees & DoD Personnel
  • Civilians, including Individuals with Disabilities
  • Seniors ages 65 & up


Alabama Fishing Licenses

  • Resident Freshwater
  • Resident Saltwater
  • Resident Saltwater 7-Day Trip
  • Non-Resident (Annual)
  • Non-Resident 7-Day Trip
  • Non-Resident Saltwater (Annual)
  • Non-Resident Saltwater 7-Day Trip


Alabama Hunting Licenses

  • Resident All Game
  • Resident Small Game
  • Wildlife Heritage
  • Duck Stamp State
  • Duck Stamp Federal
  • Wildlife Management Area
  • Non-Resident All Game
  • Non-Resident All Game 10-Day Trip
  • Non-Resident All Game 3-Day Trip
  • Non-Resident Small Game
  • Non-Resident Small Game 10-Day Trip
  • Non-Resident Small Game 3-Day Trip
Hunting Area Status and Map

 * Effective immediately, Hunters are advised that there will be camouflaged hunters in hunting areas. Turkey hunters must be aware that hog hunters may share the same hunting areas. All hunters are asked to identify the game they will be hunting on their dashboard identification card. *

 

Training area statuses are based on project requests, which are subject to change. Verification of training area utilization can be confirmed daily through the recorded brief by calling +1 (334)255-4086. For more information on hunting at Fort Rucker, call +1 (334)255-4305.

Fort Rucker hunting_map.jpg

 

 

Hunt Control Brief Summary

 * Effective immediately, Hunters are advised that there will be camouflaged hunters in hunting areas. Turkey hunters must be aware that hog hunters may share the same hunting areas. All hunters are asked to identify the game they will be hunting on their dashboard identification card. *

 

Current Hunting Changes FY17 -- Effective Immediately

Click the AR215-1 update to view Current Hunting Changes FY17

AR215-1 update

Please disseminate to all appropriate personnel.  Key change to regulation is that  Hog Hunting during Turkey Season is now allowed.

NOTE:  This weekend there will be a youth turkey hunt (turkey hunters will wear camouflage) in the same areas that hog hunting will take place.   It is essential that all key personnel are aware of this change.

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This website should not be used as a source for permission to hunt in any area. It is posted for informational purposes only. For hunting area reservations call +1 (334)255-4086. After listening to the brief, press “#” to transfer to the Huntrac system.

Hunt Control Brief  (Click link to view Hunt Control Brief Summary)

If for any reason Hunt-Trac is Not Working You Must:

  1. Call Range Operations at +1 (334)255-4086 to verify the training area's status (open/closed)
  2. Once you have verified the area you have chosen is open, contact the Game Warden at +1 (334)255-4213 or +1 (334)255-4735 and leave your information (from the front side of your Hunter Vehicle Control Card) on the answering machine. This supersedes Fort Rucker Regulation 215-1, section II, 2-1, b regarding the backup Hunter Control System.

*This protocol does not apply to Training Area 11*

Access to Tree Stands requires registering for specific Tree Stands at Outdoor Recreation during regular business hours.

Fort Rucker iSportsman Service

iSportsman is now the official source site to obtain all recreational permits on Fort Rucker. All individuals seeking a permit must have an iSportsman account. Please follow the link below to access the website and create an account:

fortrucker.isportsman.net