Alabama Deer News
Auburn's Deer Lab Studies Collared Deer November 20, 2014 Alabama, courierjournal
... DO NOT shoot the orange-collared deer, please ...  fitted with orange collars that provide GPS-tracking data ... according to Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff at Auburn University, which is conducting studies on the collared deer through its white-tailed deer research program...

Hunting has huge impact on Alabama economy November 18, 2014 Anniston Star
... for 2013 there was 609,156 hunting licenses sold in Alabama... Between 2006 and 2011 the number of hunters rose nine percent nationally. Alabama did not see that strong of a growth, but the number of hunters did increase...

Colder weather brings out deer November 16, 2014 Alabama, Andalusia Star-News
...  most deer accidents don’t result in injuries, and much of that damage is what he refers to as “soft damage.” ...  2,167 crashes, 180 injuries and one fatality in 2013... 

An Encore Vote on Hunting in Alabama November 2, 2014 New York Times
... Amendment 5 to the State Constitution, which would “clarify that the people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife subject to reasonable regulations that promote conservation and management of fish and wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.” Mississippi voters will consider a similar proposal ...

... Check out Outdoor Alabama’s excellent website. It’s packed with lots of resources for outdoorsmen and women, including these Deer Season Zone Maps... 

Collared deer in Alabama October 12, 2014  Montgomery Advertiser 
... Some of the deer are collared with orange GPS collars (satellite based) to determine their actual home range and movement patterns throughout the hunting season and beyond. This allows researchers to learn more about how deer react to hunting pressure and weather fronts... There are 60 collared deer ...

gameandfishmag.com
... “There are parts of the state where deer numbers seem to be increasing,” said deer studies project leader Chris Cook of the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (DWFF). “In other areas, the (deer) numbers are stable or have declined over the last 15 years and now have leveled out. Overall, the population statewide is stable, because when one area is slowly declining another one is increasing.” ...

... The state Conservation Department is asking hunters not to kill white-tailed deer that have been equipped with orange radio neck collars in four locations across the state...

State cuts doe harvest for upcoming season September 28, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser ·
...  cutting the daily doe or "antlerless" deer bag limit from two animals a day ... One of the longest deer seasons ... The state's deer herd is estimated to number about 1.5 million animals, with a total of about 300,000 harvested during the 2012-2013 season ...

Neighborhood wants answers after beloved pet deer is killed September 27, 2014 Alabama, 8 ABC kait8.com 
... Their beloved pet was Bo the deer... “He was so gentle,” Lisa Edwards said. “Loved our kids. All the neighbors adored him.”  On Saturday, Bo was shot and killed with a bow and arrow. The neighborhood wants answers...

Reporting the harvest September 9, 2014 Alabama, The Clarion
... The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says data collection is an extremely important part of any deer management program and should be the primary item affecting deer management decisions. Data collection allows managers to monitor trends in the deer population’s physical condition, deer population numbers, deer harvest numbers, hunter success rates, and many other measures of a deer management program and effectiveness...

... Researchers are asking that that the orange-collared deer not be shot since they are hoping to get at least two years of movement data out of them ... Working with Alabama's conservation department, Auburn graduate students Todd Jacobson and Kenyon Wiskirchen last fall began outfitting 60 deer with brown VHF collars and another 30 with orange GPS collars on Barbour Wildlife Management Area in Barbour and Bullock counties and Oakmulgee WMA in Hale ...

... The largest alligator ever recorded in the state of Alabama was caught over the weekend ...  cut open the carcass and found the dead doe stripped off fur but with hooves intact ...

Several changes in deer season August 10, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser 
... one of the biggest changes to deer hunting is the shift from allowing two antlerless deer, or does, per day, to one per day. You can cap out at one buck and one doe per day, with three bucks per season. For those of you in northern Alabama, you're already familiar with these changes, as they took place last season....  to help increase the amount of deer ...

Birmingham, Oak Mountain Deer Management Program on Track for 2014-15 Season August 6, 2014 Alabama, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
... In an effort to expand the opportunity for bowhunters to harvest more deer within Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, hunt dates will be scheduled from November 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015. Hunt dates will be weekday only with the exception of three weekends in January 2015. Those dates are January 10-11, January 17-18 and January 24-25. The program was designed by the Alabama State Parks Division, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and Bowhunters of Alabama (BHA) in an effort to maximize hunter opportunity and simplify the deer management process within the park...

Deer hunters get new lines crossed August 3, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser 
... The two zones were established after data showed deer in the southern zone went into breeding season or "rut" later than the deer in the northern zone, Sykes said. Mature bucks are more active during breeding season, and hunters feel they have a better chance of harvesting a trophy...

Deer die-off cause revealed ... June 26, 2014 Alabama, Penn Live 
... The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the USDA Reference Lab in Iowa have confirmed that malignant catarrhal fever – also known as ovine herpesvirus-2 – is the cause of a recent die-off at a deer farm in North Alabama... Domesticated sheep that were not symptomatic, housed in a pen adjacent to the deer, initially had the virus that spread to the deer...

DMAP still available, new version in works June 21, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... , the board voted to reduce the antlerless deer harvest to one per day statewide...Deer numbers are down a little bit ... "So the logical thing to do is reduce the statewide bag limit on antlerless deer but also allow people in areas where their numbers are good to participate in the Deer Management Assistance Program, and they can harvest up to three antlerless deer per day if they want." ...

Alabama Data:  The 2014 population of about 1.5 million  is down a little, pressure from predators, habitat change, and over harvest.  The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board voted to reduce the statewide limit on antlerless deer to one per day.  For northern Alabama, the reduction took place in 2013.  The population increased in 2013 after better rainfall than in the previous years of drought conditions.  About 1.75 million deer in the state in 2000, peak population, up from 400,000 in 1970.  The deer harvest peaked in 2005 at about 499,000.  The 2012 reported harvest was 266,725, about 53 percent of the maximum harvest. Coyote predation has been a factor in reducing the deer population in recent years.  Harvest statistics
    Historically, an early decline in the deer population occurred about the year 1,000 when the native Indians were killing more deer then the herd could sustain.  By 1500, the herd had recovered, but with arrival of the Europeans the herd was decimated by the early 1800's.  In the early 1900's, when there were only a few thousand deer in the state, a restocking of 
Alabama deer and limited hunting of does helped to increase the population. Changes in land use, the switch from cotton to soy-beans, a high-protein food for deer, stimulated the deer population in the period leading up to the 1970's. See Deer in Alabama  As the deer population recovered, management reinstated doe harvest.  About 30 percent of the 
total harvest was does in the 1980's, up to about 50 percent in recent years - a balanced demographic.

Other useful links: 
Alabama Newsroom, news from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Outdoor Alabama Maps and information

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