Alabama Deer News

Legislature should take SB 62 and toss it in File 13 February 7, 2016 Alabama, Montgomery Advertise
...This bill would allow the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of baiting at any distance... Under the existing law ... any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter is not a lure, attraction ...

The life of a deer-tracking canine January 10, 2016 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
...  eventually the time will come when you need a tracking dog. Unfortunately not all shot placements are perfect and mortally wounded deer do escape from being recovered by the hunter ... This year, Lucy has recovered 42 deer that were still alive ...

... Reindeer on the Svalbard islands – like animals on many islands -- are dwarfs.  They weigh only about half as much as reindeer on the mainland... the second largest deer species on earth.  The only larger species is the moose ...

Deer hunters should see plenty of action during the rut December 12, 2015 Alabama, The Anniston Star 
... The rut occurs at various times throughout North America — generally, the farther north in latitude, the early the rut. ... some sections of Calhoun County have doe conception dates as early as Nov. 15, while in other areas of the county, it may be as late as Jan. 20...

Alabama asks hunters not to harvest orange-collar deer December 12, 2015 WTVA
... The deer are part of a two-year research project conducted by Auburn University and ADCNR to help biologists better manage Alabama's herd.  The orange collars include a GPS ...

Find the food, find the deer December 9, 2015 Alabama, AL.com
... Last year, North Alabama had an incredibly rich crop of acorns ... That meant that deer were fat, happy and largely immobile ... Since their primary natural food is more sparse this fall, whitetails have to stay on the move ... hunting over bait placed there for the purpose of attracting game is not legal in Alabama...

Hunting in Kentucky is worth the drive November 29, 2015 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... Alfalfa is an excellent source of energy, protein, calcium and some other nutrients to maintain a deer’s health through harsh winters. Alfalfa is a perennial crop and grows best in heavy soil types and in certain climates...  It simply cannot take the summer heat of Alabama ...

Tips for hunting Alabama whitetails during the rut November 25, 2015 Alabama, Al.com ·
...  Alabama's modern deer herd is the result of restocking ... animals in the northern part of the state--mostly restocked from Midwestern and Texas sources--tend to rut most strongly from about Dec. 15 to Jan. 15. Those in the southern counties, where elements of the native herd eventually rekindled, rut most strongly from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 ...

Hunters limited in use of drones November 22, 2015 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
...  if you fly a drone over your game plot before you go out hunting, that’s the same as scouting from a truck or ATV ... You can’t use drones to drive or rally game animals ...  illegal to harass hunters with the unmanned aerial vehicle...

DCNR Wildlife  Keep Vigilant Watch on CWD November 12, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
...  Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been found in Alabama or any of the surrounding states...The disease is always fatal. The animals basically waste away... Alabama has had a ban on the importation of deer and other cervids since the mid-1970s...

Bowhunting begins Sunday at Oak Mountain November 1, 2015 Alabama, News Courier
... regulated archery hunts were established in 2004 to control the Oak Mountain State Park herd... The hunting format is modeled after other urban deer control programs across the United States. Last year 44 deer were harvested ...

Deer Hunters: Don't Harvest Orange-collared Deer October 29, 2015 Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
... As part of a research project on two state wildlife management areas and two private land sites, 90 deer in Alabama have been fitted with either VHF or GPS collars. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) asks hunters not to harvest deer with orange collars. The orange-collared deer also have yellow ear tags and should be easy to spot, according to department officials. Hunters are permitted to shoot a deer with a brown collar if they would normally do so.
     Auburn University researchers, with funding from ADCNR, began this research project in 2013. Deer were collared at two private land sites in Marengo and Pickens counties, at Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area in west Alabama and at Barbour Wildlife Management area in the east-central part of the state...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Alabama October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... What underlies the better habitat in all these areas is the soil. In most of the areas with better deer, the land has better soil. According to Cook, the central and southern parts of the state have a lot of areas with good soils, at least until getting close to the coast...

Deer season opens with a twang October 8, 2015 Alabama, Decatur Daily
...  “We had a wet spring. Most of the native browse can handle the droughty periods better than green fields. I’ve already seen deer out on our green fields... Despite the dry conditions, the forage is generally plentiful early in the year although the various mast crops range from average to good in localized areas....

Hunting regulations define ‘area’ October 7, 2015 Alabama, Atmore Advance 
... any bait or feed . . . located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter is not a lure ...  does not apply to public land ... “The ‘area’ definition has clarified the regulations for the landowners who want to legitimately participate in supplemental feeding and be able to hunt on the same piece of property...

Supplemental feeding regulations apply as deer season approaches October 1, 2015 Alabama, West Alabama Watchman
... Now that the regulations allow people to feed as long as it’s 100 yards away and out of sight, you’d think that a lot of people would seize upon that opportunity. No, they just want to hunt over bait, and 100 yards is too far for them to shoot, I guess...

Alabama Deer Forecast for 2015 September 9, 2015 Game & Fish
... “The harvest has been up and down, but it’s about the same numbers for the last several years,” Cook said. “Nothing indicates that the harvest should be unusually low or high, or that the populations are swinging drastically one way or another.” ...

Habitat Management Helpful For All Wildlife August 20, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
... Fire is your friend if you’re managing land for a variety of reasons, especially for wildlife habitat ... it’s a common fallacy that the thicker the better for fawn-dropping and fawn-rearing areas... Deer and turkey hunting have a huge economic impact in Alabama to the tune of an estimated $1 billion annually...

2014-15 Deer Hunting Season in Review July, 2015 Alabama, eregulations.com
... , the most obvious factor playing a role in the increased harvest of larger bucks is the current annual buck limit. As most Alabama hunters remember, there was no season limit on antlered bucks in Alabama prior to the implementation of the 3-antlered buck annual limit in 2007... As predicted, the estimated buck harvest among licensed hunters dropped significantly following the new limit. This was expected and was the intended result of the limit. ..

...  Robert J. Wilkins, 53, of Semmes, Alabama, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to four years of probation for Wilkins’ role in guiding illegal deer hunts in Iowa, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt...

The Importance of Alabama's White-Tailed Deer Herd July 2, 2015 Alabama, AFC Cooperative Farming News
... Declining hunter numbers is an issue facing most states, including Alabama. The decline has been slow, but steady ...  Like it or not, many decisions regarding hunting seasons, bag limits or deer management issues are not based on science or the best available data. They are made in the political arena and are based on opinion and personal bias. Fewer hunters may very well mean less influence from hunters on the decision makers...

Rescued Fawn Reported to be Thriving in New Home June 16, 2015 Alaska, Sit News 
...  the fawn, which still had the umbilical cord attached, was taken to ...  the Alaska Conservation Center in Portage ... A deceased doe had been discovered in the same area approximately a day before but no fawn was located after an intensive search ... If you observe a young animal that appears to have been left alone ... Call the nearest Alaska Department of Fish and Game office...

Deer baiting bill apparently dead May 16, 2015 Alabama, Al.com 
... Alabama currently has a law that allows deer hunters to place bait a minimum of 100 yards away from their hunting location and out of the sight of the hunter. House Bill 123 makes no stipulations as to the distance and would allow hunters to place bait directly below their tree stands...

... I'm more interested in him accepting responsibility and knowing that he'll be on probation during next deer season... Clarke County Sheriff's Office still has outstanding warrants for a Louisiana man suspected of killing three deer dogs in the same area of Zimco on nearly the same date in January 2013... 

Xtreme Whitetail Adventures of Alabama's 832 acres of land sold for $7 million April 16, 2015 Alabama, AL.com
... The property operates as Xtreme Whitetail Adventures of Alabama, which offers deer, dove and quail hunting, as well as a 28-acre bass lake and a 4,500-square-foot hunting lodge...

... Approximately 1,727 acres of timberland in Alabama's Madison and Jackson counties will be offered in a sealed bid auction ending Thursday, May 21... "As surrounding land owners know, this is excellent deer country. In Jackson County, hunters reported harvesting 541 deer during the 2014-2015 season, and 330 of those were bucks...

... Two dogs are believed to have gotten into the area and chased the deer until they died. Two deer also escaped the enclosure...

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 in 2014.  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. Restocking from other states continued through the 1940's and 1960's.  Deer in the north mostly came from midwestern and Texas states, the peak of their rut is about December 15 to January 15.  Deer in the south are mostly from the native herd.  Their rut is mostly from January 15 to February 15.  
     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.  The three buck limit instituted around 2007 appears to have increased the number of mature bucks in the population.  

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

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