Alabama Deer News
... 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's state veterinarian confirmed Friday that a domesticated sheep was likely the source of a viral infection that has resulted in the deaths of more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz... sheep are common carriers of the MSF virus, but do not show symptoms...

... Preliminary tests conducted by pathologists at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) laboratories have revealed that the contributing cause of the incident is viral in nature, although further testing continues ... “Artificial conditions such as the penning of multiple species together like wild sheep and deer can spread pathogens that are normally restricted to one species,” ...

...  Preliminary tests have revealed that the contributing cause of death of more than 50 whitetail deer at a breeding facility in north Alabama is viral in nature ... confident that the cause of death does not appear to be chronic wasting disease ...

February deer season will continue May 14, 2014 Alabama, Brewton Standard
...  the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board approved a February deer season for most of the southern half of the state with one boundary tweak in Henry County ...  the average conception date for site one was Jan. 8; site two was Dec. 31, site three was Jan. 11 and site four was Jan. 11...

...  The Alabama Department of Conservation voted unanimously last week to make Alabama the 32nd state to allow hunting with legal suppressors... Matthew Eslick, a life-long hunter from the Lacey’s Spring area. “As a law-abiding hunter, there is no need.”  Eslick contends that the adoption of suppressors will allow poaching ...

... The state is one step closer to allowing hunters to use silencers, or suppressors, on their guns... More than 30 states already allow hunting with silencers ...

Conservation board extends deer hunting season May 3, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board voted unanimously Saturday to extend deer hunting season into February while also creating two zones within the state for the season...

More States Aim to Protect Hunting April 27, 2014 Alabama, The Wall Street Journal 
... a proposed amendment that would enshrine the "right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife" in the Alabama constitution. Both chambers of the state Legislature voted overwhelmingly earlier this spring to place the question on the November ballot...

Deer breeding: Big game is big business March 30, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... “It doesn’t sound much like hunting to me,” said Richard Smith, a Prattville deer hunter. “You go to a lodge, look at pictures of deer and pick out which one you want and then plunk down your money. Then you go to where that deer is and shoot it... There are 204 licensed game farms in Alabama ...

... The expansion of the February deer season to cover most of Alabama south of Montgomery and a reduction in the daily bag limit for antlerless deer statewide were among the recommendations presented ... the 10 days of dog deer hunting that were not in the 2013-2014 season have been restored ... 

... Deer hunters in the southern half of the state could hunt into February next season if a proposal from the state conservation department passes muster... The department has conducted contraception studies and has concluded that the average date of does conceiving is Dec. 30 along the Chattahoochee, Jan. 11 in north Alabama and Jan. 28 in south Alabama...

Deer season features cold weather, few changes February 23, 2014 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser 
... The Game Check program, which was voluntary this past season, resulted in a little more than 20,000 reports of deer harvested.... “According to the estimate from our mail surveys, and again this is just an estimate, we got 3- to 4-percent compliance ... 

February deer season was positive February 21, 2014 Alabama, Brewton Standard 
...   People in southwest Alabama were allowed to hunt into February, when the majority of the rut occurs.... The new regulation states: “as it applies to the hunting of deer and feral swine, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that 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 or enticement to, on or over the area which the hunter is attempting to kill or take the deer or feral swine.” ... WFF recently posted the results of its deer reproductive study online  ...

Hunters Have Until February 20 to Report Deer Online or by Telephone February 14, 2014 Alabama, outdooralabama.com
... Checking a deer can be completed via the Internet at www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck, using the Outdoor Alabama smartphone app, or by calling 1-800-888-7690 and following the voice prompts. 
... Game Check provides the most accurate information about hunting success across the state. "The only way hunters and our biologists will know if changes to the deer season are working is if Alabama hunters participate in the voluntary system," ...

February deer hunting appears to have achieved its goal February 13, 2014 Alabama, Birmingham News 
... In my opinion, the February season did what it was supposed to do: It allowed hunters in the southwest part of Alabama to hunt more of the rut and see more rutting activity while increasing the chance that they'd encounter a mature buck during daylight hours... 

Mandatory reporting needed to get accurate deer count February 12, 2014 Alabama, Gadsden Times 
... The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources last year attempted to make its “Game Check” reporting system mandatory... About 18,500 kills were reported during the 2013-14 season ... state officials say that’s only about 3 to 4 percent of the actual kills, which still leaves them without a true picture of the state of Alabama’s deer population...

February deer season in Alabama likely to be expanded next year February 11, 2014 Montgomery Advertiser 
... “This is our first year of the extended season, and we still have data to study ...But we have received nothing but positive feedback from hunters and outfitters in that area. It looks like the February season will stay in place, and you may see the area expanded for the upcoming season.” ... Ray Metzler, acting director of the wildlife division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources...

Wildlife Officials: Game Reporting Low February 10, 2014 Alabama, DothanFirst.com
... Some hunters were concerned about the amount of game left in the state... Without county specific data, there's no way for officials to keep track of the animals ... "I think that eventually game check will probably be a mandatory program like 30 plus other states do in the United States ...

Ala hunters failed to report deer kills February 9, 2014 Alabama, Lexington Herald Leader
...  hunters reported their kills far more often this season  ... surveys and statistical analysis show the number still is only a small fraction of the deer that were actually killed in Alabama ...

Published on Feb 2, 2014 Join graduate students Tim Neuman, Carolyn Moore and senior Clayton Glassey of the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences "Deer Lab" as they explain and perform the process of darting, tagging and branding deer for research experiments. - February, 2014



ADCNR will not extend deer season January 31, 2014 Alabama, Greenville Advocate 
...  After a winter storm covered most of the state’s roadways with ice Tuesday, transportation officials across the state advised that motorists avoid all but essential traffic, which prevented some hunters from reaching their hunting land...

AL deer hunters reminded to register kills January 31, 2014 Alabama, Chattanooga Times Free Press
... Game check is available on the Internet, through a smartphone using the Outdoor Alabama app, or by calling 1-800-888-7690... 

...Deer hunters in the new southwest zone saw their season close for 10 days in the first of December so they could hunt the first 10 days of next month. The idea is to allow deer hunters to hunt more of the breeding season, which biological data collected by state biologists indicates happens later in many locations within the southwest zone...

Hunters urged to practice safety for remainder of deer season January 17, 2014 Alabama, Brewton Standard 
...Two fatal hunting accidents during the past week have Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) officials reminding hunters to practice safety at all times. The two incidents involved hunters who were not wearing the required hunter orange  ...


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.

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