Alabama Deer News

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...

... , 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...

... The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board met Saturday at Lake Guntersville State Park and moved to tighten, slightly, the regulations on use of dogs for hunting deer ... more wide-spread rules feared by some hound-hunters did not materialize ...

Legalize deer baiting? Let us look closer March 25, 2015 Alabama, Al.com 
... The bill would legalize baiting for deer deer and feral swine... Under the bill, every hunter using a feeder that would be used for baiting deer would be required to purchase a $50 permit each year for each feeder... 

... A bill to repeal the state law restricting the use of corn or other bait as an aid in deer hunting passed a Senate committee today with an endorsement from country music legend Hank Williams Jr...

... One decapitated deer, believed to be a large buck, was found along the roadway while a doe and two fawns were found below the crossing near the railroad tracks. The doe had been decapitated by a passing train...

Deer releases win-win for wildlife, Fort Rucker March 5, 2015 Alabama, United States Army
... "[Big Ben Wildlife Sanctuary] were looking for a place to release the deer where they would be relatively protected during their first year," Daniel Spillers, fish and wildlife biologist with the Fort Rucker ... said. "We were receptive to it because our deer population is lower than we'd like to see it. ...we had 80 percent fawn mortality ... "The majority of that is due to coyote predation...

... The worry is the deer will starve to death if the container isn't removed...

...  dumped near railroad tracks off Shelby County Road 211 in Calera... it appears the animals were poached. One decapitated deer, believed to be a large buck, was found along the roadway while a doe and two fawns were found below the crossing near the railroad tracks...

Wide-ranging coyote study underway in Southeast February 10, 2015 Alabama, Southeast Farm Press
... The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has partnered with the University of Georgia Deer Lab ... One objective of the study is to understand the predation threat coyotes pose to other wildlife including white-tailed fawns. Researchers will also study DNA samples from each of the collared coyotes to determine colonization routes for coyotes in the Southeast...

State extends deer season in some areas February 2, 2015 Alabama, Sand Mountain Reporter
... disease of great significance in the Southeast is hemorrhagic disease (HD), caused by one of two viruses, the epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus or bluetongue virus. These two viruses are transmitted by biting midges, most commonly known as “no see-ums.” ...  chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis (BT)... neither has been detected in Alabama...

Experts say bigger bucks taken by area hunters February 2, 2015 Alabama, The Alexander City Outlook
...   “I think the three-buck limit that we instituted some seven years ago has changed the age-structure of the state’s deer herd, giving us older and better (bigger) bucks. We’re certainly beginning to see the effects.” ... Ray Metzler, acting chief of the Wildlife Section ...

Deer season goes into February this year January 30, 2015 Alabama, Brewton Standard
... Last year, a portion of southwest Alabama swapped 10 days of deer hunting in December to be able to hunt the first 10 days of February... this is one of the latest deer seasons in the nation ... From our biological data, you’re going to be hunting the peak of the rut the first week in February...

State game department to study coyotes impact on deer January 26, 2015 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser 
... A study isn’t needed to find out the impact coyotes have on fawns, said Stan Edwards, a Prattville deer hunter. He hunts on property in Macon and Lowndes counties.   “Coyotes really moved in over at our land in Macon County about six years ago,” he said. “Since then we have seen fewer deer, especially younger deer...

Fire Is Good Wildlife Management Tool January 15, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
... Fire is one of the best tools available to promote wildlife habitat ... Today’s more urban society is increasingly separated from the natural world, so many people do not realize the importance of fire on a landscape ... White-tailed deer management may be the driving force for utilizing prescribed fire on a specific property, yet many other species using the same habitat benefit greatly as a result of fire...

... The study aims to understand the threat that coyotes pose to wildlife including white-tailed deer fawns as predators...

Whitetail Rutting Activity in Alabama Varies Widely January 13, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
... “You can look at the distribution map of where deer were stocked in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and you can see the different genetics on those deer that came from the different parts of the country and even different parts of the state,” said Chuck Sykes, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director. “You can see the differences in the rut... 

Predator issues affecting our deer population January 10, 2015 Alabama, The Anniston Star 
...  From the 1940s through the 1960s, the deer and coyote populations were low. As deer numbers began to increase, so did the coyotes. And the wild canines also moved east and south... “If you keep a deer population above a certain threshold level, the deer population will rebound back to high deer numbers,” said Stephen Ditchkoff lead researcher at Auburn University Deer Lab. “But if you push it below a threshold level, then coyotes are able to pull it down further.” ...

... For the southern part of the state, which includes most of the Black Belt, this year’s deer season runs to Feb. 10, rather than Jan. 31. The extended season allows hunters to hunt during the rut, or mating season for deer.... 

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. 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.

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