Alabama Deer News
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.... 

... "The rut, or mating season, is widely accepted as the best time of the year to deer hunt ... in past years, the rut wasn't in full effect in popular hunting areas in the southern region until after the season's traditional closing date of Jan. 31." ...

Hunting on Pelham Range in decline since fort’s closure December 26, 2014 Alabama, The Anniston Star
... Changes in safety protocol, personnel, available activities and changes in the National Guard’s training exercises all have an effect on hunting in the range ... Because of that careful management, deer at the range tend to be of a higher quality than in most other public hunting lands in the area ...

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.  The three buck limit instituted around 2007 appears to have increased the number of mature bucks in the population.

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

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