Alabama Deer Population: An estimate from the state of about 1.4 million in 2020 and an estimate of about 1.6 million deer in 2019. Estimated at 1.5 million in 2017. About the same in 2016 with 1.6 million, up from about 1.4 million in 2014 and 2015. Predators, habitat change, and hunting pressure have reduced the Alabama deer population since the peak of about 1.75 to 2 million deer in the year 2000. Herd analysis at right.
Alabama Deer News
Are deer harvested in Alabama safe to eat? November 30, 2021 Birmingham WBRC
... “We believe at this point it’s not a matter of if we get Chronic Wasting Disease detected in Alabama, it’s more a matter of when,” Ditchkoff acknowledged... The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has drop off sites for hunters to leave a sample for testing. Its website walks hunters through this process...
Can we prevent this 100% fatal deer disease from invading Alabama? Here's how you can help. May 27, 2021 Alabama, BhamNow... After years of seeing CWD migrate east toward Alabama, CWD arrived at our doorstep in 2018. That was when the first infected deer were found in Mississippi. The following year, Tennessee discovered their first deer with CWD. Recently Tennessee found an infected deer within 23 miles of the northwestern corner of Alabama..,
Year of the big deer in Alabama February 12, 2021 al.com ... Chris Cook, the WFF’s Deer Program Coordinator, said ... the COVID-19 restrictions have played a role in the increased harvest of all deer. Many people have discovered or rediscovered many outdoors activities, including hunting, since they’ve had far more free time as a result of closed workplaces and schools ..,
Alabama hunters bagging big bucks this season Feb 10, 2021 Dothan Eagle ... The Alabama deer herd is estimated at between 1.25 million and 1.5 million animals. As the Game Check numbers and phone survey data are analyzed for harvest on the county level as well as age and sex ratios, Cook said WFF will be able to update its population estimates after deer season ends February 10..,
Alabama Hunters Bagging Big Bucks This Season February 5, 2021 Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ... “We had two good years of above average rainfall ...In some areas, we had a lot of flooding, which makes it hard to hunt during deer season. Some deer that would have normally been harvested didn’t get killed. The other benefit of all that rain is food production. So tough hunting conditions for a couple of years and great growing conditions ... Another factor that may be playing into this is the supplemental feeding. When feeding became legal last year, we had a 14-percent increase in harvest..,
Record deer hunting season in Alabama brings reminds for hunters' safety December 31, 2020 WIAT - CBS42.com
... Projections are for 145,000 kills this season. Compare that to just 90,000 last season. Experts credit the increase to more hunters in the woods thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions that have more people staying at home..,
Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Deer Within 25 Miles of Alabama January 1, 2021, Alabama News Network
... It has still not been discovered in Alabama ... two hunter-harvested white-tailed bucks in northeast Mississippi have what’s being called “suspect positive” test ...
Improving Coastal Plain Hardwoods for Deer and Turkeys with Canopy Reduction and Fire
MA Turner, WD Gulsby, CA Harper, SS Ditchkoff - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2020
... Prescribed fire and canopy reduction are accepted forest management practices used to increase forage and cover for white‐tailed deer ... We recommend FSI [herbicide to kill trees with low value to deer and turkeys and retained oaks] and low‐intensity prescribed fire in Coastal Plain hardwoods to improve brooding cover for turkeys and understory forage for deer while retaining acorn production...
Public land provides opportunities to hunt rut all season December 4, 2020 Alabama, Atmore Advance
... Early in the 20th century, Alabama’s deer herd was extremely limited because of unregulated harvest... Extensive restocking efforts ... Deer were transported from Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin ... transplanted deer maintained their native rutting activity ... [as a result] rut in the state from mid-November through early February..,
Deer in woman’s driveway was missing an important body part, Alabama video shows November 17, 2020 Raleigh News & Observer
... one of the deer appears to have only two legs. Closer inspection reveals it has three ... State officials shared the Ring.com video Monday on Facebook, calling the deer a marvel of adaptation...
Alabama WFF Reports No CWD Positives; Testing Continues November 6, 2020 Alabama DCNR News
... “It looks like the cases in Tennessee and Mississippi are moving northwest. We have no new zones, nothing any closer than what we had last year. And nothing has tested positive in Alabama, so we’re on the same protocol as we were on last year.” ...
How Likely Are Deer Collisions In Alabama? October 15, 2020 YAHOO!
... Drivers in Alabama have a 1 in 90 chance of colliding with an animal on the road...
Continue to Monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease October 7, 2020 Alabama, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
... It is important for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to watch for the signs of CWD. Watch for deer that are emaciated, have difficulty moving or standing or exhibit lowering of the head. Other signs to watch for include tremors, listlessness, lack of wariness and excessive salivation and urination...
What’s wrong with this deer? September 30, 2020 Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Daily Digest Bulletin
... Most of the sick or injured deer that prompt the calls and e-mails have not suffered serious, long-lasting harm, but are only exhibiting the results of a brief illness, injury, or even just normal events that alter their appearance. Deer warts, mange, broken legs, or just weight loss associated with raising fawns can appear to be life threatening when, in reality, the condition is not life threatening to the individual deer or the deer population.... In order to make reporting of these deer simpler for the public, ADWFF established an online system for reporting sick or dead deer on our website.., Report a Sick Deer Online
Alabama court orders that deer stay the same size June 3, 2020 Legal News Line
... The state's highest court issued its 8-1 decision May 29, overturning a lower court ruling that held hybrids birthed by whitetail does who were artificially inseminated with imported mule deer semen would be legal to hunt...
Blind Deer, Seen ‘odd’ acting deer with strange eyes? It’s not your imagination, experts say March 5, 2020 Alabama, Raleigh News & Observer
... a 5-year-old buck with discolored eyes, and experts later determined it was living totally blind in the wild ... It had been stabbed in the eyeball by another buck’s antlers ...
Prescribed Fire Planned at Wind Creek State Park in March February 26, 2020 Alabama, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources News
... When properly used, controlled burning reduces the risk of wildfire by eliminating excess fuel on the ground. Prescribed fire also stimulates new plant growth that serves as food for several species including wild turkey, white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, fox squirrel, woodpeckers and bluebirds..,
Deer Warts, Monstrous growths on white-tailed deer are turning stomachs in Alabama January 8, 2020 Miami Herald
... The growths are a type of virus known as “deer warts,” ... humans and farm animals can’t get the virus from deer and the condition is known to clear up, if given enough time...
Effects of Breeding Chronology on White‐Tailed Deer Productivity in Alabama
MA Turner, WD Gulsby, SS Ditchkoff, WN Gray… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2019
... Following declines in white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations during the 19th century, many areas throughout the southeastern United States were restocked from various sources. As a result, some populations remain genetically distinct, and phenotypic traits of source populations, including breeding chronology, have been conserved ... Variation in reproductive output of large ungulates is primarily driven by young females, so managers should be aware that productivity of late‐breeding deer populations may be less than average, especially if those populations are behaving in a density‐dependent manner...
'Zombie' disease 'inevitable' in Alabama and could kill state's $1.8 billion deer-hunting industry November 21, 2019 Montgomery Advertiser
... Chronic Wasting Disease is likely “three to five years,” from showing up in the state, said Chuck Sykes... “It will be that negligent, uncaring hunter who harvests a deer out of state and doesn’t take the time to properly handle the carcass. And once it gets here, we can never put that genie back in the bottle ...
What hunters need to know as Alabama deer season begins November 17, 2019 Alabama, al.com
... The state now has somewhere between 1.5 and 1.75 million whitetails, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), and some parts of the state, particularly the southwest counties, remain over-populated ... a far cry from the early 1900s when, due to subsistence hunting and minimal game protection, there were only about 2,000 deer statewide ..,
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama November 15, 2019 Outdoor Alabama
... The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is increasing sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama after deer in nearby Mississippi and Tennessee tested CWD-positive...