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Fetal Surveys Showing Deer Management Isn’t ‘One Size Fits All’

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Fetal Surveys Showing Deer Management Isn’t ‘One Size Fits All’

When whitetail numbers were low in the early 20th century, restocking efforts brought in deer from numerous sources to try to ensure the population would rebound. Rebound would be an understatement, with the number of deer in Alabama currently estimated at about 1.5 million animals.

However, the remnants of those restocking efforts remain. While many of the deer that were part of the restocking program came from southwest Alabama, animals were also brought in from Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
Deer in southern Alabama, south of Montgomery where this buck was killed, have breeding dates into March based on fetal conception surveys.

Deer in southern Alabama, south of Montgomery where this buck was killed, have breeding dates into March based on fetal conception surveys.

“Alabama has a bunch of different deer we have to deal with,” said Chuck Sykes, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF). “When I managed deer in Illinois, I managed one deer. If you manage deer in Alabama, you have a sack full. Depending on where you are is how you have to adapt your management strategies.”

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