Alabama Lawmakers Look To Extend Deer Season
March 16, 2011
Alabama lawmakers are considering a bill that would extend deer season.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn and co-sponsored by Sen. Marc Keahey, D-Grove Hill, would extend Alabama’s deer gun season from early November through mid-February.
Senate Bill 124 was introduced March 1 to extend deer season two weeks prior to the opening of regular gun season through the first two weeks after the close of regular gun season and also to allow whitetail deer to be hunted over bait.
The extension into mid-February will allow hunters in the southern part of the state to hunt during the rut (breeding season), according to the grassroots website www.extenddeerseason.com.
Dan Moultrie, chairman of the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board, is not supportive of the plan.
“Once we get the buck-doe ratio down closer to that magic one-to-one, it’ll do two things,” Moultrie said. “One, you’ll have a more intense rut that all our (Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division) management staff has been saying for years. They said let’s not go into February. You get the buck-doe ratio right and you’ll see them in January. Looking at how the herd is improving, it would have been a huge mistake to open a February season.”