State asks hunters not to shoot deer with orange tags for research purposes

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Montgomery, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama's Conservation Department is asking hunters not to kill white-tailed deer with orange radio neck collars in four areas in south Alabama.

The department, with Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are studying survival rates and movement patterns of white-tailed deer in Alabama.  Some deer are fitted with orange collars, while some have brown collars.  The department says the deer with brown collars can be shot, but hunters should avoid shooting white-tailed deer with orange collars.  Hunters are encouraged to return the collars if they harvest a deer with one on.

The white-tail deer with the radio neck collars are in the Oakmulgee and Barbour Wildlife Management Areas, the Pioneer Deer Management Cooperative in Pike County, and the Rembert Hill Road area southwest of Linden.

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