MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – As bow season opens in Alabama, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is asking hunters to take a pass on any deer wearing an orange collar.
The collared deer are part of a research project between the department and Auburn University. Researchers hope to learn more about the movement of adult white-tailed deer and their survival rates.
The data collected with help guide future deer management decisions.
Deer in the following locations have been fitted with collars: the Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area; Barbour Wildlife Management Area; Pioneer Deer Management Cooperative; and Rembert Hill Road in Marengo County. However, it’s quite possible the deer will migrate out of these areas.
Some deer have also been released with brown collars. These may be killed. However, conservation officers ask that hunters return the collars. A list of contacts for collar returns may be found here.
Bow season opens in north Alabama on October 15th. It will open in south Alabama later in the month.