AWFF Div: Deer kill reports not accurate

Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division

A state conservation official says Alabama hunters didn’t do a good enough job reporting all the deer they killed this hunting season.

State statistics show Alabama hunters reported killing more than 18,500 deer during the season, which ends Monday as legal hunting closes in southwest Alabama.

But the director of the state Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, Chuck Sykes, says surveys show that’s only a small fraction of the deer that were actually killed.

The state agency tried to require hunters to report their kills this season, but legislative opponents blocked the rule.

Conservation officials say they need to know about hunters’ kills so they can manage wildlife herds.

Sykes say the wildlife agency will consider again whether to make the reporting requirement mandatory.

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