ADCNR will not extend deer seasonPublished 3:07pm Friday, January 31, 2014
Hunter hoping for a few more days to chase that trophy buck got some bad news Thursday.
Officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will not extend hunting season. After a winter storm covered most of the state’s roadways with ice Tuesday, transportation officials across the state advised that motorists avoid all but essential traffic, which prevented some hunters from reaching their hunting land.
That led a number of hunters to contact the ADCNR and ask about an extension. Deer season ended Friday for most of the state.
“Although there is a process that allows the commissioner of the DCNR to shorten or extend the season for emergency purposes, we don’t really believe that the inclement weather was a true emergency as far as managing our wildlife resources,” said Ray Metzler, wildlife section assistant chief with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. “Extending or shortening the season under emergency procedures should only be used in dire circumstances such as unforeseen disease occurrences or other catastrophic events. There were many individuals that were able to hunt during the past few days.”
Deer season remains open in part of southwest Alabama through Feb. 10. The extended season includes all of Baldwin, Mobile, Washington and Escambia counties, most of Monroe and Conecuh counties and portions of Choctaw, Clarke, Wilcox, Butler and Covington counties.
The state conservation department is reminding deer hunters to use the department’s Game Check program to report any deer killed during the upcoming extended season in February.
Department official Chuck Sykes says the reports will allow the department to track the success or failure of the extended season in southwest Alabama. Game check is available on the Internet (http://www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck ), through a smartphone using the Outdoor Alabama app, or by calling 1-800-888-7690.