Years ago Alabama’s Conservation Department offered landowners and leaseholders the opportunity to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program to help determine the number of bucks and does they should kill as part of their management plans.
That DMAP program withered when the state liberalized its season limits for does. At one time there were shorter windows of “doe days” in counties and hunters usually put the whammy on the nannies during those periods. They knew the opportunities were limited to add a few does to the freezer and do a little management, and a decent number took advantage of the DMAP.
Once that proverbial carrot dangling from the stick was removed, hunters found themselves killing more does throughout the roughly 110-day season. Limits went from a few does per year to a doe and buck or two does per day, a quite liberal opportunity some state officials believed gave the hunters more say in how they managed their land.
According to the Mobile Press-Register, the program had at least 2,100 participants at its peak. Last year about 100 were enrolled. Now, with deer populations believed to be down in some areas of the state – possibly through too many does being killed along with a rise in coyote predation – state officials are attempting to revive the DMAP program.
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