Mon., April 8, 2013 6:44pm (EDT)

Shortening Deer Hunting Season?
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
 The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state's deer population.  The Department of Natural Resource has learned longer deer hunting seasons have led to a significant drop in the deer population within the past decade. Officials say the deer population has dropped from about 1.4 million to less than 1 million. (photo courtesy of Ian Britton via free foto)
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state's deer population. The Department of Natural Resource has learned longer deer hunting seasons have led to a significant drop in the deer population within the past decade. Officials say the deer population has dropped from about 1.4 million to less than 1 million. (photo courtesy of Ian Britton via free foto)
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state's deer population.

The Department of Natural Resource has learned longer deer hunting seasons have led to a significant drop in the deer population within the past decade. Officials say the deer population has dropped from about 1.4 million to less than 1 million.

John Bowers, the department's assistant chief of game management, says the department's goal is to stabilize the deer population around 1 million.

Among other regulations, the department is expected to vote in May on whether to shorten deer hunting season by 25 days.