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Lieutenant gives tips for hunting season

With fall weather on the horizon and hunters getting ready for deer season, Lt., Randall Lee with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries give some reminders for the season on Tuesday.

One big issue that Lee sees around the county is the carcasses that are dumped in creeks and rivers.

“We have deer dumped in creeks down here like crazy,” Lee said. “It is actually a criminal littering charge. What we recommend is having a pit dug on their hunting land where they can discard the deer carcasses or hog carcasses, or dump it on land they have permission to be on. We don’t need them in creeks, right of ways or anything like that. I’m sure it affects the water and the streams when the animals get put in there. If they were dumped on dry land, the carcasses would be eaten by vultures and other animals, but when they are in the creek or water, they just stay there.”

With the colder weather, Lee said there may be more bears out in the northern part of the county.

“We have had some bears pass through the northern part of the county,” Lee said. “They don’t necessarily stay here, but they pass through on occasion. If you see one of them, don’t get scared and run away. Try to remain calm and please do not try to injure them or anything. They are pretty much as scared of us as we are of them.”

Safety during hunting is another thing Lee is pushing this season.

“Continue to wear your safety orange,” Lee said. “Even when you climb up into the hunters stand, wear your safety orange. With the new law of baiting deer going into effect, make sure that you have the proper license before you hunt.”