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Heat has slowed deer hunters

September 22, 2005

Albany -- Georgia biologists say deer hunting season has started slowly because of the weather.

Bow hunting season started September 10th, but the Department of Natural Resources says the number of deer killed so far is low. Most hunters say it's too hot to bother yet, but interest is expected to pick up when the temperatures cool down.

 D.N.R. biologist Julie Robbins said "The outlook is supposed to be an excellent deer season. Hunters success was down about 16 percent last year. Most of that again was related to weather and a good mast year. So we are anticipating that there will be a surplus of deer this year for hunters."

Naturalists say they hope hunters will harvest about 350-thousand deer out of the estimated more than one million deer population .

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