DNR holds public meetings about GA's deer population - CBS46 News

DNR holds public meetings about GA's deer population

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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

One of 10 statewide meetings concerning the deer population in Georgia is being held tonight.

The meetings hosted by Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division is designed to allow public input on the state's upcoming 10-year deer management plan.

Residents can weigh-in on deer-vehicle collisions, urban deer management as well hunting methods and hunter access.

According to Charlie Killmaster with the DNR, the state has approximately 1 million deer.

"That number is about right. But some cities especially in Atlanta Suburbs there may be more deer than in other parts of the state," said Killmaster. "That's because of lack of hunting sites and land access for proper hunting guidelines."

Killmaster told CBS Atlanta News motorists may also see more deer out right now because it's the height of deer mating season, which runs from mid-to-late October to January.

Tonight's public meeting is from 3-8 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Six others meetings have already been held in other part of the state.

Two more meetings will be held on Tuesday, one in Albany at Flint Riverquarium and the other in Statesbore at Georgia Southern University.

The last meeting is Wednesday in McDonough at the Henry County SPLOST Building from 3-8 p.m.

The DNR will also take comments submitted online or by mail.

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