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ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state's deer population.

Morris News Service reports 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.

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