Classic qualifier keeps his deer close

David Kilgore is Alabama proud, from bass to bucks.

Kilgore won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Logan Martin to qualify for his first Bassmaster Classic. He will stay within the confines of his state when he competes on Lake Guntersville in February. He insists deer hunters also should stay in state.

“If you could take the deer herd here, and in the surrounding four, five, six counties … not let anybody shoot a buck for a couple years, all you could shoot was a doe … It would blow your mind what would grow in this part of Alabama,” he said. “The people that usually leave Alabama to go hunt places like Illinois, they’d stay home to hunt because you wouldn’t have to go to Illinois. There would be some deer so big here it would just blow your mind.”

Kilgore thinks that because of the current state of deer hunting in his home state, and particularly from the changes he’s seen managing the family’s 2,220-acre farm in Walker County, Ala.

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