FAQ's about Game Check and Harvest Records for deer and turkey.
Game Check is a program designed to track deer and turkey harvest information on a county-by-county basis. Game Check requires that all hunters, regardless of age or license requirements, report deer and turkey harvests within 48 hours of the harvest.
Why did Alabama implement Game Check?
Game Check is a tool that will allow improved management of Alabama’s deer and turkey populations. Over time, this valuable information can be used by WFF biologists to see harvest trends and set seasons and bag limits. Prior to implementation, Alabama was one of just three states without any mandatory harvest reporting requirement.
They are not. Regulation 220-2-.146 has two parts: a Reporting portion and a Recording portion. While they work together in many ways, they are two different regulations / requirements that pertain to hunting deer and/or turkeys in Alabama.
The most convenient and accurate ways to report your harvest are:
Why should I use the app?
Using the app is the fastest, most convenient way to combine the use of the Harvest Record and Game Check. Once you record a harvest on the electronic Harvest Record, it automatically completes the Game Check requirement and places the confirmation number on the electronic Harvest Record. (Clicking continue more than once will result in multiple harvest reports.)
If using the app, what happens if I have no cell service while hunting?
You would still record your harvest on the electronic Harvest Record. When you are back in service range, the app will automatically complete the reporting of the harvest and upload the confirmation number on the electronic Harvest Record. Remember, you must have the app downloaded and your profile established prior to hunting in an area with limited cell service for this to work.
My harvest shows more than one confirmation number on my app’s Harvest Record?
Clicking multiple times while recording your harvest in the app could result in multiple reports with different confirmation numbers. If this happens, you can call the Wildlife Section at (334) 242-3469 during normal business hours for assistance.
Can I Game Check someone else’s harvest using my app?
No, the app is specific to one person. All harvests reported using the app will be applied to your harvest record. You would have to go to www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck using the phone’s internet browser to report for other hunters.
I have a new phone – how do I see my previous information on the app?
After downloading the app on the new phone, you can sign in and see all your previous harvest data.
Do hunters need a paper Harvest Record even though I’m using the app?
No, the Harvest Record can be either paper OR the app.
How can I get a paper Harvest Record?
It can be found in the Annual Hunting and Fishing Digest that is available at any local license agent or it can be downloaded from www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck.