Hunter participation in the Alabama Game Check Program is crucial to its success. With Game Check, we can work together to effectively manage wildlife in Alabama for generations to come.
 
THREE EASY WAYS TO DO YOUR PART!
  1. Check a deer using the Outdoor Alabama App
  2. Call 1-800-888-7690
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WHO NEEDS TO GAME CHECK?
Game Check allows all deer and turkey hunters, both licensed and exempt, to report all deer (i.e., bucks and does) and turkeys harvested in Alabama. All deer and turkey hunters are still required to have an Antlered Deer and Turkey Harvest Record in their possession while hunting and will still be required to fill out the harvest record prior to moving antlered deer and turkeys. Following completion of the harvest record, hunters are asked to report all deer harvests through Game Check using the Outdoor Alabama app, online, or telephone (1-800-888-7690).
 
WHAT WE KNOW FROM LAST YEAR
Over 19,500 deer were reported through Game Check during the 2013-14 season. 10,585 bucks and 8,919 does were reported, with all 67 counties represented. This was only a small portion of the game actually harvested, so we encourage your participation in the program. Anyone can view a complete listing of county-by-county harvest reports online.
 
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?
Data collection is an extremely important part of any deer management program and should be the primary item affecting deer management decisions. Data collection allows managers to monitor trends in the deer population’s physical condition, deer population numbers, deer harvest numbers, hunter success rates, and many other measures of a deer management program and effectiveness. Not collecting the right types or amounts of deer-related data often adds many unnecessary challenges to an already difficult task. This is true for deer on a small private property or across an entire state.
 
WFF biologists and administrators examine the agency’s data collection efforts each and every year to assess the effectiveness and efficacy of the deer management program. One area where data collection efforts have been lacking is an understanding of how the state’s deer harvest is distributed across the state and throughout the season. While the number of deer currently reported through Game Check is only a small percentage of the total statewide harvest (<10%), these data will provide valuable trend data in years to come. In the future, a larger percentage of the annual harvest will be captured through Game Check as more people become comfortable with the new system and see the value of the data gathered through the system. Knowing when and where people are killing deer, as well as when and where people are not killing deer, will be indispensable when evaluating the effects of the timing and length of the various types of deer seasons (e.g., archery, muzzleloader, either-sex, etc.) on the deer harvest on a county and regional basis, rather than a statewide basis only.
 
Managing Alabama’s deer population and its deer hunters is a unique and challenging process. WFF strives to be proactive in its management strategies and to keep the best interests of the deer populations and deer hunters at the forefront of the decision-making process. As data collection efforts improve and WFF gain a clearer understanding of the desires of the state’s deer hunters and the status of its deer herd, changes to the length and timing of Alabama’s deer season, bag limits, and other aspects of deer hunting in Alabama are likely in upcoming years.