The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding deer hunters to report any deer harvested during the upcoming February extended season through the Game Check program. Checking a deer is a simple process and can be completed over the Internet at www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck, through a smartphone using the Outdoor Alabama app, or by calling 1-800-888-7690 and using voice prompts.
According to Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes, the Game Check system is important for several reasons. “Game Check gives us a much better picture of what is going on in terms of hunting success,” he said. “What better way to track the success or failure of the February season in southwest Alabama than through Game Check? The only way hunters and our biologists will know if these changes to the deer season are working is if Alabama hunters participate in the voluntary system. We want every hunter to know that it is important to report both does and bucks,” Sykes said.
Deer season closes in most Alabama counties on January 31, but remains open in a portion of southwest Alabama through February 10. The extended season includes all of Baldwin, Mobile, Washington and Escambia counties, most of Monroe and Conecuh counties and portions of Choctaw, Clarke, Wilcox, Butler and Covington counties. Those areas were closed to gun deer hunting December 2-11, 2013, to offset the extension into February.
Anyone can view the information reported through Game Check by visiting https://game.dcnr.alabama.gov and clicking on “seasonal statistics.”