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Wildlife Officials: Game Reporting Low

It's estimated that around 1,000 deer would be killed this season in Houston County alone. So far, in the county, only 150 have been reported.
In the future the state could require hunters to report their game.
In the future the state could require hunters to report their game.


It's estimated that around 1,000 deer would be killed this season in Houston County alone. So far, in the county, only 150 have been reported. The state wide game check system was started to allow hunters to report deer and turkey kills but only a small amount were actually recorded.

"We've never required that data or even asked for that data before. It helps us have information on the number of bucks and does and turkeys being killed and not just statewide but in particular regions down to the county levels," said Supervising Wildlife Biologist, Bill Gray.

Some hunters were concerned about the amount of game left in the state. In fact some of those concerns came out of Houston County. Without county specific data, there's no way for officials to keep track of the animals but officials are remaining optimistic despite the poor numbers.

"With it being voluntary I don't think it was a failure but a step in the right direction," said Gray.

In the future the state could require hunters to report their game.

"I think that eventually game check will probably be a mandatory program like 30 plus other states do in the United States. I think eventually it probably will be mandatory," said Gray.

He says ultimately it will benefit hunters.

"I think if the hunters or those trying to manage deer on properties that they own or lease if they're interested in us being able to make the best management decisions for the deer resource and the turkey resource and assist them in meeting management goals then I think everybody has a vested interest in seeing game check being accepted and adopted and widely used," said Gray.

To report game kills download the app 'Outdoor Alabama' or go online to OutdoorAlabama.com.

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