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Current Arkansas deer harvest now available online

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- Deer hunters interested in studying the state’s deer harvest can now get real-time data on the season. Hunters can check the deer harvest numbers at https://dev.ark.org/gamecheck/reports.php.

The information is available as a result of the agency’s use of the online and telephone checking system for deer. The new telephone checking system has replaced check stations that were in use for many years.

In addition to ease of use, faster data processing and real-time data reporting, the new process has enabled the AGFC to analyze the deer harvest by date. According to the AGFC’s Assistant Chief of Operations Matt Hodges, the information will allow the agency to chart trends during the season. “It also will provide valuable details about the effects of season structure on harvest,” Hodges said.

Hodges said the information hunters are providing is invaluable to the agency. “It is critical that hunters provide us accurate data and give us all of the information requested – especially birth dates,” he explained.

To provide the information over a cell phone, hunters must call from an area where a cell phone signal is strongest. “Hunters have 24 hours to check their game, so we’re asking people using a cell phone to go to a location with a signal stronger than one bar. Hunters need a good signal so their information comes through as strong as possible on the system,” Hodges said. “It’s not going to work if you don’t have the signal strength,” he added.

As of now, checking deer by calling (877) 507-4263 or  going online at http://gamecheck.agfc.com.

When hunters complete checking their  game, they are  given a check number that must be recorded on the license. Once all the required information is entered, the system will provide a check number that must be immediately written on the hunting tag. After three failed attempts hunters will have the option to connect with a live operator who can assist.

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