I love data. Maybe it’s just how my brain is wired, but whenever I can get lots of information really easily and visually, it just makes me happy. That’s why the new county map-based way of seeing where the deer hunters are being most successful is downright fun to use.
In just the past few years, Missouri hunters have been able to check their deer or turkey harvest by calling in or going online to report it. One benefit of this Telecheck system is that you don’t have to wait until several days or a week after the hunting season to find out how the harvest was going. Plus, we have some creative geeky guys (wonderfully brilliant computer people) who figured out how to match the information from Telecheck with maps.
I know we live in a digital age, but I’m still amazed that someone can report online the deer they got and in a few seconds someone else will be able to see that one more deer was taken in that county. The map they created looks like it covers the telecheck results for both fall deer and fall turkey harvests. I live in Callaway County. I know one hunter on our land got one deer, and from the map I can see his was one of more than 3,000 deer taken in just three days. Have you checked to see what’s going on in your county?