New Records and Recognition Program For White-tailed Deer

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white-tail deerThe Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has developed a new records and recognition program for white-tailed deer taken in Alabama – the Records of Alabama’s White-tailed Deer (RAWD).

The demand for information on the largest bucks harvested in Alabama led to the development of the new program. The program will allow Alabama’s deer hunters to have their deer scored by trained wildlife personnel. By providing Alabama’s deer hunters a program to have their deer’s antlers measured and recognized, the RAWD program will be able to showcase the many exceptional deer produced in the state each year. The hunters also can compare deer taken in their region to deer from other areas of Alabama, as well as other states in the Southeast.   

The RAWD program is open to antlers from all free-ranging bucks legally taken or found dead in Alabama, regardless of the year the deer was taken or found. The antler scoring system used for the RAWD program is identical to that used by the Boone & Crockett Club. The minimum scores for the program are 140 Typical (net) and 165 Non-Typical (net). The minimum entry scores are high, but that is by design. The RAWD program was set up to recognize the exceptional bucks taken in Alabama.

The first scoring sessions for the RAWD program will be held this summer. If a deer has been officially scored for Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, or Longhunter’s purposes, sportsmen can bring the official score sheet with their mount to a RAWD scoring session.  Scoring sessions are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Date:   August 9th         Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:   District IV ADWFF Office
1820 Glynwood Drive, Suite C
Prattville, Alabama
Information:   (334) 358-0035
Date:   August 23rd       Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:   Southern Deer & Turkey Expo
National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds
US Highway 231 South
Dothan, Alabama
Information:   (334) 347-1298

Visit to learn more about the Records of Alabama’s White-tailed Deer program, obtain score sheets, or locate the next available scoring session.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit