ABHuntLog is an inexpensive and accessible citizen science app feature for collecting large-scale, long-term harvestable wildlife population data, developed through a partnership among ACA, University of Alberta, and iHunter. Between September 1 and December 31, 2021, 142 voluntary ABHuntLog participants completed 720 surveys in 106 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). The most observational data were submitted for white-tailed deer, followed by upland game birds, mule deer, and moose. Several aggregated summaries by WMU of the 2021 data are available on ACA’s website (ABHuntLog.ca), allowing hunters to visualize and understand the value and utility of their ABHuntLog data. Alberta hunters have expressed an interest in providing meaningful data to assist in the management of game species, and a desire for better information to help with planning future hunts. ABHuntLog enables voluntary submission of observational data using the iHunter Alberta app that will help achieve these outcomes, as well as provide a dashboard summary of their harvest information that individual hunters can use for planning future hunts and completing their annual mandatory reporting requirements to Alberta Environment and Parks. We anticipate increased participation in future years with improvements to ABHuntLog in 2022 so that we can expand the number and quality of the data summaries provided on ACA’s website.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Alberta Professional Outfitters Society, iHunter, University of Alberta