Hunting is both culturally and socially important to the Tribe. The Natural Resources Department manages the hunting seasons on Tribal lands, which are different than that of the State in duration and time of year. The department runs a deer check station for the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife. It is the duty of this station to provide hunters with assistance in the processing of wild game to be inspected and tagged in accordance with state law. When deer are brought to the check station, information about the deer is recorded such as age, sex, weight. This data is used to better manage the deer population on Martha’s Vineyard.