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Ohio introduces new game check process

4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

OHIO — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) encourages hunters to educate themselves about Ohio’s new game tagging and checking procedure for the 2013-14 hunting seasons. These changes provide a more consistent tagging process between exempt landowners and those using a permit, according to ODNR officials.

The new game check process applies to spring turkey, fall turkey and white-tailed deer hunting seasons. A new feature this year is that hunters will need to make their own game tag to attach to the turkey or deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.), as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of kill written legibly with an ink pen or permanent marker. The ODNR Division of Wildlife has a blank game tag available at www.wildohio.com that is suitable for the tagging and checking process.

ODNR encourages following these steps when tagging wildlife during the spring hunting seasons:

  • Protect permits and game tags from the elements by placing them in a plastic bag or protective pouch before hunting.
  • Landowners and permit holders must complete a game tag immediately upon harvest and prior to moving the animal.
  • Attach the game tag to the animal immediately.
  • Permit holders must complete the spring turkey permit with the date, time and county of kill. Those exempt from purchasing a permit can ignore this step.
  • Complete the automated game check process and receive an 18-digit confirmation number. Permit holders must record this number on the permit.
  • The 18-digit confirmation number also must be attached to the animal. Hunters also may choose to write the number on the game tag.
  • All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game check system. Hunters have three options to complete the game check: Online at www.wildohio.com or www.ohiogamecheck.com; by calling 877-TAG-ITOH (this option is only available to those who are required to have a permit to hunt turkeys); and at all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at www.wildohio.com.

Game-check transactions will be available online and by telephone seven days a week, including holidays. License agents’ locations will be available for turkey check-in during normal business hours. Hunters can call the license agent for specific hours of operation. All turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of the kill. Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and any other person not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the phone-in option.

More information, including a pamphlet explaining the process, is available by calling 800-945-3543.

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