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Missouri deer, turkey hunters must Bag, Notch, Tag and Check it

From Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Deer and turkey tagging procedures have changed with Missouriís e-Permit system. The key information for hunters to remember: Bag it. Notch it. Tag it. Check it.

The e-Permit system lets hunters, anglers and trappers purchase, print and immediately use all Missouri sport-hunting and sport-fishing permits, as well as trapping permits and the Apprentice Hunter Authorization.

Deer and turkey e-Permits do not include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself is the transportation tag. Deer and turkey permits have months printed along one edge and dates on another edge. Hunters must notch the month and day as part of recording their harvested game.

Hunters must then tag their game by attaching the protected permit to their harvested deer or turkey. String, twist-ties, wire, plastic cable ties or tape work well for this step.

Deer and turkey hunters must continue to check harvested animals by phone or online through MDCís Telecheck system.

Hunters, anglers and trappers can save e-Permits on their computers and print extra copies in case one is lost or ruined. As always, permits may not be shared, and additional copies of a permit do not provide additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use.

Hunters, anglers and trappers can buy and print paper permits 24/7 online at

Permits are still available from vendors, and can be purchased by calling (800)392-4115. Phone purchases are subject to a $2 processing fee and require up to a two week wait time to receive the permits through U.S. mail. The fee for e-Permits is $1. There is no additional fee for permits purchased from vendors.

Commercial permits and lifetime permits will continue to be sold through MDCís Central Office by calling (573)751-4115.

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