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OH deer, turkey hunters must check game on day of harvest

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- While Ohio's successful deer and turkey hunters must still report their harvests, they are no longer required to take their game to a check station for physical inspection and tagging.

Hunters now have three options to complete the new automated game check.
Game can be checked:

* Online at

* By calling (877)824-4864, an option only available to those required to have a deer or turkey permit.

* At all license agent locations. License agents' locations are available for deer and turkey check-in during normal business hours. Hunters should call the license agent for specific hours of operation. All deer and turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill.

Landowner hunters not required to purchase a deer or fall turkey permit must use the internet or an authorized license agent to check their game. Hunters who tag game as a landowner harvest cannot use the phone-in method.

Immediately upon harvest, the hunter must detach the temporary tag from the permit, fill in the necessary information using a pen, and attach it to the animal. Landowner hunters must create their own temporary tag and attach it to the deer or turkey immediately upon harvest. The game can be legally transported once the temporary tag is attached. Hunters should use a plastic bag or license holder to protect the temporary tag in the field.

Hunters who use the phone to check their game need to be ready to write the permanent tag number assigned on the permanent tag.

Hunters who check a deer or turkey online or with an agent, receive a game-check receipt with a permanent tag number printed which should be attached to the animal. The permanent paper tag must stay with the deer or turkey as long as any part of the animal is held.

The paper permanent tag replaces the metal tag used in the past. Hunters should also be aware that the license and permit paper is not waterproof and should be protected in a plastic bag or license holder.

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