How do you check a deer when hunting?


Quick Answer

The process for checking a deer varies by state. Check with the local department of Fish and Wildlife for specific information. In most of the United States, hunters must check deer harvested, provide their hunting license or permit, hunting location by county, and sex and species of the animal taken.

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Most states require both licensed and unlicensed hunters to check deer or other game harvested by phone, in person at check stations or online. In Oklahoma, there is a multi-step process that hunters can use to check deer online. Massachusetts also allows online reporting, but during shotgun season, hunters must check deer at traditional deer check stations. Arkansas even has a phone app which hunters can use to check deer. Once the deer is checked, most states issue a confirmation number or tag to attach to the animal prior to moving, processing or butchering.

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