Hunters Adapting Well to Ohio’s Automated Game Check System

Ohio Department Natural Resources

COLUMBUS, OH – Close to 10,000 wild turkeys have been checked through Ohio’s new automated game check system, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Hunters must still report their turkey harvest, but they are no longer required to take their turkey to a check station for physical inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new automated game check:

* On the Internet at wildohio.com
* By telephone at 1-877-TAG-ITOH (1-877-824-4864). This option is only available to those who are required to have a turkey permit to hunt turkeys.
* At all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at wildohio.com

All three check-in methods are being used, with 42-percent of hunters using the phone method. Hunters checking at a license agent location are second at 31-percent, followed closely by those using the Internet at 27-percent.

Those hunters checking their turkey on the Internet need to make sure they have access to a working printer so the game check receipt can be printed. Game check requires the hunter to open and print a receipt from a PDF file. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.2 or better is required. Adobe’s Acrobat Reader is a free download.

Hunters need to be aware that checking game on the Internet with their smart phone is available, but those hunters will eventually need to print out a game check receipt with a permanent tag number printed on it. So hunters must save the game check receipt PDF file provided at the end of the transaction for later printing.

A new option available to hunters is the ability to access your customer account. Log onto wildohio.com and choose the “Manage Your Customer Account” link. The hunter can use his or her customer identification number to log in. Customer identification numbers can be found at the top of hunting licenses and permits. Information available through the customer account includes licenses and permits purchased, game check transactions, hunting and fishing lottery results and Wild Ohio Magazine subscriptions.

Since the new automated game check system is built on a web-based platform making needed modifications to the system can be accomplished. Last fall, a pilot test of the game check system was completed and a few modifications were made for this year’s spring turkey season. The Division of Wildlife will continue to monitor the game check system and make changes as need for customer convenience.

Game-check transactions are available online and by telephone seven days a week and during holidays. License agents’ locations are available for turkey check-in during normal business hours. Please call the license agent for specific hours of operation. All turkeys must be checked in by 11 p.m. the day of kill.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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