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Wildlife Chatter: Common harvest questions addressed

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FAQs 1. Why is TWRA changing tagging regulations? When we added the TWRA mobile application for smartphones and tablets, the previous kill tag requirements were no longer compatible with the changes that were made. 2. Where is my temporary kill tag? Temporary kill tags have been replaced with harvest logs. 3. What do I need to fill out to transport an animal from the field? Nothing. 4. How do I report a harvest? You can still use traditional check-in stations, the Internet, or the new TWRA mobile application. 5. When do I report a harvest? Big game animals must be checked in by the end of the calendar day. 6. What do I need to provide a taxidermist? A harvest confirmation number documented on an approved TWRA form or TWRA mobile application, in addition to other information that taxidermist are required to collect. 7. What do I need to provide to a meat processor? A harvest confirmation number documented on an approved TWRA form or TWRA mobile application. 8. Regarding harvest reporting, what is an approved TWRA form? For harvest reporting, TWRA-approved forms are a TWRA harvest log, confirmation receipt from a check station, printed screen shot of internet check-in, or the harvest log and diary from the TWRA Mobile Application. 9. Am I allowed to check-in a big game animal via the TWRA mobile application while in the field and continue hunting? Yes. 10. How many big game animals can I document on one harvest log? As many as the approved TWRA harvest log allows. Additional harvest logs are available on the TWRA website. 11. Can I use multiple logs if I harvest more big game than one log will support? Yes. More Information Big game animals shall be checked in at any approved TWRA checking station, on the TWRA website, or by the TWRA mobile application before leaving the state or being gifted to another, and before the end of the calendar day. Evidence of the big game animal's species and sex must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the animal is checked in. After check in, documentation on approved TWRA forms or TWRA mobile application shall be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until time of final processing. This documentation of a confirmed check in shall company any big game animals taken to a taxidermist or meat processor. Evidence of the animal's sex, species, and antlered status (if applicable) must remain with the animal while afield. All harvested bears must be checked in at any approved checking station (excluding internet and mobile applications). Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in. if bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide, etc., must equal or exceed 75 pounds. The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at any official checking station. Arnold Bull hosts "Wildlife Chatter" on WKBJ and has won numerous awards for his writing and television work. He can be reached at 476-4601 or arnold@bullinsurance.com.

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