Check out The CheckIN Game Harvest Report Program
In increasing numbers, deer and turkey hunters are bucking tradition.
That tradition is the in-person check station, which for 30 years was the only way hunters could meet the mandatory requirement of reporting what they harvested.
In 2012, hunters were given an additional reporting option — the CheckIN Game system (www.CheckINgame.dnr.IN.gov).
CheckIN Game is a free online system that helps hunters meets the mandatory requirement of reporting harvested game. It can be used from any device that is connected to the Internet. Hunters who use the system receive a confirmation number that must be written on a temporary transportation tag.
The online system was an instant hit two years ago with Mark White, a deer and turkey hunter from West Lebanon.
“It’s so much more convenient,” he said. “I checked all of mine in on my smart phone before I left the field. It was much less hassle … I’m a huge fan of CheckIN Game, and I hope it’s here to stay.”
Almost 49 percent of the deer harvested in 2013 were reported using the CheckIN Game online or phone-in options. Online reports accounted for 58,887 deer, or 47 percent of the total harvest. While about 53,400 deer were reported online in 2012, it represented only 39 percent of the total harvest for that season.
At the same time, phone-in reports nearly tripled, from 708 in 2012 to 2,008 in 2013.
“It appears that more hunters are slowly gravitating toward the CheckIN program,” DNR deer management biologist Chad Stewart said. “There’s no doubt it’s convenient for hunters, but there are still others who enjoy going to traditional check stations.
“I expect CheckIN Game participation to grow as more hunters become comfortable with the system.”
The system also tracks year-to-year harvest information. Participants can go to the website, enter their customer identification number and date of birth, and choose “View Previous CheckIN Game.” It can also be used to find a confirmation number if it is lost.
CheckIN Game was launched as a pilot program in the spring 2012 wild turkey season and expanded to include deer hunting last fall.
The phone-in option can be used by calling 1-800-419-1326. However, there is a $3 charge for this service (Visa or Mastercard only).
An instructional video on how to use the CheckIN Game system can be found on the DNR’s YouTube channel at Youtube.com/idnrvideos.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.