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Game Tag & Check

Hunting Regulations Icon Ohio Hunting

Tagging Process

All hunters who harvest a deer or turkey are required to create their own game tag.

We strongly recommend that hunters protect their deer and/or turkey permits and game tags from the elements by placing them in a plastic bag or protective pouch before and after they are attached to the animal.

STEP 1: Every person who kills a deer or wild turkey must immediately:

Make a game tag with the hunter’s name, date, time, and county of kill.

Attach the completed game tag to the deer or wild turkey at the place where it fell.

Fill in the deer or wild turkey permit with the date, time, and county of kill. (Exempt landowners do not need to complete this step.)

Once finished with Step 1, the hunter legally possesses the deer or wild turkey and is free to transport it.

STEP 2: For deer, the hunter must complete the game check and tagging process by noon the day after the kill. If the deer is killed on the last day of a season, it must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill. For wild turkey, the hunter must complete the game check and tagging process by 11:30 p.m. on the same day the turkey was killed.

STEP 3: The confirmation number must remain with the animal and its parts. The number may be written on the back or bottom of a mount.

landowners

Exempt landowners hunting on their own lands:

Are not required to obtain a hunting license or permit.

Are required to create a game tag and attach it to the harvested game.

Can use the operator-assisted game check (fees apply).

Are required to place the 18-digit confirmation number on the game.

Game check process

Hunters are encouraged to complete the game check in a sheltered area.

Hunters must have their permit in hand to complete the game check process.

Hunters can complete the game check process in one of three ways:

Call 1-877-TAG-IT-OH (1-877-824-4864).

Exempt landowners call 1-866-703-1928 for operator-assisted landowner game check. Fees apply.

Visit ohiogamecheck.com using a smartphone or computer, then select Game Check.

Visit any authorized license sales agent. A list of sales agents can be found at wildohio.gov. Hunters do not need to take their deer or turkey to the agent for the game check. Authorized license sales agents will be available for game check during normal business hours.

Regardless of game check method, the hunter must provide the 10-digit permit number, which is printed in large numbers on every permit. Exempt landowners do not need to complete this step.

The hunter must answer a series of questions. The hunter will be issued an 18-digit confirmation number at the end of the process.

The 18-digit confirmation number must be written on the corresponding deer or wild turkey permit. The confirmation number must also be attached to the animal. When a hunter has checked their deer or wild turkey by web or agent, they will receive a game check receipt with their 18-digit confirmation number printed on it. Hunters using the telephone game check method will receive the 18 digits of the confirmation number over the phone.

The confirmation number may be written on the game tag. The completed tag must then be attached to the deer or wild turkey. 

A game check receipt may be printed by accessing Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System at ohiogamecheck.com after the game check process is complete.