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Big Game Check-In Procedures

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There Are Three Ways You May Check-In Big Game Animals

Checking Station

On the Internet

Mobile Application

1. Take your harvest to the local checking station

2. Provide your harvest information

3. Keep record of your confirmation number

1. Go online to www.tnwildlife.org

2. Provide your harvest information

3. Keep record of your confirmation number

1. Use TWRA On the Go moblie app.

2. Provide your harvest information

3. Keep record of your confirmation number

*Remember: Big Game Must Be Checked-In The Same Day As Harvested!

On the go

Mobile Application

If an animal is checked in using the TWRA On the Go mobile app, it will automatically self-populate an entry in the Hunter’s Harvest Log & Diary found on the mobile application. That digital version containing a confirmation number is all that is required as long as you have an operating cell phone or other mobile device.

Deer, Turkey and Bear

Deer, turkey and bear 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 animal’s sex, species and antlered status (if applicable) must remain with the animal while afield and until checked in.

Turkeys must remain intact until checked in. After check in, the harvest confirmation number shall be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until time of final processing. Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when possessed afield. If bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide ect., must equal or exceed 75 pounds.

Elk

Elk shall be checked in as instructed in the hunter’s informational packet.

All Big Game

It is a violation of this section to provide false information during the check-in process. By completing the required check-in information, whether on paper or electronic form, the hunter is affirming that the information as it appears on the permanent record is valid and correct. This harvest record is a legal document. The harvest confirmation number shall accompany any big game animals taken to a taxidermist or meat processor.