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West Virginia big game to be checked using new electronic system

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of big game hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds successful hunters that they must field tag and electronically check in their harvest. Field tags must be completed before moving the carcass, and the tag must remain with the carcass until it is electronically checked.

Hunters are no longer required to transport their harvest to a check station; they can check their game by phone at 1-844-WVCheck (1-844-982-4325), on a computer at wvhunt.com, or by visiting a license agent, with or without the animal.

To check game in by phone, hunters must know their unique lifetime DNR ID number. That number will be printed on the top of the license for hunters who buy one each year. Lifetime license holders can obtain their DNR ID number, which has already been assigned to them, by visiting wvhunt.com or a local license agent. Landowners and those who don’t need a license, such as residents under the age of 15, resident hunters who turned 65 before Jan. 1, 2012, and former Prisoners of War, also can log on to wvhunt.com or visit a license agent to obtain their number.

To game check by computer, the hunter must log on to wvhunt.com. Those logging in for the first time can set up an account, get their DNR ID number if they don’t already have one, and then check in their game.

When a hunter has completed the electronic game check process, a 13-digit number will be assigned that confirms the game has been checked in properly. The game check confirmation number must be written down on a field tag or a sheet of paper along with the hunter’s name and address. This number must remain with the carcass until it is dressed for consumption.

A summary of the checking requirements follows, but hunters should check the 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations brochure for complete details.

Deer: Each deer shall be electronically checked and the 13-digit confirmation number, along with the hunter’s name and address, shall be attached to the deer before it is transported beyond the county adjacent to the county in which it was killed within 72 hours from when it was killed or 24 hours from the close of the respective season, whichever comes first.

Bear: Harvested bear shall be electronically checked and the 13-digit confirmation number, along with the hunter’s name and address, shall be attached to the bear within 24 hours after the kill and before any part of the bear is transported more than 75 miles from the point of kill.

Turkey: Each turkey shall be electronically checked and the 13-digit confirmation number, along with the hunter’s name and address, shall be attached to the carcass before it is skinned or transported beyond the county adjacent to the county in which it was killed, and within 72 hours from when it was killed or 24 hours from the close of the respective season, whichever comes first.

Boar: Boar harvest must be electronically checked within 24 hours after kill. The 13-digit confirmation number, along with the hunter’s name and address, shall be attached to the carcass and remain with it until it is dressed for consumption.