The Natural Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing Oct. 4 in Plainfield on whether to permanently approve a rule package that includes allowing hunters to check-in deer and wild turkeys electronically.
The electronic harvest reporting system, also called CheckIN Game, allows hunters to check in a deer or wild turkey using a computer or other Internet-capable device, or by telephone, and receive a unique confirmation number.
Hunters still have the option of checking in a deer or turkey at a check station.
CheckIN Game has been in effect by temporary rule since the spring 2012 wild turkey season, after the NRC gave the rule preliminary adoption.
With this proposed change, commercial deer processors will need to record the electronic harvest confirmation number on the record instead of the official metal tag number that is given by a check station, and register with the DNR prior to March 1 of each year.
Additional changes in the rule package:
- Removing the handgun license requirement to comply with state law in IC 35-47 because state law no longer requires an individual to have a handgun license while hunting lawfully.
- A provision to allow a person who buys a deer license bundle to also have the option of using it to take three antlerless deer.
- Clarifying the ending date for the fall wild turkey firearm season.
- Allowing an individual to call wild turkeys for another individual as long as the person calling for turkeys is properly licensed.
The proposed rule language can be viewed at: IN.gov/legislative/iac/20120822-IR-312120115PRA.xml.pdf
The public hearing will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road in Plainfield.
Comments can also be submitted online to the NRC at: nrc.IN.gov/2377.htm
. Click on "Comment on Proposed Rule" next to the "Deer & Turkey Electronic Harvest Reporting." The deadline for submitting comments is Oct. 4.
Comments can also be mailed to:
Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204
All comments sent to the NRC regarding this rule package will be provided to commission members and DNR staff and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.
The NRC is expected to vote on final adoption of the rule package at its Nov. 20 meeting.
For more information: Linnea Petercheff, Division of Fish & Wildlife, (317) 233-6527.