Hunters during the spring and youth turkey season now have the option of reporting their harvest information using a free online system through the Department of Natural Resources called CheckIN Game.
Hunters can report their turkey harvest through a computer, tablet or wide variety of smart phones and handheld devices without having to take the turkey to a designated check station for physical inspection.
However, hunters will still have the option of taking their turkey to a designated check station.
The CheckIn Game system was developed by IN.gov, the official website of the state of Indiana and a service of the Indiana Office of Technology.
“The CheckIN Game system allows hunters to quickly check in their game from the convenience of their home or directly in the field using their mobile device,” said Mark Reiter, Division of Fish & Wildlife director. “This free online system is a big step forward in giving hunters more options to check in their game.”
Hunters who use CheckIN Game will get an electronic confirmation receipt with a confirmation number. They will need to write the number on the temporary transportation tag for the turkey. Indiana Conservation Officers will use the confirmation number to check validity of the turkey. While printing the confirmation receipt is not necessary, hunters may want to do so for their records.
Hunters must have their customer ID number ready when using the CheckIN Game system. Customer ID numbers can be found on spring turkey licenses or any hunting, trapping or fishing license from Indiana. Lifetime license holders will have the option of looking up this number in the CheckIN Game system. Hunters exempted by law from needing a license can also check in their game through this online system by entering some basic information.
To access CheckIN Game visit: hunting.IN.gov/7365.htm .
Directions for using the system will be posted on the CheckIN Game website; however, the system has a user-friendly design.
“The simple drop-down lists and the automatic filling in of information allows hunters to quickly and easily check their game,” Reiter said.
CheckIN Game will be available this weekend during the two-day youth season and when the regular spring turkey hunting season begins on April 25.
This fall, CheckIN Game likely will be expanded to include checking in white-tailed deer and fall-season turkey.