Electronic Registration Expanding

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Registering big game and wild turkeys will become easier at more locations this year, thanks to additional Electronic Licensing System (ELS) terminals outfitted for registering big game animals.

At many registration stations throughout the state, possession tags will be printed by the ELS terminal. ELS-printed possession tags still need to be attached to the deer with a string or a wire. The move will make it easier for wildlife managers to track harvest data.

"It's more efficient and more accurate," said Lou Cornicelli DNR big game program coordinator. "Electronic registration allows us to eliminate the need to hand-count registration tags. We'll be able to provide timely harvest estimates."

Every deer harvested in Minnesota must be registered at one of 1,000 registration stations throughout the state (a complete list is online at www.dnr.state.mn.us). The deer and the person who tagged it must be present to receive a big game possession tag.

"Big game registration provides essential information for managing deer populations," Cornicelli said. "This is a very valuable service provided by business owners and we appreciate it."

Details on registration and transportation of deer can be found in the 2005 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.