TWRA Big Game Check In
When purchasing the appropriate big game license, a Harvest Log will print instead of a temporary kill tag. By the end of the calendar day of harvest, all big game animals (turkey, deer, bear) must be checked in.
The hunter must check the animals in one of three ways:
- At a traditional check station
- On the Internet site
- On a smartphone or tablet
Evidence of the big game animal’s species and sex must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the animal is checked in. All big game animals taken to taxidermists or to meat processors must be accompanied by documentation on approved TWRA forms or TWRA mobile application.
See an example of a harvest report confirmation page
In addition to reporting harvests, when you use the TWRA's mobile web application, you can also use the harvest diary to log your special moments and experiences while hunting as well. It's a great way to record your memories about your experiences all in one place!
Youth hunters under the age of 13 must have a TWRA ID number in order to use the mobile check-in for big game animals.
Kids can go to an agent location, check station or Regional Office with their parent and SSN card and have a TWRA profile created which will last forever. After that, those youth hunters can use the mobile check-in.
- Big game animals 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 big game animal’s species and sex must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the animal is checked in. After check in, documentation on approved TWRA forms or TWRA mobile application shall be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until time of final processing. This documentation of a confirmed check in shall accompany any big game animals taken to a taxidermist or meat processor.
Evidence of the animal’s sex, species, and antlered status (if applicable) must remain with the animal while afield.
- All harvested bears must be checked in at any approved checking station (excluding internet and mobile applications). Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in. If bears are quartered or boned out, the total of the meat, hide, etc., must equal or exceed 75 pounds. The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at any official checking station.
- Elk shall be checked in as instructed in the hunter’s informational packet.
- 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.