Tribune photo by Lew Freedman / Biologist Amy Kearns surveys deer hunters checking in their kills Saturday at Bassmasters Sports Headquarters in Seymour in November 2011. Kearns was also measuring deer and taking samples to be tested for chronic waste disease.
Checking in deer and wild turkeys may soon join the information age.
Indiana Natural Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing Oct. 4 in Plainfield on whether to permanently approve a rule package that would allow hunters to check in deer and wild turkeys electronically.
The electronic system, also called CheckIN Game, allows hunters to check in a deer or wild turkey using a computer or other Web-capable device, or by phone. A hunter would receive a unique confirmation number for each animal.
Hunters would still have the option of reporting a deer or turkey at a check-in station, Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
CheckIN Game has been in effect by temporary rule since the spring wild turkey season this year, after the commission gave the rule preliminary approval.
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