PLAINFIELD — 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.
Public input is being sought.
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 local 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.
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.