Ohio to Phase Out Deer Check Stations

The Ohio Division of Wildlife says it will phase out deer registration stations,
or “check stations” as Ohioans call them, by 2010. Today’s story revealed
that successful hunters will not only ultimately buy all licenses online in the state
— they’ll register their deer by phone.

That means Ohio will be joining many other states that do not use check stations.
While phone-in or online registation no doubt helps agencies meet tight budgets, questions
remain as to how accurate this system will be in terms of measuring harvests and population
estimates. That, of course, could result in adverse effects later when hunting policies
and quotas are set.

Posted by Corey Graff, Online Editor