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[font=tahoma]The following are the Frequently Asked Questions we have received about the proposed 2010 new licensing and game check system. [/font]
[font=tahoma]The concerns expressed were also some of the same concerns the Division of Wildlife had early on in the planning process for our new licensing and game check system. After extensive research and planning, we feel confident that the new game check system will offer new enforcement capabilities and provide our wildlife biologists with the tools to manage Ohio's wildlife populations.[/font]
[font=tahoma]Will biological information still be collected on deer and turkey?[/font]
[font=tahoma]We will continue to collect scientifically valid data on deer and turkey harvests. The process will be different from the way we do it now, but the results will be the same, if not better. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Will hunters still comply with the new check-in system?[/font]
[font=tahoma]Other states have used check-in systems that do not require physical presentation on the animal and found that legal compliance is similar regardless of the method used. [/font]
[font=tahoma]After research and consultation with other Telecheck states, Ohio's wildlife managers and wildlife officers have made recommendations as to the best way to implement this new system. We believe this new system will strengthen and enhance the Division's fish and wildlife management practices and provide new wildlife enforcement capabilities in order to continue to enforce wildlife laws. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Has any research been done on the question of electronic compliance versus taking the game to a physical location? [/font]
[font=tahoma]In 2005, the Missouri Department of Conservation conducted an evaluation of their proposed Telecheck system and found identical harvest reporting rates among traditional (in-person) and Telecheck deer and turkey hunter groups. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Won't poachers take advantage of this new system?[/font]
[font=tahoma]Poachers are unethical and will find a way to take advantage of any checking system, current or future. One of the most effective resources in combating poaching is the eyes and ears of Ohio's ethical sportsmen and women. Ohio's Turn In a Poacher (TIP) program is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should record the information on the TIP form and submit it electronically via e-mail from wildohio.com, call the TIP toll-free hotline (1-800-POACHER), or mail the form to Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43229. Tip form are available in the current Hunting Regulations publication and at wildohio.com.[/font]
[font=tahoma]The current system we have works fine, why change it?[/font]
[font=tahoma]This new method of deer/turkey check-in will save hundreds of staff hours previously devoted to simple transfer of paper slips; freeing up personnel to work on more important biological or law enforcement activities.
The telephone and internet game check will provide a number of benefits including immediate access to harvest data and significantly improved law enforcement capabilities. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Isn't this new phone or internet checking idea risky?[/font]
[font=tahoma]Phone or internet checking, although new to Ohio, has been used very successfully in a number of southeastern and Midwestern states such as Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. Minnesota will join the group in 2009.[/font]
[font=tahoma]How can I check my deer or turkey?[/font]
[font=tahoma]With the new system, hunters will be able to complete game-check transactions in one of three ways:
1. On the internet using secured access to the division's database.
2. Over the telephone using an automated voice response system.
3. At an authorized license sales outlet. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Will eliminating the metal tag make it harder for wildlife officers to enforce the law?[/font]
[font=tahoma]What is important in the tagging system is the number, not the metal tag it is printed on. In the new system, the unique number will be provided to the hunter once the game check transaction has been completed. That number will provide wildlife officers with all the information they need.
The new system will be the same as the current system up to the point of permanent tagging/checking of the deer. Hunters will still be required to immediately place a temporary tag on their deer at the place where it fell. Hunters will then have three options for obtaining a permanent tag number.[/font]
[font=tahoma]Just as they are today, deer will be required to have a permanent tag number attached to them before they are left with a meat processor, taxidermist or are butchered by the hunter. Additionally, all deer and deer parts in a person's possession will be required to have the permanent tag number attached to them.[/font]
[font=tahoma]What will happen to my local check station?[/font]
[font=tahoma]The Division of Wildlife will be available to help check station operators determine the options available for their business. With the implementation of the new system, only license sales outlets will be official game check stations via the system. If the existing check stations do not chose to become a license sales outlet, they can remain an important part of the hunting experience by providing their own Internet or telephone access to their customers who may not have such access at their homes. [/font]
[font=tahoma]Businesses that choose to assist hunters in game check should announce that service in any print or radio advertisements. Business should also post signage announcing to hunters that your business will assist in the game check option. They should also consider hanging photos and holding contests that continue to promote the hunting heritage. [/font]
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