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State urges deer hunters to use online check-in system

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at 8:43 p.m.

Wildlife and Parks is urging hunters to consider using their online check-in system this fall.

It allows hunters to quarter or completely process their deer in the field, rather than hauling the entire carcass home or to a processing plant. Those who use the online check-in program will not have to leave the animal’s head attached to a complete carcass for proof of gender, as in past years.

The program should make it easier for hunters who struggle with what to do with offal at home. The state annually gets many complaints of hides and bones from processed deer dumped in the countryside.

Lloyd Fox, Wildlife and Parks big game program coordinator, said the program was also designed to help prevent the spread of diseases, like chronic wasting disease, which can be carried in a deer’s brain or spine.

Under new regulations, the hunter tags the animal immediately, and then takes a close-up photo of that attached permit so the information is easily seen. They then back away and take another photo that shows the permit on the animal and enough of the deer so biologists can tell if its species, gender and general age.

Those with the right technology can then register the deer from the field by going to www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, and click on Deer Check In on the right part of the homepage.

Those who can’t register from the field can transport the cut-up deer as long as they have the camera used to take the photos with them. They then need to go online and register the deer as soon as they can access a computer.

A registration number is given once the process is complete.

Some game departments forbid the transportation of any deer bones, other than the skull cap below antlers, into their state if the animal was shot somewhere else.

Biologists believe CWD may have been transplanted to places like New York and West Virginia by hunters returning from out-of-state hunts with infected deer.

“This is a good system. It’s ecologically sound and should keep the movement of potential diseases to a minimum,” Fox said. “We’re encouraging hunters to take advantage of that.”

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