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TWRA Introduces New Check In App for Hunters

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Rifle season for deer hunters kicks off this weekend in the Volunteer State.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recently added some new technology that may save hunters some time.

“We gone get out in the woods and we gone get a big buck of course,” said Roy Overton, a hunter. “The rifle season starts Saturday and we'll be there at daylight.”

The TWRA says hunters no longer have to check in their deer in person.

“You can check it in on your phone through a mobile app,” said Daniel Stanfield, a TWRA Big Game Biologist. “You can check it in on the internet, at your home, or you can take it to a traditional check station site.”

In the past, hunters had to tag the deer and take it to a check in station.

“A lot of these mom and pop stores or these little check stations were closing down or they were leaving town” said Stanfield.

To check your deer in online head to gotwra.org. Click online harvest reporting, put in your information, and follow the instructions. “Literally in just a matter of seconds your deer can be checked in and you can be legal,” said Stanfield.

Overton thinks the new app is convenient. His grandson already used it to register a deer during muzzleloader season. “You can go online and check it in,” he said. “Just write down your number down. You don't even have a tag. They don't use tags anymore, so it's all better.”

The gun season for deer runs through the beginning of January. Hunters can still take their deer in person to check in stations.
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