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85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Internet for Checking Game
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27 Written by: news editor
10/27/2011 12:00 AM

More than 24,000 white-tailed deer have been checked through Ohio’s new automated game check system.
Deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 24,000 white-tailed deer have been checked through Ohio’s new automated game check system, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but they are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new automated game check:

On the Internet at wildohio.com.
By telephone at 1-877-TAG-ITOH (1-877-824-4864). This option is only available to those who are required to have a deer permit to hunt deer.
At all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.
All three check-in methods are being used, with 50 percent of hunters using the phone method. Hunters checking in via the Internet are second at 35 percent followed by those traveling to a license agent’s location (15 percent) to check in their game.

“The response to these new game check options has been really positive in both numbers and feedback we hear from the field,” said Dave Lane, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Our goal is to offer hunters both traditional and convenient methods of checking deer and turkey, so they could choose the option that is best for them.”

Those hunters checking their deer on the Internet need to make sure they have access to a working printer so the game check receipt can be printed. Game check requires the hunter to print a receipt. If printing fails, the game check receipt is available at wildohio.com under the “Manage Your Customer Account” link. Hunters can use their customer identification numbers found at the top of hunting licenses and permits to access their account.

Hunters need to be aware that checking game on the Internet with a smart phone is available, but those hunters will eventually need to print out a game check receipt with a permanent tag number printed on it. The game check receipt is available at wildohio.com under the “Manage Your Customer Account” link.

Since the new automated game check system was built on a web-based platform making needed modifications to the system can be accomplished. Modifications were made prior to this fall’s hunting seasons. The Division of Wildlife will continue to monitor the game check system and make changes as needed for customer convenience.

Game-check transactions are available online and by telephone seven days a week and during holidays. License agents’ locations are available for turkey check-in during normal business hours. Please call the license agent for specific hours of operation. All deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest

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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

85% reporting rate in Ohio and Pa can't get 50% reporting rate--

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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

Thats the rate for all deer checked in so far. Not the grand total of all deer taken. So, this is just a break down of what has been officially checked one way or another.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

85% reported by phone or internet, the other 15% went to check stations.



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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

It's a lot better than Pa can muster no matter how you look at it.

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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

No, you are misinterpreting this info. They are saying that of those that reported, 85% used phone or internet.

Ohio does not try to estimate reporting RATES. It bases everything only on deer actually REPORTED.



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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

In PA, before internet reporting, 100% of the deer reported were reported using the postcard.

BUT, that was not the total number of deer harvested, just the total reported.



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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

I read it the same way as Dutch, 85% is not the reporting rate, it's the Percentage of reports that were turned in that way.
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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

Another way to look at it is that of the 24,000+ deer harvested in Ohio, 85% (20,400) were reported by phone or internet and 15% (3,600) were reported at check stations.

Sounds like check stations are not that popular with Ohio hunters. Wonder how this is effecting the local economy and the revenue of the check stations? Lots of check station supporters have made the argument that mandatory check stations at different merchants would be cost effective as hunters checking in harvests would make purchases at these stations.
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Re: 85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Int

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I read it the same way as Dutch, 85% is not the reporting rate, it's the Percentage of reports that were turned in that way.
Thats what it is. Ohio has a minimum number of deer harvested. Thats all they have.

We have that too. Every report card; internet report counts. If we have 33% reporting rate, then with 300K deer havrvested, we have 100K reported.

That 100K reported is 100% of all deer reported.

PA Takes it further by checking deer in the field and at the processor. They compare checked and unchecked and come up with an estimate of actual.

When you field check 20-30K deer, you are going to get a pretty good statistical number of total harvest after the field checked deer are compared to the reported deer.

PA does have and has had a better system than Ohio.

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