Deer hunters get convenience with phone, Internet game registration
Hunters now can register their deer via telephone or Internet once they've harvested an animal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
"Driving into town and taking your harvested deer to a big game registration no longer is necessary," said Lou Cornicelli, the DNR's Big Game Program coordinator. "Our new telephone and Internet options make registration much more convenient."
By calling 888-706-6367 or visiting DNR website and providing the nine-digit harvest registration number printed on a hunter's license, a person will be prompted for the information needed to complete registration.
People who use electronic registration need to have a pen and paper to write down the confirmation number generated by the registration system. This number must be written on a hunter's license in the appropriate area once electronic registration is complete.
Complete phone registration instructions are printed on licenses that allow electronic registration. Full instructions for all methods are available online.
In situations where phone or Internet registration is not possible or available, hunters must take their deer to a big game registration station. This process, which remains unchanged from previous years, requires the person whose name appears on the license to personally present their deer. Once registration is complete, they will receive a big game possession tag that must be attached to the hind leg, ear or antler where the site tag was attached.
A complete list of all stations organized by city and county is available at any DNR wildlife office or on the DNR website.
Electronic registration is not available for deer taken in some permit areas. Registration at a big game registration station is required in the following permit areas: 101, 105, 111, 203, 208, 267 and 268 -- this is the bovine TB management zone and significant effort is being undertaken to conduct hunter-harvested surveillance; 287 - antler-point restrictions; 338-349 in southeastern Minnesota -antler-point restrictions.