Need a kill tag? There’s an app for that
By Tom Wiest | (email@example.com)
The new app for smart phones and tablets by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is already providing dramatic changes for sportsmen. As reported the app allows you to buy licenses, register boats, read the latest TWRA news, and access the entire TWRA website. More importantly, the process for checking in big game had to change, and turkey hunters are the first to experience the new procedure.
A temporary kill tag is no longer issued when you buy your big game license; it has been replaced by a “Harvest Log”. When an animal (turkey, deer or bear) is taken, it can be checked in by the new App, at a traditional checking station or on the Internet via the TWRA website.
Nothing needs to be filled out to transport the animal from the field, but all animals harvested must be checked in by the end of the day. It is possible to check in your animal at the kill site on the Mobile App and continue hunting. As usual evidence of the big game animal’s species and sex must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the animal is checked in.
A harvest confirmation number will be assigned to your kill. This number must be documented on a TWRA Mobile App or an approved TWRA form; this is your Harvest Log. The form must be provided to any meat processor or taxidermist that you use.
Multiple animals can be listed on your Harvest Log, as many as is appropriate for that Log. Additional Logs are available from the TWRA website http://www.tnwildlife.org .
The app address for smart phones and tablets is http://gotwra.org . Go to http://www.tnwildlife.org for all the details start to finish, for an example of a harvest report, and for new developments coming soon.
In addition to reporting harvests, the app has a “Harvest Diary” you can use to log your experiences and personal details while on the hunt. It’s a great way to record your memories while they are fresh in your mind.
• Outdoorswomen should take a look at this new website, http://NRAWomansOutlook.org . It is for women who love to hunt, shoot or are passionate about the Second Amendment. The site is packed full of useful articles, tips, videos and blogs presented in practical and entertaining ways.
There are articles on selecting outdoor equipment designed for females, good advice on concealed carry, a glossary of firearm terms, advice on selecting firearms, shooting tips, gun safety, and much more.
The site is not just for beginners. Experienced shooters will find resources to take their passion to the next level with the help of some nationally acclaimed experts. Guys will find the site informative, too.
• Wouldn’t it be great to win one of the five Tennessee elk licenses to be issued this year. That drawing will occur after the registration period from June 12 to July 24. More on that later. Why not increase your elk hunting odds by applying for Kentucky’s elk hunt.
Kentucky has the largest elk herd in the eastern United States with about 10,000 head. The elk were first reintroduced in 1997 and the first hunt was held in 2001. There are more than 800 licenses issued in the general lottery. A chance in their lottery drawing costs only $10. The whole process is done online at http://www.fw.ky.gov or call the Kentucky Elk Information Center at 800-858-1549 for assistance. The deadline to apply is April 30.
Hunters may apply for up to two of four permit types: Bull firearms, bull archery or crossbow, cow firearms, and cow archery or crossbow. The archery seasons begin on Sept.21; the rifle seasons begin on Oct. 5 and end Dec. 27.
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