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Immediately tagging deer a must

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It is easy to remember the rule for putting a tag on that deer you kill.

Do it immediately. Keep in mind the simple phrase, "Bag it, tag it."

You must tag your deer before you move it, before you get with your hunting buddy and ask him to help you get the deer back to the vehicle. You tag the deer before you pull out your cell phone and check it under the new Arkansas Game and Fish Commission checking system. You tag the deer before you pull out a package of cheese crackers and open a can of cola.

If the deer runs a few yards and falls in a creek, tag it right there, then drag it out.

The tag on a deer that is taken by a hunter is a key component in the Arkansas wildlife system. There is no wiggle room, no escape clause for breaking the rule.

Simply put, a wildlife officer who finds a hunter with a deer that does not have a tag will do two things -- write a citation on the spot and confiscate the deer. That citation carries a costly court penalty, and the confiscated deer will go to Hunters Feeding the Hungry or a similar program.

After tagging your deer, don't forget to use the AGFC's new Telecheck system to check your deer. The number is 877-507-4263 and is toll-free. Call it from anywhere when you are ready to check your deer. The new system replaces the check stations that were used for decades.

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