One of the best parts of hunting is taking your harvest home, either as a new mount for the living room wall or your dinner table. But the trip from the woods to the wall can be hard and long. There are some things you should know before you start.
First, not only should you have a license to hunt, but a transportation permit too. You must tag each animal you bag with a transportation permit before you bring it to the check-in-station. Once you’ve checked it in, you can go back into the woods.
Second, there are real safety concerns with transporting harvested game. There are personal safety issues with transporting the game from the woods to your vehicle. Also, there are real serious concerns about the spread of disease when moving to, from and through containment areas.
Once your harvest is packed in your vehicle, how you bring it to the check-in station and to your residence or the processors is a sensitive issue that has the attention of lawmakers and the public. You must always remember to use respectful techniques while hunting.
When you have a true understanding of the issues regarding transporting harvested game, make sure to follow up with your state’s specific guidelines.
Permits to Transport Harvested Game
Each state necessitates a permit to transport harvested game. With these permits come certain tagging and transportation requirements.
Before transporting a carcass, you have to tag it with a completed field tag that includes your name, address, hunting license number, date and time of the kill. This tag should be written in ink and stay on the carcass until it has been brought to an official game check station. If you don’t have an official field tag, you can create one, as long as it has all the pertinent information.