Understanding Kentucky's New
Big Game Recording and Tagging
Hunter Harvest Log
Beginning with the 2002 Hunting Seasons, ALL hunters will
be required to fill out a hunter harvest log for any turkey or deer they take
during those seasons.
On the back of every paper license or permit purchased
from a license dealer, such as Wal-mart or K-mart, hunters will notice some
pre-printed blanks like the example shown here.
The process of filling in the log is easy:
Before you move the animal from the spot it is found:
Step 1: Mark the appropriate species box, write in the
date, county where taken and sex of the animal, and put the harvest log back in
Step 2: When you call to check in the animal, write down
the confirmation number on the log in the blank provided, and keep the log with
you anytime you're in the field during the season.
Hunters who do not recieve a hunter log as part of a
license or permit purchase may request a blank log sheet from any license
dealer, use the example shown here or in the 2002-03 Kentucky Turkey Hunting
Guide or Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide, print one from here,
or make their own using an index
card and writing down the required information as described here.
Mandatory Harvest Check-In, Toll Free 1-800-245-4263
All harvested deer and turkeys must be telechecked
through the toll-free, 24-hour automated phone-in system by midnight on the
day the deer (or turkey) is recovered, and before being transported out of
HARVEST LOGS MUST NOT BE
USED AS CARCASS TAGS!!!
Hunters must keep log information for any turkey or deer
they take in their possession whenever they are in the field hunting during
Tagging an animal is only required when a harvested turkey
or deer, for whatever reason, leaves the hunter's immediate possession. If the
hunter who shot the animal leaves the carcass somewhere he or she's not, the
carcass must be tagged first. If the hunter who shot the animal leaves the
carcass with another hunter to transport, and isn't in the vehicle with the
other hunter, the carcass must be tagged first. If the hunter who shot the
animal leaves the carcass with a processor or taxidermist, the hunter must FIRST
attach a carcass tag to the animal.
If the carcass never leaves the hunter's possession, no
tag is required.
Carcass Tags are not provided with any type of permit
purchase. ALL HUNTERS MUST MAKE THEIR OWN CARCASS TAGS IF NECESSARY.
A tag must be attached so it remains attached to the
carcass until processing begins. When carcass tags are required, they must
contain the information below:
- Confirmation Number or
Again, DO NOT USE YOUR HARVEST LOG AS A CARCASS TAG.