Telecheck - Spring

If you harvest a turkey, you must log you harvest in Telecheck either online or by phone. No in-person checking stations are available.

You don't need to call Telecheck immediately after taking the game. You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your turkey. You can transport unchecked game within the state as long as the transportation tag is attached to the leg.

Telecheck with the MO Hunting app

Step 1: Select your notched permit from the list.
Step 2: Tap “Telecheck.”
Step 3: Follow the prompts on the screen.
Telecheck will upload a confirmation number to your mobile device.

Telecheck using a phone or internet

Step 1: Collect harvest information

You will be asked for the following information when you use Telecheck.

  1. Your Telecheck ID number (if you have more than one permit, be sure you give the number of the permit you want to use)
  2. County where turkey was taken
  3. Turkey type: Do you have a hen or gobbler?
  4. Spur length (gobblers only): Is the spur length shorter than 1 inch or longer than 1 inch?
  5. Beard length: Is the beard longer than 6 inches or shorter than 6 inches?

Step 2: Grab a pen, then call or log into Telecheck

Go online or use a phone to dial 1-800-314-6828, then follow the instructions. If you use the phone, speak clearly and slowly. You can call between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Step 3: Write the confirmation number on your permit

After you have provided the required information, you will receive an eight-digit confirmation number that verifies you have legally checked your game. Write this number on the permit.

You have now completed checking your game and can process your turkey.


The most common reason hunters are unable to complete their Telecheck is because of a poor cell phone reception. Wait until you are out of the woods and receive a clear, strong cell phone connection before placing your Telecheck call. Once you’ve attached the temporary transportation tag to your deer or turkey, you have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check the animal.

How to tell a hen from a gobbler

How to tell gobbler from hen illustrations

Large size, black body and long beard are marks of the gobbler. Hens sometimes have beards, but color, size and behavior distinguish them from gobblers. Hens are smaller, brown birds with blue heads. Bearded hens produce young and help increase the turkey population. They should not be killed, but any turkey with a clearly visible beard is legal in Missouri. Hens without beards are illegal and must not be killed. The future of our wild turkey hunting depends on you.

Use your permit to measure length of beard and spur

2011 turkey permit illustrations

  • Your permit is 6 inches long.
  • The signature line on your permit is 2 inches long (1-inch mark in the middle).

How to measure spurs

turkey spur illustration

Spur length measurements help biologists keep track of the age structure of the adult population. Please accurately measure your turkey’s spur before Telechecking your turkey. If you don’t have a ruler, use the signature line of your permit, which is 2 inches long—with a 1-inch mark in the middle.

Start at the outside center from the point at which the spur protrudes from the leg scales, and measure to the tip of the spur. Juvenile gobblers have spurs less than ½ inch long and a beard less than 6 inches long.

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