How to Telecheck

Deer

All deer must be checked by telephone or on the Internet. 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 deer. 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 the following information, which you will be asked when you use Telecheck.

Your Telecheck ID number (if you have more than one permit, be sure you give the number of the permit you want to use)

  1. County where deer was taken
  2. Deer type: doe, button buck, or antlered buck
  3. Count the total number of points 1 inch or longer. Record the harvest of a buck as 0 points if the buck has one of the following:
  • shed its antlers
  • small antlers with both beams shorter than 3 inches
  • broken antlers off less than 3 inches from their base

Information Needed to Telecheck Deer

When you Telecheck your deer, you will be asked a few short questions based on whether you are checking a doe or an antlered buck. The illustrations to the right show how to gather the measurements you will need. These measurements will help biologists gather information on the ages of deer harvested.

Please plan to bring a tape measure or other measuring device with you afield.

If You Are Checking a Doe

Measure from the inner corner of the eyeball to the upper edge of the nostril. Is the measurement greater than 4.5 inches?

Doe measurement from inner corner eye to upper edge of the nostril.
Doe measurement
If You Are Checking an Antlered Buck

Measure the circumference of the antler (around the antler) 1 inch above the base. Is the measurement greater than 2.5 inches (about the circumference of a nickel)?

Bucks - Measure circumference one inch above the base.
Buck measurement

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

Go online to check your deer, 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 deer.

Troubleshooting

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, you have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check the animal.

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