How to Telecheck Turkey (Spring)

Turkey

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 you stay with your harvested game; if you leave your turkey, you must attach your tag to the turkey's 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 bearded hen, adult gobbler or juvenile gobbler?
  4. Spur length (adult gobblers only): Is the spur length shorter than 1 inch or is it 1 inch or longer?
  5. Beard length: Is the beard less than 6 inches or is it 6 inches or more?

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

Use Telecheck 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.

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 notched the month and day of harvest on your permit, you have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check the animal.

How to tell a hen from a gobbler

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.

Hen (Female)

Hen
Hen Breast Feather Tip

Breast Feathers: buff-tipped

Head: mainly blue

Breast: appears rusty

Spurs: no spurs

Gobbler (Male)

Gobbler

 

Gobbler Breast Feather

Breast feathers: black-tipped

Head: mainly red

Breast: appears black

Spurs: usually 1/2 inch or more

Juvenile Gobblers

Juvenile gobblers have spurs less than 1/2 inch long and a beard less than 6 inches long.

Use your permit to measure length of beard and spur

Turkey permit example
  • 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

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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