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.
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.
You will be asked for the following information when you use 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.
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 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.
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.
Breast Feathers: buff-tipped
Head: mainly blue
Breast: appears rusty
Spurs: no spurs
Breast feathers: black-tipped
Head: mainly red
Breast: appears black
Spurs: usually 1/2 inch or more
Juvenile gobblers have spurs less than 1/2 inch long and a beard less than 6 inches long.
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.