Tag and check your harvest

Turkey

Using Missouri's deer-hunting and turkey-hunting permits couldn't be easier.

Just remember: Bag it. Notch it. Tag it if you leave it. Check it.

Permit protected in a plastic bag

Protect paper e-Permits in a plastic sandwich bag while afield.

Month and date notched in a paper permit

Immediately after harvesting a deer or turkey, you must notch your permit.

  • To notch a paper permit, tear a small notch in the month and day of harvest on the permit.
  • New! To notch a permit using the MO Hunting app, simply select the permit you wish to use from the list in the app, and follow the short, easy prompts on the screen.

Once you notch your permit, you may transport your deer or turkey within Missouri.

hunter with permit and permits attached to turkey and deer legs

As long as you stay with your harvested game, you don’t need to tag it. But if you leave your deer or turkey, you must attach a tag.

  • If you have a paper permit, you can simply attach your notched permit to the deer or turkey’s leg. We recommend sealing the permit in a zip-top bag and attaching the bag with string, wire, or tape.
  • New! If you’re using the MO Hunting app, you must attach a label with your full name, address, permit number, and date of harvest to the deer or turkey’s leg.

Hunter on phone and on computer, checking his game.

You must Telecheck your deer or turkey by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest, before processing your game, or before you leave the state, whichever comes first.

  • If you’re using a paper permit, follow the Telecheck instructions. Write the confirmation number provided by Telecheck on your permit.
  • New! If you’re using the MO Hunting app, select your notched permit from the list on the screen, tap “Telecheck,” and follow the prompts. Telecheck will upload a confirmation number directly to your mobile device.

After you’ve reported to Telecheck, your deer or turkey may be processed, stored, or transported by anyone as long as it is labeled with your full name, address, date taken, and Telecheck confirmation number. You may now transport your deer or turkey out of state.

Things to remember before tagging and checking

  • If you harvest a deer from the CWD Management Zone during Nov. 11–12, you must take your deer (or the head with at least 6 inches of the neck in place) on the day of harvest to a designated CWD sampling station.
  • Use the correct permit. Many hunters carry multiple permits while deer and turkey hunting, so check your permit carefully to make sure you’re using the right one before notching it.
  • Notching voids a permit. Do not notch your permit until you harvest a deer or turkey.
  • Until checked, heads of deer must remain attached, and turkeys must have their heads and plumage intact.
  • Deer and turkeys must be checked by 10 p.m. on the day they are harvested.
  • All deer and turkeys must be checked before they can be removed from Missouri.
  • Only the person who harvested the deer or turkey may possess and transport the game before it has been checked.
  • After checking, deer and turkeys may be possessed and transported by anyone, but must be labeled with the taker’s permit or full name, address, date taken, and Telecheck confirmation number.
  • Avoid duplicate Telecheck records. If you are given a Telecheck confirmation number, your checking information has been successfully received and recorded. If you’re using a paper permit, write the confirmation number on the permit, and the checking process is complete. Do not try to check the same deer or turkey twice.