|Final OK given to CheckIN Game system|
|Written by Submitted|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:50 PM|
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave final approval to an electronic reporting system for hunters to check harvested white-tailed deer and wild turkey, a program that has operated on a trial basis since April.
Dubbed CheckIN Game, located at checkINgame.dnr.in.gov, the online system was used by approximately 2,000 hunters during the spring turkey season, and more than 11,600 used the online or phone-in options for the deer firearms season that began this past weekend.
Other final actions taken by the NRC during its bimonthly meeting at Fort Harrison State Park included adoption of a rule to allow three antlerless deer to be taken under the deer license bundle; a one-day extension of the fall archery season for wild turkey; and changes to commercial fishing activities, including the fishing guide license and roe harvester and roe dealer licenses.
The NRC also gave preliminary adoption to rule changes that if granted final adoption will modify some hunting season dates for deer, as well as for pheasant, quail and rabbit.
The NRC Division of Hearings will establish a public comment period for the rule changes that received preliminary adoption and conduct at least one public hearing before the proposals are brought back to the NRC for consideration of final adoption.
The proposed changes would:
In other actions, the NRC set four free sport fishing days for 2013, April 20, May 18, June 1, and June 2, turned down a citizen petition to allow primitive camping in non-designated areas around Monroe Lake, approved a new state nature preserve at Ouabache State Park, added to the Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve in Putnam County, and corrected a clerical error in the dedication documents for Allee Woods Nature Preserve in Parke County.