Cheap paper tags
Last weeks news but, same issues as before only you don't have to carry a pen, a huge improvement would be to eliminate the ability to print multiple tags, I know a poacher will poach but this is one thing that law enforcement wants. Or even better issue an actual tag, i get it that the vendor that supplied the old tag strips no longer carries it, Wyoming issues a tag on a material that is darn near indestructable. Validate the tag by cutting the appropriate notch.
Looks like this is getting an update after spring Turkey season since the regs are already printed. If I read correctly, now you will just have to rip off a section of your tag to validate it. No pen/pencil anymore. Nothing to fill out on the tag.
It doesn't fix any of the potential issues with people abusing the system but makes the current system easier to validate the tag.
that you are not required to TAG your deer any longer, just to call in, get, and write the numbers on your "tag" and have it available for review.
There was an exception stated... if you , say drag your deer to your truck (or anywhere that you are not), leave it there and go get stuff or go back to hunting or whatever, then you need to tag it there so a tag is available for review.
Registration is a mute point because poachers were not registering them before. If they did they already got a tag from someone else at that point. I've never heard of anyone who had a warden check their deer as they dragged it out of the woods, especially in the dark. Every deer I shot my entire life could have been untagged because I was never checked. In fact the only time I ever heard of someone complaining is on Lake-Link when they take a picture of a buck without the tag on it.
Now I would never poach a deer but it doesn't exactly take rocket science to figure it out, even the old license ways. Think about it. If you poached a deer, once its in your truck you got away with it unless you talk about it. Assume you drag it out in the dark and then factor in how many people you know that have gotten checked in the dark dragging a deer (probably none). Talking is how guys get caught. A warden is not going to show up at your house to see if you have a tag with a registration number on it unless someone talks and you are suspected of something. Its like the possession limit of fish, they don't check unless they hear something.
You could even take it a step further and call in a car hit deer. No tag, no sheriff needed. Then you even have a back story! Okay, now I'm thinking way too much about this. But then again this took a minute....think about a real poacher with all year to plan it out.
I think we'll be okay, aside from punching pens through the paper tags....
I'm with ya on that BeerTown, guess it would make it extremely easy as far as having multiple copies, filling them out afield make the trip home, clean your animal throw the tag and grab another...
Not quite so convenient for deer as would be for turkey but legally a signed tag w/conformation kill number from DNR needs to stay with the harvested meat until fully consumed and legally if the animal is mounted needs the proper kill tag as well..
I just like the fact I don't need to drive outa my way to find a registration station open in the evenings and Sundays...