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Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM  

Does the ODWC have any plans to come out with a carcass tag for big game? I think it would be feasable for non lifetime holders when they buy a big game License that it comes with a carcass tag as well with all the necasarry info with a place to sign and date when the animal is killed. then attach that to the carcass. I have seen napkins and such writen with correct info need then attached to the carcass.

And for the lifetime holders.. each lifetime holder should be mailed all the appropriate license each year. I know it costs more to do that. Or go to the local license dealer and print out needed tags and carcass tags for no cost. It seems like the responsible thing to do.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM  
i use a luggage tag with everthing i need already written on it. for time of kill i write over the plastic cover, then it wipes off fairly easy and i reuse it. i've also used previous years carcass tags from check statiions, just cut off the portion i dont need and write everything down. mark the time when i get one. a true carcass tag is issued after you've checked in your game, to prove it's been legaly checked. maybe what you're refering to would be called a field tag. a non lifetime holder actually gets a place to mark time of kill on there tag. what's preventing them from attaching that to their deer?
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM  
Field tag is a better description as wesb said. The carcass tag is given out when the animal is checked at a check station. Annual license buyers have an area on their license to write in the info for their harvest. I use a business card with my info, then just add date and time of kill.

I have always wondered about this seemingly liberal method of tagging a deer (or other animal) in OK. I grew up hunting in Wisconsin and Minnesota, both states which issue a numbered back tag to hunt deer (a roughly 3" x 8" tag pinned or carried in a tag holder visible on the back shoulder area of each hunter). The lower portion of this tag is perforated and ripped off to attach to your kill. The remaining uper portion of the back tag still has the license info, and the deer is legally tagged with the lower portion of the tag attached.

There is a cost to produce such tags, especially when they would have to be mailed to ALL lifetime license holders each year. The funny thing is that in many states with such tags, resident hunters complain about the tags and want something different like we have in OK!
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
As a Lifetime License holder, I went to one of those pet ID tag machines in walmart and made tags with my name, address, phone, and license # on it. It has some heavy duty string on it to loop around an antler or a slit in the leg.
When I make a kill, I take a sharpie and write date & time on the back. It cleans right off after I check my deer.
I have been using the same set of tags for 10+ years. The game warden has actually taken pics of my tags to show to other hunters, so that he doesn't have to ticket them for not tagging their deer.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM  
Here is my tag on the antler of a buck I shot in 2008.

Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
I just find the entire Oklahoma process strange.... seems a little outdated. I would prefer to have all my tags then check-in online..
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM  
20+ years ago, the actual deer tags had peel and stick backing to attach the to your deer....
Posted on Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Yeah and 30 yrs ago they mailed out carcass tags the lifetime license holders. Made for a lot of unnecessary expense. Is it possible Oklahoma is way ahead of the times? Don't know.
I've only hunted three other states. All different, all good as far as I'm concerned.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Agree that the tags would be another expense. I personally like being able to check in my deer on my phone on the way to the house or processor.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM  
Agreed, I love the online checkin. Also making it legal to quarter out in the field makes it a lot easier than dragging a carcess through the woolies.
I have enough junk in my wallet without having to deal with an extra tag or two. I've used everything from metal tags, luggage tags to surveyors ribbon I carry to mark trails with. In cases where I'm on a draw hunt, I usually attach the hunt permit. All of them work great.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
The online checkin is a really sweet deal. Last fall I checked my deer from my phone as I stood over it, gutted then quartered it, and it was in the ice chest within 2 hours of expiring. That is hard to beat.
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Posted on Monday Oct 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Seems you guys are making an awful big deal out of a small matter about carcass tags. They are just a temporary problem at best. I always carry some junk in the field that I might need if I get lucky. Knife, sharpening steel, foldable saw, rubber gloves, small LED light...ya know, that junk, and in the ziplock with the gloves which I must confess I swipe from hospital and nursing home rooms, I keep a piece of paper with the necessary information written on it and a space for time and date along with a ballpoint and a zip tie.
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