Importance of Natural Resources

Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service: How to notch and attach tags

Narrator>>The requirement to invalidate a tag is the
same as the old requirement to notch your game seal. You are still required to immediately notch
your tag indicating the day, month and time of the kill, at the site of the kill and before
moving the animal. For example, on the left and bottom side – the
numbers are 1-31. If you are successful, you will use these
numbers to notch the day of the month that the deer was killed. On the bottom right– you will see 5-12 and
on the right hand side you will see 1-9, with AM/PM in the corner above the 12. You will notch the time of day you harvested
your deer. For example – if you harvested your deer
at 10:15 a.m. you would notch the 10. On the right side next to the QR code, you
will see letters corresponding to the first letter of each month. When you harvest an animal you will notch
the month in which you are hunting. It is your responsibility to make sure that
at all times (before/after notching the tag and before/after attaching your tag to the
animal) that it is always intact and legible. A new update to tagging regulations states
that you must attach your tag if you are NOT immediately accompanying the animal or immediately
available to produce the tag for inspection at the request of a Conservation Officer. To summarize, the new paper tags do not need
to be attached to the animal, if you, the tag holder, are available immediately to produce
the tag for inspection. For example:
When you’re dragging your deer out of the bush, after you’ve notched the tag, you
can put the tag back in your pocket and take the animal out of the bush. Your tag will contain specific tagging instructions. Once you have attached your tag, you must
ensure that the details on the tags are still intact and legible should a Conservation Officer
need to inspect the harvested animal. It is your responsibility to make sure that
the tag is still intact and legible, before/after notching your tag, and before/after attaching
your tag to the harvested animal. It is understandable that hunting locations
are not always dry and clean – which is why it is important that you have a plan in
place to make sure your tag is legible at all times. There are products that can help maintain
your tag such as commercially available tag holders, or re-sealable plastic bags. To learn more about the new regulation changes
and updates, please visit

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