You have dropped your first gobbler of the 2017 season. Wrap some orange on it and carry it to your vehicle. Now what? All harvested turkeys must be checked in by the end of the calendar day. There are several ways to do that. The old way is to find and drive to a TWRA checking station, but there are 20 percent fewer stations than there used to be. Better yet, simply go online to the TWRA website www.tn.gov/twra/article/twra-big-game-check-in. Better still, use the smart phone app “TWRA On the Go” from anywhere, even afield at your turkey blind.
Upon check-in the hunter will receive a confirmation number, which should be saved as a PDF, a screen shot or simply by writing it down. The confirmation number must be available for TWRA inspection until the bird has been processed. But remember, the bag limit on turkey is one per day and four per season.