COLUMBUS — Nebraska deer hunters have a fast, convenient way to register their hunting successes this year while still in the field or from their home computers.
The new “Telecheck” system enables hunters to electronically check-in their deer kill(s) by phone while still in the field over the Internet.
The Telecheck system began with the deer archery season in mid-September and can be used by all deer hunters except those participating in the November firearm season from Nov. 14 through Nov. 22. Telecheck operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is valid for deer killed from Sept. 15 - Nov. 13 and from Nov. 23 - Jan. 15.
Commission biologists will use the nine-day firearm season in November to collect age and other biological data from bucks. The commission will be collecting lymph samples for chronic wasting disease and horn measurements to compare with age data.
Hunters can check in their deer kill by calling (800) 405-7700 or online at www.NEdeercheck.com.
The Telecheck process takes about three minutes and requires the hunter to provide the unit code, permit number, date and county in which the kill took place, species and age of the whitetail or mule deer harvested. To complete the check-in, the hunter records the seal number and security code on the canceled hunting permit and retain the permit until the deer is eaten.
According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Web site about 5 percent of permit numbers consist of four digits combined with alphabetic characters. Check in on these permits must be done either manually at a deer check-in station or online.
In previous years all deer harvested had to be checked in at a check in station at which time a metal seal was issued. Hunters can still check in their kill at the designated check in stations throughout the state.
For upland game, the commission’s annual upland game forecast is based on upland game population surveys recorded from April through July by rural mail carriers across Nebraska.
The survey includes the Northern Bobwhite Whistle Count Survey, and the Prairie Grouse Breeding Ground Survey.
The completed survey reflects the best available information about the relative abundance of small and upland game species throughout the state.
Platte, Boone, Colfax, Nance counties are designated as part of the northeast upland game region by the commission. This year’s survey shows greater or similar populations of ring-necked pheasants when compared to the 2008 survey.
The commission’s upland game forecast shows the highest number of pheasant in the southeast, northeast and panhandle areas of the state.
The survey details substantial increases in bobwhite (quail) in the southeast, north central, and east central bobwhite management zones compared to last year. Bobwhite whistle counts have indicated increases of this game bird in the southeast and north central zones compared to last year.
Whistle counts are performed by counting the various bird calls of individual birds which can indicate the location of a covey. Coveys of quail typically range from five to 30 birds
The survey reported lfewer cottontails with the exception of the central and southwest regions.