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Check-in stations may disappear as online checking continues to increase

There are fewer and fewer deer check stations across Oklahoma as more hunters opt to check in their deer electronically.
By Ed Godfrey Published: December 3, 2011
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How much longer before there will be no more deer check in stations?

While in my hometown of Stigler over Thanksgiving I was surprised to discover there wasn't a deer check station in town anymore.

In fact, there are 28 fewer deer check stations across Oklahoma this year than there were last year. Expect that number to continue to decline as more hunters opt for the convenience and ease of checking in their deer electronically on the department's website.

This is the third deer season the electronic check in option has been available and the number of hunters using it increases each year.

With one week still left in the deer gun season, the number of deer e-checked by hunters this year had already exceeded last season's total, said Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

State wildlife officials are not requiring check stations to provide the online service but they are suggesting it, he said.

“We have been encouraging folks to offer the (electronic) check station service at their place of businesses,” Holmes said. “All they need is a computer with Internet service.”

But he acknowledged that as the online option continues to grow in popularity, it may make it less desirable for businesses to serve as check in stations.

A failure to communicate

School libraries might not be the best place to check in deer.

It seems faculty members in the small eastern Oklahoma community of Watts were having a meeting in the school library when they were interrupted by a young girl who reported there was man in the library with blood on his clothes who needed help.

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