How to Transport Harvested Game

Respectful Ways to Transport Harvested Game

Hun­ters appreciate the luck of other hunters. All you have to do is drive by any game check-in station and you're sure to see hunters gathered around, telling stories of the hunt and standing proudly by their harvest.

­Nonhunters, though they may understand the thrill of the hunt, might not want to see scores of vehicles parading through town with dead, bloody animals strapped to their trunks.

Even so, hunters must check in their harvest with the option of a variety of locations. Some stations are even in the middle of mall complexes, surrounded by department stores and restaurants.

In an effort to be respectful, not only to the animal but also to the public, some states have incorporated transportation language into their regulations. For example, New Jersey requires hunters to be discreet when transporting game by rinsing away excess blood and gore. The state also requests that hunters position the game so the field-dressed side is facing the vehicle and not the public, and to push the tongue of the dead animal back into its mouth [source: New Jersey].

One of the easiest ways to respectfully transport harvested game is to simply cover the game with a tarp. Not only does this keep the animal hidden from sensitive eyes, but it also protects the game from dirt and road grime, as well as the elements outside.

To learn more about transporting harvested game, check out the hunting and fishing regulations for your state. Odds are they're available where permits and licenses are sold, and on the Internet.

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