- Electronic Game Harvest Reporting FAQs
All hunters (including those who are not required to purchase a license) who harvest a deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, or elk will need to report their harvest using the Department’s mobile app, internet, or telephone harvest reporting systems.
Mandatory game checking, a cornerstone of DWRs game management program for more than 70 years, will remain vital for game management in Virginia for many years to come. Thus, it is critical that every hunter report their harvest using one of the electronic harvest reporting systems. Since 2004, DWR has offered some form of electronic harvest reporting, and beginning in 2019, electronic reporting options have been available for all game species for which reporting is required.
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For hunters using the Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app to report their harvest, there is no problem if you do not have service at the location where the animal is recovered. Hunters can enter all the appropriate information into the mobile app, and the mobile app will automatically upload that information when service is available. When using the telephone or internet harvest reporting systems to report a harvested animal, the hunter must validate the appropriate license tag at the location of recovery then transport the animal to a location where it can be reported via the telephone or internet system. However, as has been the case for many years, hunters must report their harvest upon vehicle transport or at the conclusion of hunting hours, whichever occurs first and without unnecessary delay.
Hunters can use any telephone to report their harvest via the Department’s telephone harvest reporting system (866) 468-4263 or (866) GOT-GAME.
Hunters who are required to purchase a license must carry either a paper copy or an electronic copy of their hunting license.
Which game species must be reported to the Department through the electronic harvest reporting systems?
Hunters (and trappers who take a bobcat) must report any deer, turkey, bear, or elk, and bobcat they harvest.
What electronic harvest reporting systems are available for hunters to report deer, bears, turkeys, elk, and bobcats?
Individuals harvesting a deer, bear, turkey, elk, or bobcat must report their harvest using either the Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app, internet, or telephone (866-468-4263 or 866-GOT-GAME) harvest reporting system. Hunters reporting a deer using special tags (i.e., DMAP, DCAP, DPOP, CWD), a bobcat, or an elk cannot use eNotch, but may use internet or telephone.
Reporting a Deer Harvest Using Special Tags
You may report the deer using the internet or telephone systems; however, deer harvested using a DMAP tag cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. Within the internet or telephone harvest reporting system you will be prompted to select the type of tag used to report your harvest; please select DMAP.
You may report the deer using the internet or telephone systems; however, deer harvested using a DCAP tag cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. Within the internet or telephone harvest reporting system you will be prompted to select the type of tag used to report your harvest; please select DCAP.
You may report the deer using the internet or telephone systems; however, deer harvested using a DPOP tag cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. Within the internet or telephone harvest reporting system you will be prompted to select the type of tag used to report your harvest; please select DPOP.
You may report the deer using the internet or telephone systems; however, deer harvested using a CWD Management tag cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. Within the internet or telephone harvest reporting system you will be prompted to select the type of tag used to report your harvest; please select CWD Management tag.
Reporting a Bear Harvest
Yes. Successful hunters are required to submit a tooth from a harvested bear. The reporting system will direct the hunter through several simple steps and an official tooth submission envelope will be sent to the hunter at the address listed on their Go Outdoors Virginia account.
You will need an official envelope to record basic information and secure a tooth from your bear. We will mail you the envelope to the address associated with your Go Outdoors Virginia customer account. For instructions on removing and submitting the premolar tooth, please see a diagram and video at How to Remove and Submit Bear Teeth for Aging.
Having a customer account will ensure that a hunter receives the materials they will need to submit a bear tooth for aging. They will need an official envelope to record basic information and secure a tooth from their bear. The Department will mail the envelope to the address associated with their Go Outdoors Virginia customer account. Hunters/customers may also print a prepaid mailing label to submit their tooth.
Reporting a Bobcat Harvest
You may report a bobcat using the internet or telephone systems; however, bobcats cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. If you have a Go Outdoors Virginia customer account, you can request a CITES tag as part of the bobcat reporting process. If you do not have a Go Outdoors Virginia customer account, you will need to contact the Department’s customer service (804) 367-1000 or a Department of Wildlife Resources regional office.
Reporting an Elk Harvest
You may report an elk using the internet or telephone systems; however, elk cannot be reported using the eNotch feature of the GoOutdoors app. Reporting requirements for elk are the same as those for deer, but the animal should be reported as an elk. Successful elk hunters must contact the Department at (804) 367-0044 to schedule a time for collection of biological samples. This number is ONLY intended for making arrangements for tissue sample collection from harvested elk.
Setting Up a Customer Account
It is strongly encouraged that you provide an email address, as it is the primary means of contacting you. You may visit a DWR license agent or call customer service at (804) 367-1000 to set up your account if you do not have or do not wish to provide an email address.
Simply navigate to Go Outdoors Virginia. Enter your date of birth, last name and a second identifier to create or confirm your customer account. You will be asked to confirm your residency, mailing and physical addresses (if different).
It is free and easy for a hunter to set up an account at Go Outdoors Virginia. If you have any problems, please call (804) 367-1000.
Using the Electronic Harvest Reporting System
Please call (804) 367-1000 during business hours. If after hours or on a weekend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to document the issue and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.
By calling customer service at (804) 367-1000 or visiting one of over 500 DWR license agents.
I am not required to have a hunting license, how do I report my harvest using an electronic harvest reporting system?
The internet and telephone harvest reporting systems offer options for license exempt hunters to report their harvests without a customer account, except that a customer account is required to report a bear. You can also report license exempt harvests through your customer account by selecting “no tag required” during the reporting process.
What should I do if the electronic system I am trying to use to report my harvest indicates the system is not operable?
Our electronic reporting systems operate at 99% uptime, but unforeseen issues can occur. If the internet is not available, try the telephone reporting system or vice versa.
After completing the harvest reporting process, what should I do if I realize I made a mistake during the harvest reporting process?
Call customer service at (804) 367-1000. Harvest reporting errors will not be corrected in the database, but an explanatory note will be added to the record. License tags validated in error will not be replaced. Individuals may receive a call from the Department for further details on their reporting error.
Should the adult accompanying and directly supervising the youth or apprentice hunter ever use the adult’s hunting license to report a deer harvested by youth or apprentice hunter?
No. Please refer to instructions provided in the answer to the next question.
Resident youth deer hunters who are less than 12 years of age do not have to purchase a license and will not have deer tags. They are still required to report their deer and they have two options for reporting the deer, the Internet harvest reporting system at Go Outdoors Virginia or the telephone harvest reporting system at 1866GOTGAME or 1-866-468-4263. In order to use the Internet or telephone harvest reporting systems to report a deer the license-exempt youth deer hunter will need to:
- Select “exempt hunter” when prompted to enter his/her license type.
- Enter his/her date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY) and last four digits of his/her social security number and 5-digit home zip (telephone system) or last name (Internet system).
When the reporting system asks them for the type of tag, they should select “None.”
Deer killed by youth or apprentice deer hunters on this weekend should not be reported on the accompanying adult’s license tag.
After the deer is reported, the youth deer hunter will need to create a personal check card. A personal check card may be written on any type of paper using a pen and must include the hunter’s full name, date of kill, and confirmation number. The personal check card must be kept in possession with the carcass until it is processed or transferred to another individual. If possession of the carcass is transferred to another individual, the personal check card should be given to that individual. If the carcass is left unattended, the personal check card should be securely attached to the carcass.
Using the Internet to Report Your Harvest
You will just need your hunting license and/or your customer account information to log in.
For first time users, it will likely take 2-4 minutes, depending on the species being reported. With experience, reporting time can be reduced to 1-3 minutes.
Yes, in addition to eNotch, you have two options to report a harvest using the internet on your smart phone. You can open your internet browser and go to GoOutdoorsVirginia.com. Or, in the Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app, you can select “Harvest Reporting” from the main menu. Using either option, you must have cellular or wireless coverage.
Yes, you can select “Harvest Reporting” from the main menu of the Go Outdoors Virginia app.
Will the internet harvest reporting system store my harvest information if I don’t have service on my smartphone?
No. You must have enough service to obtain a confirmation number at the end of your session.
eNotch is an electronic harvest reporting system that doesn’t require a hunter to maintain a paper hunting license with the associated license tags. eNotch affords a hunter the opportunity to go “paperless” by enabling the hunter to validate a license tag on their electronic hunting license. Learn more about eNotch »
You will need a smartphone (or tablet) loaded with the Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app. Additionally, within the Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app, you will need to download your hunting license by touching the “My Licenses” tile on the mobile app home page. You will then be prompted to “Add A License” or “Add Another License” at which time you can enter your date of birth, last name, and a third personal identifying feature to download an electronic copy of your current DWR issued licenses. Once you have downloaded a valid hunting license containing license tags, you will be ready to use the eNotch harvest reporting system. NOTE: eNotch can only be used with electronic licenses containing electronic license tags.
When using eNotch, it takes less than a minute to validate a license tag and report your harvest.
Using a Telephone to Report Your Harvest
You will need your hunting license (unless exempt) and a pen and paper to write down your confirmation number on your paper license or to create a personal check card (if exempt).
For first time users, it will likely take 5-7 minutes, depending on the species being reported. With experience, call times can be reduced to 3-5 minutes.
- Call Got Game: (866) 468-4263.
- Listen to the instructions and select the appropriate options.
- Record your confirmation number on your paper license or create a personal check card.
At the end of the call, the system will provide you with an 8-digit confirmation number.
What should I do if I don’t receive a confirmation number when using the telephone harvest reporting system?
Please call back and start over. Unless a confirmation number is given, the report is incomplete.
Can I report multiple animals on a single telephone call when using the telephone harvest reporting system?
Yes. After you report your first animal, there will be instructions on reporting a second animal.