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Oregon big game reports due Jan. 31

12/30/14 -- Any hunter who purchased 2014 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2015 for most tags.

Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued. There is a $25 penalty for not reporting deer and elk tags.

Brian Tuttle of Pendleton with an elk taken in the Wenaha Unit. Photo courtesy Brian Tuttle
Brian Tuttle of Pendleton with an elk taken in the Wenaha Unit. Tuttle and two other people won a special big game tag for reporting their hunts on time. Photo courtesy Brian Tuttle

Hunters have two ways to report:
Online via odfw.com or reportmyhunt.com either at home or by visiting an ODFW office with a computer available for Hunter Reporting (ODFW field or regional offices in Adair Village/Corvallis, Bend, Clackamas, La Grande, Portland-Sauvie Island, Roseburg, Salem Headquarters, Springfield, Tillamook.)

  • By telephone: Call 1-866-947-6339 to talk to a customer service representative. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week.

Reporting deadlines are:

  • Jan. 31, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end by Dec. 31, 2014
  • April 15, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015

Hunters need the following pieces of information to report, which takes just a couple of minutes:

  • Hunter/Angler ID number (located on ODFW licenses, tags and applications; this is a permanent number that stays the same from year-to-year)
  • The two digit Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) number of the Unit you hunted in most and the Unit you harvested an animal in if successful (see pages 94-95 of 2014 Big Game Regulations or Hunting Unit Maps webpage).
  • The total number of days hunted (including mentoring youth), the number of days hunted in the WMU hunted most, and the number of days hunted in the WMU you harvested an animal in if successful.

Hunters who fail to report 2014 deer or elk tags on time will be penalized $25 when they purchase a 2016 hunting license. This penalty is assessed once, regardless of the number of unreported tags.

As of Dec. 10, more than 70 percent of deer and elk tags remain unreported (or 135,533 deer and 90,178 elk tags).

“The information hunters provide is used when setting controlled hunt tag numbers and hunting seasons,” said ODFW Game Program Manager Tom Thornton. “We really appreciate hunters taking a few minutes of their time to complete the report.”

ODFW used to get this data through phone surveys but these became more difficult and expensive as hunters moved or screened their calls. The mandatory reporting program was put in place in 2007 so these calls could be phased out.

A penalty of $25 was added two years ago because even after several years promoting the program and providing incentives to report, only about 40 percent of tags were being reported on time. This rate was too low to for ODFW to even use the data.

After the penalty was implemented for 2012 tags, rates jumped to 80 percent or more. This has allowed ODFW to phase out its big game survey calls; the agency no longer makes these calls.

Chance to win special big game tag
Hunters that report on time are entered into a drawing to win a special big game tag. ODFW selects three names each year and the winners can choose a deer, elk or pronghorn tag. Hunters who win may hunt an expanded hunt area and extended season, similar to auction and raffle tags that hunters can pay thousands for.

“What a fantastic surprise earlier this year when I received the news of this lottery,” said one of last year’s winners, Brian Tuttle of Powell Butte. “We came into 16 bulls in two days.” Tuttle took a large bull elk in the Wenaha Unit (see photo). Another 2014 winner, Lorne Becker of Pendleton, took a 6 x 6 bull elk in Wenaha.

Click here for more information on mandatory reporting.

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