According to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon hunters who purchased a tag in 2019 have until Friday, Jan. 31 to report their hunts – regardless of whether or not their efforts were successful.
Reporting is mandatory for all purchased tags. Hunters who acquired 2020 tags for the hunting season from Jan. 1 to March 31 have until April 15 to report their results. Mandatory reporters include every hunter who purchased a deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn or turkey tag. SportsPac buyers do not need to report on tags that were not issued.
Individuals who do not report their hunts by the deadline will be assessed a $25 penalty, due with the purchase of a hunting license. Only one penalty is assessed even if multiple tags were acquired.
Hunters can report their results online at www.odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login, calling ODFW licensing at 866-947-6339, or visiting an ODFW office with computer availability for reporting. The closest ODFW office to Lake County capable of online reporting is located in Bend.
When reporting results hunters must provide their hunter/angler ID number (located on ODFW licenses), the two-digit Wildlife Management Unit number of the unit that was hunted the most, and the total number of days in which the individual hunted. A preparation worksheet is available on www.myodfw.com.
As added incentive for those who report their hunt results within the deadline, all who report are entered into a drawing for a special big game tag with hunting privileges, similar to auction and raffle tags. Three winners are awarded these tags each year. Winners can select their preferred hunt – elk, deer, or pronghorn antelope – eligible in an expanded hunt area for an extended season. Drawing and results will be announced in June.
Hunting reports are vital to ODFW in tracking harvest, hunting pressure and number of hunters who didn’t utilize their tags – all contributing factors in determining regulations and the number of hunting tags made available.