In the state of Oregon, most hunters are aware now of mandatory reporting for filled or unfilled tags in one’s possession. For Oregon bow hunters, December 8th marks the end of the late season deer and elk hunts giving them about a month and a half to report.
The deadline for reporting is January 31st, 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has attached an incentive by rewarding those who report on time with a chance to win a special tag that allows the hunter to hunt longer and in more territory for his choice of elk, deer or pronghorn antelope.
If that doesn’t inspire on-time reporting, they have included a $25 penalty on the purchase of next year’s hunting license if one does not report on-time. This new method of data collection came as a result of a need to conduct hunter surveys that did not rely on cold calls. New technologies have made it easy for hunters to screen calls.
The purpose of the reporting is to give ODFW accurate and timely data for better management of Oregon’s game animals which should translate into better hunt opportunities. Tags requiring reporting are deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, cougar, bear and turkey.
One may report by calling 1-866-947-6339, or click on this link, ODFW.