‘Premium Hunt’ tags coming this fall

SALEM — Starting this fall, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering new “Premium Hunt” tags for deer, elk and pronghorn for only $8 per application. Hunters who draw the tags get a two- or three-month season hunt: Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 for deer and elk, and Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 for pronghorn. The bag limit is either sex with no antler restrictions.

Premium Hunts are additional hunting opportunities, which means hunters who draw them can still get a regular controlled or general season tag. The deadline to apply is May 15.

Since only one tag for each hunt is likely to be available in 2016, no party application are allowed. Non-residents can apply for any tag and have the same chances as residents.

The special hunts will not use the preference point system. Every hunter will have the same chance every year. They are not once-in-a-lifetime hunts, so those who draw the tag can apply again the next year.

Premium Hunt winners will still need to purchase a tag, which will cost the same as a regular tag.

For more information, visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/premium_hunts/index.asp.

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