Big game and turkey hunters should report their tags online or at a license sale agent to avoid long phone queues.
The deadline to report most tags and avoid any penalties is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, according to an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife press release.
Hunters need to report on every deer, elk, bear, cougar, turkey and pronghorn tag purchased or issued as part of a Sports Pac license, even if they didn’t harvest an animal or go hunting.
Go to https://odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login and use “Verify/Look Up” to find a hunter profile, which will include any tags to report. Enter ODFW ID number (printed on all licenses and tags) and follow the directions to set up an account. An email address is required. Click under “Mandatory Reporting” to complete reports.
Hunters can also visit any license sale agent (businesses that sell hunting and fishing licenses) to report. License agents will not charge hunters a fee for this service. See a list of agents at https://myodfw.com/articles/where-find-odfw-license-agentsvendors.
“We don’t want to see any customers kept on hold, especially when reporting can easily be completed online,” says Justin Dion, ODFW assistant wildlife biologist. “If you can’t set up an online account, visit any vendor that sells hunting and fishing licenses to report your hunt.”
Hunters who fail to report a deer or elk tag by the deadline will be charged a $25 penalty. They will have to pay this fine to purchase a 2022 or future hunting license. (The deadline to report is Jan. 31, 2021, for any hunt that ends by Dec. 31, 2020, and April 15, 2021 for 2020 hunts that extend into the new year.)
The information reported by all hunters helps ODFW determine harvest and hunting pressure for each hunt, and is used to help set tag numbers. This information is also available to hunters on the Big Game Harvest Statistics page at myodfw.com.
As an incentive to report on time, every hunter who does is entered to win one of three special tags ODFW offers each year. Winners can choose a deer, elk or pronghorn tag that is valid statewide during a four-month season, similar to auction and raffle tags, for which people can pay thousands. This year, Richard McCurter from St. Helens drew the tag and took a bull elk in Wenaha Unit.
As of yesterday, more than half of deer and elk tags still needed to be reported: 77,945 of 122,292 elk tags, 95,760 of 152,651 buck deer tags and 6,275 of 9,623 antlerless deer tags have yet to be reported.
ODFW offices remain closed to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19. Staff are available by phone and email, but hunters are encouraged to report online or at a license sale agent rather than wait on hold. While ODFW licensing staff can take reports by phone at 503-947-6101, call hold times can already exceed 90 minutes and are expected to increase as the Jan. 31 reporting deadline approaches.
To learn more about mandatory reporting, visit myodfw.com or listen to the Beaver State Podcast.