Report Hunt Results by Jan. 31: $25 Penalty for Not Reporting Deer and Elk Tags

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Salem, OR -(Ammoland.com)- 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.

Hunters have two ways to report:

  • Online via www.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.
    $25 penalty for not reporting deer and elk tags

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.

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Tony Middleton
Tony Middleton
5 years ago

Hunted for deer only.seen plenty of does.missed my chance yet again on a couple nice bucks? LOL

Beto rauda
Beto rauda
5 years ago

No elk or deer taken on 2015 hunted two days on each season

Sam hokland jr
Sam hokland jr
5 years ago

Sam hokland jr no deer or elk.

gerald mentzer
gerald mentzer
5 years ago

hunted two days . all I saw was couger tracks . no deer in this area.did not use my tag.

Johnnie Gill
Johnnie Gill
5 years ago

Hunted no luck Lic.#15-025975204

Dale Bruns
Dale Bruns
5 years ago

hunted the coast area. no luck. Lic# 15-02525066-0

Darlene Love
Darlene Love
5 years ago

Shot a four point buck with my 270. Was hunting in Login cuts . He was grazing in the forest, beautiful deer. One shot and he went down. I was really proud

Cammie L Whitmore
Cammie L Whitmore
6 years ago

No Rocky Elk taken in the 2014 season, Hunted in Sumpter Area. LIc # 14-03087408-2

Charles Christensen
Charles Christensen
6 years ago

no elk taken in the 215a1 hunt through march 15, 2015 hunt

Ashley Witt
Ashley Witt
6 years ago

spike elk taken out of scappoose unit with rifle did not hunt deer

carson witt
carson witt
6 years ago

fork-n-horn buck taken from scappoose unit with rifle, no elk taken

Kelly Witt
Kelly Witt
6 years ago

did get a 4 point buck with rifle out of scappoose unit, did not take an elk

David R. Smith
David R. Smith
6 years ago

No elk taken 2014.

David R. Smith

Roy Daniel McCall
Roy Daniel McCall
6 years ago

did not get any game and I threw away my tags, Did not know about the reporting till a friend called me to let me know . Sorry