Apr 24,2009 00:00
SALEM, Ore. — Hunters, avoid the long lines and busy fax machines and get your controlled hunt application in as soon as possible. Apply by fax, mail order, at a license agent or online. The deadline to apply is May 15.
The ability to apply for controlled hunts online is new this year. Fees are the same as those paid at an ODFW licensing agent or an ODFW office—$4.50 for a controlled hunt application. Online controlled hunt applications can be printed out instantly, so there are no shipping and handling fees. (A fee may apply if the application is purchased with other license documents.) ODFW accepts VISA and MasterCard for online payment.
Send mail order applications to ODFW Licensing, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303 and fax orders to (503) 947-6117 (or 6113). Mail orders must be postmarked by May 15 and fax orders must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT May 15.
Hunters that choose to apply at license agents are reminded to check store hours. Even stores open 24 hours may not have staff available to do license sales at odd hours. Stores have also been known to stop accepting customers because of long lines on deadline day. Get your application in ASAP to avoid this problem.
ODFW limits the number of hunters for certain big game hunts (some deer and elk hunts, all pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat hunts) for game management purposes and to enhance the hunting experience. Applications for these hunts are due by May 15 every year. A random computer drawing occurs in June and hunters are notified about results by June 20.
Specific tag proposals will be available online by early May when ODFW’s annual hunting regulation meetings begin.
Avoid common controlled hunt mistakes
Hunters should carefully consult the 2009 Oregon Big Game Regulations before applying for a controlled hunt online and avoid these common mistakes: