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Controlled Hunts

May 15 is deadline to apply for fall big game hunt

New for 2017

Controlled tag reductions for deer, pronghorn in Baker, Union, northern Malheur counties due to winter mortality

Tag numbers for controlled hunts have already been set and are printed in the 2017 regulations. (Previously, tag numbers were proposed in the spring and not finalized until summer.) The change is meant to streamline the regulation process and also provide more certainty to hunters. Due to a severe winter in 2017, deer and pronghorn tags in a few units were reduced (see link above)

Fee to change controlled hunt application: There is no charge for the first change to a controlled hunt application, but $25 will be charged for each subsequent application change to the same hunt series. Hunters affected by 2017 tag reductions due to winter mortality are exempt from the fees.

Change your controlled hunt choices until June 1 using this form (pdf)
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Applications and forms

How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt

You must have a valid annual hunting license for this year to apply for a controlled hunt. This can be purchased at the same time as the controlled hunt application.

Application fee is $8 per hunt series.

Apply online, at a license sales agent, or by mail or fax using this application form. A $2 shipping and handling fee applies for mail order and Internet forms and a $2 agent fee applies for sales at license agents.

Available hunt choices are listed in the 2017 Oregon Big Game Regulations. New for 2017, tag numbers for controlled hunts have already been set and are printed in the regulations. (Previously, tag numbers were proposed in the spring and not finalized until summer.) The change is meant to streamline the regulation process and also provide more certainty to hunters. Any emergency tag changes will be announced by April 15.

To learn more about a hunt including harvest success rates and number of other applicants, see the Oregon Big Game Regulations, Summary Reports and Hunting Harvest Statistics.

Enter at least one complete hunt number choice (3-digit minimum). You may enter up to four additional hunt choices. All hunt choices on one application for a series must have the same first digit.

Always apply for more than one hunt choice in case a particular hunt is cancelled. Only first choice hunts drawn use preference points.

Verify that all information entered is what you requested before the transaction is completed. The license agent will give you an application showing your hunt choices. You should check it for accuracy before you leave the license outlet, and keep it for proof of application.

Draw results will be available by June 20 online at the My Hunter Information page or by phone (1-800-708-1782). ODFW no longer sends postcard notification of results. Bird results will not be available until the day before permits are available.

Hunters who do not draw their first-choice hunt get a preference point for that hunt series to use in next year’s drawing. More about preference points and leftover tags

If there is an error on your controlled hunt application (incorrect party leader’s license number, hunt choice, etc.), or if you need to change your application, you must contact the Controlled Hunt staff by June 1 to have it corrected.

Youth may apply for a controlled hunt before they complete hunter education but must pass hunter education before hunting on their own tag or validation.

Party Applications

You must indicate if you are applying as an individual, party member or party leader when applying for your controlled hunts.

All applicants, including party leader, must purchase separate applications. Parties must assign ONE member as the party leader. Each party member, except party leader, must enter their party leader’s hunting/angler ID number on their application.

The party leader’s hunt choices will be used for the entire party. All members must list the same choices (as the party leader) on their individual applications.
Party-size limitations: 18 hunters for deer and elk; 6 hunters for black bear; 2 hunters for pronghorn. No party applications are permitted for bighorn sheep or Rocky Mt goat. All persons in parties that exceed the allowed party size will be considered single applicants in the drawing.

Parties will not be split to fill hunt quotas. This also applies to limits on controlled hunts for nonresidents. If the non-resident maximum is reached, parties composed solely or partially of non-residents will not receive tags in that particular hunt.

Understanding your odds

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ODFW’s point summary reports can help you understand the previous year’s draw. It’s important to understand how to read a point summary report (pdf).

The Oregon Tag Draw Percentages website  and the Oregon Tag Guide book are other resources that can help you determine your odds.

Keep in mind that 25 percent of the tags for each draw are awarded randomly so every first-choice applicant has some chance to draw even the most coveted tag. Here is how the draw works:

  • Each application purchased is assigned a random 10-digit number.
  • Members of the public are invited to ODFW headquarters to randomly choose a 10-digit draw seed number for each hunt series. (Call 503-947-6108 to participate in the drawing.)
  • Applicants for each hunt are grouped by preference points and first choice hunt selected.
  • Tags are awarded in each preference point group beginning with the applicant whose 10-digit number matches, or is closest to and above, the seed number. The selection continues with the applicant having the next higher 10-digit number, until 75% of the tags have been awarded or until all first-choice applicants have received tags.
  • All remaining first-choice applicants are rearranged solely by 10-digit random number and the remaining 25% of tags are awarded randomly among all first-choice applicants for the hunt.
  • If there are tags left, the process restarts for second choice hunt applicants. (Preference points are not a factor for awarding 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th choices.)
  • Any applicant who failed to draw their first-choice tag is awarded a preference point for the next year’s draw; the point will appear in the system on January 1 of the following year.
2017 Tag Sale Deadlines found on page 7 of Oregon Big Game Regs

Purchasing your tag

Tag purchase deadline is the day before hunt begins.

Hunters have the option of deciding whether or not they want to purchase the tag for the hunt choice drawn. Hunters who choose not to purchase their tag lose any preference points used in the draw.

Successful applicants may purchase or pick up tags directly from a license agent, by mail or fax or via internet no later than the day before the hunt begins. Telephone purchases are not accepted.

Note: If you are submitting by mail, fax or internet please allow 10 days for shipping.

Check the TAG PURCHASE DEADLINE to allow plenty of time to complete this transaction. It’s usually the day before the hunt begins.

To purchase or pick up tags in person, go to a license agent and buy the tag(s) you drew.

To purchase or pick up tags by mail or fax: Make a photocopy of your license OR write your full name and hunting/angler ID number on a piece of paper. Include a check, money order, VISA or Master Card for the tag fee amount and a $2.00 shipping and handling fee payable to ODFW.

If paying by credit card, include the account number, expiration date and signature to authorize charges. DO NOT SEND CASH. Mail to: Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Licensing 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE Salem, OR 97302 or fax payment if using a credit card to 503-947-6117 or 6113.


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