Complete a survey for each big game or turkey tag you purchased — even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful.
Information from hunters who did not hunt or did not harvest an animal is as important as from those who did take an animal. Also, please report even if you received a comparison telephone survey call for the hunt this year.
SportsPac buyers do not need to report on tags that were never issued to them.
A $25 penalty will be assessed for any hunter who fails to report deer and elk tags by the reporting deadline (Jan. 31, 2014 for most tags). The penalty is paid with the purchase of a 2015 hunting license. It is paid once, regardless of the number of 2013 tags unreported.
Ways to report
- Via the Internet by clicking the Report Now button at the top of this page.
- Call 1-866-947-ODFW (6339) and speak with a customer service representative who will take your information.
- Visit an ODFW office with a computer available for reporting (ODFW field or regional offices in Adair Village/Corvallis, Bend, Clackamas, La Grande, Portland-Sauvie Island, Roseburg, Salem Headquarters, Springfield, Tillamook.)
Information you need to report
A worksheet is available for use in report preparation: Preparation Worksheet (pdf)
- Hunter/Angler ID number (located on ODFW licenses, tags and applications). If you do not have your tag or license anymore, call 1-866-947-6339 for your Hunter/Angler ID#. This number stays the same year after year so you can also use an old license or tag.
- The two digit Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) number of the Unit you hunted in most of the time if the hunt area included more than 1 WMU. See map or pages 94-95 of the Oregon Big Game Regulations.
- The total number of days hunted—including mentoring youth—and the number of days hunted in the WMU hunted most
When to report
Jan. 31: All turkey and big game hunts with seasons ending between April 1 and Dec. 31 of previous year
April 15: between Jan. 1 and March 31 of that year
Penalties for not reporting
The $25 penalty was put in place by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in October 2012 because although reporting has been “mandatory” since 2007, just 41 percent of tags were reported by the deadline in 2011. At such a low rate, the data provided was not even usable.
After the penalty was announced, reporting rates went from about 40 percent to an average of 80-85 percent for deer and elk tags.
Reporting rates were too low before the penalty despite heavy promotion of the requirement and incentives to report on time. The reporting requirement has been on the cover of the annual Big Game Regulations and on all licenses and tags for several years. A postcard reminder went out in early January 2013 to any hunter who hadn’t reported 2012 tags yet. The reporting requirement is also mentioned in ODFW’s weekly recreation report, news releases, advertising in sportsman magazines, and elsewhere. Finally, as an incentive to report on time, ODFW has offered the chance to win a special big game tag to three randomly drawn hunters who report on time each year.
Why you need to report
By completing the mandatory hunter report, you are providing key pieces of information that biologists will use in their game management actions. Your report supports the agency’s goal of optimizing recreational opportunities for all hunters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the penalty go away if I just don’t buy a license?
No, the $25 penalty does not go away and must be paid before you can purchase another hunting license, even if you choose to skip a year or more of hunting.
Why do I need to report when I didn’t even go hunting or fill my tag?
ODFW biologists look at harvest, hunting pressure, and the number of people who got a tag but didn’t hunt when they set regulations. Hunters have been more likely to report when they are successful. So at low reporting rates, harvest was being over-estimated, which could lead to an unnecessary reduction in hunting tags and opportunities.
Can’t ODFW get this information another way, like through phone surveys?
ODFW used to get this information through phone surveys but these have gotten much more difficult and expensive. Hunters have moved, screen their calls, or don’t provide phone numbers so there is no way to reach them for this information. Sometimes ODFW could not reach an appropriate sample size for a hunt using these phone survey calls. Due to the expense, ODFW also could not afford to survey every hunt every year.
The new reporting system will allow ODFW to phase out survey calls, saving license dollars.
I am certain I reported on time but am still being asked to pay the penalty.
If you got an email or confirmation number saying you reported 2012 tags but are still being asked to pay the penalty, please contact our licensing division at 503 947 6101.
What if I choose not to report?
Hunters that don’t report would need to pay the $25 penalty ever year. They can still purchase licenses and tags.
Is there a penalty for not reporting pronghorn, cougar, bear and turkey tags?
No, though reporting is also required for any of these tags that are purchased. ODFW believes most will be reported as hunters report deer and elk tags. But in the future, there could be a penalty for not reporting these other tags.
What does ODFW do with the money from reporting penalty fees?
The funds are not earmarked in any way but go into the Wildlife Division’s account.
ODFW called about my tags, why do I have to give you this information twice?
Thank you for taking our survey call. To keep that phone survey truly random, we can’t take information from the new survey method as it has been skewing success rates higher (because hunters are more likely to report when they are successful). ODFW has been telling everyone we contact by phone that they are still required to report their tags. These phone call surveys will be phased out because more people are reporting now.
Can I see the data based on mandatory reporting?
Yes, statistics are online and can be found off our Hunting webpage (See Hunt statistics and Reports/2013 Big Game Statistics). They show pressure, harvest, and antler points of animals harvested for most of our deer and elk hunts.
Thank you for reporting your hunt.
Please let us know if you experience difficulties using the new Hunter Survey System. Call ODFW: 1-800-720-6339 (ODFW), Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific time or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your information is critical to the management of Oregon’s wildlife.
Summary of Mandatory Reporting