Did you hunt this year?If so, time is running out to report your results or pay a fine.ODFW says if you purchased 2013 big game or turkey tags, you need to report hunt results by January 31, 2014 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. Hunters who fail to report 2013 deer or elk tags on time will be penalized $25 when they purchase a 2015 hunting license. As of Wednesday, reporting rates averaged 54 percent for 2013 deer and elk tags. More than 140,000 deer and elk tags still need to be reported (85,214 deer tags and 55,784 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." Hunters have two ways to report:
- Online here and here, 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. Offices open 8 am.-5 p.m., Corvallis and Springfield offices closed noon-1 p.m.)
- By telephone: Call 1-866-947-6339 to talk to a customer service representative. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT seven days a week.
Reporting deadlines are January 31, 2014 for all 2013 hunts that end by Dec. 31, 2013, and April 15, 2014 for all 2013 hunts that end between January 1-March 31, 2014.