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Last-minute hunt applications set ODFW records

Oregon hunters set a record for procrastination this year then followed it up Monday with a record for most hunting documents sold in a single day.

Hunters purchased more than $8.755 million worth of licenses and controlled-hunt applications on the last day possible, an all-time, one-day record for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The surge right up until the 11:59 p.m. deadline Monday also set a record for internet sales of 17 percent, says Michelle Dennehy, ODFW's Wildlife Division spokeswoman.

That compares to 11 percent internet sales in 2016 and 9 percent in 2015, she says.

By Monday night's deadline, 458,379 applications were sold and processed by the agency, but that number will increase when mail order and faxed applications are processed, Dennehy says.

The number will be available in time for the June 1 drawing for controlled big-game tags for upcoming seasons, she says.

Last year, more than half of the 467,028 applications were submitted in the week before the deadline, including nearly 74,149 on deadline day, according to ODFW.

Despite the heavy surge of 11th-hour applications, the computer systems used to process the applications hummed along for the eighth straight year.

Heavy last-minute application rushes in past years caused system slowdowns and crashes, and complaining about the botched technology became a participatory sport among hunters left standing in long lines.

But the point-of-sale system has not experienced such problems since 2009.

Free fly-casting lessons in Medford

The Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association has resumed its popular free fly-casting lessons at Hedrick Middle School along East Jackson Street in Medford.

The classes, which are held at the school's athletic field, will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays when it doesn't rain, through Aug. 7.

The club has rods and reels to loan out, but casters are encouraged to bring their own gear if they have it.

The lessons are left by John MacDiarmid, a certified casting instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and include assistance from other seasoned casters in the association.

'Serenity' tops 2016 boat-name list

Boat owners across the United States once again turned to "Serenity" as the top boat name, which beat out the nautical word-play "Seas the Day" on the unofficial list compiled annually by the Boat Owners Association of The United States.

BOATUS lists the top 10 names from boat names requested from the agency's graphics service, so it is hardly scientific.

The top 10 are:

1. Serenity

2. Seas the Day

3. Andiamo ("Let's Go" in Italian)

4. Irish Wake

5. Freedom

6. Adagio (Italian for “at a slow tempo”)

7. Ohana (Hawaiian for “family”)

8. Oasis

9. Happy Ours

10. Firefly

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.