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Waiting lines are a thing of the past

The traditional Friday night line-up to buy tags on the eve of Western Oregon's general rifle season for buck deer is a thing of the past.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife now offers hunters who miss the tag-sale deadline a chance to get a tag mid-season and begin hunting — but it'll cost them.

Hunters who pay an extra $15 and sign an affidavit stating they have not yet hunted during the season will be allowed to buy the tag.

The change came late last year as a way to keep hunters from losing their opportunity to hunt because of 11th-hour obstacles to getting to a license outlet — or simply forgetting to buy their tag on time.

To get a tag, visit the ODFW field offices in White City or Gold Beach, or call 503-947-6100 for directions.

Hunters looking for up-to-the-minute information on their license and tag status can do so through the new "My Hunter Information" Web page, which is designed to make it easy for hunters to track preference points, reporting status and season closures all in one place.

It's available under Hunting Resources at www.dfw.state.or.us. To use it, enter your Hunter/Angler identification number, birth date and last name.

Still haven't figured out exactly where to hunt this fall?

A new interactive Google map can be your ticket to finding that piece of public land where the buck or bull of your dreams is waiting.

The map shows hunting-area boundaries, ownership layers, and can search by species and public-access points. Check it out at www.oregonhuntingmap.com.