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Hunters face report deadline

The 100,000-plus Oregonians who bought deer or elk hunting tags in 2013 have two more weeks to report their hunting results or they'll face $25 fines under Oregon's mandatory reporting rules.

Any hunter who purchased 2013 big game or turkey tags must report their hunt results by Jan. 31 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.

The only exceptions are for Sports Pac license holders who do not need to report on tags that were never issued to them.

Those who fail to meet the mandatory reporting deadline will be hit with the fine when they buy their 2015 hunting license. It's a flat fine regardless of the number of unreported tags held by the hunter.

Hunters have two ways to report, with the most popular venues online at www.dfw.state.or.us and reportmyhunt.com.

Others can do so by calling 1-866-947-6339 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

The Jan. 31 deadline is for all 2013 hunts that ended by Dec. 31. All hunts that slop over into early 2014 have an April 15 reporting deadline.

To report, hunters need their Hunter/Angler Identification number, which is on their licenses and tags, as well as the two-digit code for the wildlife management unit they hunted. To see a rundown of the codes, check pages 94-95 of the Big Game Regulations synopsis.

Hunters will need to report the total number of days hunted as well as the number of days hunted in each wildlife management unit.

Those who report by the deadline also have a chance to win a deer, elk or pronghorn tag similar to the auction and raffle tags the agency offers in annual fundraisers.

The hunter-generated data is used by biologists to help develop big-game population models and study the impact hunting has on them. It is information used to craft everything from seasons to bag limits and tag numbers.

Before the penalty kicked in, reporting rates hovered around 40 percent. When fines kicked in last year, the compliance rate more than doubled to about 85 percent, according to the ODFW.

For more information about the program, see www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.