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Oregon Nonresident Fee Screwing

Oregon has raised its fees or should i say doubled its fees for nonres.
2009 Lic. $76.50
2010 Lic. $140.50

2009 Elk tag $361.50
2010 Elk tag $500.00

I'll be scratching them off my Plab B list just like I did Idaho.
Looks like good old Colorado gots all my OTC Plan B $$$$$$$$$$$$

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Re: Oregon Nonresident Fee Screwing

The sad thing is that hunting out of state is becoming a rich mans sport. Even Colorado this year makes you buy the preference point by charging $25.00 unless you have a small game license. The days of just being able to put in for a tag and then come up with the money is long gone. It is interesting in watching just how the DOW's work by allowing people to put it. Utah you don't have to come up with the money except for the application fee until you get drawn. This gets quite a few more hunters into the draw system simply because they don't have to come up with the big bucks yet. If they worked it like Colorado for instance I would of had to of come up with around $3000.00 just to put in for the draw. Where Colorado demands the money for the tags up front along with the application fee. It would be interesting to see just how much interest that states that do it that way make. I remember a few years ago when Colorado upped their elk tags for non-residents. They lost quite a few hunters but some of them came back and paid the money. The problem is that the DOW need to get their money somewhere and with most states running our of money the DOW is one of the first places that they look to cut or to increase the fees to get it, and it is the hunter that gets it in the end.

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Re: Oregon Nonresident Fee Screwing

I know it, I saw that too when I was writing that nonresident hunting guide. There's still Washington for a cheap OTC elk tag, but dang, if you're not considered a hot elk state by the rest of the country, it only makes sense that you keep the licenses cheap if you actually want hunters to come to you. Went from about the cheapest to one of the more expensive.

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Re: Oregon Nonresident Fee Screwing

As a Resident of Oregon, Id' have to agree. Non-Res is getting shafted. But Residents aren't too far behind. The bad thing is that you have to buy a Hunting License in order to even get a preference point and you Don't get it back. Thats where folks are getting shafted. For a Non Res to hunt a 6 preference Point unit would run $900 just for applications.

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P.S. If you wanted to go Archery hunting, its still pretty good. Most of the State is OTC and there is some Great hunting. (contrary to popular belief)

If you want to Rifle hunt, i'd pick a unit that needed less points than what you have and get out of the points game now.

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Re: Oregon Nonresident Fee Screwing

I agree the new prices for residents and non-residents are outragous. but maybe the the high prices more non-res hunters will not come and that will leave more elk for me to choose from. Evil!

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When all those non res. dont show up be cause of the raping and Oregons wildlife conservation money vanishes, Oregon will either raise your taxes or raise res. license fees to make up the differences in lost revenue. :rotest1

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I lived in Oregon till I was 18 before moving to Idaho. I'm now 31. I still apply to Oregon every year because of the preference point system however this year they will only get me for $150 and change to apply if I don't draw a bull tag. Pretty sad you have to spend $150 when you probably are not even going to hunt. Utah got me for about the same this year to apply but atleast I got to put in for elk, deer, buffalo, moose, mountain goat, antelope, big horn sheap for the same price and more opportunity. Last year we bow hunted and didn't mind spending a little more than $300/tag for the opportunity to persue a bull. This year my Idaho hunt runs the same period as Oregon's archery bull and I won't be spending $500+ to chase a spike in October since I can't bow hunt in Oregon this year.

I'd probably still spend the $500 to archery hunt if the dates didn't conflict but for the hunters on a tight budget. I feel bad for them missing out on another hunting season because it's becoming a rich man sport.

Idaho has done the same to my father who still lives in LaPine. Idaho keeps raising their out of state prices and now doesn't hunt Idaho anymore.

There has to be a balance somewhere with license and tag prices. I have no problem with out of state hunters in any state, they bring in the same amount of revenue as resident hunters but number only a small fraction of the total hunters. What's going to happen when all the out of state hunters quite coming and the DOW revenue drops more? Management suffers, everything suffers.... banghead

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