Controlled Hunt Application Deadline is May 15

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State wildlife officials today reminded big game hunters to apply for this fall's controlled big game hunts as soon as possible to avoid the lines expected to occur near the May 15 deadline.

Hunters can submit their applications at local license agents, by mail order or at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices.

ODFW limits the number of hunters for particular hunts to improve game management and enhance the hunting experience. Hunters must apply for tags for these "controlled" hunts in the spring. A random computer drawing occurs in June and hunters are notified by June 20 if they are successful.

Pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, eastern Oregon buck deer, many eastern Oregon bull elk seasons, and most antlerless deer and elk seasons are managed via the controlled hunt system. The cost to apply is $4.50 per hunt series. Hunters must have a 2006 hunting license to apply.

Hunters will receive quicker service at a license agent if they have the following materials readily available: hunting license or Hunter/Angler Identification Number, a list of the hunts being applied for, and, if applicable, the party leader's license number.

ODFW advises hunters not to wait until the final days before the May 15 deadline to apply for controlled hunt tags. Applying early helps avoid overloading ODFW's Point-of-Sale computerized system and prevents other associated application problems.