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Oregon Deer Tags Up In Smoke

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The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) announced drastic tag cuts in some deer and antelope hunts in eastern Oregon. Cuts range from 25% to 50%, averaging 40% for deer in the affected units and 36% for antelope. All told, there are twelve 100 Series deer units affected with a total cut of 2,742 tags. There are seven 400 Series pronghorn hunts affected with a total cut of 114 tags.

For deer, Units 51, 62, 63, 65 and 66 fared the worst, with cuts of 40-50%. For pronghorn, Units 51B, 63, 64 and 65 came out worst, down 40-52%.

Here is a list of tag reductions effective for the 2017 draw. Landowner Preference tags will also be reduced.

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According to ODFW,

“Hunters who have already applied for one of the controlled hunts effected may change their hunt choices free of charge until June 1, 2017. Use the Controlled Hunt Application Change Request form found online and mail, fax or hand it in to an ODFW office (hunt choices cannot be changed through the online sales system).”
Here’s the link to the change form you need if you decide to change your application choices before June 1.

Here’s the link to the local ODFW offices, with their address, phone and fax#.


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  1. Well I gotta say, its about time ODFW does something RIGHT for the mule deer! After WAY too many years of WAY too many tags, this is a welcome sight and I totally agree with it. In addition, I also think they should reduce all other east side mule deer tags by 20-25% due to the ridiculously low buck/doe ratios.

  2. Seems like this is long overdue. Now if they would just change the nonresident allocation and do away with the outfitter allocation, I might start applying there.

  3. David L Hoshour

    I agree. The buck/doe ratios are really low compared to some other states, same with bull/cow ratios. They really prioritize giving as much opportunity as possible.

  4. Took me 15 years to draw a particular Oregon muzzleloader tag because only 5% of the tags can go to nonresident hunter. This meant only 1 tag per year and every other year it went to an outfitter.

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