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Leftover tag sale delayed until August 1: Tags sold only online this year

 The sale of about 200 leftover controlled big game hunt tags will be delayed until Thursday, Aug. 1.

The process for these tags is changing this year due to ODFW’s new electronic licensing system, with leftover tags being sold exclusively online, rather than at license sale agents/vendors.

ODFW is delaying the date of the sale (from July 1 to Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.) to allow more time for staff to complete User Acceptance Testing of the new process before the sale takes place.

The delay also provides additional time for hunters who want to try for a leftover tag to get ready for the new process. Hunters will need to have an active and verified MyODFW online licensing account, including a username and password, to purchase a leftover tag this year. (If you don’t have an online account yet, visit and click “Buy a License” and then follow the steps to verify your account.)

See below for tips on purchasing a leftover tag, and the website for a step-by-step guide.

  • Check the list of tags available first. Note some of the hunts are on private land, and permission from the landowner is required to hunt with the tag. See the 2019 Big Game Regulations for more information about each hunt.
  • Be logged in by 10 a.m. on Aug. 1. Leftover tags sell out in minutes and in the past, hunters needed to be first or second in line at a vendor at 10 a.m. for a reasonable chance of purchasing one. ODFW anticipates leftover tags will sell out quickly online, too.
  • Get a 2019 annual hunting license before Aug. 1. Hunters need to have an annual hunting license to be eligible to buy a leftover tag.
  • Youth (age 12-17) must purchase leftover tags from their own account. Parents can create an online account for their children and the purchase must be completed from the child’s account. 

Leftover tags provide an additional hunting opportunity for hunters, as they can be purchased in addition to a regular controlled or general season big game tag.


ODFW hosts big game regulation meetings around the state beginning July 2

ODF&W is holding a series of meetings around the state in July.

The meetings will focus on big game regulations and are a great chance to come and hear about changes proposed for the 2020 seasons, comment on those changes and ask questions of district wildlife biologists.

As part of a multi-year process to review, simplify and improve the Big Game Hunting Regulations, ODFW is proposing some major changes for 2020, including changing the Western Oregon centerfire bag limit to a buck with a visible antler, meaning spikes would be legal for harvest, and offering a new general season antlerless elk damage tag. Get more details on these proposals at the meetings or look for an online summary next week.

Public comment about the proposals and other issues related to big game regulations will be taken at these meetings, or email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Final 2019 Big Game Hunting Regulations will be adopted at the Sept. 13 Commission meeting in Gold Beach.

Here is the schedule;

2019 Big Game Public Meeting Schedule

City Date Time Location


July 2

7:00 pm

Harney County Community Center
484 N Broadway, Burns OR


July 2

4:00-7:00 pm

Pendleton Convention Center
1601 Westgate, Pendleton OR


July 8

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ODFW Lakeview 
18560 Roberta Rd., Lakeview OR


July 8

6:00 pm

ODFW Newport 
2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport OR


July 9

5:00-8:00 pm

ODFW Clackamas District Office, Large Conference Rm
17330 SE Evelyn St., Bldg. 16
Clackamas OR


July 9

6:00 – 8:00 pm

OIMB Boathouse
63466 Boat Basin Rd., Charleston OR

Gold Beach

July 9

6:00 pm

Gold Beach Library
94341 3rd St., Gold Beach OR

John Day

July 9

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Grant County Extension Service Office
116 NW Bridge St. Ste. 1
John Day OR


July 9

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Redmond High School
675 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond OR


July 9

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Backside Brewing
1640 NE Odell Ave., Roseburg OR


July 10

6:00 – 9:00 pm

ODFW Heppner 
54173 Hwy 74, Heppner OR


July 10

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Gateway Sizzler
1010 Postal Way, Springfield OR


July 11

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Old Armory Building
104 4th Ave SW, Albany OR

Central Point

July 11

7:00 pm

ODFW Central Point
1495 East Gregory Rd., Central Point OR

Klamath Falls

July 11

6:00 pm

Shasta Grange Hall
5831 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls OR

La Grande

July 12

6:00 – 9:00 pm

La Grande City Library, Community Rm 
2006 Fourth St., La Grande OR

Grants Pass

July 18

7:00 pm

Elmer’s Restaurant
175 NE Agness Ave., Grants Pass OR


July 18

7:00 pm (MDT)

OSU Extension
710 SW 5th Ave., Ontario OR


July 18

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Seaside Convention Center
415 First St., Seaside  OR

The Dalles

July 18

6:00 pm

The Dalles Screen Shop
3561 Klindt Dr. , The Dalles OR


The big thing here for those of us in Southwestern Oregon is going to be the proposed allowing of spike bucks to be harvested. While this may help encourage some hunters, the long range situation demands saying no. Especially since they went to this just insane system that allows hunters to get their tags over the counter.....and then could run to the nearest copy machine and crack out all the deer tags they want. OSP game troopers would never know if the buck they are looking at tagged with a copied tag is buck #1, or buck # 10 for that hunter. Keeping spkies illegal west of the Cascades is one of the very few harvest controls OSP has left. Say no to that one. As to the elk situation, that is a tough one for me. The elk population on public lands has been in steady decline. The wolves are not helping that. Not so much in killing elk, but driving them away. The elk just do not want to be where the wolves are. That has lead many elk to head to the safety of private land in population fringe areas. And here they cause all kinds of damage issues. The proposal being considered would make it easier for those needing help with controlling elk on their property to get it. But, we are getting really close to the point where every single elk should be valued. So this is a very tough one for me.

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University of Washington study shows how deer adapt to the presence of wolves

In February, the University of Washington released the results of a two year study they conducted in cooperation with the Colville Tribes and the U.S. Forest Service, the study was done to see how deer responded to the presence of wolves. That results were amazing! And, the results gave critical insights that hunters must know when there are wolves in areas that they hunt. That information can mean the difference between a tag filled, or tag soup.

Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback, their presence can’t help but impact other animals — particularly the ones these large carnivores target as prey.

White-tailed deer and mule deer, two distinct species common in Washington, are among wolves’ favorite catch. Wolves will chase deer great distances — sometimes upwards of 6 miles (10 kilometers) — in search of a satisfying meal. How these two deer species respond to the threat of being pursued by wolves in the early years of this predator’s return could shed light on changes to their behavior and numbers.

To help answer this question, researchers from the University of Washington and other institutions monitored the behavior and activity of wolves and deer in Washington for three years. They found that mule deer exposed to wolves, in particular, are changing their behavior to spend more time away from roads, at higher elevations and in rockier landscapes. ADDED INFORMATION FROM ROGUEWEATHER -  Remember, our local blacktails are indeed mule deer. That has been proven by DNA studies by Oregon State University. So, that information that came out about what mule deer are doing is critical to know, and remember. Now down here in Southwestern Oregon where we have wolves, the black tails are absolutely going to tougher terrain. But, it is not so much rocky as thickly forested. I saw that first hand last deer season in the Butte Falls area. I was encountering bucks....lots of bucks on slopes that were steeper, and loaded with dense growth. That was eastern, northern, and western facing slopes mostly. Did not see any of southern facing slopes. And in our area, southern facing slopes tend to be open....and thus favoring the wolves. The Rancheria Flast outside of Butte Falls that were once a top deer hunting spot have become far less so since the qwolves arrived. Now we know why. The deer are avoiding it with the wolves around. 

“In any particular ecosystem, if you have a predator returning, prey are unlikely to all respond similarly,” said senior author Aaron Wirsing, an associate professor in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. “We show that wolves don’t have a uniform effect on different deer species.”

Their results were published in December in the journal Oecologia. To read more about this, (and you should!), click here



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ALL gamebird seasons are now closed in Southwestern Oregon including waterfowl: The exception to that is:

Eurasian collared-doves: These are non-native game birds that can be harvested year-round with no bag limit; however, a hunting license is required. They are found just about everywhere throughout Southwestern Oregon, and seem to be in especially high concentrations near residential zones.

Applegate, Chetco, Evans Creek, Rogue, portions of Dixon, and Sixes Wildlife Management Units

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Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). With our recent snowfall, now is a good time to go out and see if you can cut some fresh tracks and maybe call in a cougar.  Please remember it is mandatory to check in any harvested cougar with ODFW, including the unfrozen skull, hide, proof of sex, and reproductive tract if female.  Please call your local office to schedule the check in. For more information refer to page 62 of the 2019 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.

Western gray squirrel: Western gray squirrel hunting remains open with no bag limit in that part of the Rogue unit south of the Rogue River and S Fork Rogue River and north of Hwy 140. See page 63 of the 2019 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information.

Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunters can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Predator calls are very useful when used in conjunction to known prey base.

Dixon, Indigo, Evans Creek, Melrose, E Tioga and NE Powers Wildlife Management Units

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Cougar: Look in areas adjacent to agriculture and within areas of higher concentrations of deer. When fresh tracks are found, set up and call with either mouth or electronic predator calls.

Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.

Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

Eurasian collared-doves: These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds. Identify this species and its habitat

W Tioga, Powers, and portions of Sixes Wildlife Management Units

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Coos Mountain Access

The Coos Mountain Access Area goes into effect Aug. 25 and will be in effect year-round for the next three years. This is the newest Access Area in Oregon and encompasses about 63,000 acres in the heart of the Tioga Unit. Within this Access Area most of the arterial roads are open for motor vehicle access and many, but not all, of the secondary roads are open for foot or bike access. This new Access Area was created in response to some private landowners in the area expressing a willingness to allow public access in a way that is compatible with their land management goals.

Lands within Coos Mountain Access Area provide excellent opportunities for big game and upland gamebird hunting and viewing. Roads that are open to foot or bike access also provide great opportunities to hike or use mountain bikes in conjunction with hunting and viewing in an area where those opportunities are not plentiful. Roads open to motor vehicles are marked with green dots. All other roads are open, only to foot or bike access. For information on Coos Mountain Access Area , contact The Charleston Field Office at (541)888-5515.  Maps are available.

Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Coos County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

Eurasian collared doves: These non-native doves are found in Coos County. While they are generally found near residential areas, they can be found in other locations. They tend to be most common in association with agricultural lands and other rural settings. There is no closed season or bag limit for them and they are, reportedly, good to eat. Hunters need to get permission to hunt them on private land. With a little pre-hunt scouting it is possible to find the birds in sufficient numbers to have a quality hunting experience.


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With the exploding use of drones, comes abuses. I see a lot of "professional drone pilots" out there now who do not seem to know what the FAA laws are regarding drone use, and they are supposed to KNOW them. So, can you blame private citizens flying drones for fun if they don't? But, ignorance is NO defense in court. It is against the law to use drones while hunting in Oregon. It actually is a well established law now. That means you cannot get out of your truck at say the top of a logged unit in the Cascades and fly a drone down it to see if there is a buck or bull down there in the season. This article from the East Oregonian outlies it all very here to see it. 


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Wolves are present in Oregon

ODFW is monitoring about 20 areas of known wolf activity, mostly in northeast Oregon and several in southwest Oregon. Wolves may also occur in central Oregon and the Cascades. See the Wolf web page for the latest information.

Wolves remain on the federal ESA west of Hwys 395-78-95. In the rest of eastern Oregon, wolves remain protected under the state’s Wolf Management Plan and no take is allowed, except in defense of human life or by livestock producers in certain situations in the eastern third of Oregon.

Oregon has not seen any conflict or human safety problems between people and wolves, but there are some tips online on how to avoid problemsThis flyer also has tips on recognizing wolf sign, differentiating between wolves vs coyotes and protecting dogs from wolves.

ODFW appreciates any information about wolf sightings or encounters from hunters. Use the online wolf reporting form to share this information with wildlife managers.

ODFW is closely watching both wolf and big game populations. ODFW has not seen negative impacts from wolves requiring big game hunting tags to be reduced.

Besides annual surveys of wolves and big game, OSU and ODFW are working together on a wolf-cougar research project looking at competitive interactions and prey selection between wolves and cougars in the Mt Emily unit.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Game has put together a quiz I encourage ALL of you to take. As Southern Oregon and Northern California are confirmed wolf territory, KNOWING the difference between a coyote and a wolf on sight can be very critical.....ESPECIALLY for hunters. You MUST know the differences between a wolf and a coyote in appearance.

I did get 100 percent on this test. I mean I would sure hope I would being on the Jackson County Wolf Committee. Let's see how you do. Some of these are going to be easy. Real easy. But there are a couple pictures in here that will require a real good look.

Click here to take the test.




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