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Page 12 Stat:,00 tighteni: ag If you haven't reported the re- harvest rate information is critical suits of your hunting activity last for setting tags and seasons. I year, it's time to toe the line. Report online or by phone ]at Hunters need to report the re- suits of most big game atd turkey hunts by Jan. 31. Hunters should complete a report for each and ev- ery deer, elk, bear, cougar, prong- horn and turkey tag purchased, even if they didn't fill their tag or go hunting. The participation and 1-866-947-6339. To complete the report, hunters need the following information: Hunter/Angler ID# (ODFW ID#), which is printed on all licens- es and tags Number of days hunted If they mentored a youth QUALI" MSR NEW 5 USED TRAVEL TRAILERS WWW.LASSENRV.COM 541.917.7395 877.373.2678 1 103 PRICE ROAD SE, ALBANY, OR 97322 DIIN DEE ailLEli FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD NEEDS 610 MAIN STREET I 541.367.5544 I HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 I SUN. 10 - 4 Lfl[ROW RIIIH 5EIlfl- Sg.gg [N[H P)E[[ I Slg.gl] SET INDIVIDUAL OR SET I YELLOW ONLY REG 25 98 :o,; 60% POLYPROPYLENE I 20% WOOL ELDER #880 j REG. 5.99 BEN[HHflgE KNIVBi- 40+ STYLES I AUTO'S INCLUDED PLUS FREE FOLDING TOOL KIT (A 519.79 VALUE) lr a, ra - January 25, 2012 screws ,)n hunting reports Photo courtesy of ODFW Josh Schmalenberger, of Etna, Calif., winner of a 2010 incentive tag, with his 4-pt buck taken in Paulina Unit. during the hunt Wildlife management unit where hunted Number of antler points on the side of their animal with the most points As of last week, only about 37 percent of 2011 tags had been reported. The Jan. 31, 2012 reporting deadline is for hunts that ended be- tween April I and Dec. 31, 2011. April 15, 2012 is the deadline for reporting hunts ending between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2012. To sweeten the deal, hunters who meet the appropriate Jan. 31 or April 15 deadlines will be en- tered into a contest to win one of three special big game tags. Win- ners choose the tag (deer. elk or pronghorn) and may take an either- sex animal during an extended sea- son and in an expanded hunt area that allows them to hunt nearly statewide. Reporting hunt results has been mandatory since 2008 and is meant to eventually replace phone "harvest survey calls that determined hunter participation and harvest rates. Or- egon was one of the last Western states to adopt mandatory hunt re- porting. Reporting rates were low in other states until penalty fees were introduced. Since 2008, reporting rates have been too low and ODFW has continued to call a percentage of hunters by phone to get the needed data. To bring hunter reporting rates up, ODFW will begin charging a penalty fee to hunters who don't report on time. The fee will be set by the Fish and Wildlife Commis-. sion this October, when i.t sets 2013 big game regulations. ODFW will propose charg- ing a fee of up to $25 to hunters who fail to report on deer and elk tags, as these tags have some of the lowest reporting rates. The fee will take effect for unreported 2013 tags, with hunters facing the pen- alty when they purchase their 2014 hunting license. (Year 2014 licens- es go on sale Dec. 1, 2013.) "We were hoping a penalty fee would not be necessary but despite 06 F150 SUPERCREW 99 GMC YUKON 03 HONDA CIVIC EX 4x4 V8 Auto PS PM ABS PS PM Till Premium 4DR AC PS PM TILT CD Premium Sound Sound PS Privacy Glass MOON ROOF Premium Wheels Tow $1ock#7949 $1ock#7956 Stock#7964 $22,995 $5,995 $8,995 3195 S. SANTIAM HWY, LEBANON. OR 97355 I 541-258-2175 I (DLR # 31021 MOH-FRI: 8:AM TO 6:PM I SAT: 9:AM TO 6:PM I SUN: 9:AM TO 5:PM ! all our efforts to get the word out, beporting rates are still too low to phase out phone surveys," said Tom Thornton, ODFW game pro- gram manager "It only takes a few minutes to report and the informa- on is critical to setting big game asons." "We do thank all the hunters at have reported on time," Thorn- n added. Since reporting became man- tatory in 2008, ODFW has gotten :he word out through press releas- es, on the front page of the regula- :ions. postcards to hunters, adver- :ising online, in the regulations and )y offering the chance to win a spe- zial big game tag. Hunter reporting ates averaged 58 percent in 2010. 37 percent in 2009 and less than 15 9ercent in 2008 (for 2007 tags). Apply for a 2012 fall big game ontrolled hunt by Tuesday, Jan. 1, and you will be entered into drawing to win one of 50 2013 Sports Pacs (a $164.75 value). For the third year. ODFW is awarding a total of 100 Sports Pacs among the pool of hunters that ap- ply for and are issued a fall big game controlled hunt application before April 15. While residents receive a Sports Pac. non-residents selected in the drawing will win a hunting license (a $140.50 value). The purpose of the drawings is to encourage hunters to apply for controlled hunts early, well before the May 15 deadline. The soon- er hunters apply, the better their chances of winning one of the three drawings: 50 Sports Pacs (or Non- Resident Hunting Licenses) will be awarded among pool of hunters who apply between Dec. 1. 2011 and Jan. 31. 2012. 30 Sports Pacs (or Non- Resident Hunting Licenses) will be awarded among pool of hunters See Hunts, page 13