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Controlled Hunts Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why was I not successful along with my hunting party members?

A. The most common mistake hunters make when applying as a member of a hunting party hunt is forgetting to list the party leader or listing the wrong party leader. This can lead to you or the whole party going through the draw as individuals. If the party leader -does not apply, all party members will be treated as individuals in the draw.

Always check your application for accuracy immediately after purchase. The agent who sold you the application can personally make the correction/change up to the end of business day after the sale. The application(s) can be corrected; the deadline to make corrections is June 1 by ODFW’s License Services staff. See the “Correcting Errors/changing applications” section of the current regulations or contact the Controlled Hunts Section for help at (503) 947-6100 or 1-800-708-1782.

Q. Why was I successful for a hunt I did not want?

A. Either the hunt was listed on your application or as a member of a party you automatically drew the leaders choices no matter what choices you listed. Before becoming a party member it is important to check that the leader and you want the same hunt choices. Please remember it is your responsibility to check the accuracy of your application after purchase. Miscommunication between the licensing agent and yourself can lead to you becoming successful for a hunt you did not want and possibly losing your preference points. The agent who sold you the application can personally make the correction/change up to the end of business day after the sale. The application(s) can be corrected; the deadline to make corrections is June 1 by the License Services staff. See the “Correcting Errors/changing applications” section of the current regulations or contact the License Service section for help at (503) 947-6100 or 1-800-708-1782.

Q. When I look up my preference points I see the same number I had before the controlled hunt draw - where's my point for this year?

A. Preference points are for the current year's drawing. New points (for those unsuccessful at drawing a first choice hunt or who purchased a point saver) show up on January 1 of the following year.

Q. I have enough points that I should have received my tag this year, why didn't I?

A. Party applicant's points are determined by totaling the preference points of all party members then calculating the average (divide total points by how many are in the party). Average points will be rounded up from .51 and down from .50 to the next whole number. (Example. 3.51 would round up to 4; 3.50 would round down to 3 points.) Also, if you have a non-resident in your party, it puts the entire party in nonresident status. Only 3% to 5% (depending on the species) of the total tags available for each hunt go to non-residents. What this means is; there must be an equal amount of non-resident tags available to match how many non-residents are in your party to enable your party to draw.

Q. Why did I not receive my postcard informing me of my results for the draw?

A. ODFW has discontinued sending postcard results as a cost-saving measure. Please check My Hunter Information or call 1-800-708-1782. You will need Hunter/Angler ID# (printed on all ODFW documents; it stays the same from year to year), last name and date of birth. ODFW’s controlled hunt staff is also available during regular business hours at tel. 503-947-6102.

Q. Maps and informational letters for successful hunters, when do I receive these?

A. Maps and letters (for hunts requiring them) will be placed in the mail approximately three (3) weeks prior to the opening of each hunt. Be sure to have your mailing address updated and/or confirmed so that you may receive this information.

You need to always confirm and/or update your mailing address and telephone number each time you purchase a license, application or tag. This is a very critical step that you must take to ensure that you will receive all the information you are expecting from us. Your current information will also allow us to contact you in a timely manner, should we find an error on your license and/or application during our review for processing.

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