The Landowner Preference Program (LOP) was established to acknowledge the contribution of private lands to support wildlife and provide a form of compensation to landowners for resources used by wildlife. Tags are available to landowners, family members, and others designated by the landowner based on the acreage owned. Pronghorn hunts are only available to landowners and family members. Recipients of LOP tags may only hunt on the property for which they are registered.
How to Apply: Landowners must register, file tag distribution forms, and purchase controlled hunt applications prior to the deadlines below. Only one representative landowner, or stockholder of a corporation Limited Liability Company (LLC), or representative partner of a partnership may register. Registration packets may be obtained by contacting any local ODFW office, or by contacting the ODFW Controlled Hunt office in Salem at 503-947-6101
Landowner tags are not issued automatically upon filing of tag distribution forms. All landowners and eligible applicants must purchase controlled hunt applications prior to specified deadlines below. Applicants for LOP tags must indicate a landowner preference hunt choice on their applications. After May 15, applications for LOP tags will not be available for purchase through license agents. Applicants must submit their applications to the headquarters office of ODFW. Allow adequate time for receipt and processing.
INELIGIBLE ELK YOUTH HUNTS
LOP Tags are not available for the new long duration (August 1 – December 31st) or the Melrose 223T (August 1 – March 31st) youth elk hunts, see pages 19 and 77 in the 2013 Big Game Regulations.
SUSPENSION FROM LOP PROGRAM
If a landowner (or the landowner’s partner, member, manager, employee, or any person using an LOP tag provided by the landowner) is convicted of violation of the wildlife laws arising from participating the LOP program, the department may suspend that landowner from participating in the LOP program for the remainder of the current year plus two additional years. That suspension will include any and all properties associated with that landowner, including properties registered to the individual, as a partnership, or as a corporation, and the suspension will run for the same period of time as the landowner. The department will also revoke any unused LOP tags previously issued for the landowner’s properties.
Refer to: OAR 635-075-0003 Division 075