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Electronic Application for Emergency Hunts (Please have your Hunter/Angler ID ready when you apply.)

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Hard copy Emergency Hunt Application (pdf)

Reporting Requirements: Upon killing a game mammal or wild turkey in an Emergency Hunt, the hunter must immediately notify the ODFW office that issued the tag to report the harvest and pay the appropriate fee for the tag. Unfilled Emergency Hunt tags must be returned to the issuing office within five business days after the closing date of the hunt printed on the tag.

Emergency Hunt Summaries

An emergency hunt is an unanticipated hunt held on short notice to address acute agricultural damage. Many damage situations are addressed by controlled hunts during annual big game seasons. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife expects to implement very few emergency hunts during any year. On average, about 200 tags are issued annually statewide. Emergency hunt tags are in addition to tags for general seasons, controlled hunts, or leftover hunts. Emergency hunt participants are selected from a list established on a county-by-county basis. You may apply for only one county.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply online or request an emergency hunt application from the headquarters office, any regional office, or some district offices. Online (electronic) applications are automatically submitted immediately. Paper copy applications should be mailed or faxed to ODFW – License Services; 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE; Salem, Oregon 97302-1142, fax number 503-947-6113.

When to Apply: Applications received prior to July 1 will only be valid on the current year’s list ending June 30 (for example, if an application was received June 29, 2012, it would be placed on a list that would expire the next day). Applications received from July 1 - July 31 will be randomly assigned to the list in the county selected by the applicant. After July 31, names will be placed on lists in the order received. Applications from Master Hunters (see page 83 of the 2012 Big Game Regulations for information) received from July 1 - July 31 will be randomized, and then placed at the top of the emergency hunt list by county. All other applications, including Master Hunters, received after July 31 will be placed on lists in the order received.

Who may apply: No one 11 years of age and younger may hunt for big game and all hunters must have a valid hunting license (see Mentored Youth Hunter Program in the Big Game Regulations for exceptions). Each hunter less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21 years of age or older) when hunting. Hunters may apply singly, or in parties of two. ODFW will endeavor to keep parties together for emergency hunts wherever possible. In hunts requiring single hunters, however, party applications may be bypassed for that opportunity but will retain their position on the list.

Disqualification: Applicants submitting more than one application will be disqualified. Application forms that are incomplete or illegible will be disqualified.

Landowners: Landowners are eligible to receive Landowner Preference (LOP) tags to hunt on their land within emergency hunt areas. LOP tags issued for an emergency hunt are issued on the same land ownership acreage schedule as are LOP tags for controlled hunts and are in addition to LOP tags issued for controlled hunts and leftover tags. Landowners do not have to be on the emergency hunt list but they must be within the emergency hunt boundary. Landowners can obtain LOP tags for established emergency hunts by contacting the ODFW Controlled Hunt Section, or any ODFW office.
Notification for Emergency Hunts: Individuals to be offered the opportunity to participate in an emergency hunt will be notified by telephone and given instructions on when and where to obtain a tag for the hunt and the dates of the hunt. Individuals unable to meet the time schedule will be bypassed, but will retain their position on the list. Individuals participating in a hunt will be removed from the list.

Emergency Hunt Tags: Hunters must possess a valid hunting license and Emergency Hunt Tag issued by ODFW personnel. Hunters must check in and out of the hunt area as directed by ODFW personnel. Successful hunters must:

  • Tag the harvested animal immediately;
  • Contact the ODFW office that authorized the hunt; and
  • Pay a fee equal to the regular tag fee for that species.

Master Hunter applications: Applications from Master Hunters received during July 1 – July 31 will be randomized and then placed at the top of the emergency hunt list. BOTH applicants must be certified as Master Hunters with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in order to apply as a party.  Applicants must be certified as Master Hunters no later than June 30th. Applications from Master Hunters received AFTER July 31 will be placed on lists, by county applied for, IN THE ORDER RECEIVED.


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