Be sure to check with the wildlife agency in your state to see if there are mandatory reporting requirements.
Big game hunters have until January 31, 2021, to submit mandatory harvest reports in Idaho and Oregon.
Hunters in Oregon who fail to report a deer or elk tag by the deadline will be charged a $25 penalty. They will have to pay this fine to purchase a 2022 or future hunting license.
“Hunter harvest is a significant component of our population modeling, and getting timely and accurate harvest information from our hunters helps ensure that we can provide as much hunting opportunity as possible while moving toward our population objectives, and without sacrificing the long-term sustainability of the resource,” said Rick Ward, Idaho Department of Fish and game deer/elk program coordinator. “It might seem like a hassle at the end of the season, but accurate and precise harvest reports enable us to better manage herds for this and future generations of hunters.”
Go here for more information regarding Oregon reporting deadlines and here for Idaho.
(Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)