Oregon hunters and anglers will be able to download 2019 licenses and tags on their smartphones, tablets or computers beginning Saturday as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife dumps its old point-of-sale licensing system for a new web-based one.
Some time Saturday, hunters and anglers will be able to buy their new licenses and tags directly over the Internet from the new vendor, Maryland-based JMT Technologies.
Buyers also will be able to download a free app that can be used to tag big-game animals or fish in the field, regardless of whether they have Internet access at the time.
The old point-of-sale system will sunset at 6 p.m. Friday, ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says. So those who need licenses and/or tags for this weekend should buy them before that deadline, Dennehy says.
To ensure that no one falls through the cracks, ODFW will keep open field offices such as the one at Denman Wildlife Area to sell licenses and tags through the weekend, Dennehy says.
The Denman office, 1495 E. Gregory Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.
People who still want to go to license outlets can have salespeople there download and/or print licenses and tags for them. ODFW next week plans to list online agents on its website at MyODFW.com, Dennehy says. However, people should call ahead to ensure the store has the computer and printer set up to get licenses, she says.
Both the printable version of licenses and tags as well as the phone app are now available, Dennehy says.
The change was made because ODFW customers have said they want an easier way to get licenses and tags. It also will save the agency about $1.4 million a year, in part because the licenses and tags won’t be printed on special paper.
ODFW also will no longer supply computers and printers to point-of-sale outlets.
The new contract with JMT Technologies will cost ODFW $1.15 million per year over eight years.
Reward grows in elk poaching case
Wildlife officers are hoping $2,000 in cash and four preference points toward future controlled hunting tags in Oregon will entice someone to identify the poacher or poachers who illegally shot and killed a bull elk Nov. 16 near Lake Creek.
The rewards are offered through the Turn In Poachers, or TIP, program and include the preference point offer created earlier this year by the Oregon Legislature.
A preliminary Oregon State Police investigation reveals the elk was shot and partially cut up off South Fork Little Butte Creek Road about two miles from Lake Creek.
OSP investigators are interested in speaking to the driver and/or occupants of a dark-colored SUV that was seen in the area about 9:15 p.m. that evening after the shots were fired, according to OSP.
Cascade Ranch has offered $500 toward the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, joining $1,000 from the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association. The TIP program automatically offers $500 rewards in any deer, elk or antelope poaching case.
The OHA and OSP jointly manage TIP.
Under new rules for TIP, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also will offer four preference points as part of the reward pool.
Preference points improve a hunter’s chances of getting tough-to-get big-game tags through ODFW’s controlled hunt lottery system.
The four preference points are added to the reward mix in cougar, bear and deer cases. Wolf, moose, Rocky Mountain goat and bighorn sheep cases have offers of five preference points as part of their rewards.
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