Start planning your 2018 outdoor season: Fishing and hunting licenses make great gifts
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
SALEM, Ore.—The new 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing and 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations should now be available at outdoor stores and ODFW offices, or find them online at www.eregulations.com or through our new recreation website MyODFW.com.
As of today (Dec. 1, 2017), 2018 licenses and tags are also on sale at license sales agents, most ODFW offices, and online.
Fishing and hunting licenses make great gifts, especially for kids. Youth age 12-17 can fish (including. Columbia River Endorsement), hunt, crab and clam all year for $10 with the Youth License, or gift the Sports Pac ($55) and add all major hunting and fishing tags/validations including deer, elk, turkey, bear, cougar, and combined angling tag. ODFW’s special big game hunt raffle tickets also make great stocking stuffers ($4.50-$11.50 for chance to win a special deer, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn or Rocky Mountain goat tag).
To give a license, tag or other document as a gift, you need the hunter or angler’s full name and date of birth (day, month, year). If the person has had a license before, make sure you have their ODFW hunter/angler ID number which is found at the top of their license and stays the same every year. If you are purchasing for someone who has never had a license, you will need to provide their social security number in compliance with Federal and State Laws.
What’s New for 2018
Big Game Hunting: New in the 2018 regulations, significant changes are in yellow highlighted text not red text, consistent with fishing regulations. The only major regulatory changes for hunters are the extension of the age limit for the Mentored Youth Hunt Program to include 14 and 15 year-olds (goes into effect January 1, 2018), and a removal of the cap on non-resident fall bear tags.
Hunters will notice some changes in the regulations as staff have been working to make the document easier to follow and understand. New this year, each species follows the same standard format and organization; there are more maps and tables and less text; and all regulations for Youth, Veterans and Landowners are in one place on new pages.
The changes are part of a multi-year effort to simplify Oregon’s Big Game