Oregon To Sell Leftover Tags
Controlled hunt big game tags that are not drawn during the annual lottery will be sold in 2002 using a new process adopted Friday by the Commission that responds to concerns heard after the 2001 sale.

The Commission approved the sale of the tags on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on July 1. Each buyer may only buy one leftover tag per hunt series. However, a buyer may choose to purchase that tag for him/herself or another person.

The Oregon State Legislature changed the law to allow the sale of the leftover tags as a second tag opportunity within the same hunt series. Buck deer and bull elk are two of the most popular hunt series. Before the law change, hunters could only purchase one tag per hunt series per year.

In 2001, the leftover tag sale started at 4 a.m. and the majority of the available tags sold in 30 minutes. Several people purchased tags for themselves and the rest of their hunting party. The time of the sale and the ability to buy multiple tags generated concerns.

The early morning sale will be avoided this year because the computerized licensing system was re-programmed.

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