Hunters in Oregon who were chosen to hunt bears in controlled areas this spring have until midnight Friday, March 31, to buy and claim their tags.
In Oregon, hunters can go on bear hunts in controlled areas from April 1 to May 31. People must apply for the tags by February 10 to be chosen for these hunts. If they win the drawing, they must buy and pick up their tags by March 31 at 11:59 p.m..
Tags can be bought online or at a place where licenses are sold.
Anyone who kills a bear has 10 days to turn in the bear’s unfrozen skull to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters can call their local ODFW field office and set up a meeting.
Hunters are asked to prop the bear’s mouth open when they bring in the skull to see the teeth better.
“Inserting a stick or dowel between the molars prior to freezing/ drying out will help keep the jaw open,” ODFW wrote in a press release.
ODFW takes a small tooth with an intact root during check-in and looks at it to figure out how old the bear is. The hunter gets the rest of the skull back.
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The information from the teeth is used to determine how many bears live in the state. ODFW will tell the hunter how old the bear is.
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