Oregon hunters: Return black-tailed deer teeth

Hunters that are successful in their Western Oregon deer hunt
are asked to return a deer tooth to ODFW. The tooth indicates the
black-tailed deer’s age, data that is used in population modeling
efforts.

Hunters need to remove one of the two middle incisor teeth and
mail it to ODFW’s Wildlife Population Lab. Postage paid envelopes
are available at ODFW offices and license sales agents.

Directions on how to remove a middle incisor tooth are included
on the tooth envelope or can be found online.

If you can’t pick up an ODFW envelope, mail the tooth to: ODFW,
Wildlife Population Laboratory, 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave., Corvallis,
OR 97330.

Include the following information with the tooth: Your name and
address, sex and species of animal (e.g. buck deer), date
harvested, Wildlife Management Unit or Hunt where harvested, number
of antler points on one side, plus drainage or nearby landmark
where harvested if possible.

Hunters who submit a useable tooth will receive a postcard
indicating the age of their deer. It usually takes about nine
months for hunters to receive this postcard.

Black-tailed deer are generally found west of the Cascades.
Unlike mule deer found east of the Cascades, black-tailed buck deer
are rifle hunted under a general season structure, meaning anyone
can purchase a tag.

Western Oregon rifle buck deer season opens Oct. 1. Last year,
more than 79,000 people hunted this season and harvested nearly
13,000 deer.

Hunters with controlled (limited-entry) Western Oregon deer tags
or archery tags are also asked to return a black-tailed deer
tooth.

Hunters are also reminded that the deadline to purchase a tag is
the day before the hunt begins, or Sept. 30 for a Western Oregon
general season deer tag.

 

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