2020 spring bear tag sale deadline, refund process

April 21, 2020

May 1 is deadline to purchase spring bear tag, or request refund of tag/reinstatement of preference points if you choose not to hunt this year.

  • Hunters who drew a controlled spring bear tag have extra time to decide if they will hunt this year.  ODFW extended the tag sale deadline until Friday, May 1 so hunters have more time to consider their options, especially hunters who would have to travel to hunt as travel is limited to essential needs at this time.
  • The season opened on April 1 and as always, hunters must purchase their tag before they go hunting.  The tag sale deadline is usually the day before the season begins but ODFW made an exception due to COVID-19.
  • Spring bear hunters who notify ODFW that they are choosing not to hunt this year due to COVID-19 restrictions will have any Spring Bear (700 Series) preference points used in drawing the tag reinstated and receive one additional point as if they were unsuccessful in the drawing.

Tagholder Options

Note: Only hunters who have not hunted and do not intend to hunt with their Spring Bear Tag are eligible for the tag return/refund and preference point reinstatement options.  ADDITIONALLY, once you have completed the tag return application, your tag will no longer be valid.

  • Hunters must make their decision and submit request form by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Hunters who have chosen to use “Paper Tags” must return their printed tag to ODFW before any refunds can be processed.
  • Hunters who obtained their Spring Bear Tag using their black bear Sports Pac Voucher can have their tags converted back to vouchers.
  • Hunters who already purchased their Spring Black Bear Tag can opt to have their tag fee refunded or they can opt to donate their tag fee:

Contact Licensing if you have any questions, or (503) 947-6101

The address for ODFW Headquarters is:

4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE
Salem OR 97302


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