Elk at Jewell Meadows

Landowner Preference Program

The Landowner Preference Program (LOP) was established to acknowledge the contribution of private lands to support wildlife and provide a form of compensation to landowners for resources used by wildlife. Tags are available to landowners, family members, and others designated by the landowner based on the acreage owned. Pronghorn hunts are only available to landowners and family members. Recipients of LOP tags may only hunt on the property for which they are registered.

How to enroll in the program 

Landowners must register and pay a $35 registration fee, file tag distribution forms, send in tax lot maps and purchase controlled hunt applications prior to the deadline for the hunt. Only one representative landowner, or stockholder of a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), or representative partner of a partnership may register.

To request a new landowner registration packet please call your local ODFW office or the Licensing/Controlled Hunts Department at 503-947-6101, Option #1.

How to renew your LOP program membership

1.  Using your LOP account:

a.  Login to your account and confirm there are no changes to be made.
b.  
Make any changes as-needed.

i.  For changes which require ODFW assistance (changes not available using your LOP account), please send the corresponding forms to ODFW.

2.  Sending in paper forms:

a.  Landowners must send in a Registration Renewal form, for the current year. If there are no changes at the time of renewal, Landowner will need to check the box accordingly, and send only the registration form. If there are changes at the time of renewal, the Landowner must send forms corresponding to where there are changes, and mark the appropriate checkbox(es) on their renewal form.

i.  If there are changes needed after the renewal form has been sent, Landowners may send only the form which represents the changes, such as only sending a Tag Distribution Form for 100 Series Buck Deer, if that is the only change.

3.  For any questions regarding renewal requirements, please contact your local ODFW office of the Licensing/Controlled Hunts Department at 503-947-6101, Option# 1.

Ineligible youth elk hunts

LOP Tags are not available for the new long duration (Aug. 1 – Dec. 31) or the Melrose 223T (Aug. 1 – March 31) Youth Elk hunts. See pages 22, 53 & 54 in the 2021 Big Game Hunting Regulations.

How to renew your LOP tag distribution forms 

Step-by-step online guide

Landowner preference instructions and information (pdfs) 2022 tag distribution form(s) (pdfs)

2022 Annual Landowner Registration Renewal Form
2022 Landowner Preference Information
License Violations and Penalties
Name Change Form
Acreage Change Form
Authorized Designee Form

100 Series Buck Deer
200 Series Elk
400 Series Pronghorn Antelope
600 Series Antlerless Deer

ALL Tag Distribution forms that are sent in require a $2 processing fee, per form. 

Limited landowner Elk hunts* 

  • 254R1
  • 254Y1
  • 255R1
  • 255Y1
  • 256R1
  • 256Y1
*Limited to five tags or 10 percent of total controlled hunt tags, whichever is greater.

In addition to hunts listed, Buck Mule Deer LOP tags may be limited in WMUs below population management objectives.

The list of affected Mule Deer Buck hunts is below

Limited landowner preference mule deer tags 

Mule deer buck tags are limited in WMUs where the mule deer population is below the population management objective (MO) using the following criteria:

Tier 1: For populations at 80 percent or more of MO, LOP tags are allocated according to the current acreage table for each registered landowner.
Tier 2: For populations from 60 to 79 percent of MO, LOP tags available are limited to 5 tags or 15 percent of the total controlled buck tags authorized for the public for each hunt, whichever is greater.
Tier 3: For populations below 60 percent of MO, LOP tags available are limited to 5 tags or 10 percent of the total controlled buck tags authorized for the public for each hunt, whichever is greater.

Allowable tags and eligible hunts

The number of tags allowed per hunt series is based on registered landowner acreage.

LOP tags allowed per series

Tags

Acreage

Hunt types

2

401

Antlerless Deer, Antlerless Elk, and all hunts occurring in Western Oregon

2

1602

All Hunts

3

1,2002

All Hunts

4

2,5002

All Hunts

5

5,0002

All Hunts

6

10,0002

All Hunts

8

20,0002

All Hunts

10

40,0002

All Hunts

12

80,0002

All Hunts

14

160,000+2

All Hunts

1Must be contiguous/connected acreage.

2Must be minimum of 160 contiguous/connected acres.

 

LOP eligible hunts and deadlines

LOP ELIGIBLE HUNT SERIES

LOP DEADLINES

Purchase of controlled hunt Application 

Landowner registration/tag distribution forms 

Tag purchase

100 series deer (limited)

May 15

May 15

Day before hunt*

100 series deer (leftover limited tags)

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

100 series deer

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

200 series elk (bull, either sex, and antlerless)

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

200 series elk (Long Duration Youth)

LOP not available

LOP not available

LOP not available

200 series elk (limited)

May 15

May 15

Day before hunt*

200 series elk (Leftover limited tags)

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

400 series pronghorn

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

600 series deer

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

Day before hunt*

*Prior to 5 p.m. on last business day before hunt begins

  • All landowners must submit tag distribution forms or login online to fill out the preference section in their LOP online account. (See step-by-step instructions.)
  • For hunts with more than one hunt period, the tag purchase deadline is the day before the earliest opening date.
  • Pronghorn antelope hunts with only "doe/fawn" or "either sex" bag limits are eligible to landowners who have a minimum of 160 contiguous/connected acres, and if an applicant is successful in receiving an LOP pronghorn antelope tag the bag limit will default to a doe/fawn only.
  • At any point the landowner has an increase or decrease in acreage, they are required to submit current property tax map(s) for each tax lot along with the +/- Acreage Form available above. Tax lot maps are available through ORMAP or your local county assessor’s website or office.
  • Half of your total tags (rounding up if you have an odd number of tags) allowed for hunting one deer, antlered deer, one elk, or antlered elk bag limits may be issued to non-family members.
  • All of your total tags allowed for hunting antlerless bag limits may be issued to immediate family members or to a non-family person of your choosing.

Suspension from the LOP Program 

If a landowner (or the landowner’s partner, member, manager, employee, or any person using an LOP tag provided by the landowner) is convicted of violation of the wildlife laws arising from participating the LOP program, the department may suspend that landowner from participating in the LOP program for the remainder of the current year plus two additional years. That suspension will include any and all properties associated with that landowner, including properties registered to the individual, as a partnership, or as a corporation, and the suspension will run for the same period of time as the landowner. The department will also revoke any unused LOP tags previously issued for the landowner’s properties.

Refer to: OAR 635-075-0003