Hunters who have eyes on trophy wildlife outside of a general hunt have little time to make sure they apply for controlled hunt tags with the May 15 deadline nearly here.
Pronghorn, bighorn sheep, deer, elk and Rocky Mountain goat all fall under the quickly-approaching deadline. Hunters who miss the deadline will be forced to wait another year.
Applying now is better even than a day or two before deadline.
“You don’t want to wait until the last minute because of lines you will see,” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Thomas Collom said. “Good idea to apply early.”
Based on previous trends, Collom said, the Interstate Unit is one of the most popular hunting spots in the area. Another popular, albeit difficult, tag draw is the Antelope hunts farther east in Lake County.
Max points are needed to have a chance. Muzzleloader hunts tend to run six or seven points, and archery hunts for antelope are usually four to six points.
Sheep hunts are very highly sought after and once-in-a-lifetime hunts. There aren’t any points involved, but odds are very low.
“You are putting in for a lottery,” Collom said. “Coveted tags. Some of the hunts are 1 to 3 percent chance of drawing, but once you draw a tag it’s a very coveted tag to have.”