ODFW switching to smartphones for licenses, tags

Oregon wildlife officials consider rollbacks on license fees

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to use electronic licensing system that will allow hunters and anglers to buy licenses and tags online.

The Mail Tribune reports hunters and anglers also will be able to download an app that will allow them to use their smartphones to tag their salmon, steelhead, halibut, deer and other species that require tagging.

The new system is scheduled to go live in December, when the agency begins selling licenses and tags for 2019.

Fish and Wildlife says the change will save the agency about $1.4 million a year, in part because the licenses and tags won’t be printed on special paper.

The current point-of-sale system handles about 2.2 million transactions each year.