MEDFORD, OR - Nearly 34,000 hunters face a $25 penalty for failing to tell the state of Oregon how they did on their deer and elk hunts last year.
The state wants better statistics on hunting success and harvest rates - which are used to set the numbers of deer and elk tags.
Fewer than 40% of hunters reported results when there were no penalties or incentives were offered.
In October of 2012, the state adopted the $25 penalty, and the reporting rate went up to 85%, which the state says is enough for sound data.
However, that still leaves a lot of hunters who will face the penalty when they go to buy their 2014 licenses at point-of-sale outlets or online.
Some other hunters must also report their 2012 hunts, but the penalties only apply on deer and elk tags.