Tags For Columbia Blacktails are readily available in Oregon after the draws.
By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
If you were unsuccessful in drawing the tags you wanted by this time of year, you'll need to seek other options. This month, we'll look at over-the-counter (OTC) and leftover draw tags across the US West. Next month, we'll scope out options for landowner tags.OTC tags
are an option in areas with quality animals. OTC tags are often available where private landowners control access. OTC tags may also be available for areas where the success rate is relatively low (or where there are plenty of animals).
Outfitted hunts with OTC tags are possible but often book quickly. Hunters looking to take advantage need to do their homework so they are ready to move to plan B as soon as they discover that they were not drawn. You are too late for some quality OTC opportunities for this year, but you can always get on the outfitter's waiting list and hope for a cancellation.Leftover draw tags
are still available in some states. Sometimes these tags are available because access to private land is necessary. Often an affordable hunt can be found through an outfitter or directly through a landowner, who charges a trespass fee. However, in most cases, leftover tags may be undersubscribed either because the game isn't doing well, because the country is too rugged or due to some other access problem (i.e., National Forest land that's blocked by private land). You need to do considerable research before buying a leftover tag....