DFG expands online services to include harvest reporting
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now offering online harvest reporting for hunters and anglers for the 2012 season and beyond.
While the reporting requirements for hunters and anglers have not changed, the way information is reported is now faster and easier.
Hunters and anglers can report their harvest details more quickly, and that information can be put to use promptly.
Standard mail reporting is still available and can be done through the address printed on the report card.
To report online, just go to DFG's Online License Service (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/) page and search for your profile by entering your last name, date of birth and ID Number, which can be a driver's license number, a GO ID or other form of identification. When the system finds an exact match, it automatically logs the user on to their profile, where he or she can purchase a license, complete a harvest report or apply for drawings.
Confirmation numbers will be provided to those who report online, so there will be no need to mail in the report card. Write the number on the report card and retain it for 90 days for survey purposes. Once a report card has been reported, it is no longer valid.
Please note: The law requires harvest data in a timely manner even if you were unsuccessful or did not hunt or fish. However, there are some exceptions, please refer to your tag or report card for specific reporting requirements. In addition, you can visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting/ for additional information on harvest reporting requirements.
Requirements for online reporting
1. Complete data is required and must be completed within 20 minutes to avoid a system time out.
2. Sport fishing report cards may be reported online only after the last day of the report card's validity. All entries on the report card must be entered onto the electronic form, including activity where no catches were made.
3. If required for that species, all successful hunters are still required to have their tag countersigned. This is mandatory regardless of how the report card data is reported.
You may submit your information online for items below beginning on the specified date. Only the data from 2012 tags and report cards and beyond may be submitted online.
July 1: Antelope, bear, bighorn sheep, bobcat, deer, elk, pig tags.
December 1: Abalone report card
January 1, 2013: North coast salmon, spiny lobster, steelhead and sturgeon report cards.