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California mails duplicate deer tags to hunters in error

From the California Department of Fish and Game

-- California is recalling approximately 1,000 duplicate deer tags sent by error to hunters who participated in this year’s Big Game Draw.

Of the nearly 53,000 tags printed and issued by Active Networks, about 2 percent were inadvertently printed more than once and sent in separate mailings causing hunters to receive one or more duplicate tags.

These duplicate tags must be returned to DFG and cannot be used for the take of additional deer.

The department has a list of duplicate tags by hunter and zone and is contacting those hunters who received them to return extra tags. Use and possession of a duplicate tag is illegal. 

This is the first glitch since the implementation of DFG’s Automated License Data System in September, 2010. A recent survey indicated hunters were very happy with the ease of the new system.

However, the duplicate tag mailing is a significant error caused by Active Network, the vendor contracted to print and mail the licenses. DFG and Active Network are working to address the problem.

The Department will contact hunters who received them by mail and provide an addressed, postage paid envelope to use to return the additional tags. All returned items will be logged and reported to the Law Enforcement Division.

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