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Controlled Hunt Application Information

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Controlled hunts are hunts with a limited number of tags in a specific area for a specific species. They are like general season hunts, but the number of hunters is limited. Controlled hunts are often desirable because of location and timing, and success rates are usually higher than general season hunts.

  • To apply for a controlled hunt, residents and nonresidents must have a valid Idaho hunting license and complete the application / worksheet, below.
  • Applications are available at the link below and any license vendor, Fish and Game office, online or with a credit card by calling: 1-800-554-8685.
  • The applications can also be mailed, with the proper fees, to any Fish and Game office.
 
Controlled Hunt Application Periods
For The Following Tags / Permits:
Dates
Spring Bear
January 15 – February 15
Spring Turkey Permit
February 1 – March 1
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat - First Draw* April 1 –  30
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear, Fall Turkey - First Draw* May 1 – June 5
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat - Second Draw
- There was no 2nd Draw application period this year, 2014; all tags were issued.
June 15 –  25
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear - Second Draw August 5 – 15
*Any tags remaining after the first drawing will be offered in a second drawing.

 Controlled Hunt Worksheet / Application Guide
 
  • Print out the worksheet, linked below, to speed up the application process. Use it as a reference when applying by phone or visiting a license vendor, or mail it with the proper fees to any Fish and Game office.
  • Enter your first and second (optional) choice controlled hunt number. Enter the complete hunt number. All hunt numbers are four digits and DO NOT correspond to unit numbers. These numbers are found in the first column (left side) of the controlled hunt tables in the seasons and rules brochures. The hunt numbers are subject to change each year - be sure to use the current brochure when applying.
  • Enter your name(s), DOB, & hunting license number.

Group Applicants
  • Two hunters may apply on the same application for turkey, spring and fall bear, moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goat.
  • Up to four hunters may apply on the same application for deer, elk or pronghorn.

Note: Individual or group applications that are unreadable, have incomplete or incorrect hunt or license numbers, or that lack the required information or fee will be declared void and will not be entered in the controlled hunt drawing. Any person desiring to change an application after it is submitted may cancel it at a Fish and Game office or headquarters. All fees must be paid again when re-applying.


 
 
Fees / Amount to Include When Applying By Mail
  • Applicants for controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn or black bear must submit a nonrefundable application fee with each application.
  • The fee is $6.25 for residents for each species.
  • The fee is $14.75 for nonresidents for each species.
  • $1 of this fee may be designated for the Citizens Against Poaching program.
  • A single payment, either cashier's check, money order, certified check, or personal check, may be submitted to cover fees for all applications in the same envelope when using the controlled hunt worksheet and applying by mail.
  • If a payment is insufficient to cover fees, all applications will be voided. DO NOT MAIL CASH!
  • Send only the controlled hunt application fee(s) with the application(s).
  • Do not send the tag fee(s) when applying for these species.
  • Applicants for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat or bighorn sheep may only apply for one species and must submit the entire amount - tag fee and controlled hunt application fee - when applying. See links below for current fees. Only tag fees will be refunded. Hunting license fees and application fees will not be refunded if you do not draw.
  • Resident Controlled Hunt Tag Fees
  • Nonresident Controlled Hunt Tag Fees
 
Check the controlled hunt sections of the rule brochures (links below) for complete information including
requirements, eligibility, restrictions, 2nd drawing, leftover permits, refunds, etc.:

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Last Updated: August 29, 2014 
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