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Time is Running Out to Apply for Idaho Controlled Hunt Tags

Punching a filled tag The application deadline to apply for elk, deer, and pronghorn controlled hunts in Idaho is June 5th. Idaho does not use a bonus/preference point system for controlled hunts, so you have the same chance at drawing a tag as anyone else. All residents and nonresidents need to apply is a general hunting license and pay an application fee of $6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents, per species. The cost of the tag is not paid for until after you have drawn, which is a pretty fair deal compared to some of the other Western states that make you pay everything up front. If successful you will be notified by July 10, and the tag must be purchased by August 1.

Wild Idaho Outfitters operates in Frank Church Wilderness Unit 27, which offers a late-season, unlimited controlled hunt for mule deer during the rut (Hunt 1017). This hunt runs November 1 – 18, and offers outstanding opportunity for large, mature bucks in the Middle Fork Salmon drainage. Nonresident tags are limited to 51 tags for this hunt however, so it’s not truly unlimited for them. Hunters may only apply for these tags as their first choice and during the first controlled-hunt, application period. Wild Idaho Outfitters receives outfitter allocation tags for the same hunt, but they are in short supply due to high demand. There are no controlled-hunt elk tags for Unit 27, as they are sold over the counter. There are still plenty of these elk tags left. The OTC deer season in Unit 27 runs from September 15 to October 31—a full 6 weeks.

For detailed information and statistics on Idaho controlled hunts click on this link: https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game

Good hunting,

Joe Cavanaugh

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