April 1 st is a very important day in the life of an Idaho hunter. It is the first day you can put in for trophy species bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat as well as, my favorite day, the first day of the spring 2016 backcountry bear hunting season. Applications for bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat begin April 1 and run through April 30 so don’t delay in getting your application in if you want a chance at any of these. Remember Idaho does NOT have a point system (a good thing in my mind) so everyone is on equal footing in the draw process. And you will certainly never hunt a sheep, moose or mountain goat if you don’t apply! Spring bear season is one of my favorite times of year. It is a sure cure for cabin fever and a good time to log some saddle time on the old steeds we have been feeding all winter and is also a good time to start our young mules and colts. Think about it, if they have a come apart and scatter a little bear bait, I figure it is better than scattering me! The backcountry units start about 15 days earlier than the front range seasons do, offering the hunter who is willing to work a little hard to access the backcountry a 2 week extended season along with, in most cases, a chance at 2 bears to boot! This spring may a bit interesting as there is still plenty of snow in the high country. Grass is starting to grow already in the low country, but you generally have to climb some pretty high passes to get into the backcountry, so access may be a bit extra challenging this spring! So whether it is spring bear hunting or bighorn sheep on your mind don’t be a fool, get off the couch and either apply for a trophy tag or go hunting…or both! We are always happy to visit with you about best options for trophy species or simply talk hunting, so contact us if you have any questions. See you in the woods!