Southwest Big Game Season Proposals 2019-2020


These proposals and comment forms are split into sections by animals in each region: Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Gray Wolf. 

For each section, please leave comments relative to the information on that page. There is a comment box for "General Comments" on the contact page.

Only changes to hunts (including hunts that are removed or added) are shown on this proposal. All other hunts are proposed to remain unchanged from 2017-18.

To complete the survey, press "submit" on the final page. 
Comment Period Closes 2/24/2019
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Southwest Region

Proposed Changes for the 2019-2020 Big Game Seasons


  • Increase opportunity and simplify regulations


  • Provide antlerless opportunity for youth and either-sex tags where surveys indicate growing deer populations
  • Manage deer in Units 39 and 43 reflective of deer movements between the units
  • Shift hunts intended to address private land depredations to Extra Antlerless Landowner Permission Hunts (LPH) tags, amend Extra Antlerless LPH boundaries to better address known chronic depredation areas
  • Disperse hunting pressure in Unit 39 late archery hunts
  • Align antlered and antlerless seasons where feasible


  • Add opportunity in areas where populations meet or exceed objectives
  • Address private land damage proactively through LPH hunts in chronic depredation areas
  • Address chronic landowner issues with proactive hunt structures
  • Adjust hunt boundaries to better meet hunt objectives


  • Address depredation on private agricultural ground
  • Provide additional youth opportunity where appropriate
  • Remove overlap of sage-grouse hunters and pronghorn archery hunters


In general bear hunt units:

  • Align predation management in elk zones not meeting population objectives
  • Provide additional opportunity

In units currently managed through controlled hunts only:

  • Increase bear harvest by hunters on private lands where most bear conflicts occur
  • Increase tolerance of high bear populations among local residents by creating additional opportunity to harvest bears and manage conflicts
  • Maintain controlled hunt structures where possible, to continue offering unique and desirable bear hunting opportunities in this area


Remove quotas in areas where they are consistently unmet to standardize and simplify regulations:

  • In Units 33, 34, and 35 the current quota is 15 female lions. The maximum female harvest over the last several years for these units were 5 in 2012. This will simplify the rules in accordance with statewide direction; predator management in the Sawtooth Elk Zone where lions are the leading source of predation on elk and the zone is below population objectives
  • Remove female quotas in Units 22, 23, 24, 25, 32 and 32A where they are consistently unmet


  • Expand harvest opportunities in areas with high rates of livestock depredation
  • Add opportunity and simplify regulations
  • Align predation management in elk zones not meeting population objectives