An incredible mixture of elk hunting opportunity is available to the hunter, thanks to Idaho’s diverse habitats and a population of about 107,000 elk. The Idaho elk hunter can pursue bulls that vanish like ghosts in the sagebrush deserts, chase herds in the lung-busting climbs of the central Idaho mountains, or stalk the thick-timbered ridges of northern Idaho.
The current Idaho strategy is to offer over-the-counter tags that provide yearly opportunity for family and friends to hunt together, in combination with mature bull opportunity in controlled hunt areas.
Elk hunting is managed in 28 elk zones with a 2-tag system in most zones - A tag & B tag. In general, 'A tags' provide more opportunity for muzzleloader and archery hunters and B tags provide more opportunity for center fire rifle hunters. Hunters may select one zone and choose either an A tag or a B tag.
Elk Hunting Opportunities
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 2:36 PM MDT
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:58 AM MDT
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:24 PM MDT
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:09 AM MDTLicenses, tags, and permits Controlled Hunt Results Information Big Game Seasons and Rules Hunting Panhandle Region Clearwater Region Southwest Region Magic Valley Region Southeast Region Upper Snake Region Salmon Region Elk hunting Deer Hunting Controlled Hunt Results Information White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Elk (Cervus canadensis) Black Bear (Ursus americanus) Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)