Big Game Seasons and Rules

Note: Looking for 2017-2018 big game seasons?

We anticipate the seasons and rules will be posted online the week of April 10-14. The printed books should be available following that week.

Including Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn and Black Bear

2015 and 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules

- Pages 1-116 [PDF, 6.8MB]

Notice: Fees may change. It is your responsibility to be aware of changes since these seasons and rules were printed. Please see the fee schedules in the License, Tag and Permit Fees section for current prices.


Controlled Hunt Key Dates
  • 1st controlled hunt application period May 1 - June 5.
  • Successful 1st draw applicants will be notified by July 10.
  • 2nd controlled hunt application period August 5-15.
  • Leftover tags from the 2nd drawing go on sale August 25.
After a Successful Hunt
Big Game Seasons and Rules

Online rules brochures are created in PDF file format. They are produced to keep the online display as close as possible to the printed version.

Printed copies of the rules brochure can be picked up, without charge, at local license vendors or by calling 208-334-3700 to receive a copy by mail.

To view Idaho Fish and Game administrative rules and code, visit the Office of Administrative Rules on the Idaho Department of Administration website.

To advertise in future Idaho Fish and Game rules brochures, call: Rotary Offset Press: 1-253-216-1256.

Idaho Fish & Game strongly encourages wearing hunter orange as a voluntary safety measure.
See the Hunter Orange Policy. — [PDF, 16 kb]

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