Feeling lucky? Time to apply for fall controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear. The application period is May 1 through June 5. Resident Idaho hunters pay a $6.25 application fee, and nonresident applications are $14.75. You can apply online, at any license vendor, at Fish and Game offices, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. Remember that you will need a 2019 hunting license to apply for a controlled hunt, and mail in applications are no longer accepted.
A full list of the hundreds of controlled hunts offered can be found in the 2019-20 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet, which is available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices in printed form.
If you're a new hunter, or new to Idaho, here are ten reasons why you should consider applying for a controlled big game hunt.
You can also research last year's drawing odds for controlled hunts on Fish and Game's Hunt Planner. Drawing winners will be notified by July 10.
Increase your chances by entering the Super Hunt drawing
The Super Hunt program is a separate and smaller pool of big game tags. For $6 per entry, a hunter can get added chances for controlled hunts (except black bear) because a Super Hunt tag is good for any controlled or general hunt for that specific species. Residents and nonresidents can enter the Super Hunt drawing without purchasing a license first. You can apply for Super Hunts at the same places you apply for other controlled hunts.
Unlike the controlled hunt applications, hunters can enter as many times as they want for Super Hunt tags. There are eight tags each for deer, elk and pronghorn, along with one moose tag, which will all be drawn in June.
There’s also one Super Hunt Combo up for grabs, which provides the lucky winner with one tag each for deer, elk, pronghorn and moose. Entries for the Super Hunt combo are $20 each, and hunters can also enter for the combo as many times as they like.
The deadline for the first Super Hunt drawing is May 31, which is sooner than the controlled hunt deadline on June 5. There's a second Super Hunt drawing in August.
So what happens if you draw both a controlled hunt and a Super Hunt tag? Well, you’re one lucky hunter! The Super Hunt tag is considered an “extra” tag, so you would have two tags to enjoy the best hunting experiences Idaho has to offer.