The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunts starts Thursday, May 1, and runs through June 5.
But hunters who apply early not only avoid the last-minute rush, but they have a chance to win cash.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game's annual early application contest for 2008 for those controlled hunts will be handing out one $550 prize and one $450 prize to two lucky winners.
Hunters who get their applications in by May 12 will be eligible to win $550 in the May 15 drawing. Those who get their applications in by May 20 will be eligible to win $450 in the May 23 drawing. Applications in by May 12 also will be eligible for the May 23 drawing, except for the winner of the May 15 drawing.
Applications may be made by phone at 1-800-554-8685 or 1-800-824-3729, at Fish and Game offices, license vendors or on the Internet at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Others not applying for a controlled hunt may submit their name, age, address, and telephone number on a 3- by 5-inch piece of plain paper to: IDFG Early Application Contest, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.
The drawing is funded by Outdoor Central and sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The drawing encourages hunters to apply early and helps avoid last-minute congestion on license vendor computer terminals.