The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts runs April 1 through April 30 and applications can be made at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone, or apply online. Telephone applications may be made at (800) 554-8685. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
At its March meeting, Fish and Game Commission made changes to 2018 mountain goat and bighorn sheep hunts, including:
- Eliminated the two tags in mountain goat controlled hunt 6005 in Unit 10-3 because the goats appear to have moved out of the hunt area.
- Eliminated bighorn sheep hunt 7007 in Unit 46-2, which would have offered two tags, and extended hunt 7006 in Hunt Area 46-1 to close Oct. 8 instead of Sept. 14. Biologists are concerned that a disease event may have reduced the number of harvestable rams, so an adjustment in tags was needed.
To apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts, each applicant must possess a valid 2018 Idaho hunting or combination license.
Application fees increased for 2018, and prices are $16.75 for residents and $41.75 for nonresidents. Those fees are nonrefundable.
Moose, goat and sheep hunt applicants must pay the tag fee along with the application fee when they apply.
- Fees for residents under "Price Lock" are $183.50.
- Residents who are not Price Locked pay $216.50.
- Nonresidents pay $2,143.50 to apply.
Moose, sheep and goat drawing results will be online in early June. Tag fees will be refunded to those who do not draw.
People who apply for moose, sheep and goat hunts are ineligible for many deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawings. To see details, go to page 37 of rules booklet.
For more information, review the 2017 & 2018 Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules brochure available at all license vendors.
Moose, sheep and goat tags are among Idaho's most coveted hunts, and also among the most successful for harvest.
In 2017, hunter success was:
- Moose: 68 percent
- Sheep: 64 percent
- Goat: 68 percent