Press Release

Attention hunters: deadline for big game controlled hunt applications is near

Hunters have until 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on June 5 to apply

You only have a short time left to apply for a chance at some of Idaho's best hunts. The deadline to apply for the upcoming fall's big game controlled hunts is 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, 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. Winners will be posted online by July 10.

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, and some information about controlled hunt opportunities available exclusively for youth hunters.

Second Super Hunt application period open

Controlled hunts aren't the only way to get premium hunts. Hunters can also apply for the Super Hunt tag, which allows you to hunt in any unit open for that species – general and controlled hunts – and you can enter for a Super Hunt tag as many times as you like.

The application period for the second Super Hunt drawing opened on June 1, and runs through Aug. 10. Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each.

The second drawing will be for two elk, two deer, and two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that entitles the winner to hunt all four species - elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by Aug. 20.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.