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Idaho Fish and Game

Hunters still have options for big game controlled hunts


Hunters who were unsuccessful in the first drawing for controlled hunts in June have more chances with a second controlled hunt drawing and Super Hunts.

Second draw

Over 2,800 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.  Hunters can apply for these tags from August 5 through August 15.  Results of the drawing will be available around August 23.  Any tags not drawn after the second drawing will be sold first-come, first-served August 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.

Any controlled hunt tags left unclaimed with an early August start date will go through the second application and draw process.  Some August controlled hunts will already be in progress when the second drawing occurs, but there will be plenty of hunting time available for most of those hunts. 

A list of available tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website under the “Featured” section at      

Hunters can apply at Fish and Game license vendors, by telephone at 800-554-8685, or online at Fish and Game's website.  The application fee is $6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents for each species.

For information on rules and dates for specific hunts, consult the current big game seasons and rules brochure or the Fish and Game website.

Super Hunt

Another option for hunters is the Idaho Super Hunt drawing, and the deadline for entry is August 10.

The August Super Hunt drawing is for two elk tags, two deer tags, two pronghorn tags and one moose tag, and one Super Hunt Combo (one tag for each of those species). Winners will be drawn and notified in mid-August.

With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts. Super Hunt tags are in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags a hunter has. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Super Hunt applications are $6 each for each species and $20 for the Super Hunt Combo. Hunters can enter as many times as they like, and apply the same way as controlled hunts.  

For more details about Super Hunts, go to Fish and Game’s website at