The sign-up period to participate in depredation hunts this year runs from May 1 through June 30. Applications that come in after June 30 are added to the list but have little chance of being selected. Applicants must have a valid Idaho hunting or combination license. Depredation hunts, if needed, are usually held on short notice, in small areas and involve only a few hunters. Hunters may apply in different regions, but only once each year for deer, once for elk and once for pronghorn. For more information and an application form check pages 76 and 77 in the 2011 Big Game Rule Book, (which will be available in about a week) or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/rules/bg/.