Big Game Seasons and Rules

Seasons and rules information for big game hunting in Idaho

2019 - 2020 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules

The 2019 - 2020 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure is available online as a full download, or by section below. Printed brochures are available at offices and vendors.

Download Full Brochure

 – Full brochure, pages 1-124, [PDF, 8.6 MB] – First Edition

 

These seasons and rules take effect July 1, 2019.

 

Archive – 2017-2018 Brochure

Review the previous brochure, which is still valid for hunts through June 30, 2019. This brochure will remain available through late June 2019.

Note: Hunters can find spring 2019 bear and wolf seasons here.

Review Archive

 

Dates to Remember

  • May1

    First controlled hunt application period begins

    The big game application period runs May 1 through June 5. Please note mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

  • June5

    First controlled hunt application period closes

    Avoid the last-minute rush and apply early to ensure proper application processing.

    The big game application period runs May 1 through June 5. Please note mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

  • July10

    Resident general (over-the-counter) tags on sale

    Resident general (over-the-counter) tags go on sale July 10.

    Latest that notifications are sent to successful controlled hunt drawing applicants

    It is your responsibility to determine if your drawing was successful. First drawing tags must be purchased by August 1.

  • Aug1

    Deadline to buy first drawing controlled hunt tags

    Tags not purchased by August 1 will be forfeited (excluding unlimited tags).

    Unsold nonresident deer and elk tags become available as second tags.

    Deer and elk tags sold out in both 2017 and 2018.

  • Aug5

    Second controlled hunt application period begins

    The big game application period runs August 5 through August 15. Please note mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

  • Aug15

    Second controlled hunt application period closes

    Avoid the last-minute rush and apply early to ensure proper application processing.

    The big game application period runs August 5 through August 15. Please note mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

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Seasons, rules, and fees may change. It is your responsibility to be aware of changes since these seasons and rules were printed.

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The Rules Brochures

Online rules brochures are created in PDF file format. They are produced to keep the online display as close as possible to the printed version.

Printed copies of the rules brochure can be picked up, without charge, at local license vendors, Offices, or by calling 208-334-3700 to receive a copy by mail.

To view Idaho Fish and Game administrative rules and code, visit the Office of Administrative Rules on the Idaho Department of Administration website.

To advertise in future Idaho Fish and Game rules brochures, call: Rotary Offset Press: 1-253-216-1256.