Big Game Seasons and Rules

Seasons and rules information for big game hunting in Idaho
Notice: Proposals for the 2019-2020 seasons are now available! review and comment through February 24.
Notice: These rules will be updated a few weeks after the March Commission meeting.

2017 and 2018 Big Game Seasons and Rules

Including Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn and Black Bear
 – Full booklet, pages 1-120 [PDF, 9.1 MB]

  Notice: Fees and rules may change. It is your responsibility to be aware of changes since these seasons and rules were printed. Please see the fee schedules in the License, Tag and Permit Fees section for current prices.


Key Dates for Big Game Controlled Hunts
  • 1st controlled hunt application period May 1 - June 5.
  • Successful 1st draw applicants will be notified by July 10.
  • 2nd controlled hunt application period August 5-15.
  • Leftover tags from the 2nd drawing go on sale August 25.
After a Successful Hunt

Other Rules Information


The Idaho Hunt Planner helps you filter and map the seasons and rules. Learn more at the Idaho Hunt Planner.
Big Game Seasons and Rules

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 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.