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    Fall Controlled Hunt Application Period is Coming, Prepare Now!

    Hunters are starting to get giddy; there are smiles on their faces and a spring in their step. Controlled hunt application season must be approaching fast. The application period for fall controlled hunts begins May 1st and ends on June 5th. Hunters apply during this time for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear, and fall turkey hunts. During this past winter, the department reevaluated the hunting seasons and tags for big game.

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    Spring turkey outlook: good to very good; general season opens April 15

    The youth turkey season opens Monday, April 8, and the general turkey season and many controlled hunts in the state open the following Monday, April 15.

    While much of the state experienced record snowfall in February, the winter was relatively mild until that point, meaning turkeys were not stressed for a long period of time. Add that to the fact that most of the state's turkey populations were in good shape heading into the winter, and hunters can expect good to very good turkey hunting in the spring of 2019.

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    Get ready for gobblers: legally harvesting spring turkey in the Panhandle

    Are you dreaming of faint gobbles in the distance?

    With spring just around the corner, many sportsmen cannot wait to get outside to chase turkey gobbles around the Panhandle woods. While dreaming of hunting that beautiful tom turkey with a long, thick beard, the thought of running into a Conservation Officer, also with a thick beard, may dart into your mind.

    Whether you are a seasoned sportsman or new to hunting, understanding the rules and regulations will help you to enjoy the hunt and smile when you see a Conservation Officer.

    Before the hunt

  • Young turkey hunter with prize tom turkey / Photo by Kelton Hatch

    Draw results available for spring turkey controlled hunts

    The spring turkey controlled hunt drawing results are available through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt permits for spring turkey at https://idfg.huntfishidaho.net/login.

    Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.

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    Spring controlled turkey hunt application period runs Feb. 1 through March 1

    Hunters who are hoping to participate in a spring controlled turkey hunt have the rest of February to apply. The application period opened on Friday, Feb. 1, and runs through March 1. Results will be made available by March 20.

    Hunters may apply at any hunting and fishing license vendor or Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling (800) 554-8685; or online. A 2019 Idaho hunting license is required to apply.

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    Controlled hunt application periods for spring black bear opens Jan. 15, spring turkey Feb. 1

    Hunters who are looking to apply for controlled bear or turkey hunts during spring can apply in January and February. The application period for spring controlled black bear hunts kicks off on Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Applications for the spring turkey controlled hunts will be accepted from Feb. 1 through March 1.

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    Fall turkey hunters should be aware of new rules regarding what tags are eligible

    Under new rules, there are three types of turkey tags available each calendar year: general tag, extra tag and special unit tag. A hunter may purchase one general tag, two extra tags, and three special unit tags.  

    Here’s how each tag can be used: 

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    2018 deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey controlled hunt drawing results available

    Hunters can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey. Results are posted through Fish and Game's licensing system at https://idfg.idaho.gov/buy-online for those who already have an account.

    Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.  

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    June 5 is deadline to apply for big game controlled hunts

    Hunters have until midnight Monday, June 5 to apply for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and turkey controlled hunts.

  • Young turkey hunter with prize tom turkey / Photo by Kelton Hatch

    Take a youth turkey hunting, youth season open through April 14

    Turkey hunting is a great way to introduce youth to hunting. It's also a great head start for young hunters who are planning to participate in next fall's big game hunts. 

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

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