• mule deer, winter, southwest region, Weiser

    Winter kill was less than expected for mule deer, and elk fared better

    Elk survival was better than mule deer with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows making it through winter. 

  • new super hunt

    Super Hunt winners announced

    Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been drawn.

    Of the 57,048 total entries, 20,092 were for eight deer tags, 19,904 were for eight elk tags, 4,286 were for eight pronghorn tags, 8,438 were for one moose tag, and 4,328 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

    All winners have been contacted. State law prohibits Fish and Game from releasing the names of the winners.

    Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:

  • Yellowstone elk

    Most ‘capped’ resident elk tags go on sale July 10, Sawtooth tags available July 12

    Resident hunters wanting to purchase a general season elk tag in a ‘capped’ zone will want to review this year’s seasons and rules booklet for changes on how tags will be sold in July.

    All resident capped elk zone tags, except for the Sawtooth Zone, go on sale at 10 a.m. (MDT) on July 10 at Fish and Game offices, license vendors, or with a credit card by going online to https://idfg.idaho.gov, or by calling (800) 554-8685.

  • Yellowstone elk

    June 5 is last day 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.

    Apply now

  • new super hunt

    First Super Hunt drawing deadline is May 31

    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.

    Enter Online

  • Yellowstone elk

    Big game controlled hunt application period begins

    The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts begins May 1 and runs through June 5.

    Apply now

  • Idaho hunter has incredible Super Hunt streak

    “I’ve always had my name in the hat,” he said. “You can’t win if you don’t play, just like the saying goes.” 

  • Bull Elk on Bunch Grass Hillside

    Weiser River Elk Zone has a tag quota for 2017-18 hunting seasons

    In case you haven’t heard, there is now a quota on the Weiser River Elk Zone tags, which go on sale to residents July 10. 

  • Idaho Super Hunt logo screen shot

    Super Hunt winner tells his tale.

    Idaho Super Hunt tags are one of the most unusual hunting opportunities in the West.  First, you don’t need a state hunting license to enter a Super Hunt drawing.  Two, if you win, you have the opportunity to hunt in any open hunt for your species.

    Every year, 34 hunters win Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo tags.  The drawings began in 2004, which means only 442 hunters belong to this rare winner's circle. 

  • Yellowstone elk

    Big game rules available

    The Idaho big game hunting brochure for 2017 and 2018 seasons is available now.

    View Big Game Rules

    The printed brochure, which contains seasons and rules for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf, is now available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online. 


Cervus canadensis

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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