Overall hunting success rates over the last five years have averaged 40 percent for deer and 23 percent for elk. Word has gotten out that big game hunting in Idaho has improved because the nonresident deer tags sold out last year for the first time since 2008, and only 300 nonresident elk tags (out of 10,415 available) remained unsold.
Winners in the second of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been picked.
Of the 24,213 entries, 5,628 were for two deer tags, 7,647 were for two elk tags, 1,739 were for two pronghorn tags, 6,989 were for one moose tag, and 2,210 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.
Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:
Didn't draw a tag in the first round? It's not too late to apply for the second controlled hunt drawing for over 3,300 unclaimed tags.
The application period for the second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags runs from August 5 through August 15.
A list of available tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website under the “In the Spotlight” section at https://idfg.idaho.gov
Black's Creek Public Shooting Range (BCR) is extending its hours of operation to accommodate hunters eager to sight in their firearms for the fall hunting season.
Beginning Thursday, August 10 through the remainder of the month, BCR will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday through Monday. The range is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Please visit BCR, located just south of Boise at 2420 E Kuna-Mora Road, and enjoy an hour or a full day of shooting excitement at this safe, clean world-class facility.
During the past couple of weeks, IDFG has received a number of calls, comments and inquiries about some of the changes made to the Weiser River elk zone this year. Most callers have asked why a couple of these changes were made; we’ll try to explain that here, as well as our plans going forward.
The three changes that have received the most attention, and have generated the most comments, are:
Hunters who were unsuccessful in the first drawing for big game controlled hunts in June have more chances with a second controlled hunt drawing and Super Hunts.
Over 3300 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.
Hunters can apply for these tags during the second controlled hunt drawing from August 5 through August 15. Results of the drawing will be available around August 23. The available tags are listed below by species.
Fish and Game sold out nonresident deer tags last year for the first time since 2008, and officials expect both nonresident deer and elk tags to sell out this year.
Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight MDT, Tuesday, August 1 to buy their tags.
Applicants can find out if they drew a tag by checking the controlled hunt drawing results on the Idaho Fish and Game web site at http://idfg.idaho.gov/CH.
Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10. It is the responsibility of hunters to determine whether they were drawn. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.