A controlled hunt is a term used to describe a hunt with a limited number of tags, as opposed to a general season hunt, which usually involves an unlimited* number of tags. Controlled hunts are often desirable because of location and/or timing, and success rates are usually higher in controlled hunts than general season hunts.
* Some general seasons do have a capped number of tags.
Controlled Hunt Application Periods
|Tags / Permits||Dates|
||January 15 – February 15|
|Spring Turkey Permit
||February 1 – March 1|
|Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat||April 1 – 30|
|Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear, Fall Turkey||May 1 – June 5|
|Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat
– *No second draw in 2016
|June 15 – 25|
|Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear
– *Second drawing if needed
|August 5 – 15|
|*Any tags remaining after the first drawing will be offered in a second drawing.|
Purchase Licenses, Tags and Permits
- Idaho Residency Requirements
- For information on rules, seasons and dates for particular hunts, please check the current seasons and rules for hunting or fishing.
- 3 Year Licenses
- Understanding Options to Improve Drawing Odds – Video presentation
- 2015 Idaho Hunter Opinion Survey Results
- Bonus Point System – Proposal history