May 29, 2014

Controlled hunt deadline approaching

   Time is running out for hunters interested in applying for controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and fall turkey. The application deadline is June 5.

   Controlled hunts are hunts with a limited number of tags in a specific area for a specific species. They are like general season hunts, but the number of hunters is limited. Controlled hunts are often desirable because of location and timing; and success rates are usually higher than general season hunts.

   To apply for a controlled hunt, residents and nonresidents must have a valid Idaho hunting license and complete the application/worksheet available at:

   Application forms can be found on page 109 of the current big game hunting regulations. The applications can be mailed, with the proper fees, to any Fish and Game office. Hunters can also apply for controlled hunts in person at any hunting and fishing license vendor or any Fish and Game office.

   The 2013 harvest drawing odds for controlled hunts are posted on the Idaho Fish and Game Website at:, and in the Idaho Hunt Planner:

   Information from last year's mandatory hunt reports is also available online at: