Apply Now for Controlled Hunts

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Want to win $400 and possibly draw a controlled hunt permit for deer, elk, antelope or black bear this fall? If so, it's time to apply for controlled hunts.

Hunters who apply early for this fall's controlled hunts for deer, elk, black bear and antelope can win big bucks in either of two ways: draw a tag and hunt one in the field, or be the lucky winner of a drawing worth $400.

The applications are accepted during the whole month of May, but only those received by May 20 will be entered in the $400 drawing to be held May 25.

The drawing is sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation and funded by GTECH Corporation. The Foundation and GTECH hope to encourage everyone to apply early, and not wait until the last day.

Hunters can find an application form on page 17 in the big game proclamation booklet recently delivered to license vendors and Fish and Game offices statewide. Hunting rules and seasons can also be found online, at, where hunters will be able to apply for hunts with the use of a credit card.

Applications can be made through the Idaho Wildlife Information License Data System (IWILDS) at more than 400 license vendors statewide and Fish and Game offices. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than May 31 and sent to IDFG, Licensing, P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707. Applications can be filed by calling 1-800-554-8685.

Applicants using the web site or phone system will be charged a convenience fee by the contractor who handles those systems. The convenience fee will be three percent of the transaction plus $3.50 in addition to the $6.50 controlled hunt application fee. A credit card is required for those using computer or phone. Applications mailed to Fish and Game should be accompanied by a check or money order. Fish and Game offices cannot accept credit card payment.

Hunters must have a hunting license before applying for controlled hunts. License, application fees and tags cost the same as last year.