Idaho's Application Period for Fall Controlled Hunts Opened May 1

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

Fish and Game may ask the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, during the May 19 meeting, to reduce the number of available controlled hunt deer tags in some areas that have suffered higher than normal over-winter losses.

Fish and Game biologists plan to recommend that the commission reduce the number of controlled hunt deer tags available in antlerless and either-sex controlled deer hunts in:

  • Hunt numbers 1047, 1049, 1050, 1051 in Game Management Units 22, 31, 32, and 32A in the Weiser River and Brownlee areas.
  • Hunt numbers 1062, 1063 and 1064 in Game Management Units 60, 60A, 61, 62 and 62A in the Island Park area.

The number of tags available in these hunts may be reduced substantially from the number listed in the 2011 big game rules brochure. Hunters interested in applying for a tag in these areas may wish to wait until after the May 19 commission meeting to determine whether they are still interested in applying for these hunts after tag numbers have been adjusted.

At the conclusion of the May commission meeting a news release and the Fish and Game website will announce any changes in permit levels for all these hunts.

Controlled hunt applicants may change their application at any time before the close of the application period on June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor; Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2011 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Harvest statistics and drawing odds for controlled hunts are available on the Idaho Fish and Game Website at and in the Idaho Hunt Planner. Hunters can use harvest statistics and drawing odds from the past 10 years to compare to similar controlled hunts for this year.


hunter25's picture

Idaho is not a state that I

Idaho is not a state that I have seriously looked into for hunting yet. I have read some good stories coming out of there but it's a little out of my range and does not offer much that I can't get a little closer to home. If anything I would probably look into a bear hunt as that's what I hear the most about and I thimk they can still hunt them in the spring also.

Good luck in the draw to the guys that do apply for the state whether they live there or make the trip from somewhere else. Maybe someday I'll get there as I enjoy adding new states to my list of where I've hunted.