Applications for big game controlled hunts close soon

Big game controlled hunts applications in Idaho close on Sunday, April 30.
Big game controlled hunts applications in Idaho close on Sunday, April 30.

The deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is Sunday, April 30.

Each year, hunters can only apply for one of these three big games hunts.

Hunters can apply online, at Fish and Game offices, at licensed vendors or over the phone by calling 800-554-8685. Mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

To apply for these big game-controlled hunts, the applicant must have a 2023 Idaho hunting or combination license. There is a non-refundable application fee for each applicant. For residents, it’s $16.75, and for nonresidents, it’s $45.75. When applying, hunters must pay the tag fee along with the application fee. Those who are not picked in the drawing will be refunded their tag fees, but not their application fees or hunting licenses.

Results of the moose, sheep and goat controlled hunt drawings will be online in early June.

Those who apply for moose, sheep or goat controlled hunts are likely to be ineligible for most deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawings.

Hunting tags for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats do not allow designations by parents or grandparents to their minor children or grandchildren.

These big game hunts are some of the most sought-after in Idaho. They are also among the most successful. In 2022, the success rate for moose was 76%, bighorn sheep was 75% and mountain goat was 83%.

For more information about the rules for moose, sheep and goat-controlled hunts, click visit the Idaho Fish and Game website.