Hunters have until June 5 to apply, and waiting until the last minute could cause delays

If you are looking to try for a chance at some of Idaho’s best hunts, you have until 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on June 5 to apply for big game controlled hunts. In order to ensure the best possible experience, don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

Resident Idaho hunters pay a $6.25 application fee, and nonresident applications are $14.75. You can apply online, at any license vendor, at Fish and Game offices, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. Remember that you will need a 2019 hunting license to apply for a controlled hunt, and mail in applications are no longer accepted. Winners will be posted online by July 10.

A full list of the hundreds of controlled hunts offered can be found in the 2019-20 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet, which is available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices in printed form.

If you’re a new hunter, or new to Idaho, here are ten reasons why you should consider applying for a controlled big game hunt, and some information about controlled hunt opportunities available exclusively for youth hunters.

Super Hunt application deadline is May 31

Controlled hunts aren’t the only way to get premium hunts. Hunters can also apply for the Super Hunt tag, which allows you to hunt in any unit open for that species – general and controlled hunts – and you can enter for a Super Hunt tag as many times as you like.

There is still time (but not much of it) to enter the first Super Hunt drawing, which closes at 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on May 31. Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each.

The first drawing will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that entitles the winner to hunt all four species – elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by June 10.

A second drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 1 through August 10, with winners notified by August 20.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.