Controlled hunt applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, swan, fall black bear and turkey now open; deadline June 5 (2024)

The application period for fall 2024 deer, elk, pronghorn, swan, fall black bear, and fall turkey controlled hunts runs May 1 through June 5. All applicants will receive an email with their draw results by early July if there’s a valid email in their license account.

Hunters can also apply for the first Super Hunt drawing through May 31.

Hunters with a valid 2024 Idaho hunting license may apply for controlled hunts online at, at any license vendor, Fish and Game office, or by calling 1-800-554-8685. There is an additional fee for online and phone orders.

How to Submit an Online Controlled Hunt Application

Controlled hunts are a chance at some of Idaho’s best buck and bull hunts, antlerless hunts, extra hunting opportunity, or tags set aside for youth hunters. The new 2024 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklets are available online, at Fish and Game regional offices, and should be available at license vendors soon, if not already. Reviewing the seasons and rules booklet can help you determine which controlled hunt is right for you.

Controlled hunts typically have higher success rates than general hunts, fewer hunters in the field, and many hunters feel they have a better chance of harvesting a mature bull or buck during a controlled hunt. The tradeoff is controlled hunts typically limit where and when you can hunt, as opposed to a statewide general deer hunt or general season elk zone tag that typically includes several hunting units.

Don’t forget about Super Hunts!

Want to increase your chances of landing a coveted deer, elk, pronghorn or moose tag? Idaho’s Super Hunt drawing includes tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose and allow you to hunt any open unit – general or controlled hunt – for that species. It costs only $6 to apply for a Super Hunt entry for one species, or $20 for the Super Hunt Combo. You can enter as many times as you like, and it won’t affect your other controlled hunt applications because a Super Hunt tag is considered an “extra” tag.

See the Super Hunt webpage for details.

Last year’s Super Hunt drawing raised about $1.1 million to fund sportsmen’s access programs and other big game management.

Utilize Fish and Game’s Hunt Planner

For controlled hunts, which are limited to a specific area, more specific information is required—and that’s where Fish and Game’s Hunt Planner comes in. The harvest stats for individual units and zones from the 2023 big game seasons, including both controlled hunts and general season hunts, are available on the Hunt Planner.

Hunters can also find controlled hunt draw odds from recent years in the Hunt Planner. While the draw odds vary from year to year depending on the number of applicants, these statistics can give hunters a general idea of how much interest there is in a specific controlled hunt.

Looking back at 2023 and ahead at 2024

Obviously, it’s a little early to make predictions about the 2024 fall big game seasons, but hunters are likely to see noticeable changes both good and bad. Last year's harvest data and winter survival monitoring of elk and mule deer herds, especially fawns and calves, provide a glimpse of what might happen in 2024 if harvests and survival continue on their current trajectory—at least from a statewide perspective.

It didn’t take a whole lot of rubbing the crystal ball to forecast a less-than-stellar mule deer harvest in 2023 because of the severe winter that preceded it. And ironically, it may have been the opposite weather that contributed to the lowest elk harvest since 2013. Warm fall weather with little precipitation often creates poor hunting conditions, but weather or not, the statewide elk harvest dropped nearly 2,400 animals compared to the prior year.

But not all deer and elk harvests were down. White-tailed deer harvest had a modest bump—and the first increase in four years—signaling herds may be recovering from a large disease die-off in 2021.

It was a good run. 2023 would have been the tenth year in a row for elk harvest to eclipse the 20,000 mark, but that was not how last fall played out. Elk hunters took home 18,568 elk in 2023, roughly an 11% drop in animals harvested compared to 2022. Roughly 87,864 elk hunters—less than 1% fewer than 2022—took to the mountains in 2023 in search of elk, with 21% of those individuals successfully harvesting an elk.

To no one’s surprise, mule deer hunting saw a big decline in 2023. A total of 74,503 mule deer hunters hunted last fall, with nearly 25% of those successfully packing out a mule deer. Last year’s roughly 22% decrease in total mule deer harvest is also the seventh-consecutive year below the 10-year average. While it may seem impossible to have 70% of the years below the 10-year average, it’s a reflection of an unusually large mule deer harvest in 2015-16 that drove up the 10-year average.

Finally, onto whitetails. White-tailed deer harvest has been at the top of bad news headlines in recent years due to large disease outbreaks; however, in 2023, the number of whitetails harvested showed a bump in the right direction, from 19,182 in 2022 to 19,828 in 2023, which hopefully reflects recovering whitetail herds. Last fall’s whitetail harvest also eclipsed the mule deer harvest for only the sixth time since 1975, when Fish and Game began tracking deer harvest by species.

Winter monitoring of fawns and calves

Winter survival is typically the biggest single factor affecting mule deer herds, and the long-term average is about 60 percent of fawns surviving their first winter, but during hard winters that can be significantly lower. To monitor herds, Fish and Game biologists in early winter captured and collared 217 mule deer fawns and 151 elk calves in various parts of the state to track their survival over winter.

Controlled hunt applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, swan, fall black bear and turkey now open; deadline June 5 (2024)


What is the deadline for controlled hunts in Oregon? ›

SALEM, Ore. — Hunters should apply for their controlled and premium hunts as soon as possible and before the deadline of Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. An application is required for most deer and elk hunts in eastern Oregon and for all pronghorn, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat hunts.

How many controlled hunts can I apply for in Idaho? ›

Applicants for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat or bighorn sheep may only apply for one species and must submit the entire amount - the tag fee AND the controlled hunt application fee - when applying.

When can you apply for controlled hunts in Oklahoma? ›

A Step-By-Step Guide

The annual controlled hunts application period opens in April and runs until mid-May. The entire process occurs online at There is a one-time application fee of $10 paid at the time you apply, regardless of how many hunt categories you apply in.

What is a controlled hunt in Oregon? ›

What is a Controlled Hunt? Unlike general season hunts where anyone can buy a tag over-the-counter, controlled hunts are limited entry hunts that require you to apply in advance for the opportunity to draw a tag in ODFW's controlled hunts drawing.

How much is an elk tag in Oregon? ›

Oregon Non-Resident Elk Hunting Fees
Mountain Goat$1,513.50
Elk ( controlled or general)$588
Deer ( controlled or general)$443.50
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What are the best deer units in Oregon? ›

Oregon offers over-the-counter archery and rifle hunts. Your best chance at taking a big buck is going to be during the archery hunts. Look towards the Applegate, S Indigo, Chetco, Dixon, and Trask units as they all have good trophy potential and have early archery season dates.

Can you apply for moose and elk in Idaho? ›

Details of the Idaho Draw

You can only apply for one species between bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and moose. If you apply for bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose, you may not apply for controlled elk, deer, or antelope unless the unit you apply for has unlimited permits.

How much is a bear tag in Idaho? ›

Idaho Code § 36-416
Deer Tag$ 23.00$ 350.00
Black Bear Tag12.00230.00
Jr. or Sr. or Disabled American Veteran Black Bear Tag6.00N/A
Jr. Mentored Black Bear TagN/A115.00
Disabled American Veteran Black Bear TagN/A22.00
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How many preference points for Idaho elk? ›

Idaho has no point system for hunters; all tags are issued in a random drawing, and therefore all applications have an equal change.

How much are controlled hunts in Oklahoma? ›

What's The Cost? A $10 application fee allows multiple applications in controlled hunt categories (elk, pronghorn, deer, spring turkey) and includes the option to select Preference Point Only. PointGuard insurance is available for an additional $10 for residents or $50 for nonresidents.

What license do I need to hunt turkey in Oklahoma? ›

Resident: Resident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either. Nonresident: Nonresident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either.

Can you get paid to hunt in Oklahoma? ›

How much does a Professional Hunter make in Oklahoma? As of May 15, 2024, the average annual pay for a Professional Hunter in Oklahoma is $59,628 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $28.67 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,146/week or $4,969/month.

What are controlled hunts in Idaho? ›

Idaho's controlled hunt permits are a true random draw. Irrespective of how many times you have applied in the past, an applicant in the random draw receives only 1 entry unlike many other states. This means every applicant in their respective residency pool has an equal chance of being drawn.

What is the premium elk hunt in Oregon? ›

Premium Hunts offer you the opportunity for just that! These hunts give any hunter a chance to draw an additional tag available in nearly every unit with existing deer, elk, or pronghorn hunts.

What are leftover tags in Oregon? ›

While hunters are limited to one deer or elk tag each, they can exchange a tag they already purchased, or forfeit their controlled tag, for a leftover tag beginning July 2. Leftover tags are no longer available as an additional tag, a change enacted in 2020 to distribute hunting opportunities more equitably.

How late can you hunt in Oregon? ›

It is unlawful to hunt any game mammals from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.

Can you hunt on your own land without a license in Oregon? ›

A resident does not need a license to hunt on land upon which the person resides and is owned by the person or a member of the person's immediate family, unless they are hunting for a species for which a tag is required or are applying for big game tags.

Is Oregon trying to make hunting illegal? ›

Initiative Petition 3 (IP3) criminalizes injuring or intentionally killing animals, including utilizing breeding practices and raising/killing livestock for food. Originally intended for Oregon's November 2022 election, proponents regrouped and filed a ballot initiative for the 2024 November general election.

Can I hunt with an AR 15 in Oregon? ›

All configurations of the AR-15 are legal in Oregon provided that they remain semi-automatic, otherwise meet the minimum length requirements (overall length and barrel length requirements) for all pistols and rifles, that the use is not prohibited (hunting, carried into a prohibited area such as a government building, ...

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