Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.
Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor
June 23, 2014
|The Hunting Report is both a source of news about worldwide hunting and a tool for planning hunts for the hunter who travels. Important Permit Deadlines is our way to quickly communicate significant deadlines to hunters who choose to participate in the various drawings held in the US. By July, all of the trophy hunt drawing deadlines in the western states will have passed. However, we maintain a full summary of Important Permit Deadlines online for you to use as a planning tool for next year's applications. Stay tuned for more Important Permit Deadlines as drawing opportunities for spring hunts approach in September. |
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|State || ||Telephone || ||Comments|
|Arizona || ||602-942-3000 || ||http://www.azgfd.gov;/ OTC mountain lion permits are available year-round. OTC archery deer permits also available for fall hunts. Expect the drawing for spring hunts (turkey, bison, javelina and bear) to be available online in early October. A nonresident hunting license is required to apply, but if you bought the new 365-day license this year, it will cover the spring draw. |
|Colorado || ||303-297-1192 || ||http://cpw.state.co.us/; OTC elk, bear and leftover limited licenses will go on sale August 5 at 9 AM. The OTC elk is valid in much of the state. Mountain lion season runs November 2014 through March 2015 with a new season (on the new license) April 1-30, 2015.|
|Idaho || ||208-334-3700 || ||http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/; 2014 nonresident licenses are available, including OTC deer and elk tags. |
|Oregon || ||503-947-6100 || ||http://www.dfw.state.or.us/; 2014 draw results available online. OTC General elk and deer licenses now on sale. Many hunters wait until after the draw hunts are posted to purchase their general licenses, so expect OTC licenses with nonresident quotas (such as fall general bear) to fill quickly. Fall bear available OTC through the license division (not from vendors).|
|Texas || ||512-389-4505 || ||www.tpwd.texas.gov/drawnhunts; For news on drawings for the Texas Public Hunt Program, see the item in our Briefly Noted section.|
|Utah || ||801-538-4700 || ||http://wildlife.utah.gov/; 2014 big game draw results are posted online. OTC general elk licenses and remaining limited-entry permits go on sale July 10 at 8 AM. Leftover general deer permits go on sale July 15. OTC mountain lion tags available for units with available quota. 14 units remain open until November 9, 2014 or until the unit quota is reached (most are significantly below quota and will likely remain open through the big game seasons for tag holders). |
|Washington || ||360-902-2464 || ||http://wdfw.wa.gov/; General deer, elk, mountain lion and bear tags available OTC and combination licenses for these species are available. |
|Wyoming || ||307-777-4600 || ||http://wgfd.wyo.gov/; Wyoming has posted the results of their 2014 drawing and a list of leftover licenses was posted on the web in late June. Leftover deer and pronghorn licenses are sold first-come, first-served. Leftover licenses are generally for areas with difficult public access; be sure you have a place to hunt before obtaining a license. |
Full-price leftover licenses can be obtained by people who were unsuccessful in the initial drawing, but also by those successful who wish to take a second deer or pronghorn. Reduced price leftover licenses are for cow/calf elk, doe/fawn deer or doe/fawn antelope.
Licenses will be sold in person at Wyoming Game and Fish offices and through the Electronic License Service via the Department's website. Full-price elk, deer and antelope licenses were available July 10, 2014 starting at 8 AM MDT. Reduced price licenses become available July 17, 2014 starting at 8 AM MDT. Application period to purchase preference points only is July 1-September 30, 2014.