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United States: Important Permit Deadlines

Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.
Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
November 27, 2017

The listing below includes current year information for big game hunts in each state. The listing will be maintained and updated as a planning tool even though deadlines may have passed. As The Hunting Report is “…for hunters who travel”, all information below is based on non-resident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed.

Western States Deadlines
State   Telephone   Comments
Alaska   907-465-4210 Applications for 2018–19 hunts accepted Nov. 1  –Dec. 15, 2017. Although many nonresident opportunities do not require a draw, some of the best hunts (Dall sheep in the Chugach or Tok areas) and some of the most limited hunts (muskox and bison) are by drawing. New fees are in place for the 2018 draw. A license (new price $160 for nonresidents; $630 for nonresident aliens) is required to apply. A signed guide-client agreement is required for all sheep hunts, all brown bear hunts and some goat and moose hunts. Nonresidents must be guided for brown/grizzly bear, sheep and goat hunts. Nonresident aliens must be guided for all species. Muzzleloader and archery hunts also require completion of training, including shooting proficiency, before applying. Applications are accepted online. The 2017–18 draw supplement book is available online as a resource for future planning.
Arizona   602-942-3000 Over-the-counter (OTC) lion permits are now available. Applications for spring javelina, turkey, bison and bear were accepted through Oct. 10, 2017. Most of the AZ bull bison tags are available for the spring season, and multiple hunts are available. Leftover spring javelina and turkey tags will go on sale November 27, 2017. Applications for 2018 elk and pronghorn will be accepted starting in January with an anticipated deadline of  Feb. 13, 2018. Applications for 2017 deer, bighorn, fall bear and fall bison were due June 13, 2017, expect a similar application period in 2018. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $160 combination hunting and fishing license to apply for draw permits.
Colorado   303-297-1192 The 2017 big game deadline was Apr. 4 for all drawing permits. Bighorn sheep and mountain goat permits are covered in one booklet; elk, deer, pronghorn and bear are covered in a separate booklet. You must pay for one $10 conservation stamp each year, but you can do so while applying for your special draw license (if applying for more than one species, you need to pay for only one conservation stamp). You must submit the entire license fee with your application (deer $364; bull elk $604; pronghorn $364; moose $2,009; bear $354; Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep $2,009; desert bighorn $1,339; mountain goat $2,009). In 2017, one nonresident desert bighorn permit was available, and no preference points are required (or awarded) for desert sheep, so all applicants are on equal footing.
Florida   850-488-4676 National wildlife refuge (NWR), quota deer and St. Vincent sambar deer applications were accepted online May 15 - June 15. Statewide alligator tag applications were accepted May 12-22. The 2017 quota quail hunt application period is Dec. 1–11. Limited-entry spring turkey (including premium Osceola turkey hunt) applications accepted Nov. 1-30, 2017 for the spring 2018 season. All applications online only. Some hunts require licenses to be purchased in advance.
Idaho   208-334-3700 The 2018 hunting license will go on sale Jan. 1, 2018. A nonresident hunting license ($154.75) is required for all applications. Many hunts, including panhandle white-tailed deer, are available OTC. Moose, bighorn sheep or goat applications will be accepted Apr. 1–30, 2018. If you apply for one of these species, you cannot apply for any other species (except depredation hunts). Deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear applications were accepted May 1 - June 5, 2017. Idaho also offers two drawings for the Idaho Super Hunt Tags with deadlines in June and August.
Iowa   575-725-8200  The application period for nonresident deer licenses was May 6 – June 4, 2017. Nonresidents can participate in archery, late muzzleloader or one of two shotgun seasons. Points are necessary to draw the archery hunts, but many shotgun hunts can be drawn on the first application.
Kansas   620-672-5911 The 2017 nonresident deer permit draw application period was Apr. 1–28, 2017. Online or phone applications only. The nonresident deer permit fee is $346.96; if successful in the draw a nonresident hunting license ($72.50) is also required.
Maine   207-287-8000 Online applications for moose were due May 15, 2017. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Permit numbers were the same as 2016. You can increase your odds of drawing by purchasing additional chances in the moose lottery: one chance $15; three chances $25; six chances $35; 10 chances $55. If successful in the lottery, a $585 nonresident moose license is required.
Montana   406-444-2950 All applicants must purchase the $10 conservation license in addition to tag and application fees. The 2017 spring black bear applications bought after Apr. 14 may not be used for 24 hours. Applications for 2017 deer and elk combo packages or deer or elk permits were due Mar. 15; deer B tags, elk B tags and all antelope applications are due June 1. Sheep, goat, moose and bison applications were due May 1, 2017. Elk combination licenses are $826, deer combination licenses $580. The elk or deer combination license is required to apply for special permit drawings (if unsuccessful in the permit drawing, you may still use the combination license in the general elk or deer season). Moose, sheep and goat tags cost $755 each; a bison tag is $750. The Super Tag Raffle permit deadline was June 29. The 2017 purchase deadline for general fall bear was Aug. 31. Tags bought after that time include a waiting period.
Nevada   775-688-1500  The 2017 deadline for the mule deer guide draw was Mar. 10. Application deadline for all other draw hunts (bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer and elk) was Apr. 17. A $142 nonresident general license is necessary to apply for any tags. Tag fees are: deer $240; pronghorn $300; bighorn $1,200; bull elk $1,200. Additional application, predator control and convenience fees apply. Results were posted in late May. Applications for the Nevada Silver State Tag (similar to a governor’s tag but available through the drawing) are due April 17, and the Dream Tag raffle deadline is June 30. A $10 resource enhancement stamp and $5 per chance is required.
New Hampshire   603-271-2461  Applications for 2017 moose permits were due May 26. Online applications are encouraged. An application fee of $25 is due at the time of application. If drawn, you must submit a moose license fee of $500. Results are mailed to successful applicants in early July. In 2017, 6,850 hunters applied for 51 tags; the odds of being drawn are 1 in 391 for nonresidents. Hunters took a total of 37 moose (68.5% success), 25 bulls and 12 cows.
New Mexico   505-476-8000  Applications for ibex, oryx, Barbary sheep, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep were due Mar. 22, 2017. Nonresident quotas now apply to all drawing permits. All hunters must create an account within the drawing system to apply. A drawing tutorial is available online. A $65 nonresident license is required to apply for any tag, and the fees must be paid at the time of application.  

Access validation ($4) is required of all hunters and a habitat stamp ($5) is required for hunts on Bureau of Land Management or US Forest Service property. Full license and application fees are due upon application: standard elk $555; high-demand elk $780; standard deer $290; high-demand deer $375; pronghorn $290; javelina $185; bighorn (Rocky Mountain or desert) $3,180; oryx $1,630; ibex $1,630; Barbary sheep $380. Additional fees for desert bighorn or oryx on White Sands Missile Range.
Oregon   503-947-6100  The spring 2017 black bear deadline was Feb. 10. Some OTC spring bear licenses are available. Applications for controlled deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and pronghorn were due May 15, 2017. All hunters must purchase a $160.50 hunting license before applying. The application fee is $8 per species. Tag fees (due only if successful in the drawing): deer (mule deer or black-tailed) $414; elk (Rocky Mountain or Roosevelt) $549; bighorn sheep (California or Rocky Mountain) $1,413; mountain goat $1,413; pronghorn $369. Fall bear available OTC through the license division (not from vendors).  

OTC general elk, bear and deer licenses are sold through the license division by mail or fax. Many people wait until after the controlled hunts are posted to purchase general licenses, so expect OTC licenses with nonresident quotas (such as fall general bear) to fill quickly.
South Dakota   603-223-7660 In 2017, private land “special buck” deer tag applications were due Apr. 14 (both East River and West River). Blackhills and West River Deer were due Jul. 14; East River deer applications are due Oct. 13. Firearms pronghorn applications were due Aug. 11 and muzzleloader and NWR deer applications due Sept 1. In 2017, Custer State Park non-trophy bison applications were due 8 AM CST Nov. 9; trophy bison applications were due 8 AM CST Sept. 7. Applications for Prairie unit spring turkey tags will be available in January with a deadline of February 10, 2018.
Texas   512-389-4505; The 2017-18 Public draw hunt information is available online. Hunters need to create an account and research opportunities online. Deadlines in 2017 included: alligator - Aug. 1; exotics - Aug. 15; feral hog - Oct. 15; antlerless/spike deer - Aug. 15; gun deer, either sex and management hunts – Sept. 15; javelina – Aug. 15; gun mule deer – Oct. 15; spring turkey – Oct. 15; archery deer and archery mule deer – Aug. 15; archery exotic – Oct. 15; guided gemsbok, guided scimitar-horned oryx, and guided waterbuck – Oct. 15; private land deer – Sept. 1; pronghorn – Aug. 1; NWR deer - Sept. 15; NWR exotic – Oct. 15. Nine youth-only categories also exist with similar dates. Application fees vary between $3 and $10 per adult hunter per category.
Utah   801-538-4700;  Bear applications for spring and fall 2017 were due Feb. 27. The application period for 2017–18 limited-entry mountain lion drawings was Oct. 10, 2017. The application period for 2018 big game permits will be Jan. 25 - Mar. 1, 2018.  

The 2017 antlerless application period was May 25 – June 15, expect a similar period in 2018. Applicants must purchase a $65 nonresident hunting license to apply. Online applications include credit card authorization to charge permit fee if successful in the draw. Permit fees: general deer $268; limited-entry deer $468; premium deer $568; general elk $393; limited-entry elk $800; pronghorn $293; once-in-a-lifetime species (moose, desert bighorn, Rocky Mountain bighorn, mountain goat or bison) $1,518; Antelope Island bison $2,615.
Vermont   802-828-1000 Moose applications were accepted on line through July 3, 2017. The nonresident application fee is $25 per lottery. There are two separate lotteries: one for archery permits and another for general season.
Washington   360-902-2464; Multi-hunt applications (allows hunters to hunt all three seasons for deer or elk) were due Mar. 31, 2017. The 2017 application deadline for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, or draw tags for bear, turkey, deer and elk was May 24. The per-permit application fee for “quality elk,” “quality deer,” any moose, bighorn ram or mountain goat is $110. A deer-only permit is $434.30, elk $497, moose, goat or bighorn $1,652. General deer, elk, cougar and bear tags available OTC, and combination licenses for these species are available.
Wyoming   307-777-4600  The application period for 2018 elk is Jan. 1–31, 2018. Sheep, goat, bison and moose applications will be due Feb. 28, and pronghorn and deer applications will be due May 31, 2018. The application booklet will be available online by late December. All applications now online only. Permit and application fees are due at the time of application: elk $591; deer $326; pronghorn $286; moose $1,416; mountain goat $2,166; bighorn sheep $2,266. Additional costs for special elk, deer or pronghorn licenses apply (a separate pool with higher fees). Wyoming Super Tag Raffle ($10 per ticket) and Super Tag Trifecta (three species at $30 per ticket) chances were due Jul. 3, 2017.  

Wyoming held a second drawing in 2017 for leftover elk, deer and pronghorn tags. The application period was June 22-30. Wyoming held a wolf season in the trophy Game Management Area in northwestern Wyoming Oct. 1- December 31, 2017. Licenses available online, but the license will be mailed. Expect 10 days or more for the license to arrive via USPS. A quota has been set and the season will close early if the quota is reached.  

The application period to purchase preference points only was Jul. 3 – Oct. 31, 2017.  

Lower Brule Tribe (605-473-5312; Applications for 2017 spring turkey were due Mar. 15 for the April 1 – May 7 season. Applications for 2017 bison and elk were due Mar. 15; deer applications were accepted through Aug. 1. All applications online. 

Mescalero Apache Tribe (800-545-9011; ): All guided trophy hunts are booked through the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Applications for non-guided hunts for spring turkey, fall black bear and cow elk were due Mar. 15. 

White Mountain Apache Tribe (928-338-4385; All guided hunts, including trophy elk, black bear and mountain lion, are available only through the tribe. Applications for non-guided archery and general elk (cow, calf or spike) and general and youth raghorn bull (max 4x4 antlers) were due in early Aug. Cow, calf, and spike tags are $325 for archery and $375 for general licenses, youth licenses (10–17 years old) are $400 and general raghorn is $500.
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