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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
April 26, 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 2017–18 hunts were accepted Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2016. 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 on a drawing basis. A license ($85 for nonresidents; $300 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 2016–17 draw supplement book is available online as a resource for future planning.
Arizona   602-942-3000 Over-the-counter (OTC) mountain lion permits are now available. The deadline for the drawing for spring javelina, turkey, bison and bear was Oct. 11, 2016. The deadline for 2017 elk and pronghorn was Feb. 14. Applications for 2017 deer, bighorn, fall bear and fall bison should be due June 8. 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 April 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 when 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 is 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 are accepted online May 15–June 15. Statewide alligator tag applications are 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 are accepted Nov. 1–30 for the spring 2018 season. All applications are online only. Some hunts require licenses to be purchased in advance.
Idaho   208-334-3700; ): The 2017 hunting license went on sale Jan. 1. 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 were accepted April 1–30. 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 are accepted May 1–June 5, 2017.
Iowa   575-725-8200 The application period for nonresident deer licenses is 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 April 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 are due May 15, 2017. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Proposed permit numbers are the same as those for 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. Spring 2017 black bear applications bought after April 14 may not be used for 24 hours. Applications for deer and elk combo packages or deer or elk permits were due March 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 is June 29. The 2017 purchase deadline for general fall bear is Aug. 31.
Nevada   775-688-1500 The 2017 deadline for the mule deer guide draw was March 10. Application deadlines for all other draw hunts (bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer and elk) was April 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 are posted in early June. Applications for the Nevada Silver State Tag (similar to a governors 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 are 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.
New Mexico   505-476-8000 Applications for ibex, oryx, Barbary sheep, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep were due March 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 are due May 15, 2017. Results are available online in June. 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 April 14 (both East River and West River). Blackhills and West River deer are due July 14; East River deer applications are due Oct. 13. Firearms pronghorn applications are due Aug. 11, and muzzleloader and NWR deer applications are due Sept. 1. In 2017 Custer State Park non-trophy bison applications will be “early Nov.”; trophy bison applications due “early Aug.”
Texas   512-389-4505; Draw public hunt information is available online only with online hunt information, applications, email notification and permit issuance. The 2017 information is posted beginning in June. Hunters need to create an account and research opportunities online. Twenty-nine categories (including nine youth-only categories) exist, including desert bighorn sheep, exotics, trophy and management deer, alligator and turkey. Application fees vary between $3 and $10 per hunter per category. Deadlines in 2016 were: alligator—Aug. 3; exotics—Aug. 11; pronghorn—Aug. 23; archery deer (both white-tailed and mule deer)—Aug. 11; javelina—Aug. 11; rifle whitetail—Sept. 20; gun mule deer—Oct. 11; archery exotic—Oct. 27; feral hog—Dec. 2; guided gemsbok and guided scimitar-horned oryx—Dec. 14; guided desert bighorn—Dec. 27; spring turkey—Dec. 27; NWR deer—Oct. 11; NWR exotic (nilgai)—Dec. 14.
Utah   801-538-4700; Bear applications for spring and fall 2017 were due Feb. 27. The application period for 2016–17 limited-entry mountain lion drawings were due Oct. 8, 2016. The deadline for 2017 big game permits was March 2, 2017.  

The 2017 antlerless application period is May 25–June 15. 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 are now accepted online with a deadline of 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 March 31, 2017. The 2016 application period for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, or draw tags for bear, turkey, deer and elk was April 18–May 18. 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 2017 elk was Jan. 1–31. Sheep, goat, bison and moose applications were due Feb. 28. Pronghorn and deer applications are due May 31, 2017. The application booklet is now available online. 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 must be purchased by July 3, 2017.  

The application period to purchase preference points only is July 1–Oct. 31, 2017.  

Lower Brule Tribe (605-473-5312; Applications for 2017 spring turkey were due March 15 for the April 1–May 7 season. Applications for 2017 bison and elk were due March 15; deer applications are 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 March 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) are 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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