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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
June 26, 2015

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 nonresident 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 2015-16 hunts were accepted November 1-December 17, 2014. While 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.
Arizona   602-942-3000 OTC lion permits and general fall bear tags now available. Fall bear harvest quotas exist, so be careful of which unites are open as the season progresses.

The deadline for spring hunts (turkey, bison, javelina and spring bear) will be October 13, 2015. If you purchase the 365-day license for the fall draw, it covers the spring draw as well.

The 2015 deadline for pronghorn and elk permits was February 10. Deer, bighorn sheep, fall bison applications deadline of June 30, 2015. A nonresident hunting license is required to apply for all AZ permits or to purchase leftover tags. Non-permit (OTC) lion permits are available year-round. OTC archery deer permits also available for fall hunts. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $160 Combination Hunting and Fishing License to apply for draw permits.
Colorado   303-297-1192 OTC elk, bear and leftover limited licenses will go on sale in early August. The OTC elk permit is valid in much of the state.

2015 big game deadline was April 7 for all drawing permits. Bighorn sheep and mountain goat permits are covered in one booklet while 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 only need to pay for one Conservation Stamp). You must submit the entire license fee with your application (Deer $364, Bull elk $604, Pronghorn $364, Moose $2009, Bear $354, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep $2,009, Desert Bighorn Sheep $1,339, Mountain Goat $2,009). In 2015, there will be one nonresident desert bighorn permit in CO and there are no preference points for desert sheep. Mountain lion season runs November through March with a new season (on the new license) April 1-30.
Idaho   208-334-3700; 2015 hunting licenses and general season tags went on sale January 1. Many units, including whitetail deer in the panhandle, are available over the counter.

Idaho has made unsold nonresident tags available for use as a second tag at a reduced price. Over 11,000 whitetail deer tags and hundreds of elk tags remained. A second deer tag cost $199 and a second elk tag cost $299.

The deadline for the second drawing of the Idaho Super Hunt is August 10. Super Hunt chances are $6 each. Idaho will have a wolf season in 2015-16 with tags available OTC.

The application period for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep was April 1-30. If a nonresident applies for moose or sheep or goat they are not eligible to apply for another species in the general draw. The 2015 application period for controlled deer and elk hunts plus all pronghorn licenses is May 1-June 5. A nonresident hunting license ($154.75) is required for all applications.
Kansas   620-672-5911 2015 nonresident deer permit draw application period was April 1-24, 2015. Online or phone applications only. 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 Paper applications for Maine moose were due April 1, 2015 (postmark or delivered) and online applications were due May 14. You can increase your odds by purchasing additional chances in the moose lottery: 1 chance $15, 3 chances $25, 6 chances $35 and 10 chances $55. If successful in the lottery, a $585 nonresident moose license is required.
Minnesota   888-665-4236 Wolf applications were accepted online or by telephone (number above) through Sept. 4, 2014. Since that time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service relisted MN wolf, so hunting will not be available without court or Congressional intervention.
Montana   406-444-2950 Super Tag Raffle permit deadline is July 2. The deadline for mountain lion drawing permits is August 13 while the general mountain lion and fall bear deadline is August 31. General mountain lion and fall bear tags will be available OTC after that date, but waiting periods will apply. Montana will have a wolf season in 2015-16 with tags available OTC.

A Conservation License ($10) is required for all applicants. Applications for spring bear were due (through the general license order form) April 14. General applications for deer and elk were due March 15 while Deer B tags, Elk B tags and all antelope applications are due June 1. Sheep, goat, moose and bison applications were due May 1. Elk Combination licenses $826, Deer Combination licenses $580. The elk or deer combination license is required to apply for special permit drawing (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, bison tag is $750.
Nevada   775-688-1500 Deadline for the mule deer guide draw was March 13, 2015. Application period for all other draw hunts (bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer and elk) was mid-March through April 20, 2015. 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 posted in early June.
New Hampshire   603-271-2461 Applications for 2015 moose permits were due May 29. Online applications encouraged. Application fee of $25 due at the time of application. Draw was June 26. If drawn, you will need to submit moose license fee of $500. Results 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 18, 2015. 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.

New Mexico has changed the bighorn sheep application significantly. Hunters now apply for one of 2 codes for sheep (one for Rocky Mountain bighorn rams or the other for desert bighorn sheep) then list their top three preferences. Due to the application of nonresident quotas, the odds of drawing a sheep tag will be higher for applicants in the outfitter pool. See our article in the January 2015 issue.

Habitat Management and Access validation ($4) required of all hunters and Habitat Stamp ($5) required for hunts on BLM or US Forest Service property. Full license and application fees 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) $3180, Oryx $1630, Ibex $1630, Barbary sheep $380. Additional fees for desert bighorn or oryx on White Sands Missile Range.
Oregon   503-947-6100 Spring 2015 black bear deadline was February 10, 2015. Applications for controlled deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and pronghorn were due May 15, 2015. Results available online June 20. All hunters must purchase $148.50 hunting license before applying. Application fee $8 per species. Tag fees (due only if successful in the drawing) Deer (mule deer or blacktail) $ 383.50, elk (Rocky Mountain or Roosevelt) $508.50, Bighorn sheep (California or Rocky Mountain) $1,308.50, Mountain goat $1,308.50, pronghorn $341.50. 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   603-253-7660 South Dakota offers a variety of hunting opportunities with different deadlines. Private land “special buck” deer tag applications were due April 17, Blackhills and West River Deer are due July 17, East River deer applications are due October 9. Firearms pronghorn applications are due August 7. Muzzleloader and National Wildlife Refuge deer applications are due August 28, Custer State Park non-trophy bison due November 13 while trophy bison applications are due August 7 while non-trophy bison applications are due November 13.
Texas   512-389-4505; Texas drawn public hunts are available online only with online hunt information, applications, email notification and permit issuance. Hunters need to create an account and research opportunities online. Twenty categories (including 8 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. Applications for 2015-16 now available. Deadlines for 2015 to be posted sometime in July. For 2014-15 they were: Alligator- August 7, Exotics- Sept. 15, Rifle deer hunts- Sept. 29, Javelina- Nov. 11, Guided gemsbok and Guided scimitar-horned oryx- Dec 22, Spring turkey and Guided desert bighorn- Jan 12. Expect similar timeframes in 2015-16.
Utah   801-538-4700; The application period for limited-entry mountain lion drawings will be in September with a due date of early October (in 2015 they were due October 9). OTC mountain lion tags available for units with a harvest objective. The 2014-15 mountain lion season was Nov. 12, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

Bear applications for spring and fall 2016 will be due in early March, 2016 (March 2 in 2015). Big game (bighorn, moose, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and pronghorn) application period was January 29-March 5. Results are now posted. Applications for bonus points only was through March 19. Antlerless application period was May to June 18. All applicants must purchase $65 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) $1518, Antelope Island bison $2,615.
Vermont   802-828-1000 Moose applications were due June 17, 2015. Both paper and online applications accepted. Nonresident application fee $25 per lottery. 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. Application period for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, or draw tags for bear, turkey deer and elk was April 15-May 15. The application fee (per permit) for “Quality elk”, “Quality deer”, any moose, bighorn ram or mountain goat is $110. Deer-only permit $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 Elk application deadline was January 31; results available February 28. Moose, bison, bighorn and mountain goat application deadline was February 28; results available May 9. Applications for deer and pronghorn were due May 31; results available June 30. All applications now online only. Permit and application fees 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 (separate pool with higher fees). Supertag raffle ($10/chance) allows successful winner a chance to draw bighorn, moose, goat, bison, elk, deer, black bear, gray wolf, mountain lion or pronghorn license. The Supertag Trifecta raffle ($30/chance) allows the winner to choose any 3 of the above species. Winners must submit permit fees after being notified they won. Tickets are available until July 1. Application period to purchase preference points only is July–September, 2015.
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