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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
January 22, 2015

The 2015 fall hunt permit drawing process is underway with different deadlines in each state. Below is a summary of the most important current and upcoming deadlines. As a planning tool, we maintain a complete listing of draw opportunities online.



Western States Deadlines
State   Telephone   Comments
Arizona   602-942-3000   http://www.azgfd.gov/ OTC* lion permits are available year-round. Elk and pronghorn regulations now available and applications are due February 10, 2015. Deer, bighorn sheep, fall bison applications will be available in May with an anticipated deadline of June 9, 2015. A nonresident hunting license is required to apply for all AZ permits or to purchase leftover tags.
Colorado   303-297-1192   www.wildlife.state.co.us 2015 big game booklets and paper applications should be available by early March with a deadline of April 1 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. 2014-15 mountain lion season opened November 2014 and runs through March 2015.
Idaho   208-334-3700   http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/; 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. The application period for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep will be April 1-30.
Kansas   620-672-5911   http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/ 2015 nonresident deer permit draw application period will be in April. Kansas accepts online or phone applications only.
Maine   207-287-8000   www.maine.gov/ifw Moose applications are available online, deadline mid-May. Paper applications will also be available, April 1 deadline (postmark or delivered). Expect reduced numbers of permits, and worse odds of drawing this year.
Montana   406-444-2950  

http://fwp.mt.gov/. Applications for spring bear are due (through the general license order form) April 14.  General applications for deer and elk due March 15. Sheep, goat, moose and bison applications due May 1. Deer B tags, Elk B tags and all antelope applications due in early June. All applicants must purchase the $10 Conservation license in addition to tag and application fees.

Nevada   775-688-1500   http://www.ndow.org/ Deadline for the mule deer guide draw will be in mid-March; get an agreement with an outfitter before the draw. Application period for all other draw hunts (bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer and elk) will be mid-March through mid-April.
New Hampshire   603-271-2461   http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/ Moose applications available late January; deadline mid-May. Permits were reduced in 2014, may be again in 2015.
New Mexico   505-476-8000  

 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ Applications for ibex, oryx, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep are now available; deadline is 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.

Oregon   503-947-6100   http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ Spring 2015 black bear deadline in early February (February 10 in 2014). 2015 Fall hunt regulations should be available in February. Applications for controlled deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and pronghorn due May 15, 2015.
South Dakota   603-253-7660   http://www.gfp.sd.gov South Dakota private land deer tag applications are due in mid-April, Blackhills Deer in mid-July, Custer State Park nontrophy bison due early August while trophy bison applications are due in early September.
Utah   801-538-4700   http://wildlife.utah.gov/; 2015 big game application book now available. Big game (bighorn, moose, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and pronghorn) applications due in early March (March 6 in 2014). OTC mountain lion tags are available for 2014-15 harvest objective units. The 2014-15 mountain lion season runs November 12, 2014 through May 31, 2015.
Wyoming   307-777-4600   http://gf.state.wy.us/ Applications now available (online applications only). Nonresident moose, bison, bighorn and mountain goat application deadline is February 28; nonresident deer and pronghorn applications due March 15.
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