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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
February 25, 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. 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.
Colorado   303-297-1192   www.wildlife.state.co.us 2015 big game booklets and paper applications available in early March with a deadline of April 7 [Note new deadline!] 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.
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 OTC. The application period for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep will be April 1-30. Hunters applying for moose or goat or sheep are not eligible to apply for other hunts.
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 Application deadline for Maine moose will be due in May 14. Permits for 2015 reduced to 2,815 (from 3095 in 2014). Numbers may change before the drawing in June. Applications available online. Paper applications also available, deadline April 1 (postmark or delivered).
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 (as well as special draw applications, which require you to draw the general license first) are due March 15 while Deer B tags, Elk B tags and all antelope applications are due in early June.  Sheep, goat, moose and bison applications are due May 1. 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, 2015. It is important to get your agreement with the outfitter before the draw if you choose to participate in the outfitter drawing.  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/ Applications for 2015 moose permits now available and are due May 29. Online applications encouraged. Application fee of $25 due at the time of application. If drawn, moose license fee is $500. Results mailed to successful applicants by July.
New Mexico   505-476-8000   http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ Applications for ibex, oryx, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep are 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/ The 2015 Fall hunt regulations are available. Applications for controlled deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and pronghorn will be due May 15, 2015. A $148.50 nonresident license is required to apply for any tags in addition to the $8 application fee.
South Dakota   603-253-7660   http://www.gfp.sd.gov South Dakota offers a variety of hunting opportunities with different deadlines.  Private land deer tag applications are due in mid-April, Blackhills Deer in mid-July, Custer State Park non-trophy bison due early August while trophy bison applications are due in early September.
Texas   512-389-4505   www.tpwd.texas.gov/drawnhunts; Texas draw hunts will be available in June with early deadlines for alligator, pronghorn and deer hunts.  Applications will be accepted beginning in July through January, 2016, depending on species.
Utah   801-538-4700   http://wildlife.utah.gov/; 2015 big game application book is now available. Big game (bighorn, moose, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and pronghorn) applications will be due March 5, 2015.  Changes in Utah for 2015 include a new nonresident bison hunt (Bookcliffs), late season muzzleloader deer hunt and extra days at the end of the muzzleloader elk hunt (prime rut dates Sept. 21- Oct 2). 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/ Nonresident moose, bison, bighorn and mountain goat application deadline was February 28 and applications for nonresident deer and pronghorn are due May 31 (note new date!). Online applications only. Chances in the Supertag and Supertag Trifecta can be purchased through July 1.
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