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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, North American Editor
November 26, 2014

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   www.adfg.alaska.gov. Applications for 2015-16 hunts are being accepted through 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 is required to apply.
Arizona   602-942-3000   http://www.azgfd.gov/ OTC* lion permits are available year-round. OTC archery deer permits for the January 2015 hunt will be available by mid-December. Spring hunt (turkey, bison, javelina and bear) drawing is complete and the permits were mailed by November 21. Leftover spring hunt permits are posted on the website and applications for leftover permits will be accepted through the mail beginning December 1 and in person beginning December 8. Elk and pronghorn applications will be available in early to mid-January with an anticipated deadline of February 10, 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 will go 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 Applications for Maine moose will be due in mid-May. Applications should be made available online. Paper applications will also be available, but the deadline for paper applications will be April 1 (postmark or delivered). Expect reduced numbers of permits, so the odds of drawing will increase this year.
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 Mexico   505-476-8000  

 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ Applications for ibex, oryx, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep will be available in early February with a mid-March deadline. 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.

Texas   512-389-4505   www.tpwd.texas.gov/drawnhunts; hunts have changed for 2014, with hunt information limited to the website, online applications, and email notification and permit issuance. You must create a new account within the system. Applications now available. Deadlines include: guided gemsbok and guided scimitar-horned oryx - December 22; spring turkey and guided desert bighorn - January 12.
Utah   801-538-4700   http://wildlife.utah.gov/; 2015 big game application book will be available in late January. Big game (bighorn, moose, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and pronghorn) applications will be due in early March. Utah is considering several changes to its big game seasons, including a late season, muzzleloader deer hunt that could overlap the rut.  Decisions on the changes will be made in December. 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 elk applications will be accepted starting January 1. The deadline is January 31. Nonresident moose, bison, bighorn and mountain goat application deadline is February 28 and applications for nonresident deer and pronghorn are due March 15. Online applications only. Look for application info online by mid-December.
* Over-the-counter


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