About Hunting in Idaho

Idaho runs the entire range of an excess of small animals to extremely prized big game species. Generally they are structured to provide a wide variety of hunting experience with a strong emphasis on opportunity. There is a lot to learn in this state and getting outdoors, so be sure to be one of the first to get a license as there are many who eagerly await.

Navigating Deer Hunting in Idaho requires a combo, sports or hunting license with deer tags and a permit for the weapon you will be using. That is why below the seasons are listed by weapon, dates and the zones you should stay in for the animal you will be pursuing.

Idaho Hunting Seasons Offered

Big game: Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Gray Wolf, Moose, Bighorn Sheep & Mountain Sheep

Small game: Rabbit and Hare, Squirrel, Otter, Beaver, Fox, Bobcat, Coyote, Raccoon

Bird: Quail, Chukar and Grey Partridge, Grouse, Pheasant, Turkey

Idaho General Hunting Season Dates

Oct 10- Dec 11Antlered (white
tailed deer only)
Nov 1- Nov 201Antlered (white
tailed deer only
Oct 10- Nov 9 &
Nov 10- Dec 1
2,3,4A,5,6Antlered Mule
deer only
Oct 10- Dec 12,3,4A,5,6Antlered (white
tailed deer only
Oct 10- Nov 94, 7, 9Antlered
Oct 10- Nov94, 7, 9Antlered (white
tailed deer only
Oct 10- Nov 38, 8A, 10, 10A,
12, 15,16
8, 8A, 10, 10A,
12, 15,16
Oct 10- Nov 311, 11AAntlered White
tailed deer only
Oct 10- Nov 311, 11AAntlerless
Oct 10- Nov 313, 14 ,18Antlered white
tailed deer only
Oct 10- Nov 313, 14 ,18Antlered white
tailed deer only
Sept 15- Oct 916A, 17, 19, 20Antlered Mule
deer only
16A, 17, 19, 20Antlered Mule
deer only
Oct 10- Nov 1816A, 17, 19, 20Antlered
16A, 17, 19, 20Antlerless
Oct 10- Oct 3119A, 23, 25, 24, 33,34,32A,39,43,46,48,4952AAntlered
Sept 15- Oct 3120A, 26, 27Antlered
Oct 10- Oct 2721,21A,28,29,30,36,36A,36B,37A,31,32,32AAntlered
Oct 10- 2422Antlered
Oct 10- Oct 1737Antlered
Oct 10- Oct 2440,41,42,50,551,58,59,59A,56,60,61,62, 62A,64,65,60A,66,69,67,66A,71,72,74,76,68,73A,75,77

Idaho Hunting License Info

You can buy your license at :

To hunt in Idaho you will need
● A hunting license
● A tag for big game species and turkey
● To take a hunter education class if born after January 1st, 1975
Dec 1st most license & general seasons tags for the upcoming year go on sale.
Aug 5- Aug 15 second app period for unclaimed controlled hunt tags

ID Hunting License Costs

Resident/ NonresidentLicenseCost
ResidentAdult Hunting and Fishing$33.75
ResidentSports package$144.60

ID Resident Tag Fees

Black Bear$13.75
Mt. Lion$13.75

ID Permit required

Sage Grouse$5.75
Upland Game Bird Permit$28.75

Controlled Hunt application periods

Spring Black BearJan 15- Feb 15
Deer, Pronghorn, elk & fall black bearMay 1- June 5

Idaho News:

The Idaho Panhandle is home to over 300 wildlife species, there are large animals like caribou, grizzly bears, there are grasslands and forests which make up for half of the rangelands. Moose are once in a lifetime where hopefully research will help to track most animals.

Hunting Guides

Hunting guides in Idaho

Elk hunting guides

Official Sites and Links

Idaho State Regulatory Site: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt
Idaho State PDF:
Buying a license: https://license.gooutdoorsidaho.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx