Hunting

Idaho Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Idaho isn’t just known for its potatoes, but also its prosperous hunting. The Gem State offers plenty of hunting to keep avid hunters happy — including deer, elk, bear and mountain lion. Small game are also aplenty.

Hunting in Idaho is managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. For more information on purchasing licenses, specific hunting regulations or other details, visit the department’s website.

Big Game Seasons

General Deer Season

Oct. 10-Dec. 1*

General Elk Season

August-December*

Pronghorn Season

Controlled hunts run
Aug. 15-Sept. 15 in some areas*
Sept. 25-Oct. 24 in most areas*

Black Bear

Fall controlled hunts: Aug. 30-Nov. 30 in most areas*

Spring controlled hunts: Apr. 15-June 30 in most areas*

Mountain Lion

Aug. 30-June 30*

*Dates vary greatly region and type of animal since Idaho relies on wildlife management units to control hunting and populations. Many of Idaho’s big game hunts are managed, controlled hunts to prevent overpopulation; these hunts require specialty permits. For specific details on hunting dates and regulations in your area, visit the visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.

Turkey Seasons

Fall Season

Sept. 15-Dec. 31*

Spring Youth Hunt

Apr. 8-14

Spring Season

Apr. 15-May. 25

*Dates vary greatly region and type of animal since Idaho relies on wildlife management units to control hunting and populations. For specific details on hunting dates and regulations in your area, visit the visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.

Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit

Aug. 30-Feb. 28

Snowshoe Hare

Aug. 30-Mar. 31

Pygmy Rabbit

Closed

Forest Grouse

Aug. 30-Jan. 31

California and Bobwhite Quail

Sept. 17-Jan. 31

Chukar and Gray Partridge

Sept. 17-Jan. 31

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Oct. 1-31

Pheasants

Oct. 8-Dec. 31*

*Dates may vary in some regions.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Idaho hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website

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