Idaho

State-Specific Information

  • Point System: Currently Idaho does not have a point system in place – everyone’s chances are the same.
  • License Purchase Yes/No: Yes, as a prerequisite of applying, a $164.75 non-resident hunting license must be purchased. For children 10-17 years of age, the youth license is only $31.75. WTA TAGS will handle this purchase for you as part of the application process.
  • Party Applications: Up to two applicants may apply together for moose, sheep, and goat. Up to four applicants may apply together for elk, deer, and antelope.
  • Hunter’s Safety Card Requirement: Anyone born after January1, 1975 must have a hunter’s safety card to apply and in theirpossession while afield.
  • Youth: Applicants are required to be 9 years of age by the opening day of the hunting season to apply/obtain a big game permit.

Point System

  • Currently Idaho does not have a point system in place - everyone's chances are the same.

Hunt Idaho

  • When applying in Idaho, applicants may only apply for one species in the moose, sheep, mountain goat category. You must also purchase a $164.75 license and this purchase DOES NOT give you a bonus point (as there is no point system in place). Don’t let these stipulations discourage you. Only being able to apply for one of these big game species, plus having to prebuy the license, makes Idaho’s draw odds the BEST IN THE WEST!
  • Rocky Mountain & California bighorn sheep odds: typically better than 1 in 30 in several units.
  • Mountain goat odds: typically better than 1 in 25 in most units.
  • Shiras Moose odds: typically better than 1 in 10 in most of the top units. If not applying for one species in the moose, sheep, mountain goat draw, applicants many apply for any or all species in the elk, deer, antelope category. One should be very careful in applying for elk and deer rifle hunts, as many limited-entry rifle units allow over the counter archery hunts and there are still plenty wolf issues in the state of Idaho. The WTA TAGS office is very aware of the limited-entry game management units and we’re fully prepared to assist our clients in drawing the highest quality tags. Several elk units, are capable of producing 350+ bulls and the mule deer hunting in Idaho seems to be improving every year. Idaho is now considered by many mule deer experts to be a sleeper state for big bucks.
  • As you can see, applying in Idaho can be extremely tempting. We always consult older sportsmen, who are interested in someday hunting a Shiras moose, a mountain goat, or a bighorn sheep, to apply in Idaho. Again, with the fabulous odds of drawing and lack of a preference point system, this should be at the top of the list.
  • Idaho’s massive amounts of public land and diverse terrain makes it a magnet for both the fully guided and DIY sportsman. Before hunting in an over the counter area, we recommend applying for a quality area first because … what if!! Why struggle in a pressured area with possible wolf issues if you don’t have to? Give us a call today and ask to speak with a TAGS Consultant. We’ll put the odds of going on a quality hunt in the state of Idaho more in your favor!

Sheep, Moose, Goat:
  • TAGS Application Deadline: Apr. 24, 2018
  • State Deadline: Apr. 30, 2018


Elk, Deer, Antelope:
  • TAGS Application Deadline: May 29, 2018
  • State Deadline: June 5, 2018



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Trip Details
  • Idaho Species
  • State Tag Fee
  • Total Due to WTA TAGS to Apply
    • Moose
    • $2,101.75
    • $96.75
    • Rocky Mt. Bighorn
    • $2,101.75
    • $96.75
    • California Bighorn
    • $2,101.75
    • $96.75
    • Mountain Goat
    • $2,101.75
    • $96.75
    • Elk
    • $416.75
    • $96.75
    • Mule Deer
    • $301.75
    • $96.75
    • Antelope
    • $311.75
    • $96.75