Idaho Hunts

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  1. bowhunter448

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    Does anyone here hunt in Idaho? I'm looking through the seasons and regulations and am having some questions.
     
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    How do tags work? Is it a draw? Which places are best to hunt? I wouldn't be chasing meat, but don't want just filling a tag. I don't care about accessibility because my fitness goal ties into being able to hike and hunt from the ground


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    talking elk or deer?
    Elk OTC is already passed I believe. Not sure if they have a leftover period. I would tell you about deer but my last trip out there was 2014 so regs may have changed.

    As far as where; I can only attest to the Challis/Salmon area and it is pretty steep. But there are a TON of logging and fire roads so you can quad it a lot. I know you said you don't care about accessibility but it does mean you can cover a lot more ground if an area is stale. I would at least take a fat tire bike.
     
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    Right now, I'd go after deer. Is there a time limit between tags in Idaho? I know in NV, there's a time limit between drawing some tags.


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    Born, raised, and have hunted Units 8a, 10a, 11, 11a my whole life. A bit in unit 15.
    All drawings are ended. Main application period for deer (and elk) is May 1st to June 5th.
    Left over deer draw only tags period ended August 15th I believe.
    Only option for this year is OTC tags.
    No idea what you mean by "time limit between drawing some tags". There is a new rule this year that states "anyone who puts in for a special permit (draw only) tag must wait 5 days after OTC tags go on sale in capped units. I believe this may only pertain to elk. Not an issue for you since all draw only application periods are ended and you are thinking deer.
    Some units have caps on the amount of OTC elk tags. Not sure if there are any units that have caps for OTC deer tags, but I don't believe so. I'm only familiar with the above units I noted.
    There are two types of OTC deer tags. "Regular" and "whitetail only".
    "Regular" allows you to hunt for Mule deer or whitetail in units that have a season for one or both. This tag's whitetail season always ends before the rut.
    "Whitetail only" tag is just that. Can't hunt Mule deer, but the whitetail seasons for this tag generally extend through the rut.
     
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    All nonresident deer and elk tags are sold out for this year. They sometimes have returned tags that they sell at a certain day of the month but as some seasons have started, they are now not available anymore. OTC tags go on sale Dec 1st for next year. If archery hunting, you need an archry permit also.
     
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    Oh, that's right. I remember reading that non-res tags are sold out now. They put a huge cap on them this year.
     
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    I have to double check the regs, but I'm pretty sure if I drew an elk, I had a certain number of years until I can draw again. That's what I meant about time limit.


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    Oh, gotcha. Here's how that reads:

    • A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only


    controlled deer hunt may not apply for any other antleredonly

    controlled deer hunt for one year except the person may


    apply in the second application period and leftover controlled

    hunt drawings or sales. For example, a hunter who drew

    a tag in an antlered-only deer hunt in 2018 cannot apply

    for another antlered only deer hunt until 2020, in the first

    application period. However, that person can apply for an

    antlered-only deer hunt in the 2019 second application period

    during August.

    • This waiting period also applies to antlered-only controlled elk

    hunts.

    • There is no waiting period to apply for any other deer, elk,


    pronghorn or black bear controlled hunt tags.

    • The one-year waiting period does not apply to controlled

    hunts with an unlimited number of tags or Landowner

    Appreciation tags.

    Tags: No person may
     
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    So if I put in for tags next year and draw, I can't put in again in 2022, but can I buy OTC?
     
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    Yes
     
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    What areas would you put in for? I know the tags are closed, but I'm really unfamiliar with the area. I've driven up to Twin a lot and been through Boise once.
     
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    OTC general deer tag is good anywhere in the state that has an open general season. Elk are by zones. Some zones are draw only and some are just capped. There is a cap on total NR tags. Staring in 2021 there maybe NR caps per zone (regs aren't out yet but they approved it). Regs come out every two years so you would have to wait. The farther from big cities the better usually.
     

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