Controlled Hunt Application Period Coming Up

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The application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey starts May 1 and runs through June 5.

This year more fall turkey hunting opportunities will be available in the Southeast and Upper Snake regions.

Youths 15 or younger on September 15 may apply for one of the 100 fall controlled hunt permits available for Unit 71 in the Southeast region. In addition, any turkey hunter may apply for another 100 controlled hunt permits for Unit 71 where the fall controlled hunt runs from September 15 through December 31.

Youths also may apply for one of 25 permits for Hunt Area 950 in the Upper Snake region where the fall controlled hunt runs from September 15 through November 30.

A general tag or an extra tag can be used with the controlled hunt permit to participate in the fall controlled turkey hunts.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts by phone, Internet or mail, or at any license vendor or Fish and Game office. To apply, residents and nonresidents must have a valid Idaho hunting license.

To apply with a credit card call 1-800-55HUNT5 or 1-800-824-3729, or go online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee of 3 percent of the transaction plus $5.50 is charged for telephone, and 3 percent of the transaction plus $3.50 for Internet applications.

Application worksheets, available in the Fish and Game rules brochures and on the Website listed above may be mailed, with proper fees, to any Fish and Game office. The application fee is $6.25 per person, per application. Don’t send permit or tag fees.

Mail applications to Idaho Department of Fish and Game, P. O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

Depredation hunt sign up also starts May 1 and runs through June 30. These hunts are held on short notice, involve small areas and are limited to a few hunters. Idaho residents with a valid hunting or combination license may apply through local Fish and Game offices, or by mailing in the application found in the rules brochure or on the Internet.

All applications received before June 30 will be placed in random order. All applications received after June 30 will be placed at the end of the list in the order received. The list will be valid from July 1 to the following June 30.