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2021 Out of State Hunt Application Dates.

I will be posting the Application deadlines for various states and Big Game Species for 2021. I will post the application dates by state and due dates for species like I have done in the past. Most of this won't be available until later in December and into early January and will update as I get information.

I will try to provide as much information as possible. Please visit the other threads in the Out of State Hunting Forum for guidance and help if needed. PM me if you like like as in the past as well.

I will list everything I can find and dig up. Alaska and Idaho will be starting soon.

Idaho will start with their Application process December 1, 2020-There is a lot of changes for the coming year on tag allocation and Prices have increased as well in Idaho.

 
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Idaho General-season nonresident deer and elk tags go on sale Dec. 1, including Sawtooth Capped Elk Zone tags
By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 10:07 AM MST
All nonresident deer and elk tags have limited availability in 2021
Nonresident hunters should be aware of numerous changes to nonresident deer and elk tags for 2021 before tags go on sale at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on Dec. 1.


  • Nonresidents will have to pick an elk zone, as in the past, but nonresident tags will be limited in all zones that were not previously capped for both nonresidents and residents. There is no change to the existing cap on nonresidents in capped elk zones.
  • Nonresidents will pay higher fees in 2021, which will also take effect Dec. 1. A nonresident adult hunting license will be $185, a deer tag will cost $351.75 and an elk tag will cost $651.75.
  • Nonresident deer hunters will have to pick the unit they plan to hunt and can only hunt in that unit.
  • Nonresident hunters planning to buy an elk tag and deer tag should also beware the deer tag will only be valid in one hunting unit, whereas most elk zones consist of several units.
  • Fish and Game has a new license vendor, and anyone planning to buy a license and/or tag should go online prior to Dec. 1 and set up an account, or check their existing account to make sure it is valid. If the hunter's account does not have correct information, contact a customer service agent at (800) 554-8685. You will not be able to buy a license/tag online without a valid account.
  • Under the new online licensing system, if you have a license and tag in your shopping cart, they are reserved for you. You will have 5 minutes to complete the purchase or they will go back into the pool of available tags.
  • For highly sought-after tags where sellouts are expected within minutes (like the Sawtooth Elk Zone tags), nonresident hunters should log on about 15 minutes in advance. Everyone logged on in advance will be put into a "waiting room" and randomly selected to make a purchase, so there is no benefit to logging in well in advance of the sale.
  • Numbers of nonresident deer and elk tags available on Fish and Game's website ahead of the sale may not reflect what's available for sale on Dec. 1 because some nonresident tags are set aside for outfitters. The online license vendor will display the number of tags available for sale in "real time."
  • Nonresident general-hunt tags can be exchanged for other general tags if they are available, the nonresident quota has not sold out, and the hunts have not started. Also, if a hunter draws a controlled hunt tag in the spring, the hunter can exchange the general-hunt tag.
  • New nonresident limits apply only to general-hunt tags. Nonresidents can still apply for controlled hunts, and will remain limited to no more than 10 percent of the tags in each controlled hunt.
  • There is a new limit on reduced-price tags for nonresident disabled American veterans, which is 500 nonresident DAV deer tags and 300 nonresident DAV elk tags for over-the-counter deer and elk hunts. After those are sold out, nonresident disabled veterans can still buy deer/elk tags if available, but at full nonresident prices.
https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/genera...sale-dec-1-including-sawtooth-capped-elk-zone
 

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Some interesting data here that will help to understand how much public land for hunting states have. The link at the bottom has a lot of other information about what is available by state and the break down as well-

The Western States have Most of the Public Hunting Land
I knew most of the public land was in the Western States and Alaska, but look at the totals for the Top 12 States (all Western States; Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington & Wyoming) compared to the Remaining 38 States. To start with, the total land area of the Top 11 States plus Alaska are almost as large as the rest of the 38 states combined (49.3% of the total). Without Alaska, the Top 11 states make up 33% of the total land area of the U.S.



85% of all USFS lands and 99.9% of BLM land are found in the Western States (includes AK).

85% of all USFS lands and 99.9% of BLM land are found in the Top 12 states. 73.5% of USFS lands and 70.3% of BLM lands are found in the Top 11 states excluding Alaska. The majority of State owned lands are also found in the West. 79.5% of state lands are in the Top 12 states.

89% of combined public lands that I assume to be available to public hunting are found in the Top 12 states and even with out Alaska, the Top 11 states have 57.3% the total land available for public hunting. According to my calculations, 31% of the the total U.S. land area is available for public hunting, 50.2% of the total area is in the Top 12 states and 48% of the Top 11 States. Only 6% of the total land area of the remaining 38 states is available for public hunting.

The hunt-able acres per person is 2.1 acres nationwide, with 7.9 acres per person in the Top 12 States and 5.2 acres the Top 11 States. Less than 1/3 acre (0.3 acres) is available per hunter in the remaining 38 states.

Ignoring Alaska for the moment, based on the amount of Public land, especially USFS lands and low populations, states like Wyoming, Montana and Idaho have higher ratios of land to hunt per person (55.7,30.4 & 22.2 acres respectively) than popular hunting states like Arizona and Colorado (5.1 acres each). Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon are in the middle with 19.9, 15.3, 12.6 & 9.1 acres respectively). I was surprised that Washington state has only 2 acres of hunt-able public land per person. And then there is California.

Two Good links below-

https://www.ohiosportsman.com/threads/hunter-density-map.58024/

http://www.backcountrychronicles.com/public-hunting-land/
 

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Page #1 of Application due dates. This is reserved for State by State Hunting due dates for Big Game species as they become available in late December-Some dates are being added now:

Mule Deer Application Due Dates: Dates for all will be updated when received.

Arizona- June 8
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 6
Idaho- June 7
Montana
-April 1
Nevada
- April 26
New Mexico- March 17
South Dakota
- April 10 (Deer point only October 15)
Utah
-March 4
Washington
-(TBD)
Wyoming- June 1
(Special and Regular License)- (No rut hunting but there is some very good hunting in the Tetons, Sheridan and South West parts of the state. There is some good whitetail hunting during the rut in areas, and the due dates are the same as mule deer. Refer to the application instructions on what areas would be available for both species.
Wyoming Preference point-for future use due November 1st.

Whitetail Deer
Colorado April 6(Some very good hunting for Big Deer on the Eastern Plains)
Illinois--(TBD)
Indiana-OTC(State producing some big deer the last several years)
Idaho- June 7
Iowa-June 4 (Go to State for Big Deer)
Iowa(Pref point). June 4
Kansas
- April 30 - (Low pressure Go to State for Big Deer)
Kentucky-OTC(As predicted several years ago, a top go to state for big deer and populations are increasing)
Montana-April 1
South Dakota
-April 10
Washington-
-(TBD)
Wisconsin-OTC
Wyoming- June 1 (Populations and opportunities are high in selected areas of the state since whitetails are not a high demand Big Game species when most are hunting Elk and Mule Deer along with Pronghorn Antelope. The serious whitetail hunter can do well)


Blacktail Deer
California
-June 2
Oregon
-May 17

Coues Deer:
Arizona
-June 8
New Mexico-March 17


New Mexico- March 17

Pronghorn Antelope

Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona are some of the better destinations.

Arizona-February 9
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 6
Idaho
-June 7
Montana- June 1
Nevada
- April 26
New Mexico
-March 17
Oregon- May 17
Utah
-March 4
Wyoming- (Special and Regular Licenses)-June 1
Wyoming Preference points
- November 1

Elk Application Deadlines are as follows:

Arizona- February 9
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 6
Idaho- JUNE 7
Montana- April 1
New Mexico
-March 17

Nevada- April 26
Oregon(Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain)
- May 17
Utah
- March 4
Wyoming
(Special and Regular Licenses)- January 31st
Wyoming preference points for future use- November 1st
PA- July 30
-Site will take applications starting when new licenses come out in summer.
KY- April 30

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Page #2-

This is reserved for State by State Hunting due dates for Big Game species as they become available in late December-

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep:

Arizona- June 8
Colorado- April
Idaho-April 30
Montana- May 3
New Mexico-March 17
Oregon- May 17
Utah- March 4
Washington-May 24
Wyoming- March 1 (Pref. point only due 11/1)

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Arizona- June 8
California-June 2
Colorado-April 6
Nevada- April 26
New Mexico- March 17
Texas- October 15
Utah- March 4

Dall Sheep
Alaska-December 15

Moose

Alaska-Dec 15
Colorado-April 6
Idaho-April 30
Maine-May 17
Montana-May 3- September 30(Bonus Point Only)
New Hampshire- May 28
Utah-March 4
Vermont- June
Washington-May 24
Wyoming-March 1 (Shiras Moose)
Wyoming- Preference point only due 11/1

Mountain Goat

Alaska-Dec 15th
Colorado-April 6
Idaho-April 30
Montana-May 3
Montana Pref Point- September 30
Oregon-May 17
Utah-March 4
Washington-May 24

Wyoming- March 1

Wolf
Montana- August
-(TBD)
Wyoming- May 1
Wisconsin- November 6 Season start Date


Bison

Arizona-June 8
Utah-March 4
Wyoming- March 31
Montana- May 3

Brown Bear

Alaska- December 15th

Caribou
Alaska- December 15th

Mountain Lion
Utah-October 5
Montana-(TBD)

Oryx and Ibex
New Mexico-March 17

Barbary Sheep
New Mexico-March 17

Turkey-
Arizona(Gould)-October 17
Arizona- Extra Point- June 8
Iowa-(TBD)
Montana(Spring) -(TBD)
 

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Here is contact information for specific States.

  1. State- Telephone- Websites

    Arizona 602-942-3000 Arizona Game and Fish Department: azgfd.gov

    Colorado 303-297-1192 Colorado Parks and Wildlife

    Idaho 208-334-3700 Idaho Fish and Game - Home Page.

    Kentucky- http://fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

    Maine 207-287-8000 Maine IF&W

    Montana 406-444-2950 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

    Nebraska- http://outdoornebraska.gov/huntingseasons/

    Nevada 775-688-1500 http://www.ndow.org/

    New Hampshire 603-271-2461 http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/

    New Mexico 505-476-8000 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

    Oregon 503-947-6100 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

    South Dakota- http://gfp.sd.gov/

    Utah 801-538-4700 http://wildlife.utah.gov/

    Vermont 802-241-3700 http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/

    Washington 360-902-2464 https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/

    Wyoming 307-777-4600 https://wgfd.wyo.gov/
 

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  1. Great information on planning your hunts- Wyoming, Colorado and others walk you step by step thru the process if needed- some others do as well.

    I'll add others as they become available-See Links below;

    Wyoming-
    https://wgfd.wyo.gov/hunting/hunt-planner

    Colorado-
    http://cpw.state.co.us/search/Pages/results.aspx?k=hunt planner

    http://cpw.state.co.us/documents/hunting/huntered/huntplanner.pdf

    Kansas-

    http://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Big-Game-Information

    Utah-
    https://wildlife.utah.gov/maps-first-page.htm
Kentucky-
https://fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
 

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I appreciate the info @Deehntr56! This will be a year of buying points for me, but I enjoy reading your posts about western hunting. It seems like once you experience it, you start counting down the days until you can do it again.
 

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I appreciate the info @Deehntr56! This will be a year of buying points for me, but I enjoy reading your posts about western hunting. It seems like once you experience it, you start counting down the days until you can do it again.
Good Luck- For me, I headed out West to hunt in the early 1990's. I haven't looked back since. Something about the amount of open country and all the Wildlife just overwhelmed me.

You'll enjoy this great Mule Deer Video by a Hunter out West who spent some considerable time over the summer and fall in the high country. No work-no computer-no cell trail cams, just good old fashioned boots to the ground enjoying the Wild-Wild West and their great Wildlife resources.

 
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Last Year I added Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois to the Whitetail dates-most are OTC but Indiana and Kentucky are really coming on the last several years-here is the 2017-2019 Top Three B&C entry states for number of Typicals entered.....No draw states so licenses can be purchased OTC.

I will be expanding Whitetail opportunities with selected States in 2021.


1. Wisconsin typical whitetail deer 65

2. Kentucky typical whitetail deer 51

3. Indiana typical whitetail deer 49
 
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Montana Plan to hunt help-

 

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Added Page 1 dates(See above)- some have yet to be added and will update as I get the information. Those are listed as TBD. Page #2 will be completed soon as well.
 

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Added Page #2 above with updated due dates for applications. Only ones left to enter are labeled (TBD). Those will be entered as time permits when they become available.

Also- Here is the Link to all 50 states Hunting information-

Click on link, select state and it will take you to the wildlife division websites.

https://www.fws.gov/hunting/state-license.html
 

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Added a few more application due dates along with the Wisconsin Wolf Season Start Date.
 

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Montana Hunt Planner-

https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/planahunt

and a successful moose hunt after 24 years of trying to draw a tag, along with fighting fires and Covid to get the hunt in.

 

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I am sharing this with all my hunting partners, this thread is INCREDIBLE.

Thanks @Deehntr56 for putting this wealth of knowledge together. 2020 was my first Western hunt experience and I came home with a dandy Mule Deer off Montana BLM land.

Looking forward to many years to come. Any info on Moose by chance?

Shoot Straight, -4J
 
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