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2022 Out of State Hunt Application Dates.

I will be posting the Application deadlines for various states and Big Game Species for 2022. I will post the application dates by state and due dates for species like I have done in the past. Some 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 as in the past as well.

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

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Idaho will start with their Application process December 1, 2021-Alaska initial due dates are December 15, 2021.

All these due dates are what was able to be found on state wildlife websites and other media platforms. Refer to that states wildlife websites to confirm these dates and verify the due date. I cannot guarantee they are 100% accurate. Do this ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute since websites may be busy processing applications and there may be a delay.
 

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Page #1 of Application due dates. This is reserved for State by State Hunting due dates for Big Game species-Dates list as TBD will be added when available.


Mule Deer Application Due Dates 2022: Dates for all will be updated when received.

Arizona
- June 14
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 5
Idaho- June 3
Montana
-April 1
Nevada- April 26
New Mexico- March 17
Oregon May 15
South Dakota
- April 8
Utah
-March 4
Wyoming- May 31
(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 October 31.

Whitetail Deer
Colorado April 5(Some very good hunting for Big Deer on the Eastern Plains)
Illinois--(OTC)
Indiana-OTC(State producing some big deer the last several years)
Idaho- June 7
Iowa-June 3 (Go to State for Big Deer)
Iowa(Pref point). June 3
Kansas- April 29 - (Low pressure Go to State for Big Deer)
Kentucky-OTC(As predicted several years ago, a top go to state for top end deer and populations are increasing. 2021 was another very good year and no CWD).
Montana-April 1
South Dakota
-April 8
Wisconsin-OTC
Wyoming- May 31 (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 15

Coues Deer:
Arizona
-June 14
New Mexico-March 17

New Mexico- March 17

Pronghorn Antelope

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

Arizona-February 8
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 5
Idaho
-June 3
Montana- June 1
Nevada
- April 26
New Mexico
-March 16
Oregon- May 15
Utah
-March 4
Wyoming- (Special and Regular Licenses)-June 1
Wyoming Preference points
- October 31

Elk Application Deadlines are as follows:

Alaska December 15
Arizona- February 8
California
-June 2
Colorado- April 5
Idaho- JUNE 3
Montana- April 1
New Mexico
-March 17
Nevada April 26
Pennsylvania July 29
Nevada- April 26
Oregon(Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain)
- May 15
Utah
- March 4
Wyoming
(Special and Regular Licenses)- January 31st
Wyoming preference points for future use- October 31
PA- July 19
-Site will take applications starting when new licenses come out in summer.
KY- April 29


Updated 1/12/22
 

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Page #2 pf Application Due Dates-


Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep:

Arizona- June 14
Colorado- April 5
Idaho-April 29
Montana- May 3
New Mexico-March 17
Oregon- May 15
Utah- March 4
Washington-May 24
Wyoming- February 28 (Pref. point only due 10/31)

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Arizona- June 14
California-June 2
Colorado-April 5
Nevada- April 26
New Mexico- March 17
Texas- October 15
Utah- March 4

Dall Sheep
Alaska-December 15

Moose

Alaska-Dec 15
Colorado-April 5
Idaho-April 29
Maine-May 12
Montana-May 3- September 30(Bonus Point Only)
New Hampshire- May 27
Utah-March 4
Washington-May 24
Wyoming-February 28 (Shiras Moose)
Wyoming- Preference point only due 10/31

Mountain Goat

Alaska-Dec 15th
Colorado-April 5
Idaho-April 29
Montana-May 3
Montana Pref Point- September 30
Oregon-May 15
Utah-March 4
Washington-May 24
Wyoming- February 28

Wolf
Montana- August
-(TBD)
Wyoming- (TBD)
Wisconsin- (TBD)

Bison

Alaska-December 15
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 11
Arizona- Extra Point- June 14
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- Welcome

    Maine 207-287-8000 Maine IF&W

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

    Nebraska- Hunting Seasons and Application Dates - Nebraska Game and Parks

    Nevada 775-688-1500 Welcome to Your WildLife - NDOW

    New Hampshire 603-271-2461 Welcome | New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

    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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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-

Hunter Density Map.

Total Public Hunting Land Acres by State for USFS, BLM, State Owned


 

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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 and update these as they become available-See Links below;

    Wyoming-
    Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Wyoming 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-

    Big Game Information

    Utah-
    https://wildlife.utah.gov/maps-first-page.htm
Kentucky-
Welcome

Idaho Hunt Planner-
 

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I will be adding more info to this thread as it becomes available-Typically Late December thru March will be several updates.

This information to date will help those interested get started.
 
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Video on proposed Utah Hunting dates-

 

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Grizzly Season in Montana??? It's very possible with high numbers of Grizzly now in the State-

Montana asks for federal protection of many of its grizzly bears to be lifted. This would allow hunting for first time in decades


Updated 3:51 PM ET, Wed December 8, 2021
A grizzly bear roams Glacier National Park in northern Montana earlier this year.


A grizzly bear roams Glacier National Park in northern Montana earlier this year.

(CNN)Montana's governor is seeking to end protections for some grizzlies, a move that -- if approved by federal officials -- could allow hunting of the bears for the first time in decades.

According to a news release from Gov. Greg Gianforte, he believes the number of bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE), in the northwest part of the state, has surpassed recovery goals. Gianforte says it is time for the state to manage the bears.

"With the grizzly bear recovered, keeping the species listed under the Endangered Species Act will only continue to impact communities, farmers and ranchers, and recreationists around the state," he said. "It also limits Montana's options when it comes to dealing with conflict bears."

The state announced it will be petitioning the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to remove protections for grizzly bears in the NCDE. The move is being met with opposition from some groups.


Aside from the NCDE, the majority population of grizzlies in Montana reside in two other ecosystems: the Greater Yellowstone and Cabinet-Yaak, according to FWS.

The petition would delist the species from the list of Endangered Threatened Wildlife and Plants, which would lift protections on the species and could allow them to be publicly hunted again.
You come across a bear. Your next move is very important. Do you know what to do?

You come across a bear. Your next move is very important. Do you know what to do?

Hunting of grizzly bears is illegal in the Lower 48 and is allowed only in Alaska, according to FWS.

"It's very disappointing to see them moving forward with this," Andrea Zaccardi, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, told CNN. "It seems that Montana is taking a piecemeal approach to how they view grizzly bear recovery."

Grizzlies were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1975, making it illegal for anyone to harm, harass or kill the animals unless in cases of self-defense or defense of others.

In March, the FWS reclassified the species in the NCDE as biologically recovered, which means they have met recovery criteria but still could use protection. Their status remains threatened. The agency recommended no changes to the status of grizzly bears in the Lower 48.

For activists, the concern lies with the government.
"I don't have any faith that Montana, right now at least, can responsibly manage their wildlife and especially predators such as grizzly bears," Zaccardi told CNN.
Woman sentenced to four days in jail for Yellowstone grizzly bear incident

Woman sentenced to four days in jail for Yellowstone grizzly bear incident

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) has seen a significant increase in grizzly bear population over several decades.

According to the five-year status review done by the FWS back in March, in 1975 the population of bears in the Lower 48 was between 700 and 800. Now, in the NCDE alone, there are nearly 1,100, state officials said.
But according to the FWS, "considerable challenges remain to fully recover the grizzly bear in the Lower 48 states."
Those include limited habitat connectivity, management of access by motorized vehicles, human-cause mortality and uncertainty surrounding future conservation efforts in some ecosystems.

Montana's petition will undergo a process with FWS starting with a 90-day review period, according to the petition process.

"We are hopeful the US Fish & Wildlife Service will take a close look and deny it," Zaccardi says.
 

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This was proposed at the Meeting today in Montana-



ALERT: MONTANA PROPOSES BIG CHANGES TO ELK MANAGEMENT AND HUNTING



Photo credit: Getty Images

There are changes in the works for Montana elk hunters as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) considers some new ways to manage elk populations for improved hunting opportunities on public land. With 14 hunting districts (HD) 200% over objective due to a burgeoning elk population across the state, the problem is in the data: the majority of elk seem to be congregating on private land, which results in limited opportunities for public land hunters, according to the agency.

“What we know is the status quo isn’t working,” said MFWP Director Hank Worsech. “So, we’re going to propose a few new strategies we think can finally help us make progress in addressing the problem, both for hunters and for landowners.”

The following strategies should help better manage elk to meet population objectives, address issues with elk gathering on agricultural land and, generally, provide improved hunting opportunities. Per MFWP, these proposed changes would apply to the 14 HDs with limited permits that are currently way over objective:
  • In all targeted HDs, some or all limited either-sex permits would be removed.
  • In eight of these HDs “where problems with distribution, population and access tend to be more acute,” MFWP would keep the limited either-sex permits; however, these permits would only be valid on public land. HDs 411, 417, 426, 535 (new HD for 2022), 590, 702, 704 and 705 would be affected by this change.
  • Anyone with a general elk license would also be able to use it on private land as an either-sex elk only tag in the above eight districts. This change includes general archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons.
  • Early and late antlerless seasons would stay the same and only be valid for antlerless elk in the districts they are for.
“We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. We have to try something different. This proposal is a new strategy we can implement for two years and see if it has the desired effect – more elk harvest, better elk availability on public lands, fewer landowner conflicts, and elk at population objective,” said Worsech. “In some hunting districts, we have broad public tolerance or outright support for limited permits, and we want to keep those in place.”

By allowing different season types in multiple areas with similar issues (over objective with hunting valid only with limited either-sex permits), MFWP hopes to determine which strategy best keeps elk numbers manageable and moves more elk onto public land.

MFWP will propose these proposed changes during the Dec. 14 meeting of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to post all this information. Good reading even though I have no plans of hunting out West again. Never say never though. Could happen. To those that have not hunted out West all I can say is its a different world and all should experience it if they can make it happen.
 
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Thanks for taking the time to post all this information. Good reading even though I have no plans of hunting out West again. Never say never though. Could happen. To those that have not hunted out West all I can say is its a different world and all should experience it if they can make it happen.
You never know.....it may happen again.....;)
 

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Some of Montana's Hunt Planners(available on their website)- updated one application due date as well- have a great Christmas!

 

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North Dakota Recap of 2021 and thoughts on the 2022 season-

 

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Heads up.....Wyoming Elk Hunting Applications will start this coming Monday, January 3. You can access their site and apply accordingly!!! Good luck to those that apply.

Hunting applications open Jan. 3

All hunters must have a username and password for the Game and Fish user account to submit applications online.

CHEYENNE - For hunters, Jan. 3 is more notable than New Year’s Day. That’s when the Wyoming Game and Fish Department opens applications for six different big game species and wild turkey. All hunters must have a username and password for the Game and Fish user account to submit applications online.

Beginning at 8 a.m., resident and nonresident hunters can submit applications for elk, deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and spring wild turkey. The first deadline is Jan. 31 for nonresident elk and resident and nonresident spring wild turkey. It’s also the new deadline for the Wyoming Super Tag raffle.

For 2022 planning, hunters can use the Game and Fish Hunt Planner for estimating season dates. Tentative season information is available for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Elk, deer and antelope hunters can use prior season information for the best estimate. Final season information will be published May 1 with time for hunters to make modifications or withdraw applications. Read about more updates in the 2022 Hunting License Application Information.

Nonresident applicants for moose and bighorn sheep will need to elect to opt-in with their applications to be awarded a preference point if unsuccessful in the draw. They will not be automatically purchased if unsuccessful. Otherwise, unsuccessful applicants can apply for a point beginning in July.

Anyone with questions regarding hunting applications or the Game and Fish user account can call (307) 777-4600.

(Game & Fish - (307) 777-4600)

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Updated a few phone numbers and revised some dates-

Also added this link below which is also above under Montana Game and Fish, I want to point out their hunt planner page under Hunt at the top of their site. Once in the Hunt area, Go down to the bottom of the page and select the species you want to hunt to get the information you need. Easy to follow process on their website. They have done a nice job with that.

 

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Here is a short video of Moose in a snow storm in the Grand Teton National Park-it will help get us thru the winter. Would like to hunt them if drawn one day.


Enjoy these clips of bull moose sparring in a snowstorm near Grand Teton National Park. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/2jwNfv0 Watch more wildlife videos: http://bit.ly/3aJHpRI
 
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Added a few dates- Reminder on Wyoming Elk due at the end of this month.
 
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