Deer General Short-Range Weapon Season

Unit 53

10/10/2013 - 11/6/2013

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Either-sex Mule and White-tailed Deer
Either sex may be taken.
Archery, Muzzleloader, or Shotgun ONLY.

  • Motorized Hunting Rule (MHR): Motorized vehicle use as an aid to hunting for wildlife is restricted to established roadways open to motorized vehicle traffic capable of travel by full-sized automobiles. A full-size automobile shall be defined as any motorized vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in excess of 1,500 lbs. Find out more information about hunting with ATVs and the Motor Hunting Restriction at

That portion of Unit 53 west of U.S. Highway 93. The rest of Unit 53 is controlled hunt only.

Locator Map of Hunt Area in Idaho
Hunt Area Legend Key Item Hunt Area Location
Photos provided by Panoramio are under the copyright of their owners.

Hunt Area

Unit 53
All of Unit 53. Area Size: 2,352,850 acres
Map Options
KMZ Download Download KMZ (Google Earth) file of this hunt for your GPS Unit.
Map Open the Interactive MapCenter to explore this map.
Map of Hunt Area
More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 53


No historical hunts resemble this hunt or harvest statistics are not currently available for this opportunity.

Tags, Permits & Fees

Resident Tags, Permits, and Fees

  • Adult Deer Tag $19.75 2013
  • Jr./Sr./DAV Deer Tag $10.75 2013

NonResident Tags, Permits, and Fees

  • Junior Mentored Deer Tag $23.75 2013
  • Adult Deer Tag $301.75 2013

A valid hunting license is required.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Landscape Characteristics and Access

Surface Management

For government land, these data show the managing agency of the land, which may or not be the same as the owning agency.

Graph illustrating 32.05 percent Private 32.05%
Graph illustrating 14.33 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 14.33%
Graph illustrating 1.64 percent State of Idaho 1.64%
Graph illustrating 1.37 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 1.37%
Graph illustrating 0.5 percent Other 0.5%
Graph illustrating 0.11 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge 0.11%
Graph illustrating 0.01 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 0.01%

Make your own map of Unit 53
Land management via Inside Idaho

Access Yes! Properties

Access Yes! is Fish and Game program designed to improve hunting and fishing access to private land or through private land to public land by compensating willing landowners who provide access.

No properties are currently available in this hunt area.
View all Access Yes Participants.

Forest Service Land

Check for road and area closures on National Forest websites

No National Forest lands overlap this hunt area.

Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.

There are no wilderness areas in this hunt.

Land Use/Land Cover

Graph illustrating 18.93% Rangeland 18.93 %
Graph illustrating 17.04% Irrigated-Gravity Flow 17.04 %
Graph illustrating 11.68% Irrigated-Sprinkler 11.68 %
Graph illustrating 0.89% Riparian 0.89 %
Graph illustrating 0.63% Urban 0.63 %
Graph illustrating 0.43% Water 0.43 %
Graph illustrating 0.35% Dryland Agriculture 0.35 %
Graph illustrating 0.05% Forest 0.05 %
Make your own map of Unit 53
1990 Land Use/Land Cover based on Anderson et al scheme via Idaho Department of Water Resources


Lodging, Camping, Restaurants & Other Services

Services courtesy of the Official Idaho Travel and Tourism Guide