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Controlled Hunt Information

Thursday, February 11, 2016 

Controlled hunt is a term used to describe a hunt with a limited number of permits, as opposed to a general season, which allows unlimited numbers of hunters. Controlled hunts are often desirable because of location and/or timing. Success rates are usually higher in controlled hunts than general season hunts.

Controlled Hunt Application Periods
For The Following Tags / Permits:
Spring Bear
January 15 – February 15
Spring Turkey Permit
February 1 – March 1
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat April 1 – 30
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear, Fall Turkey May 1 – June 5
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat - *Second drawing if needed
— There was no 2nd drawing for 2015; all tags were issued. —
June 15 – 25
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear - *Second drawing if needed August 5 – 15
*Any tags remaining after the first drawing will be offered in a second drawing.

Note:  If you applied in 2015 for a 2016 controlled extra hunt for elk (hunt numbers: 2250, 2251, 2252 and 2253; for hunts starting January 1, 2016), you can't pick up the controlled hunt tag until December 1, 2015. You will need a license that is valid for the 2016 season.

Once you have purchased your 2016 license, contact the Fish and Game headquarters office or any regional office to be placed in the system to purchase the controlled hunt tag.

The August 1, 2015 purchase deadline does not apply to the 2016 extra elk hunts listed above
and the controlled hunt tag(s) will not be forfeited.

Purchase Licenses Here

Licenses, Tags, Permits:

There is a processing fee for applications made by phone and online (internet).

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Last Updated: June 23, 2015 
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