Idaho Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


Idaho isn’t just known for it’s potatoes, but also its prosperous hunting. The Gem State offers plenty of hunting to keep avid hunters happy — including deer, elk, bear and mountain lion. Small game are also aplenty.

Hunting in Idaho is managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. For more information on purchasing licenses, specific hunting regulations or other details, visit the department’s website.

 

 

Big Game Seasons

General Deer Season Oct. 10-Dec. 1*
General Elk Season August-December*
Pronghorn Season Controlled hunts run
Aug-Sept. 15 in some areas*
Sept. 25-Oct. 24 in most areas*
Black Bear Fall controlled hunts: Aug. 30-Nov. 30 in most areas*

Spring controlled hunts: Apr. 15-June 30 in most areas*

Mountain Lion Aug. 30-June 30*

*Dates vary greatly region and type of animal since Idaho relies on wildlife management units to control hunting and populations. Many of Idaho’s big game hunts are managed, controlled hunts to prevent overpopulation; these hunts require specialty permits. For specific details on hunting dates and regulations in your area, visit the visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.


Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Season Sept. 15-Dec. 31*
Spring Youth Hunt Apr. 8-14
Spring Season Apr. 15-May. 25

*Dates vary greatly region and type of animal since Idaho relies on wildlife management units to control hunting and populations. For specific details on hunting dates and regulations in your area, visit the visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.


Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit Aug. 30-Feb. 28
Snowshoe Hare Aug. 30-Mar. 31
Pygmy Rabbit Closed
Forest Grouse Aug. 30-Jan. 31
California and Bobwhite Quail Sept. 17-Jan. 31
Chukar and Gray Partridge Sept. 17-Jan. 31
Sharp-tailed Grouse Oct. 1-31
Pheasants Oct. 8-Dec. 31*

*Dates may vary in some regions.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Idaho hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.