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Last Chance for Idaho Controlled Hunt Tags


Time is running out to apply for elk, deer, and pronghorn controlled hunts in Idaho—the deadline being June 5th. Idaho does not use a bonus/preference point system for controlled hunts, so you have just as good of a chance at drawing a tag as anyone else. All residents and nonresidents need to apply is a general hunting license and pay an application fee of $6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents, per species. The cost of the tag is not paid for until after you have drawn. If successful you will be notified by July 10, and the tag must be purchased by August 1. That’s a pretty fair deal, comparatively speaking.

Castle Creek Outfitters operates in the Salmon B elk-hunting zone, where there are no controlled-hunt elk tags as they are sold over the counter. This year however, nonresident elk tags for Salmon B sold out in just 3 days (Dec. 1–3, 2019), and resident tags sold out within a week of that. Castle Creek Outfitters still has some “outfitter allocated” elk tags left for Salmon B, which are obtainable directly from the outfitter. These offer you the opportunity for a great hunt without having to gamble for controlled-hunt tags. Unit 28 does have an excellent, late-season, controlled-hunt for mule deer, which runs all the way through the rut in November.

This is a highly sought-after tag with only 5 resident and 1 nonresident tags available. Fortunately, for us at Castle Creek Outfitters, we are in possession of the 1 nonresident tag and are able to guide the hunter who chooses to purchase it through us. So, if you or someone you know is in the market for a high quality mule deer hunt in November, contact us and let’s put together a hunt to remember!

If you can hunt the first week in November and choose to, we can add an elk tag to that hunt and make it a combo!

For detailed information and statistics on Idaho controlled hunts click on this link: https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game

Good hunting,

Joe Cavanaugh

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