2018 western hunting application deadlines


2018 hunting application deadlines and draw results
Seth Webb with his 2017 Colorado mule deer. Photo credit: Brady Miller

We are already halfway through December and that means application season is right around the corner.

Dates and deadlines

Below is the tentative 2018 state application deadlines, application strategy article release dates and tentative draw result dates. These dates will be modified as each state releases more information. As of right now, they are based on previous years' deadlines by looking at what day of the week they are typically released or the even the exact calendar date they tend to follow.

We release INSIDER Application Strategy articles three to four weeks before the state deadlines. This gives you plenty of time to check out the new regulations, unit boundary changes, herd dieoff information and tag allocation changes before you try to draw your dream tag. The 2018 Draw Odds update will be made available the first part of January 2018. Another benefit to our online presence is you will have access to the latest and best information possible to help you prepare for hunts (we don't have to rush to publish tentative application information to meet print deadlines). Also, once an application strategy article is released, INSIDERs will be able to click on the date of release in the table below to view the entire application strategy. In the meantime, you can always access Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds to start your research ahead of when we publish each state's application strategy article.

Note: A lot of the draw result dates listed below are different than the typical ones the state publishes in their regulation booklets. The dates below are updated when the state released the deadline for 2018 and/or the exact day they released them in years past to give you a general guideline of when to expect the results. Most states go on a typical trend in releasing draw results and a lot of times they release them well before their listed date. That is why we list both the state claimed result date, and the actual result date.

2018 Application Strategy article publish date, state application deadlines and draw results

StateSpeciesStrategy article
application deadlines
Tentative state
draw results
IdahoDeer & Elk OTC*NASee below
AlaskaAll speciesNADecember 15February 16
See 2018 results here
South DakotaDeer Preference PointsNADecember 15NA
WyomingNonresident elkJanuary 4January 31February 22
See 2018 results here
ArizonaElk, antelopeElk - January 17
Antelope - January 24
January 30 (paper)
February 13 (online)
March 2, 2018 - CCs were hit
March 8 - (Portal Account results)
See 2018 results here
WyomingMoose, sheep,
goat, bison
February 3February 282018 date: May 10 @ 9 a.m. PST
See 2018 results here
UtahAll speciesElk & Antelope - Feb. 7
Deer - Feb. 12
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 14
March 1State claims: May 31, 2018
May 9, 2018 - CCs were hit
May 11, 2018 - Emails sent
NevadaMule deer
guided draw
January 23March 92018 date: March 23
(state emailed results)
MontanaDeer, elkDeer - February 16
Elk - February 20
March 152018 date: April 23 @ 4 p.m. PST
See 2018 results here
UtahBonus PointNAMarch 15NA
New MexicoAll speciesDeer - Feb. 26
Elk - Feb. 28
Sheep - Mar. 6
Antelope &
exotics - Mar. 7
March 212018 date: April 18 @ 9a.m. PST
See 2018 results here
North DakotaBighorn Sheep, Elk, MooseNAMarch 28
Extended to March 30
ColoradoAll speciesDeer - Mar. 10
Elk, Antelope - Mar. 16
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mar. 22
April 3Sheep & goat
2018 date: May 4
See 2018 results here
Deer, elk, moose, antelope:
2018 date: June 5
See 2018 results here
South DakotaSpecial BuckNAApril 14**
NevadaAll speciesDeer - Mar. 26
Elk - Mar. 27
Sheep, Goat, Antelope - April 3
April 162018 date: May 25
See 2018 results here
NevadaBonus PointNAApril 23NA
KansasNonresident deerNAApril 272018 date: May 19
See 2018 results here
IdahoMoose, sheep,
April 13April 302018 date: June 8
See 2018 results here
MontanaMoose, sheep,
goat, bison
April 11May 12018 date: June 18
See 2018 results here
OregonAll speciesElk, Antelope - Apr. 24
Sheep, Mtn Goat - Apr. 25
Deer - April 30
May 152018 date: June 20
See 2018 results here
South DakotaSheep, goatNAMay 182018 date: June 4
See 2018 results here
South DakotaElkNAMay 232018 date: June 4
See 2018 results here
WashingtonAll speciesNAMay 232018 date: June 21
See 2018 results here
WyomingResident elkJanuary 1May 31June 22
See 2018 results here
WyomingDeer, antelopeDeer, Antelope - May 8May 312018 date: June 21
See 2018 results here
MontanaAntelopeAntelope - May 3June 12018 archery result date: July 16
See 2018 results here
Rifle result date: Aug. 9 in 2018
CaliforniaAll speciesDeer, Antelope - May 24
Elk, Sheep - May 25
June 22018 date: June 13
See 2018 results here
IowaWhitetailNAJune 32018 date: June 23
See 2018 results here
IdahoDeer, elk,
Deer - May 11
Elk, Antelope - May 18
June 5
State changed to June 7
2018 date: July 6
See 2018 results here
North DakotaDeerNAJune 6**
ArizonaDeer, sheep, bisonDeer, Sheep, Bison - May 17May 8 (paper)
June 12 (online)
2018 date: July 5 (Portal Account)
June 29, 2018 
- CCs hit
See 2018 results here
NevadaDeer 2nd DrawJune 20June 252018 date: July 19, 2018
See 2018 results here
WyomingLeftover Deer, Elk,
June 25June 292018 date: July 12
See 2018 results here
MontanaNonresident alternate listMay 19June 302018 date: July 2
See 2018 results here
NevadaAll species bonus pointNAJuly 2NA
South DakotaDeerNAJuly 14July 26
IdahoGrizzly bearJune 26July 152018 date: July 20
WyomingGrizzly bearJune 26July 162018 date: July 26
See 2018 results here
WyomingLeftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope (first come, first served)
NANAAvailable after July 16
North DakotaAntelopeNAAugust 82018 date: August 6
South DakotaAntelopeNAAugust 17Late August
Idaho2nd Controlled DrawNAAugust 152018 date: August 25
South DakotaDeer (East River
Resident), Muzzleloader
NAAugust 31September 14
ArizonaSpring bison, bear &
NASeptember 11: Paper
October 9: Online
2018 date: November 1
See 2018 results here

* December 1, 2017 was the first-day nonresidents can start to purchase deer and elk tags (except Sawtooth elk tags).

Bonus/preference point only deadlines

StateSpeciesState deadline
South DakotaDeerDecember 15
UtahAll SpeciesMarch 15
NevadaAll SpeciesApril 23
KansasWhitetailApril 27
IowaWhitetailJune 3
MontanaAll SpeciesJuly 1 to Sept. 30
OregonAll SpeciesJuly 1 to Nov. 30
WyomingAntelope, deer, elk,
rocky bighorn, moose
October 31

You can also see all of the important western hunting deadlines on our INSIDER Basecamp page. That is sort of like your INSIDER "homepage." You can find a quick link to Basecamp in the upper right-hand corner of the screen if you click on the INSIDER button. We keep that page updated with all the latest dates and deadlines.

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Reviewing Our Old 2017 Application Strategy Articles

The best way to gain an understanding of how a state’s draw system works is to pay close attention to our Application Strategy Articles that are available from January through May. These articles are strategically released to coincide with upcoming hunt application deadlines across the states that we cover.

If you’re unfamiliar with our Application Strategy articles, you will quickly realize we do things a little differently. These application strategy articles are focused on how you can gain an edge on trophy units as well as over-the-counter units and they provide important tables, charts, and graphics to help you understand key information.

Another great tactic this time of year is to review our old Application Strategy articles. This can be especially useful if you're thinking about applying in a new state. All of the links to the old 2017 Application Strategy articles can be found below.

2017 INSIDER Application Strategy articles



2017 Arizona Elk and Antelope2017 Colorado Deer
2017 Arizona Deer, Sheep, Bison2017 Colorado Elk, Antelope
 2017 Colorado Sheep, Moose, Goat



2017 Idaho Sheep, Moose, Goat2017 Montana Deer and Elk
2017 Idaho Deer, Elk, Antelope2017 Montana Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
 2017 Montana Antelope


New Mexico

2017 Nevada Mule Deer Guided Draw2017 New Mexico Elk, Deer, Antelope
2017 Nevada Deer, Elk, Antelope2017 New Mexico Sheep and Exotics
2017 Nevada Sheep and Goat 



2017 Oregon Deer and Elk2017 Utah Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2017 Oregon Sheep, Goat, Antelope2017 Utah Elk and Antelope
 2017 Utah Mule Deer


2017 Wyoming Elk
2017 Wyoming Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2017 Wyoming Deer and Antelope

Application season can be very overwhelming and we try to keep it simple with an easy to follow schedule of article release dates. Some of the Application Strategy articles are released within a small window, but that is done to ensure we are providing the best possible information to our users. Different states release their regulations and herd information at tight windows to the application deadline. So we strive to release these articles with all the information possible. One of the best supplements to our Application Strategy articles is Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds. Both are always available for you to start your 2018 research. 

Filtering 2.0

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Filtering 2.0 tools example. You can learn more about Filtering 2.0 here.

We now cover nine western states on INSIDER (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming). The Filtering 2.0 tool is an industry first that provides you with the ability to search for hunt choices that meet your criteria. You can filter by state, species, season, weapon type, trophy potential, draw odds, dates of availability, harvest success and male:female ratios. In addition, you can search for over-the-counter only options if desired. This is revolutionary in helping you to take literally thousands of unit choices and quickly narrow it down to only a few. Think of the time and money this potentially saves you each year! 

Draw Odds

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A blurred out sample of Draw Odds on INSIDER.

We are actively testing our 2018 Draw Odds and we expect them to go live around January 1. We will not only have updated odds available, but you'll also be able to see year-over-year draw odd trends.

Best of luck in the 2018 draws. Feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.

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