ID announces sale of 142 tags for elk, mule deer and antelope


Elk Bugle
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Alert: Thriving elk herds, rebounding mule deer, and record pronghorn antelope across Idaho equals more hunting opportunities as 142 controlled hunt tags go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. Mountain time. Tags will be available at all Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) offices, license vendors and online at

Surveys conducted last winter showed an increase in elk cow-calf ratios for sections of North Idaho, particularly among prized herds in the St. Joe region, after several years of steady decline. Mild winters have also played a positive role in herd growth among mule deer and antelope. In fact, mule deer herds have seen a dramatic increase with an overall growth of 20% and a 78% increase in mule deer fawn survival.

Not only is Idaho one of the second highest producing states for both typical and nontypical bucks, according to B&C record books, but it also has some of the best archery units available for elk hunting during controlled hunt tags. It is also home to a plethora of antelope -- many that reach 75” or more.  If you want to unlock more about hunting elk, mule deer and antelope in Idaho, check out the 2015 strategy piece covering everything from herd conditions to trophys by unit. Tags are available for the following controlled hunts:

Deer:  1028, 1085, 1088, 1089
Elk:  2052, 2057, 2082, 2117, 2140, 2184
Pronghorn:  4029, 4031, 4033, 4035, 4036, 4041, 4046



Free Trial
INSIDER Free Trial
Free Sample Unit Profile