3 April April is the Time to Apply for Trophy Species Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Mountain Goat April 3, 2015By George McQuiston Announcements, General Information, Guided Hunts Guided Hunts 0 Beginning April 1 you can apply for what Idaho terms as “trophy species” including bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose. As much as I disdain having to draw for any hunting opportunity, these 3 species are rare enough that it is impossible to maintain a healthy herd AND offer an over the counter opportunity, so they regulate through a drawing process. The beauty, and yes I did say beauty, of Idaho’s draw system is that everyone has the same chance of drawing. There is not a bonus point system which really levels the playing field when it comes to draw hunts. If you are hunting with us or any other outfitter, you will already have your license which is required to be purchased before applying, you may want to go ahead and apply this year. Again, you have the same odds of drawing as the next guy. Contact us if you would like information on hunting or applying for these trophy species. Related Posts Don’t be a fool this April 1. Get out and hunt Idaho spring bears and apply for a trophy species. April 1 is the beginning of a lot of cool things here in Idaho. It is the official beginning day of the backcountry spring bear seasons and it is the day to begin the application process for Idaho trophy species. Idaho defines trophy species as Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats and Moose. If you have the desire to hunt one of these species in Idaho this year, it is time to put in your application. Your application can be done online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/ or if you are in Idaho, you can visit your local license vendor. If you have never applied and are curious about some of the better spots to apply, feel free to Contact Us and we will share with you what we know about what is available. We outfit and guide in area 27 and there are a couple of different sheep options, but there is only 1 moose tag. This moose hunt is tough as the area is huge and the moose are very elusive. Kelly and I have been lucky enough to draw that tag in the very recent years and we both were able to harvest pretty nice representative Shiras Bull Moose. This is not a trophy area by large antler measures, but can be a very cool hunt as we can combine with an elk and deer hunt to make it an “ultimate ungulate hunt”! The odds of drawing this hunt are very good as last year only 4 hunters applied for that 1 tag. Those odds are almost as good as drawing a cow elk tag! So, if a moose is on your bucket list and you wouldn’t mind hunting elk and deer along with it, Contact Us and let’s visit about getting you in the drawing. This winter was a deep and long one, so if you have cabin fever as we do and are excitedly watching the winters’ snow inch its way up the mountainside, it’s time to start really planning for your fall hunts and get out and possibly get in your first or fiftieth Idaho Spring Bear. Either way, get out and enjoy our wonderful public lands. See you in the woods! April is the Time to Apply for Trophy Species in Idaho If you are considering hunting Mountain Goat, Moose or Bighorn Sheep in Idaho, April is the time to apply. Applications are being accepted now and run through the end of the month. Good luck in the draw and happy hunting! Idaho Trophy Species Applications are Being Accepted If you have ever wanted to hunt bighorn sheep, moose or mountain goat in the great state of Idaho, April is the time to apply for those hunts. Remember Idaho does not have a points system, so everyone is on equal footing when they apply for these coveted tags. I have been told that mathematically even without the point system you have better odds of drawing one of these trophy species in Idaho than in any other state so, if you have questions on where to apply here in Idaho for moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goat or even just questions about the process, please feel free to contact us . Good luck in the draw! Don’t be a fooled this April 1st April 1st is a very important day in the life of an Idaho hunter. It is the first day you can put in for trophy species bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat as well as, my favorite day, the first day of the spring 2016 backcountry bear hunting season. Applications for bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat begin April 1 and run through April 30 so don’t delay in getting your application in if you want a chance at any of these. Remember Idaho does NOT have a point system (a good thing in my mind) so everyone is on equal footing in the draw process. And you will certainly never hunt a sheep, moose or mountain goat if you don’t apply! Spring bear season is one of my favorite times of year. It is a sure cure for cabin fever and a good time to log some saddle time on the old steeds we have been feeding all winter and is also a good time to start our young mules and colts. Think about it, if they have a come apart and scatter a little bear bait, I figure it is better than scattering me! The backcountry units start about 15 days earlier than the front range seasons do, offering the hunter who is willing to work a little hard to access the backcountry a 2 week extended season along with, in most cases, a chance at 2 bears to boot! This spring may a bit interesting as there is still plenty of snow in the high country. Grass is starting to grow already in the low country, but you generally have to climb some pretty high passes to get into the backcountry, so access may be a bit extra challenging this spring! So whether it is spring bear hunting or bighorn sheep on your mind don’t be a fool, get off the couch and either apply for a trophy tag or go hunting…or both! We are always happy to visit with you about best options for trophy species or simply talk hunting, so contact us if you have any questions. See you in the woods! Time to Apply for Elk and Deer Tags in those OTHER States As fond as I am of all the opportunities there are to hunt in the great state of Idaho, I am the first to recognize that true hunter/sportsmen and women are always “in search of new adventure” or wanting to “explore new horizons” so they apply for hunts in multiple states in search of that elusive tag that comes with promises of trophy quality elk and deer. If we are all being honest with each other, even I APPLY in other states, but always hunt my home state of Idaho…mostly because I can’t draw a tag either! It is once again round 1 of hunting season also known as “application season”. Wyoming elk applications end January 31st with results by February 28 and Utah begins its application process on January 29 and ends March 5 with results due out by May 29. So be sure to mark in your calendar for the day you open your results envelope or email and it simply says “unsuccessful” that Idaho still has over the counter, OTC, tags and many outfitters have guaranteed elk tags so all is not lost for your 2015 hunting season if you don’t draw your “first choice” hunt. Good luck in the applications and draws and happy hunting this year! Time to put in for some Idaho Spring Controlled Hunts Most people know my passion for Idaho is the fact we have over the counter (OTC) tags, but in certain areas and with certain species controlled hunts are needed for better control of wildlife management. Now is the time to put in for Idaho spring bear controlled hunts…that is if you are not choosing to hunt a general season area. The application period is January 15-February 15. Applications are due for spring turkey controlled hunts February 1-March 1. Applications can be made at any Idaho Fish and Game license vendor or on line at IDFG website. Good luck in the draw and hope to see many of you enjoying all that Idaho has to offer! Comment (0) Comments are closed.