It’s time to see just how lucky you are. Idaho opened up the application period for the state’s one and only grizzly bear hunting tag last Friday. Only residents can apply. Interested applicants will have to pay a nonrefundable $16.75 application fee and prepay the cost of the tag, which is roughly $200; anyone with a 2017 hunting, fishing or trapping license receives a lower rate of $167, KTVB.com reports.
As goHUNT previously reported, in May, Idaho Fish and Game announced its decision to offer one tag to hunt a grizzly bear in a controlled hunt via a random drawing limited to Idaho residents only. The decision is a result of the successful recovery of grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the subsequent delisting of the animals. The delisting decision has been met with strong opposition from anti-hunting and environmental groups. Regardless, Wyoming will also hold a hunt this fall.
Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming allocate available hunting opportunity based on the proportion of land each state has within the Yellowstone demographic monitoring area (DMA) (excluding Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks where no hunting is allowed). Idaho has 8% of the land in the DMA and, in 2018, 8% of the total allowable mortality available for hunting represents one male grizzly bear.
The application deadline is July 15 and the tag will be drawn in August. The season will run Sept. 1 through Nov. 1. This is considered a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.