2017 western hunting application deadlines

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It's hard to believe that we are already a week into December. This month means that application season is right around the corner and with that comes the hope of pulling a few great tags for 2017. 

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.

Dates and deadlines

Below is the tentative state application deadlines and the application strategy article release dates. These dates will be modified as the state releases more information. We release INSIDER Application Strategy articles two to three 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. Another benefit to our online presence is you will have access to the latest and best information possible to help you prepare for hunts. 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.

2017 Application Strategy article and state deadline calendar

State Species Strategy article
application deadlines
draw results posted
Idaho Deer & Elk OTC* NA See below
Alaska All species NA December 15 February 17
See 2017 results here
Wyoming Nonresident elk January 10 January 31 February 28
See 2017 results here
Arizona Elk, antelope January 27 February 14 March 23 - CCs hit
March 27 (Portal Account)
See 2017 results here
Wyoming Moose, sheep,
goat, bison
February 13 February 28 May 10
See 2017 results here
Utah All species Deer - Feb. 20
Elk & Antelope - Feb. 23
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 25
March 2 May 19 - CCs hit
May 23 - emails and results posted
See 2017 results here
Nevada Mule deer
guided draw
January 17 March 10 March 25
See 2017 results here
Montana Deer, elk March 1 March 15 April 18 (nonresident general)
April 20 (elk & deer permits)

See 2017 results here
New Mexico All species Elk, Deer, Antelope - Mar. 8
Sheep & exotics - Mar. 9
March 22 April 12
See 2017 results here
Utah Bonus Point NA March 16 NA
Colorado All species Deer - Mar. 17
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mar. 20
Elk , Antelope - Mar. 23
April 4 Sheep & goat: May 3
See 2017 results here
Deer, elk,
moose, antelope:
June 1
See 2017 results here
May 16 - Backdoor deer results
May 23 - Backdoor elk results

See how to get results here
Nevada All species March 31 - Deer, Elk, Antelope
April 4 - Sheep, Goat
April 17 May 26
See 2017 results here
Nevada Bonus Point NA April 24 NA
Kansas Nonresident deer NA April 28 June 1
See 2017 results here
Idaho Moose, sheep,
April 14 April 30 May 17
See 2017 results here
Iowa Whitetail NA June 4 June 24
Montana Moose, sheep,
goat, bison
April 18 May 1 June 12
See 2017 results here
Oregon All species May 7 - Deer, Elk
May 11 - Sheep, Mtn Goat,
May 15 June 15
See 2017 results here
Washington All species NA May 24 June 15 - Moose, sheep, goat
See 2017 results here
Wyoming Resident elk January 10 May 31 June 2
See 2017 results here
Wyoming Deer, antelope May 10 - Deer, Antelope May 31 June 22
See 2017 results here
Montana Antelope May 22 - Antelope June 1 August 1
California All species NA June 2 June 12
See 2017 results here
Idaho Deer, elk,
May 26 - Deer, Elk, Antelope June 5 June 27
See 2017 results here
Arizona Deer, sheep, bison June 1 - Deer, Sheep, Bison June 13 July 7 - CCs hit
July 17- (Portal Account)
See 2017 results here
Nevada Deer 2nd Draw NA June 26 July 14
See 2017 results here
Nevada All species bonus point NA July 3 NA
Idaho 2nd Controlled Draw NA August 15 August 23
See 2017 results here
Arizona Spring bison &
NA October 10 November 9
See 2018 results here

* December 1, 2016 is the first-day nonresidents can start to purchase deer and elk tags (except Sawtooth elk tags).

Bonus/preference point only deadlines

State Species State deadline
Utah All Species March 16
Kansas Whitetail April 28
Iowa Whitetail June 4
Montana All Species* July 3 to Sept. 30
Oregon All Species July 1 to Nov. 30
Wyoming Antelope, deer, elk,
rocky bighorn, moose
October 31

* New for 2017. Check out the article on Montana's new system here.

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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Our 2016 Application Strategy articles

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 2016 Application Strategy articles can be found below.

2016 INSIDER Application Strategy articles



2016 Arizona Elk and Antelope 2016 Colorado Deer
2016 Arizona Deer, Sheep, Bison 2016 Colorado Elk, Antelope
  2016 Colorado Sheep, Moose, Goat



2016 Idaho Sheep, Moose, Goat 2016 Kansas Deer
2016 Idaho Deer, Elk, Antelope  



2016 Montana Deer and Elk 2016 Nevada Mule Deer Guided Draw
2016 Montana Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison 2016 Nevada Deer, Elk, Antelope
2016 Montana Antelope 2016 Nevada Sheep and Goat

New Mexico


2016 New Mexico Elk, Deer, Antelope 2016 Utah Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2016 New Mexico Sheep and Exotics 2016 Utah Elk and Antelope
  2016 Utah Mule Deer


2016 Wyoming Elk
2016 Wyoming Sheep, Moose, Goat
2016 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 2017 research. 

Filtering 2.0

We now cover nine western states on INSIDER. 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

Last year we released Draw Odds to INSIDER. That launch was a major milestone for us and an incredible research tool for you. This year we're going a step further with our Draw Odds. Before the end of this year we will have updated 2017 Draw Odds available and you'll also be able to see year-over-year draw odd trends. This involved an update on both our standalone Draw Odds page as well as some changes to our Unit Profiles. On top of the new changes to Draw Odds, we also changed up our display for New Mexico odds to provide a cleaner approach.

Best of luck in the 2017 draws. Feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.


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