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

StateSpeciesStrategy article
application deadlines
draw results posted
IdahoDeer & Elk OTC*NASee below
AlaskaAll speciesNADecember 15February 17
See 2017 results here
WyomingNonresident elkJanuary 10January 31February 28
See 2017 results here
ArizonaElk, antelopeJanuary 27February 14March 23 - CCs hit
March 27 (Portal Account)
See 2017 results here
WyomingMoose, sheep,
goat, bison
February 13February 28May 10
See 2017 results here
UtahAll speciesDeer - Feb. 20
Elk & Antelope - Feb. 23
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 25
March 2May 19 - CCs hit
May 23 - emails and results posted
See 2017 results here
NevadaMule deer
guided draw
January 17March 10March 25
See 2017 results here
MontanaDeer, elkMarch 1March 15April 18 (nonresident general)
April 20 (elk & deer permits)

See 2017 results here
New MexicoAll speciesElk, Deer, Antelope - Mar. 8
Sheep & exotics - Mar. 9
March 22April 12
See 2017 results here
UtahBonus PointNAMarch 16NA
ColoradoAll speciesDeer - Mar. 17
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mar. 20
Elk , Antelope - Mar. 23
April 4Sheep & 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
NevadaAll speciesMarch 31 - Deer, Elk, Antelope
April 4 - Sheep, Goat
April 17May 26
See 2017 results here
NevadaBonus PointNAApril 24NA
KansasNonresident deerNAApril 28June 1
See 2017 results here
IdahoMoose, sheep,
April 14April 30May 17
See 2017 results here
IowaWhitetailNAJune 4June 24
MontanaMoose, sheep,
goat, bison
April 18May 1June 12
See 2017 results here
OregonAll speciesMay 7 - Deer, Elk
May 11 - Sheep, Mtn Goat,
May 15June 15
See 2017 results here
WashingtonAll speciesNAMay 24June 15 - Moose, sheep, goat
See 2017 results here
WyomingResident elkJanuary 10May 31June 2
See 2017 results here
WyomingDeer, antelopeMay 10 - Deer, AntelopeMay 31June 22
See 2017 results here
MontanaAntelopeMay 22 - AntelopeJune 1August 1
CaliforniaAll speciesNAJune 2June 12
See 2017 results here
IdahoDeer, elk,
May 26 - Deer, Elk, AntelopeJune 5June 27
See 2017 results here
ArizonaDeer, sheep, bisonJune 1 - Deer, Sheep, BisonJune 13July 7 - CCs hit
July 17- (Portal Account)
See 2017 results here
NevadaDeer 2nd DrawNAJune 26July 14
See 2017 results here
NevadaAll species bonus pointNAJuly 3NA
Idaho2nd Controlled DrawNAAugust 15August 23
See 2017 results here
ArizonaSpring bison &
NAOctober 10November 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

StateSpeciesState deadline
UtahAll SpeciesMarch 16
KansasWhitetailApril 28
IowaWhitetailJune 4
MontanaAll Species*July 3 to Sept. 30
OregonAll SpeciesJuly 1 to Nov. 30
WyomingAntelope, 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 Antelope2016 Colorado Deer
2016 Arizona Deer, Sheep, Bison2016 Colorado Elk, Antelope
 2016 Colorado Sheep, Moose, Goat



2016 Idaho Sheep, Moose, Goat2016 Kansas Deer
2016 Idaho Deer, Elk, Antelope 



2016 Montana Deer and Elk2016 Nevada Mule Deer Guided Draw
2016 Montana Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison2016 Nevada Deer, Elk, Antelope
2016 Montana Antelope2016 Nevada Sheep and Goat

New Mexico


2016 New Mexico Elk, Deer, Antelope2016 Utah Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2016 New Mexico Sheep and Exotics2016 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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