2019 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines

2019 Western hunting big game application deadlines

2018 Colorado mule deer. Photo credit: Chris Neville

It's already that time of year again... application season! 

2019 dates and deadlines

In the table below you will find the tentative 2019 state application deadlines, application strategy article release dates and tentative draw result dates. These dates will be modified as each state releases more information. Currently, they are based on previous years' deadlines by looking at what day of the week they are typically released or even the exact calendar date they tend to follow.

If you're new to goHUNT, we release state-by-state INSIDER Application Strategy Articles three to four weeks before each state deadline. We feel this is the perfect length of time for you to check out the new for 2019 regulations, unit boundary changes, herd dieoff information, and tag allocation changes before you try to draw your dream tag. Keep in mind, that you can always research for your upcoming season by utilizing our Filtering 2.0 tools well before we release each state's application strategy article. The 2019 Draw Odds update will be made available the first part of January 2019.

Another benefit to our online presence is you will have access to the latest and best information possible to help you prepare for hunts (we don't have to rush to publish tentative application information to meet print deadlines). 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 article.

Note on draw result dates

Waiting on draw results can seem to take forever! And we understand that. Currently, the draw result dates are each based on when the 2018 results were released. As application season starts cranking up, I'll run through each state and provide either a concrete result date that we receive from the state or a result date based on the yearly trend of the states. Each year we get questions on why our draw result release dates don't exactly match up with what you might find in the regulations. But... our results dates listed are actually more accurate based on how some states release their draw odds early every year. The dates below are updated when the state released the deadline for 2018 and/or the exact day they released them in years past to give you a general guideline of when to expect the results. Most states go on a typical trend in releasing draw results and a lot of times they release them well before their listed date. That is why once regulations start to pour in, we will list both the state claimed draw result date, and the actual result date from the year before.

Also, tentative application deadlines are used until each state release their 2019 regulations. So for example, in 2019, Arizona's application deadline will be February 12 because their application deadline is always the second Tuesday in February. Nevada is typically the third Monday in April, etc.

2019 Application Strategy article publish date, state application deadlines and draw results

State Species Strategy article
released
State
application deadlines
(bold are state approved dates)
State draw
result dates
Idaho Deer & Elk OTC* NA See below
table
NA
South Dakota Deer Preference Points NA December 15 NA
Alaska All species NA December 17 2019 draw result release date:
Feb. 15

See 2019 results here
South Dakota Deer (archery), Youth NA January 1 NA
Wyoming Nonresident elk Jan. 8 January 31 2019 draw result release date:
Feb. 21 @ 10:00am MST

See 2019 results here
Arizona Elk, antelope Elk - Jan. 19
Antelope - Jan. 22
January 15 (paper)
February 12 (online)
2019 CC hit date: March 1
2019 date: March 8 - (Portal Account results)
Oregon Black bear NA February 10 2019 draw result release date:
Feb. 20
New Mexico Black bear NA February 13 --
Utah Black bear NA February 25 2019 draw result release date:
March 6
Arizona CC Update Deadline
(elk, antelope) 
NA February 28 --
Wyoming Moose, sheep,
goat, bison
All species - Feb. 11 February 28 2019 date: May 9 @ 9 a.m. PST
See your 2019 results here
Utah Mule deer, antelope, elk, sheep,
moose, mountain goat
(all species)
Elk & Antelope - Feb. 18
Deer - Feb. 24
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 28
March 7 2019 CC hit date: May 10
2019 results date: May 13 - Emails sent
Nevada Mule deer
guided draw
Feb. 14 March 11 2019 draw result release date: March 28
(results were emailed)
Montana Deer, elk Elk - Feb. 13
Deer - Feb. 20
March 15 2019 draw result release date:
April 22
See 2019 results here
New Mexico Guided draw
(all species)
Feb. 27 March 20 2019 result release date: April 17
See 2019 results here
New Mexico All species Deer/Elk - Mar. 10
Sheep/antelope - Mar. 6
Exotics - Mar. 15
March 20 2019 result release date: April 17
See 2019 results here
Utah Bonus Point NA March 21 NA
North Dakota Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Moose NA March 27 2019 result release date (elk & moose:
April 18

See 2019 results here
Colorado Mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, antelope,
bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat
Deer - Mar. 11
Elk, Antelope - Mar. 20
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mar. 26
April 2 Sheep & goat
2019 result release date: May 3
See 2019 results here

Deer, elk, moose, antelope:
2019 result release date: June 5
See 2019 results here
South Dakota Special Buck NA April 12 **
Kansas Nonresident deer Utilize Filtering 2.0 and
Draw Odds for hunt research
April 26 2019 draw result release date: May 27
See 2019 results here
Nevada All species Deer - April 3
Elk & Antelope - April 7
Sheep, Goat - April 16
April 29 2019 draw result release date: May 24
See 2019 results here
Idaho Moose, sheep,
goat
April 9 April 30 2019 draw result release date:
May 17

See 2019 results here
Montana Moose, sheep,
goat, bison
April 19 May 1 2019 draw result release date: June 17
See 2019 results here
Nevada Bonus Point/App Modify NA May 6 NA
Oregon All species Deer - May 2
Elk, Antelope - May 5
Sheep, Mtn Goat -  May 9
May 15 2019 draw result date: June 19
See 2019 results here
South Dakota Elk, sheep, goat NA May 22 2018 date: June 4
Washington All species Utilize Filtering 2.0 and
Draw Odds for hunt research
May 22 2019 draw result date: June 13
See 2019 results here
Wyoming Resident elk Jan 8 May 31 2019 draw result date: June 20
See 2019 results here
Wyoming Deer, antelope Deer, Antelope - May 15 May 31 2019 draw result date: June 20
See 2019 results here
Montana Antelope, Deer B, Elk B,
Antelope B
Antelope - May 9 June 1 2019 archery result date: July 15
See 2019 results here
2019 rifle result date: Aug. 8
See 2019 results here
California All species Elk, Sheep - May 23
Deer, Antelope - May 24
June 2 2019 draw result date: June 11
See 2019 results here
Iowa Whitetail NA June 2 2019 draw result date: June 21
Idaho Deer, elk,
antelope
Deer - May 17
Antelope - May 22
Elk - May 22
June 5 2019 draw result date: June 25
See 2019 results here
North Dakota Deer NA June 5 2019 draw result date: June 25
See 2019 results here
Arizona Deer, sheep, bison Deer, Sheep, Bison - May 20 May 14 (paper)
June 11 (online)
2019 date: July 5 (Portal Account)
See 2019 results here
Kansas Kansas Elk, Antelope & Resident Deer
Application Deadline
Utilize Filtering 2.0 and
Draw Odds for hunt research
June 14 --
South Dakota Deer Muzzleloader, West River, East River, Black Hills
Custer State Park, NWR Deer
NA June 14 - paper
June 19 by 8 a.m. CDT online
2019 draw result date: June 27
See 2019 results here
Utah Antlerless NA June 20 July 11, 2019
Nevada Deer 2nd Draw Mid June June 24 2019 draw result date: July 12
See 2019 results here
Wyoming Leftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope
June 20 June 24 - June 28 2019 result date: July 11
See 2019 results here
Montana Nonresident alternate list May 15 June 30 2019 result date: July 10
See your number on the list here
Nevada Second draw points*** NA July 1 NA
Idaho Grizzly bear Not approved for 2019 Not approved for 2019 Not approved for 2019
Wyoming Grizzly bear Not approved for 2019 Not approved for 2019 Not approved for 2019
Wyoming Leftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope (first come, first served)
NA NA Available after July 15, 2019
Utah Utah leftover general deer, elk and youth June 12 NA Available on July 16, 2019
Nevada First come, first served NA NA Available July 22, 2019
Arizona Leftover mule deer, coues deer, javelina July 8 NA Available July 22, 2019
See article for more info
North Dakota Resident only 2nd deer drawing NA July 24 --
South Dakota 2nd draw for East River,
West River, Refuge Deer
NA Paper: July 26
Online: July 31
--
Arizona First-come-first-served leftover tags available July 8 NA Available July 29
Colorado Leftover deer, elk, antelope July 31 NA Available starting August 6
See article for more info
North Dakota Antelope NA August 7 2019 result date: August 14
South Dakota Antelope - Firearm NA August 9 August 15
Montana Surplus 900-20 antelope, antlerless deer and elk Aug. 5 Starting August 12 NA
Idaho 2nd Controlled Draw Aug. 2 August 15 2019 result date: August 22
See 2019 results here
Arizona Spring bison, bear &
javelina
NA October 8: Online ONLY 2019 date: Oct. 30 (portal account)

* December 1, 2018 was the first day that nonresidents could start to purchase deer and elk tags (except Sawtooth elk tags).
** Note: I've included some states that we currently don't cover on INSIDER for reference.
*** During Nevada's second draw, you can pick up points only for the species with hunts available in the second draw.

 

Bonus/preference point only deadlines

State Species State deadline
South Dakota Deer December 15
Utah All Species March 21
Nevada All Species April 29*
May 6*
July 1*
Kansas Whitetail April 26
Iowa Whitetail June 2
Montana All Species July 1 to Sept. 30
Oregon All Species July 1 to Nov. 30
Wyoming Antelope, deer, elk,
rocky bighorn, moose
July 1 to Oct. 31

* Nevada technically has three periods when you can purchase points; April 29 when the main draw closes, May 6 when the bonus point application/application withdrawal period closes and July 1 when the Second Draw closes. During Nevada's second draw period and July 1 deadline, you can pick up points only for the species with hunts available in the second draw.

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, deadlines and important INSIDER information.

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Reviewing Our Old 2018 Application Strategy Articles

One of the best ways to always stay up to speed on everything hunting research-based is to gain an understanding of how a state’s draw system works through our Application Strategy Articles that are available from January through June. 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'll quickly realize we do things a little differently. These application strategy articles are focused on helping you to 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 for finding the best unit that meets your individual needs.

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 old 2018 Application Strategy articles can be found below.

2018 INSIDER Application Strategy articles

Arizona

California

2018 Arizona Elk 2018 California Deer and Antelope
2018 Arizona Antelope 2018 California Elk and Sheep
2018 Arizona Deer, Sheep, Bison  
 

Colorado

Idaho

2018 Colorado Deer 2018 Idaho Sheep, Moose, Goat
2018 Colorado Elk, Antelope 2018 Idaho Deer
2018 Colorado Sheep, Moose, Goat 2018 Idaho Elk and Antelope
  2018 Idaho Grizzly Bear

Montana

Nevada

2018 Montana Deer 2018 Nevada Mule Deer Guided Draw
2018 Montana Elk 2018 Nevada Mule Deer
2018 Montana Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison 2018 Nevada Elk
2018 Montana Antelope 2018 Nevada Sheep, Mtn Goat, Antelope
 

New Mexico

Oregon

2018 New Mexico Deer 2018 Oregon Elk and Antelope
2018 New Mexico Elk 2018 Oregon Sheep and Mountain Goat
2018 New Mexico Sheep 2018 Oregon Deer
2018 New Mexico Antelope & Exotics  
 

Utah

Wyoming

2018 Utah Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison 2018 Wyoming Elk
2018 Utah Elk and Antelope 2018 Wyoming Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2018 Utah Mule Deer 2018 Wyoming Deer and Antelope
  2018 Wyoming Grizzly Bear

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 2019 western hunting research right now. 

Filtering 2.0
 

goHUNT INSIDER filtering tools
Filtering 2.0 tools example. You can learn more about Filtering 2.0 here.

As of April of 2019, we now cover 12 western states on INSIDER (Arizona, CaliforniaColorado, Idaho, KansasMontana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington). The Filtering 2.0 tool is an industry first that provides you with the ability to search for hunt choices that meet your personal hunting criteria. You can filter by state, species, season, weapon type, public land percentage, trophy potential, draw odds, dates of availability, harvest success, number of bucks and bulls taken in each unit, and even male:female ratios. In addition, you can search for over-the-counter only options to extend your season. Filtering 2.0 is revolutionary in helping you to take hundreds of unit choices in a state and quickly narrow it down to only a few. Think of the time and money this can save you each year! 

Draw Odds
 

goHUNT INSIDER Draw Odds view sample
A blurred out sample of the Draw Odds view on INSIDER.

We have been busy the past several months testing our 2019 Draw Odds and we expect them to go live around the beginning of January. We will not only have updated odds available, but you'll also be able to see year-over-year draw odd trends to help track draw trends and points creep.

Best of luck in the 2019 draws! And as always, feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.

goHUNT's INSIDER Research Tools

 

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