2020 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines

2020 western hunting application deadlines

2019 Montana mule deer. Photo credit: Brady Miller

Every year while working on this article it seems hard to believe that the next year's application season is about to start. Exciting times are ahead as we all start to plan out our 2020 hunting season!

2020 dates and deadlines

In the table below you will find the tentative 2020 state application deadlines and tentative draw result dates. These dates will be modified as each state releases more information. Currently, they are based on previous years' deadlines/results by looking at what day of the week they are typically released or even the exact calendar date they tend to follow. And sometimes, unfortunately, there is no pattern, so I'm left to really analyze prior-year deadlines.

Note on draw result dates

Waiting on draw results can seem to take forever! And I'm just like everyone else that waits for results all year and then is constantly pressing the refresh button. Currently, the draw result dates are each based somewhat on when the 2019 and earlier year results were released. Keep in mind: each year we get questions on why our draw result dates don't exactly match up with what you might find in the regulations. And stay with me here... but for the most part, our draw results dates listed are actually more accurate based on the trends of how some states release their draw odds early every year. Most states go on a typical trend in releasing draw results and a lot of times they release them well before their listed date in the regulations. For example, Nevada and New Mexico list their draw result date in their regulations, but they always release them earlier than that.

Also, tentative application deadlines are used until each state release their 2020 regulations.

2020 State Application Deadlines, Draw Result Dates and Application Strategy Articles

State
Application Deadline
(bold are final dates)
StateSpeciesStrategy Article
Release Date
2019 Draw Result Date
(actual date of release)
Potential 2020
Draw Result Date
NAIdahoDeer & Elk over-the-counter*November 29NANA
December 15
(Approved)
South DakotaPreference PointsNANANA
December 16
(Approved)
AlaskaMoose, Caribou, Dall Sheep, Mountain Goat,
Brown/Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Bison, Muskox,
Roosevelt Elk
November 272019 draw results:
Feb. 15
2020 draw result release date:
Feb. 21

See 2020 results here
January 31
(Approved)
WyomingNonresident ElkJanuary 102019 draw results:
Feb. 21 @ 10:00am MST
2020 draw result release date:
May 21
See 2020 results here
February 10
(Approved)
OregonBlack BearNA2019 draw results:
Feb. 21
2020 draw result release date:
Feb. 20
See 2020 results here
February 11
(Approved)
ArizonaElk, AntelopeElk - January 24
Antelope - January 27
2019 CC hit: March 1
2019 date: March 8
(Portal Account results)
2020 CC hit: Feb. 28
2020 draw result release date:
March 5

See 2020 results here
February 12
(Approved)
New MexicoBlack BearNA--2020 draw result release date:
Feb. 19
See 2020 results here
February 15
(Approved)
IdahoBlack Bear
(spring controlled)
NA--2020 draw result release date:
Feb. 21

See 2020 results here
February 24
(Approved)
UtahBlack BearNA2019 draw results:
March 6
2020 draw result release date:
March 4

See 2020 results here
February 27
(Approved)
ArizonaCC Update Deadline
(Elk, Antelope) 
NA----
February 28
(Approved)
WashingtonBlack BearNA2019 draw results:
March 13
2020 draw result date:
March 11

See 2020 results here
March 2
(Approved)
WyomingMoose, Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat
Feb. 132019 draw results:
May 9 
@ 9 a.m. PST
2020 draw result date:
May 5
See 2020 results here
March 5
(Approved)
UtahMule Deer, Antelope, Elk, Sheep,
Moose, Mountain Goat
(All Species)
Elk & Antelope - Feb. 20
Deer - Feb. 24
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 25
2019 CC hit date: May 10
2019 result date: May 13 - Emails sent
2020 CC hit date: May 12
2020 result date: May 15 - emails sent
March 9
(Approved)
NevadaMule Deer
Guided Draw
Jan. 312019 draw results: March 28
(results were emailed)
Results were emailed
March 18
(Approved)
New MexicoGuided Draw
(All Species)
Feb. 152019 draw results:
April 17
2020 draw result date:
April 22
See 2020 results here
March 18
(Approved)
New MexicoBarbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk,
ibex, javelina, antelope & oryx
Deer/Elk - Mar. 11
Sheep/Antelope - Mar. 3
Exotics - Mar. 9
2019 draw results:
April 17
2020 draw result date:
April 22
See 2020 results here
March 19
(Approved)
UtahBonus Point OR
Application Withdraw
Mar. 16NANA
NAArizonaLeftover Elk/Antelope PermitsMar. 11Available:
March 18
Available:
March 23
(Approved)
March 25
(Approved)
North DakotaBighorn Sheep, Elk, MooseNA2019 draw results
(elk & moose):
April 18
2020 elk & moose results:
April 9
See 2020 results here
March 31
(Approved)
WyomingBisonFeb. 13NA2020 draw result date:
May 5
See 2020 results here
April 1
(Approved)
MontanaDeer, ElkElk - Feb. 19
Deer - Feb. 27
2019 draw results:
April 22
2020 draw result date:
April 14
See 2020 results here
April 1
(Approved)
South DakotaDeer Season - Archery
(nonresident)
NA2019 draw results:
April 17
Tentative 2020:
April 15
April 7
(Approved)
ColoradoMule deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk, Antelope,
Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Mountain Goat
Deer - Mar. 12
Elk, Antelope - Mar. 6
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mar. 16
Sheep & Goat
2019 draw results: May 3

Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope:
2019 draw results: June 5
2020 sheep & goat draw results:
May 1
2020 moose draw results:
June 1
2020 deer draw results:
June 3
2020 elk & antelope draw results:
June 4
See 2020 results here
April 15
(Approved)
WyomingModify/withdraw:
Moose, Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat, Bison
NANANA
April 17
(Approved)
South DakotaSpecial BuckNA----
April 24
(Approved)
KansasNonresident DeerApril 62019 draw results:
May 27
2020 draw result date:
May 21
See 2020 results here
April 30
(Approved)
IdahoMoose, Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat
March 252019 draw results:
May 17
2020 draw result date:
May 15
See 2020 results here
May 1
(Approved)
MontanaMoose, Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat, Bison
March 302019 draw results:
June 17
2020 draw result date:
May 11
See 2020 results here
May 4
(Approved)
NevadaMule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Bighorn Sheep,
Desert Bighorn Sheep, California Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat, Black Bear
Deer - April 16
Elk & Antelope - 21
Sheep, Goat - April 7
2019 draw results:
May 24
2020 draw result date:
Started releasing at 11:45 pm on May 19
See 2020 results here
May 8
(Approved)
WyomingNonresident Elk Modify/WithdrawNANANA
May 11
(Approved)
NevadaBonus Point Application and
Application Withdrawl Period
NANANA
May 15
(Approved)
OregonDeer, Elk, Antelope, Bighorn Sheep,
Mountain Goat
Deer - April 27
Elk, Antelope - April 23
Sheep, Mtn Goat -  April 29
2019 draw results:
June 19
2020 draw result date:
June 20
See 2020 results here
May 20 - online
(Approved)
South DakotaElk, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain GoatNA2019 draw results:
Early June
Tentative 2020:
Early June
May 21
(Approved)
WashingtonDeer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat,
Moose
Deer, Elk - May 7
Sheep, Moose, Goat - May 11
2019 draw results:
June 13
2020 draw result date:
June 10
See 2020 results here
June 1
(Approved)
WyomingResident ElkJanuary 102019 draw results:
June 20
2020 draw result date:
June 18
See 2020 results here
June 1
(Approved)
WyomingDeer, AntelopeDeer, Antelope - May 52019 draw results:
June 20
2020 draw result date:
June 18
See 2020 results here
June 1
(Approved)
MontanaAntelope, Deer B, Elk B,
Antelope B
Antelope - April 282019 archery results: July 15
2019 rifle results: Aug. 8
2020 draw result for 900-20 antelope,
deer B, elk B:

June 11
Rifle antelope and antelope B results:
Aug. 6
See if you drew here
June 2
(Approved)
CaliforniaDeer, Elk, Antelope, Bighorn SheepElk, Sheep - May 15
Deer, Antelope - May 21
2019 draw results:
June 11
2020 draw results date:
June 11
See 2020 results here
June 3
(Approved)
North DakotaDeerNA2019 draw results:
June 25
2020 Tentative:
June 23
June 5
(Approved)
IdahoDeer, Elk,
Antelope, Fall Bear (controlled)
Elk, Deer, Antelope - April 222019 draw results:
June 25
2020 draw result date:
June 19
See if you drew here
June 7
(Approved)
IowaWhitetailNA2019 draw results:
June 21
2020 draw result date:
June 26
See if you drew here
June 9
(Approved)
ArizonaDeer, Bighorn Sheep, BisonDeer, Sheep, Bison - May 132019 draw results:
July 5 (Portal)
2020 draw results:
July 2 (Portal)
See if you drew here
June 12
(Approved)
KansasKansas Elk, Antelope & Resident DeerNA----
June 12
(Approved)
South DakotaDeer Muzzleloader, West River, East River, Black Hills
Custer State Park, NWR Deer
NA2019 draw results:
June 27
2020 draw results:
June 25
See if you drew here
June 15
(Approved)
NevadaBig Game Second DrawMay 212019 draw results:
July 12
2020 draw results:
July 7 - emailed
June 17
(Approved)
South Dakota2nd draw for Black Hills, Archery
and Prarie Elk
NA----
June 18
(Approved)
UtahAntlerless Elk and DeerJune 112019 draw results:
July 11, 2019
2020 draw results:
June 30 - emailed
June 22
(Approved)
NevadaSecond Draw Points**NANANA
June 24 & 25
(Approved)
New MexicoNew Mexico leftover tagsJune 9NANA
June 22 to 26
(Approved)
WyomingLeftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope
June 182019 draw results:
July 11
2020 draw results:
July 9
See if you drew here
July 7
(Approved)
ColoradoSecond DrawFeb. 20 - announcement
June 5 - tag list
NA2020 draw results:
July 17
See if you drew here
July 7
(Approved)
MontanaMontana nonresident alternate listMay 22NA2020 list results:
July 17
See your number here
Available July 13
(Approved)
WyomingResident OTC Deer, Elk Licenses AvailableNANANA
Available July 13
(Approved)
WyomingLeftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope (First Come, First Served)
NANANA
Available July 16
(Approved)
UtahUtah Remaining Limited Entry, Leftover General ElkJuly 8NANA
Available July 21
(Approved)
UtahUtah Remaining General Season Deer and YouthJuly 8NANA
Available July 20
(Approved)
ArizonaLeftover Mule Deer, Coues Deer, JavelinaJuly 8NANA
Available July 24
(Approved)
NevadaFirst Come, First Served AvailableNANANA
Paper: July 17
Online: July 22
(Approved)
South Dakota2nd draw for East River, West River
and Refuge Deer
NA----
July 24
(Tentative)
North DakotaResident Only 2nd Deer DrawingNA----
July 27
(Approved)
ArizonaFirst-come-first-served leftover tags availableNAAvailable July 29NA
Available August 4
(Approved)
ColoradoLeftover Deer, Elk, AntelopeAug. 3Available starting August 4NA
August 5
(Approved)
North DakotaAntelopeNA2019 draw results:
August 14
Tentative 2020:
August 12
August 7
(Approved)
MontanaDeer, Elk Permits, Deer B, Elk B Surplus List SignupJuly 17----
August 15
(Approved)
Idaho2nd Controlled DrawEarly Aug.2019 draw results:
August 22
2020 draw results:
August 20
See if you drew here
August 24
(Approved)
MontanaAntelope, Antelope B,
Special Mtn. Lion Surplus List Signup
July 17----
October 13
(Approved)
ArizonaSpring Bison, Black Bear &
Javelina
NA2019 draw results:
Oct. 30

2020 draw results:
November 5
See if you drew here


* December 1, 2019 was the first day that nonresidents could start to purchase deer and elk tags (except Sawtooth elk tags). See more info here.
** During Nevada's second draw, you can pick up points only for the species with hunts available in the second draw.
Note: I've included some states that we currently don't cover on INSIDER for reference.

 

Bonus/Preference Point Only Deadlines

(These are states that have a separate point only period available after the main draw)

StateSpeciesState deadline
South DakotaDeerDecember 15
UtahAll SpeciesJanuary 30 to March 19
NevadaAll SpeciesMay 11
KansasWhitetailNonresident - April 24
Resident - June 12
IowaWhitetailJune 7
MontanaAll SpeciesJuly 1 to Sept. 30
OregonAll SpeciesJuly 1 to Nov. 30
WyomingAntelope, Deer, Elk,
Rocky Bighorn Sheep, Moose
July 1 to Nov. 2
(extended date for 2020)
 

Other items worth noting

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.

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 2020 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. 

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.

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.

Best of luck in the 2020 draws! And as always, feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.

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