2023 Western Hunting Application Deadlines


Application season is finally here again! Photo credit: Luke Dusenbury

We're already knocking on the door for the 2023 application season! It's hands down one of my favorite times of year. Researching hunts on Insider is an absolute treat, and the next seven months are going to be spent pouring over data and looking at maps hard trying to find some places I'd love to check out.

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What follows is going to be an extremely early look at all the upcoming 2023 Western hunting application deadlines. Note: again,  like every year, this early version is mainly “tentative” dates at this time. I like to explain this early look in terms of sports analysts and their way too early rankings of sports teams. Only this is hunting and more important! This article will be updated very frequently once states release additional concrete dates. Dates that are already approved for 2023 are marked "Approved" and dates that are tentative are marked at "Tentative."

Keep in mind... to make things easy on myself, I could just give rough dates in terms of "early March" for a state's deadline... but that's not the way I do things. So what you see here is the best of my ability to give you the most accurate tentative dates so you can start to plan.

Updates to the application deadline calendar below will be made very frequently as states release information.

New for 2023 in this article

Just like in years past, I always try to modify or add features to this article. I read every bit of feedback from Insiders on the old articles (greatly appreciate the feedback). So for 2023, I moved away from the dynamic table that allowed you to search for items and narrow it down to just one state. It seems some people had difficulty loading the dynamic tables on their devices. For 2023, I also added the times for the application deadline.

Note: The other two tables that I include in this article every year about tentative draw results and a clean view of point-only deadlines will be published for each western state later in December.

Western big game application deadlines for the 2023 season

In the tables below, you will find the approved and tentative 2023 state application deadlines. As mentioned earlier in this article, 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 or even go off some of the deadlines for last year. But in my opinion, these deadlines are very close to what they will be until each state listes its approved regulations.

2023 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines And Tag Information

App
Open
Date
APP
DEADLINE
DATE
Approved or
Tentative Dates
State Draw/Points/
OTC/Leftover
Species/Item
October 19, 2022
(8am MT)
November 9, 2022
(11pm MT)
Approved Utah Draw Utah Res. Only Sportsman Permit - Mule Deer, Antelope, Elk, Moose,
Desert Bighorn Ram, Rocky Bighorn Ram, Bison, Mountain Goat,
Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey
November 14, 2022 NA Approved Arizona Leftover Arizona Leftover Spring 2023 Permits Available
July 1, 2022 November 30, 2022
(11:59pm PT)
Approved Oregon Points Oregon Points Only Purchase Deadline
December 1, 2022
(10am MT)
NA Approved Idaho OTC 2023 Season Nonresident Deer, Elk
General Season Purchase Date Opens
December 1, 2022
(12am AZ Time)
NA Approved Arizona OTC 2023 Season Nonresident OTC Deer
Purchase Date Opens
November 1, 2022
(8am AKST)
December 15, 2022
(5pm AKST)
Approved Alaska Draw Roosevelt Elk, Dall Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose,
Caribou, Bison, Muskox, Brown/Grizzly Bear, Black Bear
December 13, 2022
(8am MT)
December 27, 2022
(11pm MT)
Approved Utah Draw Turkey
July 1, 2022 December 31, 2022
(11:45pm MT)
Approved Montana Points Nonresident Preference Point Purchase Deadline
-- January 4, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Approved South Dakota Points Points Purchase Deadline
September 10, 2022 January 31, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Approved South Dakota Draw Turkey Season - Fall Mentored
-- January 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Approved Wyoming Super Tag Wyoming SuperTag Purchase
January 3, 2023
(8am MT)
January 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Wyoming Draw Nonresident Elk, Turkey (Spring)
January 1, 2023 February 1, 2023
(11pm PT)
Tentative Nevada Draw Spring Turkey
January 17, 2023 February 14, 2023
(11:59pm AZ Time)
Tentative Arizona Draw Elk, Antelope
January 18, 2023 February 8, 2023
(5pm MT)
Tentative New Mexico Draw Black Bear, Turkey
December 1, 2023 February 10, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Tentative Oregon Draw Black Bear
January 15, 2023 February 15, 2023 Approved Idaho Draw Black Bear (Controlled)
February 1, 2023
(8am MT)
February 22, 2023
(11pm MT)
Approved Utah Draw Black Bear & Mountain Lion
January 24, 2023 February 16, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Turkey: Spring Prairie
January 3, 2023
(8am MT)
February 28, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Wyoming Draw Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat
February 6, 2023 March 6, 2023
(11pm PT)
Tentative Nevada Draw Nonresident Mule Deer Guided Draw
January 25, 2023 March 2, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Adams Nature Area and Good Earth State Park Access Archery Permit
January 18, 2023 March 15, 2023
(5pm MT)
Tentative New Mexico Draw Barbary Sheep, Rocky Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep,
Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Coues Deer, Elk, Ibex, Javelina,
Antelope, Oryx, Black Bear
March 20, 2023 NA Tentative Arizona Leftover First Come Leftover Elk/Antelope Permits Available
February 24, 2023 March 22, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative North Dakota Draw Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Moose
March 1, 2023
(8am MT)
March 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Wyoming Draw Bison
December 1, 2023 March 30, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Approved Washington Draw Multiple Season Hunting Application
March 1, 2023 April 1, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Draw Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk
March 1, 2023 April 4, 2023
(8pm MT)
Tentative Colorado Draw Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Bighorn Sheep,
Desert Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Mountain Goat, Black Bear
March 14, 2023 April 19, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Special Buck (East River & West River)
April 20, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC First Sale: Nonresident,Elk Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
March 23, 2023
(8am MT)
April 27, 2023
(11pm MT)
Approved Utah Draw Mule Deer, Antelope, Elk, Bison, Moose,
Mountain Goat, Sheep
April 1, 2023 April 28, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Kansas Draw Nonresident Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer
April 1, 2023 April 30, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Idaho Draw Controlled Draw Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat
March 1, 2023 May 1, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Draw Moose, Rocky Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Bison
March 20, 2023 May 10, 2023
(11pm PT)
Tentative Nevada Draw Big Game 1st Draw - Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Bighorn Sheep,
Desert Bighorn Sheep, California Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Black Bear
December 1, 2023 May 15, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Approved Oregon Draw Mule Deer, Columbian Blacktail Deer, Columbian Whitetail Deer, Elk,
Roosevelt Elk, Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat
April 25, 2023 May 18, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat
May 18, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Second Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
December 1, 2023 May 19, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Tentative Washington Draw Mule Deer, Columbian Blacktail Deer, Elk, Roosevelt Elk,
Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose
May 4, 2023 May 25, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Elk: Black Hills Firearms, Archery, Prairie,
Custer State Park Firearms & Archery
August 11, 2022 May 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Approved Idaho Super Tag First Idaho Super Hunt Draw Deadline
January 24, 2023 May 31, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota -- Turkey - Spring Black Hills, Spring Mentored Firearms
January 3, 2023
(8am MT)
May 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Wyoming Draw Resident Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Antelope, Turkey (Fall)
March 1, 2023 June 1, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Draw Antelope, Deer B, Elk B, Antelope B
April 15, 2023 June 2, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Tentative California Draw Mule Deer, Columbian Blacktail Deer, Elk, Tule Elk,
Roosevelt Elk, Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear
May 15, 2023 June 2, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Nebraska Draw Resident Elk Landowner Application
May 1, 2023 June 5, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Idaho Draw Controlled Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk, Antelope, Fall Bear
May 6, 2023 June 4, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Approved Iowa Draw Whitetail Deer
-- June 7, 2023
(11:59 pm CST)
Tentative North Dakota Draw Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer
May 10, 2023 June 10, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Kansas Draw Resident Deer, Resident Elk & Antelope
June 5, 2023 June 12, 2023
(11pm PT)
Tentative Nevada Draw Big Game Second Draw
-- June 13
(11pm PT)
Tentative Nevada Points Points Purchase For All Species
-- June 13, 2023
(11:59pm AZ Time)
Tentative Arizona Draw Mule Deer, Coues Deer, Rocky Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Bison
May 25, 2023 June 15, 2023
(11pm MT)
Tentative Utah Draw Antlerless Elk, Doe Antelope, Antlerless Mule Deer,
Cow Moose & Ewe California Bighorn
May 25, 2023 June 17, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer: Muzzleloader, Black Hills,
West River, East River, Custer State Park, National Wildlife Refuge
June 23, 2023 NA Tentative New Mexico Leftover Resident Only Leftover Tags First 24 Hours
June 22, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Third Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
June 24, 2023 NA Tentative New Mexico Leftover Nonresident & Resident Leftover Tags
June 19, 2023 June 23, 2023 Tentative Wyoming Leftover Draw Leftover Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk, Antelope
June 12, 2023 June 30, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Nebraska Draw Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Antelope, Resident Elk
May 15, 2023 June 30, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Alternate Nonresident Combo Alternate List Signup
-- June 30, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Super Tag Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Bison, Deer, Elk, Moose, Mountain Goat & Mountain Lion
July 1 NA Tentative New Mexico OTC OTC Licenses For Javelina, Fall Turkey, Private Land Deer/Antelope/Barbary Sheep
& secondary management zone private land elk available
January 1, 2023 July 1, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Nebraska Super Tag Super Tag and Multi Species Combo Application
June 21, 2023 July 5, 2023
(8pm MT)
Tentative Colorado Draw Secondary Draw: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Bear, Antelope
July 11, 2023 NA Tentative Utah General General Season Sale Date For Archery Elk Permits Available
& Remaining Limited Entry Available
July 12, 2023 NA Tentative Wyoming Resident OTC Resident OTC Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk Licenses Available
July 12, 2023 NA Tentative Wyoming Leftover Leftover (First Come, First Served) Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer,
Elk, Antelope Available
July 13, 2023 NA Tentative Utah General General Season Sale Date Any Bull Elk Permits Available
July 18, 2023 NA Tentative Utah Leftover Utah Remaining General Season Mule Deer If Available,
Also Youth Archery Available
July 20, 2023 NA Tentative Nevada Leftover Nevada First Come, First Served Available
July 20, 2023 NA Tentative Utah Antlerless All Antlerless Permits Sale Date (If Available)
June 19, 2023 July 19, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Leftover Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk Permits, Deer B, Elk B License Surplus List Signup
July 20, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Fourth Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
July 24, 2023 NA Tentative Arizona Leftover First Come First Served Leftover Tags Available
July 31, 2023 NA Tentative Nebraska OTC Unlimited Permits - Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer - Remaining Permits
& Non-Draw Permits Available
July 25, 2023 NA Tentative Utah General General Season Sale Date Spike Bull Elk Permits Available
August 1, 2023 NA Tentative Colorado OTC/Leftover OTC & Leftover Limited Licenses Available (Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Elk, Antelope)
& Add-On Bear Licenses
-- August 2, 2023
(11:59 pm CST)
Tentative North Dakota Draw Antelope
August 3, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Fifth Sale: Now Any Returned/Leftover Nonresident OTC Mule Deer,
Whitetail Deer Or Elk Tags Available To Residents And Nonresidents
April 17, 2023 August 4, 2023
(11:59pm CT)
Tentative Nebraska Draw Resident Bighorn Sheep
-- August 10, 2023 Tentative Idaho Super Tag Idaho Second Super Hunt Draw Deadline
August 5, 2023 August 15, 2023 Tentative Idaho Draw 2nd Controlled Draw
July 18, 2023 August 17, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Antelope Firearm (First Deadline)
August 8, 2023 August 22, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Leftover Antelope, Antelope B, Special Mountain Lion, Surplus List Signup
September 7, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Sixth Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
-- September 1, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Antelope Firearm (Second Deadline)
August 16, 2023 September 6, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Custer State Park Bison Trophy And Non-Trophy
August 10, 2023 September 9, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota -- Turkey Season (Fall)
September 21, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Seventh Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
-- September 15, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Antelope Firearm (Third Deadline)
September 19, 2023 NA Tentative South Dakota Leftover Any Antelope Firearm Leftover Issued First-Come First-Served
July 1, 2023 September 30, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Points Bonus Points Only Purchase Deadline For All Species
October 5, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Eighth Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
-- October 10, 2023
(11:59pm AZ Time)
Tentative Arizona Draw Spring Bison, Turkey And Javelina
October 19, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC Ninth Sale: Nonresident Elk, Deer Returned Leftover Sale Date
July 12, 2023 October 31, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Antelope Archery Season
July 20, 2023 October 31, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Antelope Mentored Firearms Season
July 1, 2023 October 31, 2023
(11:59pm MT)
Tentative Wyoming Points Preference Points Only For All Species
October 19, 2023
(8am MT)
November 9, 2023
(11pm MT)
Tentative Utah Draw 2024 Utah Resident Only Sportsman Permit Application - Mule Deer,
Antelope, Elk, Moose, Desert Bighorn Ram, Rocky Bighorn Ram, Bison,
Mountain Goat, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey
July 1, 2023 November 30, 2023
(11:59pm PT)
Tentative Oregon Points Points Only For All Species
December 1, 2023
(12am AZ Time)
NA Tentative Arizona OTC 2024 Nonresident OTC Deer Tags Go On Sale
December 1, 2023
(10am MT)
NA Tentative Idaho OTC 2024 Season Nonresident Deer, Elk General Season
Purchase Date Opens
November 9, 2023 December 7, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Draw Mountain Lion Season - Custer State Park Access Permit
November 1, 2023 December 15, 2023
(5pm AKST)
Tentative Alaska Draw Roosevelt Elk, Dall Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Caribou,
Bison, Muskox, Brown/Grizzly Bear, Black Bear
December 15, 2022
December 25, 2023
(11:59pm CST)
Approved South Dakota Draw Mountain Lion Season - Black Hills & Statewide
July 1, 2023 December 31, 2023
(11:45pm MT)
Tentative Montana Points Preference Point Purchase Deadline
October 4, 2023 January 4, 2024
(11:59pm CST)
Tentative South Dakota Points Preference Point Purchase Deadline

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State Profile links

If you're looking for more information about each individual state, be sure to dive into our State and Species Profiles. Below are links to each State Profile.

Alaska Arizona California Colorado Idaho Kansas Montana Nevada New Mexico Oregon Utah Washington Wyoming

Other items worth noting

You can also see all of the important Western hunting deadlines on our Insider Basecamp page. I will be adding all these dates to that page shortly. That is basically your Insider "homepage." You can find a quick link to Insider Basecamp in the upper right-hand corner of the screen if you hover over your name on a computer. I 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 2023 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 Filtering 2.0, Draw Odds, and GOHUNT Maps well before we release each state's 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 upcoming 2023 draws! And as always, feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.

One last thing; I'm always looking for feedback from Insiders on how they would best like to see this application deadline information presented.

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