2019 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines
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
(bold are state approved dates)
|Idaho||Deer & Elk OTC*||NA||See below
|South Dakota||Deer Preference Points||NA||December 15||NA|
|Alaska||All species||NA||December 17||2018 date: February 16|
|South Dakota||Deer (archery), Youth||NA||January 1||NA|
|Wyoming||Nonresident elk||Jan. 8||January 31||2019 date: Feb. 21
2018 date: February 22
|Arizona||Elk, antelope||Elk - Jan. 19
Antelope - Late Jan.
|January 15 (paper)
February 12 (online)
|2018 date: March 2 - CCs were hit
2018 date: March 8 - (Portal Account results)
|Early February||February 28||2019 date: May 9
2018 date: May 10 @ 9 a.m. PST
|Utah||All species||Elk & Antelope - Early Feb.
Deer - Early Feb.
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mid Feb.
|March 7||2018 date: May 9, 2018 - CCs were hit
2018 date: May 11, 2018 - Emails sent
|Mid Jan.||March 8||2018 date: March 23
(state emailed results)
|Montana||Deer, elk||Deer - Mid Feb.
Elk - Mid Feb.
|March 15||2018 date: April 23 @ 4 p.m. PST|
|Utah||Bonus Point||NA||March 21||NA|
|New Mexico||All species||Deer - Mid Feb.
Elk - Mid Feb.
Sheep - Late Feb.
exotics - Late Feb.
|March 20||2018 date: April 18 @ 9a.m. PST|
|North Dakota||Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Moose||NA||March 28||Late April|
|Colorado||All species||Deer - Early Mar.
Elk, Antelope - Early Mar.
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Early Mar.
|April 2||Sheep & goat
2018 date: May 4
Deer, elk, moose, antelope:
2018 date: June 5
|South Dakota||Special Buck||NA||April 12||**|
|Nevada||All species||Deer - Mid Mar.
Elk - Mid Mar.
Sheep, Goat, Antelope - Late Mar.
|April 15||2018 date: May 25|
|Nevada||Bonus Point||NA||April 22||NA|
|Kansas||Nonresident deer||Early April||April 26||2018 date: May 19|
|Early April||April 30||2018 date: June 8|
|Early April||May 1||2018 date: June 18|
|Oregon||All species||Elk, Antelope - Mid Apr.
Deer - Mid Apr.
Sheep, Mtn Goat - Late Apr.
|May 15||2018 date: June 20|
|South Dakota||Sheep, goat||NA||May 17||2018 date: June 4|
|South Dakota||Elk||NA||May 22||2018 date: June 4|
|Washington||All species||Late April||May 22||2018 date: June 21|
|Wyoming||Resident elk||Early Jan.||May 31||2018 date: June 22|
|Wyoming||Deer, antelope||Deer, Antelope - Early May||May 31||2019 date: June 20
2018 date: June 21
|Montana||Antelope||Antelope - Early May||June 1||2018 archery date: July 16
2018 rifle date: Aug. 9
|California||All species||Deer, Antelope - Mid May
Elk, Sheep - Mid May
|June 2||2018 date: June 13|
|Iowa||Whitetail||NA||June 2||2018 date: June 23|
|Deer - Early May
Elk, Antelope - Early May
|June 5||2018 date: July 6|
|North Dakota||Deer||NA||June 6||**|
|Arizona||Deer, sheep, bison||Deer, Sheep, Bison - Early May||May 14 (paper)
June 11 (online)
|2018 date: July 5 (Portal Account)
2018 date: June 29 - CCs hit
|Nevada||Deer 2nd Draw||Mid June||June 24||2018 date: July 19, 2018|
|Wyoming||Leftover Deer, Elk,
|Mid June||June 24 - June 28||2019 date: July 11
2018 date: July 12
|Montana||Nonresident alternate list||Mid May||June 30||2018 date: July 2|
|Nevada||All species bonus point||NA||July 2||NA|
|Idaho||Grizzly bear||Mid June
|2018 date: July 20|
|Wyoming||Grizzly bear||Mid June
|2018 date: July 26|
|South Dakota||Deer West River, Black Hills
Custer State Park
|NA||July 20||Late July|
|Wyoming||Leftover Deer, Elk,
Antelope (first come, first served)
|NA||NA||Available after July 15, 2019|
|North Dakota||Antelope||NA||August 8||2018 date: August 6|
|South Dakota||Antelope||NA||August 16||August 15|
|Idaho||2nd Controlled Draw||NA||August 15||2018 date: August 25|
|South Dakota||Deer East River, Muzzleloader||NA||August 31||September 14|
|Arizona||Spring bison, bear &
|NA||September 10: Paper
October 8: Online
|2018 date: November 1|
Bonus/preference point only deadlines
|South Dakota||Deer||December 15|
|Utah||All Species||March 21|
|Nevada||All Species||April 22|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
We now cover ten western states on INSIDER (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming). 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!
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.