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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
application deadlines
(bold are state approved dates)
State draw
result dates
Idaho Deer & Elk OTC* NA See below
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 Bear NA February 10 2019 date: Feb. 20
New Mexico Bear NA February 13 --
Utah Bear NA February 25 2019 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
date: May 10 @ 9 a.m. PST
Utah All species Elk & Antelope - Feb. 18
Deer - Feb. 24
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Feb. 28
March 7 2018 date: May 9, 2018 - CCs were hit
2018 date: May 11, 2018 - Emails sent
Nevada Mule deer
guided draw
Feb. 14 March 11 2018 date: March 23
(state emailed results)
Montana Deer, elk Elk - Feb. 13
Deer - Feb. 20
March 15 2018 date: April 23 @ 4 p.m. PST
New Mexico Guided draw
(all species)
Feb. 27 March 20 2018 date: April 18 @ 9 a.m. PST
New Mexico All species Deer/Elk - Mar. 10
Sheep/antelope - Mar. 6
Exotics - Mar. 15
March 20 2018 date: April 18 @ 9 a.m. PST
Utah Bonus Point NA March 21 NA
North Dakota Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Moose NA March 27 Late April
Colorado All species Deer - Mar. 11
Elk, Antelope - Mar. 20
Sheep, Moose, Goat - Mid 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 - Late Mar.
Elk - Late Mar.
Sheep, Goat, Antelope - Early April
April 29 2018 date: May 25
2019 date: May 24
Nevada Bonus Point NA April 22 NA
Kansas Nonresident deer Early April April 26 2018 date: May 19
Idaho Moose, sheep,
Early April April 30 2018 date: June 8
Montana Moose, sheep,
goat, bison
Early April May 1 2018 date: June 18
Nevada Bonus Point/App Modify NA May 6 NA
Oregon All species Elk, Antelope - Mid Apr.
Deer - Mid Apr.
Sheep, Mtn Goat -  Late Apr.
May 15 2018 date: June 20
2019 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
Idaho Deer, elk,
Deer - Early May
Elk, Antelope - Early May
June 5 2018 date: July 6
North Dakota Deer NA June 5 **
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
Kansas Kansas Elk, Antelope & Resident Deer
Application Deadline
NA June 14 --
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 1 NA
Idaho Grizzly bear Mid June
(pending ESA)
July 15
(pending ESA)
2018 date: July 20
Wyoming Grizzly bear Mid June
(pending ESA)
July 16
(pending ESA)
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
Nevada First come, first served NA NA Available July 22, 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

* 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.


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. But like everything, if you want to pick up points in Nevada... apply early.

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



2018 Arizona Elk 2018 Colorado Deer
2018 Arizona Antelope 2018 Colorado Elk, Antelope
2018 Arizona Deer, Sheep, Bison 2018 Colorado Sheep, Moose, Goat



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


New Mexico

2018 Nevada Mule Deer Guided Draw 2018 New Mexico Deer
2018 Nevada Mule Deer 2018 New Mexico Elk
2018 Nevada Elk 2018 New Mexico Sheep
2018 Nevada Sheep, Mtn Goat, Antelope 2018 New Mexico Antelope & Exotics



2018 Oregon Elk and Antelope 2018 Utah Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
2018 Oregon Sheep and Mountain Goat 2018 Utah Elk and Antelope
2018 Oregon Deer 2018 Utah Mule Deer


2018 Wyoming Elk
2018 Wyoming Sheep, Moose, Goat, Bison
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.

We now cover ten western states on INSIDER (Arizona, CaliforniaColorado, 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! 

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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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 days ago on 03-19-2019 10:33:50 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey Aaron. Nonresident deer application deadlines for North Dakota are still tentatively scheduled for June 5. 2019 per the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's website:

Right in the middle of that link you will see a section called, "Lottery Information."

They still list the date as tentative still as of posting this. What you are referring to is the archery any-deer bow licenses that have a quota of 607 licenses for nonresidents, those were due March 1.

I added other states on this list each year that we currently don't cover on INSIDER to give a good reference. Since these are states we don't monitor, I didn't catch that change they made for nonresident bow only app deadline, and for that I'm sorry. It's also why we currently only send out application deadline reminders for the states we cover on INSIDER, as those are states we are up-to-date with all the happenings in the state.

Please let me know if you are looking for the rifle deadline, as the best I can tell, those are still June 5.

Aaron G. - posted 3 days ago on 03-19-2019 06:48:05 pm

North Dakota deer deadlines are wrong. Cost me my application this year. No residents are March 1 deadline

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 02-12-2019 11:22:03 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Danny - Nevada just released their 2019 dates. They still technically have three bonus point deadlines. But like I mentioned earlier, apply early.

-April 29 when the main draw closes
-May 6 when the bonus point application/application withdrawal period closes
-July 1 when the Second Draw closes.

But like everything, if you want to pick up points in Nevada... apply early. Hope that helps!

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 02-11-2019 06:15:46 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Danny - In years past, you did actually have three times to purchase a bonus point. As of this time, the 2019 regulations are not out yet, so we are going off of what was available in previous years. To be safe, it's always best to purchase your points in the main draw. I'll be updating this article if any new information becomes available.

Danny L. - posted 1 month ago on 02-11-2019 06:05:07 pm

When is the Nevada Points only deadline? It looks like it's in there three times (main section as April 22 and July 2nd and in the Bonus Point only section as April 22).

Ken Z. - posted 1 month ago on 01-23-2019 06:38:17 am
LaPorte, IN

Does anyone know the chance of getting the Colorado elk draw results by May 31st? I just did points last year, but I recall reading some threads on CDOW website issues last year. I saw it says June 5th as the 2018 post date, but thought in previous years results posted in late May. I am going to be cutting it real close because I have a great chance to draw Oregon elk with 21 points, but May 31st is the last day they allow hunt choice changes. Oregon does not do tag refunds. I should have a decent chance (~20%) at my CO elk & deer so I don't want conflicting tags after waiting 20+ years. Thanks.

Robert M. - posted 2 months ago on 01-15-2019 12:07:58 am
Rosholt, WI

Really looking forward to the new states coming this year!

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 months ago on 12-26-2018 01:16:14 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Shawn - Sorry for the late reply with Christmas last week. But, yes. I can do the same for antlerless draws. I will see what it looks like when adding it to this article, but if it starts to get too busy, I'll just create a separate article for it. Great idea!

@Jay - Great observation :) And I agree with you on the whitetail side of things. I have been doing it a little bit to mainly help others out with the big picture of applying. But also, we will have Kansas and Washington live on goHUNT before the 2019 application deadlines. Then after that and a few other enhancements, we will move to other states like the Dakotas.

@Seth - I did not do an article on Indian Reservation tag or state raffle tags. But I would gladly do it if there is enough interest. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jay N. - posted 2 months ago on 12-25-2018 07:35:47 am
Vancouver, BC

Can we assume the Dakotas, Kansas and Iowa are on the shortlist to be added with full coverage based on the fact you are posting their draw dates now? Personally, I'd love to see some info about those and some other exciting whitetail states.

Shawn S. - posted 3 months ago on 12-19-2018 07:20:04 pm
Yorba Linda, California

Hey Brady,

Possible to add to this or post another article for all the anterless draws?

SETH D. - posted 3 months ago on 12-18-2018 01:43:15 am
Sunny New Mexico

2019 will be our first year back in the states in a long time. I have a lot of points for a lot of different states. Exciting stuff.

Did you guys do an article on Indian Reservation hunts tags, or one on state raffle ticket tags last year?