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2021 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines

2021 Western Big Game Hunting Application Deadlines

2020 bull elk I helped my brother take. Photo credit: Brady Miller

It's hard to believe that application season is here and plans are already being made for the 2021 hunting season! What follows is a look at upcoming state application deadlines, other important tag dates and draw result dates for each Western state.

New for 2021 in this article

In order to accommodate how people want to view this giant amount of valuable information, this year I have incorporated a new table that allows you to filter out items you want to see. This was based on INSIDER feedback.

You can filter out the information in the following tables by using the "search bar" in the tables. So if you only want to see Arizona deadlines, you can type in Arizona and instantly the table will adjust to only display Arizona information. Likewise, if you only want to have the table display draw deadlines, if you type in "draw" it will show you that. You can also search for "points" and instantly it will show you states that have a separate point only deadline after the main draw. And you can search for "leftover" and it will show you states with a leftover draw and dates when you can pick up a leftover tag. Plus you could search for species as well. Basically, anything in the table can be searched for and filtered to quickly display what you're interested in.

  • The first table is application deadlines.
  • The second table is the tentative draw result dates.

Western big game dates and deadlines

In the tables below you will find the approved and tentative 2021 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

Each year, waiting on draw results can seem to take forever! And I'm just like everyone else that waits for draw results all year and then I'm constantly pressing the refresh button. Currently, the draw result dates are based somewhat on when 2020 and earlier year results were released. Keep in mind that each year we get questions on why our draw result dates don't exactly match up with what you might find in the regulations. 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.


INSIDER research tools

Each research tool on goHUNT will allow you to find the perfect hunt. When you combine Draw Odds, with Filtering 2.0 and goHUNT's 3D maps... it is everything you need to gain an edge and become more successful.

Draw Odds Filtering 2.0 goHUNT Maps - 3D Web

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 CaliforniaColorado 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. That is sort of like your INSIDER "homepage." You can find a quick link to INSIDER 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 2021 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 and Draw Odds 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.

View 2021 Application Strategy Articles Here As They Are Released

Best of luck in the upcoming 2021 draws! And as always, feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have questions.

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