Idaho's moose, sheep, goat hunting applications due
April is not just tax month; it's also the month to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts.
Applications for these controlled hunts will be accepted through April 30.
Earlier this year, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission eliminated 10 antlerless moose permits in the Panhandle and reduced bull hunts in Hunt Area 1-4 to 25 permits, down from 45.
In Hunt Area 1-1, hunt 3095 was eliminated. In Hunt Area 1-4, hunt 3008 was reduced to 20 tags from 30, hunt 3009 was eliminated, and hunt 3010 was reduced to 5 tags from 10.
Tags for mountain goats and bighorn sheep were not changed.
Hunters may apply at Fish and Game offices, license vendors, and with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685; Internet users may apply at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/.
Telephone and Internet applications are subject to additional service charges.
Each applicant must possess a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply for a controlled hunt. License fees will not be refunded.
For moose, goat and sheep hunt applications only, the entire application fee must be paid with the application. All but the $6.25 application fee - $14.75 for nonresidents - will be refunded to those who do not draw. The resident application, including permit fee, costs $173; nonresidents pay $2,116.50.
Unsuccessful resident applicants will receive a refund of $166.75; unsuccessful nonresident applicants will receive a refund of $2,101.75.
Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
Hunters who apply for moose, goat and sheep may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year except for unlimited controlled hunts, extra deer, elk or pronghorn hunts, controlled bear hunts or depredation hunts.
Those who draw a moose, goat or sheep permit and do not kill an animal may not apply to hunt the same species for two years.
Any person who has harvested an antlered moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose permit except an antlerless moose permit. Any person who has harvested an antlerless moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose permit except an antlered moose permit.
Any person who has killed a mountain goat in Idaho since 1977 may not apply for a mountain goat permit. Anyone who has killed a California bighorn or a Rocky Mountain bighorn may not apply again for the same type of sheep but may apply for the other subspecies.
For more information visit Fish and Game online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=64.