For many, planning a hunt is a bittersweet endeavor. It is as much tedious and time-consuming as it is exciting and wrought with tradition. Despite the conflicting emotions, or perhaps in part because of them, we endure the process year after year in hopes of learning more about ourselves and returning with meat for our loved ones. Beginning this process, however, can be the most difficult step.

With countless tags to apply for across the Western United States, researching draw odds, conditions for antler development, wildfires, and a host of other factors that could impact the hunt, you’d have to quit your day job to keep up. To make things a little easier, we decided to do some of the leg work for you.

The Tagline is a down and dirty periodical segment that will track upcoming draw deadlines, associated costs, and resources to help guide you in the right direction. We hope you find this useful and, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas on how to improve it. Leave a comment down below or email us at info@westernhunter.net.

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, April 2 @ 7:59 pm MST
Draw Date: June 1
Apply Here: cpw.state.co.us
Full Regulations: Big Game Regs
Species: Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Bear, Mountain Lion, Moose, Mountain Goat, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Item Resident Non-Resident
Preference Point (Sheep, Goat, Moose) $50 $100
Wildlife Habitat Stamp $10 $10
Application Fee $7 $9
Deer License $39.75 $396.75
Any Elk License $54.75 $661.75
Antlerless Elk License N/A $496.75
Pronghorn License $39.75 $396.75
Bear License $49.75 $101.75
Mountain Lion License $49.75 $351.75
Moose License $301.75 $2,211.75
Mountain Goat License $301.75 $2,211.75
Desert Bighorn Sheep License $301.75 $2,211.75
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep License $301.75 $2,211.75

 

Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 29 @ 10:59 pm PDT
Draw Date: June 10
Apply Here: nevada.licensing.kalkomey.com
Full Regulations: Big Game

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Pronghorn, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Mountain Lion

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $5 $15
Hunting License $38 $155
Application Fee $10 $10
Antlered Elk Tag $120 $1,200
Antlerless Elk Tag $120 $500
Black Bear Tag $100 $300
Mule Deer Tag $30 $240
Pronghorn Tag $60 $300
California Bighorn Sheep Tag $120 $1,200
Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag $120 $1,200
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Tag $120 N/A
Rocky Mountain Goat Tag $120 N/A
Mountain Lion Tag $29 $104

 

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, May 1 @ 11:59 pm MDT
Draw Date: June 17
Apply Here: fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/buyApply/
Full Regulations: fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/huntingGuides/dea/default.html

Species: Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Mountain Goat, Bison

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $10 $15
Bison Permit $125 $1,250
Mountain Goat Permit $125 $1,250
Moose Permit $125 $1,250
Bighorn Sheep Permit $125 $1,250

 

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, May 15 @ 11:59 pm PDT
Draw Date: June 20
Apply Here: dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/
Full Regulations: eregulations.com/oregon/big-game-hunting

Species: Elk, Deer, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, Bison, Moose, Mountain Goat

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $10 $10
Hunting License $11-$34 $167
Elk Tag $50 $591
Deer Tag $40 $430.50
Pronghorn Tag $55 $293
Bighorn Sheep Tag $513 $1518
Mountain Goat Tag $413 $1518
Moose Tag $413 $1518
Bison Tag $413 $1518

 

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 31 @ 11:59 pm MDT
Draw Date: June 20
Apply Here: wgfd.wyo.gov/apply-or-buy
Full Regulations: wgfd.wyo.gov/regulations#Big-Game

Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Pronghorn

 

Item Resident Non-Resident
Hunting License $24 $92
Antelope Preference Point N/A $31
Deer Preference Point N/A $41
Elk Tag $57 N/A
Elk Cow/Calf Tag $43 N/A
Special Antelope Tag N/A $629
Full Price Antelope Tag $42 $341
Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope Tag $27 $49
Special Deer Tag N/A $677
Full Price Deer Tag $47 $389
Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer Tag $27 $49