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, February 12 @ 11:59 pm MST
Draw Date: Mid March
Apply Here: azgfd.com
Full Regulations: azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/
Species: Elk, Pronghorn

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $13 $15
Hunting License $37 $160
Elk Tag $148 $665
Pronghorn Tag $103 $565

 

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, February 28 @ 119 pm MST
Draw Date: June 20
Apply Here: wgfd.wyo.gov/apply-or-buy
Full Regulations: wgfd.wyo.gov/regulations#Big-Game

Species: Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Bison

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $5 $15
Hunting License $24 $92
Bighorn Sheep Tag $152 $2,320
Mountain Goat Tag $152 $2,162
Moose Tag $152 $1,982
Bison Tag (Female/Calf) $260 $2,752
Bison Tag (Any) $414 $4,402

 

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, March 7 @ 11:59 pm MST
Draw Date: May 30
Apply Here: wildlife.utah.gov/hunting-in-utah
Full Regulations: wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2019_pdfs/2019_biggameapp.pdf

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

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $10 $10
Hunting License $11-$34 $25-$65
Elk $50 $393
Deer $40 $268
Pronghorn $55 $293
Bighorn Sheep $513 $1518
Mountain Goat $413 $1518
Moose $413 $1518
Bison Tag $413 $1518

 

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 15 (Non-resident Only) @ 11:59 pm MST
Draw Date: Mid April
Apply Here: fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/buyApply/
Full Regulations: fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/huntingGuides/dea/default.html

Species: Elk, Deer

Item Resident Non-Resident
Bonus Point $10 $15
Elk Permit $9 $9
Elk NA $885
Deer Permit $5 $5
Deer NA $639