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Jerry Barron's Corner

UPDATED: April 10, 2024

Get your hand on your money. The application season is coming up big time?
Big Game Draws
Utah applications are due April 25th
I consider Utah as a “must apply “state. You do have to buy a $120.00 license, but applications are only $16.00 and as a nonresident you can apply for general season deer tag, a limited entry deer tag, elk, moose, bison, pronghorn, rocky Mountain sheep, and desert bighorn. Now you can only draw one and beware of the sequence of the draw.
There is a preference point system, and a lot of applicants have 15 points. That is because 15 years ago, Utah started allowing nonresidents to apply for more than one species. The point system is great because if you apply long enough, you will draw. But any draw also has a random tag available.
My hunting experience there is limited to Bison and Elk, and trust me if I tell you that hunting wild bison is just plain tough unless you get really lucky. Elk is as easy as elk hunting gets if you draw one of the early tags. My handicapped wife shot a 370 bull, and I killed a—well, it was younger. Utah manages Elk harvest targeting age class differently in different areas.

Wyoming applications for mountain goat, moose, sheep, and bison are due April 30th
The good part is that you are not required to purchase a hunting license to apply. The bad part is that you are required to submit the cost of the tag with the application.
There is a point system for sheep and moose, but mountain goat and bison do not acquire points. The point system is preference. The trick here is to apply in areas that also have random draw, because extra points do not help in the random draw.

Idaho applications for sheep, moose, and mtn goat are due April 30th
Idaho is a little tough. First you need a hunting license that runs around $200.00, then there is the processing fee and the trophy processing fee.
So, you are in it over $300.00 that you don’t get back, plus now you must submit the $2600 plus tag cost with the application!
Maybe, with these prices, it is a blessing that they only allow one species application!
One thing I hear that people like is the fact that there is no point system and because of the one species limitation, the odds or the both better and the same for all applicants.

Montana applications for sheep, moose, mtn goat, and bison are due May 1st
Montana costs around a hundred dollars including the point fee to apply for each of these species. There is no point for bison. They square the points for the other species, so the pool must be similar to the national debt, and it is a random draw, so your odds get worse each year. The good part is that you are not required to submit the tag cost with the application.

Jerry Barron

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