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January 2023

The demand for reservation hunts continues to grow as many state draw tags become more difficult to acquire. This means it is also more difficult to find available hunts or get on the waiting list with most reservations. Many hunters typically rebook their hunt for the following year, which doesn’t allow for any new hunters to jump on opportunities. If these are hunts you are interested in, you must be proactive in reaching out to the reservation if you would like to secure a spot.

Anyone who has researched or tried to purchase a reservation hunt knows that it can be very frustrating to acquire a permit. Some reservations have great systems that are detailed and responsive, whereas with others, you are never certain what is going on. When we write our reservation section every January, we are always concerned about getting up-to- date information before we go to print. We feel like the best way to provide the most accurate information is to publish it online. In doing so, we are not up against any print deadlines in the magazine and we’ll be able to update the reservation section at any time. This also allows us to put usable weblinks to each reservation’s website, making it easier for the user to end up on the right website the first time.

Reservation hunts are a unique opportunity to give you another chance to go hunting. There are dozens of reservations across the West that offer hunting opportunities, but it is becoming more difficult to pick up a tag due to high demand. Some reservations offer over-the-counter permits, draw permits, or both. Most reservations require that a native guide accompanies you on the hunt, but there are a few that are an exception and allow you to hunt on your own. We have created tables that provide information on reservations that have tag availability first-come, first-served or a draw process. This list does not currently include reservations that are booked years in advance or have a waiting list.

  • Havasupai Indian Reservation
  • Navajo Indian Reservation
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • Blackfeet Indian Reservation
  • Fort Belknap Indian Reservation
  • Fort Peck Tribes
  • Duck Valley Indian Reservation
  • Jicarilla Apache Tribe
  • Mescalero Apache
  • Pueblo of Acoma
  • Pueblo of Laguna
  • Pueblo of Zuni