If you are a trophy antelope hunter, Idaho is unlikely to provide the caliber of buck you’re after. That’s not to say that they don’t exist, but they are few and far between in the Gem State. If you’re just looking for a place to have a fun hunt for 70-75" bucks, Idaho has what you’re looking for. For someone who is willing to put in the time and who knows what they are looking at, most of the units across the state have the potential to produce mid 70" bucks.
Antelope populations continue to hold steady across the state, and after a couple of relatively mild winters in most of Idaho’s antelope range, there will be plenty of mature bucks available. If you are looking for an 80" buck, stick with our top units. The southern portion of the state continues to produce the best bucks. Units 38, 54, and 55 are the top units in the state. The Owyhee Desert units, 40-42, also produce some great bucks every year. There are always a couple of big bucks that come from the area along the Nevada and Oregon borders. This is some super remote country that typically gets overlooked by antelope hunters.
If you are an archery antelope hunter, there are a lot of new hunts being offered this year. With the exception of 60A-1, all of the new archery hunts have unlimited quotas. New for 2021, all of the unlimited archery antelope hunts must be applied for using your first choice. Any of the unlimited areas hold plenty of Pope and Young bucks, and these tags are a good fallback for those looking to pick up an extra hunt. Keep in mind that many of these areas have become very popular and there can be plenty of competition for waterholes. With all of the new unlimited areas being offered, IDFG is hoping to better disperse archery hunting pressure throughout the state.
It’s tough to justify spending $195 on a hunting license and an additional $18 application fee just to apply for antelope in Idaho, but if you’re already applying for elk and/or deer or you are just looking to add another state for a fun antelope hunt, make sure you apply for Idaho by June 5th.
For specific units, weapons, and dates please consult the regulations pp. 66-69
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|Annual Hunting License and Access Fee||$195|
|Junior Mentored Hunting License and Access Fee||$95.75|
|Application Fee per Species||$18|
|Wolf Tag (up to 15)||$31.75|
|*An additional online processing fee of approximately 3% is not included in the prices above.|
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