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Idaho Shiras Moose Hunting
Idaho Shiras Moose Hunting

Current Shiras moose populations in the lower 48 are estimated to be a little over 25,000 animals. Almost half of them, around 11,000, inhabit the state of Idaho. For 2022, Idaho will again be issuing a total of 545 moose permits. Non-residents are eligible to draw up to 10% of these permits. In 2021, a total of 1,130 non-residents applied for a bull moose permit and 51 were successful in the draw. If you take away the 125 non-resident applicants for area 54 alone, 1 in 20 non-residents applying for the other 90 antlered hunts across the state were successful in drawing their tags. No state in the West even comes close to providing those type of odds for an out-of-state hunter looking to secure a moose hunt. The biggest reason the odds are so good is that if you are applying for moose, you may not apply for any other species in Idaho. That along with having no point system in place, having to pay the expensive moose license fee up front, and having to buy a non-refundable hunting license has kept your chances of drawing a license reasonable. If you’re hoping to hunt a Shiras moose someday, you have to be applying in Idaho.

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While the great non-resident draw odds are a bright spot for Idaho’s moose hunting, it’s not all good news. For the most part, the moose population in Idaho continues its steady decline. This is especially true the further north in the state that you get. While most of the moose biologists at IDFG do not believe wolves are the sole culprit for the generally declining moose population across much of the state, it’s difficult not to place a large portion of the blame on wolves when looking at timelines of moose population declines as they coincide perfectly with the state’s dramatic increase in wolf population. Instead, biologists are approaching this as a multi-faceted issue with a combination of factors at play. 

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Hunters in most of the Panhandle units continue to struggle in filling their tags on a mature bull. If you are considering applying for a hunt in this region, plan on spending plenty of time in the field. There are still good bulls being taken on these hunts, but 50" bulls are getting harder and harder to come by. Make sure to have a couple of wolf permits in your pocket if you are hunting this part of the state. 

The units in the southeastern portion of the state have stable populations and remain a great place for high success hunts. Bulls in the 40" range along with some really great bulls are being taken every year. Much of this country is a mixture of private and public land, but most units have plenty of public land for the self-guided hunter. 

 

Moose Season Dates

For more information on specific units and season dates, please visit the state regulations.

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Application Deadline

The Idaho Moose Application Deadline is April 30, 2022.

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2022 IDAHO NON-RESIDENT FEES
Adult Up-Front Fees
Annual Hunting License and Access Fee $195 Non-refundable
Trophy Species Application Fee $45.75 Non-refundable
Online and Phone Application Processing Fee $90.03 Non-refundable
Moose Permit $2,626.75 Refunded if unsuccessful
Adult Application Subtotal $2,957.53 $330.78 total non-refundable
Youth Up-Front Fees
Annual Hunting License and Access Fee $95.75 Non-refundable
Trophy Species Application Fee $45.75 Non-refundable
Online and Phone Application Processing Fee $87.05 Non-refundable
Moose Permit $2,626.75 Refunded if unsuccessful
Youth Applicant Subtotal $2,855.30 $228.55 total non-refundable