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Idaho Shiras Moose Hunting
Idaho Shiras Moose Hunting

For 2021, there will be an overall reduction of 18 bull moose tags from 560 to 542 and a reduction of 71 antlerless moose tags from 74 to 3 total tags. The cut in moose tags in the Southeast and Upper Snake regions is in response to information indicating declining populations, low calf survival, low recruitment, and declining harvest metrics. Keep in mind, the number of cow tags available are included in the “up to” 10% non-resident allocation and the reduction of 71 cow tags will have a measurable impact on non-resident draw odds for 2021. The total number of non-resident moose tags available this season will be 54. This amounts to a loss of nine tags that were available in 2020. While the cut in cow tags is a step in the right direction in its moose management, it is not good news for non-resident draw odds.

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Idaho Moose Draw Odds

Simply put, draw odds are a function of supply vs. demand, and while the number of moose tags has dropped 32% since 2018, the number of non-resident applicants has increased by 43%. These trends make it fair to assess that the good old days of great drawing odds for non-resident moose tags may soon be coming to an end. All of that being said, 1 in 17 non-resident applicants were hunting moose in Idaho last fall and the chances of drawing a moose tag here remain higher than any state in the West. If you are on the fence as to whether you are applying for moose, sheep or goat in Idaho, we strongly suggest you choose moose. The odds of drawing a moose tag are much better than those of the other two species, and it makes sense to get your moose tag drawn before moving on to applying for sheep or goat.

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Idaho has about every kind of terrain imaginable to hunt moose in, and statewide harvest success is typically around 75%. For higher success hunts for bulls in the 40” range, look towards the southeastern portion of the state. Much of this country is a mixture of private and public land with most units having plenty of public land for the self-guided hunter. Hunters in most of the Panhandle units continue to struggle, and if you are considering applying for a hunt in this region, plan on spending plenty of time in the field. This area is extremely thick, rugged, and steep, and the hunting can be very difficult. Make sure to have a couple of wolf permits in your pocket if you are hunting this part of the state. Area 54 continues its hold as the best unit in the state, and anyone with this tag in their pocket has a very realistic chance at taking a Boone and Crockett Bull.

For 2021, boundaries have been modified in hunt areas 44, 54-1, 61-1, 61-2, and 73. Idaho has also added a new antlered hunt in the southeast region. The new unit, 73A, was previously the northwest portion of unit 73. The moose population in 73A is doing well and hadn’t been getting enough attention from previous area 73 tag holders. There is a lot of private land in the valley floors of this area, but there are enough moose on BLM land and in the Deep Creek Mountains to have a good hunt.

If you’re hoping to hunt a Shiras moose someday, you have to be applying in Idaho. Like most good opportunities, they don't last forever and the great drawing odds for Idaho’s moose hunts likely aren’t an exception. If you have any questions about some of the better odds hunts or any of Idaho’s moose units, make sure you give us a call.

 

Idaho Moose Season Dates

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

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Application Dates for Moose in Idaho

The Idaho Moose Application Deadline is April 30, 2021.

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Idaho Non-Resident Moose Hunting Fees

2021 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

 

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