BOISE — Hunters applying for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags in April are encouraged to apply online, by phone or in person at Fish and Game offices or license vendors to ensure applications are correctly entered.
Application fees for these species have increased for both residents and nonresidents and are not part of the resident “price-lock” program. The new application and tag fees are not reflected in the 2017-18 rules booklet because it was published before the new fees were set by the legislature.
Residents who are price-locked will pay $183.50 to apply for a moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goat tag. To be price-locked, a resident must have purchased a 2017 fishing, hunting or trapping license. Residents who did not buy that license will pay $216.50 to apply. Nonresidents will pay $2,143.50 to apply for the tag; nonresident tag prices did not increase, but the application fee did.
The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat will run from April 1 through April 30. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
These species tags are unlike other drawings for controlled hunts because applicants must include the full price of the tag with the application. Unsuccessful applicants are refunded the price of the tag but not the application fee. Both residents and nonresidents must have a 2018 hunting license to apply for any controlled-hunt tag.