Idaho Hunting Seasons – Updated

Welcome to the Idaho Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2022-2023.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Idaho?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Idaho has a very wide range of excellent hunting opportunities. The Idaho hunting season website describes the hunting in this State as follows:

“Idaho’s big game populations are in good shape, and in some cases, near historic levels. Our elk hunting in many areas is excellent with statewide harvest exceeding 20,000 animals for five straight years, which has happened only once before. We don’t overlook that harvesting healthy, organic meat is an important part of hunting, and a reason many new hunters are starting to hunt. Idaho hunters sustainably harvest well over 10 million pounds of wild game meat each year.”

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Idaho Deer and Elk Hunting Season

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game:-

Idaho’s deer herds are also healthy and abundant… White-tailed deer herds remain abundant …”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

General Any Weapon Deer Season Oct 10-Dec 1
General Any Weapon Elk Season Sept 6-Dec 20
Pronghorn (Controlled Season) Sept 25-Dec 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Special Bow and Muzzleloader only seasons also apply.

Idaho Turkey Hunting Season

Idaho has some great Turkey hunting opportunities during hunting season. some recent announcements from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game include:-

“Daily bag limit was increased to 2 bearded turkeys during spring statewide. In fall, the daily bag limit is equal to the number of tags possessed. Increased the length of the fall season by moving the season opener to August 30 in units of the Panhandle and Clearwater regions. Increased spring and fall controlled hunting opportunities in the Southwest and Salmon regions.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

General Spring Season April 8-May 25
General Fall Season Aug 30-Dec 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Idaho Other Game Hunting Seasons

Other Big and Small Game Hunting in Idaho includes such diverse species as Moose, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Bobcat, Mountain Lion to name just a few.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Moose (Controlled) Sept 15-Dec 1
Bighorn sheep (Controlled) Aug 30 -Oct 13
Mountain goat (Controlled) Aug 30 -Nov 13
Mountain Lion Aug 30-June 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Idaho Game Bird Hunting Season

A variety of Game Birds are available to hunt in Idaho. These include Canada Goose, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants and Doves.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Ducks Oct 12-Jan 24
Canada Goose Oct 5-Jan 24
Pheasants Oct 13-Dec 31
Quail Oct 19-Dec 31
Dove Sept 1-Oct 30
Grouse Oct 19-Dec 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Idaho Black Bear Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Black Bear Aug 30-Nov 30 & Apr 1-June 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Idaho Small Game Hunting Season

There is also plenty of Small Game hunting to be had in Idaho during hunting season. Many of these are able to be targeted by trap hunters as well.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Cottontail Rabbit Mar 1-Aug 31
Snowshoe Hare April 1-Aug 31
Fox Open All Year
Bobcat Dec 14-Feb 16
Beaver Nov 1-Mar 31

* Season dates vary widely for Small Game by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.

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Good Luck!!