The upcoming seasons include changes in tag numbers and controlled hunt areas in response to population changes and past harvest success rates, as well as a few new hunts.
For moose, new antlered hunts are being offered in Units 5, 54, and an archery hunt in 68A. New hunts are also being offered for antlerless moose in Units 73, 74, and an archery hunt in Units 68A.
For bighorn sheep, a new hunt with two tags is being offered in hunt area 19A, the season for the Unit 17 hunt opens earlier, and hunt areas in Unit 28 have been modified.
The only change for mountain goat is an increase of two tags and a splitting of a hunt area in Unit 10.
Hunters can apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors, or with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685. Internet users may apply through Fish and Game's website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/.
Each applicant must possess a valid 2015 Idaho hunting or combination license to apply for a controlled hunt. Application and tag fee must be included for moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat applications. All but the application fee ($6.25 for residents, $14.75 for nonresidents) will be refunded to those who do not draw.
Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
Hunters who apply for moose, goat and sheep may not apply for other controlled hunts in the same year except for unlimited controlled hunts, extra deer, elk or antelope hunts, controlled bear hunts or depredation hunts. Those who draw a moose, goat or sheep permit may not apply to hunt the same species for two years, even if they don't harvest an animal.
Any person who has harvested an antlered moose in Idaho may apply only for an antlerless moose permit. Any person who has killed an antlerless moose in Idaho may apply only for an antlered moose permit. Any person who has killed a mountain goat in Idaho since 1977 may not apply for a mountain goat permit. Anyone who has killed a California bighorn or a Rocky Mountain bighorn may not apply again for the same species of sheep, but they may apply for the other subspecies.
The 2015 and 2016 Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules brochure is available at all Fish and Game offices, license vendors, or online athttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=64.