Hunting in Eastern Idaho


Many seasoned hunting outfitters operate in Eastern Idaho. Look for the Deer Icon on our GUIDES AND TOURS PAGE for outfitters in the Eastern Idaho Region, or search by unit number at the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association and a full directory is also available from the Outfitters Guides and Licensing Board. Idaho Fish and Game offers an interactive Idaho Hunt Planner online, designed to provide information on regulations, seasons, drawing odds, harvest statistics, maps, and hunt boundaries.

Dates of hunts and types of weapons allowed are all regulated in Idaho. Detailed information about the rules and regulations can be found at www.idfg.idaho.gov .

Did You Know: Idaho Fish and Game is primarily funded through the sale of hunting licenses, permits, and tags. Hunting in Idaho means you directly support the preservation and protection of the wildlife and lands that make this State so incredible.


Hunting in Idaho starts with a hunting license or tag, depending on the species you want to hunt.

Idaho has both controlled and general season hunts. Hunters must apply for controlled hunts, which are done through a lottery draw. General season hunts can be purchased over-the-counter on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be aware that nonresident tags tend to sell out before hunting season begins, so early purchase is encouraged.

To plan your next hunting adventure in Eastern Idaho, visit Idaho Fish and Game for up-to-date fees, important dates, and information, and check out our Eastern Idaho Hunting & Fishing Guide .

Inspire young hunters

Junior Mentored Hunting Program

Inspire young hunters

Junior Mentored Hunting Program

Instilling a passion for hunting in the next generation

Idaho offers a Junior Mentored Hunting Program that allows nonresident youth, ages 10 to 17, to hunt with a licensed adult for a reduced license rate. Both adult and child must be hunting the same species to qualify.

Upper Snake River Region's

Big Game

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Idaho has a diverse selection of species open to regulated hunting. With so many large predators in our region, proper safety measures and hunting skills are essential.

East Idaho's Big Game Species:

Mule Deer
White-Tailed Deer
Black Bear
Mountain Lion
Mountain Goat


Mule deer are an icon of the West and Eastern Idaho has an abundant population occupying habitats which ensures rich recreational, cultural and public heritage for years to come. However, the mule deer population has changed over the years with development and altered landscapes. Idaho's Mule Deer Initiative works with private landowners and land management species to protect and improve habitat, increase mule deer numbers and provide a variety of hunting opportunities to support the mule deer population.

Whether you are searching for that once-in-a-lifetime big game animal or starting an annual hunting tradition, wildlife abounds in Eastern Idaho, encouraging the thrill of the hunt with a mind towards conservation and preservation of healthy animal populations.

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