Western Big Game Hunting Registration Deadlines 2021

Male elk 2020 that I helped my brother take. Photo credit: Brady Miller

It’s hard to believe the nominating season has arrived and plans are already underway for the 2021 hunting season! The following is an overview of upcoming state entry deadlines, other important tag dates, and draw result dates for each western state.

New for 2021 in this article

In order to adapt to how people want to see this huge amount of valuable information, this year I’ve incorporated a new table that allows you to filter out the items you want to see. This was based on comments from INSIDER.

You can filter the information in the following tables by using the “search bar” in the tables. So if you only want to see Arizona timeframes, you can type Arizona and instantly the table will adjust to show only Arizona information. Likewise, if you only want the table to show the draw deadlines, if you type “draw” it will show you. You can also search for “points” and instantly it will show you states that have a separate deadline for points only after the main draw. And you can search for “leftovers” and it will show you the states with a remaining print run and the dates when you can grab a leftover tag. In addition, you can also search for cash. Basically, anything in the table can be searched and filtered to quickly show what interests you.

  • The first table concerns the application deadlines.
  • The second table contains the provisional dates for the results of the draw.

Western big game dates and deadlines

In the tables below you will find the approved and provisional application deadlines for 2021 and the provisional dates for the draw results. These dates will change as each state releases more information. Currently they are based on deadlines / results from previous years looking at the day of the week they are typically posted or even the exact date on the calendar they tend to follow. And sometimes, unfortunately, there is no model, so I really have to analyze the delays from the previous year.

Registration deadlines for the big game hunt in the west of 2021 with open dates

Results of the 2021 Western Big Game Draw

Note on the dates of the draw results

Each year, waiting for the results of the draw can seem like an eternity! And I’m like everyone else who waits for the draw results all year round and then I constantly hit the refresh button. Currently, the draw results dates are somewhat based on the 2020 and prior year results release date. Keep in mind that every year we get questions about why our draw results dates don’t exactly match what you might find in the rules. For the most part, the results dates for our listed draws are actually more accurate based on trends in how certain states publish their draw odds at the start of each year. Most states tend to publish the results of the draws and often publish them well in advance of the date specified in the regulations. For example, Nevada and New Mexico indicate the date of their draw result in their rules, but they always publish them earlier than that.


INSIDER research tools

Every search tool on goHUNT will help you find the perfect hunt. When you combine Draw Odds, Filtering 2.0, and goHUNT’s 3D maps … that’s all you need to gain an edge and perform better.

Draw Odds Filtering 2.0 goHUNT Cards – Web 3D

Status Profile Links

If you’re looking for more information about each individual state, be sure to dive into our state and species profiles. Below are links to each state profile.

Alaska Arizona California Colorado Idaho Kansas Montana Nevada New Mexico Oregon Utah Washington Wyoming

Other things to note

You can also see all of the important Western Hunt deadlines on our INSIDER Basecamp page. It’s kind of like your INSIDER “homepage”. You can find a quick link to INSIDER Basecamp in the upper right corner of the screen if you click on the INSIDER button. We keep this page up to date with all the latest dates, deadlines and important information from INSIDER.

If you’re new to goHUNT, we publish the INSIDER State-by-State Enforcement Strategy articles three to four weeks before each state’s deadline. We think this is the perfect amount of time for you to review the new regulations for 2021, unit limit changes, herd mortality information, and tag assignment changes before trying to draw. the label of your dreams. Keep in mind that you can always research your upcoming season using Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds well before you publish the article on each state’s enforcement strategy. Application season can be very overwhelming and we try to keep it simple with an easy-to-follow calendar of article publication dates. Some of the articles on enforcement policy are posted in a small window, but this is done to ensure that we are providing the best possible information to our users. Different states are posting their regulations and herd information on tight windows until the application deadline. We therefore strive to publish these articles with all possible information.

Check out the 2021 Enforcement Strategy articles here as they are published

Good luck for the next 2021 draws! And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime if you have any questions.

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