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Eligibility Information

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Mule Deer

Eligible persons may apply for both antlered AND antlerless mule deer hunts, but may only obtain one (1) mule deer tag per year; OR eligible juniors may apply for the junior antlered/antlerless mule deer hunt.

Antelope

Eligible persons may apply for both antelope horns longer than ears AND antelope horns shorter than ears hunts, but may only obtain one (1) antelope tag per year.

Applying for elk

An eligible applicant can apply for antlered, spike, and antlerless elk in the same draw period but may only obtain one (1) elk tag per year. In addition to antlered and antlerless elk, an applicant may also apply for antlered depredation and antlerless depredation hunts. Be advised that once an elk tag is drawn, all remaining elk applications become unsuccessful. There is the possibility an applicant could draw a spike or antlerless depredation tag instead of an antlered elk tag.

Elk Eligibility Q&A

Q: Can I put in for both a antlered tag and an antlerless elk tag?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw.

Q: How many elk tags could I obtain in the draw?

A: Only one (1) elk tag may be obtained in the same draw regardless of sex or antler class.

Q: Can I apply for the antlered elk and the spike elk hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw. For example, if your spike elk application is drawn first, your antlered elk application would become unsuccessful. Further, if you also applied for an antlerless elk tag, your antlerless elk application would also become unsuccessful.

Q: I put in for antlered elk. Can I apply for the spike elk hunt and the antlered elk depredation hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. See “Notable Changes to the Application Process” on Big Game Seasons.

Q: I am in a waiting period for antlered elk, can I apply for the spike bull hunt?

A: Yes.

Q: I am eligible for antlered elk. Can I apply for the antlered elk hunt, the antlered elk depredation hunt, the spike elk hunt, the antlerless elk hunt, and the antlerless elk depredation hunt?

A: Yes. However, you will be paying the nonrefundable application fees for each application you submit. You will only be able to draw one (1) elk tag. You could have a low draw number for the antlerless elk depredation hunt, draw that tag, and all other elk applications will become unsuccessful. We advise the strategic use of bonus point-only applications if you prioritize certain hunts over others.

Q: Can I earn bonus points on the spike elk hunt if unsuccessful?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I apply for both the spike elk hunt and an antlerless elk hunt in the same draw?

A: Yes. However, you may only obtain one (1) elk tag in the same draw.

Ram and Ewe Sheep Eligibility Q&A

Q: I am eligible for a bighorn sheep ram hunt (Desert or California). Can I apply for the bighorn sheep ewe hunt?

A: Yes, if you are eligible for both. However, you will only be able to obtain one tag in the same subspecies. Be aware that if the ewe application is drawn first, the ram application will become unsuccessful and vice versa. One strategy is to put in for bonus points for one or the other hunts.

Q: I am eligible for a Rocky Mountain ram hunt. Can I apply for the Desert and California bighorn ewe hunt?

A: Yes. As long as you are eligible for those hunts.

Is there an order to the big game tag draw?

Answer:

No, the big game tag draw uses a random draw number order. Applications are evaluated sequentially beginning with the lowest draw number assigned in the tag draw. The application with the lowest draw number will be awarded a tag. The application with the second lowest draw number will be awarded a tag if quota remains or converted to unsuccessful if the quota is filled. The application with the third lowest draw number will then be evaluated, followed by the fourth lowest draw number, and so forth until all applications in the draw have been evaluated. This is an important consideration when submitting applications for both sexes of a single species. For example, if an applicant’s antlerless mule deer application is evaluated and awarded a tag before their antlered mule deer application, the status of their antlered mule deer application would be converted to unsuccessful.