The Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo tags in Idaho allow hunters to pursue world-class large game on every open hunt in the state. Every year, 34 hunters are chosen to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance. Hunters must enter the Super Hunt Drawings to earn a Super Hunt tag. There are numerous methods to participate in the draws. Using a credit card online, for example, will cost $10 per card. Two more methods are purchasing a draw package from a local agent or sponsor ($125 for one tag) or via the Internet ($150 for two tags).
Idaho's big game species include elk, deer, moose, and bear. Each species has its own specific requirements for taking it with a rifle. Tags must be used within 24 hours of being drawn, and they are valid only during the drawing period specified on the tag. Tags may not be transferred. They can only be used by the original purchaser.
Are Idaho Super Hunts legal? Yes. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game allows hunters to participate in these special hunts.
How do I become eligible for an Idaho Super Hunt? To be selected you need to meet some basic requirements. You must be at least 18 years old, have a valid photo ID, and reside in an area where big game hunting is permitted. Also, you must have shot an average of one big game animal every year for three consecutive years prior to your 19th birthday.
The current population estimate in Idaho is more than 120,000 elk, which is just 4% lower than the all-time high of 125,000. As a result, hunters are traveling to Idaho to shoot elk. Each of the previous four years, non-resident elk tags have sold out earlier and earlier. The early sellout is evidence that more people are shooting elk in Idaho.
Elk were introduced into Idaho in 1883 and have been successfully breeding in the state ever since. Overhunting in the early years caused the population to crash but it has recovered over time. Today, elk can be found across most of Idaho except for the Northwest corner where there are no roads or human activity enough to keep them contained. Elk eat mainly grasses and twigs with some bark and leaves added in during fall and winter months. They will also eat corn if nothing else is available. In fact, elk can cause a lot of damage to crops when they go looking for food any time of year.
Idaho has five game management regions where hunting is allowed. Two of these regions (north and central) contain nearly all of the state's elk habitat. The other three regions each have specific regulations regarding when you can hunt elk. For example, hunters cannot use bait in Region 3 while in Region 5, hunters are allowed to use bait if necessary to reduce stress on the animal. Bait is not permitted in Region 2 or 4.
(1) Each year, the department will conduct a lottery to award one deer, one elk, one shiras moose, one mountain sheep, one mountain goat, one wild buffalo or bison, one antelope, and one mountain lion hunting license. These licenses are referred to as "super-tags." The drawing for the lottery takes place in November each year.
The super-tag allows the holder to kill up to two species within that category during the regular season and postseason. A hunter can only have a maximum of four super-tags at any time. They are valid for years but may not be transferred between individuals or companies.
A super-tag is good for one day during which time it has to be used consecutively. If you want to hunt another species with your super-tag on another day, you'll need to get another one. There is no charge for a super-tag; it is issued at no cost to the hunter.
Only residents of Montana who were born after January 1, 1958, are eligible to purchase a super-tag. Proof of identity and residence are required to register for the super-tag lottery. Registration closes at 5 p.m. MT on the day before the start of the season.
The commissioner may limit the number of super-tags available for sale each year.