2024 Idaho Disabled Veterans Elk Hunt Application Now Available

Thursday November 2, 2023

The Application window for the 2024 Veterans Elk Hunt is approaching!

Applications must be submitted between January 2 and January 31, 2024.

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will coordinate an all-expenses-paid deer or elk hunt for two disabled Idaho Veterans in 2024. The purpose of the hunt is to offer disabled Veterans (with a 40% Service-Connected Disability Rating or higher) an opportunity to participate in a big-game hunt when they might otherwise be prevented from doing so by the seriousness of their disability. To be eligible for this hunt you must be a resident of Idaho and have a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tags are provided at no charge to the successful applicant by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game under a special program. Specific tag information will be provided to the selected Veteran if selected.

The hunt will occur on a private ranch in Unit 45, north of Mountain Home, Idaho. Hunt dates will need to be coordinated well in advance, based on established seasons. In most cases, hunts occur in October or early November.

Hunters will be expected to provide their own transportation to Mountain Home. Rustic cabin/bunkhouse accommodations, meals and on-site transportation and assistance will be provided at the ranch at no cost to the Veteran. If the Veteran has or requires a medical caregiver, these items will also be provided at no charge for the caregiver. The cabin/bunkhouse is not barrier-free, so hotel accommodations in Mountain Home will be provided if necessary. Hunters will need to make arrangements for their prescription and medical supplies, if any. Hunters will be responsible for their own meat processing and mounting in the event their hunt is successful.

Please fill out the application found below and either mail it to Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Attn: Disabled Veterans Deer or Elk Hunt, 351 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 83702 or email it to idvs@veterans.idaho.gov. All personal information submitted will be kept confidential and used only by the selection committee.

A committee consisting of past hunt participants, a representative from the Idaho Veterans Affairs Commission, Veteran service organization representatives and personnel from the Idaho Division of Veterans Services will make the final selections. The selected Veterans will be notified by IDVS and will be contacted by the ranch to coordinate hunt dates and other specifics.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Wallior, 208-780-1300 or kevin.wallior@veterans.idaho.gov .