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A Few Returned Idaho General Season Elk/Deer Tags Available Sept. 16

Idaho returned deer elk tags September 16 update

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This is a very similar article I've written about for the other Idaho returned tag sale updates. The tag list is current as of September 14 at 10:20 a.m. MT. Note: there are no returned regular nonresident deer tags available this week.

On Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m. MT there is another opportunity to pick up a returned tag in Idaho for the 2021 season. Remember that starting earlier in August, these tags can be picked up as a second tag to both residents and nonresident (or a first tag to nonresidents). So with this addition, there will be more competition for these returned tags.

Also, now there are several leftover controlled hunt tags available.

Tags can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at Idaho Fish and Game offices during normal business hours, at license vendors, online, or by calling (800) 554-8685.

Pick up an available tag here once available

Tags available

September 18 2021 Idaho resident capped elk zone tags available

September 16 2021 Idaho nonresident elk zone tags available

September 16 2021 Idaho nonresident DAV deer tags available

September 16 2021 Idaho nonresident whitetail deer tags available

Leftover Controlled Hunt Drawing Tags

Leftover Controlled Hunt tags are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 am MT on September 16, 2021.

Leftover controlled elk hunt tags available September 16


Tips for picking up a returned tag

Idaho tag virtual waiting room queue

The above screenshot was grabbed while I was checking out the process of the "waiting room" on the last August 5 returned tag sale.

If you log into the Idaho Fish & Game licensing website early, you will be placed in the pre-sale waiting room. Keep your screen open and I'd suggest not refreshing the screen.

Waiting room virtual queue for Idaho tags

Then at 10:00 a.m., you will then be placed in the virtual queue. Then you will have to wait for your turn before you can jump in to purchase a license. Again, stay on this screen. Once you move past this screen, act fast and purchase a tag!

Upcoming Idaho returned sold-out tag availability dates

Sale date
(10:00 a.m. MT)
Date to
view available tags
(10:00 a.m. MT)
September 16 September 14
October 7 October 5
October 21 October 19
November 4 November 2

Tags became available as first or second tags starting August 5 for both residents (residents can purchase from the nonresident quota as their second tag) and nonresidents.

Nonresident sales

If a nonresident does not have a deer or elk tag, then the nonresident may be able to purchase a first tag and possibly a second tag during this sale. The current nonresident limits for uncapped elk zones and all deer units still apply to returned tags purchased by nonresidents.

Nonresident fees

  • $351.75 for deer tags
  • $651.75 for elk tags

Resident sales as second tags

Residents can purchase a tag from the nonresident quota as a second tag. Nonresident limits for uncapped elk zones and deer units do not apply to nonresident tags purchased by residents, so available deer tags can be used statewide and available elk tags can be purchased for any uncapped elk zone. Residents eligible for the Price Lock discount pay $301.75 for a deer tag, or $416.75 for an elk tag. Residents not eligible for the Price Lock discount pay the same deer and elk tag fees as nonresidents.

Only residents can purchase a returned resident capped elk zone tag.

Notice about exchanging tags

Online and telesales exchanges are no longer available for deer tags, as of August 29. These can still be completed in person at IDFG regional offices until the opening date of the tag. Exchanges for elk tags remain available online and through telesales until the zone has opened.

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