Idaho Update: Returned General Season Tags Available As 2nd Tags For Residents & Nonresidents Next Week
August 4 update: List of available tags has been added to this article.
For those looking for a tag in Idaho for the 2021 season, remember that next week there could be another opportunity to pick up a returned tag, and also, starting in August, now these tags can be picked up as a second tag to both residents and nonresidents. So with this addition, there will be more competition for these returned tags.
The next tag availability date will be at 10 a.m. MDT on August. 5. 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.
NOTE: If any tags are available, the list of available tags will be displayed at 10 a.m. MDT on August 3 on Idaho's nonresident license and tag webpage. Also, if tags become available I'll be updating this article on August 3.
Tips for picking up a tag
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.
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.
Upcoming Idaho returned sold-out tag availability dates
(10:00 a.m. MT)
view available tags
(10:00 a.m. MT)
|August 5*||August 3|
|September 2||August 31|
|September 16||September 14|
|October 7||October 5|
|October 21||October 19|
|November 4||November 2|
* Tags will be 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.
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.
- $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.
Capped Elk Zone Tags: A resident or nonresident can purchase nonresident tags returned from a capped elk zone as long as the cap is not sold out. Only residents can purchase a returned resident capped elk zone tag.
Elk Zones not Eligible for any Second Tags: Elk City.
Deer Units not Eligible for any Second Tags: 10, 10A, 12, 16A, 17, 19 and 20.
Idaho 2021 second controlled big game drawing
It's also worth mentioning that the application period for Idaho’s second big game controlled hunt and swan tag drawing is August 5-15.
Tags available in the second drawing include those for deer, elk, antelope, and black bear that were not applied for in the first drawing, as well those that were drawn by hunters but not purchased by the August 1 deadline.
A list of controlled hunt tags will be available after Aug. 1 and posted to Fish and Game’s Controlled Hunt Information webpage. Draw results will be posted by August 25, and any leftover tags will be sold first-come, first-served on that date at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
Hunters with a valid 2021 Idaho hunting license may apply for controlled hunts at any license vendor, Fish and Game office, or with a credit card online or by calling 1-800-554-8685. There is an additional fee for online and phone orders.