More Returned Idaho General Season Elk/Deer Tags Available Sept. 2
For those looking for a tag in Idaho for the 2021 season, later this week there is another opportunity to pick up a returned tag, and also, remember that starting earlier in August, now 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.
The next tag availability date will be at 10 a.m. MDT on September 2. 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.
Tips for picking up a returned 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. Once you move past this screen, act fast and purchase a tag!
Upcoming Idaho returned sold-out tag availability dates
(10:00 a.m. MT)
view available tags
(10:00 a.m. MT)
|September 2||August 31|
|September 16||September 14|
|October 7||October 5|
|October 21||October 19|
|November 4||November 2|
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.
Only residents can purchase a returned resident capped elk zone tag.
Notice about exchanging tags
If you are exchanging a tag and a season is open for any part of the season, your tag cannot be exchanged for a returned tag.