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Idaho 2021 nonresident tag and license fee increase

New 2021 Idaho nonresident hunting fee increase

As of March 3, 2020 a new bill (HB 330) was signed into law by Idaho Governor Brad Little. As goHUNT previously reported, the new law will directly affect hunting license and tag fees for nonresidents. The law called for a general increase of ten percent on nonresident items, with larger increases for big game tags and related items such as archery and muzzleloader permits. Additionally, junior mentored tags also saw a large increase in pricing. Note: Nonresident wolf and veterans’ tags will not be affected by this legislation.

The new fees are set to be enforced for the 2021 season when tags go on sale on December 1, 2020.

Comparison of 2021 tag and license fee increases for nonresidents in Idaho

Hunting Licenses
Item 2020
cost
2021
cost
% change
Nonresident combination license* $240 $264 10%
Nonresident hunting license** $154.75 $185 19.55%
Jr. Mentored hunting license** $31.75 $91.75 188.98%
Adult Big Game Tags
Deer tag $301.75 $351.75 16.57%
Elk tag $416.75 $651.75 56.39%
Antelope tag $311.75 $342.75 9.94%
Bighorn sheep tag $2,101.75 $2,626.75 24.98%
Rocky Mountain goat tag $2,101.75 $2,626.75 24.98%
Moose tag $2,101.75 $2,626.75 24.98%
Black bear tag $186 $231.75 24.6%
Jr. Mentored Big Game Tags
Jr. mentored deer tag $23.75 $176.75 644.21%
Jr. mentored elk tag $39.75 $299.75 654.09%
Jr. mentored black bear tag $23.75 $116.75 391.58%
Qualifying Permits
Archery permit $20 $81.75 308.75%
Muzzleloader permit $20 $81.75 308.75%
Controlled Hunt Application Fees
Controlled hunt application fee
(deer, elk, antelope, bear)
$14.75 $18 22.03%
Controlled hunt application fee
(sheep, moose, goat)
$41.75 $45.75 9.58%

*Includes fishing license
**Includes 3-day fishing license

As can be seen in the table above, most tags took a big increase but Jr. Mentored tags really took a hit (391 to 654% HIT!). It is also important to note that additional access fees and processing fees are required when purchasing licenses and tags in Idaho.

Idaho has long been the contingency state for many hunters, particularly those pursuing elk, due to the relatively inexpensive tags costs and over-the-counter options. With the new tag price increases, it will be interesting to see what 2021 and the coming years bring for the Gem State.

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Logan T. - posted 1 week ago on 03-22-2020 02:44:39 pm
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As an out of state guy, I applaud this. Idaho was way too low in relation to other states’ tag fees, look at the cost to hunt elk in the states around them. And look at the opportunity for non-residents in comparison to these other states. At least Idaho gives you a chance, unlike NM where almost all of the tags go to residents. Where’s the outrage towards that? This also affects residents, since I know many of them buy a second tag at the NR price. Hopefully this weeds out some of the out of state guys and increases game numbers. I’ll keep hunting Idaho, because it gives me a place to go unlike most other states that are near impossible to draw more than once every 10-15 years like NV, AZ, UT, NM etc. if you don’t like it, vote with your checkbook and let’s see how it really affects tag revenues. I’d rather pay more and have a better hunt, personally. Brady, I appreciate you chiming in, but this guy clearly doesn’t care about the facts. And the fact is, ID is going to do what is best for their hunters and their state. As they should. CO should probably do the same. I live in CA where we give NR the same odds and tag allocations as residents, happy to have somewhere else to hunt and I wish my state did more to take care of our residents, but CA is, as always, idiotic

Phillip B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-22-2020 09:46:18 am
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On a positive note... at least this is a situation where people don’t have years or decades tied into point accumulations ... if that were the case This would be significantly more troublesome as it impacts the INVESTMENT in future hunt opportunities. I say this as a Idaho NR guy that has a juvenile hunter that is getting hit with big increases next year.

Dominic N. - posted 1 week ago on 03-21-2020 06:07:10 am

Im an aussie bowhunter been hunting Idaho for twelve year. WOW what an increse on archery tag fn stupid. But it is the hit to the economy if hunters boycott andthe loss of revenue to small towns ect I personally have spent a lot of money in Idaho over the years.Will have to have a real hard think if i hunt in Idaho again probably spent over 120000 dollars over the time think about that fish and game

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Ben H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 05:28:05 pm
wright, mn
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Buwanna- you better check out earlier articles. They both had coverage on here guy... I know because I read it here over a month ago it seems and engaged in a thread on hunttalk regarding it. Theres no reason to attack anyone on here. We are all on here for a similiar reason. It sucks but its the way it is. Idaho at least sat on prices for 10 years. It could be worse....

Ben K. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 11:29:42 am
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Christopher s. I get that lol. I wouldn’t waste a bullet on a wolf in Idaho now.

Christopher S. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 10:14:54 am
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Ben K the wolf tags didn't increase because they want people to shoot as many as they can

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Dave B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 08:20:31 am
Cedar City, Utah
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@Jason - The DAV tags were not affected by this bill. Thank you!

Jason C. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 08:15:15 am
Yelm, WA
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Does that increase include the non-resident DAV tags?

Ben K. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 07:01:30 am
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It’s funny, I wonder why the wolf tag never increased?

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Trevor C. - posted 1 week ago on 03-20-2020 05:57:46 am
Minnesota
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Thank you for article table showing the increases. I have never understood why a special permit and added fee is there for archery equipment. Is it to question your ability with a bow or is it because the season is a little longer/earlier? Does anyone know the reasoning?

Christopher S. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 10:30:09 pm
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Every single state that I hunt as a NR has raised their prices over the past few years. Every. Single. One. Buwanna, I'll spend my money how I see fit, you spend yours how you see fit. It's a simple concept. I'll hunt with my NR friends who come here to hunt, then I'll enjoy my hunt with them when I go there. The great thing about this country. All that bitterness from you isn't going to help anything.

Arron J. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 10:15:58 pm
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As long as residents keep demanding their states stick it to non-residents and non-residents keep paying, states will keep raising tag fees. Everyone cheers when it is their state raising tag fees or reducing non-resident tag allotments and weeps and wails when its not their state. What goes around comes around.

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Brady M. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:40:48 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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Buwanna - If you think coverage wasn’t fair... then call me or let me know your full concern here. Love to continue to hear your thoughts. Next time a giant bill is trying to get passed that impacts any hunter, call or email me with the details before it starts so we cover it. Plain and simple if it impacts hunters, I’ll cover it so hunters can read about it. Hope you enjoy your evening.

Buwanna Y. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:40:46 pm

Christopher S. You are an insider. Pay the money.

Christopher S. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:34:02 pm
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Also, their was a big public outcry on this, and the Idaho legislature listened to the citizens of Idaho. As they should.

Christopher S. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:32:08 pm
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Buwanna, the difference is Idaho didn't try to set aside 30% of NR tags for outfitters. Same number of tags are available in Idaho, and the price finally went up after ten years, TEN YEARS, of staying the same. I would hate to listen to you whining in a deer or elk camp, sounds like you're the life of the party. Trying to call out Brady makes you look like a fool on this. Complain all you want about Wyoming, they don't care. Their licenses all went up and the demand is still as high as ever. Grind your axe somewhere else.

Alex N. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:18:40 pm
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As much as this affects me,( I plan to do a hunting trip to Idaho to hunt Elk and Deer in 2021) I respect it, and wish the Wisconsin DNR would take notice and follow suit. Wisconsin as some great hunting opportunities, but they currently do not take advantage of out of state hunters. Just has Idaho has done, Wisconsin needs to take a look at the cost of their tags for both resident and nonresident to gain revenue to continue to improve the natural resources that are available.

Buwanna Y. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 09:12:07 pm

Brady M. ---Compare articles. Not even close to the same. The Wyoming article listed five senators and email links plus referenced a bunch of data provided by the Wyoming Outfitter and Guides Association. Who here makes money on hyping this stuff? Buy a bigger booth and next years Utah Hunt Expo. SELL-OUTS.

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Brady M. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 08:57:51 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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@Buwanna - Well... actually we did cover this already and like the WY article, had big callout links for people to contact the state senate and Idaho Fish and Game Commission officials to voice their concern.

The link to that previous Idaho article was also in this article.

But if you missed the original coverage, here is the link: https://www.gohunt.com/read/news/idaho-house-approves-decrease-in-nonresident-tags-but-increase-in-fees

Buwanna Y. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 08:23:40 pm

Double Standard. Why no media blitz and panic from gohunt to kill the bill in the Idaho legislature like the bombarded Wyoming this year when they proposed changes to non resident license allocations. Gohunt listed the Wyoming senators emails in an "emergency alert" to stop the legislation. Begging people to email politicians who were not elected to represent non residents. The article touts the biased economic claims of the Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association to kill the bill. Remember, these are the people keeping you out of the wilderness, not the residents. They're not you friends. They detest the DIY hunters. They will not be happy until all non-resident hunters are required to apply through a guide service. They tried several times to get an outfitter draw they just weren't will to share the non resident quota. They obviously have a powerful lobby at the crooked Wyoming Legislature. Crooked, yes read the Panama Papers.
Ever increasing prices to hunt just hurt the average hunter. The wealthy sit back and enjoy the amount of people dropping out. They buy their way into Wyoming's best hunt areas by purchasing any of the 56 annual commissioners tags for big money. Proceeds from these tag auctions don't even benefit Wyoming's wildlife. Many have benefited softball teams and blue grass festivals. Hunting is all money and it's getting worse every year.

Adam M. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 08:02:45 pm

It’s funny how everybody gets upset about this. No one complains about the other states that are more expensive or have draw only tags. And federal lands are open to everyone but game is managed by the states. That’s the same in every state! Every state can choose how they manage their wildlife. You can camp or hike or look at the wildlife all you want but the state gets to make the rules on hunting and fishing. The increase in fees will only increase their revenue. I doubt there will be a decrease in non-resident hunter tags sold. And if there is, the increase is meant to offset the decrease in tags. And I don’t know where everyone gets that hunter numbers are down??? Where? Down from what? It’s more popular now than ever. The last 10 years idaho non-resident tag numbers have doubled. Hunting in Idaho will continue with or without everyone wanting to boycott Idaho. But I guess only time will really tell. And as a side note, resident fees did increase slightly only a few years ago. It’s still cheap, but that’s the beauty of living and hunting in Idaho! Every state offers their residents a cheaper fee to hunt and fish.

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 07:16:14 pm
Public Lands
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I always kind of think of it like this. People always complain about the high cost of out of state tags, when those same tags have 100% drawing odds then things might change.

As long as those tags are hard to draw, prices will continue to go up. Right now in the West supply is greatly out weighed by demand. Even areas known for being difficult to access or shot out still have a high demand.

The idea that the state will lower the prices because people complain is silly. If enough people vote with their feet, and stop buying them maybe. It would take a revolution for that to happen, there are just way more people wanting tags than their are tags. Every western state has this problem. Most of the hunting lands of Idaho is within 7 hours drive from Salt lake, Portland or Seattle. Public hunting demand in Utah outstrips tag allocations by a ton in Utah. Those people are hungry for public hunting, and Idaho is close.

You guys act like complaining is going to make a difference. The only change will come when there is no demand.

Christopher S. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:55:19 pm
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It "hasn't been debated ad nauseam" on hunting forums, it has been settled in court on multiple occasions. The state owns the animals and can manage them as they see fit, whether that be on federal, state, or private land. Resident license fees went up a couple years ago, and any change to resident licenses fees from here forward has to go through the state legislature. The federal land argument holds zero water in forums or the courts. You can do anything else you want on those lands as a taxpayer but if you intend to hunt or fish you will pay the fees that the state established.

Michael G. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:46:32 pm
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This only make sense for the guy that can afford this kind of inflation they are pricing the legitimate hunters out of the hunt! Soon no one will be able to afford this and people will wonder why the number of hunters continues to hunt!
This pisses me off! If the conservation requires it then great I’m all in but if it’s just because the residents are thinking the non resident hunters are the issue then they are the problem! This will have a huge effect on Idaho and future Hunter of the United States! Just another great example of only the rich can hunt!

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Anthony G. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:38:04 pm
Pilot Rock, Or
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Gonna have to scrap Idaho and head to Colorado to bow hunt elk. And rather pay the extra in fuel to have better elk hunting.

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Anthony G. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:33:54 pm
Pilot Rock, Or
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I understand states raising fees, but 82$ for an archery permit is ridiculous!

Steven B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:32:52 pm
San Jose, Ca
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Well, as I see it, at some point, the out of state hunter, outfitters and the many others who economically depend on the non-resident hunter will go to the courts for relief and put much of this in the hands of people that will simply "cut the baby in half". That will be the answer even if no one like it, accept of course, the non-hunters who will love it! I understand the in-state agencies looking out for their resident hunter. But, if resident hunters' prices don't go up commensurately with out of state hunters then the price squeeze and tag allocations will be taken up in the courts in the name of fairness and equitable treatment for a limited resource. Then we'll really see hunter divisiveness and, who is the big winner....the non-hunting community! These political self serving decisions have consequences that may hurt us all.

Greg H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 05:18:02 pm
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So long as enough NR’s are willing to pay more, they will keep increasing. The argument around federal land only goes so far. First, only a portion of the land in ID is federally owned, and second states will claim that the game on that land is a state asset, not a federal asset. Not saying I agree with all of that, but those are the arguments that have already been debated ad nauseum in many different hunter forums.

I hunt and own property in MT, but I’m a NR there. We’ve been paying north of $1,000 for general deer/elk combo tags for awhile. Welcome to the club ID!

chad l. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 04:58:42 pm
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I really don’t see the point of the west constantly increasing non resident tags. Do those states really want to see the impact on state revenue of zero non resident tag being sold? Isn’t the land, that non residents hunt, federal land owned by all citizens? Pretty sure I pay federal taxes.

I know all resident would love to have no outsiders and have all the FEDERAL lands to yourself, but did you consider how much your resident tags might increase if there is zero revenue from non residents.

We, outsiders, apply sometimes for decades for a chance to hunt elk, mule deer, moose, antelope and sheep only to be slapped in the face with yearly increases.

You might want to talk with your state representatives when voting on these constant increases in the future!

Bill P. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 04:48:20 pm

1200.00 to hunt In Idaho... boycott that. Expensive deer & elk with a bow. Enjoy your wolves!

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Dave B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 07:12:46 am
Cedar City, Utah
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@Mark A- Resident tags did not increase under this bill. Thank you for checking out the article!

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Dave B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 07:11:32 am
Cedar City, Utah
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@Jay - Yes the total cost will be $203 +plus processing fees and you will not receive a refund on any of that. Good luck if you do apply!

JAMES R. - posted 1 week ago on 03-19-2020 07:07:38 am
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Jay

You will get an email back that says thank you for the $203, plus the credit card processing fee which will be another $10, and most likely the word UNSUCCESSFUL! No refund whatsoever.

Mark A. - posted 1 week ago on 03-18-2020 11:30:33 pm
Lake Villa IL
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And what about resident tags? How much did their fees go up and the percentages?

john k. - posted 1 week ago on 03-18-2020 04:46:37 pm
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Why do archery hunters always have to buy a extra stamp or something additional when the success is usually lower and it's more primative ?

Jay J. - posted 1 week ago on 03-18-2020 03:16:23 pm
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So if you apply for a 2021 elk controlled hunt as a non-resident it would cost $203 ($185 nonresident license + $18 dollar application fee). If you are unsuccessful in the draw, do you get all your money back except the $18? Or do you not get a refund at all?

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-18-2020 10:23:33 am
Public Lands
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Sweet Enola Gay, the DAV prices are the same!

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Dave B. - posted 1 week ago on 03-18-2020 08:59:30 am
Cedar City, Utah
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@James K- The DAV tags will not see a change with this new law. Thank you!

james k. - posted 1 week ago on 03-17-2020 08:18:36 pm
Reno, Nevada
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do you know if the DAV prices are going up as well?

Christopher G. - posted 1 week ago on 03-17-2020 02:14:45 pm
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It would be interesting to see what Idaho would do if NR's decided that they were going to spend their money in another location for two years. I'm sure Idaho residents would love all of their public lands to themselves the first year. Would hate the extra costs that they would have to incur for all of the revenue they would be missing out on.

I like that Idaho has a draw and everyone in the draw has an equal opportunity, and supply and demand economics state that all western states aren't charging enough for their tags because people are willing to pay what they charge for the tags. It just forces people to make harder decisions and will limit who can afford to go on these hunts.

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-17-2020 01:41:02 pm
Public Lands
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People are going to put in for Idaho and New Mexico because of how bad preference/bonus points systems have screwed up the draws.

Imagine telling an 8 year old if you continually give Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Arizona $2000 per year, when you turn 30 you might get to hunt elk there, but you can forget about sheep, goats, moose and anything else until you are over 100.

Paul H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-17-2020 12:33:22 pm
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Well, I guess the draw odds just skyrocketed for the people still willing to put in for a tag with those massive fee increases!

Ben K. - posted 1 week ago on 03-17-2020 10:18:10 am
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I can see an increase but wow!

JAMES R. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 03:31:19 pm
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Being a non-resident to ID, I really don't have an issue with the cost of the tags. I do however take issue in having to pay over $200 in non-refundable fees just to apply for any limited entry tag! This doesn't even take into account the probably 3% credit card fee that they'll charge on top of everything else!

It's now the most expensive in non-refundable fees of any of the western states to apply in! I used to send in my check for a moose application every year but will save me over $250 that I can spend elsewhere not applying in ID.

George C. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 03:12:54 pm
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way to stick it to the youth and trying to get them engaged. My son and I hunt Idaho and now with the drastic increase, we will take our hunts elsewhere.

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 02:29:39 pm
Public Lands
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As someone who served 20 years in the military. I will say that no one owes any American anything, but it is nice when a veteran can pick up a perk or two.

Paul H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 01:35:31 pm
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I'm not a veteran, but that is nice for those that are!

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 12:56:17 pm
Public Lands
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Idaho has a great non-resident disabled veteran program. If you qualify it is worth checking it out.

Seth D. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 12:56:02 pm
Public Lands
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Idaho has a great non-resident disabled veteran program. If you qualify it is worth checking it out.

Paul H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 12:46:58 pm
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It's crazy to me how states can simultaneously whine that fewer and fewer people are going hunting and fishing and also have the audacity to raise license fees, almost certainly assuring the further decline in hunters, and thus revenue. It's going to be an ugly circle of events if this keeps up!

jason h. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 11:26:58 am
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wow...$920 to archery hunt idaho pretty steep

Gary H. - posted 1 week ago on 03-16-2020 11:25:46 am
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Yes thats a massive increase for sure. Best of luck in the draws! lol