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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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