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Update on 2020 Idaho nonresident OTC deer and elk tag numbers

Idaho over the counter deer and elk tags

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Update: As of June 26, 2020 all of the Idaho nonresident over the counter deer tags are sold out. Whitetail only tags and outfitter tags are still available.

Update: As of June 17, 2020 all of the Idaho nonresident over the counter elk tags are sold out. The following tables have been updated to reflect these changes.

In a recent news article from the Idaho Fish and Game, the agency has warned that nonresident general deer and elk tags for 2020 are selling much faster than in years prior and are expected to sell out entirely soon. As of now, the projected sell out dates are July 1 for elk and August 1 for deer. These dates are based on current sales trends but the actual sell out date could be sooner if sales increase.

Idaho nonresident OTC tag sell out dates since 2017

2017
Tag Type Sell out date
OTC elk Oct. 31
OTC regular/whitetail deer Oct. 23
OTC whitetail deer Nov. 7
2018
Tag Type Sell out date
OTC elk Sept. 24
OTC regular/whitetail deer Oct. 4
OTC whitetail deer Oct. 10
2019
Tag Type Sell out date
OTC elk Aug. 16
OTC regular/whitetail deer Aug. 27
OTC whitetail deer Sept. 13
2020
Tag Type Sell out date
OTC elk Jun. 17
OTC regular deer Jun. 26

2020 quotas for nonresident general season tags are:

  • 12,815 nonresident elk tags
  • 14,000 nonresident regular and whitetail deer tags
  • 1,500 nonresident whitetail deer tags (additional tags available when the regular/whitetail tags sell out)

These over-the-counter tags are reserved for nonresidents through July 31, 2020. After that date, any unsold tags beginning on August 1 are then available as second tags to everyone (residents and nonresidents).

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2020 nonresident deer and elk tag quotas

Current Idaho nonresident deer tag status

Tag Type Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Available as of
June 19
Available as of
June 26
Regular (both) deer
and/or whitetail deer**
14,000 5,937 5,142 3,904 Sold Out
Reserved whitetail deer* 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500

*Reserved whitetail deer tags become available after the main quota of 14,000 has sold out.
**See Outfitter Set-aside table below. Per Idaho Code 36-408 (3), and set by the commission each July.

Current Idaho nonresident elk tag status

Tag Type Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Zone elk A and B
tag
12,815 2,946 Sold Out

2020 Nonresident capped elk tags

(A subset of the total quota)

Elk Zone Name - 
Tag Type
Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Bear River Zone - B Tag 55 Sold Out Sold Out
Big Desert Zone - B Tag 5 Sold Out Sold Out
Diamond Creek Zone - A Tag 459 Sold Out Sold Out
Dworshak Zone - B Tag 215 Sold Out Sold Out
Elk City Zone - A Tag 77 Sold Out Sold Out
Elk City Zone - B Tag 261 Sold Out Sold Out
Lolo Zone - A Tag 216 106 Sold Out
Lolo Zone - B Tag 222 26 Sold Out
Middle Fork Zone - A Tag 174 Sold Out Sold Out
Middle Fork Zone - B Tag 267 Sold Out Sold Out
Pioneer Zone - B Tag 12 Sold Out Sold Out
Salmon Zone - B Tag 627 Sold Out Sold Out
Sawtooth Zone - A Tag 77 Sold Out Sold Out
Sawtooth Zone - B Tag 197 Sold Out Sold Out
Selway Zone - A Tag 254 24 Sold Out
Selway Zone - B Tag 284 Sold Out Sold Out
Smoky-Bennett Zone - B Tag 22 Sold Out Sold Out
South Hills Zone - B Tag 7 Sold Out Sold Out
Weiser River Zone - B Tag 430 Sold Out Sold Out

Note: Nonresident lifetime hunting/combination license holders must purchase capped zone elk tags during the resident tag sale.

Outfitter set-aside

All of the unsold outfitter tags by August 1 will be added to the nonresident elk zone quota and will then become available for purchase as a second tag.

Outfitter set-aside regular/whitetail deer

Tag Type Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Available as of
June 19
Available as of
June 26
Outfitter regular/whitetail deer 1,985 1,725 1,692 1,621 1,602
Tag Type Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Available as of
June 19
Available as of
June 26
Outfitter elk tags 2,400 2,004 1,947 1,845 1,817

Outfitter capped elk zones

Elk Zone Name - 
Tag Type
Quota Available as of
June 5
Available as of
June 17
Available as of
June 19
Available as of
June 26
Bear River Zone - B Tag 54 53 53 28 28
Diamond Creek Zone - A Tag 47 47 47 47 47
Dworshak Zone - B Tag 47 16 16 14 17
Elk City Zone - A Tag 6 6 6 6 6
Elk City Zone - B Tag 40 38 38 38 38
Lolo Zone - A Tag 60 60 60 60 60
Lolo Zone - B Tag 236 236 236 236 236
Middle Fork Zone - A Tag 209 181 173 173 171
Middle Fork Zone - B Tag 444 382 358 354 350
Pioneer Zone - B Tag 21 21 21 21 19
Salmon Zone - B Tag 88 68 68 68 68
Sawtooth Zone - A Tag 48 47 47 47 47
Sawtooth Zone - B Tag 81 81 81 81 81
Selway Zone - A Tag 214 194 194 194 191
Selway Zone - B Tag 303 232 223 223 221
Smoky-Bennett Zone - B Tag 7 7 7 7 7
South Hills Zone - B Tag 3 3 3 3 3
Weiser River Zone - B Tag 10 10 10 10 10

Now that most of the major draws have happened across the west many hunters will be looking into OTC states as back-up plans. Anyone interested in hunting Idaho should consider purchasing their licenses and applicable tags as soon as possible. 

As a reminder, if successful in the controlled hunt drawing, you can exchange your general OTC tag for the required controlled hunt tag. Purchasing a general tag at this time will not hinder or cost anything additional.

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