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Alert: Idaho suspends the sale of nonresident hunting permits/licenses due to COVID-19

Idaho suspends nonresident hunting licenses due to COVID 19

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The following is an urgent press release from Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Due to COVID-19, Idaho is suspending the sale of nonresident tags. If you are a nonresident and purchased a tag or license prior to April 4, you can still hunt or fish. But there will be no new nonresident license sold.

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Some nonresident licenses, permits, and tags sales temporarily suspended by F&G Commission

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:19 AM MDT

Nonresidents who purchase a 2020 hunting license may still apply for controlled hunts that will occur this fall.

At their April 4 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a rule that temporarily suspends the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits.  The action is effective immediately and lasts until the rule is repealed consistent with relevant state of Idaho public health orders.

The Commission found this rulemaking supportive of the protection of public health consistent with the March 25 Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho in response to COVID-19. 

Fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits purchased by nonresidents prior to the April 4 Commission action are still valid for existing hunting, fishing, and trapping seasons, which remain in effect.  

Nonresident hunting licenses along with currently available nonresident deer and elk tags are not included in the suspension. Nonresidents who purchase a 2020 hunting license may still apply for controlled hunts that will occur this fall.

The Commission action does not affect Idaho residents and there are no new limitations on resident purchase of licenses, tags, and permits or any changes to existing seasons.

Nonresidents and resident hunters, anglers, and trappers are reminded about state of Idaho guidance for outdoor recreation: follow social distancing directives of at least 6 feet, day trips are encouraged, check before heading out because many recreation sites are closed, and bring your own supplies. Outfitting and guiding are permissible with adherence to outdoor recreation guidelines.

The following is the list of nonresident items suspended from sale

  • Nonresident annual and three-year combination, fishing, and trapping licenses.
  • Nonresident Hunting Passports.
  • Nonresident junior annual and three-year fishing licenses.
  • Nonresident annual and 3-day small game hunting licenses.
  • Nonresident daily (including consecutive day) fishing licenses.
  • Nonresident 3-day fishing licenses with salmon/steelhead permits.
  • Nonresident nongame hunting licenses.
  • Nonresident game tags for black bear, turkey, mountain lion, and gray wolf, including nonresident junior mentored and nonresident disabled American veteran tags for these species.
  • Nonresident permits for black bear baiting, hound hunter, salmon, and steelhead.
  • Nonresident falconry meet permits.
  • Nonresident sport dog and falconry training permits.
  • Nonresident fishing tournament permits (suspension of sales of resident and nonresident tournament permits was implemented by Order 20-30).
  • Nonresident dog field trial permits.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the temporary nonresident sales suspension. 

6 Comments

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Michael E. - posted 1 month ago on 04-06-2020 01:38:49 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

It also appears from their wording that Nonresident Deer and Elk are still available and you can apply for controlled hunting. There is a list of closed hunting privileges and Deer and Elk are not among them. Please Advise, thank you

Michael E. - posted 1 month ago on 04-06-2020 01:38:50 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

It also appears from their wording that Nonresident Deer and Elk are still available and you can apply for controlled hunting. There is a list of closed hunting privileges and Deer and Elk are not among them. Please Advise, thank you

gsurb6
Adam U. - posted 1 month ago on 04-06-2020 06:54:31 am
Boise, Idaho
goHUNT INSIDER

Hope this carries over into the fall

John M. - posted 1 month ago on 04-04-2020 02:24:47 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

My speculation is that since other states shut their seasons down, we followed suit to prevent an influx of hunters from potential infected areas. Our rural areas cannot handle a spike in virus cases..Blaine County has less than 20k full time residents but more cases than a dozen other states. Bad situation but it honestly needed to happen to protect residents on rural communities. Hopefully it ends soon!

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 04-04-2020 01:44:00 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey Brad. Luckily the actual "nonresident hunting license" is still allowed to be purchased for the draw. You just can't purchase other tags/permits currently available.

So it seems at this time, according to their wording that all nonresidents can still apply for controlled fall hunts. So applying for a sheep, goat or moose is still allowed.

baboltin
Brad A. - posted 1 month ago on 04-04-2020 12:42:49 pm
Tehachapi, California
goHUNT INSIDER

Do you believe this will effect the individuals that will be applying for, sheep, goat, and moose? With the deadline being April 30th and not being able to purchase a non resident hunting license to apply for the draw.