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Idaho 2021 nonresident tag and license fee increase -
posted 2 weeks ago
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.
ALERT: Idaho House approves decrease in nonresident tags, but increase in fees -
posted 1 month ago
John C. I understand your point. In your situation, I would do the same thing. That stinks that work took you away. But at the same time, you have an opportunity to hunt Nevada AND Idaho. What aggravates me the most is how everyone is hating on Idaho for this decision when in reality, Idaho is still cheaper and offers more opportunity, even after these changes, than most other western states (except probably Colorado). But what are my odds to come hunt bulls in Nevada? Arizona? Utah? New Mexico? Washington? Not that great, yet nobody is complaining about those states. I don't really have a desire to hunt other states at all. I enjoy hunting Idaho. Its a great place to live and a great place to hunt. I love the opportunity they provide. I couldn't care less about the trophy quality. They have limited entry units for guys who want that. But what really burns is how everyone bashes on Idaho when Idaho gives way more opportunity than other states and has for many many years. And the truth is is that not long ago, there were so many leftover nonresident tags that they were selling them at a discounted price for 2nd tags. I would assume due to the economy. So there apparently were fewer nonresidents before (unlike how everyone is saying that the number has always been the same). Don't get me wrong, I don't go around the mountain hating on non-residents. They are out there for the same reason I am. They love hunting. And when I do encounter nonresidents or any other hunter, I am polite, and respectful. I back out or go to another area if there are people there first. (However I did literally have two guys from Washington walk up as I had a bull at 50 yards and one of them literally emptied his quiver, after I had tried to get his attention). I like people having an opportunity to hunt, especially for guys back east who don't have that option to hunt western big game. But Idaho gets a lot of guys from neighboring states who's States manage for trophy quality management, therefore they have limited opportunity for their own residents much less nonresidents, and due to that fact, they just jump over to Idaho every year and buy a tag (or two!) and enjoy the benefits of Idaho at a really cheap price (compared to everywhere else). If I lived in Nevada and paid $300 for a resident elk tag, why wouldn't I go pay a little more in Idaho, it's almost the same cost. I'm not trying to hate or bash. Just trying to stick up for Idaho and more than anything point out the fact that other states are way more strict to nonresidents than Idaho is, even with the new changes.
If all the nonresidents love hunting Idaho and helping the Idaho economy. Why don’t you move to Idaho? It will be cheaper hunting costs and you could spend your money in idaho 365 days a year. Or is it you don’t want to move to Idaho because then you will be the nonresident for your current resident state and it will hurt your chance to hunt in your current resident state since you would be considered a nonresident and they don’t offer much for nonresident hunting opportunities without waiting years and paying money for points every year and the nonresident tags are more expensive once you do finally draw?
Thank goodness! As an Idaho resident, we get overrun by nonresidents. They come and stay the whole season. I don't see why Idaho (and Colorado) should have support everyone's OTC opportunities, mainly for the guys who live in states that have elk and mule deer. I can understand non-residents who live in states where they do not have those opportunities, but guys who live in western states that come to Idaho because their own state is limited entry/trophy managed and they build points in their own state and just jump to Idaho and buy a tag in Idaho every year because Idaho is OTC and almost as cheap as their resident state even at the non-resident prices, they have no room to complain. What are my odds of coming to your state and hunting? How much is it going to cost me? How many years do I have to wait and apply? Idaho (and Colorado) has supported not only our own residents but every other point system/limited entry western states residents as well. I wish they would do a reciprocating non-resident tag allocation. If you live in a western state with the same game and your state has very limited non-resident opportunity, then we will have limited opportunity for you. If you live in a state that has no elk/mule deer, then you get first dibs on non-resident opportunity tags. I can't believe how many people complain about this when they live in a state that has more strict non-resident opportunities than Idaho, even after the new changes. I'm glad they made they changes, I just wish it was a higher increase. It is still too cheap compared to other western states. Especially given the OTC opportunity.
Kristen A. Schmitt