A Few Returned Idaho General Season Elk/Deer Tags Available Sept. 16
This is a very similar article I've written about for the other Idaho returned tag sale updates. The tag list is current as of September 14 at 10:20 a.m. MT. Note: there are no returned regular nonresident deer tags available this week.
On Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m. MT there is another opportunity to pick up a returned tag in Idaho for the 2021 season. Remember that starting earlier in August, these tags can be picked up as a second tag to both residents and nonresident (or a first tag to nonresidents). So with this addition, there will be more competition for these returned tags.
Also, now there are several leftover controlled hunt tags available.
Tags can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at Idaho Fish and Game offices during normal business hours, at license vendors, online, or by calling (800) 554-8685.
Leftover Controlled Hunt Drawing Tags
Leftover Controlled Hunt tags are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 am MT on September 16, 2021.
Tips for picking up a returned tag
If you log into the Idaho Fish & Game licensing website early, you will be placed in the pre-sale waiting room. Keep your screen open and I'd suggest not refreshing the screen.
Then at 10:00 a.m., you will then be placed in the virtual queue. Then you will have to wait for your turn before you can jump in to purchase a license. Again, stay on this screen. Once you move past this screen, act fast and purchase a tag!
Upcoming Idaho returned sold-out tag availability dates
(10:00 a.m. MT)
view available tags
(10:00 a.m. MT)
|September 16||September 14|
|October 7||October 5|
|October 21||October 19|
|November 4||November 2|
If a nonresident does not have a deer or elk tag, then the nonresident may be able to purchase a first tag and possibly a second tag during this sale. The current nonresident limits for uncapped elk zones and all deer units still apply to returned tags purchased by nonresidents.
- $351.75 for deer tags
- $651.75 for elk tags
Resident sales as second tags
Residents can purchase a tag from the nonresident quota as a second tag. Nonresident limits for uncapped elk zones and deer units do not apply to nonresident tags purchased by residents, so available deer tags can be used statewide and available elk tags can be purchased for any uncapped elk zone. Residents eligible for the Price Lock discount pay $301.75 for a deer tag, or $416.75 for an elk tag. Residents not eligible for the Price Lock discount pay the same deer and elk tag fees as nonresidents.
Only residents can purchase a returned resident capped elk zone tag.
Notice about exchanging tags
Online and telesales exchanges are no longer available for deer tags, as of August 29. These can still be completed in person at IDFG regional offices until the opening date of the tag. Exchanges for elk tags remain available online and through telesales until the zone has opened.