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More Returned Idaho General Season Elk/Deer Tags Available Sept. 2

More Idaho returned elk deer tags available this week

Photo credit: Shutterstock

For those looking for a tag in Idaho for the 2021 season, later this week there is another opportunity to pick up a returned tag, and also, remember that starting earlier in August, now 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.

The next tag availability date will be at 10 a.m. MDT on September 2. 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. 

Pick up an available tag here once available

Tips for picking up a returned tag

Idaho tag virtual waiting room queue

The above screenshot was grabbed while I was checking out the process of the "waiting room" on the last August 5 returned tag sale.

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.

Waiting room virtual queue for Idaho tags

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

Sale date
(10:00 a.m. MT)
Date to
view available tags
(10:00 a.m. MT)
September 2August 31
September 16September 14
October 7October 5
October 21October 19
November 4November 2

Tags became available as first or second tags starting August 5 for both residents (residents can purchase from the nonresident quota as their second tag) and nonresidents.

Nonresident sales

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.

Nonresident fees

  • $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

If you are exchanging a tag and a season is open for any part of the season, your tag cannot be exchanged for a returned tag.

Tags available

September 2 2021 Idaho nonresident limited elk tags available

September 2 2021 Idaho nonresident regular deer tags available

September 2 2021 Idaho nonresident whitetail deer tags available

September 2 2021 Idaho resident capped elk zone tags available


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