White Tailed Deer

Whitetail buck in trees November 2013

BOISE - Nonresident deer and elk tags for the upcoming 2023 hunting season in Idaho are set to go on sale starting at 10:00 a.m. MST/9:00 a.m. PST on December 1, 2022. Tags for many popular deer and elk hunts are expected to sell out fast. 

For 2023, 12,815 nonresident elk tags will be sold in addition to 14,000 regular deer and 1,500 reserved white-tailed deer tags.

A total of 300 nonresident Disabled American Veteran (DAV) elk tags will also be sold along with 500 nonresident DAV deer tags.

Licenses and tags can be bought online by going to GoOutdoorsIdaho.com, through the Idaho Fish and Game mobile app, or by calling (800) 554-8685. They can also be bought in person at a license vendor location, or any Fish and Game regional office during normal business hours.

Fish and Game encourages hunters to buy their license and tag at the same time. No refunds will be issued for the license if the hunter does not get the tag he or she wants. 

If purchasing a deer or elk tag online or through the mobile app, a virtual waiting room will open 30 minutes prior, at which time customers can start logging in. At 10:00 a.m. MST/9:00 a.m. PST, all customers in the virtual waiting room will be randomly assigned a place in line and given an estimated wait time to buy a license a deer and/or elk tag. Customers logging in after 10 a.m. MST will be placed at the back of the line.

Expect long waits and popular tags to sell out fast. In 2022, demand for tags was extremely high. Hunters have reported wait times as long as six hours in previous sales.