BOISE - Most nonresident hunters, anglers and trappers will pay higher prices for licenses, tags and fees in Idaho starting December 1. Price increases will vary by item, but here are new prices for some of the most popular licenses and tags for adult nonresidents:
- Nonresident combination hunting/fishing license increase from $240 to $264
- Nonresident hunting license increase from $154.75 to $185
- Nonresident fishing license increase from $98.25 to $108
- Nonresident deer tag increase from $301.75 to $351.75
- Nonresident elk increase from $416.75 to $651.75
Nonresidents cannot buy 2021 hunting, fishing or trapping licenses until December 1, however, they can buy three-year licenses at current prices, which will be valid through 2022.
Nonresidents hunters can buy 2021 deer and elk tags starting on December 1, and tags for popular elk zones are expected to sell out quickly. Nonresident deer and elk tags sold out last year much earlier than in previous years, so hunters should expect similar sales for 2021 tags.
Nonresidents will have to pick an elk zone, as in the past, but nonresident tags will be limited in all zones that were not previously capped for both nonresidents and residents. Nonresident deer hunters will have to pick the unit they plan to hunt and can only hunt in that unit.
The Idaho Fish and Game has a new license vendor, and anyone planning to buy a license and/or tag should go online prior to December 1 and set up an account, or check their existing account to make sure it is valid. If the hunter’s account does not have correct information, contact a customer service agent at (800) 554-8685. You will not be able to buy a license/tag online without a valid account.
Under the new online licensing system, if you have a license and tag in your shopping cart, they are reserved for you. You will have 5 minutes to complete the purchase or they will go back into the pool of available tags.
For highly sought-after tags where sellouts are expected within minutes (like the Sawtooth Elk Zone tags), nonresident hunters should log on about 15 minutes in advance. Everyone logged on in advance will be put into a “waiting room” and randomly selected to make a purchase, so there is no benefit to logging in well in advance of the sale.
Numbers of nonresident deer and elk tags available on Fish and Game’s website ahead of the sale may not reflect what’s available for sale on December 1 because some nonresident tags are set aside for outfitters. The online license vendor will display the number of tags available for sale in “real time."
Fish and Game has not increased nonresident prices in more than a decade with the last increase happening in 2009. To see a full price list, and other changes for 2021, go to the nonresident licenses, tags and permits webpage.
Hunters and anglers can also sign up for the latest news on hunting and fishing by subscribing to the email newsletter on the homepage at https://idfg.idaho.gov.