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Time is running out for discounted second general season deer, elk tags

During August, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident general season tags to be used as second tags for discounted prices of $199 for deer and $350 for elk. After August, the second tag prices will return to their regular price of $300 and $415. These prices do not include the $1.75 vendor fees.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is forecasting better deer and elk hunting this year because of consecutive mild winters and excellent survival of deer and elk.

Any hunter who has purchased a hunting license and a 2015 deer or elk tag at the regular prices can buy a discounted second general season tag for the same species.

Tags are available at Fish and Game offices and license and tag vendors,, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

IDFG sold discounted deer and elk tags last year as an incentive for hunters to buy the remaining quota of nonresident tags, but commissioners decided this year to limit the discount sale to August. The nonresident quota is 12,815 elk tags and 15,500 deer tags, and since 2008, a portion of the nonresident quota has gone unsold.

IDFG has seen increased tag sales due in part to improved deer and elk hunting in Idaho and a better economy. Through July, sale of nonresident elk tags is up 25 percent over the same period last year, and up 14 percent for deer tags.

Nonresident tag quotas are factored into projected harvest rates, so officials don’t expect increased sales, either as nonresident tags or second tags, will lead to over harvesting of deer or elk. Last year, hunters using second tags accounted for 2.5 percent of the statewide elk harvest and three percent of the statewide deer harvest.

Find information about second tags go online at

IDFG posts second controlled hunt draw results online

Hunters who applied in the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing. Results are available at

Applicants must enter their hunting license numbers to find their results. Tags can be purchased at any license vendor, by telephone at 800-554-8685, or at There is no deadline to pick up tags.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail. It is the hunter's responsibility to find out whether he or she was drawn.

Nearly 300 deer and 150 elk controlled hunt tags not issued during this drawing will be sold first-come, first-served beginning Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. (MT). There are no leftover tags available for pronghorn or black bear.


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