The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently adopted rules that took effect May 20, clarifying the disabled hunter companion and purchase of leftover youth tags rules.
Disabled hunter companion: This revision adds the nonresident disabled American Veteran hunting license as a qualifying license for a hunter to participate in this program. Any disabled hunter possessing a valid disabled combination license, disabled American Veteran hunting license, disabled archery permit, or a disabled hunt motor vehicle permit and who possesses a valid tag or who is a disabled veteran participating in a hunt, may be accompanied, close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range without shouting or the aid of electronic devices, by a designated companion who may assist the disabled hunter with taking big game.
Purchase of leftover youth tags: This revision clarifies that hunters with a nonresident disabled American Veteran hunting license are eligible to purchase leftover controlled hunt tags for youth hunts. Only hunters 10 to 17 years of age with a valid license may apply for youth only controlled hunts, except hunters 65 years of age or older or hunters with a senior combination hunting license, a disabled combination hunting license, or a nonresident disabled American Veteran hunting license may apply for first-come, first-served leftover youth only controlled hunt tags.
Controlled hunt deadline approaching: The application period for this fall’s deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey controlled hunts ends Friday, June 5. Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or on-line at fishandgame.idaho.gov.