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Hunters have extra time to pick up controlled hunt tags

Hunters who successfully drew controlled hunts in Idaho this year have until the last minute of Monday, Aug. 6, to pick up their tags for elk, deer, antelope, fall turkey and fall bear.

Typically, hunters receive postcards in the mail by July 10, notifying them if they drew a controlled hunt. This provides plenty of time for hunters to pick up their tags by the regular deadline of Aug. 1. Unfortunately, this year’s postcard notification didn’t go out until Tuesday, July 24.

As of Monday, July 30, more than 80 percent of the hunters who drew have already purchased their tag(s). However, because of the late mailing, the department recognizes the delay may not allow enough time for some hunters to pick up their tags. In response, the department has extended the deadline.

The postcard notification is not the only way to learn the results of Idaho’s controlled hunts. Information is online at, at a license vendor or by calling 800-554-8685 once the drawing was completed, which happened July 6 of this year.

Fish and Game would like to remind hunters they do not need the postcard in their possession to claim and buy their controlled hunt tag.


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