Idaho offers a wealth of hunting opportunities, and it has been a great state for a last-minute planning hunt with many general tags available for big game. However, we do not recommend waiting until spring or summer to plan your Idaho hunts as the demand for non- resident tags has drastically increased over the past couple of years. See the sections below for more information about obtaining your tag early before they are sold out!
Although Idaho offers over-the-counter tag opportunities, non-residents are limited to a statewide overall quota for all general season hunts. Progressively, these tags have sold out earlier each year for the past four hunting seasons. It is no longer a safe option to wait to purchase your tag right before the season begins. Keep in mind that residents are not limited by an overall tag quota for deer and elk, but are allowed to buy non-resident tags as second tags after August 1st if non- resident tags have not sold out.
If you intend to apply in the 2021 draw for controlled hunts, keep in mind that you can still purchase a non-resident general elk or deer tag on or after December 1, 2020 and you can later exchange the general tag for your controlled tag if you are lucky enough to draw a controlled hunt. The following table contains the 2020 tag quota as well as the sellout dates to give you an idea when you should look at buying your tag this year. Sales open at 10:00:00 a.m. MST on December 1, 2020 online at the ID Fish & Game website.
Idaho continues to push the limits on their non-resident fee structure with more increases recently passed by the Idaho state legislature that will become effective next month on December 1, 2020. These fees increased drastically for youth hunters and for all muzzleloader and archery hunters with the required permits. Idaho also still requires an additional 2%-3% transaction fee for all online orders. A non-resident adult wishing to archery elk hunt will now be over $955 for their license, tag, permit, and fees.
|NON-RESIDENT ELK QUOTA TAGS|
|Zone/Tag Type||2020 Tag Quota||2020 Sellout Date|
|Bear River - B Tag||55||Dec 1, 2019|
|Diamond Creek - A Tag||459||Dec 1, 2019|
|Salmon - B Tag||627||Dec 3, 2019|
|Elk City - B Tag||261||Jan 7|
|Selway - B Tag||284||Jan 31|
|Dworshak - B Tag||215||Feb 3|
|Elk City - A Tag||77||Feb 28|
|Middle Fork - B Tag||267||Mar 23|
|Weiser River - B Tag||430||April 10|
|Middle Fork - A Tag||174||May 11|
|Sawtooth - A Tag||77||May 11*|
|Sawtooth - B Tag||197||May 11*|
|Lolo - A Tag||216||Jun 17|
|Lolo - B Tag||222||Jun 17|
|Selway - A Tag||254||Jun 17|
|*Sawtooth Zone tags were not available until May 11th. Beginning this year, Sawtooth Zone tags will be available at the same time as other tags on December 1, 2020.