Doctors letter for refund-non resident?

Question:

Because of a medical condition, I won't be able to hunt Elk in Idaho next month. I have read the Refund policy, and wonder can the Doctors letter be a fax on his letterhead or do I have to get an original from him to send to you?

Answer:

Here is the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission Refund Rule:

IDAPA 13.01.04.600

03. Refunds. The fee for any nonresident license (as defined in Section 36-202(z), Idaho Code) shall not be refunded for any reason except as follows.

a. Hunting license and general season deer and elk tag refunds due to death, illness/injury or military deployment of licensee. Non-resident general season deer or elk tag fees and prerequisite hunting license fee and controlled hunt deer and elk tag fees may be refunded for death of licensee; illness or injury of licensee which totally disabled the licensee for the entire length of any applicable hunting season; or military deployment of licensee due to an armed conflict. Refund must be substantiated by death certificate, published obituary, written justification by a licensed medical doctor, copy of military orders, or other similar substantiating documents. The hunting license fee will not be refunded if it was used to apply for any controlled hunt or to purchase a turkey, mountain lion, or bear tag. The amount refunded will be the amount of the applicable deer or elk tag and hunting license less all issuance fees and a fifty dollar ($50) processing fee. The refund request must be postmarked on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which the license and tags were valid.

b. General season and controlled hunt deer and elk tag refunds for other than death, illness/injury, or military deployment of licensee. Non-resident general season and controlled hunt deer or elk tag fees may be refunded for any reason other than death of the licensee; illness or injury of licensee that totally disables the licensee for the entire length of all applicable seasons; or military deployment of licensee due to an armed conflict. The request for the refund must be postmarked in the year in which the tag is valid. The hunting license fee will not be refunded. The refund will be based on the following sliding scale as a percent of the deer or elk tag fee.

 

Postmarked

Percent of Fee Refunded

Before April 1

75%

In April through June

50%

In July and August

25%

September through December

0%

c. Department Error. The Department determines that a Department employee made an error in the issuance of the license.

d. Submission Requirements. All refund requests must be in writing and be accompanied with the original copy of the license or tag.  

e. Effective. These changes will be effective with the 1997 licenses and tags.

The URL for the Commission rules can be found at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0104.pdf