Since I normally monitor available nonresident tag numbers on the Fish and Game Web site, I wonder why the number of available white-tailed deer tags hasn't decreased from the original 1,500?

Question:

I, for one, have purchased at least one. I find it hard to believe that I'm the only one.

Answer:

Idaho has two types of deer tags and both have nonresident purchase quotas. The nonresident quota for the general deer tag is 12,000. Nonresidents that choose a white-tailed deer tag are included in that quota. When the general nonresident deer tag quota of 12,000 is met, the additional 1,500 whitetail-only tags may be sold. With a regular deer tag, a hunter may harvest either a mule deer or a white-tailed deer, as seasons allow. With a white-tailed tag, a hunter may take only a white-tailed deer.