What is the deal with the mentor license?


Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component of Fish and Game’s mentored hunting program. The Hunting Passport allows any first-time hunter, resident or nonresident, age 8 and older to try hunting for one year with an adult mentor without first having to complete an Idaho hunter education course.


Hunting Passport Highlights:

  • Hunting Passports are only available to first time hunters. Those that have previously held a hunting license in any state are not eligible.
  • Hunter Education certification is not needed to obtain a Hunting Passport. If an individual has completed a Hunter Education course but has not yet purchased a license, they are eligible for a Hunting Passport.
  • The minimum age to hold a Hunting Passport is eight years of age; there is no maximum age.
  • The Hunting Passport is a calendar year item just like a hunting license and expires on December 31 of the year in which it was obtained.
  • Only one Passport can be purchased in a lifetime. To continue hunting after the Passport expires, completion of a hunter education course and license purchase is required.
  • Hunting Passports are available at license vendors and Fish and Game regional offices.
  • Cost is $1.75.


Mentored Hunter


  • Must be 12 years of age to hunt big game; 10 years of age to hunt turkey and sandhill crane; 8 years of age to hunt other game birds, upland game animals, furbearers, predatory or unprotected species.
  • Holders of a Hunting Passport must purchase general season tags and all permits and validations to participate in the hunt.
  • All hunting rules, seasons and weapon restrictions apply to the holder of a Hunting Passport.
  • Holders of a Hunting Passport are not eligible to possess a controlled hunt tag but may be designated a Landowner controlled hunt tag.
  • Must carry their Hunting Passport on their person while hunting and produce it if requested by a conservation officer.



  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • Must possess a valid Idaho hunting license.
  • May not accompany more than 2 mentored hunters at one time. Accompany means close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range without shouting or the aid of electronic devices.
  • Are not restricted from hunting with valid license and tags while serving as a mentor.
  • Are not restricted to the type of hunting the mentored hunter has tags for. For example, the holder of a hunting passport and general elk tag could be mentored by an adult possessing a nonresident small game license.
  • Any mentor accompanying the holder of a nonresident junior mentored tag must possess a tag for the same species, valid in the same area.
  • No registration is required for the mentor.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Hunter Passport are listed on our Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.