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.
- 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.