Update: August 11, 12:30 p.m. - All early unclaimed controlled hunt tags have been sold.

The sale of 142 controlled hunt tags for hunts that begin in mid August were sold on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. Mountain Time, August 11 at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at

In case you missed the August 6 news release, a vendor system glitch made the sale of our first-come, first-served tags impossible on Thursday morning, August 6.

Updated August 18, 2015 10:00 am

All 142 tags scheduled to be sold were available when the sales resumed.

These tags are for unclaimed, early-season controlled hunts. They are different from the tags available for the second controlled hunt drawing.

The application period for the second controlled hunt drawing ended August 15th.

Updated August 18, 2015 10:00 am


Can I still buy a regular license?

Yes. The glitch only happened for these special case tags. You can still buy a license.

When did sales resume?

Tuesday, August 11th at 10:00 am MT.

Were tags sold?

All of the 142 tags were available for purchase once the system glitch was resolved.

Updated August 18, 2015 10:00 am

Palisades - August 2015

Gina writes, My husband and I camped at Palisades Reservoir July 27th and 28th. It was a beautiful, peaceful, quiet place. Fishing was slow as it stormed Monday night. I caught & released a small brown trout on a castmaster, though.

Pulling Quills

Had this bull on my property and noticed it had a nose full of porcupine quills. All of the biologists involved were awesome!

My Dad's first bear.

This was my Dad's first bear hunt and he came up from Colorado and bought a non-resident tag. It had been many years since we've been able to hunt together as we did when I was growing up in Colorado. I've been in Idaho for about 10 years now and finally talked my Dad into coming up here to hunt. He made the trip for one weekend to hunt black bears with me. I had a bait setup and we were getting some decent bears in. We hunted for a couple days (Friday and Saturday) and then he was to return home on Monday.