Second Tag Discount - August Only

For a limited time only, the Idaho Fish and Game commission is discounting unsold 2016 nonresident elk tags as second tags.

These tags are on sale August 1 - 31, after which they resume their regular prices until nonresident tags are sold out. The discounted second tags are available to Idaho residents and nonresidents.



2nd Elk Tag: $299*

* Price does not include the vendor fee of $1.75.

Questions and Answers

Q. Who can buy a second tag?

A. Any hunter, no matter where they live, who has purchased a hunting license and a 2015 deer or elk tag at the regular price can buy a second tag for the same species at a discount during August.

Tags are sold on a first come – first served basis and supplies are limited to the available nonresident tag quota, which for 2015 is 12,815 for elk and 15,500 for deer.

Q. Where do I buy a second tag?
A. Tags are sold:
Q. Why the discount?

A. Idaho Fish and Game commissioners want to encourage more hunters to take advantage of the additional hunting opportunity second tags provide. Nonresident quotas were established more than 30 years ago, but every year since 2008, a portion of the nonresident tag quota for deer and elk tags has remained unsold. Second tags represent a very small proportion of the total tags available to hunters statewide, and Fish and Game does not anticipate any negative effects to game populations resulting from hunters using second tags.

Q. Is this a new opportunity?

A. No. Since 2000, Idaho Fish and Game has sold nonresident deer and elk tags for full nonresident prices. Last year, Fish and Game discounted those tags for the first time, which was popular with hunters. This July, the commission continued it for 2015, but limited the discount period to August, while supplies last.

Q. Where can I use my tag?

A. Deer tags can be used in any general hunt in the state for the selected species within their season. When hunting elk in Idaho, you must hunt within the zone and season for which each tag is designated.

Q. Can I use a second elk tag in a different elk zone than my first tag?

A. Yes.

Q. Can I use a second tag in a capped elk zone?

A. Yes, as long as there are still nonresident tags available for that zone at the time you purchase a second tag. You would need to designate the second tag specifically for that hunt. There are 10 Elk Zones where total tag sales (resident and nonresident) are limited by quotas.

Q. If my first deer tag is a regular tag, can my second tag be a white-tailed tag?

A. Yes, and vice versa. Or they can both be the same type of deer tag.

Q. Can my second tag be a controlled hunt?

A. No. Second tags are available as “over-the counter” general hunt tags.

Q. How will this affect game populations?

A: There will likely be no effects, or minor ones. In 2014, second deer tags accounted for about 3 percent of the statewide deer harvest, and second elk tags accounted for about 2.5 percent of the statewide elk harvest. There are about 143,000 deer and 86,000 elk tags sold in Idaho each year. Last year, Fish and Game sold 3,386 remaining nonresident deer tags as second tags, and 1,078 remaining nonresident elk tags as second tags.

In areas where deer or elk populations or harvest rates fall below Fish and Game’s objectives, hunting rules are adjusted. For example, hunting opportunity may be limited by shorter seasons, controlled hunts, or limited tags available in some areas. These restrictions would also apply to hunters using second tags.

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