Second Tag Discount
Second Tags in 2014
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price of unsold nonresident deer and elk tags as second tags. The tags were available August 1 through December, 2014.
*Price does not include the vendor fee of $1.75
Watch these videos explaining details about the second tag discount program.
Questions and Answers
Q. Who can buy a second tag?
A. Any hunter who has already purchased a deer or elk tag at the regular resident or nonresident price can purchase a second tag for the same species.
Q. Can my second tag be a controlled hunt?
A. No. Second tags are available as “over-the counter” general hunt tags and cannot be used in controlled hunts but can be used elsewhere in any general hunt for that species.
Q. Can I use the second tag in a capped 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 that are restricted by over-the-counter tag quotas. The Sawtooth Elk Zone A Tag is an example of a zone where the nonresident tag quota has been reached prior to August 1 and no tags will be issued in that zone as a second tag in 2014.
Q. Is this a new opportunity?
A. No. The Fish and Game Commission has made unsold nonresident deer and elk tags available as second tags every year since 2000, at regular nonresident prices. In 2013 hunters purchased 964 second deer tags and 430 second elk tags. The discount is new, however.
Q. Why the discount?
A. The Commission wanted to encourage more hunters to take advantage of additional hunting options that second tags provide. The sale of nonresident deer and elk tags provide significant revenue to fund the field operations of the Fish and Game Department. Reductions in nonresident tag sales since 2008 have resulted in less revenue to fund important management activities. Discounting these second tags will provide a mechanism for hunters who wish to increase their hunting options to also help recover necessary funding for important Fish and Game programs and operation.
Q. Why now?
A. The Idaho Legislature this year provided the Idaho Fish and Game Commission with additional authority allowing increased flexibility to discount licenses, tags and permits as a mechanism to increase operational revenue.
Q. How will the number of tags be determined?
A. 30 years ago, the Fish and Game Commission established a limit of 15,500 nonresident deer tags and 12,815 nonresident elk tags and the number hasn’t changed. These tags are reserved for nonresidents through July 31. Since 2000, the Commission has offered any unsold nonresident tags to residents and nonresident hunters as a second tag beginning September 1. In 2013, the release date was moved to August 1. The actual number of second tags available won’t be known until August 1, when unclaimed and returned nonresident tags are added to the second tag pool. In 2013, 5,773 nonresident deer tags and 4,960 nonresident elk tags were not sold by the end of the year.
Q. Where do I get the tag?
A. Tags are sold on a first come – first served basis at all Fish and Game license vendors starting on August 1.
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 designated zone and season.
Q. Can I hunt in a different elk zone than my first tag?
Q. If my first deer tag is a regular tag, can my second tag be a white-tail tag?
A. Yes, and vice versa. Or, they can both be the same type of deer tag.
Q. How will this affect game populations?
A. The level of harvest resulting from the issuance of unsold nonresident tags as second tags would be very similar to harvest occurring if the nonresident tag quotas were sold out to hunters prior to being made available as second tags.
In areas where population estimates or harvest rates fall below management objectives, seasons are adjusted accordingly. For example, hunting opportunity may be limited by shorter seasons, controlled hunts, or zone level tag quotas sold over the counter. These second tags cannot be used in controlled hunts and must fit within the nonresident portion of the existing tag cap levels.
Second tags may be used in hunts where there are currently no restrictions on the number of general deer or elk tags sold to Idaho residents in any given year or where their use would be included in previously established nonresident zone caps for elk. There are currently about 143,000 deer and 86,000 elk tags sold in Idaho each year.
Second tags will 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 as a result of a small level of overall increased harvest resulting from second tags.