Wyoming Game and Fish is requiring CWD samples for deer harvested in hunt area 96 and 97. Photo: Forest Service // USDA.

IDAHO — Idaho Fish and Game announced today that nonresident regular deer tags have sold out, with nonresident whitetail-only tags expected to sell out soon as well.The sell-out does not affect Idaho resident deer and elk tags, which are not limited by quotas.

According to Idaho Fish and Game, nonresident tags have sold faster than any time in recent history. In 2020, non resident elk tags sold out on June 17. nonresident deer tags sold out on June 26, and whitetail only tags sold out on July 26.

After the over-the-counter nonresident deer and elk tag limits are sold out, nonresidents may still be able to get a tag in several ways:

  • Apply for a controlled hunt, and if selected, a nonresident can buy the controlled hunt tag. (Nonresidents are limited to 10 percent of all controlled hunt tags.)
  • Buy a returned nonresident tag, which if available, will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT on April 22 on a first-come, first-served basis. Tags available will be published online at 10 a.m. on the Tuesday preceding the sale. Afterward, returned tags will be sold (including elk tags) on these dates: May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and 16, Oct. 7 and 21 and Nov. 4.
  • Hire an outfitter if the outfitter has nonresident tags available.

Fish and Game has sold out of nonresident deer and elk tags for the past five years, and sell-out dates have consistently gotten earlier. Nonresident tags go on sale on Dec. 1 for the following year.

Nonresident hunters can buy a whitetail tag online or at vendors, or see the current availability of nonresident tags on the nonresident tag quota webpage. Some nonresident elk tags also remain.

Fish and Game has sold out of nonresident deer and elk tags for the past five years, and sell-out dates have consistently gotten earlier. Nonresident tags go on sale on Dec. 1 for the following year.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.