Promulgate rules governing licensing: Deer and elk tag outfitter allocation


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Status of Rulemaking

This negotiated rulemaking is published in the April 6, 2022, Idaho Administrative Bulletin.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 9 a.m. MT. Attend the meeting at the Idaho Fish and Game headquarters office, 600 S. Walnut, Boise, or virtual at:

Upon conclusion of negotiated rulemaking, any unresolved issues, all key issues considered, and conclusions reached during the negotiated rulemaking will be addressed in a written summary. The summary will be made available on the agency website and to interested persons who contact the agency.


This rulemaking balances outfitting industry and other economic and social interests in the Commission’s allocation of deer and elk tags for sale to outfitted hunters when the Commission sets tag limits for a zone, unit or hunt area with a history of outfitted hunter use. Under consideration are rule changes related to allocation of general hunt deer or elk tags for a zone/unit with tag limits for nonresidents but unlimited for resident tags: 

  • Define an initial tag use number, based on verified outfitted hunter tag use history, which will remain the same for the zone/unit for subsequent consecutive years in which tag limits apply.
  • Allocate, annually or for a two-year period, a number of deer or elk general hunt tags reserved for outfitted hunters in each zone/unit corresponding to the initial tag use number, before the Commission adopts annual or biennial tag nonresident tag limits for the zone/unit. 
  • Subtract the initial tag use number from the nonresident tag limit set for the zone/unit, after which the Commission may allocate an additional portion (not to exceed 50%) of tags remaining in the nonresident limit for outfitted hunter use based on verified tag use history in the two years preceding allocation. 
  • Make tags remaining after the allocation(s) for outfitted hunters available to nonresidents.
Scheduled meeting

Public meeting
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 9 a.m. MT
Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters
600 S. Walnut St.
Boise, ID  83712
Virtual meeting link:

Documents and References
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Primary Contact: 

Amber Christofferson
Deputy Director
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut Street
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707