Establish uniform requirements for game bird tag validation and attachment


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Status of Rulemaking

A public comment period is open from June 3 to June 26, 2020.


This rulemaking was initiated to do the following:

  • Establish the same validation and attachment requirements for all game birds that require a tag.
    • This will provide consistency among game bird tags and simplify validation requirements for the hunting public.
  • Eliminate permit requirements for grouse (i.e., sage-grouse) if a game tag is required by statute, in the future.
    • This would simplify licensing requirements for the hunting public and help wildlife managers improve sage-grouse population management.
  • Establish harvest report requirements for swan.
    • Mandatory reporting is necessary to determine species and age of birds harvested.
    • This is a condition that needs to be met for Idaho to hold a swan hunt.

Rulemaking Notice  Draft Rule Language

Documents and References
Comment Period: 
6/3/2020 to 6/26/2020
Primary Contact: 

Jeff Knetter
Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut
PO Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
(208) 334-2920
Fax (208) 334-2114