Attention, turkey hunters! Don't plan your turkey hunts for this spring or fall without reading the following important information.
Idaho Fish and Game discovered during this last season setting process for the 2016 & 2017 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey regulations that one of the tag type requirements for turkeys did not match what was allowed by Idaho code, specifically Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) 13.01.09.100.03.
There are three types of tags that may be used for turkey: general, extra, and special unit tags. The updated regulation pertains to the use of extra turkey tags and can be found on page 18 in the 2016 & 2017 regulation booklet. The new wording reads: "Extra tag is the second tag available in the spring. It is valid for spring general hunt seasons and may be used during fall general seasons. Cannot be used with a controlled hunt permit."
In previous years, the language in the upland game regulations booklet specified that the extra tag could be used in a controlled hunt. Again, what now appears in the 2016 & 2017 regulations in not so much a change, but rather a correction so that regulations match IDAPA.
With that in mind, here are some final points to remember when choosing what tags to purchase and how to best use those tags for turkey hunting. If you plan on hunting in a spring general season AND would also like to apply for a fall controlled hunt, make sure you use your extra tag as your tag for your spring hunt and save that general tag to use if you draw on the fall controlled hunt.
Remember, your extra tag cannot be used in conjunction with a controlled hunt permit-it can only be used in general hunts. Note there is nothing wrong with using your extra tag first for a general hunt, and saving your general tag just in case you draw for a controlled hunt.
If you have any questions about this or any other turkey hunting regulations, please contact your nearest Idaho Fish and Game regional office. The Pocatello regional office number is 208-232-4703.