Q. Who can buy a second tag?
A. Any hunter, no matter where they live, who has purchased a hunting license and a 2016 deer or elk tag.
Q. Can my second tag be a controlled hunt?
A. No. Second tags are available as “over-the counter” general hunt tags.
Q. How will this affect game populations?
A: There will likely be no effects, or minor ones. In 2015, second deer tags accounted for about 3.5 percent of the statewide deer harvest, and second elk tags accounted for about 1.4 percent of the statewide elk harvest. There were over 168,000 deer and 101,000 elk tags sold in Idaho in 2015.
Because second tags are tags are already allocated for nonresident hunters, harvest is already accounted for, and there is not expected to be any negative impacts from harvest by second tag holders. In areas where populations or harvest rates fall below Fish and Game’s objectives, hunting rules are adjusted by limiting hunting opportunity, shortening seasons, converting to controlled hunts, or limiting tags available in some areas. These restrictions would also apply to hunters using second tags.