Modifications to Special Big Game Tags


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Provide a fairer and more transparent process for tag issuance


Status: Rulemaking for this proposal is pending.

Existing statute and rules provide that the Department shall make up to five free big game tags available annually for children with life-threatening medical conditions. An additional five free big game tags shall be available annually for disabled veterans.  Individuals who receive the tags are exempt from licensing.  Eligible species for tag issuance are deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, moose, black bear, and mountain lion for each of these special big game tag programs and the tag is eligible for any open general or controlled hunt for the selected species. An applicant may only receive one tag for any species in a lifetime. Applications must be submitted by a qualified nonprofit organization as prescribed in statute and rule. Demand for these special tags has grown and currently far exceeds their availability but existing rules do not prescribe a specific application period. Further, there is no process to allocate the available tags in the event that applications for the tags exceed the number of tags available or if applications are received simultaneously. Additionally, existing rules provide that the tags are valid in any open controlled hunt for the selected species. Some controlled hunts have a very low number of tags, and this creates a concern for fairness and hunt quality among other controlled hunt tag holders. The proposed rules address these issues to provide a fairer and transparent process for tag issuance and to ensure that hunt quality for certain controlled hunts is maintained.

Notice of Intent Filing
Notice of Intent Posted: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Supporting Documentation
PDF icon rules_revise_special_tags.pdf211.2 KB
Primary Contact: 

Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut
PO Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
(208) 334-2920
Fax (208) 334-2114