Licenses, tags, and permits

Where, how and what to purchase to hunt, fish and trap.

License Purchase Options


To hunt in Idaho you need a hunting license. Depending on the species you want to hunt, you may need a tag or permit.

Idaho has both controlled and general season hunts. General season tags are available on a first-come, first served basis. Hunters need to apply for controlled hunts, which are issued through a random drawing.


To fish in Idaho any person 14 years of age or older must have a valid fishing license.

Anglers younger than 14 do not need a license, but there is a small difference between resident and nonresident youth.

  • A resident child under 14 has their own separate fishing limit. 
  • A nonresident child under 14 must be with someone who has a valid fishing license and their fish are in included in the license holders fishing limit. However, a nonresident child may purchase their own license and have their own limit.

Special fishing permits are need for some activities for both residents and nonresidents:

  • Fishing for salmon and steelhead
  • Fishing with two poles.


License vendor screen / Photo by Vicky Osborn
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Vicky Osborn for IDFG

Purchase Licenses,
Tags and Permits

* There is a processing fee for applications made by phone and online.


IDAPA 13 includes various references to applications for licenses, permits, or tags on Department-approved or Department-prescribed forms. IDFG did not interpret “guidance document” under Executive Order 2020-002 to include these template forms (and related documentation examples), which are available on IDFG’s website.
IDFG also did not interpret “guidance document” to include species-specific wildlife management plans/policy statements. These are available via the “wildlife” and “fishing” menu tabs on IDFG’s website.


How to buy an Idaho fishing and hunting license