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 needed 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.


Reminders for nonresidents

On December 1, 2020, prices for all nonresident licenses, tags, and permits. Nonresidents should also be aware of the sale date change for Sawtooth Zone tags, limits on DAV reduced price deer and elk tags, and more.

Learn more

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.