Idaho Fish and Game will launch a new license and tag sales system on March 1, and department officials are asking the public to be patient while the change is made and license vendors learn the new system.
“For the first time since 2007, the department is upgrading its license issuance system which is a major undertaking. We’ve trained our staff and vendors on the new terminals and issuance process, but it may take a little while before everyone becomes familiar with the new system,” said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game administration bureau chief.
In 2017, Fish and Game contracted with JMT to operate its licensing system and conduct controlled hunt drawings. The contract includes providing sales terminals at all Fish and Game regional offices, private businesses that sell licenses around the state, and also the internet sales website. JMT currently serves other fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, West Virginia and Maryland.
Idaho Fish and Game sells approximately 1.9 million licenses, tags and controlled hunt applications annually, all of which is done through the contracted licensing system.
March 1 is also the final day to apply for controlled spring turkey hunts, and hunters are encouraged to apply before then to ensure applications are completed in a timely manner.