Press Release

Updated Oct. 4: Please buy your deer tags early; nonresident general deer tags sold out, whitetail tags available

General any-weapon deer season opens Oct. 10 in most areas

Please don’t wait until the last minute to buy your hunting license and deer tags. Fish and Game is anticipating high volumes of sales immediately before the opening day of deer season on Oct. 10. Avoid the long lines and potential wait by buying your tags early. 

Nonresident general deer tags have sold out, but nonresident/second whitetail deer tags remain. You can see how many remain on the nonresident tag sales page, but beware it’s only updated once per week, so it may not reflect the actual number of tags available. Nonresident elk tags sold out in late September. 

Here are your buying options for hunting licenses and tags. If you choose to purchase online or by phone, please remember to allow seven to 10 business days for your tags to arrive. The license will be immediately available as a PDF. 

Hunters who already have their licenses and tags should double check them to ensure they’re not faded. If they are, find out what to do here. Hunters about to go afield and who don’t have time should know that Fish and Game enforcement officers are aware of the situation and prepared to assist hunters. Should hunters encounter a check station, Fish and Game staff are also prepared to assist.

Hunters are looking forward to a good big game hunting season in Idaho, and they can get details about the upcoming season in deer and elk hunting forecast