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Frequently asked questions regarding temporary suspension of some nonresident licenses and tags


The emergency action is to support the Governor’s self-isolate orders in response to COVID-19

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Last update May 14, 2020 at 2:54pm MDT


The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on April 4 adopted a rule that temporarily suspends the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits. 

To learn more go to the full media release regarding temporary suspension of some nonresident licenses. 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the temporary suspension. 

Why did Fish and Game temporarily suspend some nonresident license and tag sales? The emergency action is to support the Governor’s self-isolate orders in response to COVID-19.

Can a nonresident still apply for a big game controlled hunt? Yes. Nonresidents can still buy a hunting license, which allows them to apply for big game controlled hunts. 

Can a nonresident who has already bought a hunting or fishing license and tags still use them? Licenses, tags, and permits purchased by nonresidents prior to April 4 are still valid for existing hunting, fishing, and trapping seasons. 

Because hunting and fishing in Idaho may require some travel, the Governor’s Office has provided some additional guidelines for all recreationists: 

  • Maintain safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from others. 
  • Minimize your travel distance from your home and spread out. If a trailhead or other access site is congested, consider finding another one, or go during off-peak hours.
  • Check before you go. Many campgrounds and trails may be closed.  
  • Bring all supplies you will need from home to avoid putting unnecessary strain on local grocery stores or convenient stores that serve the local population. Make sure you pack out all your trash and leave your space clean.

When will the suspension be lifted? The action lasts until repealed consistent with relevant state of Idaho public health orders.

Does this affect residents? This action does not affect Idaho residents and there are no new limitations on resident purchase of licenses, tags, and permits or any changes to existing seasons.