Returned Sold-Out Tags

Occasionally, hunters return tags that can be redistributed. For instance, from sold-out capped elk zones or from outfitters.

These returned tags were available in this new way from April to October 22, 2020.

There will be no planned events until 2021.

Changes coming for licensing

Be aware, on November 1, 2020, our license system will change vendors.

Nonresidents should also be aware of a fee increase and a sale date change for Sawtooth Zone tags, limits on DAV reduced price deer and elk tags, and more.

Learn more...


Returned Sold-out Tags

Posted counts of returned tags will not be displayed once the sale begins.

October 22 is the last sale date for 2020.

We'll post more information to this page sometime after the upcoming November 1 license vendor changeover.

Updated October 22, 10:00 am MT


Notice about exchanging tags

If you are exchanging a tag and a season is open for any part of the season, your tag cannot be exchanged for a returned tag.

View unclaimed controlled hunts.


  • If returned tags are available, they are available on a first-come first-served basis only on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10 am MT at the following vendors:


Exchanging Tag Conditions

These statements are meant to direct you to the right place to make an exchange.

General Season Tags

General season tags can only be exchanged for other general season tags online or via telephone sales.

General season tags that currently have or have had an open hunting season cannot be exchanged for other general season tags.

Controlled Hunt Tags Exchanging for General Tags

Controlled hunt tags may not be exchanged for general season tags online or via telephones sales but can be done at an IDFG Regional or Headquarters office.


Exchanging Tags

Exchanges can only be made online or via telephone sales. License vendors will not be able to exchange tags.

Hunters who successfully exchange their tag must return the original tag to Fish and Game before the new tag will be sent to them. 

Mail returned tags for exchange to:

IDFG Licenses
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707



Sale Date Info

List of upcoming dates of Second and Fourth Thursdays [2020]
  • No further 2020 sale dates
  • November 12
  • November 26
  • December 10
  • December 24

The October 22 sale date will be the final returned sold-out tags event for 2020.

List of prior dates of Second and Fourth Thursdays

Number in brackets represents total tags available.

  • October 22 [91 - tags available]
  • October 8 [0]
  • September 24 [47]
  • September 10 [45]
  • August 27 [38]
  • August 13 [511] #
  • July 23 [1,423] *
  • July 9 [0]
  • June 25 [0]
  • June 11 [0]
  • May 28 [4]
  • May 14 [0]
  • April 23 [21]


* Returned outfitter NR deer tags
# Returned outfitter NR elk tags expected



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