Deer Hunting Regulations
2022 DEER HUNTING SEASONS
Hunters with valid Idaho licenses and tags in their possession can hunt mule deer and/or white-tailed deer.
No person may take more than one deer per legal tag in his or her possession.
Can I purchase more than one deer tag?
Residents and nonresidents may buy one unsold nonresident general season deer and/or elk tag at the nonresident price, starting August 4, to be used as a second tag except second deer tags cannot be used in Units 10, 10A, 12, 16A, 17, 19 and 20. Second elk tags are not available for the Elk City Zone. Extra controlled hunts and depredation hunts also offer the opportunity for hunters to purchase an additional controlled hunt tag.
Youth only hunt:
Some deer hunts are for youth only.
Deer with at least one antler longer than 3 inches. In "antlered only" seasons, or any hunt with point restrictions, antlers must accompany the carcass while in transit.
Deer without antlers or with antlers shorter than 3 inches may be taken in a season open for antlerless deer or either sex.
Deer with no more than two points on one side, not including the brow point or tine, and at least one antler longer than 3 inches (as long as a deer has no more than two points on one antler, it may have multiple points on the other antler). A point is an antler projection that is at least 1 inch long and longer than the width of the projection.
Deer having at least one antler with three or more points, not including the brow point or tine.
In seasons restricted to mule deer only or white-tailed deer only, if the head is removed, the fully-haired tail must be left naturally attached to the carcass.
Archery and Muzzleloader Permits
Any person hunting in an "archery only" season, including controlled hunts, must have their license with archery permit validation. Any person hunting in a "muzzleloader only" season, including controlled hunts, must have their license with muzzleloader permit validation .
Nonresident Deer and Elk Tags
A nonresident deer and elk tag, excluding a nonresident junior mentored tag, issued for deer or elk may be used to take a black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf during any open general season corresponding to the deer or elk tag hunt area or unit when the season for the black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf taken is also open.
Chronic Wasting Disease
New for 2022 - Chronic wasting disease testing is required for deer, elk, and moose harvested in Units 14 and 15. See idfg.idaho.gov/cwd for instructions and additional information.
Should I get my deer, elk or moose tested for CWD if I didn’t harvest in Units 14 or 15?
- Yes, if you harvest in a unit adjacent to Units 14 or 15.
- Yes, if you harvest a deer, elk, or moose in any unit that borders Montana, Wyoming, or Utah.
- Yes, if you harvest in a unit included in the 2022 rotation strategy for CWD sampling. See idfg.idaho.gov/cwd/sampling for a map of units or contact a regional office.
- Yes, if you hunt in any other units and are concerned about whether your deer, elk, or moose may be infected with CWD.
Transporting game from CWD areas
It is unlawful to transport certain parts of deer, elk, or moose outside a designated CWD management zone (currently Units 14 and 15). It is also unlawful to import into Idaho certain animal parts from other states, provinces, and countries with CWD. See idfg.idaho.gov/cwd/rules for details.
Attention Resident Deer Hunters!
Resident deer hunters may choose either a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under “2022 Regular Deer Tag Seasons” and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons.
The white-tailed deer tag is valid for white-tailed deer only, for any hunt listed under “2022 White-tailed Deer Tag Seasons”.
Nonresident deer hunters see nonresident tag.