Deer Hunting Regulations
2021 DEER HUNTING SEASONS
Hunters with valid Idaho licenses and tags in their possession can hunt mule deer and/or white-tailed deer.
How many deer can I harvest?
In general, the answer is one deer per hunter per year. However, a few controlled hunts and depredation hunts offer the opportunity for hunters to harvest additional deer. Deer hunters may buy one unsold nonresident deer tag at the nonresident price to harvest a second deer excluding Units 10, 10A, 12, 16A, 17, 19 and 20. A hunter may take only one deer per valid legal tag in his or her possession.
Unsold Nonresident Tags
Residents and nonresidents may buy one unsold nonresident general season deer and/or elk tag at the nonresident price, starting August 1, 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.
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 when the season for the animal taken is also open.
Chronic Wasting Disease
What is Chronic Wasting Disease?
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal wildlife disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and other nerve tissues in deer, elk, moose and caribou.
CWD has not been found in Idaho, as of December 2020, but it is in surrounding states (MT, UT, WY).
Know Idaho’s Rules
Idaho does not allow the importation of a carcass or any part of a wild deer, elk, or moose from another state, Canadian province, or other country where CWD has been found, EXCEPT:
- Meat that is cut and wrapped
- Quarters or deboned meat that does not include brain or spinal tissue
- Edible organs that do not include brains
- Hides without heads
- Ivories, buglers or whistlers
- Finished taxidermy
- Dried antlers, including dried or cured velvet antlers
- Cleaned and dried skulls or skull caps
Idaho does not allow the use of natural urine from deer, elk, moose, reindeer, or caribou for big game hunting.
For the most up-to-date information about CWD (including CWD positive areas, carcass testing and disposal) please check the IDFG website at idfg.idaho.gov/cwd
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 “2021 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 “2021 White-tailed Deer Tag Seasons”.
Nonresident deer hunters use nonresident tag information.