Idaho Hunting License

Complete your Idaho hunter education requirements to get your license.

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Idaho hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website or an Idaho–approved vendor.

Types of Idaho Hunting Licenses

Idaho Resident

A resident is a person who has lived in Idaho for at least six months. Active-duty military members are considered residents.

All Idaho residents must have a resident hunting license. Additional tags and permits may be needed.

Non-Resident

All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license. Additional tags and permits may be needed. Visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website for details.

Youth Hunting License

Idaho residents and non-residents ages 10 to 17 may purchase a junior hunting license. They must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website for more details.

Senior Hunting License

Idaho residents age 65 or older are eligible for the reduced-fee Senior Hunting and Fishing License.

Disability License

Idaho residents with disabilities may be eligible for the Disabled Persons Combination Hunting and Fishing License.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members who are permanently stationed in Idaho may purchase a resident hunting license. They must be stationed in Idaho for at least 30 days.

In addition, active-duty military members who maintain Idaho as their official state of residence may purchase the reduced-fee Military Furlough Combination Hunting/Fishing License while on leave.

Disabled veterans who are Idaho residents may be eligible for reduced fees for licenses and tags. Disabled veterans who are non-residents and who are at least 40 percent disabled may be eligible for reduced-fee licenses and tags. Visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website for more details.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

License Expiration

Hunting licenses are good from the date of purchase through Dec. 31 of the same year. Idaho residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting license.

Where to Buy an Idaho Hunting License

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Idaho Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions