The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s on-line sales and hunter reports are back -- with extra security.
On-line license sales were stopped back in August after the contractor's system was hacked.
“People once again can buy Idaho hunting and fishing licenses and tags on-line, but they will have to establish a user name and password to get entrance into the system,” said Fish and Game Department spokesman Roger Phillips.
The Mandatory Hunter Report (at <https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/report) is also available, and can be accessed without a user identification or password. The direct link is https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/report)
Idaho Fish and Game was notified in August that some of its license holders may have had their personal information released due to a data breach experienced by its online license vendor, Active Networks.
As soon as the Department was notified, the on-line system was taken down to prevent further loss of information and make the site more secure, Phillips said.
“We realize adding user identification requires a little more effort to log on -- and it’s another password to remember -- but we think the trade-off of having another layer of protection for our hunters’ and anglers’ personal information is worth it,” said Michael Pearson, Chief of Administration.
After hunters and anglers create a user name and password, they can then buy a license and tag online. Similar to other online vendors, this user identification and password are required each time they go online to buy an item using the website or mobile-friendly site.
The link to buy licenses and tags is: <https://idfg.idaho.gov/purchasing-options-notice-online-unavailable>.
“If sportsmen and women do not want to log into the new system to purchase items,” Phillips said, “they can still visit one of the more than 380 vendors around the state, or call 1-800-554-8685.”