IDFG to review Sawtooth Zone elk tags after quick sale

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 17:39:43-04

The Idaho Fish and Game will review its options to alleviate the buyers’ rush for limited tags in the popular Sawtooth elk zone after a quick sell out on Sunday.

Due to increased interest, Fish and Game moved the start time of the sale from midnight to 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 10 to give people the option of buying at a vendor during regular business hours or online, however the tags for Sawtooth Zone A and B were sold out in less than an hour which left many other hunters seeking those tags empty handed.

“With the extreme demand for those tags, we will be working with the public to identify options for issuing those Sawtooth Zone elk tags in the future,” said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game’s administration bureau chief. “We understand people’s frustration, and we want to avoid that situation.”

The agency will discuss potential changes before big game seasons in March 2017. Any changes considered will be reviewed by the public for comment, and Fish and Game commissioners will make the final decision whether to change the Sawtooth Zone elk hunts.

Limited tags in eight of the nine “capped” elk zones are available for sale. Those remaining tags are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the numbers of remaining tags, go to