Left-over Controlled Tags Go Into Second Drawing

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Left-over controlled hunt tags and unclaimed controlled hunt permits will not be sold on a first-come, first-served basis in 2004.

Meeting in Boise January 21-23, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a department recommendation to change the way these tags and permits are sold. In 2003 the over-the-counter sale of unclaimed controlled hunt permits created controversy and allegations of unfair conduct by some vendors.

The department proposed that unclaimed permits and leftover permits be placed into a second controlled hunt drawing. After the first drawing, tags must be picked up by August 1. The application period for the second drawing will be August 5-15 with the drawing August 20. Any permits leftover after the second drawing would go on sale first- come, first-served on August 25.

Drawings for trophy species will be set up in a similar fashion. Nonresident quotas will not apply for these drawings.

License and tag transfers in controlled hunts was also changed for special conditions. The Commission approved allowing the director to refund a nonresident controlled hunt permit and issue another tag to another family member in case of death, illness, injury or military deployment. There will be a $50 processing fee and the assigned family member will have to buy a nonresident license and purchase the tag.