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Hunting, fishing licenses, Super Hunt entry make great gifts

December 1, 2016 GMT

BOISE — Idaho Fish and Game recommends hunting and fishing licenses or Super Hunt entries as gifts this holiday season.

New hunting and fishing licenses became available for purchase today, but they don’t become valid until Jan. 1. According to Idaho Fish and Game, most hunters and anglers don’t think to buy one until their first outing of the new calendar year, so the timing makes hunting or fishing licenses great gifts.

Licenses are available online and at many vendors statewide including most sporting goods stores, hardware stores and major retail chains.

Because of the need to confirm residency, a person can only buy a resident license for a spouse, a minor child or for themselves. You can purchase a non-resident license for a friend or relative who is a resident of another state.

Gift certificates for hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, or sportsman’s package. These gift certificates can only be redeemed for licenses at a fish and game regional or headquarters office.

Many of the license vendors sell store gift certificates that they will accept for license purchases.

Another great Christmas gift for a hunter is a Super Hunt drawing entry, according to Fish and Game. Every year, 32 lucky hunters walk into the field with a special Super Hunt tag that allows them to pursue an elk, deer, pronghorn or moose in any open hunt in Idaho. Two Super Hunt Combo drawing winners are able to hunt all four species in any open hunt. Any tags that are won in any super hunt drawing are in addition to any general or controlled hunt tags a purchaser may already hold.

A Super Hunt entry for a specific species costs $6. A Super Hunt Combo Hunt entry costs $20. No license is needed, and hunters can enter as many times as they like.