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Outfitters and Designated Agents

Summary of 2023 Rule Changes Relevant to Outfitters

101.04 License Expired and Reinstatement

  • If a license expires and is not reinstated within 6 months, the operating area and activities may become an available opportunity for others.
  1. Guide License Application Requirements
  • For outfitters, you should be aware of the many training requirement changes for the guide’s license and that guides will be responsible for their own license once the new Licensing System is implemented in Mid-2024.
  • For a full list of guide licensure changes please see the guides license webpage.

103.03 Validity

  • A Guide’s license will be valid only while employed by an outfitter.
  1. License Production
  • When engaged in licensed activities, a guide will need to produce a copy of their license and provide proof of an employing outfitter.
  1. Boat Transport of Hunting Clients
  • Unless licensed or in an agreement with a licensed outfitter, a boatman licensee must not transport big game hunters to any hunting area.

203.05 Controlled Hunts Outside Operating Area

  • Changed language for written permission from all outfitters licensed for the same species in the hunt area requested.
  1. River, Lake, and Reservoir Power and Float Outfitter Limits
  • BL1, updated language and description.
  • BO2, increased from 2 to 4 outfitters with a maximum of two (2) outfitters who may be licensed for fishing in addition to float boating.
  • SH2, updated description.
  • SS1, updated description.
  • SN2, updated language and description.
  • SN3, updated language and description.

Know your land managers

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)
Phone# 208-334-0200 (Boise Office)
Website: Home – Department of Lands (

Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG)
Phone# 208-334-3700 (HQ)
Website: Idaho Fish and Game Home | Idaho Fish and Game
Regional Contact Info: Office / Region Locations | Idaho Fish and Game

U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Main Website: Home | US Forest Service (
Main Contact Page for USFS: Contact Us | US Forest Service (

Northern Idaho
Phone# 406-329-3511 (HQ Recorded Menu)
Contact Page:

Southern Idaho
Phone# 801-625-5605
Contact Page: R4 Directory (
Main Contact Page for USFS: Contact Us | US Forest Service (

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Idaho State Office
Phone# 208-373-4000
Contact Page: Idaho State Office | Bureau of Land Management (

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