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Can hounds be used in all units to pursue racoons all year long even when there is no big game hound season open?

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Yes.  Racoons are now classified in Idaho as a predatory species and can be hunted year round with the proper license.  They can also be pursued with hounds year-round. The only species that can be pursued in Idaho with hounds are black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, red fox, and predatory and unprotected species.  There must be either a take or dog training season going at the time in order to pursue these species.  Detailed information on hunting with dogs is available in the big game brochure.