I grew up in PA ans NY. Spotlighting deer was a great family sport. Is it legal to use a spotlight to view big game in the state of Idaho?
It is legal to view wildlife with a spotlight. However, be aware that shining a spotlight “upon any field, forest or other place by a person while having in his possession or under his control any uncased firearm or other contrivance capable of killing any animal or bird, shall be prima facie evidence of hunting with an artificial light.” Idaho Code Section 36-1101(b)(5).
Since spotlighting is associated with poaching, you may be contacted by law enforcement. If you have an uncased firearm or other weapon with you, you could be cited for hunting with an artificial light.