What permits are required for hunting and fishing “contests” and “derbies” in Idaho?

Question:

Anyone participating in a hunting or fishing event in Idaho must comply with Idaho fishing and hunting licensing requirements.  All event participants must have proper licenses, tags and permits for the activity.  All participants must also comply with seasons, harvest limits, and other rules established by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for the activity.  Idaho requirements for hunting, trapping, and fishing are summarized in rule brochures available on-line and where licenses are sold. 

Depending on the nature of the event and where event activities occur, there may be additional requirements. 

At the request of anglers who had concerns with crowding and fishery management, many years ago the Commission adopted additional rules to apply to certain types of organized fishing events.  So if you plan to have an organized fishing event, please check fishing rules to see if you need a permit from IDFG.  Organizations and individuals do not need additional permits from IDFG to organize a general hunting event (such as those where hunters compete for prizes based on animals harvested) or to otherwise provide awards to hunters.

Please check with landowners for any event activities you plan to have on private lands.  Federal land managers, like the Forest Service and BLM, and  the Idaho Department of Lands have permit requirements for certain events conducted on lands they manage, so you should check with those agencies to see if your event requires a permit.  IDFG owns a relatively small amount of land in Idaho and requires permits for certain types of events on IDFG property.  IDFG does not require any permits for hunters who participate in general hunting contests (like “big buck” contests), where participants hunt on a wide range of properties; however, IDFG may require a permit for an event focused on IDFG-owned lands (like a group pheasant hunt planned for a specific Wildlife Management Area).

Answer:

Anyone participating in a hunting or fishing event in Idaho must comply with Idaho fishing and hunting licensing requirements.  All event participants must have proper licenses, tags and permits for the activity.  All participants must also comply with seasons, harvest limits, and other rules established by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for the activity.  Idaho requirements for hunting, trapping, and fishing are summarized in rule brochures available on-line and where licenses are sold. 

Depending on the nature of the event and where event activities occur, there may be additional requirements. 

At the request of anglers who had concerns with crowding and fishery management, many years ago the Commission adopted additional rules to apply to certain types of organized fishing events.  So if you plan to have an organized fishing event, please check fishing rules to see if you need a permit from IDFG.  Organizations and individuals do not need additional permits from IDFG to organize a general hunting event (such as those where hunters compete for prizes based on animals harvested) or to otherwise provide awards to hunters.

Please check with landowners for any event activities you plan to have on private lands.  Federal land managers, like the Forest Service and BLM, and  the Idaho Department of Lands have permit requirements for certain events conducted on lands they manage, so you should check with those agencies to see if your event requires a permit.  IDFG owns a relatively small amount of land in Idaho and requires permits for certain types of events on IDFG property.  IDFG does not require any permits for hunters who participate in general hunting contests (like “big buck” contests), where participants hunt on a wide range of properties; however, IDFG may require a permit for an event focused on IDFG-owned lands (like a group pheasant hunt planned for a specific Wildlife Management Area).