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A: If you access our license purchase page found at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ and complete a search for your information, the system will display the items you have purchased in the current license year at the bottom of the license, tag and permit selection page.The system will display ...
5/8/15
A: The short answer is yes.  Hatcheries are starting to trap chinook salmon and we are finalizing our website content and procedures for updating the trapping numbers. As of May 7, Rapid River had trapped 7 adipse fin clipped adult chinook salmon and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery (on the Clearwater) had ...
5/8/15
A: The Super Hunt program is about generating money, specifically for the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fish and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anyone wishing to participate.  ...
5/7/15
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/purchase-second-non-resid...
5/7/15
A: Thanks for your question on Lake Lowell!  The "General" bass rules for the Southwest Region do in fact state 6 bass per day, 12-inch minimum. However, Lake Lowell falls under the "special rule waters" which are listed separately (page 23 of the rules book). These waters have their own rules that ...
5/7/15
A: In Idaho Code, landlocked salmon are considered "trout" unless otherwise denoted.  In the case of Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Fall Chinook salmon are included in your daily trout bag limit.  Therefore, you can keep 6 "trout/Fall Chinook" per day.
5/7/15
A: Unfortunately, this will be another bleak year for Paddock Reservoir. With little to no snowpack remaining in the Paddock drainage and the unusually warm and dry spring; there is no chance of the reservoir filling.  We just hope enough water will remain in the deepest part of the reservoir for a ...
5/5/15
A: The reason for the regulation is to avoid thin broadhead blades from collapsing causing the broadhead to be rendered ineffective in the event it hits hard objects like bone.  Today most broadhead manufacturers produce blades in excess of the 0.015 inch minimum, but it is still possible to purchase ...
5/4/15
A: When fishing in Idaho, it doesn't matter if you have an "Alabama rig" or gear names after any other state - you can only have 5 hooks per line under your direct control. I will say a "qualifying yes" to your question on lures.  Provided the lure isn't scented, they would be legal.  Scented lures ...
5/2/15
A: As long as you reload your shotshells with a USFWS approved shot, you may shoot waterfowl with reloaded ammunition.
5/2/15
A: Fish & Game isn't the agency that regulates this activity. We suggest contacting the Idaho Department of Lands local office (www.idl.idaho.gov/areas/index.html), and the city or county involved regarding permits and requirements for placing buoys.
4/30/15
A: We are anticipating a very successful Chinook Salmon season on the South Fork Salmon River in 2015.  Actual dates of the season and bag limits will be set at the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Commission meeting that will be held in Lewiston on May 19th and 20th, 2015. With the low flow conditions I ...
4/30/15
A: Yes, that's very likely. Please call the Panhandle Regional office to learn more. 
4/30/15
A: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation administers the Invasive Species stickers. You can purchase invasive species stickers online here. The Idaho Department of Agriculture has an FAQ of why we have these required stickers in Idaho.
4/30/15
A: Crayfish, just like other species of coldwater fish, become more active as water temperatures increase.  As afternoon water temperatures begin to climb into the high 50 degree/low 60's crayfish become more active.  Typically, crayfish activity is high by mid-May.   Just because air temperatures ...
4/29/15
A: Unfortunately, we will not re-stock Black Canyon Reservoir for at least a couple of more years. It is very likely that the reservoir will be drawdown substantially during at least two more of the coming winters. This is part of a project, led by the Bureau of Reclamation, that will add a thrid ...
4/29/15
A: Unfortunately, we do not have much of information on elk locations and/or abundance in specific areas during October.  Most of our elk observations are made during aerial population surveys that are conducted while animals are on winter range.  These observations don't provide alot of specific ...
4/29/15
A: I took this directly from the Mule Deer Foundation website.  Because the eyes of mule deer are located on the sides of their heads, they can see a 310 degree view around themselves. They have better nighttime vision than humans, but less accurate daytime and color vision. Mule deer can detect ...
4/29/15
A: Yes you can apply. Application rules state that if you draw an antlered hunt in the first application period you cannot apply for an antlered hunt in the first application period the next year. You were designated the landowner tag and did not draw the tag. Therefore you are eligible to submit an ...
4/29/15
A: The bat was likely roosting in your storage unit and got trapped and died. There is no need to throw away your arrangement. You can dispose of the bat carcass and clean up the flower arrangement. Be sure to wash your hands if you handled the bat carcass. If in the future, you encounter a live bat ...
4/28/15
A: Raccoons have become common in towns and cities around Treasure Valley.  Part of the draw for raccoons to use these urban areas is that, other than cars and the occasional aggressive dog, there is very little threat to raccoons.  Further, the raccoons find ample food in yards where people feed ...
4/26/15
A: Yes. The restrictions are:      If you draw an antlered elk in the first drawing, you must wait one year before applying for an antlered elk hunt in the first drawing. For example if you drew an antlered elk in 2014 in the first drawing, you would have to wait until 2016 to submit an application ...
4/26/15
A: Even though crawfish are a "game fish" in Idaho, the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not track population numbers or trends for crawfish.  With that said, we are unaware of any populations of crawfish being over-exploited in Idaho. There are many areas where you can set traps for crayfish in the ...
4/26/15
A: The answer to your question depends largely on what type of doves you have on your place. Mourning Doves enjoy protection as a migratory bird, and take of them is regulated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If these are the birds causing your issues, the ...
4/25/15
A: Yes.  All the road kill data is available on our road kill site at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill/list The data is available as a CSV (comma separated values) for download on that page.
4/23/15
A: Looks to me like this is most likely a Largescale Sucker – one of Idaho’s native species of Catostomidae (sucker family!). The small white bumps on this fish are breeding tubercules, which are common on suckers (and many minnow species) during the spawning season. According to Dr. Peter Moyle’s ...
4/22/15
A: The rules that were approved by the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Commission:  Clearwater River Basin - Daily Limit: 4 fish only 1 of which may be an adult except in the South Fork Clearwater River where 2 adults can be harvested.  Fishing will occur 7 days a week.  No river section closures, ...
4/1/15
A: One thing you need to know is once steelhead leave saltwater and move to freshwater they can no longer utilize/digest food.  With that said, they still seem to have a feeding instinct and will still strike at baits or other fish but have no way to convert that food into body sustinance. In the ...
3/23/15
A: Your frustration is certainly understandable, especially when you seem to never draw a tag and someone else always draws their tag.  Changing drawing odds is something we hear from hunters fairly frequently.  Unfortunately, what may seem simple is actually more complicated.  Please check out the ...
3/12/15
A: Yes there is.  Our latest estimate is for 14,073 adult hatchery-produced Chinook salmon passing Lower Granite Dam and headed to the Clearwater River system.  A total of 5,452 are headed to Dworshak Hatchery; 2,247 adults to Kooskia; and the remainer are headed to Clearwater River tributaries where ...
3/11/15
A: To purchase an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect. To buy ...
3/10/15
A: Notifications for the Spring Turkey hunt will be posted on our website by March 20. Our goal is to complete the drawing prior to that date. However, hunters can submit applications that are postmarked on the last day of the application period so we have to wait to receive and enter all mailed in ...
3/10/15
A: A more appropriate solution would be to catch the cats in question in a suitable live trap, and transport them to your local humane society.  I would also advise talking to your neighbors about your proposed actions before trapping.  Live traps are available at many feed and farm stores, and are ...
3/9/15
A: At a minimum you will need to purchase an Idaho non-game hunting license to hunt coyotes in Idaho. If you plan to hunt other small game such as upland game birds or waterfowl in the fall you can purchase the small game hunting license which also allows you to hunt coyotes. Please contact our ...
3/8/15
A: This incident was investigated by Fish and Game Conservation officers.  The results of that investigation have been turned over to the county prosecutor who will ultimately decide whether to file charges.
3/7/15
A: The ony difference between a "newby" biologist and a bald biologist is the "newby" is arrogant enough to predict how fish and wildlife will respond to changing environmental conditions.  I'm a "gray-haired" biologist so I'm not going to give you a definitive answer to your question. What I will ...
3/6/15
A: Hello, The ringtailed cat was released close to the area where it was captured so that we could better understand where they go across the landscape. We know very little about them as the two ringtails in the last year were the first to be captured live in the state. We did discuss releasing him ...
3/5/15
A: Yes, you are required to have valid Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes.  You can use a 3-day small game hunting license or a a nongame hunting license, each cost $35.50. As for nonresident military, the only discount we have would be for disabled vets with 40% or higher disability rating.
3/5/15
A: Definitely, it's acceptable to mash the barb and use the hook while fishing in a "barbless only" water.  I have a two-sided tackle box.  On one side I keep all my barbless gear.  On the other is all the barbed equipment. When you mash the barb down, the best way to test is to run the hook through ...
3/5/15
A: The proclamation booklets state results will be posted no later than March 20. Our goal is to complete the drawing as quickly as we can after all of the mailed in applications have been entered. We do have some edit checks to complete to verify all applicants are eligible in the draw based on ...
3/5/15
A: The normal start-up for steelhead trapping is late February and early March so trapping has just recently started. Some programming needs to be finished so our web reports can link (in near-real-time) to the database containing the hatchery information. We hope to have that up and running as soon ...
3/4/15
A:   Provided you are on the water and your boat isn't tied to the Oregon shore while you are fishing - all you need is an Idaho fishing license.  Idaho has a reciprocical agreement with Oregon stating we recognize these reservoirs as being jointly managed and for the benefit of Idaho and Oregon's ...
3/4/15
A: We will be making improvements at Sawyers Pond starting around the first of April 2015.  Our Construction Crew is currently working to replace a boat ramp and install new outhouses and docks at Crane Falls Lake near Bruneau, Idaho.  Once that project is complete, we will be moving to Sawyers Pond ...
3/4/15
A: We do allow a spouse to purchase a license for a spouse. Please obtain a photocopy of his valid Idaho driver's license and bring that in when you come to purchase his license.
3/3/15
A: Yes.  Depending on your method of hunting, an appropriate hunting license, tags with appropriate validations (archery or muzzleloader) are  required to hunt deer and elk.  For more information, review the "Licenses, Tags and Permits" section of any of our Seasons and Rules booklets.  A quick call ...
3/2/15
A: The rule that requires hunters to either pick applying for a trophy species (moose, mountain goat, or bighorn sheep) or deer, elk, and pronghorn was implemented to improve drawing odds for moose, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep.  By reducing the number of people that apply for any one species, ...
3/2/15
A: The answers to both of your questions are yes.  Please review a copy of our Big Game or Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules booklets for more information.  A quick call to one of our 9 offices could also help you with your questions.       While any person applying for any ...
3/2/15
A: Here is some information from our trophy proclamation booklets: Any person who has killed a California bighorn ram or Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, on any controlled hunt in Idaho may not apply for a tag for the same species, except any person who has killed a California bighorn ram south of ...
3/2/15
A: Big Game seasons are still in proposal phase. You can review the proposed changes here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/2015-big-game-season-state... (Look for the regions that your areas are in). The rules will not be completed until after March 31, 2015.
2/28/15
A: I'm glad you mention LEGAL ground squirrels and rock chucks.  Idaho does have ground squirrels that cannot be hunted, see page 48 of our 2014 and 2015 Upland Bame, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules.  You need a hunting license to hunt any of the wildlife in the Idaho.  If you are a ...
2/28/15