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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
A: If your son has completed all the necessary requirements and is certified in hunter education, but he has never purchased a hunting license in any state before, Idaho's Hunting Passport is a great option.  If he has purchased a license before in any state, he is ineligible to purchase a Hunting ...
2/27/15
A: Thanks for the great question! The printed form is for your records. By filling out and being presented that form, we have a digital copy of the form for Idaho Fish and Game's records. You can print it or maintain a PDF of this form for quick referral on a computer or phone. We recommend you keep ...
2/25/15
A: Thanks for your interest in fishing around Menan.  The Butte Slough is not a waterbody we have sampeld before, so we have no information on what's in there.  I would guess that some fish are present, though.  My best guess would be that there are some chubs and minnnows in there, but possibly ...
2/23/15
A: Before we can effectively answer this question, we need more specific information.  Are we talking about a specific species of fish or an invasive crayfish?  We also need to know what body of water you would be fishing and what the final disposition of the fish/wildlife.  For instance, if we are ...
2/23/15
A: You can catch all you want - but you can only keep 6 Grayling from Horseshoe Lake.
2/23/15
A: Your question is very broad and there are well over 100 papers out there on trout to draw on so generalizing is difficult.    Under most conditions,  Catch-and-release mortality or “hooking mortality” of trout is thought to be relatively low in most instances.   There are a number of summary ...
2/23/15
A: No it is illegal to shoot the black birds in your back yard, it sounds like you need to get a different type bird feeder, try a finch feeder or a tube feeder, those feeder types have smaller holes where as the bigger birds cannot get at the food source as easily.
2/22/15
A: It means you cannot track collared big game animals for the purposes of hunting. There are not limitations on ground to ground communication with other hunters via handheld radio or GPS.
2/21/15
A: The SW Region is unaware of "a lot" of feral pigs being in SW Idaho by a border.  Some time back (`3-5 years) someone had released feral pigs in the CJ Strike area and efforts were made to remove these feral pigs.  The Department continues to be interested in removing any feral pigs released onto ...
2/21/15
A: Great Question and sometimes difficult to understand when the answer might vary depending on what state you are hunting in.  In Idaho the answer is provided by statute found in Idaho Code 36-401 which states “No person shall hunt trap or fish for or take any wild animal, bird, or fish of this ...
2/20/15
A: Idaho is considered a progressive and influential state when it comes to fish and wildlife management but unfortunately, we only have authority to authorize and manage fishing and hunting privileges within the boundaries of Idaho.  Owyhee Reservoir is well inside the State of Oregon and they ...
2/18/15
A: Thank you for your question.   Trapper education is new in Idaho and the Department of Fish and Game is recruiting volunteer instructors to begin offering classes.  Trapper education is not currently a requirement to trap in Idaho, but a few classes are being offered as a public service to promote ...
2/18/15
A: In most years, the dates you selected would align with a peak in steelhead movement up the South Fork Clearwater River.  However, the warmer weather we are experiencing this winter has got the steelhead moving early.  In fact, based on the number of PIT tagged steelhead we are detecting moving up ...
2/18/15
A: I am not aware of any large populations of norway or brown rats in Twin Falls. Additionally, this type of rat tends to be closely tied to urban populations, and human concentrations. the City of twin Falls has ordinances preventing shooting in city limits. It is my understanding that these ...
2/17/15
A: No, a hunting license is not required to target shoot on public lands.  However, a hunting license is required when in the act of hunting, which is defined as the following: chasing, hunting, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, ...
2/17/15
A: Thanks for your question!  For calendar year 2014, the department sold 3,386 second nonresident deer tags, and 1,078 second nonresident elk tags.
2/17/15
A: This answer would be better suited for the Idaho Geological Survey. However, generally any specific rock in the bottom of any river really could be any age from the source rocks that "feed" that river. The Boise River flows through a variety of rock formations feeding the river. 
2/16/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission support equipment regulations for archery and muzzleloader equipment that are consistent with the primitive nature of the weapons.
2/16/15
A: It is legal to operate a bow or gun mounted camera while hunting rabbits or waterfowl in Idaho.  However, it is not legal to do this while hunting big game.
2/9/15
A: All persons placing bait must possess a baiting permit issued by Fish and Game department. Baiting permits are issued by mail or in person from the Fish and Game regional offices beginning March 1 of each year. You do not need a baiting permit to hunt over lawful bait; you only need a permit if ...
2/8/15
A: Outfitters for fishing and hunting are confined to specific locations and often specific species. Without knowing where and what species you want to catch - we can't give you a good answer. What we can tell you is to visit the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Boards webpage http://oglb.idaho. ...
2/4/15
A: To help us provide you with a correct answer, please tell us what you mean by OIL tags. Thank you.
1/30/15
A: I'm not sure what document you're referring to, but let me give you some background on bull trout/Dolly varden in Idaho and how the name has changed over time - at least in Idaho. "Bull trout/Dolly varden" are members of the Salmonidae family.  They are native to Idaho and have actually been ...
1/30/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in Pocatello in July.  The public hearing is planned for the evening of July 8 followed by the meeting the following day.  Members of the public are encouraged to testify before the Commission on all matters relating to fish and ...
1/29/15
A: If you plan to release birds for the purpose of dog training, you would first need to obtain a Sport Dog And Falconry Training Permit. Applications for this permit can be obtained from your locale Fish and Game Office or you can download them from the IDFG website. The form can be found under ...
1/29/15
A: The best answer we can give as of January 2015 is, "it depends."  We will check the water situation at Little Camas in March and get an idea of whether the reservoir will fill in 2015 and how long it will hold water.  If it looks like it will hold water into mid/late summer we will stock the ...
1/29/15
A: Short answer is you will have to pay for the new tag. Per the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules. Fees for resident and nonresident adult control hunt tags that are subsequently designated to their minor child or grandchild are not refundable. When you purchase the controlled hunt tag and then ...
1/29/15
A: A guide is not a requirement to hunt in Idaho.
1/28/15
A: Daily bag limits can be found on page 45 of our 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rules booklet. In 2014, we did an emergency bag limit reduction be cause we were going to be short of brood fish returning to Dworshak and Clearwater Fish Hatcheries. That's probably where the confusion started. 2015 will be a ...
1/28/15
A: You are correct.  Turkey can not lawfully be hunted with a .22 LR.  On page 18 of the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Regulation Brochure it lists  some of the rules that apply to the hunting of upland game birds.  Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird.  The only firearm that is allowed ...
1/28/15
A: The simple answer to your questions is yes. General season deer tags can be used in any open general season hunt (archery, any weapon or muzzleloader) as long as the hunter has the appropriate permits. Hunters need to verify seasons in the big game proclamation booklets.
1/26/15
A: Have you listened to some calls of the barn owl?  or western screech owl?  Without actually hearing the call, these would be where I would start.  Both owls make a variety of calls.  You might try to look up the "bark" or "screech" calls of either the eastern screech owl or the western screech owl ...
1/23/15
A: Nonresidents may purchase a short term small game license (3 consecutive days $35.50 ea), a nongame hunting license ($35.50), a season small game license ($97.75)  or a big game hunting($154.75) license to hunt jack rabbits. For information about where to hunt you can contact our regional offices ...
1/22/15
A: Fall Chinook were stocked in Anderson Ranch Reservoir two years ago.  They are used as a management tool to reduce kokanee numbers to prevent size stunting from over-population.  In reservoirs like Deadwood and Lake Coeur d'Alene where they also feed on kokanee, fall Chinook will achieve ~30" and ...
1/21/15
A: If you'd like to discuss this further with, and since I do not have a contact to reach you, please contact the webmaster@idfg.idaho.gov to be put in touch with someone so that we can better answer and hear your concerns. We respect your disagreement with the action and your disagreement with our ...
1/21/15
A: The spawning period is typically in mid to late May but can vary ~ two weeks earlier to two weeks later. Many things influence when fish spawn.  Water temperatures, the hydrograph, photoperiod, the availability of proper-sized substrate etc. all play a part.
1/20/15
A: The current posted Idaho Falls Trapper Education class consists of 2 class periods that are 4 hours in length. Both of these classes are on a Saturday, 1 week apart beginning on the 21st and ending the 28th of February. In general a trapper education class will consist of 8-12 hours of class and ...
1/19/15
A: Thank you for your question. IDFG will likely evaluate the options to offer a similar or identical program for the fall of 2015 based on the best information at the time.  However, for the department to offer this program again, it will require the Fish and Game Commission's approval as Idaho Code ...
1/19/15
A: Fish and Game has no hunting restictions on coyotes in the area described.  Ther is no hunting within the Boise city limits and posted private property should be honored.
1/19/15
A: Thanks for your interest in Palisades Reservoir stockings.  Although our stocking database does not currently show that cutthroat have been stocked in Palisades, they indeed have.  As mitigation for Palisades Dam, the Jackson National Fish Hatchery is responsible for stocking that reservoir.  ...
1/19/15
A: The upland area you refer to is the Roswell Marsh Habitat Area, the small orange signs are to help show the Fish and Game property boundaries .  Hunting blinds can be constructed of native materials, but digging pits or cutting of vegetation is prohibited as well as using artificial fasteners like ...
1/18/15
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have an upland game permit at this time. To hunt turkeys you will need the appropriate hunting license and the appropriate turkey tag and if drawn in a controlled hunt the controlled turkey permit.
1/18/15
A: No. A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. Because the super combo hunt contains a tag for all super hunt species, the winner of the super combo hunt has all other applications for all super hunt species for that year set apart so that they may not draw any other super hunt tag ...
1/17/15
A: A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. If you purchase 8 applications for one species such as deer and draw a tag, our draw system sets your additional applications for that species apart so you cannot draw a second tag for that species.
1/17/15
A: That depends.  If you're a nonresident and already have a fishing license, the two-pole permit is an additional $15.50. If you're a licensed resident, the two-pole is $13.75. These prices are as of January, 2015 and are subject to change.
1/16/15
A: We recently answered a question very similar to yours. Please let us know if this doesn't answer your question.
1/15/15
A: Here is Idaho Fish and Game's statement on the matter you are refering to: INFORMATION REGARIDNG SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, ...
1/15/15
A: Thank you for your suggestion. We will take it under consideration for potential license structure changes.
1/15/15