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A: 4/29/2016 Short answer – The 2015 deer, elk, and pronghorn controlled hunt statistics have been posted. Longer answer -- Idaho’s hunter and harvest data from the 2015 controlled hunts were posted on our web site 4/28/2016.This covers hunters and harvest for mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and ...
4/29/16
A: Your assessment is correct. Here is the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule regarding the question. IDAPA 13.01.08.260.03 b. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled hunt for either sub-species of bighorn sheep may not apply for any bighorn tag for two (2) years. Except that a person may ...
4/28/16
A: Idaho Code 36-404 (b) states: Class 4: Senior Resident Combination License. Licenses to be issued only to persons over sixty-five (65) years of age who meet the definition of "resident" pursuant to the provisions of section 36-202, Idaho Code. Idaho Code 36-413 (e) states: A lifetime certificate ...
4/27/16
A: Yes, however there are some stipulations and restrictions. The most pertinent are: 1. Hunting is only authorized on public lands that allow shooting and public access/presence. 2. Permit does not authorize hunting on private property; a separate landowner signed permission slip must be obtained. 3 ...
4/27/16
A: Lamprey are native to Idaho waters and can still be found in low numbers in rivers and streams which also support ocean-going salmon and steelhead populations.  As with our other Idaho anadromous fish, changes in river and ocean conditions have reduced current populations to a fraction of historic ...
4/27/16
A: Each application is entered into the drawing one time regardless of group size.
4/27/16
A: Based on comments we have received from customers over the years, we have changed our process for mailing licenses when they are purchased on-line or through a mobile device. Licenses purchased on-line are to be printed at home and licenses purchased via a mobile device now download electronically ...
4/27/16
A: The deer do not need supplemental feed to survive.  Typically when deer are fed they concentrate in the area of feeding denuding the vegetation close by and passing disease through contact at the feeders.  Also, deer when being fed tend to keep the youngest from the feeders and frequently cause ...
4/26/16
A: Unfortunately, if you are stuck on fly-fishing for coldwater species, you have very few options within that limited distance.  We stock hatchery trout in several nearby waters including Wilson Ponds, Wilson Creek, Duff Lane Pond and Marsing Pond during the cooler and colder portions of the year. ...
4/26/16
A: Bobcats are classified as a furbearing animal.  Furbearers include bobcat, fox, marten, mink, muskrat, beaver, otter, lynx, fisher, and badger.  Of these, lynx and fisher are fully protected with no legal harvest, and otters have a quota.  Lynx are listed as threatened and wolverine are listed as ...
4/26/16
A: It's actually best - and easiest to fish when there is no wind.  Given this is Idaho, we all know it's a rare day when the wind isn't blowing to some extent.   Carp are sensitive to vibration and movement on the surface of the water.  For this reason, I like to work down-wind to extend the length ...
4/26/16
A: Hello, The Riverstone Pond is owned by the City of Coeur d'Alene.  Unfortunately, they do not allow public fishing.  We have approached the City to let them know we are willing to stock the pond in exchange for it being opened up to fishing, but they have had concerns about doing this.  We'll ...
4/25/16
A: Here is the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule regarding trophy applications. IDAPA 13.01.08.260.03 b. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled hunt for either sub-species of bighorn sheep may not apply for any bighorn tag for two (2) years. Except that a person may apply for a bighorn tag ...
4/25/16
A: Thanks for the questions.  Question 1) will I ever get the report?  We will make an interim and final report available online on our website when they are completed.  It takes a long time to organize the hair, send to UI lab for analysis, anlyze the data, and write a final report.  However, we are ...
4/23/16
A: Yes, you can purchase one extra turkey tag for the spring general season hunt. You may purchase a second extra turkey tag for a fall general season hunt as well.
4/23/16
A: You cannot purchase a resident limited deer controlled hunt tag and a resident general season deer tag in the same season. However, if you draw the limited deer controlled hunt tag in unit 18 and purchase the resident deer controlled hunt tag, the only other general season deer tag you may ...
4/21/16
A: Rat poison is very lethal and there are restrictions and guidelines for its use.  Rat poison does not only kill rats but everything that injests it including dogs, cats, squirrels, birds that eat squirrels, raccoons, skunks, deer, songbirds, and anything else that might injest the pellets.  Your ...
4/20/16
A: The drawing was done several weeks ago. Look up your results at the link below. Thanks Spring Turkey Drawing Results
4/20/16
A: If you are going for a big crappie, the best time will be in the spring time right before spawning. Crappie typically approach shallow water in spring to spawn when water temperatures are in the low to mid 60-degree range. Depending on the weather, that might be mid-April to late May. The best ...
4/19/16
A: Thank you for your question. If you are part of a group application and the application is selected during the draw process but there are fewer tags remaining in the hunt you entered, the draw system will not award any tags to the group application and move on to the next application with an ...
4/18/16
A: For general deer season in Unit 38 you can hunt the short-range weapon season and/or the archery only season.  Both the Regular Deer Tag and the White-tailed Deer Tag are available to be used in Unit 38; but make sure your tag matches the season and method, and species your are hunting.  The ...
4/18/16
A: Both species of bass in most of the waters you list grow slowly. A 5 lb bass could certainly be 15 years old; however, no matter where you are talking about bass from the same year class show a range of growth rates with some growing slow, others near average, and others growing more quickly. This ...
4/18/16
A: Idaho Fish and Game issues hunter education numbers at the time of certification, and are generated from the database and are not linked to the social security number and cannot be changed.  The Idaho Fish and Game license system generates a sportsman's identification number from the database, not ...
4/17/16
A: Thank you for your question. Trapping licenses were required in the 1980's. Unfortunately we do not have license purchase history for the 1980's.
4/17/16
A: Hello.  Yes, there is a public access to launch a boat on Mirror Lake.  It is located at the north end of the lake at the small resort/campground.  You'll turn off the main road about 0.5 miles before reaching the lake.  I believe there is a sign for the campground and resort.  The campground and ...
4/15/16
A: These results are now available online in full: 2015 Moose harvest statistics 2015 Sheep harvest statistics 2015 Mountain goat harvest statistics
4/14/16
A: No. The equipment restrictions you mentioned are only for Big Game. All that is needed is a fishing license and good aim!
4/14/16
A: Yes, any naturally killed big game animal parts except big horn sheep (need to be properly pinned) may be kept, bartered, or sold.  See page 97 of the big game regulations for more details.
4/14/16
A: Thanks for the question but it was a typo in the Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure; Unit 55 does not have any bears in it. Sorry for the confusion.
4/12/16
A: Thanks for the question, The short answer is no.  Years ago, the Kokanee fishery in Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir (SFCR) was integral to the fishing experience in the reservoir.  In the late 90's we started to see a decline in angler catch rates.  This decline continued to worsen over the next 5-7 ...
4/12/16
A: Yes
4/12/16
A: Yes, it is possible. There is a fairly healthy population of wild turkeys along the Boise River corridor from Eagle to where the Boise River joins the Snake River. It is fairly common for Fish and Game to receive sightings from the Eagle area. Occasionally, Fish and Game even receives observations ...
4/11/16
A: No you do not.  Thanks for asking!
4/11/16
A: There are several public and commercial access sites on Milner Reservoir.  Start by searching parks in Burley and Heyburn. The best site is Lud Drexler Park in Burley where Overland Road crosses the Snake River.   The BLM "Milner Historic Recreation Area" located 9 miles south of Burley also has a ...
4/11/16
A: No they can not fish in idaho without a valid licnese that was purchsed for the individual.
4/10/16
A: Where the Snake River forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon or Washington only one states license is required. As long as you are in a boat or on the shore of the state from which you hold a license. If you hold an Idaho license license you would not be able to stand in Oregon and fish, just ...
4/9/16
A: Domestic wildlife (deer and elk) are considered livestock and are therefore managed by Idaho Department of Agriculture.  You would have to contact them for rules and regulations regarding game farming.
4/8/16
A: This is an issue that the Commission could take up at any time. Currently, no electronic devices may be attached to archery equipment or firearms.
4/8/16
A: Some general steps you can take is to make loud noises, startle the deer, and make it uncomfortable for the deer. There are some commercial and home-made remedies that you can spray on your shrubs and other ways to either protect or make your shrubs less palatable. Removal of deer in residential ...
4/8/16
A: Yes, it is legal to take mountain lion or legally trapped gray wolves with a rimfire weapon.  For all other big game, the use of a rimfire would be unlawful.
4/6/16
A: That is a good question.  We ask that salvagers pick up the animal they wish to salvage and haul it away to process.  We also ask they put safety first when salvaging.  Proper disposal of a carcass is always recommended once you take it into possession.  However, you bring up a good point that ...
4/5/16
A: You may legally use a spear gun or archery equipment to fish for non game species such as carp.  Please be aware that many species look similar underwater and that you must be able to identify your target positively.
4/5/16
A: A hunter education certification from another state would qualify for purchasing a hunting license in Idaho. This includes online and instructor-led courses. States vary whether they accept non-residents into hunter education courses. To find out contact the hunter education program in the state ...
4/5/16
A: Silver Lake is a private water. We have little to do with its management, though we have some oversight responsibility regarding fish stocking and importation. We certainly do not stock it currently (we do not stock waters inaccessible to the public) and there are no records of it being stocked by ...
4/4/16
A: There are 3 types of hunts in Idaho.  Any weapon, muzzleloader only and archery only.   If a hunt does not specific muzzlerloader or archery, it would be an any weapon.
4/3/16
A: The bowhunter online course is online only. At the end of the course print your certification card and you take this to purchase your archery tag. If you participated in the instructor-led course, you received your card at the end of the course. Lost your card? Use our self-serve certification ...
4/2/16
A: Please bring the printed voucher available at the end of the online course. Either paper copy or electronically available for the instructor to read and verify that you passed the online course. Field days are held outside. Prepare for the weather conditions.
4/2/16
A: Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules for controlled hunts state: In controlled hunts with ten (10) or fewer tags, not more than one (1) nonresident tag will be issued. In controlled hunts, EXCEPT unlimited controlled hunts, with more than ten (10) tags, not more than ten percent (10%) of the tags ...
4/1/16
A: Ice will likely be off 10 days to 14 days from now. You can look at Milehighmarina.com has a webcam of the area next to town.
4/1/16
A: Based on my own personal experience, I would recommend smallish in-line spinners. Common brands include blue fox or mepps. Personally, I have caught trout on silver or blue and silver, blue fox spinners in size one to three. Alternatively, you might want to try small (2-3.5") "stick" baits. Common ...
3/30/16
A: No live swimming bait is legal for use while fishing in Idaho waters.  Non-swimming live bait like worms, nightcrawlers, fly larve (maggots), wax worms, etc. are allowed to be used while fishing.  Live crayfish can only be used for bait if they were captured from the water in which you are fishing ...
3/29/16
A: These results are now available online in full: 2015 Moose harvest statistics 2015 Sheep harvest statistics 2015 Mountain goat harvest statistics  
3/29/16
A: Good morning, I agree that the measurement tool isn’t terribly intuitive and it would be nice to be able to just take one measurement after another without having to re-open the tool and click any buttons. I updated the application code so now after you have made a measurement, the tool will stay ...
3/28/16
A: There is no state code preventing the use of suppressors for the purposes of hunting. other Applicable federal laws may come into play.
3/27/16
A: The answer provided below is a reprint from a similar question asked by another individual.     Idaho no longer restricts felons' possession of archery equipment. In general, there are fewer restrictions for weapons that do not involve explosive action.   PLEASE NOTE: Individuals convicted of ...
3/27/16
A: Yes they are legal for turkeys but not for big game.  So you must be careful if there is a big game season occuring while you are hunting turkeys because you could be in violation if you are also hunting big game.
3/27/16
A: Game Check Stations are not posted on the website.  Check stations have several purposes including collecting biological data and/or to help inform people of rules and regulations, and help with the enforcement of those rules and regulations.  You are welcome to call the SW Region office in Nampa ...
3/26/16
A: No Fish and Game issued trapping license is needed to catch ferrel cats on your property.  Ferel cats would not be classified as wildlife and would not fall under Fish and game jurisdiction.   Ferel cats fall under state, county and city jurisdiction, and therefore you should be aware of animal ...
3/26/16
A: Yes you can to hunt waterfowl.
3/26/16
A: Waste laws only apply to game animals, except black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves.  These laws also apply to all game birds and game fish.  A complete list of Idaho’s wildlife and their classification can be found in the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) 13.01.06.100. Because ...
3/25/16
A: We used to require a ram be 3/4 curl or better but that rule changed several years ago.  Biologists looked at harvest rates and their potential impacts on age structure and decided that if a hunter wished to harvest any legal ram rather than a mature ram, more older and larger rams would survive ...
3/25/16
A: Good Morning, Sorry for the delay on responding to your question.There are quite a few places I can think of where you could possibly find some shed antlers. Mule deer start dropping their antlers in January/Early February. Because most of the deer antlers have been on the ground for quite some ...
3/24/16
A: On an average year, 2000-3000 steelhead return to Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. We typically see fewer than 100 natural steelhead at the Sawtooth weir.
3/24/16
A: To whom it concerns, We appreciate your recommendation to stock Trout in Milner Reservoir; however, water temperatures are typically unsuitable for rainbow trout survival in the Milner Reservoir pool. Stocked trout that pass through the Minidoka Dam do not persist much downstream.  We have ...
3/24/16
A: No birds may be shot without a license. Unprotected non-native species, such as European Starlings and Eurasian Collared-doves, may be taken year-round by those possessing a valid hunting license.
3/22/16
A: Not from the wild.  Only if you can prove it was offspring of a magpie raised in captivity.  That typically requires a bill of sale from a licensed captive animal farm.
3/22/16
A: Thanks for your question about Bull Trout and the Boise River. Bull Trout are now mostly extinct below Lucky Peak dam. It is possible (but very unlikely) that a Bull Trout could be flushed downstream through Arrowrock and Lucky Peak dams and be caught in the lower Boise River. Bull Trout have not ...
3/22/16
A: There are several exceptions to the Motorized Hunting Rule (page 102 of the 2015-2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules).  One of these state: Hunters may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game if such travel is allowed by the land owner or manager.  This would apply to both public and private ...
3/21/16
A: Hi, Yes, the Department of Fish and Game does maintain a list of surplus properties.  These are properties that the Department has determined no longer aid the agency in fulfilling its mission.  All such properties are reviewed and approved for surplus by our Lands Committee, Director, and ...
3/20/16
A: You can e-mail your proof of disability, letter on Veterans Affairs letterhead showing combined service connected disability percentage, to licenses@idfg.idaho.gov.
3/19/16
A: It is illegal to hunt Big Game in Idaho with an air rifle. the pertinent section of IDAPA is below: IDAPA 13.01.08.410 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. .05 Other d. With any net, snare, trap, chemical, deadfall or device other than ...
3/18/16
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunter education certification course does not include any handgun lessons or safety information when carrying a concealed firearm. It best to contact your local Sherrif department for current concealed carry permit requirements and current courses that teach ...
3/17/16
A: Thank you for your question. Yes, you may take a picture of your license and store it on your mobile device as proof of having a license. We do not have any plans to build an app for licensing. However, we do have a mobile optimized website and those who purchase their license via a mobile device ...
3/15/16
A: A hunting license IS required to hunt or take any wildlife in Idaho, including unprotected and predatory wildlife. Most ground squirrels are classified as unprotected wildlife and can be hunted by persons holding a valid hunting license.  Be aware, there are several species of ground squirrel that ...
3/15/16
A: There is a difference between the Steelhead Permit and the 3-day Salmon/Steelhead.   The 3-day Salmon/Steelhead is a 3-day Fishing License with a Salmon Permit and a Steelhead Permit.   The Steelhead Permit cannot be purchased unless you have a Nonresident Fishing LIcense.  As of the date this ...
3/15/16
A: IDFG sometimes implements a Controlled Hunt with an Unlimited number of tags as an intermediate step between a general season hunt and a controlled hunt with a limited number of tags when there is a concern about total hunter numbers and harvest  in the hunt area. If hunting pressure is too high ...
3/1/16
A: There are no rules regulating suppressors, sometimes referred to as “silencers”, and big game hunting in Idaho   As long as the owner has complied with all federal regulations regarding the possession of suppressors and as long as the firearm does not violate any of the other big game weapon ...
2/29/16
A: Joe Dupont is our Regional Fisheries Manager in Lewiston and is the person who can answer questions about the Clearwater River Basin.  He can be reached at 208-799-5010. What may be faster is to access our study archives located on our Department webpage.  Go to fishandgame.idaho.gov; click on the ...
2/29/16
A: You can only keep antlers from found animals that have died naturally.  If you have any suspicion that the animal died by something other than natural causes, we especially would like to hear about it.  You can keep animals that died from injury incurred by vehicle by filling out a roadkill permit ...
2/29/16
A: Yes you need to have  a current hunting license to hunt rabbits in Idaho.
2/28/16
A: Yes, coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife in the state of Idaho and may be taken in any numbers, year round, and with crossbows, by the holders of the appropriate hunting license. The weapons restrictions that exist for big game do not apply to predatory or unprotected wildlife.   Josh ...
2/27/16
A: To the best of our knowledge, this will be a better year for fish in Little Camas.  With that said, we will procede with stocking as requested unless/until water managers indicate conditions are likely to deteriorate. Conditions in irrigation reservoirs are often very unpredictable and are often ...
2/27/16
A: Coyotes are primarily rodent hunters but occassionally take bigger game (fawns, rabbits, etc.).  They have learned to live near humans because they can live on garbage, cat food left out, cats and other items associated with humans.  Attacks on humans are extremely rare.  They are heavily hunted ...
2/26/16
A: Unfortunately our Fishing Planner, which houses, our map center is temporarily unavailable. In the interim, please see the "Fishing" tab on our website. From this page you can find our Family Fishing Waters section, our Angler Guide section, fish stocking and much more. Some of the secions contain ...
2/24/16
A: Please check out the interactive map center on the IDFG website for a detailed map.  After you open the map center, zoom to the area you are interested in.  On the upper left hand side, select turn layers on/off. Scroll down throught the selections and turn on land management status.  This will ...
2/23/16
A: Dear Mr. Arnett, Yes, there are trout in Upper Clover Creek, King Hill Creek, and Salmon Falls Creek upstream from Lily Grade.  These trout are native Redband Trout. They are relatively small and typically look slightly different than your standard hatchery Rainbow Trout. They typically have more ...
2/23/16
A: Yes, it is legal to use artificial lights for the purposes of fishing in Idaho.
2/22/16
A: You are correct in that Idaho law does not allow the use of drones for tracking, harassing, communicating or filming big game animals of the state of Idaho for the purpose of hunting.   Hunting exotics is another story and a great question.  As long as you have complied with all federal ...
2/20/16
A: There are several commercially licensed aquaculture facilities in Idaho that sell the game fish listed in your e-mail.  In Idaho, this business is regulated by the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture and they could provide you a list of providers in your area.  To prevent transmission of diseases ...
2/16/16
A: Yes
2/15/16
A: Hi there, thanks for your question. Its great to hear that you are excited about steelhead fishing. Drift boats are a great way to chase these fantastic fish. Your options will be limited to your skills on the oars and where steelhead can currently be found. At this time of year (late winter), you ...
2/15/16
A: Landlocked fall Chinook are placed in reservoirs like Lucky Peak, Deadwood and Anderson Ranch to control/prey upon kokanee salmon.  They are a fish management tool we use to adjust the number of kokanee to prevent over-population - which results in stunting due to lack of food.  Consequently, you ...
2/15/16
A: Starlings are classified in Idaho as a predator and can be controlled by almost any means, but a license or permit is required for the individual doing the control action.   However the depredation control folks at Wildlife Services (208-373-1630) can help control migratory wildlife which are ...
2/14/16
A: You happen to find a pile of bones with a tag, we'd love to see a picture of the pile and a close up picture of the tag so that any numbers or words on the tag are visible. In exchange, we'd be happen to let you know what we know about that particular animal. Please call your local Fish and Game ...
2/14/16
A: Lighted bow sights would be legal when hunting turkeys.  Prohibition of lighted sights only applies to the hunting of big game.
2/14/16
A: Idaho does not offer preference points for controlled hunts. Additional information on this topic is available on our website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts   Results of a 2015 sportsmen's survey on drawing odds are also available at:   https://idfg.idaho.gov/ ...
2/13/16
A: There is no minimum draw weight for bows when using archery equipment to hunt turkeys.  Also, there are no restrictions on the type of broadhead that may be used.  For example, expandable broadheads are legal for the taking of turkeys. 
2/13/16
A: This would be dependent upon each individual cities ordinance and would need to be addressed with the city.  There is no mechanism in state law that would give a variance for this.    
2/12/16
A: Provided you possess the appropriate federal paperwork, suppressors are legal for hunting in Idaho.
2/12/16
A: Good morning Austin, If you don't already have Google Earth Pro on your computer, I suggest you download it (it is free - use the key GEPFREE). You can add a .shp file to Google Earth Pro and save as a kml if you like. Feel free to contact me if you need any further assistance.  pam.bond@idfg. ...
2/12/16