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A: Glad you asked. Here is a simplified version of how the controlled hunt drawing system works: The procedure has been computerized since 1973 and was certified random by Boise State University professors in 1977. Every applicant has the same chance of drawing. Officials verify that applicants meet ...
2/13/11
A: Fish and Game stocks some waters all year round. Other waters are stocked at various times during the year. For a current stocking report contact the regional Fish and Game office, or go online to: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/stocking/.
2/17/11
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Horn hunters, like other outdoor recreationists, must secure permission to cross or look for antlers on private land, and they must abide by transportation restrictions on federal and state public lands. Horn ...
2/27/11
A: Fish and Game stocks some waters all year round. Other waters are stocked at various times during the year. For a current stocking report contact the regional Fish and Game office, or go online to: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/stocking/.
3/6/11
A: Residents can buy a daily fishing license but not a three-day salmon-steelhead permit. Residents and nonresidents alike may buy a "license entitling a person to fish in the waters of the state on a day-to-day basis." A resident daily fishing license costs $11.50 plus $5 for each additional day ...
3/27/11
A: The 2011 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure has gone to the printer. When the print proofs come back, the seasons and rules will be posted on the Fish and Game website - http://fishandgame.idaho.gov - by early next week. The printed books are expected about mid-April.
4/3/11
A: The sign-up period to participate in depredation hunts this year runs from May 1 through June 30. Applications that come in after June 30 are added to the list but have little chance of being selected. Applicants must have a valid Idaho hunting or combination license. Depredation hunts, if needed, ...
4/10/11
A: Lots of environmental conditions affect when the salmon arrive at Lower Granite Dam. Fish and Game opens the season in late April to make sure that in years when the run is early, anglers are able to fish for the salmon. In 2001, a year with a large return, more than 38,000 Chinook salmon had been ...
4/24/11
A: Not at all. The sign-up period to participate in depredation hunts this year runs through June 30. Applications that come in after June 30 are added to the list but have little chance of being selected. Applicants must have a valid Idaho hunting or combination license. Depredation hunts, if needed ...
5/1/11
A: A resident may apply for a controlled hunt with a nonresident, but your chance of drawing will be the same as the nonresident. Nonresidents may draw no more than 10 percent of the permits in any controlled hunt. Once the quota has been met, no more nonresident applications would be drawn.
5/8/11
A: Many Idaho streams are generally high and may be difficult right now. It's not just about whether the fish will bite; it's also a safety question. Keep a close eye on young children around fast moving water. The best advice is to decide where you want to go and call Fish and Game or local tackle ...
5/15/11
A: Technically the brook trout is a char, more closely related to bull trout than to rainbows or cutthroats. They are not a native species in Idaho. The limit is high because brook trout are very prolific and tend to out-compete and interbreed with the other trout species, including the native bull ...
5/22/11
A: No. When the court revokes someone's hunting, fishing or trapping privileges for a period of time, it means just that, the privileges are revoked, whether they need a license or not. It is illegal for anyone to hunt, fish, or trap or purchase a license to do so during the time the privilege is ...
5/26/11
A: The second controlled hunt application period for 12 leftover moose hunt permits runs from June 15 through June 25 - one bull in Hunt 3044, Unit 12-3; three bulls in Hunt 3053, Unit 16A; four bulls in Hunt 3054, Unit 17; and four bulls in Hunt 3056, Unit 20. There are no leftover sheep or goat ...
6/5/11
A: The application deadline is June 30. Applications that come in after June 30 are added to the list but have little chance of being selected. Applicants must have a valid Idaho hunting or combination license. Depredation hunts, if needed, are usually held on short notice, in small areas and involve ...
6/12/11
A: No. Anglers need to record only adult salmon 24 inches or longer on their permit. Though salmon less than 24 inches, known as jack salmon, need not be recorded on the angler's permit and do not count as part of the season limit of 20 adult salmon, they do count as part of the daily and possession ...
6/19/11
A: No. Under Idaho law, anglers do not need permission to fish along a navigable stream as long as they stay within the normal high-water marks and enter and exit the stream from a public right-of-way, such as a road or bridge. Anglers may cross private land only with permission, except to go around ...
6/26/11
A: Hunters who drew deer, elk or pronghorn can pick up their tags through August 1. After that, Fish and Game can release a list of leftover controlled hunt tags. The application period for the second drawing is August 5 through 15.
6/30/11
A: Most resident general season deer and elk tags can be picked up after the controlled hunt drawings are over. Tags for elk zones subject to a quota went on sale Sunday, July 10. Resident quota elk tags available are:ELK ZONE--TAG TYPE--NO. AVAILABLEDworshak--B--2118Lolo--A--128Lolo--B--630Elk City-- ...
7/10/11
A: Family Fishing Waters are great places to take the grandchildren and the rest of the family fishing. They are easy to get to, the rules are simple and they have plenty of fish to catch. To find good places to take a youngster fishing, directions on how to get there, what kind of fish will you find ...
7/17/11
A: Idaho hunter education and bowhunter education are offered in all parts of the state, but availability varies by region. To find out when classes are offered, check the Idaho Fish and Game Website, click on "Hunter/Bowhunter Education Program" link from the home page. Then click on the orange bar ...
7/24/11
A: Duck stamps - officially Federal Migratory Bird Stamp - are no longer available directly from Fish and Game. They are available for $15 at U.S. post offices, and they can be ordered by buying a receipt good for 45 days for $17.75 at Fish and Game offices, license vendors or on the Internet at: ...
7/31/11
A: If you have drawn and purchased a deer controlled hunt tag that is not an extra hunt, the only type of deer hunt you can apply for in the second application period is an extra hunt.
8/7/11
A: Monday, August 15, was the deadline to apply. Winners will be notified by mail and results also will be posted on the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ after the drawing. There's no deadline to pick up tags from the second drawing. Any tags not drawn will be available for over- ...
8/14/11
A: Yes. But it not legal to use it to kill any animal for which the archery-only hunt is open.
8/21/11
A: This archer correctly answered his own question. The Trijicon AccuPin bow sight uses tritium, and the rules are clear: In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: ... With any electronic or tritium-powered device ...
8/29/11
A: That depends on where you live. If no classes are scheduled in your area, anyone 10 or older may take the independent study course on the Internet, with a required supervised field day. But in some regions field days may not be available because of the hunting season. Before taking the internet ...
9/1/11
A: It depends. In addition to a valid 2011 Idaho hunting license, hunters need a permit to hunt sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse. Any person hunting sage- or sharp-tailed grouse must have in possession their license with a sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit validation, available from license vendors ...
9/11/11
A: Only if you're a youth hunter. The 2011 Big Game Seasons and Rules explains: Resident youth hunters ages 12 through 17 who purchase a general season elk zone tag, may participate in any A or B tag elk season within the specified zone, regardless of whether they purchased an A tag or B tag. This ...
9/18/11
A: Lead shot is illegal for all waterfowl hunting, including ducks, mergansers, geese and coots. Hunters may not hunt waterfowl while in possession of shot other than nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The shot must be 0.2 inches - T size - or smaller. Only steel shot or ...
9/25/11
A: No. Once the season for which your elk tag is valid has opened, your tag can no longer be exchanged. But you are allowed to buy a left-over nonresident tag for a different zone.
10/2/11
A: Hunter orange is required only when hunting the nine Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. The areas are Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Payette River, Montour, Sterling, Market Lake, Mud Lake, Cartier Slough and Niagara Springs. The minimum requirement is 36 square ...
10/6/11
A: Get as much information as possible, such as a description of the person or persons, a description and license number of any vehicles, and note the location. Then "Make the Call" to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999 - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or fill out a report on ...
10/16/11
A: Beginning last year, the use of handguns using straight-walled center-fire cartridges not originally developed for rifles was approved for use in big game short-range weapon hunts.
10/23/11
A: The bag limit is the total number you can take in one day. But the total may not include more than three scaup, two pintails, two redheads, two female mallards or one canvasback.
10/30/11
A: All offices are open Monday through Friday, except state holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offices in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions are in the Pacific Time zone; all others are in the Mountain Time zone. Contact us by phone, in person or mail us at a location listed here.  If you need a license or ...
1/23/12
A: No, you only need a hunting license if you are hunting.
2/7/12
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes. Nonresident licenses are listed here.
2/7/12
A: Idaho's first game laws were established by the Idaho Territorial Legislature in 1864.  These laws for closed seasons on big game animals from Februrary to July, but did not provide for enforcement. These laws predate both the State of Idaho (admitted to the Union in 1890) and the creation of the ...
2/8/12
A: The regulations for Spring Goose Hunts are available online.  The Spring Goose Hunts are primarily a private land hunting opportunity because geese are typically found feeding in agricultural fields. For more information please contact the Southeast Region at (208) 232-4703.
2/9/12
A: We cannot make predictions into the future, but we currently have a muzzleloader cow season in Unit 39, cow hunts that allow one to use any weapon, and 9 days of an any weapon bull season.  We use the late season archery to assist us in a depredation issue.  Our bull:cow ratio is adequate only ...
2/9/12
A: On the Fish and Game website you can find all the most current information about the summit at fishandgame.idaho.gov/summit.  You can register to receive e-mail updates on the Summit and soon you will be able to offer input on topics for discussion.
2/10/12
A: The Summit will likely include speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions.The goal is to involve people at regional locations, and over the internet – making it possible for them to interact with those attending the event in Boise.Specific details will follow over the coming months.
2/10/12
A: You don’t have to come to Boise to participate.We’re going to use technology to “stream” the Summit live over the internet.We also plan to use technology and Fish and Game regional facilities across the state to provide opportunities for Idahoans to participate and interact in the Summit.
2/10/12
A: Much has changed since 1938 when Idaho citizens created the Idaho Fish and Game Commission through Idaho’s first citizens’ initiative. Our state’s population has tripled; two out of three Idahoans now live in cities; and wildlife management responsibilities are much broader than 75 years ago. For ...
2/10/12
A: Yes. Expandable broadheads are NOT legal for taking big game in Idaho. Wolves are classified as big game animals.
2/10/12
A: This conversation is intended to build enthusiasm for Idaho’s wildlife and develop a common understanding about conservation and wildlife management. Agency leaders also hope Summit participants will better understand what Idaho Fish and Game does and how the agency’s efforts benefit wildlife and ...
2/10/12
A: The Summit will be an opportunity to have a conversation with Idahoans who care about wildlife.   Hunters, trappers, anglers and other wildlife conservationists enjoy wildlife in many ways and they are deeply interested in how it is managed.  Early last year, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore ...
2/10/12
A: You can tell the difference by the location of the mouth parts. Chiselmouth mouth parts will be farther back on the head. This picture is of a mountain whitefish.
2/10/12
A: Great to hear you’re wanting to give sturgeon fishing a try here in the Magic Valley Region.  Although your question was short – to answer it well in an email is difficult.  We would encourage you to stop into the Regional Office in Jerome or visit a local sporting goods shop and just chat with ...
2/10/12
A: Yes, the commission ruled to classify all salmon 24 inches and greater as adults; which is the reason for the rule. Fisheries data indicates that in over 7000 fish measured only 6 were 24 inches. The odds of catching a salmon exactly 24 inches long are very slim. Recommend measuring the salmon ...
2/10/12
A: It depends. In most of the state, there are no restrictions on the number of holes, but an angler can fish with up to five poles orlines at a time, and up to five hooks per line. A two-pole validation does not allow more than five lines while ice fishing. All lines must be attended by the angler. ...
2/10/12
A: Yes, but we stress to all individuals the need to obtain a receipt.  This receipt must contain the following information: Name and tribal identification number of Nez Perce tribal member selling the fish Name of the fish buyer Date of the sale Number of salmon sold Species of salmon and where it ...
2/10/12
A: Yes, IDAPA requires the presentation of antlers from antlered moose to be presented to a conservation officer or regional office so department personnel can collect biological data.  Since it is not required to present any parts of cow moose the information can simply be phoned in.
2/10/12
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Antler hunters, like other outdoor recreationists, must secure permission to cross or look for antlers on private land, and they must abide by transportation restrictions on federal and state public lands. ...
2/10/12
A: The 2010 Idaho State Legislature amended Idaho Code 36-411 to allow IDFG to accept hunter and bowhunter education course certifications from foreign countries provided their course is equivalent to or exceeds our Idaho course.   A course certificate or card must be presented when purchasing a ...
2/10/12
A: Fish and Game conservation officers have discretion in matters such as this.  The officer investigating this case contacted the vendor store where the hunter purchased the tag.  The vendor told the officer a sales clerk was confused about when the wolf tags expired and had indeed told some some ...
2/11/12
A: A decision has not yet been made regarding the future of Priest Lake and the lake trout fishery.  IDFG is currently in the “scoping” phase of developing a new statewide fisheries management plan for 2013-2018.  The plan will set direction for Priest and Upper Priest lakes, as well as other ...
2/11/12
A: Rubber Boas are classified as Protect NonGame under IDAPA 13.  With a hunting license one can collect and possess up to four rubber boas but they may not be returned to the wild.  If you do not wish to purchase a hunting license you can apply for a collecting permit.
2/11/12
A: The Game Regulations are made available online shortly after they are approved by the Fish and Game Commission.  Big Game Seasons are set by the Commission every March (View the Commision Schedule).  For 2012, the meeting is scheduled for March 21-23rd. Printed Regulations will be available a ...
2/12/12
A: This is difficult to answer, as size is relative--huge to one person is typical to another.  That said, typical male wolves average around 100-110 pounds, whereas females average 80-90 pounds.  The truly exceptionally large male wolf can approach 120-130 (sometimes heavier, depending on how much ...
2/14/12
A: The only information we have is what was reported on the news; since that story aired several weeks ago no further reports have come in. Given the time of year with breeding and dispersal taking place anything is possible. The only known wolf activity even close to this area is a lone, black, ...
2/14/12
A: The minimum age is 10 years old.  It is best to take hunter education first, then take the archery class. 
2/14/12
A: Lighted knocks are not currently legal in Idaho.  There was a proposal made in 2011, but it was not approved by the Commission.  At this time there is no lighted knock proposal for consideration as a non-biological rule for 2012.
2/14/12
A: Both static PDF maps suitable for printing and interactive online maps of hunt area boundaries are available on the Hunt Area Map Index.  Sportsmen can also use the MapCenter to view Game Management Units, Elk Zones and current Controlled Hunts.  For offline viewing in Google Earth and GIS ...
2/15/12
A: Yes.
2/16/12
A: Generally the answer is no, however there are exceptions. These exceptions are explained in the 2011 Big Game Regulations: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled ...
2/16/12
A: To hunt with a crossbow during an archery-only season you must apply for the permit to do so.  The form is online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf.  Your doctor has to sign it.  
2/16/12
A: The Furbearer harvest summaries are included in the annual Pittman Robertson (PR) Reports published on the Idaho Fish and Game website.  The most current document is for 2009-10 Furbearer PR Report. For 2011-10, the report will be delayed due to the late arrival of a significant number of harvest ...
2/16/12
A: Unfortunately, at this time we do not have discounted fishing licenses for nonresident veterans. However, you are able to purchase a daily or season fishing license online and have it mailed to you prior to your trip. Please allow 5-7 business days for mail delivery.  
2/17/12
A: It is legal to hunt in Idaho with a suppressor. Keep in mind that there is a federal permit required to possess a suppressor in Idaho and the weight of your weapon must stay under 16 lbs.
2/18/12
A: Lighted knocks are not currently legal in Idaho.  There was a proposal made in 2011, but it was not approved by the Commission.  At this time there is no lighted knock proposal for consideration as a non-biological rule for 2012.
2/18/12
A: It IS legal to use fish as cut bait with a few exceptions. You can use the head, tail, and entrails of any legal fish. You can use all parts of a non-game fish but NO fillets of game fish. You are ONLY permitted to use the head, tail, and entrails of game fish.
2/18/12
A: A resident of Idaho can purchase two wolf tags per calendar year. A resident cannot purchase non-resident wolf tags. A non-resident deer and/or elk tag that may be used for wolf, mountain lion, or bear so long as the season for both species is currently open in that area.
2/19/12
A: It is valid even if you move out of state.  Each year you will get your lifetime license at no charge but you must get tags, licenses and permits at nonresident prices. Thank you.
2/19/12
A: Currently, no.  Electronic calls can be used during the Conservation Order seasons in the mid-continent portion of North America.  The Conservation Order seasons were a result of extensive habitat damage caused by overabundant snow geese, and were only allowed through an act of Congress.   ...
2/20/12
A: Idaho is in its 2012 fishing season which means that anglers must have a 2012 Idaho license.  Steelhead and two-pole permits must also be dated 2012.  (All 2011 season licenses and permits have expired).    
2/20/12
A: Yes, there are pheasant hunting opportunities in Nez Perce County.  Pheasants occur in the agricultural portions of the county.  Please note that almost all of the pheasant habitat in the county occurs on private property and, therefore, requires landowner permission.  Additionally, there are some ...
2/21/12
A: Crayfish do not have a specific possession limit, however you can only have up to 5 traps at one time without obtaining a commercial fishing license and trap tags. This is from the 2012 fishing regulations: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish: Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and ...
2/21/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game has a long history of working with Eagle Scout candidates and is happy to continue the tradition.  Here are a few bits of information that may help you find the right person to talk to: Idaho Fish and Game operates out of seven regions in the state.  Most regions have a ...
2/22/12
A: Check the Fish and Game website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  New classes are posted there whenever an instructor plans one.  
2/23/12
A: You can contact your nearest Fish and Game Region office.  They can look up your number and send you a new card. Thanks for the question
2/25/12
A: There is already a season on white-fronted geese or ‘specks’ in southwest Idaho.  White-fronted geese are dark geese and have the same season framework as Canada geese (another dark goose).  Pacific Flyway states like Idaho have a season framework that includes 107 days for dark goose hunting.  In ...
2/25/12
A: Nonresident hunting license and tags may be refunded less issuance fees and a $50 processing fee, in the event of: Illness or injury that disables a license holder for the entire applicable hunting season. Military deployment of license holder due to armed conflict. Death of the license holder or ...
2/26/12
A: In general it is NOT legal to use a crossbow during the archery only season, however it is legal to use one during the any weapon season..  An individual with a disabled archery permit is allowed to use  a crossbow during the archery only season. Here is the information from the Big Game ...
2/26/12
A:  Crayfish do not have a specific possession limit, however you can only have up to 5 traps at one time without obtaining a commercial fishing license and trap tags. This is from the 2012 fishing regulations: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish: Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and ...
2/27/12
A: The pelts of those wolves that can be safely recovered are sold at Idaho Fish and Game's annual fur auction. This year's auction will be held on Saturday, March 31, at the Southwest Regional office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa. For more information contact the Southwest Regional office at 208- ...
2/27/12
A: Unfortunately, the Clearwater Region is not well known for its waterfowl hunting.  Access is limited due to private property but some field hunting and jump shooting of regional streams/ponds is available during migration with landowner permission.  Scouting is the key for success for both birds ...
2/27/12
A: There is no set distance you must be away from homes or roads to hunt.  You cannot shoot from or across the traveled portion, shoulder, or embankment of any maintained road (maintained by any government entity), or hunt on private property without permission from the landowner.
2/27/12
A: You can contact a region office.  Our biologists are based there.
2/27/12
A: This is a good idea, and one we have tossed around, but not explored yet.  We will take this into consideration.  It will take some time to establish a framework for something such as this, but this could prove very worthwhile.  Thank you for sharing your idea!
2/27/12
A: Sterling WMA is part of unit 68A so only short-ranged weapons are allowed for big game (archery and shotgun).  Trapping coyotes, however, is allowed (although I don't know of anyone that has done it).  We ask that you check in with our office in Pocatello if you choose to trap on Sterling.  FYI, ...
2/28/12
A: Yes; although the focus has been on land vehicles, the "hunt from motorized vehicles" statute (I.C. section 36-1101(b) (1)) and the definition of motorized vehicle (I.C. section 36-202(y)) are broad enough to include watercraft. The Commission rule (IDAPA 13.01.04.303) would also include boats. ...
2/28/12
A: A resident may purchase gift licenses for his/her spouse and his/her children under the age of eighteen (18) living in the household. The purchaser must provide the proper residency identification for obtaining a resident license.   Grandparents would not qualify. This privilege is only for ...
2/29/12
A: Yes; as long as you provide suitable documentation for proof of residency in Idaho for your spouse.   Significant others do not qualify. The appropriate proof of residency documents is either a copy of the spouse’s current driver’s license OR in the case of a non-driver, a copy of the spouse’s ...
2/29/12
A: Yes; there is no limit on the number of youths a licensed adult can mentor. The mentored youths must be within normal sight and hearing distance from the mentor.
2/29/12
A: No, they cannot harvest a bear, lion or wolf with a resident deer tag.  They must have the tag for the specific animal they want to harvest.  
2/29/12
A: Yes; as long as you provide other suitable documentation for proof of residency in Idaho.   You may live in Idaho and work for a trucking company in another state. Many states require their employees to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the state in which the company is located. As long ...
2/29/12
A: Yes, if he purchases a two pole permit.   Legislation passed in 2009 allows resident youths to purchase a two pole permit without a fishing license.
2/29/12
A: NO: (see exception below); as long as the youth has a valid license and tag. Care must be taken by the adult not to enter into the act of “hunting.” They can even have a weapon in possession as the constitution allows. Once they begin pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, ...
2/29/12