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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
A: Nonresidents may draw up to no more than 10 percent of the tags in an individual hunt and no more than 10 percent of the tags for the species. This is not a guaranteed set number of tags to be given to nonresidents. The drawing is a random draw and the 10 percent number may not be met in all hunts ...
2/29/12
A: No, employees that help in your business to mount, preserve, or prepare any parts of wildlife do not need a license. Your taxidermy license and record keeping will cover their activities.   Each taxidermy business is required to obtain a license and keep records for that business location. ...
2/29/12
A: Successful applicants in the second controlled hunt drawing do not have a deadline to purchase their controlled hunt tags unless they have a general season tag.   Those with general season tags need to exchange the tag for the controlled hunt tag prior to the opener of the general season tag they ...
2/29/12
A: “Unprotected Wildlife” may be hunted with the non-game license.  Examples include; Jack Rabbits, Coyotes, and Marmots.   Unprotected Wildlife, Defined by Rule: Unprotected wildlife is defined as all animals OTHER than those classified by the Fish and Game Commission as big game animals, upland ...
2/29/12
A: Those who have drawn a January extra controlled hunt will not lose their hunt on August 1.   They cannot purchase the controlled hunt tag until December of the current year and must first purchase a hunting license for the year of the January hunt.    Once they have purchased their hunting license ...
2/29/12
A: Allocated outfitter controlled hunt tags do not go back to the general public.  Outfitter allocated controlled hunts do not have to be purchased by August 1. Outfitters have until August 20 to purchase the tags for their clients.  Any winning tags not purchased by August 20 deadline will be ...
2/29/12
A: The nonresident small game and nonresident three-day small game hunting licenses were established to offer nonresident sportsmen, who do not wish to hunt big game, an opportunity to come to Idaho and hunt small game only for a lower cost.   The lower cost could result in a large influx of ...
2/29/12
A: When safe and practical, carcasses are recovered and DNA and other biological samples are collected. Some carcasses are sent to the Idaho Fish & Game Wildlife Health Lab for necropsy and disease testing.
2/29/12
A: The jackrabbit is not a game animal and is unprotected. It is legal to hunt unprotected or predatory animals (coyote) on private land after obtaining written permission from the landowner and on public lands after obtaining a "Permit to Hunt with Artificial Light." This permit is available only at ...
2/29/12
A: There was an unexpected delay in getting the big game season proposals online. They may now be viewed at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=301
2/29/12
A: Hunting and fishing fees, otherwise known as license dollars, help fund Idaho Fish and Game. License dollars make up about 40 percent of the Fish and Game budget.  The rest comes primarily from federal grants. About 16 percent of the federal money is generated by excise taxes on hunting and ...
3/1/12
A: Expandable broadheads are not legal for taking big game animals in Idaho.  Elk are classified as big game animals.
3/2/12
A: None of the carcasses of 14 wolves killed in the aerial control operation in February were retrieved. All were killed in remote areas and were from the ground without great difficulty. In the past we have retrieved most carcasses of wolves killed on the highway or killed as part of control actions ...
3/2/12
A: Proposals for Fish & Game regulation changes can be submitted in a variety of ways.  Proposals are often submitted at public meetings and open houses hosted by Regional Offices and the Fish and Game Commission.  Additionally, letters, e-mails, and discussions with Department staff are also ...
3/2/12
A: The Big Game Season Proposals are available online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=301 For specific details of your regional meeting beyond the scope of this document feel free to contact the Idaho Falls Office at (208) 525-7290.
3/2/12
A: He does not need a license to carry or for target practice, but he does need a license to hunt in Idaho.  Please find more information about hunting rules and hunter education in our Big Game Rules at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgInfo.pdf.  
3/2/12
A:  There is no limit to the number of non resident children under age 14 that can fish accompanied by  the holder of a valid fishing license.  All fish caught and reduced to posession shall be included in the license holders daily/possesion limits in order to fish without a license. Non resident ...
3/4/12
A: Volunteer opportunities are listed on the F & G website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/volunteer/.    
3/4/12
A: Lifetime license holders who move out of state continue to get their lifetime license each year at no charge.  They have to purchase nonresident tags and permits, however.  Usually nonresidents are only able to draw up to 10 percent of the permits in any controlled hunt; lifetime license holders ...
3/6/12
A: You can only hunt unprotected species with a blowgun. You must have a hunting license. Please double check with the city or county authorities in your area to see if they have any ordinances that prohibit the use of blowguns.      
3/7/12
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. No, there is no residency excemption for non-resident students in Idaho.  For more information on Idaho residency requirements, please review page 101 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, or contact your local fish and game office.  
3/7/12
A: Using a motor vehicle as a rest during hunting is considered hunting from a motor vehicle and unlawful, even if it is unoccupied.  This can be found in Idaho Code: 36-11-1(b)1.
3/7/12
A: Paiute ground squirrels are found in the area you describe.  Paiutes in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt.  As long as you stay south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River you will not run into any protected ground squirrels.
3/8/12
A: There are no weapon restrictions for coyotes because they are not classified as a big game animal in Idaho.  Coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife like a raccoon, skunk or jackrabbit.  Be aware that if you are contacted by an officer they may have questions about what game you are pursuing ...
3/9/12
A: It is legal to hunt big game in a ghillie suit in Idaho.  The person I checked with was concerned about the safety of doing so.   
3/14/12
A: We have not stocked bass into Milner Reservoir for quite some time.  We have sampled this fishery over the past few years and have not documented a decrease in fish numbers and fish sizes – but there is the public perception something has recently changed.   We are not discounting your ...
3/15/12
A: There is information on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=209 about one of the most common wolf diseases.    A wolf was recently found that died of parvovirus (similar to the parvo that effects domestic dogs).   If we suspect that a wolf's death is from disease a ...
3/15/12
A: Snag Fishing: Taking or attempting to take a fish by use of a hook or lure in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a fish to strike with, and become hooked in, its mouth or jaw. Game fish which are hooked other than in the mouth or jaw must be released immediately. Snag fishing ...
3/15/12
A: You might begin by looking at "The Compass" Idaho Fish and Game's 15 year strategic plan, which is posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website under the "About Us" tab.  Developed and implemented in 2005, The Compass lays out four goals:  sustain Idaho's fish and wildlife and the habitats upon which ...
3/16/12
A: With predators, such as coyotes, the following administrative rule applies: 03. Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife. Those species of wildlife classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law ...
3/16/12
A: The results come out close to the beginning of the big game controlled hunt period, which is May 1-June 5.  Expect them mid-to-late April.    
3/18/12
A: There were likely a small number of wolves present in Idaho at the time wolves were translocated into Idaho from Canada in 1995 and 1996, but there was no evidence that there was a self-sustaining, reproducing population of wolves in the state at that time. Any wolves present at that time were ...
3/18/12
A: You must reside in Idaho for 6 months to get resident licenses.  You will be a resident in April of 2012. idfginfo
3/19/12
A: A hunter may use the general tag to hunt in any spring general season and also use this tag with a controlled hunt permit to hunt in a controlled hunt. A second spring bird may be taken with the extra turkey tag. If the general tag or extra tag is not filled during the spring hunt, then that ...
3/19/12
A: The application is assigned a number.  If the application number is drawn, each hunter on the application will get a controlled hunt tag.
3/20/12
A: No.  You can only get one turkey in the controlled hunt you drew.  You can purchase an extra turkey tag to take a second turkey somewhere else.    
3/20/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game listed the wolf as a big game animal.  It is our intent to manage wolves responsibly, primarily through hunting seasons, just like we manage other big game species.
3/20/12
A: Please contact the BLM for information. Bureau of Land ManagementFour Rivers Field Office3948 Development AvenueBoise, Idaho 83705(208) 384-3300  
3/20/12
A: The red ear slider turtle in an invasive species.   Please read the following: We are allowing people with existing turtles to obtain a "grandfather" permit. It is here: http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Environment/InvasiveSpeciesCouncil/documents/Red-EaredSlider_Possesion%20Permit.pdf. It ...
3/20/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not prohibit the use of silencers.  However, ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) requires a permit to possess and use a silencer.  I recommend you contact the local ATF office for the appropriate applications.
3/21/12
A: Answer: Everything in wildlife management involves some compromise, with the goal of optimizing the solution for the greatest overall achievement in multiple conflicting goals.  So it is with snow goose seasons.    The ponds at Fort Boise WMA are a primary roosting area for snow geese as they ...
3/22/12
A: Yes, for hunting upland game birds expandable broadheads are consider a lawful means of take.  For your convenience on page 48 of the Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure there is a section outlining unlawful methods of take for upland game birds.  I have copied and ...
3/22/12
A: A hunting license is required at 10 years old for unprotected game and the child must take hunter education to get the license.
3/22/12
A: You can only purchase a trapping license at a Fish and Game Region office or Headquarters.    
3/22/12
A: The application period is May 1-June 5.  A new rules book will be out in April.  You can put in for more than one species during this application period.
3/25/12
A: Gophers are different from ground squirrels.  Most ground squirrels in the Weiser area are southern Idaho ground squirrels and are protected and cannot be killed.  The ground squirrels found in the Parma area are Piute ground squirrels and are not protected.  Hunting ground squirrels in the Parma ...
3/26/12
A: Idaho doesn't have a collector's waterfowl stamp.  
3/27/12
A: The ATV rules for big game hunting are posted online in the 2012 Big Game rules book at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63 on pages 79 and 80.  Printed copies should be at your local vendor by April 27.    
3/28/12
A: Yes, expandable broadheads are legal to hunt turkeys and other "non big game" animals.    
3/28/12
A: At this time we are unaware of any.  We don't track them because they aren't considered wildlife and we don't manage them.
3/29/12
A: Twelve (12) years of age. Persons under twelve (12) possessing a firearm for hunting must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Idaho Code Section 36-1508(b).
3/29/12
A: We expect the 2012 Big Game Rules to be ready the second or third week of April.  They will be posted online and hard copies will be sent out to vendors at that time.  
3/30/12
A: The Wildlife Department informed us today (March 30, 2012) that the statistics for 2011 big game harvest should be ready in 2 weeks...look for them in mid-April.
3/30/12
A: It is legal to trap and eat fox squirrels with the possession of a trapping license.
3/30/12
A: Yes, it is legal to hunt ground squirrels south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River.
3/31/12
A: Canada geese are protected as migratory birds by the federal government and season framework is regulated by them.  However, we do have some leeway in how the rules are set in Idaho under their umbrella, and we have maximum allowable harvest opportunity in the area.  The problem with urban geese ...
4/2/12
A: You need good knowledge of fish and wildlife management practices and be a great listener and communicator. Competitive candidates have a bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management or closely related fields. You must also be able to relate to our customers, primarily anglers and hunters ...
4/2/12
A: In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods. • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; Except scopes containing battery ...
4/2/12
A: Yes, the 2012 Idaho Legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package; it will become part of the Package beginning July 1, 2012.
4/3/12
A: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have ...
4/3/12
A: Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report a wildlife salvage by going online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self- ...
4/3/12
A: No.  Migratory species, such as waterfowl, doves, crows, and protected wildlife and/or birds, such as eagles, hawks, owls and songbirds, may not be salvaged or possessed, nor can protected non-game animals and Threatened or Endangered wildlife.  All of these species encountered dead along the ...
4/3/12
A: No.  Idaho rule prohibits the sale of parts of Bighorn Sheep that have been found dead of natural causes or salvaged at the site of a vehicle collision.  
4/3/12
A: No.  The public is not authorized to dispatch a wounded animal.  Please report injured wildlife by contacting your nearest Conservation Officer, Sheriff’s office, or IDFG regional office.
4/3/12
A: No.
4/3/12
A: The language of this rule is specific to “accidental kills caused by vehicle/wildlife collisions."
4/3/12
A: No.  Interstate highways are controlled access highways and stopping on interstates and medians is strictly prohibited unless for emergencies.  Retrieving or salvaging wildlife is not considered an emergency and is therefore not authorized on interstates.  
4/3/12
A: Yes and No.  There are risks and potential safety hazards when stopping on many roadways and highways.  Motorists choosing to stop and retrieve wildlife on any road assume all responsibility for their actions should an accident result due to stopping to retrieve wildlife of any kind.  Motorists ...
4/3/12
A: Eating the salvaged meat is at your discretion.  By signing the permit, persons acknowledge that the meat was not inspected and consumption is at their own risk.
4/3/12
A: No.  The sale of game animal meat is not authorized.  
4/3/12
A: Yes.  A signed, written sales statement showing the taker’s name, address, license and tag numbers (not needed for salvage of road kill), date and location of salvage, must be provided to the buyer of any black bear or mountain lion head, hide or other parts (except tanned hides or finished rugs ...
4/3/12
A: The Idaho legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package in its 2012 session.  It will not be available until July 1, 2012.  We haven't determined the price of the package when the wolf tag is added. The tag will not be retroactive; that is, if the pack was purchased before July 1, you ...
4/3/12
A: Idaho doesn't have a sizable population of feral hogs and we don't have any rules set up for hunting them because they are not wildlife.
4/3/12
A: Free Fishing Day in Idaho is the 2nd Saturday of June.  In 2012 that is June 9.  The exact date for 2013 will be available when new Fishing Rules books are printed this fall.
4/4/12
A: Idaho waterfowl hunters must purchase an Idaho Migratory Bird permit to hunt ducks in Idaho.  They must also have a federal duck stamp.  Idaho's Migratory Bird Permit is a validation printed on their license.  It is not an actual stamp.
4/4/12
A: No snakefish have been found in Idaho.
4/5/12
A: The 2012 rules are online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63.  Printed copies will be sent out to vendors beginning the week of April 16.  
4/5/12
A: Local animal control, animal rescue, or law enforcement in emergencies and USDA Wildlife Services are good sources for help, information and advice.Idaho law allows people to trap or remove any wildlife to protect private property and personal safety, but just like the plumbing, sometimes it is ...
4/6/12
A: If you are not hunting, you are not required to purchase a hunting license..
4/6/12