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A: Idaho law is silent on fishing with artificial light, which means it is legal to do so.
8/3/15
A: All legal wolf harvest is updated in those tables as it occurs. If wolf harvest occurs on private land in a zone with a year-round harvest season, the harvest is legal and within an open season and will be updated in the table. The harvest table does not include illegal killings or other mortality ...
7/31/15
A: No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
7/29/15
A: Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still ...
7/29/15
A: The ramp at Chesterfield is still usable. The last section of dock is in the water.
7/29/15
A: If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
7/28/15
A: Bighorn Sheep on Craig Mountain WMA, otherwise known as the Redbird Herd, can be found primarily along the Snake River from the river up to around 2500' in elevation. As expected, they typically prefer rocky crag-type habitat. If you're looking for wildlife viewing opportunities some of your ...
7/28/15
A: In Idaho, you can participate in trapping by purchasing a trapping license and following all rules and regulations.
7/27/15
A: Big game tags and permits that must be notched, validated or attached to a carcass cannot be printed if purchased via the Internet. Those items will be printed and mailed to customers.
7/27/15
A: The short answer is yes.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a long history of monitoring chinook salmon returns to the Middle Fork Salmon River and its tributaries.  In 2014 we estimated 2,607 wild chinook salmon spawned in the Middle Fork Salmon drainage. The longer answer is  standardized ...
7/27/15
A: Many years ago, the bow hunters association made a request that IDFG create an archery stamp and require those who participate in archery only hunts to purchase the archery stamp. The Idaho stamp program was canceled in 1998 after all IDFG licenses, tags and permits became electronic. Those items ...
7/25/15
A: Motor restrictions on the Henrys Fork are governed by Fremont County.  You can find the ordinance that restricts motor use on the Mack’s Inn reach at this link: http://www.co.fremont.id.us/departments/commission/waterways_ordinance_revised.pdf
7/25/15
A: A spotlight permit may be applied for at your local Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office. Ask to speak with the Regional Conservation Officer regarding the permit. There are several stipulations that must be met before a permit will be issued. If you are simply using NVG for Predatory and ...
7/25/15
A: Yes.
7/24/15
A: Yes, lighted nocks are still illegal to hunt big game with in Idaho.  The Fish and Game Commission recently reviewed the issue of archery equipment restrictions and chose to make no changes to existing rules.
7/24/15
A: Magpies are a protected migratory bird and can not be hunted or killed without a permit.  Both a state and Federal permit are required to kill magpies. The best long term solution to magpies eating chicken eggs is to protect the chickens and exclude the magpies.  Federal and state requirements ...
7/23/15
A: The regular deer tag is valid for mule deer and white-tailed deer. 
7/23/15
A: Mule deer and whitetail "tumors" can be benign or malignant depending on the growth.  The most commonly encountered tumor is the benign fibroma caused by the papilloma virus and are quite common in deer.  Maybe not surprisingly, they can be more regularly seen around salt licks as the virus is ...
7/23/15
A: After the pond was lowered, contractors for the City of Boise helped us lower an electrofishing boat into the remaining water.  We then spent a day collecting as many game fish as possible. Captured fish, mostly largemouth bass and bluegill, were then transferred into adjacent ponds.
7/21/15
A: Unclaimed pronghorn controlled hunts go back into the second drawing. Hunters can apply for those hunts August 5 through August 15. The IDFG Director may make some early hunts available through a first-come, first-served leftover sale on August 6 at 10:00 am mountain time. A list of hunts to be ...
7/21/15
A: Sorry for the delayed answer. The LAP drawing was completed at the end of July.
7/21/15
A: Report it online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/feedback/fish/forms/reportTaggedFishAngler.cfm
7/21/15
A: Generally speaking, the brown colored Sportmen's Access signs you see driving Idaho roads highlight fishing and/or boating access sites.  Access to hunting areas on private lands are publicized in Access Yes guides available annually in September.     
7/21/15
A: It is legal to photograph wildlife.  The term 'hunt' in Idaho does not include stalking, attracting, searching for, or lying in wait for, any wildlife by an unarmed person solely for the purpose of watching wildlife or taking pictures thereof.
7/20/15
A: Because snow geese are migratory game birds, the federal governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, are ultimately responsible for their protection and conservation in North America. In the United States, this responsibility has ...
7/19/15
A: Bison are under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
7/17/15
A: 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 felonies are responsible for doing their own research to see if the law allows them to ...
7/16/15
A: Most mountain lakes in Idaho are stocked on a 3-year rotation unless we've documented natural reproduction at a level that could support sport fishing.  That would mean Skein and Box lakes should be on the planting schedule for this August and September when we stock these lakes from our McCall ...
7/11/15
A: Call it "Mother Nature's" fail-safe for any event that may effect survival of adult steelhead that arrive in Idaho earlier in the year.  If there is a rain-on-snow event that causes fish mortality or other natural disaster, there still will be late arriving fish to spawn and perpetuate the species ...
6/25/15
A: End of June is probably the last time we will stock Chinook Salmon in the Boise River.  We only bring fish from Oxbow (mid-Snake River) or Rapid River (near Riggins) because we know these fish are of hatchery stock origin.  By early July, the body of these fish are breaking-down (they haven't ...
6/25/15
A: No.  Fishing for or targeting salmon/steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water.    In other words, no salmon/steelhead fishing (including catch/release) is allowed unless there is an open season for that river location.   Steelhead rules can be found ...
6/19/15
A: Chinook salmon caught from the Little Salmon River are generally safe to eat. IDFG recommends following the USDA and FDA guidelines for safely handling and preparing your catch to prevent foodborne illness. If you will be eating fish within 2 days of catching it, make sure to store your fish on ...
6/17/15
A: The estimated quota for the South Fork Salmon is changing every day as more fish arrive over Bonneville and Lower Granite dams. The current estimate is that the quota will be in the range of 1,000-1,500 salmon. Much of the run is still migrating up through the lower river system, so estimating the ...
6/16/15
A: Crayfish are found in rocky areas where they have cover from predators (fish, birds, etc.).  The best baits are chicken liver, fish entrails or other waste meat.  Soak your trap along the rocky shore for several hours (over-night). What I've found to work well is a small can of cat food.  Just ...
6/14/15
A: As of the first week of June, salmon fishing was very good.  Anglers were averaging less than 10 hours per fish.  Over 2,100 fish have been harvested from the Little Salmon River as of 6/7.    
6/7/15
A: Sorry, you only get one salmon permit for the spring/summer Chinook season.  The first 20 notches are to record Chinook salmon from the Spring and Summer Chinook seasons.  The second group of 20 notches are for the Fall Chinook and Coho season.
6/2/15
A: Our preseason forcast for Spring Chinook returning to Pahsimeroi was just over 2,100 adults.  Incomplete PIT tag data is currently suggesting numbers may be less than our forecast - but it's still early and subject to change.
6/1/15
A: Are we talking about a water with landlocked Fall Chinook or a river system that Chinook Salmon can use to reach the ocean? Anadromous (ocean-going) juvenile Chinook are typically defined as being two years of age or less.  They will be 3 - 5" in length - depending on their diet and water ...
5/31/15
A: Yes, there is a size limit on tiger muskie in Dog Creek Reservoir.  You can keep 2-tiger muskie that are 40" or longer in length, per day.
5/26/15
A: You can use dead loach for bait when fishing for catfish, however, live crayfish are the only live bait that can be used, and they must be used on the water where they were collected.  See the following text on page 50 of the current fishing seasons and rules: "Note: Use of live fish, leeches, ...
5/26/15
A: We haven't finalized the quota for the South Fork Salmon River - as of the last week in May.  The number of fish that are in excess of our brood stock needs and available to anglers (harvest quota) is not actually determined until we have data on the number of passive induced transponder (PIT) ...
5/26/15
A: Yes, you need a fishing license to harass, bait, attempt to take, etc. any fish in public waters in Idaho.
5/25/15
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 Idaho Department of Fish and Game typically posts an announcement for applicants to apply to Conservation Officer once a year. However, this can change at any time depending our department's needs. The Conservation Officer patrol areas are located in various locations throughout the state. ...
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: The short answer is no. Otters are classified as furbearers and are protected willdlife that can be trapped in limited numbers, but may not be kept alive. Non native otters might be allowed to be imported into Idaho with an import permit if they were shown not to be a genetic, competitive or ...
5/6/15