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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
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
4/7/12
A: During the 2010 season-setting process there was a proposal brought forward to expand the youth turkey hunting season from two weekend days to one full week.  The Deparment proposed and the Commission approved of a seven day youth turkey season that immediately precedes the start of the general ...
4/7/12
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
4/9/12
A: While the Wildlife Summit will focus on the future of Idaho wildlife management in general, there will be  time during the "Idaho Cafe" segment when participants can discuss specific issues and concerns.  Wolf conflicts could very likely come up.  The Idaho Cafe is designed so that people can ...
4/9/12
A: The agenda for the Wildlife Summit is still being developed.  The challenge of the Summit is to bring together diverse wildlife interests to foster common understanding.  Attendees will have an opportunity to express opinions on various issues.  In 1938, Idahoans came together and created the Fish ...
4/9/12
A: Please confirm my understanding. A nonresident application and elk tag needs to be purchased and then the controlled hunt is applied for? If successful for the general tag, then the controlled youth hunt is applied for? Is there a deadline on the controlled hunt application? Thanks   You do not ...
4/9/12
A: McArthur Wildlife Management Area is open to deer hunting during the November white-tailed rifle deer season.  Due to safety considerations, Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are closed to hunting with a rifle.  Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are ...
4/9/12
A: The closest public land is U.S. National Forest property about 25 miles east of Moscow near Deary, ID.  Potlatch Corporation property is intermixed with Forest Service property in that area.  Potlatch requires a permit to be on their land.  It is recommended to check the lastest Forest Service map ...
4/9/12
A: Your first choice and your second choice on a single answer form must be the same species, for example, both must be for a Rocky Mountain Sheep bighorn hunt or both must be for a California Bighorn hunt.
4/10/12
A: In recent years wolf numbers were increasing at about 15% per year in absence of hunting. Primary source of mortality was depredation control. In absence of that, perhaps 20% or so. Population Growth rate would slow as food availability became limited (numbers would not continue to grow ...
4/11/12
A: Thanks for the question.  Stocking records can definitely get confusing especially when it comes to the name of the fishery.  Quite often a pond may have multiple informal or local names that do not correlate with our stocking records. We will try to answer your specific questions below: Answer to ...
4/11/12
A:   Piute ground squirrels are found in the area you describe.  Piutes 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.  
4/12/12
A: Yes, she can. She can take your hunting license to any of our Fish and Game offices to pick up the bear bait permit and site tags.
4/17/12
A: That's a suggestion that hasn't been considered to date.  High cost of tags is one of three reasons nonresident hunters gave us for no longer coming to Idaho to hunt (wolf impacts on elk and the economy were the other two reasons cited in a 2009 survey).  Charging two or three times more for a ...
4/18/12
A: We do not stock trout in rivers when they are at flood stage. Instead, these fish remain at their respective hatchery until flow conditions improve or we reallocate them  to ponds or reservoirs.  
4/18/12
A: If you don't provide an archery education number or can't fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in an archery hunt previously, the Sportsman's pack will print without an archery validation on it.  After you have taken the course you can go to any vendor and they will put your ...
4/18/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't get any money from the Idaho general fund (state taxes).  We are funded by license and tag sales and from several federal programs. You will find detailed funding information on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/2011annualReport.pdf on pages 22 ...
4/19/12
A: Yes, you can.  Information about ordering that book or others is on our Website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/nongame/?getPage=244.
4/21/12
A: The North and South forks of the Snake River are open to fishing during the 4/27 – 30 period.  All the tributaries to these rivers are closed.  The area near Coffee Pot will be catch-and-release fishing, only.
4/22/12
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes).   Rainbow trout ...
4/23/12
A: The latest information that we have is that they will be posted in time for the beginning of the Big Game controlled hunt application period (May 1-June 5).
4/23/12