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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
A: Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are. These courses may include Wildlife Management, Fishery Management, Population Ecology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Wildlife Ecology, etc. Those applicants with a BS degree in Wildlife/Fish ...
4/23/12
A: At the present time, cutthroat trout are considered part of the “trout” bag limit in most of the state.  This means you can catch and harvest 6 cutthroat trout per day over most of Idaho.  The Magic Valley, Southeast, and Upper Snake restrict cutthroat harvest in rivers and streams to 2 cutthroat ...
4/23/12
A: The list is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/page/species-status-lists.    
4/24/12
A: If your friend thinks that the baiting is being done to attact animals so they can be hunted, they can contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999.
4/25/12
A: You can do it through the mail or at an Idaho fishing license vendor.  If you choose to do it by mail, please contact Idaho Fish and Game for a lost license affidavit.  Their number is 208-334-3400.  You can also get a duplicate from any license vendor or Fish and Game office when you come to ...
4/26/12
A: No, it isn't.  It is only valid for Chinook salmon fishing within the state of Idaho.
4/26/12
A:     Up to 4 individuals from each species of herp (including rattlesnakes) may be taken and possessed (dead or alive) with a hunting license.  They can be kept as pets or killed for hat band or other personal uses.  Specific to rattlesnakes:  Up to 6 rattlesnake skins may be sold/bartered (new).  ...
4/28/12
A: Bear bait permits and site tags are only available at Fish and Game offices, which are not open on weekends.  You can send your request for the permit and site tags along with payment in the mail so they can be processed through one of our offices.  
4/28/12
A: Felt-soled wader boots are legal for use in Idaho waters.  There hasn't been any movement toward banning them so far; I don't know if that will be considered sometime in the future.
4/28/12
A: Information about prospecting for gold or other metals can be found at the website for the Idaho Department of Lands.  
4/28/12
A: No, it hasn't.
4/29/12
A: There aren't any wild boar in Idaho.  
4/30/12
A: Most folks are targeting coho in the deeper areas of the lake more towards the middle. I would use a rapala type plug maybe a rainbow or silver color. Don't use kokanee gear.  I don't think you need to use planner boards unless you have more than a few rods you want to use, usually planner boards ...
4/30/12
A: Yes.  The shortcut to the salvage permit is on the bottom left of the homepage.  Look for the yellow deer sign with "Report Roadkill" link.  
5/1/12
A: Steelhead trapping is finished for the year so we will not have the report running again until next year (Spring 2013).
5/1/12
A: DNA tests on hair and scat samples confirmed this animal to be a pure lynx - not a hybrid animal. The lynx was identified as a male and new individual to the Northern Rocky Mountains lynx DNA database. The DNA samples will be further tested to determine the genotype or metapopulation structure of ...
5/1/12
A: Most folks are targeting coho in the deeper areas of the lake more towards the middle. I would use a rapala type plug maybe a rainbow or silver color. Don't use kokanee gear. I don't think you need to use planner boards unless you have more than a few rods you want to use, usually planner boards ...
5/2/12
A: Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are. These courses may include Wildlife Management, Fishery Management, Population Ecology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Wildlife Ecology, etc. Those applicants with a BS degree in Wildlife/Fish ...
5/2/12
A: Yes, you can. 
5/3/12
A: Mule deer herds are rebounding from the 2010/2011 winter that winter was very tough on deer and we lost a significant proportion of the radio collared does. Hunting should be good this fall with high over winter survival and deer in great body condition. Antler growth should be excellent this ...
5/3/12
A: Yes, pelicans are protected in Idaho.  
5/3/12
A: A hunter who is drawn for a controlled hunt is not required to pick up the tag.  The deadline to pick it up is August 1; if it isn't picked up by then it will go into the second drawing.  If the hunt that was drawn is an antlered-only hunt, there is a waiting period of 2 seasons before the hunter ...
5/4/12
A: No, the gas powered radio controlled boat can not be used on a no-gas engine lake.
5/4/12
A: Both are open all year.  The trout limit is 2.
5/5/12
A: We are using a few pike in mountain lakes in south-central Idaho to reduce brook trout numbers, but we really don’t want them to be harvested (some lakes have less than 10 pike stocked).  In the Southwest part of Idaho the best place to find Tiger muskies is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding or ...
5/7/12
A: Yes, you do.  The bow hunter class covers material specific to hunting with a bow; that information wasn't covered in the hunter education class.
5/8/12
A: 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 all of the ...
5/9/12
A: The controlled hunt statistics have been posted on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getpage=113.
5/9/12
A: You must have a hunting license when you apply.  You can wait to get the archery permit when you find out that you have drawn.  Please check online frequently for field days in the Idaho Falls area.  The link to the class list is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  
5/10/12
A: When the fish runs begin showing up, we will have the counts on our website.  Current information available for salmon is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140 and returns will  be posted in late Spring or early summer. Steelhead counts will be available in Spring 2013 ...
5/10/12
A: One of the stated goals for the Summit is to have a clear sense of what hunters, anglers, trappers and other wildlife conservationists want from their wildlife management agency.  Director Virgil Moore is expected to explain the dilemma that Fish and Game is facing; legal mandates and public ...
5/10/12
A: Applicants will receive either a tag or a refund check by mail no later than June 10 unless their purchases were made with a credit card.  They will not receive a refund check, but a credit to their account by July 1.   If you do not receive one of these by July 1, please call Fish and Game at 208 ...
5/11/12
A: Current Chinook salmon information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140.  Hatchery returns will return to the page when they start showing up in the rivers later this Spring.
5/11/12
A: We checked with our legal department; it is legal to used skinned beaver for bear bait.
5/12/12
A: Rainbow trout (can only be kept if their adipose fin is missing), cutthroat trout, and there may be an occasional brook trout.  You can keep 6 trout (e.g. 4 rainbow, 2 cutthroat; 3 rainbow,, 3 cutthroat; etc.), 25 whitefish, and 25 brook trout.  You can also catch bull trout but you can’t keep ...
5/12/12
A: Golden Pheasants are not considered game birds in Idaho and therefore do not fall under IDFG rules.  There may be rules from the Idaho Department of Argiculture that you should follow since they may be considered poultry. However, before you embark on this effort, I would suggest you read up on ...
5/13/12
A: The mule deer population is doing well, with excellent overwinter survival and lighter than usual hunting pressure last fall. However they did suffer a setback due to the extreme winter of 2010-2011. During that winter we had significant mortality of our radio collared does and likely very low ...
5/14/12
A: Annual numbers are based on best information available and are retroactively updated as new information is obtained. The official estimate for the end of 2011 was 746 wolves. 
5/14/12
A: The wolf season information is in the 2012 Big Game Rules book on pages 66-69.  It has been added to the deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion season information.  
5/14/12
A: This question was posted by a person near American Falls that observed Fish and Game employees examining a road-killed moose.  The employees determined that the moose was salvageable and quickly field dressed, skinned, and transported the carcass to cold storage facilities, leaving the entrails ...
5/14/12
A: No.  Both residents of Idaho and nonresidents are allowed to salvage certain game animals. 
5/15/12
A: General season antlerless elk hunting was suspended in the Panhandle Elk Zone for the 2012 season due to poor calf recruitment and overall reductions in elk populations in several game management units.  The ellimination of the general season antlerless hunting was applied to the entire Panhandle ...
5/15/12
A: After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit.   If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued ...
5/15/12
A: Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag or ...
5/15/12
A: The salvage permits are free.  
5/15/12
A: No.  The salvage permit is free.  
5/15/12
A: Yes, you can. Bait is defined as Organic substances, other than rubber, wood feather, fiber, or plastic, attached to a hook to attract fish. Bait includes insects, insect larvae, worms, dead fish, fish parts, any other animal or vegetable matter, or scented synthetic materials. Note: Use of live ...
5/16/12
A: No, owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. No one can claim Idaho resident privileges while claiming resident privileges in another state.
5/16/12
A: There is no open hunting season for mountain quail in Idaho.  Historically, there were mountain quail in Owyhee County and the Boise Foothills.  Currently, there may be a few isolated populations of mountain quail in the Owyhee Mountains, but there have not been any credible sightings documented ...
5/16/12
A: Contact the Forest Service for information.  Idaho forests are listed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.    
5/16/12
A: Please contact the Forest Service for that information.  You can find contact information for Idaho Forests online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.  
5/16/12
A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed those web ...
5/16/12
A: No.  Nonresidents can also salvage wildlife killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.  Remember, notifying Idaho Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a free salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife. 
5/17/12
A: To Whom It May Concern: As the rule is written it is unlawful to archery hunt: With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
5/17/12
A: Expandable broadheads were first made illegal for big game hunting in Idaho during the early 1990s.  At that time there was broad public opposition to their use and concern about the "failure rate" of some of the early models.  In 2006, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission evaluated all archery and ...
5/17/12
A:   Idaho has licensing requirements for people who raise wolves for sale in Idaho, and has permitting requirements for importing wolves for captive possession into the state.   Idaho has licensing and tattooing requirements for holding in captivity a wolf or hybrid that exhibits primary wolf ...
5/18/12
A: Turkey, black bear and mountain lion tags can be used in any unit that is open for general season hunting.  You are not limited to one unit or zone.
5/18/12
A: As of this past weekend (5/19-20/2012), crappie in CJ Strike and Brownlee reservoirs had not spawned yet. Adult fish are suspended over deep water and have not moved to the banks. In an average year, this would be the approximate time that spawning is initiated. However, high river flows with ...
5/19/12
A: She can hunt big game when she turns 12.  Please check the Idaho Big Game Rules book for seasons that  are open in November.
5/20/12
A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed our web pages ...
5/20/12
A: Contact the Idaho Fish and Game office for the area.  They can refer you to the Landowner Sportsman Coordinator for information.  
5/20/12
A: Moose seasons for the fall 2011 and fall 2012 hunting seasons were set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in January 2011. There is no moose hunting season in Unit 63. Moose seasons proposals for  2013 and 2014 will be considered this fall/winter and will be set by the Fish and Game Commission ...
5/20/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.   
5/22/12
A: The key is the language regarding a “healed scar.”  The fish were small when the adipose fin was clipped.  If the adipose is altered and the wound is healed – you should be ok to keep the fish.
5/22/12
A: The Department does not maintain a record book for wild turkeys.  Records are maintained by the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Check out their records page at: http://www.nwtf.org/all_about_turkeys/turkey_records.php.
5/23/12
A: 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 hunts, a controlled black bear hunt, controlled turkey hunt, extra deer, extra elk, or extra pronghorn controlled hunts, ...
5/23/12
A: You can cross, float down, and fish out of a pontoon boat on the Lochsa River as long as your boat does not have a motor.
5/23/12
A: No refunds will be made on resident licenses, tags or permits (including receipts issued for prepaid tags). If you are successful, the deer receipt may be redeemed as soon as resident tags go on sale in July.  The deadline for purchase of controlled hunt tags is August 1.   
5/23/12
A: Fishing with a bow and arrow is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish (such as carp), and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game fish.  For bow fishing locations in your area, please contact your nearest Idaho Fish and Game office.
5/24/12
A: We hope to have a salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon river this year, but we really won't know for certain until June 4.  By then, our fish managers expect to know enough about numbers of fish returning to recommend seasons to the IDFG commission. If the fish begin to show up as ...
5/24/12
A: This illegal take of the threatened Grizzly Bears is being investigated jointly by Idaho Fish and Game, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The incident occurred in a remote area of Idaho. We are seeking any information from anyone who has information specific to or was a witness to this act. ...
5/24/12
A: No.  Wolves are classified as a big game animal in Idaho. The methods of take and weapons restrictions for wolves are the same as for other big game animals. For more more information, please visit IDFG's website or refer to the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, which also contains ...
5/25/12
A: Yes, it is legal to use gas boats on McArthur Lake, Boundary County.
5/25/12
A: No. Barn owls are federally protected and cannot be killed.  Please contact your local Idaho Fish and Game office to discuss possible ways to discourage them from using your corn barn.  
5/25/12
A: Treaty rights to hunt and fish are held by tribes, not by individual members, and these treaty rights have geographic limitations as to where they apply.   If a member wants to hunt/fish within the scope of her tribes’ treaty rights, the tribe regulates the member’s hunting & fishing.   If a ...
5/26/12
A: While you are not legally required to take the entire animal when salvaging, we prefer that you do. 
5/27/12
A: You would need to purchase your actual hunting license your self in order to apply, however you are more than welcome to have someone bring in your information to apply for a draw for you as well as to pick up your tags. They would still have to pick up any draw tags by August 1st  to keep from ...
5/28/12
A: What you describe is commonly known as a "bobber."  You can attach as many bobbers/bottles as you want to your line.  You can have two lines out at once with a Two-pole permit.  Without a Two-pole permit, you can only fish with one line.
5/28/12
A: You must purchase a nonresident hunting license ($154.75) and pay the controlled hunt application fee ($14.75).  If you apply online (fishandgame.idaho.gov) or by phone (1-800-554-8685) there is an additional fee added for processing of approximately 3%.  
5/28/12
A: The correct answer is no. The only second tag you can purchase is the second reduced tag which restricts a hunter to the special second tag units only. Please see pages 58 for bear and 63 for mountain lion.   Yes, you can.  If you are going to hunt outside the area that is included in the "reduced ...
5/28/12
A: I will assume you are referring to a Controlled youth hunt. A youth that is between 12-17 at the time of application can apply for a Youth Controlled Hunt. If they are successfully drawn for the hunt and they turn 18 later in the fall they can still participate. If the hunt is a general youth hunt ...
5/28/12
A: No, it isn't.  Mechanical/expandable broadheads and lumenok arrows are still not legal for use in hunting in Idaho.
5/29/12
A: Yes, he can.  Be sure to purchase a Junior Hunting license for him.  He can apply now (by June 5) for a hunt with that license.  If he is drawn, his tag will be held for him until his birthday on Nov. 15.
5/29/12
A: Coeur d'alene Lake is like most other water bodies in that you can use two poles if you purchase a 2-pole permit ($13.75 for residents, $15.50 for non-residents).  This would apply to boat or shore.
5/29/12
A: Northern pikeminnow (squawfish) are a native specie to Idaho.  They are highly predatory once they reach 8 - 10" and tend to prey more on soft-ray fish such as rainbow trout, cutthroat, salmon and steelhead smolts (juveniles).  This makes sense when you consider that all of these species are ...
5/29/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game is planning a kickoff announcement on June 5 with registration opening soon thereafter.  We encourage all Idahoans who care about wildlife to participate in the Summit either by coming to Boise, going to a one of the regional events or online.  We can send you outreach ...
5/30/12
A: There are 11 leftovers for moose (2012 hunts)   Hunt Number Unit Permits Leftover 3031 10-1 1 3034 10-4 1 3036 10-6 1 3044 12-3 1 3045 12-4 1 3047 12-6 1 3053 16A 2 3056 20 2 3057 27 1  
5/30/12
A: Because the overall return of spring/summer Chinook salmon to Idaho is smaller than orginally anticipated we have deferred making a decsion about the fishery in the Upper Salmon River  while gathering and analyzing PIT tag detection data relevant to  hatchery returns to that area.   It is clear ...
5/30/12
A: The answer is copied and pasted below and can be found on page 73 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules 2012 brochure: Electronic Calls No electronic calls may be used to attract big game for the purpose of harvest, except such calls may be used to attract mountain lions, black bears and gray ...
5/30/12
A: The opening date for the South Fork Salmon River will be set by the Fish and Game Commission during a June 11 teleconference.
5/31/12
A: Each applicant pays an application fee ($6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents).
5/31/12