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A: Ducks are typically banded every year.  As a member of the Pacific Flyway, Idaho has an obligation to band mallards to inform the Western Mallard model, which helps to determine waterfowl seasons.  As a result, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) staff band ducks, with an emphasis on mallards ...
7/8/14
A: Yes.
7/7/14
A: We're talking "apples and oranges" when you mix the total number of Chinook coming over Bonneville Dam and Lower Granite with the angler sport harvest on the South Fork Salmon River. First, lets talk about the numbers of fish coming over the dams.  These numbers represent a mixture of fish ...
7/7/14
A: Director Moore feels that Fish and Game failed to clearly communicate eligbility requirements for the first Controlled Hunt draw causing much confusion among applicants.  The information was included in three places in the 2014 Big Game Rules brochure, but there were other sections where it could ...
7/7/14
A: Those who have drawn a 2014 super hunt tag in the first drawing held in June have been notified. Thank you.
7/7/14
A: Free Fishing Day only allows a person who can possess a valid license to fish on that day without a license or a salmon permit.  All other rules dealing with daily bag and possession limits, gear restrictions, etc. are still in effect. Even though, you weren't required to record the adult salmon ...
7/6/14
A: Fall Chinook have been stocked in Deadwood Reservoir for many years to help control an over-population of kokanee.   You typically need down-riggers in the summer to fish at a depth of 20+' with flashy type lures that mimic an injured fish.  Call our Nampa Regional Office at 465-8465 and ask for ...
7/5/14
A: What you've heard is a fish-story.  Only a salmon permit can be used to fish for and keep Chinook salmon from the Boise River. Don't throw away your steelhead permit you bought this spring.  If we stock steelhead in the Boise River around Thanksgiving time, it will be good for those stocked fish.
7/5/14
A: Yes, there are no "free-bees."  You will need to buy and possess in the field a senior license.  If you can prove you've been a resident of Idaho for at least 5 years, it only costs $5.
7/5/14
A: Every 3-years, we go to the public and solicit suggestions for changes to our fishing rules - and that process will begin in January 2015.  This will be for new fishing rules that cover the time period of January 1, 2016 through December 30, 2018.  Contact the Regional Fisheries Manager in our ...
7/5/14
A: Benjamin, Living with Wildlife in our backyards can be frustrating especially when they start helping themselves to the "fruits" of our labors.  I would encourage you to contact your local Regional Office to determine who is your local Conservation Officer or Landowner Sportsman Coordinator to ...
7/5/14
A: The best thing to use is moline.  It's a tough mesh material that holds the tuna (and other secret ingredients).  Cut the moline into 3" by 3" squares, lay-in your bait, and gather the four corners.  Tie the top of the ball off with thread or a fine string using a couple of half-knots to secure ...
7/5/14
A: Controlled hunt tags must be picked up by the end of the day on August 1, 2014.
7/5/14
A: You're friend was likely referring to Swauger Lake in the Little Lost River drainage. Swauger Lake is located on the other side of the Little Lost drainage from Sawmill Canyon, in the Dry Creek watershed. The trail to Swauger Lake starts from Long Lost Creek. The current regulations in Swauger ...
7/5/14
A: Yes.  If there are more applicants on an application than permits available in a given hunt, then the application cannot draw.
7/3/14
A: Please refer to Idaho Waterfowl and Seasons and Rules book.  You may affix the stamp to your license, however, please remember that stamp is good into the new year so remember to keep your old license with stamp attached until the end of the season. Stamps and Validations:• Federal Migratory Bird ...
7/3/14
A: This year the resident general season elk tags went on sale June 25th. We make most of the resident general season tags available when the controlled hunt results are posted to the license system. That means the date can change every year depending on when the controlled hunt drawing is completed ...
7/2/14
A: In January of 2007 this went through public scoping and the commission adopted the recommendation as follows. No person shall take big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including handguns andshotguns) or scope; except scopes containing battery ...
7/2/14
A: It's roughly 1,200 fish in 2014.  This is based on the projected number of hatchery Chinook that are returning to Pahsimeroi and Sawtooth hatcheries.  We subtract the number of adult fish needed for brood stock and divide what's left between tribal and nontribal anglers.  The run coming back to ...
7/2/14
A: The parental consent is required for individuals less than eighteen (18) years of age, for use of the online Hunter or Bowhunter Education Course Registration. Anyone under age 18 must bring a signed Parental Acknowledgement Form to their first day or night of the course. Download and print the ...
7/1/14
A: Yes they can - but the question is why?  Idaho offers some of the best and most diverse year-around fishing in the western United States and our season licenses are one of the best values in outdoor recreation.  How about trying a season license and keep track of how many different species of fish ...
7/1/14
A: Yes, this would be legal.  The person transporting the fish can possess one bag limit and your bag limit provided they have the proxy you've filled out and signed verifying the fish are yours.
7/1/14
A: We wish the returning adult Chinook numbers were only influenced by angling.  That would make our jobs much easier.  Truth is, we knew two years ago that the Chinook numbers returning to Pahsimeroi Hatchery would be low in 2014.  PIT tag information collected at Lower Granite Dam in the spring of ...
7/1/14
A: I'm not going to tell you that lures don't work for catching Chinook salmon - because as soon as I do, the fish prove me wrong.  If you are going to use a lure, use one that mimics a predatory fish the Chinook think might be a threat to eat the eggs they are preparing to lay.  I would consider an ...
6/30/14
A: In 2010, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission considered adopting a Bonus Points system, but ultimately decided against it in part because there was a lack of consensus among sportsmen.  In 2005, the Commission also considered and rejected such a system Information about the history of Bonuse Points ...
6/30/14
A: Yes, your Idaho Fishing license is good on all water in Bear Lake except areas closed to both Idaho and Utah anglers.  We actually have a reciprical agreemeent with Utah for this body of water.  Check for signs and additional information.  Also, see page 53 of our Idaho Fishing Rules.
6/30/14
A: The "upper end" is towards Soda Springs.  Most catfishing is done in shallow water (3 - 4') and the best success this time of year is usually at night.  Use cut-bait or worms and fish on the bottom. We typically stock 6" channel catfish fingerlings in the second to third week of July.  Because we ...
6/30/14
A: Controlled hunt tags must be picked up by the end of the day on August 1, 2014.
6/29/14
A: Northern pikeminnow have been consumed by native Americans for hundreds of years.  The meat is tasty but they have many small bones. Because Northern Pikeminnow are a long-lived piscivorous (fish-eater) fish, they tend to bioaccumulate (store) heavy metals in their tissue.  There are even ...
6/28/14
A: Hunt #1114 is archery only from August 30 to September 30, and any weapon from October 10 to December 24. Please note the other limiting criteria of this hunt...that it includes that portion of unit 1 within one mile of private land, and that it is for white-tailed does only.
6/28/14
A: We are not familiar with Ralf's Pond. Could you provide more information on its location? or by chance, does it have an alternate name? I suspect that it a private pond. Most private ponds in this area possess largemouth bass and bluegill as well as several other warm water species.     
6/28/14
A: Yes, when you go to a license vendor to buy her license, they will ask you "what day(s) would you like the license to be valid?"  They enter the date(s) you provide and it prints on her license. Good luck!  
6/27/14
A: Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has decided to let the tags drawn by youth stand because of apparenty confusion about eligibility requirements for the first controlled hunt drawing.  A new law took effect July 1, 2014 allowing 10 year olds to hunt big game.  The first drawing occured before ...
6/27/14
A: Yes it is. The reason would be the application submitted was made ineligible due to a rule violation such as submitting for an antlered hunt as the first choice when the individual drew an antlered hunt the prior year.
6/26/14
A: Yes, you may carry a second muzzleloader as long as it is in complianc with all weapons restrictions relative to the hunt you are participating in.
6/26/14
A: Camping on the South Fork Boise River below Anderson Ranch Dam will remain closed for all 2014.  This is to allow land use agencies to remove hazard trees, resulting from the 2013 wildfire, to be removed and to allow vegetation to recover.
6/26/14
A: We've reached the harvest quota on fish headed to Rapid River Fish Hatchery.  From keeping the river reach from the mouth of Rapid River to Pollock open for fishing in the past, we've discovered that many fish headed to Rapid River go past the river and are harvested in the Little Salmon River ...
6/26/14
A: Hello, Our most recent survey was in 2013.  That survey indicated that the elk population in the Weiser River Zone (which 32A is part of) has increased.  In 2007, we estimated 7855 elk in the Weiser River Zone.  In 2013, we estimated 10471, a 33% increase in the 6 years between the surveys. If you ...
6/26/14
A: Ririe Reservoir is the spot many crawfish anglers go to catch a bunch of crayfish.  They can also be caught in lesser numbers in Island Park Reservoir and the main Snake River through Idaho Falls.  There are probably other areas too, but these are the spots most folks go to catch crayfish around ...
6/26/14
A: IDFG does not have any plans to restrict elk and deer hunting opportunity in Unit 39 this fall as a result of last years Pony and Elk fires.  However, travel restrictions may and will likely be in place in areas affected by the fire.  Ultimately travel restrictions are a call by the US Forest ...
6/26/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seriously considered point systems in the past, most recently in 2005 and 2010. In 2005, the Commission adopted a point system contingent on the Idaho Legislature passing a law that allowed the Fish and Game Department to charge a small surcharge on each ...
6/26/14
A: For jacks - yes.  For adult Chinook, the answer is no.  Sorry
6/26/14
A: If you go to our webpage (fishandgame.idaho.gov); click on the "Science" tab; "Fisheries" and search for "Swan Falls Reservoir," you will find all our technical information for Swan Falls Reservoir.  Swan Falls Reservoir has both species of bass, bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, and ...
6/26/14
A: Actually, we've studied going to a 365-day license versus a calendar-year license and we've talked with a number of states that have gone the 365-day route.  There are pros and cons to both. For Idaho, one of the complicating factors is our salmon and steelhead fisheries.  These are seasonal ...
6/25/14
A: Director Moore has decided to allow controlled hunt tags drawn by youth stand.  Therefore, your grandson will be able to hunt once the tag is purchased.
6/25/14
A: As of late June 2014, the quota for the upper Salmon River Chinook fishery is roughly 755 salmon harvested. Keep in-mind, this fishery is comprised of salmon returning to Pahsimeroi and Sawtooth hatcheries.  The fishery area downstream of the Pahsimeroi river could close earlier than the area ...
6/25/14
A: You need to have a receipt when you buy salmon from tribal members because this is your only way to legally demonstrate the origin of the fish.  With no receipt, we assume the salmon were harvested in the fishery and must be legally recorded on your salmon permit.  The burden of proof is on you - ...
6/25/14
A: Department biologists spend many hours during the months of January, February and early March studying the health of deer and elk populations in the state through aerial surveys, hunter reports and other methods. During this same time frame the biologists also hold public meetings with hunters ...
6/25/14
A: Only the 3 year licenses are valid for multiple years. All other permits, validations and tags are annual items and expire no later than December 31 of the year they were valid in.
6/25/14
A: Yes. In January of 2007 this went through public scoping and the commission adopted the recommendation as follows. No person shall take big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including handguns andshotguns) or scope; except scopes containing ...
6/24/14
A: Thanks for your interest in the Buffalo River.  As you note, we have not stocked that reach for over a decade, primarily because angler use of hatchery fish was low there.  The reach is currently supported by natural reproduction of resident trout, and also some fish from the Henrys Fork that ...
6/24/14
A: Biologists typically band ducks during July and August each year.  There is no age limit associated with banding ducks; however, not all regions band ducks in Idaho.  Most of the banding takes place in the Panhandle and Upper Snake regions.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ...
6/24/14
A: Lake Walcott and Minidoka National Refuge are not a state Wildlife Management Area.  This area is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for waterfowl and migratory birds. See their website at:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/minidoka/  for maps and information.
6/24/14
A: I'm not sure the state of residency has much to do with being rude.  I've seen plenty of Idaho anglers show less than steller angler ethics. The bottom line is, we all need to show respect and courtesy to fellow sportsmen and women when we hunt and fish.  I want to make my fishing experiences ...
6/23/14
A: We apologize for the inconvenience, there was miscommunication between the company owner and our staff. The toilets have been requested to be put back out, although it may take a day or two. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
6/23/14
A: You would need an Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit.  These permits are issued by IDFG Regional Offices, have no prerquisites and are good for three years.
6/22/14
A: The salmon season opened from the North Fork to Sawtooth Fish Hatchery on June 21st.  We suspect the quota will be met in two weeks or less.  I'm betting we reach the quota after the 4th of July weekend.  Good luck!
6/21/14
A: Your daughter does not need to purchase a baiting permit and can hunt off another’s bait.  However, she will need to purchase a hound hunter permit.  The following is on page 101 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or ...
6/20/14
A: Yes, a minor can purchase a license without an adult or guardian being present.  They still need to show a form of identification, but they can buy a license without an adult or guardian.
6/19/14
A: The direct answer is No but to help us better answer your question, please provide more information on why a resident would want to submit an application as a nonresident. Thank you.
6/18/14
A: We will probably stock fall Chinook in Deadwood Reservoir again this year to help reduce the kokanee population, but we probably won't stock Anderson Ranch with fall Chinook.  Anderson Ranch was drawn-down this past winter and we know kokanee went through the dam.  Until we have a better idea of ...
6/18/14
A: After the super hunt drawing has been completed, our License Section contacts each individual to let them know they have drawn a super hunt tag.
6/17/14
A: Your friend will need to contact our license section at 334-2592. Thank you.
6/16/14
A: As of this morning (6/18) the estimated harvestable sport-angling share is 780 adults.  This is based on the PIT data which generated a population estimate at Bonneville Dam.  As more PIT tagged fish are detected at Lower Granite Dam (upper-most dam where Salmon River fish are monitored) the quota ...
6/16/14
A: In Idaho, there is no limit on the number of catfish you can catch and keep. There is nothing finer than sitting on the riverbank in the spring fishing for catfish.  Whether it's fishing with bait or fly fishing (yes, they will take flies in the spring) it's a low stress venture. In the Magic ...
6/16/14
A: The guide has now been posted on our website at this location: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/nongame/?getPage=239. Thanks for asking.
6/15/14
A: Predatory and unprotected wildlife can be released on private property after getting written permission from the landowner, other wise call Fish and Game to get permission to release the animal.
6/14/14
A: Any processed Salmon count towards an angler's possession limit while in the field or in transit. No person shall have in the field or in transit hatchery-produced adult anadromous salmon that has been processed by removing the head and tail unless the following conditions are met: The fish has ...
6/14/14
A: Trapping of upland game animals is not a legal method of take.  You can hunt cottontails during the hunting season, but trapping them at any time is unlawful unless they are in your garden or destroying personal property.  You are allowed to control depredations, but you should contact your ...
6/14/14
A: No. If you purchase the controlled hunt tag, you are restricted to the hunt area and dates of the controlled hunt for the tag you possess. Any person who has purchased a controlled hunt tag is prohibited from hunting in any other hunt for the same species (archery, muzzleloader or general) except ...
6/13/14
A: This winter and spring we held public meetings, sent out e-mails (over 800) and posted notices in the newspaper to get input on which fish people would like to see the reservoir managed for in the future.  Based on public response we have decided to manage Soldiers Meadow Resrvoir for Kokanee.  ...
6/13/14
A: The person who hooks (sets the hook) the fish must record it on their permit.
6/13/14
A: The fishing on mink creek is fair. You are correct, in many areas the riparian corridor is quite thick making it difficult for young children to fish there. However, the Cherry Springs area would be a good starting point as well as several areas on the EF of Mink Creek. These areas are visible ...
6/13/14
A: Hello, and thanks for your report.  These pronghorn must be making themselves quite visible, as we've had several reports of them.  No, we did not bring them here - they must have found their way up on their own.  They should be fine for the summer - Round Valley has nice summer pronghorn habitat ...
6/12/14
A: This is not as easy of question as you might think and there are no specific rules on when or where you must clean your fish. You can actually remove the internal organs and gills anytime after reducing your fish to possession.  If you are in a boat, it's ok to throw the fish parts back into the ...
6/12/14
A: The controlled hunt deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, and turkey drawing will be completed and winners notified by July 10th. We're hoping to beat that date, but several things need to fall into place first. Once the results are available, there will be a news release and a note stating the draw results ...
6/12/14
A: Please send in your small game hunting license with a written request for the refund to: IDFG License SectionP.O. Box 25Boise, ID 83707 Thank you.  
6/12/14
A: Because the Chinook seasons are modified frequently to allow as much angler opportunty as possible, a season map would be outdated very quickly.  However, the Interactive Season Map available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/chinook includes a visual map of current river ...
6/11/14
A: Nothing in our rules prohibit citizens of the United States who are residents of the state of Idaho from carrying arms for the protection of life and property. It has always been legal to have a firearm on a four-wheeler while hunting.   Please review out Big Game seasons and rule book for ...
6/10/14
A: The land management agency usually has rules regarding dogs at large.  For instance most United States Forest Service Districts require leashs in their developed camping areas.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game has rules for Wildlife Management Areas that do not permit dogs or other domestic ...
6/10/14
A: In Idaho,  the wolf trapping course is required to trap wolves. The basic trapper education course is not required.  Participants can register for both courses on our website on the hunter education page. If you cannot find a course in your area, contact your local Fish and Game office and ask to ...
6/10/14
A: Yes, nothing in Idaho Code, Law or rule prohibits you from carrying a firearm. In fact Idaho Code 36-401 (g) states: Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit citizens of the United States who are residents of the state of Idaho from carrying arms for the protection of life and ...
6/10/14
A: The Department will review the comments received via the website and those collected at public meetings to develop a recommended course of action.  The Commission will be briefed on the results of the public comment and asked for further direction, including consideration of the Department's ...
6/10/14
A: Credits to cards used by those who applied via Internet or telesales are being made. Our contractor must manually apply the credit to the card used for the application. This year there are over 2,300 credits to be applied. The contractor who provides our license system will be working through June ...
6/10/14
A: During the early 1990's there was a statewide push to eliminate bear baiting, hound hunting, and spring bear hunting across Idaho.  It went to the ballot and was defeated, but the Department made some adjustments to the rules as a result of the effort.  Some areas we did not allow baiting because ...
6/10/14
A: In the springtime, the Snake River in the Fort Boise area is a good bet.  Fish below islands and in back-eddy locations using worms or cut-bait.  Steck Park near Weiser is also a local favorite location.  Bank anglers do well and there are also a few knowledgable anglers who actually catch catfish ...
6/10/14
A: I measured a Gamakatsu 3/0 octopus hook and its gap width is just under 5/8ths inch, thus can be used for salmon and steelhead fishing. A 4/0 would have a gap that is greater than 5/8ths inch. The measurements listed here are specific to Gamakatsu octopus hooks. A different brand or different ...
6/9/14
A: Thanks for your interest in Baptie Lake in the Copper Basin.  As you note, Baptie is capable of growing some very large trout.  In the past, the fishery has been supported by cutthroat trout, although in more recent times, grayling and now golden trout have been stocked.  We switched to goldens to ...
6/9/14
A: Live bait isn't your best bet for Mann Lake bass; artificial lures are far more productive there. Most of the standard bass lures work well in Mann Lake.  Plastic worms or creature baits, and jigs tipped with a bulky trailer are excellent choices and should be fished right into cover like wood and ...
6/7/14
A: Idaho Parks and Recreation enforces boating rules in Idaho.  What you need are:  a fire extinguisher, properly rated life jackets for all people in your boat, a whistle or horn that can be heard at a distance of 100 feet, and your current boat registration with hull sticker and ID numbers.   If ...
6/6/14
A: Elk:                               6 – Idaho                               1 – Texas                               1 – California
6/6/14
A: No license or permit is required to fish for salmon on free fishing day.  All other rules apply such as following the daily bag limit, using a barbless hook and observing the salmon fishing hours.
6/5/14
A: We appreciate your question regarding becoming an Idaho Conservation Officer.  Your preparation to become an Officer should start now.  Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are required.  These courses may include Wildlife ...
6/5/14
A: The reason we haven't been posting trap return numbers for Rapid River has to do with modernization of our website and conversion of website tools in our old format to a new format.  Sounds simple, right?  We presently have the numbers posted on our website and fisheries staff are manually ...
6/5/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Yes, you can purchase consecutive 3-day salmon steelhead licenses.  To make this work at a vendor, have them issue the first 3-day license, close the transaction, and then start a new transaction to issue the second licese with the new dates.
6/5/14
A: The nets placed in Payette Lake were to allow us to 1) assess the body condition of lake trout in Payette Lake and 2) to make a population estimate of the lake trout in Payette Lake. We have a known number of tagged lake trout in the waterbody from previous trapping efforts.  We can then use the ...
6/5/14
A: The red fox is classified as a furbearer in Idaho.  In Jefferson County however, there is a year-long hunting and trapping season on them which requires a hunting or trapping license.  Also, if caught in the act of harassing or killing your pets or farm animals, they can also be killed without a ...
6/5/14
A: The Upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon chinook fisheries opened on June 21.  Harvest updates will be posted on the IDFG website here http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=114 as they are available.  
6/4/14