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A: Fishing from public bridges is allowed unless posted as "closed to pedestrian traffic" by the appropriate regulatory body (Idaho Dept. of Transportation, County Commission order, City Ordinance, etc.).  Only the Idaho Fish and Game Commission can designate a public area "open or closed to fishing ...
9/4/14
A: Good question.  Older does are less likely to produce young and therefore provide less reproductive value to the herd.  However, it is difficult to determine age of a standing deer. You already mentioned the doe without a fawn method, but that too is difficult and not fool proof as a doe may have ...
9/4/14
A: The statutory definition of fishing from Idaho Code 36-202(k) is: "Fishing - any effort made to take, kill, injure, capture, or catch any fish or bullfrog.”  If what you’re doing falls within this definition, and it sounds like it does, then you need to purchase a license and abide by the rules ...
9/3/14
A: Yes.
9/2/14
A: There certainly are grizzly bears in Unit 1, particulary in the Trapper Ck burn north of Priest Lake.  As you noted, there are also good densities of black bears.  The fire resulted in a great big huckleberry shrubfield, thus explaining the high density of both types of bears. The area probably ...
9/2/14
A: Yes. You can use a bow in "any weapon" season without an archery validation. The archery validation is required for archery-only hunts.  However, you are required to follow the archery equipment restrictions listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure.
9/1/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game has adopted the season recommendation approved by the Pacific Flyway Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These recommendations are the result of a new harvest strategy, which represents a more informative approach to managing harvest of mourning doves as envisioned in ...
9/1/14
A: No, the quality bass rule only applies to the Lake.  The Lowline Canal is a "general rule" limit of 6 bass with a minimum length of 12" Water will be shut-off to the Lowline Canal in just a few weeks.  There will probably be a salvage order that allows unlimited harvest of game fish, providing you ...
8/30/14
A: Most recreation sites along the South Fork Boise River are currently open for day use, only.  Check with the U.S. Forest Service Mountain Home Ranger District Office in Mountain Home, Idaho for current rules and restrictions. There were sever rain storms during the past summer which again has ...
8/30/14
A: We encourage fishing for carp whenever possible.  Look at the liberal harvest rules and seasons we have on carp throughout Idaho.  We've even posted recipies for preparing carp in various Department publications. In the Sun Valley area, there are a group of avid carp anglers that refer to carp ...
8/30/14
A: In the past, we have attempted to utilize Beach's Pond for bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.  Unfortunately, this did not work well. In small ponds, channel catfish are substantial predators. In this portion of the state, we now avoid stocking channel catfish in nearly all small ponds (less ...
8/30/14
A: Yes, a hunting license is required to purchase any big game tag in Idaho.
8/29/14
A: Hi everybody, I’ve been getting bombarded with questions regarding this year’s Steelhead runs so I figured it is about time I give you all an update.  I’ve been holding off until I had enough information to give you something meaningful.  So here you go. For steelhead there are typically two ...
8/29/14
A: This is an Idaho Power Park and it's undergoing a $1.2 million dollar rennovation that is expected to be complete by December 2014.  The project was required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of relicensing Swan Falls Dam.  If you would like to know more, visit Idaho Power's ...
8/28/14
A: Not based on the information you have provided. Here is the state law regarding archery permits: Idaho Code 36-411 (b) Archery education. On and after January 1, 1994, no person shall be issued an archery permit unless that person presents to the department a certificate of completion in archery ...
8/28/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident hunting/3day fishing license and your bear tag at any vendor location http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ or via telephone at 1-800-554-8685. We also have general season deer and elk tags that ...
8/28/14
A: Idaho trespass law generally applies to whether a canal/ditch and related access roads are open to public access and to specific activities such as hunting. The land containing irrigation canals  and related access roads may be owned by the irrigation company, or it may be owned by a third party ...
8/27/14
A: You can find grouse season information in the Upland Game seasons and rules. The season length differs depending on what part of the state you are in but all seasons open August 30 for 2014.    
8/27/14
A: Yes, you can fish using a rod, reel and lure/bait while under water.  I'm not sure what the advantage would be - but it is legal. We often receive questions about the use of spearguns while diving, to harvest fish.  Only nongame fish can be harvested using archery equipment, spears or mechanisms ...
8/27/14
A: Actions taken by a previous Commission do not restrict actions of future Commissions.  Commissioners are appointed to 4 year terms and may serve up to 2 terms.  As Commissioners change, it is very common to revisit issues of interest to sportsmen.  The current Commission includes several members ...
8/27/14
A: Very good question and one our agency has explored in the past. The sockeye that return to the Stanley Basin run the longest distance inland of any sockeye population in the world.  Back in the early 1980's, IDFG staff went to Babine Lake in northern British Columbia, Canada and took eggs from ...
8/27/14
A: Trapping rules and seasons can be found on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 .  Seasons for different species start at different times.  You cannot trap mountain lions legally.  However, you can trap wolves but you must first attend a mandatory wolf trapping ...
8/26/14
A: You can find specifications for archery equipment in the 2014 Big Game seasons and rules book (page 100). Under Archery equipment it reads: "it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:  with a bolt (crossbow) less than 12 inches from broadhead to nock inclusive." The answer to your question ...
8/25/14
A: Years ago, we used to fish the Bruce Meadows area and had a "ball" catching cutthroat and brook trout.  IDFG has never stocked brown trout in this area. What I suspect you caught is a bull trout/brook trout hybrid.  They can have the brilliant spots that look similar to a brown trout and have the ...
8/25/14
A: Normally IDFG does not make site visits to address disputes regarding ownership.  However, you can contact your local conservation officer or regional office and inquire as to if they have had issues in this area before. It is always helpful to have a good quality map of the area you are hunting ...
8/25/14
A: Based on your question we are going to make the assumption that the antlerless hunt your drew was not an extra hunt. Based on that information if you purchased your 2014 antlerless controlled hunt tag, the system would have prevented you from submitting an application for an antlered hunt in the ...
8/25/14
A: All of the winners in the second super hunt drawing have been notified. Results of the drawing have been provided to our web group and should be posted soon.
8/25/14
A: Questions coming into this website are assigned to staff based on the topic, the area described, and species involved. Depending on the time of year and nature of the topic, it can sometimes take several weeks for either field season, annual leave, researching questions, or finding the time to ...
8/24/14
A: You are restricted to the Snake River Zone with the tag you currently have. Elk zone tags are only valid for the zone they are purchased for.  The exceptions are for depredation hunts, extra antlerless elk hunts, or buying a discounted nonresident elk tag as a second tag, if available.  
8/24/14
A: This answer states the Commissions latest stance on the point system for controlled hunts.
8/24/14
A: Please refer to pages 41 of this years upland game and furbearer rules at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 to learn how to apply for the Controlled Hunt beaver permit.  You must apply by Sept. 15 for the trapping permit.  Check the rules for starting dates for beaver trapping ...
8/24/14
A: The second drawing has been completed and the winners have been notified. Limited information on the results of the drawing should be on our website soon.
8/24/14
A: Unless otherwise noted, all streams and lakes are open year-round in Idaho now.  The Kootenai River is open all winter, as is the Moyie.  Both have some very good trout fishing.  There are lots of lakes in the Kootenai drainage as well that offer trout fishing opportunities all year.  Smith, ...
8/24/14
A:        IDFG offers a wide variety of hunting seasons in the fall, including several that run the entire throughout the month of September. For example the archery season for both deer and elk opens Aug 30 and runs through the end of Septmeber. For the most part, archers will be wildly dispersedand ...
8/23/14
A: Thanks for your interest in fishing Island Park Reservoir.  We recognize that the fishing quality on that reservoir (like many others) fluctuates from year to year, and have been working to stabilize and improve the fishing up there.  Many factors play a role in fishing success, including stocking ...
8/21/14
A: There will be no rain checks offered for this hunt.  The unit still has much area open to hunting and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact the Clearwater Regional Office at:  208-799-5010.
8/18/14
A: If a person has a depredation tag, then yes you can also purchase a general season tag. A depredation tag is similar to having an extra controlled hunt tag. If you have a landowner permission controlled hunt, then the answer would be no. However, you can purchase the nonresident general season ...
8/18/14
A: Pit blinds on private property are legal.   It is against the law to take migratory birds from a sink box (a low floating device having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the survase of the water).
8/18/14
A: The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout when all the Tiger Muskie are gone. A few remain and we will try and remove them this fall still. There were still some brookies left in 2013.
8/18/14
A: Who is required to have Hunter Education? To buy a hunting license, all hunters must show proof that they have completed a hunter education course if they were born on or after January 1, 1975, unless they have held a hunting license from Idaho or another state. 
8/18/14
A: As found on page 98 of the Big Game 2014 Seasons and Rules brochure:  It us unlawful to: Hunt any game animal by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for black bear baiting permit (See pages 69 and 70).  Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except ...
8/17/14
A: Private land does not change designation because it is enrolled in Access Yes.  If a hunt specifically states that it is restricted to private lands, this would include private lands enrolled in access yes. Things to consider is in some hunts, corporate timberlands are not considered private lands ...
8/17/14
A: Hi Josh, The mountain goat that you observed with red ear tag 13 was captured last winter in Wyoming near Alpine.  During this capture effort, nannies were radio collared and billies were ear tagged.  I passed the waypoint and observation information on to the Wyoming biologist working on this ...
8/16/14
A: Yes, it it legal to possess a taxidermied turtle.  Any paperwork to show legal ownership should be retained if the turtle had license or permit requirements when alive.
8/16/14
A: Idaho Statesman Outdoor Editor Roger Phillips recently published an interesting article relevant to your questions.  Here's the article: Outdoors Q&A: A long-winded answer to what were Idaho's 'native' wolves By Roger Phillips August 14, 2014 Q: I recently read an article about the native ...
8/16/14
A: Currently there are no plans to issue rain checks for Unit 11.  Although fire has gone through much of the Unit, many acres of unburned habitat still remain.  Historically, rain checks are sometimes offered only in those units that have massive ongoing fires with area closures preventing hunter ...
8/16/14
A: Thanks for your question on the Big Lost River access at the Mine Hill Bridge.  We've been dealing with this particular issue for well over a decade, and have been unable to find documentation that there is a highway easement on the private property that encompasses three of the four corners of ...
8/15/14
A: Unfortunately, no. Construction of the new bridge by Idaho Power Company made no provision for fishing access from the bridge. Signs indicating no fishing are posted at both ends of the bridge.
8/15/14
A: This is a question that may have several answers and depends on what kind of a closed area you are trying to access. If the area is on public land such as Forest Service or BLM lands, and the roads or trails you are trying to access are closed for all public access that will require you contacting ...
8/14/14
A: Yes. The waiting period does not apply to the second drawing or the leftover tag sales.
8/14/14