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A: Yes, it is legal. 
6/29/13
A: There are no prohibitions in Fish and Game Code preventing you from carrying a firearm while archery hunting. Idaho does not require the wearing of hunter orange to hunt game, except: all upland game bird and upland game animal hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange (a minimum of 36 ...
6/30/13
A: You can have a maximum of 5 hooks per line in Idaho.  Each hook can have up to 3 points. F08
7/2/13
A: All Fish and Game offices will be open Friday, July 5 from 8:00 to 5:00 local time.  They will, of course, be closed July 4.
7/2/13
A: Yes, crayfish and bullfrogs are the only two fish species that can legally be taken using just your hands.  Everything else requires the use of fishing gear, tackle, or traps.
7/2/13
A:   We have not changed the law--there is no minimum caliber as long as you are NOT using a rimfire weapon.  (See muzzleloading equipment exception below). In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • By any means other than approved firearms, ...
7/3/13
A: It could be an early-spawning kokanee or it could be a fall Chinook salmon.  Although, fall Chinook are not typically red in color, there are color variations that have a dark red hue. F08
7/4/13
A: Yes, you can use parts of gamefish as bait in crayfish traps.  To be safe, I'd recommend using the inedible parts of the fish so there is no question about potential waste of a gamefish. Better yet, use canned tuna or catfood as bait.  Take a small can and punch several holes through the top and ...
7/6/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office for that information.  Their phone number is 208-756-2271.
7/6/13
A: If you were born after January 1, 1975, you must take hunter education or show proof you have held a hunting license that is valid in another state.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  Then, if you want to hunt big game with archery equipment instead of a rifle, you must ...
7/6/13
A: Piranhas are considered an invasive species in Idaho and regulated by the Idaho Dept. of Agriculture.  You will need to secure a permit for Idaho Dept. of Agriculture to legally possess piranhas.   F08
7/7/13
A: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, ...
7/8/13
A: Yes, they can be sold.
7/8/13
A: The objective of the Super Hunt is to raise funds to help pay for the Access Yes! program.  Access Yes! compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fishing and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anybody wishing to ...
7/8/13
A: You can salvage roadkill any time of year: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland ...
7/8/13
A: No.  Controlled hunt tags can only be transferred to a child or grandchild.  More information about this from our website:  Any resident [or nonresident] adult person who possesses any controlled hunt tag may designate the controlled hunt tag to their resident [or nonresident] child or grandchild ...
7/8/13
A: Because returns on stocked fish in the South Fork Payette River were so low, we've moved most our stocking efforts to local ponds  in the Banks/Lowman area.  With that said, we still occasionally stock fish near campground and high-use areas.  Check the Fisheries section on our website for ...
7/9/13
A: You can only apply for unlimited controlled hunts during the May 1-June 5 application period; they are not part of the second drawing.
7/9/13
A: It is illegal for an individual to own a primate in the state of Idaho.
7/9/13
A: A taxidermy license is not required for buying and selling antlers if you are not mounting them.
7/9/13
A: Yes, when he has completed hunter education he can get his hunting license and go bird hunting.
7/10/13
A: East of McCall and Cascade, Idaho.  If you are going from Boise, take Highway 55 north.  Just out of Cascade, turn east (right) on the Warm Lake Highway.  It will take you to the upper end of the South Fork Salmon River.  There is a road that parallels the South Fork Salmon River and runs ...
7/10/13
A: If you are outside city limits and you have a hunting license, you could kill it. If you are not in a position to do that, contact the Fish and Game office in your area to report it.
7/11/13
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there are way too many variables that need to be considered.  Let me start by listing my recommendations by season. 1.  Winter - If you want to catch trout in the winter, there are several ice fishing and stream options.  The Boise River is one of my ...
7/11/13
A: The name changed to Motorized Hunting Rule to make it clear that this rules applies to hunters using motorized vehicles as an aid to hunting.  The rule is now specific only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units, and only applies from ...
7/11/13
A: To improve clarity of the rule and help both hunters and other motorized recreationalists understand where and when the rule applies.  Previously, the rule could have applied to hunting big game, upland game animals and upland game birds in specific hunts within designated units.  Now, the new ...
7/11/13
A: Using a motorized vehicle to travel off established roads to transport hunters to and from hunting spots is considered an “aid to hunting.”  The rules do not affect travel on established roads open and capable of travel by full-sized vehicles.  If in doubt, stay on the road.
7/11/13
A: An established roadway is any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the purpose of travel by full-sized automobiles.  An established roadway shows evidence of repeated use by full-sized automobiles, and may include a ...
7/11/13
A: Idaho statute defines a motor vehicle as any water, land or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity or any other mechanical power.   This includes pickup trucks, jeeps, SUVs, UTVs, cars, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, motorcycles, snowmobiles or other similar ...
7/11/13
A: Yes.  He must have a hound hunter permit: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or mountain lions, the following persons must have a valid hound hunter permit and a black bear or mountain lion tag for the current year in possession: • Anyone who owns pursuit dogs. • ...
7/11/13
A: A full-sized automobile is any motorized vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 1,500 pounds.
7/11/13
A: A hunter is any person engaged in the activity of chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, stalking, or lying in wait for, any wildlife whether or not such wildlife is then or subsequently captured, killed, taken or wounded.
7/11/13
A: No.  Big game hunters can use motorized vehicles, but only on established roadways which are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles.  Successful hunters may use motorized vehicles to retrieve game on public lands where legally allowed by land management ...
7/11/13
A: Only if the use is permissible in the exceptions in the motorized hunting rule.  For example, if motorized travel is allowed by the USFS or BLM, you may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game or pack in or out your camping equipment.  However, you may not hunt while packing camping ...
7/11/13
A: No.  The rule now applies only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units from August 30 through December 31.  The rule does not apply to upland game animals or birds in hunts within designated units.
7/11/13
A: For questions about the status of a road or trail in the area you plan to hunt, please contact the appropriate land management agency.  National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps and BLM Travel Maps list road, trail and other allowable uses.  Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s Statewide Online ...
7/11/13
A: When in doubt, stay on the road.  Know and follow the vehicle use restrictions for the area you are hunting, have applicable maps, and review tips on the Stay on Trails website at http://stayontrails.com.
7/11/13
A: Yes.  A big game hunter may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles, unless the hunter falls under one of following exceptions: Holders of a valid disabled person’s motor vehicle hunting permit ...
7/11/13
A: Yes, you can and no, there are no restrictions.  Any such regulations would be set by the county (Boundary Co.) not IDFG, but nevertheless, there are no restrictions. 
7/12/13
A: The six-month waiting period for Idaho residency is what is required by law.  There isn't any way around it.
7/12/13
A: You can carry a handgun while rafting.
7/13/13
A: Try Milner Reservoir.  Idaho Power Company stocks channel catfish in Milner as part of their mitigation for the hydropower project at the dam. You can also catch catfish at Murtaugh and Wilson lakes along with the Snake River through the Twin Falls area.  Trying fishing with cut bait at Centennial ...
7/13/13
A: Panhandle Region Lake                                            Year(s)                             Size                                Number Blue Lake                                1989 – 2007                Catchable & Fing.                   1,499 Dawson Lake                          ...
7/14/13
A: Start with the Salmon River.  You can catch and keep two rainbow trout.  Rapid River is another water where you can catch and keep two trout.  In the summer, fish the 7-Devils Lake at the end of the road.  You can keep 6 rainbow trout and 25 brook trout.  If you don't mind a walk, the limit in ...
7/15/13
A: The Conservation Office (game warden) is a high sought-after position.  To qualify, you need to have a bachelors degree and at least four upper division classes with a fish/wildlife/natural resource emphasis.  A degree in fish or wildlife management or closely related field is a plus. After ...
7/15/13
A: Although pelicans are wide-spread throughout Idaho, there are only two documented nesting sites recognized - both of which are in south Idaho.  One is located on the Minidoka Wildlife Refuge in Lake Walcott.  The other is at Blackfoot Reservoir.   F08
7/15/13
A: Yes, you can carry a sidearm for your protection.
7/16/13
A: I'm not sure which Johnson Creek to which you're referring.  Mussels are filter feeder and tend to bioaccumulate heavy metals and other contaminants.  If you are going to each mussels from Idaho waters, it is a good idea to flush them with freshwater prior to cooking. As a rule of thumb, if I don' ...
7/16/13
A: Unfortunately, walleye are starting to establish themselves in Lake Pend Oreille.  They are an aggressive predator that can dominate a fish community under certain conditions.  We are concerned that another predatory fish in this system may interfere with our attempts to bring back kokanee and ...
7/16/13
A: If your license was purchased online, you should have printed it at the time of purchase.  We no longer mail licenses; we still mail tags, however.
7/16/13
A: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has the ability to suspend a person's hunting and fishing privileges if child support is not paid. You will need to check with DHW to see if they have placed a suspension on your privileges to hunt or fish.
7/19/13
A: This is a tricky question and open to interpretation by individual enforcement officers.  First, you've acknowledged that it is illegal to keep the smallmouth bass.  If a bass is bleeding from the gills but still alive, if you can remove the hook without doing anymore damage - do so and release ...
7/21/13
A: In the Portneuf River, no harvest of cutthroat is allowed. Rainbow cutthroat hybrids are often difficult to distinguish from either a rainbow trout or cutthroat trout.  To be on the safe-side, if it has an orange slash under the jaw, regardless of other markings, release the fish. In the Panhandle ...
7/21/13
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). The take ...
7/21/13
A: Contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
A: Unit 4 has hunting seasons for mule deer, elk, bear, moose and wolf.  Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information about animals at 4,000 feet and the prescense of other animals.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
A: Yes, you can use roe or any other bait in a steelhead catch-and-release season.  You also must use a barbless hook and immediately release any steelhead that are caught.
7/21/13
A: The list of hunts available will be out (on our website and at vendors) by August 4. 
7/22/13
A: The list will be out in early August (after the first).  Vendors will receive a list on their License machines and the list will be available on the IDFG website.  The application period is August 5-15.
7/22/13
A: You can fish with an unlimited number of rods in Lake Pend Oreille, without a 2-pole permit, while fishing from a boat. Lake Pend Oreille is an exception to our rules on the 2-pole permit.  As part of our effort to recover kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille, we are trying to encourage harvest of lake ...
7/22/13
A: If the areas is not closed for safety reasons, you can spear unprotected nongame fish in the Spokane River provided you have a valid fishing license and the fishing season for game fish is open.  Suckers and tench are considered unprotected nongame fish in Idaho.
7/22/13
A: Resident Elk tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=76.   Nonresident tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=75.   Both lists are updated weekly.
7/23/13
A: Please contact the Forest Service at 208-774-3000 for information.  There have been some fires in the area and it may be closed.
7/23/13
A: That information is in the Fishing Rules Book. Each region of the state has a chapter in our Fishing Rules Book.  The first page of every chapter is the information about general bag limits and possession limits of different types of fish as well as the length restrictions, if any, for the fish.  ...
7/24/13
A: The answer is no.  In Idaho, specific wording in code makes it illegal to fish catch-and-release for anadromous (ocean-going) salmon or steelhead if there is not a defined season. 
7/25/13
A: 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; crappie; perch; bass; catfish; bullhead; sunfish; sturgeon; northern pike; ...
7/26/13
A: You can apply for a hunt during the second chance application period--August 5-15. We didn't have any leftover moose hunts in 2013.
7/28/13
A: Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Thursday, August 1, to buy their tags.  Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited and will become available for a second drawing. The application period for the second drawing runs from August 5 to 15. The drawing ...
7/28/13
A: Placing tiger muskie in Carey Lake was discussed many years ago, but it was never done.  Channel catfish were tried instead to control stunted bluegill and bass. The only place in the Magic Valley Region with tiger muskie is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding.  They've been stocked in the reservoir ...
7/30/13
A: Wolf tags are available and we don't limit the number we sell... The only elk tag that is completely sold out at this time (July 31, 2013) is the nonresident Sawtooth B elk tag.  The tag count of nonresident general season tags is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
7/30/13
A: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: No, there is no fall Chinook season scheduled for the Upper Salmon River, however, the very lower end of the Salmon River will have a fall Chinook season. Fall Chinook typically don't run far up the Salmon River.  Most only venture no more than 15 miles from the confluence with the Snake River. ...
7/31/13
A: Yes, but...... The only brook trout we presently stock in Henrys Lake are sterile and can't successfully reproduce.  Their are still some natural brook trout in Henrys that migrate up the tributaries in the fall and spawn but survival of the eggs is poor. By placing eggs in a pressure chamber ...
7/31/13
A: All vendors can issue a duplicate license.  Duplicates cost $7.25.    
7/31/13
A: Yes, a reward is still being paid for the harvest of lake trout from Lake Pend Oreille.  Contact our Coeur d'Alene office at 208-769-1414 for more details.  Funding for the program is being provided by Avista Power as part of their Lake Pend Oreille mitigation obligation.   F08
8/1/13
A: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
A: The answer depends on which weapon you are using.  If you are hunting during an any weapon hunt using a high powered rifle (7mm) a bullet with a polymer tip is legal to use for big game hunting.  If you are hunting during a muzzleloader only season you are required to use a patched round ball or ...
8/2/13
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
8/3/13
A: You must have an Idaho hunting license to shoot coyotes.  They can be hunted all year.    
8/3/13
A: Bear hunts are any-weapon seasons so a crossbow is legal.
8/3/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108  
8/5/13
A: You can use a deer tag in any general season hunt.  Archery weapons can be used during an any weapon hunt.
8/5/13
A: Yes, you can.  Deer tags are valid for any general season hunt.
8/5/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
A: Call the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-4359.  The biologist familiar with the Smoky Mountain area is based there.
8/6/13
A: You can go to any vendor to get a duplicate or you can call 1-800-554-8685.
8/6/13
A: The list of leftover controlled hunts is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  There are several extra tag hunts available...the application period is August 5-15.
8/6/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/10/13
A: I don't know what you consider a "problem," but bull trout appear to be doing fine in Idaho.  Redd (spawning) counts and trend fish sampling locations from throughout the state continue to demonstrate stable to increasing populations.   F08
8/10/13
A: No, no tiger muskie were planted in Smith Lake. We did have a recent record 44+lb. tiger muskie caught in Little Payette Lake. F08
8/11/13
A: No, the mountain yellow-legged frog does not occur in Idaho. However, we do have a closely related species called the Columbia spotted frog, which looks quite similar to the yellow-legged frog. I expect you saw a Columbia spotted frog at Long Lake. If you are interested, we have some web content ...
8/13/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: You can apply for an extra deer tag in the second draw
8/14/13
A: Yes, an eleven year old can hunt ducks.  Be sure to add the Idaho Migratory bird permit to their license ($1.75 for residents, $4.75 for nonresidents).  The federal duck stamp isn't required until they are 16.
8/14/13
A: Since an owl is a protected raptor, contact the IDFG office in your area (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) so someone can come to pick it up. Thank you.  
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13