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A: Contact the BLM office for information: BLM Idaho State Office |1387 S. Vinnell WayBoise, Idaho 83709Public Desk: 208-373-4000
3/25/14
A: You can use a shotgun with shells not exceeding 3 1/2 inches maximum length for turkeys: No person shall take upland game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, firearms except a shotgun using shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches maximum length, except ...
3/23/14
A: Not for fishing. If you purchase a 3 year fishing license at the age of 17, the license allows you to fish until the license expires on December 31 of the third year. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 if you have additional questions.
3/23/14
A: Because of the propensity for ravens to remove and cache the poison egg baits, it is often difficult to directly locate ravens that have died due to the poison.  The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, has conducted previous work that determined that it will take 4 ...
3/23/14
A: Thanks for the question regarding Potlatch River steelhead.  In the Big Bear Drainage, which included the West Fork of Little Bear and Big Meadow Creek, steelhead should be in the middle of spawning right now.  Our past surveys have shown that they typically start spawning after water temperatures ...
3/22/14
A: The controlled hunt application rules will remain as they are under current legislation for trophy and the first big game drawings this year (2014). In other words, kids who are 10 cannot apply for big game hunts in April, May or June. When the law changes on July 1, 2014, that will change and ...
3/20/14
A: Yes, moose superhunts are "over and above" the usual once-in-a-lifetime moose harvest rule.  
3/20/14
A: Thank you for contacting Idaho Fish and Game.  Live streaming of Commission meetings is something we are discussing and hope to be able to offer soon.  We are busy developing an improved website. Once that it is finished, live streaming of Commission meetings may be one of the new services the ...
3/19/14
A: The 2014 legislature approved changing the minimum age to hunt big game from 12 down to 10.  This goes into effect on July 1, 2014.  The 2014 fall big game hunts will be affected.
3/19/14
A: Thank you for caring about Idaho's wildlife. In the case of injured wildlife where a timely response can be critical and you're not comfortable with the situation, we encourage you to contact your regional office. If it's outside of normal business hours and you deem it an emergency, you can ...
3/19/14
A: Reign broadheads are considered a barbed broadhead and are not legal for hunting big game in Idaho.  A barbed broadhead is defined as a broadhead which has any portion of the rear edge of the broadhead forming an angle less than ninety (90) degrees with the shaft or ferrule.
3/19/14
A: Assuming you are interested in using a bow or spear to catch fish; here are the details: Spear Fishing in Idaho You must have an Idaho fishing license if you are 14 or over. Archery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding ...
3/18/14
A: Employment opportunities are listed on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/employment/.  There isn't a regular schedule for open positions.
3/18/14
A: Battery operated sights, including those made by Eotech, are legal to hunt turkeys with in Idaho.  However, if the sight casts a light, including laser light, it is not legal to hunt with.
3/18/14
A: You have a lot of great questions!  Please contact the Magic Valley Region office to talk to the Fisheries Department there about your questions.  The number is 208-324-4359.  
3/18/14
A: To hunt during an archery-only season or archery-only controlled hunt, you will need an archery permit.  To purchase an archery permit, you must possess a valid Idaho hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed ...
3/17/14
A: Since this is not the purview of Idaho Fish and Game, we checked with Boise Parks and Recreation; it is illegal to feed ducks and geese in Boise Parks.  (Chapter 13-03-02 C. 2. in Boise City Code prohibits the feeding of birds and waterfowl in any park). For other towns, please check with local ...
3/17/14
A: No other permit is required.  More information: Spear Fishing in IdahoArchery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish and ...
3/17/14
A: Hunting varmints in the Hagerman Valley is a favorite spring pastime. Marmots, often called rock-chucks, are prolific in the area. Hunting of these critters requires only a few things: 1.) You must have a valid hunting license, 2.) You must be on property that you have the right to be on, (public ...
3/17/14
A: No.  A superhunt tag allows you to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for the species you draw, but you must abide by the rules we set in place for the hunt including legal weapons that can be used.  If the hunt as we set it up is archery-only, you can only hunt in it using archery equipment and you must ...
3/17/14
A: If you are helping the child fish in any way, you must have a fishing license.  Baiting the hook, putting the pole in the water and watching it for the child and taking the fish out of the water means that you are fishing...you must have a fishing license.
3/16/14
A: No.  The age change (to 10 years old) doesn't go into effect until July 1, so a 10 year old cannot apply in May/June application period in 2014.    
3/16/14
A: A hunting passport is valid for a calendar year. If you have purchased a hunting passport for this season (2014), there is no need to purchase a hunting license. The license system has been set up to not allow you to purchase a hunting license if you hold an active hunting passport. IDFG does ...
3/16/14
A: The daily bag limit for trout on C.J. Strike Reservoir is 6 fish per day.  You can keep all the yellow perch, crappie, and catfish that you can catch.
3/15/14
A: Rangefinders are legal to hunt big game in Idaho with, as long as the rangefinder is not attached to a weapon (e.g. rifle, bow).
3/15/14
A: No, if the parent is not fishing, they are not required to have a license.  
3/13/14
A: Hello, Thank you for your inquiry.  A resident Hunting License is $12.75.  A nonresident Small Game Hunting license is $97.75, and a nonresident Nongame Hunting license is $35.50, however, a nonresident hunter cannot use a Nongame license for this, they must use at least the Small Game Hunting ...
3/12/14
A: Idaho Department Fish and Game's efforts to assist with fire rehab efforts are coordinated with private, state, and federal landowners/managers.  Usually rehab efforts happen during the first 3 years following a wildlfire.  During that period federal agencies have funding available for stabilizing ...
3/11/14
A: Idaho has a Hunter's Passport that allows a person who has never hunted before (anywhere) to hunt with a mentor.  The cost of the permit is $1.75.  The mentor must have an Idaho hunting license.  The details about what is allowed with the hunting passport is on our Website at https://fishandgame. ...
3/11/14
A: To hunt in an archery-only big game hunt in Idaho you must be able to prove that you have taken an archery-only education course or have hunted in an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state.  If you have fulfilled either of these requirements but you no longer have the proof, you can sign a ...
3/10/14
A: General Season Elk tags in Idaho are sold by the zone and only the zone purchased may be hunted.  The zone tags will dictate the season dates, which sex may be hunted, and the weapon(s) which may be used.  Each zone has an A Tag and a B Tag.  However, some A Tags and B Tags are by Controlled Hunt ...
3/10/14
A: Here is some information on sage-grouse and hunting: In 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded that listing the greater sage-grouse range-wide as a threatened or endangered species was warranted, but precluded by higher priority listing actions.  Therefore, sage-grouse are a “ ...
3/10/14
A: The bottom line is, releasing pen-raised pheasants does not help the wild population.  Game farm pheasants are too distant from their wild relatives to survive - they don’t have the survival skills that wild birds have to avoid traffic, find food, and hide from predators.  The Department studied ...
3/10/14
A: Turkey drawing results are online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.    
3/10/14
A: According to the details of your question, she will be accompanying you while you hunt, but she will not be hunting.  Since she is not hunting, she is not required to have a hunting license.
3/9/14
A: The homemade arrow would probably not meet the very specific specific requirements we have for archery equipment; you should check with a Conservation Officer to see if the homemade arrow meets them, including: Archery EquipmentIn any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and shortrange hunts ...
3/9/14
A: Bear baiting permits cannot be purchased online or at regular Idaho vendors.  They are only available through IDFG offices (office locations are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/).  You can purchase the permit and site tags at any IDFG office or request the ...
3/9/14
A: The 2014 legislature passed a bill allowing youth 10 years old and up to hunt big game.  The governor signed the bill into law and it goes into effect on July 1, 2014.  
3/7/14
A: They are available at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.  
3/7/14
A: Thanks for your interest in Idaho steelhead and the trapping data at our hatcheries. For the past two years we have been able to provide an automated daily update from each of our hatcheries from a centralized IDFG database. In the last year we have been in the process of transferring our database ...
3/7/14
A: Yes, the Department has a number of ways in which a landowner can get assistance with improving habitat on private property.  The Department has 6 private lands or mule deer initiative biologists located in Lewiston, American Falls, Pocatello, Preston, Jerome and Idaho Falls.  If you live near any ...
3/7/14
A: The place to start is the IDFG region office for the area where your property is located.  They will be able to explain the program and tell you if you qualify. Idaho Fish and Game Office Locations and Contact NumbersPanhandle Region…1-208-769-1414 (Coeur d’Alene)Clearwater Region…1-208-799-5010 ( ...
3/6/14
A: You can carry a weapon even if you are not hunting.
3/5/14
A: The Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game has no rules prohibiting the use of float tubes or other watercraft on Park Center Pond.  After doing a quick review of current Boise City Ordinances, it appears it is legal to use a float tube or other small watercraft provided the pond is not posted as ...
3/4/14
A: The weir will be installed the week of March 17 with trapping set to being on March 24.
3/3/14
A: The returns of large B-run steelhead to the Clearwater River in the 2013-14 return are less than in recent years and in October 2013 the Department asked the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to implement a conservation measure to decrease the likelihood of a broodstock shortfall for hatcheries in ...
3/3/14
A: No.  Pheasants are not planted there so the WMA permit is not required. Hunting for pheasants on the nine Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) listed below requires a WMA Upland Game Bird Permit. The WMA Permit allows the take of six pheasants. Idaho Department of Fish and Game releases pheasants at ...
3/3/14
A: Assuming a birthdate of May 1 for pups, during the current wolf hunting season, which opened July 1, 2013, 146 wolves were taken by December 1 of that year (representing 7 months from the May 1 birthdate).  Idaho Fish and Game asks employees who are checking in harvested wolves and completing Big ...
3/2/14
A: Nonresidents can purchase a bear tag over-the-counter without purchasing a deer or elk tag.  You do, however, have to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
3/1/14
A: A regular bear tag can be used in any general season hunt; you do not have to declare the unit you will hunt in when purchasing it.
3/1/14
A: Some squirrels can be hunted, while others are protected.  For those legal to hunt you must have a hunting license and there are no tag, season or bag limit requirements. Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (Species okay to hunt)Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “ ...
3/1/14
A: No; because of disease concerns (rabies), Idaho law prohibits individuals from keeping a raccoon/fox/skunk as a personal pet.  Idaho Code Section 25-236 prohibits individuals from possessing raccoon/fox/skunk, and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture enforces this law.  Public parks, zoos, ...
3/1/14
A: October can be one of the best times to fish in the Salmon Region. Steelhead are starting to show up in the Salmon River, with anglers having the best luck downstream from the town of Salmon, ID. Anglers may also catch rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and mountain whitefish in ...
2/28/14
A: Idaho does offer some youth only elk hunting opportunities for the 2014 season. These youth hunts are all Antlerless Only. We do not offer any controlled antlered youth elk hunts at this time. What Idaho does do for youth elk hunters is allow them to hunt both the A and B seasons on one tag in elk ...
2/27/14
A: The application is entered into the drawing system one time regardless of applicant group size. If you have one hunter or 4 hunters on an application the system will only have one record in the drawing. If a group application is selected during the draw process, the system looks to see if there ...
2/27/14
A: Information on legislative bills that affect IDFG is listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/legislative-updates.  The Fish and Game Commission does not support this bill.
2/26/14
A: Please refer to our rules for additional information regarding weapon restrictions. For Big Game. No person shall take big game animals with any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun or any muzzleloading handgun, EXCEPT for mountain lion and trapped gray wolf. For unprotected species. No person hunting ...
2/25/14
A: We are still processing all the harvest reports.  We work each year to have the statistics ready by the time that Big Game rules are out in April.
2/25/14
A: The Roswell Marsh area south of Highway 18 does not accommodate horseback riding. There are no appropriate entry locations and It is intended for pedestrian access only. It is also subject to a total entry closure from February 1 through July 31 each year for nesting season.   The remaining IDFG ...
2/25/14
A: This question has been asked similarly, please refer to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/ive-heard-i-can-get-permi...
2/24/14
A: You may NOT use lighted nocks as they are considered incorporated.  Please check the weapon restrictions section of our big game rules.  The actual rule states it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including ...
2/23/14
A: It is unlawful for any person to hunt any animal or bird except raccoon by the aid of a spotlight, flashlight or artificial light of any kind. The act of casting or throwing, after sunset, the beam or rays of any spotlight, headlight or other artificial light capable of utilizing six (6) volts or ...
2/23/14
A: Yes, you can use a rangefinder while bow hunting big game in Idaho.  It cannot be attached to the bow. The rule states; No person shall take big game animals with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying ...
2/22/14
A: We don't clip the adipose fin on hatchery produced rainbow trout unless they are part of a research project. We do clip the adipose fin on hatchery produced anadromous (ocean-going) salmon and steelhead raised in our hatchery system.  This is so anglers can distinguish them from wild chinook and ...
2/21/14
A: Successful spring black bear applicants will be notified by mail no later than March 10. Results will also be available on the Fish and Game website,  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.  It is the responsibility of the hunter to find out whether he or she ...
2/21/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
2/21/14
A: Only the person that places the bait is required to have a baiting permit.  Each person can have 1 baiting permit, which allows them to maintain up to 3 bait sites.  People hunting over bait sites, but not involved in placing the bait do not need a permit.  Bear bait permits are only available at ...
2/20/14
A: Yellow perch, for the most part, are prolific and environmental factors influence populations more than angling harvest.  In years where water temperatures coincide with zooplankton blooms and reduced numbers of primary predators, the perch population can exceed carrying capacity of the waterbody ...
2/19/14
A: In recent times, we began allowing catch-and-release fishing in the fall and winter in 2010.  This has been a very popular fishery since it's inception. F08  
2/19/14
A: Sometimes in our zeal to manage these popular fish, we look past the fact that kokanee are a land-locked sockeye salmon and are not native to most lakes in Idaho.  The only exceptions are a couple of lakes in the Stanley Basin and Warm Lake in the South Fork Salmon River drainage that genetic ...
2/18/14
A: The meetings currently being advertised are for the salmon fishery in the Clearwater, Snake River and Salmon River below Shorts Bar (Riggins).  These are all early-run hatchery fish stocked throughout the lower river area with most headed to Hells Canyon Dam and the Little Salmon River.  Fish ...
2/18/14
A: After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit. You may self-report online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill or call IDFG to report. If you contact Fish and Game outside normal business hours via phone or email, it’s critical ...
2/18/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has closed certain state lands or portions of state lands to hunting or fishing. Fish and Game season brochures identify these areas along with other closures. Rules for recreational access, camping and restrictions on the discharge of firearms, which may affect ...
2/17/14
A: Unfortunately, there are no facilities to provide upstream fish passage past Dworshak Dam.  As a result, steelhead do not occur upstream of Dworshak Resevoir.
2/16/14
A: Each year antlers from deer, elk, moose, and the horns of pronghorn fall off, or are shed; new antlers and horns begin to grow back and are fully grown again each fall. Animal parts such as antlers,  horns, hides, bones, and teeth of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf and mountain goat from animals ...
2/16/14
A: Your best resource is probably the Idaho Huntplanner at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner There you can find maps of Unit 4A that are larger for printing or interactive so you can zoom in or out.  There are also kml files you can load in google earth or gps units. These links ...
2/15/14
A: Motorized vehicle use as an aid to hunting for gray wolves is restricted in some areas as per notes in the big game rules.   Look for notes in the wolf rules that restrict motorized access between Aug 30 and Dec 31, which is big game season and often has the motorized rule in place in these units ...
2/15/14
A: 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE.No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. 01. Firearms. (7-1-93)a. With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighsmore than sixteen (16) pounds. (7-1-93)b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller ...
2/15/14
A: Ok, you've proven we aren't infallible.  The Birding Trail information is not totally correct. We have confirmed that Indian Creek and Blair Trail reservoirs are open for waterfowl hunting.  Just make sure you access both bodies of water via public land or have landowner permission to access from ...
2/13/14
A: Yes, there is currently no restriction against ground-to-ground radio communications.  Air-to-ground is unlawful. 36-1101. Taking of wildlife unlawful except by statute or commission rule or proclamation -- Methods prohibited -- Exceptions. (a) It is unlawful, except as may be otherwise provided ...
2/13/14
A: Yes.  You must apply for and purchase a Taxidermy License available at any IDFG office.  The license is issued on a fiscal year basis (July 1-June 30) and is available on an annual or 5-year basis.  For more information, contact your nearest IDFG office. The application form is available here: ...
2/13/14
A: No you do not need an archery permit to hunt coyotes with a bow.  Coyotes are listed as predators and there is a year-long any weapon season.  Archery permits are needed for archery only big game seasons.
2/12/14
A: The rule is written in order to prevent placement of salt blocks or liquid salt in order to create possible salt licks, which could artificially attract other big game.  Salt in food is not considered placing salt as bait. 
2/12/14
A: Elk usually begin to lose their antlers towards teh end of March and thru the middle of April. Large bulls tend to lose their antlers first with the smallest bulls dropping last.
2/12/14
A: How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt--Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, fall Bear Big game rules for the current year come out each April. Check the general season information (listed by species) to see if the over-the-counter general season has a hunt you want to participate in. If there isn’t a hunt listed ...
2/12/14
A: Steelhead destined for Sawtooth Fish Hatchery in the upper Salmon River Basin spend the winter in the main Salmon River, typically below the town of Salmon, Idaho.  As water temperatures and day length begin to increase in mid to late March to mid-April, they will begin the final leg of their ...
2/11/14
A: Currently, we do not have a hunter education course being taught in Rexburg or St. Anthony this month. We do have several instructor-led classes available in Idaho Falls. We hope this works for you. Our program courses are taught by volunteer instructors that select the location and times. We ...
2/11/14
A: This time of year, most of the mule deer bucks in the Twin Falls area have moved down onto winter range areas. Winter range areas near Twin Falls tend to be on the foothills where deer can find refuge from deep snow, and forage sources. The foothills of the "South Hills" area hold a tremendous ...
2/11/14
A: IDFG does not maintain any access points between Lorenzo and Menan.  There are areas with public land, however.  Most of it belongs to the Bureau of Land Management.  As such, obtaining one of their land ownership maps would be the best way to determine public vs private lands along the South Fork ...
2/11/14
A: To better answer your question, please provide additional information. Thank you
2/9/14
A: Coyote, wolf, bobcat teeth possession and sale?  Animals are classified differently and there are different rules regarding possession and sale depending on the classification. This answer is specific to the species you describe. Coyotes are predators and can be possessed and sold at any time. ...
2/9/14
A: Yes. These devices are currently not allowed in the taking of big game.  Coyotes are classified as predators, or as unprotected.
2/9/14
A:   First, you need to submit the Taxidermist/Furbearer license application.  For more information, contact your nearest Fish and Game office.     http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/furbuyerLicenseApp.pdf
2/8/14
A: We've stocked fall Chinook salmon in several waters around the state including Lake Coeur d'Alene, Deadwood and Anderson Ranch reservoirs in the southern part of the state.    Typically, fall Chinook are used as predatory species in waters over-populated with kokanee.   F08
2/7/14
A: Yes you can. You must also purchase the archery permit to hunt in an archery only hunt. To purchase an achery permit, you will need to present to the department a certificate of completion in archery education issued by the department, or proof that such person holds the equivalent of such a ...
2/6/14
A: Yes, Idaho has depredation hunts but they are not open to nonresidents.  Idaho does have a landowner permission hunt (LPH) that is similar to a depredation hunt that is open to nonresidents.  These hunts require prior written permission on a LPH form from a landowner to qualify and then the hunter ...
2/6/14
A: A series of open-house meetings are planned throughout the state to discuss proposals for this year's big game hunting seasons.  In addition, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will take public testimony on the proposals when it meets in Boise, March 19-20. Here is a link to the list of public ...
2/5/14
A: You can follow the status of all Fish and Game related legislative bills on our legislative updates page: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/legislative-updates  Specifically, the bill is HO 399 and is set to be heard on 2/13 in the House. 
2/5/14
A: The short answer is no. From the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act: 300.UPLAND GAME BIRD METHODS OF TAKE. 01. Taking of Upland Game Birds. No person shall take upland game birds:   With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/ ...
2/4/14
A: We do treat several fishing ponds around the state with herbicides to reduce aquatic vegetation so people can fish.  It's an expensive process and one where you need to be careful because you can just as easily kill fish.  We'll monitor Horseshoe Bend Pond this coming year and see what we can do ...
2/4/14