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A: We allow purchasing for a spouse (you may need to prove you're still married) provided all information such as drivers license and address are still current.  An adult can purchase items for their children when the child is not present.  You can purchase licenses or other items for nonresidents ...
10/5/13
A: Distance is not addressed in the rule. The rule's intent is to not artifcially draw big game into a point of unfair advantage for the hunter.
10/5/13
A: Yes. Short range weapon seasons can use straight walled cartridges originally designed as handgun loads, which the .45 ACP is.
10/5/13
A: Although you have a disabled license, you still need to get a seperate permit that makes it legal for you to shoot from a motorized vehicle.  Some people may have disabilities that still allow them to hunt without a motorized vehicle - that's why we don't automatically issue the Motorized Hunter ...
10/5/13
A: Nonresident deer and elk tags (exluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags) are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk IF a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk season ...
10/6/13
A: That means 2 point or smaller.  The unit also has a Controlled Hunt for larger bucks but the 2 point allows anyone with a general regular deer tag to harvest a deer in the unit, it just has to be a 2 point or smaller.  The idea was to create a high quality buck harvest hunt in the unit (Controlled ...
10/7/13
A: Tags are issued to a specific person so the other hunter cannot just use the tag.  The new hunter must purchase their own license and tag.
10/8/13
A: The IDFG Commission has only established hunting hours. For most game species it is 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunrise. Waterfowl hunting ends at sunset. There is also commission rule and state law that requires hunters to make a reasonable effort to retrieve any wounded game ...
10/8/13
A: Deer tags are not issued for one zone like elk tags are.  They can be used in any unit that is open for hunting deer.
10/9/13
A: NO, the controlled hunt tag is only valid in the area specified in the Big Game rule booklet and the season dates listed for that hunt.  That tag can be used nowhere else in the state. If you didn't fill your tag during the controlled hunt, you can purchase a leftover nonresident deer tag and hunt ...
10/9/13
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of ...
10/9/13
A: Only if the unit is open for doe hunting and there is no "youth-only" requirement for hunting antlerless deer.  If antlerless hunting in the unit is youth only, a hunter 18 or older cannot kill a doe---whether they have a passport or a regular hunting license.
10/10/13
A: Yes, so long as you have a valid state trapping license and all the state trapping rules, and county, or city laws and ordinances are being followed.  Coyotes are listed as a predator and can be hunted/trapped year-long.  However, coyote pelts are only valuable from November - February and usually ...
10/10/13
A: There is no waiting period in Idaho.  Once you buy your license and tag, you can immediately go hunting (provided the season is open).   Years ago (30+) there was a waiting period of 24 hours to dissuade people from illegally killing a deer or elk and then going to the closest vendor and buying a ...
10/11/13
A: No, every hunter who hunts for big game or turkey must have their own tag.
10/12/13
A: There are two landowner tag programs:  1.  Landowner Permission; 2. Landowner Appreciation.  The best source of assistance on both programs would be to contact the Landowner-Sportsmen Coordinator at your nearest Fish and Game Office.     
10/12/13
A: If you are drawn for a superhunt tag, it is in addition to whatever regular season or controlled hunt you already have (or obtain) for the year.  So...you could take 2 elk for that season.  
10/12/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  Yes, all you need to do is show your hunter education card when you purchase your license and tag.  
10/13/13
A: Information about the hunting passport can be found on our website under the license tab or at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.    
10/13/13
A: Hunting Hours  Big game animals may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
10/13/13
A: As long as you exercise caution when handling the fish and don't cause mortality, you can take a picture with your fall Chinook before releasing.   F08
10/14/13
A: Yes, you can, but you must purchase the tag before you shoot a big game animal.  
10/15/13
A: It depends on which license your son has.  If he bought a Jr. Small Game license in January when he was 11, but is now 12 and wants to hunt deer, he will need to purchase a Jr. Hunting License in order to purchase a deer tag.
10/15/13
A: You can get a duplicate from any vendor.  Vendors are listed on our website in the License section.
10/15/13
A: Exchanges can be made if the season for the tag you have has not been open. They can only be done at a Fish and Game office.
10/15/13
A: Exchanges can be made if the season for the tag you have has not been open.  They can only be done at a Fish and Game office.
10/16/13
A: You can purchase a tag and use it at any time before or during a general season for elk.  Check the zone you want to hunt for details and be aware that some zone have quotas for tags that may have already been reached. If you were drawn for a controlled elk hunt you would have needed to pick-up ...
10/17/13
A: If you wish to make any changes to rules or offer suggestions for rule changes, the best approach is to talk to your regional fish and game biologist and manager at the regional office closest to you.  They will discuss with you the biological reasons for their rules and proposals, and you can ...
10/17/13
A: We don't require trapper education; you can purchase a trapping license without taking trapper education.  Trapping licenses are only available through IDFG offices (or you can fill out the trapper license application and mail it to one of the offices noted on the form which is online at https:// ...
10/17/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that you wear hunter orange while big game hunting.  It is required if you are hunting upland birds on WMAs where we plant pheasants.  
10/18/13
A: If you are lucky enough to be chosen for the moose super hunt tag it would allow you to get a moose in addition to one you have already harvested. 
10/19/13
A: Yes; your white-tailed deer tag would be nonresident price ($301.75).
10/20/13
A: Our agency used to remove many beaver dams by use of explosives, but now only remove dams for very specific conditions.  Once of those conditions is when Idaho Dept. of Water Resources demonstrates that downstream water rights are being impacted by a dam.  Then we go in and remove the structure.  ...
10/21/13
A: Steelhead are defined as "rainbow trout that are over 20" in length."  Only hatchery produced steelhead (missing adipose fin) can be harvested during an open season.  If they are over 20", missing their adipose fin, with an open season, and you want to harvest the fish; then it must be recorded on ...
10/21/13
A: Please contact them directly at 467-9278 for that information.    
10/21/13
A: You can take 2 cow elk because you have 2 valid tags.  The extra cow tag literally means that you can take an extra elk with it.
10/24/13
A: There were a few feral pigs in that area, but that was years ago and none have been reported recently.
10/24/13
A: Roadkill is salvage is legal in Idaho as long as the species is not protected. Learn more about the self-reporting requirements and the species at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill 
10/24/13
A: An Idaho nonresident trapping license costs $301.75 and is required to trap furbearers in Idaho.  Trapping rules are posted on our website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67
10/24/13
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/lighted-arrow-nocks Lighted nocks are illegal to use in Idaho.
10/24/13
A: General season tags cannot be transferred to a family member. IDFG does have a rule that allows any resident adult person who possesses a controlled hunt tag to designate his or her tag to his or her resident minor child or grandchild who is qualified to participate in the hunt. Nonresident adults ...
10/25/13
A: No Gerrard rainbow trout have been stocked in Hayden Lake.  The latest rainbow trout stocked in that waterbody are a Hayspur strain of rainbow trout from our south Idaho spawning brood stock.
10/25/13
A: Hayspur strain rainbow trout typically are between 3 - 5 lbs.  at maturity.  With that said, if forage is good and conditions are right, you could see an 8 - 10 lb. rainbow trout from the Hayspur stock. F08
10/25/13
A: Idaho Code and Idaho Fish and Game commission rules do not prohibit the use of two way radios for hunting big game, EXCEPT, Idaho Code prohibits the use of aircraft to spot or locate game and communicate the location to any person on the ground. Idaho Code 36-1101: 3. Communicate from Aircraft. ...
10/27/13
A: Certain species of ground squirrels can be hunted in Idaho.  The most commonly hunted varmints in Idaho are the Columbian Ground Squirrel and the Yellow-bellied Marmot "Rockchuck".  There is a page in our Upland Game Rules that talks about squirrels and contains a link to a field guide. Do not put ...
10/27/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  To purchase an Idaho 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.  Your Utah ...
10/27/13
A: Yes, you can hunt big game in unit 53 with a short-range weapon.  The Hagerman Wildlife Management Area was purchased using sportsman's dollars for the intent of hunting.  Although, it is generally closed for waterfowl hunting, it is open to all other hunting related activities.   F08
10/27/13
A: Lawfully harvested wildlife parts, except edible meat from game animals, may be purchased, bartered or sold when accompanied by a written statement showing the wildlife was lawfully harvested or possessed. Wildlife parts legally harvested outside of Idaho may be sold in Idaho if such sale is not ...
10/27/13
A: We certainly hope so but won't know if we have surplus until early November.  Because of the location of the trap at Hells Canyon Dam (where we trap fish for Oxbow Hatchery),  water temperatures prevent us from using the trap until early November.  Once temperatures cool down, we start trapping ...
10/28/13
A: The Department continues to stock nine Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) with pheasants each fall.  Because the price of pheasants increased in 2013, the number of pheasants stocked has decreased a bit .  That being said, there are still good opportunities out there.  Some of the most successful WMA ...
10/28/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. This is a tough question. Probably the best source of helpful information on the things you mentioned would be a sporting good store.
10/28/13
A: This same question was asked a few minutes ago, please refer to this answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/will-any-steelhead-be-released-boise-river-november
10/28/13
A: It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of any of 36 felonies may not own, use or carry a firearm, which the law defines as "any weapon from which a shot, projectile or other object may be discharged by force of combustion, explosive, gas and/or mechanical means, whether ...
10/28/13
A: Exclusive control lease lands are either state or federal lands leased primarily for geothermal, mineral, gas or oil exploration, solar, or other uses where public access and use is not allowed as a condition of the lease.  Such areas/sites are relatively small and limited when compared to all ...
10/28/13
A: Your question's answer is available here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/hayspur-trout-hayden-lk  
10/28/13
A: The killing of feral cats is so much more than a simple legal question and answer. It may be legal when protecting your property, such as feral cats engaged in the taking of your livestock or even pets. Taking a feral cat in the wilds of Idaho would require a valid hunting license. However, there ...
10/29/13
A: General hunting information is available for Farragut and other Wildlife Management areas in North Idaho here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/can-i-hunt-whitetail-deer-farragut-coeur-d-alene-and-mcarthur-lake-managment-areas-during
10/29/13
A: I assume you mean for elk, deer, or pronghorn? If so, start on this page:  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=106 All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit an online hunter report, for each tag issued, within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of ...
10/29/13
A: A person may apply for only one species.  Any person applying for a moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year.  Except: they may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled ...
10/31/13
A: That of course is a difficult question because there are many locations that offer varying quality hunts for various species.  You would also have to define what you consider "top"  in your mind.  We have a lot of information available online that can address that question for you (the correct ...
10/31/13
A: Every year we get these comments and we have difficulty determining what is being described.  The Department of Fish and Game does not own any aircraft.  We contract out to pilots to conduct our telemetry surveys.  We have radio collared animals all across the state and usually pilots will conduct ...
10/31/13
A: Becoming a wildlife biologist can be an exciting and fulfilling career.  But it does take commitment and work to get there.  You must get good grades in high school, and have a knack for science and math.  We require a minimum of a B.S. in wildlife management or biology from an accredited college ...
11/1/13
A: It is illegal to plant any type of foodplot on public lands without the permission of the land management agency responsible for the property.  I am unaware of any occasion in which a public land management agency has given approval to a private individual to plant a food plot on public lands, so ...
11/1/13
A: I am not aware of any reports of waterfowl being injured or killed in Ann Morrison park or any other city park. Dogs running at large is controlled by local, municipal or county ordinances. The owner of a dog taking waterfowl in Anne Morrison Park is no more nor no less liable for that take, under ...
11/1/13
A: Yes, there is a very limited opportunity for new graduates of our Magic Valley hunter education program to hunt waterfowl on the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area.  It is a tightly controlled event to minimize conflicts with other users of the area and used as a teaching tool to promote hunter ...
11/2/13
A: Tricky question.  Most of our doe hunts are controlled.  If you drew a controlled hunt for doe deer you cannot use it in any other hunt. If you purchased a general deer tag you can use it in general any weapon seasons and general archery only seasons (archery permit required when hunting in an ...
11/2/13
A: Sorry to hear you didn't have better hunting.  We stocked 3500 pheasants at Fort Boise this last season, which is more than any other WMA in the region. Of the 22 separate releases, ten were done on Fridays throughout the season, which was assumed to provide some opportunity on Saturday as well.  ...
11/3/13
A: The following information can be found on page 98 in the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules Proclamation. "Hunters may exchange a general season deer tag for white-tailed deer tag at any Fish and Game Office. The exchange must be completed before the first hunt opening date of the tag you currently ...
11/4/13
A:   Wolves were never released in Whiskey Creek by IDFG.  Often, people will see a culvert trap in the back of a conservation officer pickup and assume it is something other than a black bear being relocated. Years ago in the late 1990's, before IDFG  was involved in wolf management, the Nez Perce ...
11/4/13
A: Fire closure information for Unit 39 may be found here http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=362
11/4/13
A: When a cougar is reported in a neighborhood we will usually investigate if there is enough information and it is timely enough.  Usually, cougars do not pose a threat when they are just passing through.  However, if they are repeatedly seen in a residential area or have killed pets or livestock, ...
11/5/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules state that a person with a limited controlled hunt tag is unable to participate in any other hunt except the person may purchase a tag for an extra controlled hunt and/or may purchase a nonresident general season tag as a second tag. Unless the controlled hunt ...
11/5/13
A: Thank you for your question.  Due to the sensitive nature of the information involved in your request, please contact IDFG Licenses at 208-334-2592 and we will be happy to assist you further.
11/5/13
A: Please ask for a wildlife biolgist when you contact any of our 7 regional offices, McCall subregion, or Headquarters office.  Phone numbers can be found here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/.   
11/5/13
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/will-any-steelhead-be-released-boise-river-november   And a few updates on this from earlier are currently linked from the front page of our website: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/steelhead-boise-river-uncertain
11/6/13
A: Thanks for your feedback.  There is not proposed legislation at this time, but we will keep your comment in mind as we discuss this program with legislators and other parties.
11/6/13
A: A nonresident elk or deer tag, excluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags, are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk, if a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk ...
11/7/13
A: The only season currently open for deer in Unit 60A is an archery-only season for holders of a Regular Deer Tag or Whitetail Deer Tag.  This season runs from November 1 – December 19.   Are you referring to harvesting a doe in a youth only general season (as listed on page 16 of the Big Game Rules ...
11/7/13
A: The access to Halverson Lake is a foot trail only.  Halverson lake is open year round.  I am unaware of any restrictions to the parking area.
11/7/13
A: Crappie populations are extremely cyclic - that is to say, usually one or two year classes will dominate a population until they get old and die and leave room for another year class to survive and thrive.  After several years of fishing on two very strong year classes, it appears they have passed ...
11/8/13
A: Volunteer instructors in the Magic Valley Region normally teach two hunter education courses in the Wood River valley annually – one in the spring and one in the summer.  For more information on upcoming courses in your area, please contact the IDFG Magic Valley office (208-324-4359), as they are ...
11/9/13
A: It depends on your physical condition.  Applications for the use of crossbow by disabled hunters are available at Fish and Game offices.  More information on crossbows can be found on page 88 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet.  
11/9/13
A: We estimate a population of about 20,000 black bears in the state.   We kill approximately 45,000 deer across the state and estimate there to be about 300,000 deer in Idaho. 
11/10/13
A: Yes. The requirement for open sites is restricted to muzzle loader only hunts. In short range and any general weapon hunt, the restrictions for muzzle loader are limited to a minimum of.45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, lion, and wolves, and a minimum of .50 caliber for elk, moose, big horn sheep, ...
11/11/13
A: For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered and possessed for personal use if the ...
11/13/13
A: Kevin,   Yes, the steelhead derby is on.  Check the following website for details:  http://www.steelheadderby.com/ . The derby must follow all rules set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  As a Department, we can not waive size restrictions or increase bag limits, so on the main Clearwater ...
11/13/13
A: Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your questions about the controlled hunt drawing process. When an individual or group application is submitted, the licensing system (IWILD) assigns an application number to that individual or group application. The application number is then loaded ...
11/13/13
A: University of Idaho's archery course does not meet Fish and Game's curriculum requirements - it’s more about shooting techniques.  Fish and Game's course is geared for archery hunting  and includes hunter ethics, shot placement and recovery techniques, safety, distance judging, outdoor suvival and ...
11/13/13
A: To allow anglers access to steelhead below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, The trap at the dam is not operated prior to November 1.  Once trapping starts, there are obligations for those fish at Idaho Power's Oxbow fish hatchery and in Oregon that must be met prior to transporting fish to the ...
11/17/13
A: First, "thank you" for coming to Idaho to hunt and fish.    Sorry about the confusion.  The addition of a three-day fishing license to a nonresident hunting license is new and not all staff understand the rules.   The three-day fishing license does not allow you to purchase a salmon or steelhead ...
11/18/13
A: You do not need a hunting license to accompany your relative on a hunt.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
11/19/13
A: Roswell Marsh has a new water source and now has the best water levels in 8 years.  Attached is a map of Roswell Marsh.
11/19/13
A: The season dates have been stable for a number of years so most will likely remain the same next year.  However, the final rules are not adopted by commission until March, and the regulation booklet becomes available in April.
11/19/13
A: Yes you can purchase a nonresident general season deer tag as your second deer tag. You can purchase the nonresident general season whitetail deer tag at any license vendor, any Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) regional or headquarters office, over the Internet (tag will be mailed to you in 5 to 7 ...
11/20/13
A: The commission passes the rules in March and the brochure is printed and posted by April 15.  You can usually find them on our website a week before that.
11/20/13
A: Individuals who turn 51 during a calendar year may purchase the senior lifetime certificates at any time during the year. The certificate entitles a holder to the appropriate annual lifetime license. To receive a senior license, a person must be sixty five (65) years of age or older and who have ...
11/20/13
A: Yes. However, as infrared light scopes are a source of artificial light, the laws and rules of hunting with an artificial light apply. A permit to hunt predartory and unprotected wildlife with an artificial light on public lands is available at IDFG regional offices. To hunt on private land with ...
11/20/13
A: First, I apologize for our agency not answering your questions in a timely fashion.  That's poor customer service and I'm truly sorry.  We are working to do a better job and I guarantee we'll do better in the future.   Now for the good news - you can harvest brook trout from any water in the Bear ...
11/21/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident deer tag at any license vendor or fish and game office.
11/21/13
A: A six-month waiting period for purchasing a license as a resident is required by law. You can purchase a license as a nonresident until then, however.  We offer a season license or "daily" fishing license--you specify which days you want to fish.  
11/22/13