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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: 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
A: I am not sure what your question is, especially if you are asking about zone 110 in Alberta.  If you are asking about Idaho, we do not have a mule deer tag, we have a regular deer tag and a whitetail tag, and what they allow you to take is specific to the location and time of year.  Please refer ...
11/22/13
A: No, the 2013-14 run of steelhead returning to Hells Canyon does not contain enough fish to release adults into the reservoirs upstream of the dam.  Hopefully, next years' run will be larger and we can offer steelhead fishing again in the Hells Canyon pool.   F08
11/22/13
A: A hunting license is required to hunt anything in Idaho including coyotes.
11/23/13
A: Mountain lakes are harsh (cold), sterile environments and only a few fish species will survive - and even less, thrive.  Temperatures alone eliminate survival of all warm and coolwater fish such as bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. In the high-basins of Idaho, water temperatures remain cold ...
11/25/13
A: We don't publish the release dates because they are not always the same, and because it will reduce crowding if not everyone knows.  The WMA managers try to mix it up some on timing and location to spread out harvest.  We cannot stock more than once or twice a week because it is so expensive.  ...
11/26/13
A: We did reduce stocking in Lake Walcott in 2013.  There are a couple of reasons:   First, the price of fish feed has increase almost 80% over the past 5 years.  This has caused us to reduce production in our hatcheries and focus the rainbow we stock to waters where high percentages of the fish are ...
11/26/13
A: Yes, there is a IDFG Commission rule that allows for a person to apply for a permit to us a non-magnifying scope on your muzzle loader for use during a muzzle loader only big game season. Here is a link to the application and other information.   APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL WEAPON REASONABLE ...
11/27/13
A: We are working with the landowner to minimize impacts to anglers.  Because of legal issues and on-going negotiations, we can't say more at this time.   F08
11/28/13
A: You do not need to take Bowhunter education to hunt in a general any weapon season, only for archery only seasons.  You also do not need to get an archery permit for general hunt, only archery only hunts.  However, you need to show proof that you have completed a hunter ed course if you were born ...
11/28/13
A: Yes.  Expandable broadheads are allowed for any game animal except big game.
11/28/13
A: You only need an archery permit to hunt during an archery-only season. There are no "archery-only" turkey hunts, just general and controlled hunts.   To hunt turkeys with a bow during a general season, you need 2 items:  a turkey tag and a valid nonresident license (3 license options: 1.  Hunting ...
11/28/13
A: No. The public is not authorized to dispatch a wounded animal.  Please report injured wildlife by contacting your nearest Conservation Officer, Sheriff’s office, or IDFG regional office.
11/29/13
A: Nonresident tags may be sold only at the prices specified in Idaho Code section 36-416, which are set by legislation.  Thank you for your suggestion though.  We will take your suggestion under advisement when we review our future business model. 
11/29/13
A: In general, tapeworm cysts that are found in the muscles of deer, elk and moose in Idaho are Taenia krabbei.  This tapeworm has a life cycle in which the adults occur in the intestine of coyotes and wolves, eggs pass in the feces of the carnivore, which are eaten by grazing animals, especially ...
12/1/13
A: You have a few different questions.  The earliest deer hunt in 2014 occurs in August, but it is not the best hunt.  There are many equally excellent big buck hunting units in the state that are Controlled hunts.  You can look at the success rates and number of 4 or 5 points in the harvest by ...
12/1/13
A: I would call your local Conservation Officer or IDFG regional office and let them know the details and then make every reasonable effort to retrieve your deer.
12/1/13
A: For those individuals who have a lifetime certificate and want to purchase the sportsman's package license, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) reduces the amount the individual pays for the sportsman's package by the amount of the certificate/license type they have already paid. For example ...
12/2/13
A: You may be referring to the U.S. government trappers, who are employed by the U.S.D.A. APHIS, Wildlife Services and manage wildlife damage.  They are headquartered in Boise, but you can visit their jobs website at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/career_opportunities/   Idaho Fish and Game does not hire ...
12/2/13
A: The Toxic Broadhead specifications meet Idaho’s archery equipment requirements and are legal to use.  More information on Idaho’s archery equipment restrictions can be found in the Big Game Seasons & Rules on page 88 or here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgLaws.pdf.
12/3/13
A: Not only is there a limit on otters per trapper, but there is a quota for each region.  Once the quota for the region is reached, the trapping season for otters is closed.  Otter trapping quotas are based on providing a harvestable surplus of a percentage of the population.  We are looking at ...
12/3/13
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/do-i-have-take-entire-carcass-elk supports it.   There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass.  You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.    
12/6/13
A: We are working with the landowner to minimize inconvenience to anglers.  Because of legal issues and on-going negotiations, we can't say more at this time.   F08
12/7/13
A: A spotlight permit is available through your IDFG regional office. It is titled "Permit to Hunt With Artificial Light", and the cost is $1.75. Typically these permits are issued by the Regional Conservation Officer or regional Supervisor for the area. These permits are not readily given out ...
12/7/13
A: You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education) number and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.   Idaho residents--if you need the information for a concealed weapon permit, some Idaho counties ...
12/9/13
A: Although there is no provision in Title 36 of Idaho Code for the taking of wildlife other than allowed by Statute or  Commission Rule, I'm most confident that no one would be prosecuted for doing what is reasonable and neccessary to survive in such an emergency situation.
12/9/13
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 hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an ...
12/9/13
A: While there are many types of Taenia spp. and other species of tapeworms in animals, including humans, the species that are found in ungulates in Idaho are not known to infect humans.  The species of Taenia found in Idaho ungulates typically have a carnivore definitive host where the adult worm ...
12/10/13
A: Harvest of females often is counter-intuitive to many hunters.  Many people tend to think that more females is always good because they are the breeders and will produce more young.  In some people's minds there can never be enough deer, or at least there aren't enough deer right now.  In fact, ...
12/10/13
A: You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education) number and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.   Idaho residents--if you need the information for a concealed weapon permit, some Idaho counties ...
12/10/13
A: At this time we are only offering 3 year licenses for hunting, fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Tags and permits are still valid for one (1) calendar year. 
12/11/13
A: The rule that requires heads and tails to remain attached (and that means to the fish fillets). The rule is specific to trout, tiger muskie and bass. The rule insures special size limits, bag limits, and specie identification is easily complied with. Recently this rule was removed from Salmon and ...
12/11/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  You have two options:  Your nearest IDFG office is located at 600 South Walnut, Boise, ID 83707-9973; or you can mail the information to IDFG Licensing Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707-9973.  However, if you send it by mail, please include a ...
12/11/13
A: The Idaho Department Fish and Game (Department) has looked at the concept of a 365 day license. After researching this concept, the Department has made the decision to keep licenses based on a calendar year.
12/11/13
A: 2014 licenses, tags and permits went on sale December 1, 2013.
12/11/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) requires a hunting license to be purchased by both residents and nonresidents prior to applying for a controlled hunt. Neither group receives a refund of the license fees once the license has been used to apply for a controlled hunt. IDFG does offer ...
12/11/13
A: The US Airborne Hunting Act, 16 USC 742j-1 regulates airborne hunting. The Act allows for certain airborne hunting to be permitted. In Idaho, the Idaho Dep't of Agriculture administers and permits aerial control of coyotes and other listed predatory wildlife. Here is a link to their rules: http:// ...
12/12/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will honor the item(s) you purchased while a resident of Idaho for the length the item(s) is valid. As a reminder you cannot own resident licenses in more than one state (the exception being active military personnel).
12/13/13
A: Students are allowed to job shadow or accompany officers on Ride-alongs as we call them.  Students will need their parents to sign parental consent and waiver forms.  Ride-alongs are available as work schedules allow with the field officers, make your initial request through the Regional ...
12/13/13
A: The wolf harvest information is posted online.Browse to: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=121
12/13/13
A: Yes, you can sign up for an Idaho Hunter's Ed class.  No documents are necessary.
12/13/13
A: You can submit one (1) application for a trophy species during the April application period. When submitting a controlled hunt application, you are allowed to enter two hunt choices. The hunt choices can both be for antlered or antlerless hunts or can be a mix of antlered and antlerless. For ...
12/14/13
A: The next time you go to purchase a license, tag or permit, please have the vendor update your email address. This will update your email address in our the license system and our license buyer database. Thanks.  
12/14/13
A: Yes, when hunting coyotes in Idaho you need a hunting license.
12/14/13
A: Thank you for your question about filing your hunter report for your deer tag. We try to keep the reporting forms as simple as possible, short and sweet. But sometimes, it is TOO short.  Sometimes we wish we had put more instructions on the online forms. Maybe next year. --If you hunted with rifle ...
12/14/13
A: At this time, the website does not describe access improvement projects that are currently underway. However, the Idaho Fishing Planner is a valuable tool for exploring fishing opportunities, including access and facilities, throughout the state.
12/16/13
A: Planting a food plot is legal in Idaho, just like gardening or farming.  You may want to consider your objectives and what is possible to grow there before deciding what to plant. It would be okay to hunt over if it left alone and completely unharvested, or if it has been completely harvested ...
12/16/13
A: Anadromous (ocean-going) salmon seasons are set annually at the March or April Commission meeting.  Watch the for the agenda on the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game website.  There are a number of variables that affect when we open salmon season, every year.  River flows, timing of fish passing ...
12/16/13
A: Yes. You will need to go to a Fish and Game Regional or Headquarters office to change your license from a combination license to the sportsman's package.
12/16/13
A: Usually when a depredation occurs U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services is called to remove wolves.  Your best bet to find a possible landowner that might be interested in allowing you to hunt wolves on their property would be to contact Wildlife Services at 208-378-5077; or contact your local IDFG regional ...
12/17/13
A: There is no comprehensive location we know of that provides information on ice conditions for Idaho lakes and reservoirs.  Your best bet is to call our local Fish and Game Office and ask if they had recent reports or if a Conservation Officer might be able to provide information.  Usually, the ...
12/17/13
A: Everything depends on where you want to hunt. Idaho Fish and Game has many over the counter (OTC) archery elk tags for the 2014 season on sale now. Those OTC general season tags can be purchased at any license vendor, IDFG Regional or Headquarters offices, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/  ...
12/17/13
A: Yes, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game would be very interested in looking at these dead birds.  Hawks and Owls of all types are classified as "raptors" or birds of prey.  All raptors are protected by federal and state laws.  In addition possession of the birds or any parts or feathers from ...
12/19/13
A: Big game season and bag limit changes will be reviewed by the public typically in February and reviewed by the commission during their March meeting.  All proposals will be posted on our website during the public comment period.  However, there is currently no proposal to change the Controlled ...
12/19/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.  
12/20/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.    
12/20/13
A: The use of lead shot to hunt waterfowl is a misdemeanor offense under Idaho Code. Magistrate courts impose sentences under the guidelines set by Idaho Code. Fish and Game misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of $25 to $1000 plus court costs, up to 60 days in a county Jail with the possibility of ...
12/21/13
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 ...
12/21/13
A: Without knowing what species you are asking about, the answer here will be specific to elk only. If you purchase an OTC elk tag for the Middle Fork Zone, which includes unit 27, you may hunt any unit in that zone (20A, 26 or 27). Those are the only units that you may hunt with a Middle Fork Zone ...
12/21/13
A: There is not enough information provided to give a definitive answer whether all the elements of the crime of interferring with lawful hunting exist. If you have more specific information as to when and where this occured and a desription of the persons and/or vehicles involved, please report them ...
12/22/13
A: No. Youth hunts are based on the hunters age and not the license or tag type they possess. According to Department rules, "Youth hunt only: Some deer hunts are for youth only. Only hunters 12-17 years of age with a valid license and tag may hunt antlerless deer in these units". Those units are ...
12/23/13
A: No spot light permit is required for hunting raccoons when they follow the established IDFG Commission rules: 13.01.16 - The Trapping of Predatory and Unprotected Wildlife and the Taking of Furbearing Animals 400.2.d.Persons may hunt raccoon with the aid of an artificial light without a permit ...
12/23/13
A: There is only a $1.75 vendor fee.  The permit can be used on private property with the permission of the landowner.
12/23/13
A: Legacy Springs in Bingham County near Springfield  land is owned by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and they have turned management responsibilities over to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Fish and Game department.  I would suggest you contact the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal management staff ...
12/25/13
A: No, we don't offer a 3-year Sportsman's package.  The new 3-year license is only available as a hunting, fishing, or combination license.   F08 
12/26/13
A: The answer is "NO" you may not. You must have a 2014 mt. lion tag to hunt them in 2014.  The 2014 tag is valid from January 1, 2014 through the date of harvest or December 31, 2014 whichever comes first.
12/26/13
A: Pronghorn are quite a unique species.  They grow horns that shed annually unlike other species that grow horns that get larger each year like bighorn sheep and mt. goats.  Horns are different than antlers.  Horns are made from a keratinous sheath that grows from a core of live bone tissue.  In ...
12/26/13
A: Like a Big Buck contest, there is no requirement in the law for Fish and Game to issue a permit for this kind of activity. All participants are still required to obey the rules and current season frameworks such as season, method of take, licensing and reporting just like participants in a big ...
12/26/13
A: Anyone participating in a hunting or fishing event in Idaho must comply with Idaho fishing and hunting licensing requirements.  All event participants must have proper licenses, tags and permits for the activity.  All participants must also comply with seasons, harvest limits, and other rules ...
12/26/13
A: If you are looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
12/26/13
A: Yes, you can hunt with any weapon in an any weapon hunt.
12/26/13
A: Yes - as long as you're properly licensed and possess a valid tag, you can hunt with your bow in an any-weapon hunt. 
12/26/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game has not been asked and will not provide any financial support or logistical support for this event. 13 years ago, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a Predator Management Policy that states “Fish and Game will not support any contests or similar activities involving the ...
12/27/13
A: If you are only trapping, you only need a trapping license.  If you are only hunting, you only need a hunting license.  To do both, you need both.
12/27/13
A: There is a very slim chance a kokanee could have flushed out of the Boise or Payette River system and was caught in Brownlee - but it's highly unlikely.  What you are probably seeing are silvery-looking rainbow trout.  Brownlee is a very productive system for rainbow trout in the fall and they put ...
12/28/13
A: Sorry.  By law, Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game can only provide the anglers name - Ed Kalinowski.  We cannot provide you with his address, phone or email information.  We’ve also heard about the video, but we've never seen it.
12/28/13
A: Idaho offers lots of duck hunting opportunity throughout our state.  Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas are good place to start.  There are 32 WMA's throughout our state.  You can learn more about the one closest to you by clicking on the following link: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
12/29/13
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game is only involved in garden ponds if the homeowner wants to stock them with game or native fish species.  You aren't precluded from keeping legally obtained game/native fish in your pond.  You just need to get a Private Fish Pond Permit from our agency.  They are free ...
12/30/13
A: Please continue to review page 88 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book for lists of weapon restrictions, including restrictions for  rifle and shotgun; short range weapons; muzzleloader caliber requirements, muzzleloader only seasons and archery only seasons. For example, for rifle and ...
12/30/13
A: Yes though several have some special rules that apply.  Contact your local regional IDFG office for more information.
12/30/13
A: The Federal Duck stamp is required for hunters 16 and older.  You must have one now that you are 16 if you want to hunt this winter.
12/30/13
A: Tentatively, a "take me fishing" event is planned for Hauser Lake on January 25th.  However, it will be weather dependent.  As i write this, the forecast is calling for temperatures in the high 40's tommorrow, so stay tuned!  We'll do a press release as the time approaches if the event is going to ...
12/31/13
A: 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 the season for which their tag was valid. Use your hunting license number OR tag number and your complete last name as it appears ...
12/31/13
A: Yes with some restrictions. If you purchase a hunting license with validations and no tags or permits that are required to be notched, validated or attached to a harvested animal, we will allow you to upgrade to a sportsman's package license at a later date in the year. For example, if a person ...
12/31/13
A: In Daniels Reservoir, you can have up to 5 hooks per line.  So, if you are fishing with one line, you can have up to 5 jigs attached.  All must be barbless and you can still only keep 2 trout over 20".   F08
12/31/13
A: The spring 2014 steelhead limit on the North Fork Clearwater will remain the same as it was in the fall of 2013.  Hopefully, this will allow us to collect enough brood stock to replunish our hatchery program.   F08
12/31/13
A: Yes. You will be issued an elk receipt that can be redeemed for a tag at a later time in the year. If you apply for an elk controlled hunt in the first drawing period, you must redeem the receipt for the controlled hunt tag by August 1. If you are going to hunt in a general season elk zone with a  ...
12/31/13