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A: In Idaho, wildlife is considered property that the state manages on behalf of its citizens. There is a public interest in ensuring people are complying with state laws related to hunting, fishing, and trapping on both public and private land, so that Idahoans can enjoy hunting and other wildlife- ...
5/13/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014. I will check when the ...
5/13/14
A: Because this program benefits hunters and anglers by opening up private land through the Access Yes Program, the nonresident quotas are not applied to the super hunt drawings.
5/12/14
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game rules do not preclude you from using a bow to take carp from Park Center Pond, but City of Boise Municipal Code 06-04-02 prohibits the use of a bow other other device that fires a projectile outside of approved ranges or on private property.  Park Center Pond is a ...
5/11/14
A: I would suggest contacting one of our wildlife biologists at our regional office in Salmon. You can reach the office by telephone at (208) 756-2271.
5/10/14
A: To provide you with an accurate answer, we will need some additional information. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 or our enforcement bureau at 208-334-3736.
5/10/14
A: First, I admire your conviction to salmon fishing in Idaho. If you possess a disabled hunting/fishing license and can demonstrate to an officer that you lack the stamina to play the fish - it will be acceptable to have someone reel in your salmon that you hooked.
5/10/14
A: Yes, No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. a.  With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighs more than sixteen (16) pounds. b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) buck. c. With any rimfire ...
5/9/14
A: Idaho Parks and Recreation along with the counties regulate watercraft in Idaho.  The one permit you do need is an invasive species sticker.  The sticker is required on all hard-sided boats 10' or more feet in length.  This includes kayaks, canoes, and inflatable rafts.     F08
5/9/14
A: There are a couple of reasons we require personal information on all applications for permits and licenses.  First, several years ago the legislature passed a law that said “people who are behind on child support payments could not possess a license or permit issued from the State of Idaho”.  The ...
5/9/14
A: Yes, we recommend sportsmen and sportswomen work together to deconflict overlaping activities through diplomacy while sharing the resource.
5/9/14
A: Unfortunately, these return information are not available to post online quite yet.   We've created a page explaining the situation here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fish/hatchery-returns-chinook In the interim, I think we've provided some very good information in the new Fish Talk ...
5/9/14
A: Yes.
5/8/14
A: I am aware of at least 2 antlered cow elk that have been killed by hunters in Idaho.  It is a rare condition, but does occassionally happen
5/8/14
A: Waiting periods are based on first application and drawing periods only. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled antlered-only deer hunt in the first drawing in 2013 may NOT apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one (1) year or until 2015. Except that a person may ...
5/8/14
A: There are no boating restrictions on Redfish Lake.  If you go in the late summer/fall you can now see sockeye spawning at the upper end of the lake.  Redfish Lake was named for the large numbers of sockeye it once produced.   F08
5/7/14
A: Shooting restrictions are put in place by BLM on the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. You can find this information on BLM's website; here is the current link: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/birds_of_prey_nca/man... Types of ground squirrels classified by ...
5/7/14
A: Over the counter resident deer and elk tags go on sale July 10.
5/7/14
A: Please contact the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-8137.  
5/7/14
A: Idaho Code Section  36-1201(c) requires a person to have the proper required license on his person at all times while hunting, fishing, or trapping, and to produce the original license for inspection upon request of a person authorized to enforce fish and game laws. This legal requirement places ...
5/7/14
A: Starting in 2007, IDFG began to add disability certifications to customer records based upon the documentation the individual supplied. Those who provided documentation showing they were currently receiving SSI, SSDI, nonservice connected disability or railroad disability benefits where given a ...
5/6/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for your second tag.  They go on sale for that purpose on August 1.
5/6/14
A: Answer:  This is the most complicated part of reporting the harvest statistics. I'm pretty sure that you are asking about deer and elk general hunt harvest estimates on the IDFG web site. We have 3 kinds of general hunting seasons, for most of our hunts, but the names are confusing."Any Weapon" is ...
5/5/14
A: Thanks a bunch for the note.  We often are looking so hard for new fishing opportunities that we miss the obvious one's under our nose.  I'll talk with our "crack" web staff and see if we can get it added to our Fishing Planner and Family Fishing Waters.  Next time you go fishing at Williams Pond ...
5/5/14
A: Black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and foxes  may be pursued with hounds. Although not classified as "game animals," raccoons and coyotes may also be pursued with hounds.   A hound hunter permit is required.
5/5/14
A: Citizens have the right to protect their person and property including pets. It is legal to kill a predator if your dog is attacked.  When investigated evidence of the attach must be clearly apparent.
5/5/14
A: We will have the trophy controlled hunt results available online by the end of May. 
5/5/14
A: That is correct. If you have additional questions, please contact our license section at 208-334-2592. Thanks.
5/4/14
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nez Perce Tribe annually PIT ag more than 200,000 Spring/Summer Chinoook Salmon smolts released from Idaho hatcheries in the Clearwater, Snake, and Salmon rivers. PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags smaller ...
5/4/14
A: The motorized hunting rules do not apply to upland birds. The Idaho Fish and Game's motorized hunting rules apply to big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, in designated units from August 30 through December 31.Motorized hunting use restrictions apply to units 29, 30 ...
5/3/14
A: Yes, that is correct. Unless otherwise specified, the hunts are "any weapon" hunts. Hunt # 2044 is an any weapon antlerless elk hunt.
5/3/14
A: There are a number of locations a person could experience a comintation hunt that could include 2 or more of the groups you are looking for.  Many folks hunt the South Fork of the Boise for Mule deer and chukar, or later in the year you could hunt for elk and chukar.  Parts of Unit 32 and 32A ...
5/2/14
A: Failure to submit a Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, or pronhorn hunting will not prevent you from applying for or drawing a controlled hunt tag.
5/2/14
A: Mallard ducks are classified as waterfowl and are a protected migratory bird.  But wild mallards would not nest under a playground slide.  Without seeing the bird , I would guess the mallard was a domestic release or a crossbreed. Typical duck behavior would be to build a nest away from people in ...
5/1/14
A: If you are not hunting, a hunting license is not required.  
5/1/14
A: Idaho no longer pays for the removal of northern pikeminnow.  There is a northern pikeminnow removal program on the Snake River below Hells Canyon that is administered by Oregon.  Check their website for more details - if you are interested in participating.   F08
4/30/14
A: Thank you for your question.  The current (Fiscal Year 2014) starting annual salary for a Conservation Officer is $33,987 ($16.34 per hour x 2,080 hours).  If you have further questions, please contact the IDFG Human Resources office at (208) 334-3773.
4/30/14
A: Ok, as biologists we like to have data "in-hand" before setting seasons and bag limits.  The primary information we rely on is the number of Passive Induced Transponder (PIT) tagged adult fish that pass the first dam on the Columbia River (Bonneville) on their journey up the Columbia and Snake ...
4/29/14
A: In short-range weapon hunts, you may use any of the following when hunting with a muzzleloader:  pelletized powder, sabots, magnifying scopes, 209 primers, closed breach, and projectiles made of some or all non-lead material.
4/29/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014.  
4/29/14
A: Turkey populations are higher in other parts of the state.   If looking in Unit 39 then historic places include Cottonwood Creek and up in the Grimes and Idaho City area.
4/29/14
A:   Deer hunters may choose either a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under "2014 Regular Deer Tag Seasons" on pages 15-19 and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons as long as the unit is open for ...
4/29/14
A: During the May 1-June 5 application period you can apply for more than one species (on separate applications, of course).    
4/28/14
A: You are correct.  Here is the information from the Big Game rules book: Containers: No bait may be contained within paper, plastic, glass, metal, wood, or other nonbiodegradable materials, except that a single metal container with a maximum size of 55 gallons may be used if securely attached at ...
4/28/14
A: Hunter education is required for everyone getting a hunting license in the state of Idaho who was born January 1, 1975 or later.  A concealed weapons permit is not a replacement for a hunter education course.
4/28/14
A: By rule, it is illegal to transport live crayfish away from the body of water where they were captured.  This is to prevent spreading of invasive crayfish to new waters and to prevent crayfish diseases and parasites from being spread to waters that may not contain the disease or parasite. Crayfish ...
4/27/14
A: You must purchase a hunting license and a regular deer tag.  They are both sold over-the-counter so you can purchase them when you want after July for fall hunting.  The deer tag is valid for any general season hunt, including unit 27. The season dates for unit 27 are September 15-October 31.  It ...
4/27/14
A: Paintball is prohibited on lands owned and managed by IDFG (WMAs, access sites ...) by rule IDAPA 13.01.03.100.p. http://adm.idaho.gov/adminrules/rules/idapa13/0103.pdf. If the land is managed by other agencies, you must contact them.
4/26/14
A: Channel catfish do successfully spawn in a few waterbodies throughout the state, however, most waters in North Idaho do not maintain the minimum water temperature long enough (>75 F) for reproduction. Channel catfish are a relatively long lived fish ~15 - 20 years and grow rapidly when young.  ...
4/26/14
A: This violation is a misdemeanor.  The penalties include a fine that can range from $25.00 to $1,000.00 plus court costs and may include jail time up to six months.  The magistrate may revoke fishing, hunting and/or trapping privileges for up to three years.  If an animal is involved there is an ...
4/26/14