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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes, when hunting coyotes in Idaho you need a hunting license.
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: 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: Yes, you can sign up for an Idaho Hunter's Ed class.  No documents are necessary.
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: 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 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: 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 (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: 2014 licenses, tags and permits went on sale December 1, 2013.
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes.  Expandable broadheads are allowed for any game animal except big game.
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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: A hunting license is required to hunt anything in Idaho including coyotes.
11/23/13
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: 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: 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: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident deer tag at any license vendor or fish and game office.
11/21/13
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. 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: You do not need a hunting license to accompany your relative on a hunt.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
11/19/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Fire closure information for Unit 39 may be found here http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=362
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Your question's answer is available here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/hayspur-trout-hayden-lk  
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