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1/1/14
A: First, we just launched a new version of our Fishing Planner that allows you to search by distance from your location for any species of fish found in Idaho.  Go to fishandgame.idaho.gov and try it out.  You can find it on the bottom of our webpage and the Fishing Planner is "mobile friendly."   ...
1/1/14
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 ...
1/2/14
A: Nonresidents who own a lifetime hunting or combination certificate (license) are eligible to purchase nonresident hound hunter permits at the nonresident price. Lifetime hunting or combination license holders are exempt from the nonresident quota and can purchase the nonresident hound hunter ...
1/2/14
A: Yes!  All hunters must have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  If you are only interested in coyotes and jackrabbits, you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If you are interested in hunting any game animals, the license you purchase to hunt them will also allow you to hunt ...
1/2/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202(t) explicitly defines a senior resident an any person over 65 years of age who has lived in the state for 5 years so if your 65th birthday is not until February, you cannot purchase a Sr. license at age 64 and 11 months in January.  However, one option is to purchase your adult ...
1/3/14
A: Why Manage Wildlife in Wilderness By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns.  Many Idahoans have ...
1/3/14
A: Breeding box turtles in Idaho would not require much in the way of permits.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game would require a commercial wildlife permit to sell the animals, and the US Dept of Agriculture would require a permit if your sales were large.  Both the Idaho Dept of Fish and Game and ...
1/3/14
A: Are you referring to the Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo?  If so, both are available for Idaho residents and nonresidents, and hunters may enter both drawings as many times as they like.  Tickets are available from Fish and Game offices, license vendors and over the phone at 1-800-554-8685 or at ...
1/4/14
A:   No, we don't offer a 3-year Sportsman's package.  The new 3-year licenses are only available as a hunting, fishing, or combination license.
1/4/14
A: There are several ponds on Sterling WMA that provide good duck hunting.  However many of them freeze up pretty early most years.  Call the Southeast Regional office (232-4703) and ask for Dean Rose, the WMA manager.  He can give you up-to-date information on the conditions and give you advice on ...
1/4/14
A: The Big Game Season and Rules brochure will be delivered from the printer mid-April.  It will be posted on our website by early April.  Look for it at all license vendors and IDFG regional offices by late April.     
1/4/14
A: There are waterfowl hunting opportunities on the Sterling Wildlife Management Area (WMA), at the American Falls Reservoir, McTucker Ponds area, as well as the Portneuf River near Pocatello.  Be aware that the Fort Hall Indian Reservation land is close by and that it cannot be hunted without a ...
1/4/14
A: There are several wildlife species to hunt at Sterling WMA depending on the time of year and weather conditions.  Give the Southeast Regional Office a call at 232-4703 and ask to talk to Dean Rose, the WMA manager.  He can give you more specific information to help you out.
1/4/14
A: You can hunt coyotes on the Boise River WMA.  Restrictions apply to big game hunts. There is a motor vehicle closure in effect from November 16th through April 30th and we also remind hunters to be mindful of the primary purpose of the WMA is to minimize disturbance to wintering wildlife. 
1/5/14
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  The rule is specific to Idaho Fish and Game lands only.  There is no such rule for other public or private lands.
1/5/14
A: Yes, you can hunt coyotes and upland birds on the Boise River WMA.  The sign you referred to is outdated and will be taken down.
1/5/14
A: Fish that have been harvested in Oregon can be transported to Idaho.  If stopped by a law enforcement officer, you need to possess a valid Oregon fishing license or a proxy statement from the individual harvesting the fish allowing you to possess the fish.   No transport of live fish can occur ...
1/6/14
A: The migratory bird permit must be added to the Sportsman's Package.
1/6/14
A: In Idaho, you can use 5 hooks per line (see page 51 in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet - middle of left hand column) unless noted otherwise in the exceptions.    F08
1/6/14
A: You're interpretation is correct.  You can use up to 5 barbless hooks per line while fishing through the ice at Daniels Reservoir.  Only one line is allowed while ice fishing on this reservoir.   F08
1/6/14
A: There are a limited number of nonresident statewide permits that have to be applied for by Dec. 1.  However, you may still purchase nonresident hound permits that are specifically for the Middle Fork and Selway Zones.  These are designated wilderness and very difficult access.  If you are equipped ...
1/6/14
A: It depends if you are a resident of Idaho or a nonresident, and which hunting license you purchased.    Resident youth with appropriate an hunting license can hunt without adult supervision.  However, nonresident youth who purchase a Junior Mentored Hunting license must be accompanied in the field ...
1/6/14
A: We have worked with the College of Southern Idaho, Idaho Power and the aquaculture industry to spawn, rear, and release sturgeon back into the Snake for many years.  Just this past fall, we release over 100 sturgeon in the Idaho Falls reach of the Snake River and have 100 each for the Niagara ...
1/7/14
A: Archery Equipment In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and shortrange hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: it is illegal to attach electronic equipment to a bow, making a camera illegal when attached to the bow.  You could attach the camera to a hat, however.
1/7/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202 (s) states: "Resident" means any person who has been domiciled in this state, with a bona fide intent to make this his place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag, or permit required ...
1/7/14
A: We still do pheasant surveys across the state and one of the factors we evaluate are sex ratios (number of males versus females) of the birds we observe.  Statewide, the ratio of male to female pheasants indicates adequate numbers of males to breed females.  Literature suggests, that if you have ...
1/8/14
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game have no rules prohibiting the feeding of elk, however, some cities do have ordinances that prevent feeding of wildlife or feral pets within their city limits.  Be aware, if a private citizen artificially feed big game, you could be liable for damages caused by those ...
1/9/14
A: The short range designation applies to big game hunting.  You can use any legal weapon to hunt predators and unprotected species.
1/10/14
A: Ice fishing for Lake Trout can be great on Cavenaugh Bay, but it's not every year we get ice.  Unfortunately, there's not enough ice this year. 
1/10/14
A: Yes, he can carry a gun for protection even if he is not hunting.
1/10/14
A: Please use an internet search engine to look up "Cooperative Wildlife Unit".  It isn't the same thing as Fish and Game's hunting units or WMAs.  There is a Cooperative Wildlife Unit affiliated with the University of Idaho.           
1/12/14
A: http://gunczar.com/375win.html  It appears the 375 Winchester round was originally designed as a rifle cartridge, and therefore not legal for use during a short-range weapon hunt. 
1/12/14
A: The largest harvested wolf ever measured/confirmed by IDFG was 128lbs.  I think the largest we have record of being measured in Idaho from a live capture- radio collaring operation weighed 132lbs. Not to say there might not be some a little larger but we've seen more than a thousand dead wolves in ...
1/13/14
A: The Southwest Region office (in Nampa, ID) should offer the class again in mid-to-late summer (July or August).  You can contact them directly at 208-465-8465.     
1/13/14
A: At the present time, Officers do not have the ability to look-up licenses while in the field.  Between limited cell service needed to access our License Buyers Database and the computing power needed to sort the information, we just don't have that capability.  We are, however, getting closer. ...
1/14/14
A: Big game tags, including  wolf tags and mountain lion tags, expire on 12/31 of the year of purchase.  For example, all 2013 tags expired 12/31/13 and are not valid for use in 2014. Specific to mountain lion and wolf hunting--the seasons run from fall of one year through spring of the next.  The ...
1/15/14
A: The 1998 Idaho Legislature required that all applicants for licenses issued by the state, including hunting or fishing licenses, tags and permits, must give their Social Security number for a license or permit to be issued. The Idaho Privacy Law protects your Social Security number. It is ...
1/15/14
A: Provided you catch the steelhead on the Clearwater River and then travel to the Salmon River - this would be legal.  You can't catch two steelhead on the Salmon River and then go fish the Clearwater River because you would be exceeding the bag limit for the Clearwater River.   F08
1/16/14
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.
1/19/14
A: Yes, the license will still be valid:   Lifetime combination, hunting and fishing licenses authorize all privileges associated with a corresponding annual license. These licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license holder and are available to all residents of Idaho. If a lifetime ...
1/19/14
A: It is legal to hunt coyotes in Idaho using manual or electronic predator calls. The use of electronic predator calls are restricted for big game animals; and some furbearers may only be taken by trapping in certain areas (which would preclude the use of firearms and predator calls). Please review ...
1/20/14
A: The ladder counts at the dams don't make a distinction between "A" (steelhead that spend 1 year in the ocean) versus "B" (2 or 3 years in ocean) steelhead.  Estimates on the ratio of A to B steelhead are made at some of the dams based on PIT tag data and random stamping of adults at the ladders ...
1/21/14
A: The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation was established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to preserve and sustain Idaho’s fishing, hunting and wildlife heritage. The Foundation is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. They work to support preservation and education programs ...
1/21/14
A: The regulations for 2014 elk hunting will be available in April.
1/22/14
A: It is illegal to transport live fish in Idaho without a permit from the Director of the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game.  There are two exceptions.  One is aquarium fish legally purchased from a pet store can be transported from the store to your residence.  The aquarium trade is regulated by the ...
1/22/14
A: This proposal has to be passed by the 2014 Idaho legislature so it is too early to say if it will go into effect and when the change might be made.   Information about legislation affecting IDFG is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/legislative-updates as long as the ...
1/22/14
A: Because current rules do not allow you to spear game fish. IDAPA rule 13.01.11.201.01 says,   201.FISHING METHODS AND GEAR. Unless modified by a regional exception, the following fishing methods and restrictions are applicable in all Idaho waters. (3-20-97) 01. Archery and Spear Fishing. Fishing ...
1/23/14
A: There are no rules to prevent you from hunting coyotes with a .22 rimfire rifle, but if you are serious about humanely taking the animal, we would suggest using a larger caliber firearm.   F08
1/23/14
A: The reduced bag limit for Clearwater steelhead that was adopted by the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Commission will remain in effect through the 2014 spring season.  We're hoping to get a large enough return in the fall of 2014 that we can go back to the bag limit in our currently fishing rule ...
1/23/14
A: All 2014 tags were available on December 1, 2013 except for: Resident deer and elk tags (and pronghorn tags which are only available through controlled hunt drawings). Moose, sheep and goat (because they are issued by controlled hunt drawing only)  
1/23/14
A: Check with the IDFG Region office in the area.  Many WMAs have closures for dog training during nesting seasons.
1/24/14
A: You must sign up for the class as follows:  Link to https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx , scroll down to the 3 little boxes at the bottom of the page and choose: ·         Type of class or field day (bowhunter education or hunter education) ·         Type of instruction ( ...
1/24/14
A: Yes, you can.  They can be hunted all year and there are no limits on the number you can take.  You must have a hunting license.  
1/24/14
A: If the seven-year-old is an Idaho resident, they can fish without a license and the adult with them does not have to have a fishing license. If the seven-year-old is a nonresident, they can still fish without a license but the adult they are with is required to have a license.  Anything the child ...
1/25/14
A: According to their website there are two different "units" in the refuge..the Lake Lowell unit where goose hunting is prohibited and the Snake River unit where it is permitted. Please refer to the brochure you have listed (http://www.fws.gov/deerflat/recreation/hunting.html) or call the refuge for ...
1/28/14
A: Both reservoirs can be accessed by public property and there are no rules we are aware of to prevent waterfowl hunting during the set season. Because these reservoirs also border private property, you need to be cognizant of the direction you are shooting.  Shooting across private property can be ...
1/28/14
A: The count was 73,036.
1/30/14
A: Yes, except when fishing for Chinook salmon (ocean-going), steelhead, or when fishing on Henrys Lake.  Just be aware, if you hook a fish and cause mortality after reaching your bag limit, you could be cited for an over-limit.
1/30/14
A: Yes. Information about the current program we have for nonresident disabled veterans can be found on our website under the license tab. Look for the Disabled Veterans Programs link. Nonresident Disabled VeteransNonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified ...
1/31/14
A: The only change in our fishing rules that is not listed in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet has to do with a reduction in the bag limit for steelhead on the Clearwater River.  That change is posted on our website (fishandgame.Idaho.gov) in the Fish section and will expire in May.   If we make ...
1/31/14
A: Information about all legislation that effects Idaho Fish and Game is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/legislative-updates.    
1/31/14
A: You can legally use dead goldfish for bait.   F08
1/31/14
A: No, except a person may purchase a left-over nonresident general season elk tag, or put in for an "extra" elk tag (controlled hunts designated by an "X"). During the process of developing the 2014 Elk Pplan there was discussion and interest in developing some hunts that would allow a tag holder to ...
2/2/14
A: Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license: 1. Drivers must present: A driver must have a valid Idaho driver’s license and must have been domiciled in the state of Idaho for the last six months prior to purchasing a resident license, tag or permit. 2. Non-drivers must present: An ...
2/3/14
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. 
2/4/14
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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:   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: 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: 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: To better answer your question, please provide additional information. Thank you
2/9/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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