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A: Nonresidents can purchase a bear tag over-the-counter without purchasing a deer or elk tag.  You do, however, have to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
3/1/14
A: Assuming a birthdate of May 1 for pups, during the current wolf hunting season, which opened July 1, 2013, 146 wolves were taken by December 1 of that year (representing 7 months from the May 1 birthdate).  Idaho Fish and Game asks employees who are checking in harvested wolves and completing Big ...
3/2/14
A: No.  Pheasants are not planted there so the WMA permit is not required. Hunting for pheasants on the nine Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) listed below requires a WMA Upland Game Bird Permit. The WMA Permit allows the take of six pheasants. Idaho Department of Fish and Game releases pheasants at ...
3/3/14
A: The returns of large B-run steelhead to the Clearwater River in the 2013-14 return are less than in recent years and in October 2013 the Department asked the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to implement a conservation measure to decrease the likelihood of a broodstock shortfall for hatcheries in ...
3/3/14
A: The weir will be installed the week of March 17 with trapping set to being on March 24.
3/3/14
A: The Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game has no rules prohibiting the use of float tubes or other watercraft on Park Center Pond.  After doing a quick review of current Boise City Ordinances, it appears it is legal to use a float tube or other small watercraft provided the pond is not posted as ...
3/4/14
A: You can carry a weapon even if you are not hunting.
3/5/14
A: The place to start is the IDFG region office for the area where your property is located.  They will be able to explain the program and tell you if you qualify. Idaho Fish and Game Office Locations and Contact NumbersPanhandle Region…1-208-769-1414 (Coeur d’Alene)Clearwater Region…1-208-799-5010 ( ...
3/6/14
A: Yes, the Department has a number of ways in which a landowner can get assistance with improving habitat on private property.  The Department has 6 private lands or mule deer initiative biologists located in Lewiston, American Falls, Pocatello, Preston, Jerome and Idaho Falls.  If you live near any ...
3/7/14
A: Thanks for your interest in Idaho steelhead and the trapping data at our hatcheries. For the past two years we have been able to provide an automated daily update from each of our hatcheries from a centralized IDFG database. In the last year we have been in the process of transferring our database ...
3/7/14
A: They are available at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.  
3/7/14
A: The 2014 legislature passed a bill allowing youth 10 years old and up to hunt big game.  The governor signed the bill into law and it goes into effect on July 1, 2014.  
3/7/14
A: Bear baiting permits cannot be purchased online or at regular Idaho vendors.  They are only available through IDFG offices (office locations are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/).  You can purchase the permit and site tags at any IDFG office or request the ...
3/9/14
A: The homemade arrow would probably not meet the very specific specific requirements we have for archery equipment; you should check with a Conservation Officer to see if the homemade arrow meets them, including: Archery EquipmentIn any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and shortrange hunts ...
3/9/14
A: According to the details of your question, she will be accompanying you while you hunt, but she will not be hunting.  Since she is not hunting, she is not required to have a hunting license.
3/9/14
A: Turkey drawing results are online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.    
3/10/14
A: The bottom line is, releasing pen-raised pheasants does not help the wild population.  Game farm pheasants are too distant from their wild relatives to survive - they don’t have the survival skills that wild birds have to avoid traffic, find food, and hide from predators.  The Department studied ...
3/10/14
A: Here is some information on sage-grouse and hunting: In 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded that listing the greater sage-grouse range-wide as a threatened or endangered species was warranted, but precluded by higher priority listing actions.  Therefore, sage-grouse are a “ ...
3/10/14
A: General Season Elk tags in Idaho are sold by the zone and only the zone purchased may be hunted.  The zone tags will dictate the season dates, which sex may be hunted, and the weapon(s) which may be used.  Each zone has an A Tag and a B Tag.  However, some A Tags and B Tags are by Controlled Hunt ...
3/10/14
A: To hunt in an archery-only big game hunt in Idaho you must be able to prove that you have taken an archery-only education course or have hunted in an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state.  If you have fulfilled either of these requirements but you no longer have the proof, you can sign a ...
3/10/14
A: Idaho has a Hunter's Passport that allows a person who has never hunted before (anywhere) to hunt with a mentor.  The cost of the permit is $1.75.  The mentor must have an Idaho hunting license.  The details about what is allowed with the hunting passport is on our Website at https://fishandgame. ...
3/11/14
A: Idaho Department Fish and Game's efforts to assist with fire rehab efforts are coordinated with private, state, and federal landowners/managers.  Usually rehab efforts happen during the first 3 years following a wildlfire.  During that period federal agencies have funding available for stabilizing ...
3/11/14
A: Hello, Thank you for your inquiry.  A resident Hunting License is $12.75.  A nonresident Small Game Hunting license is $97.75, and a nonresident Nongame Hunting license is $35.50, however, a nonresident hunter cannot use a Nongame license for this, they must use at least the Small Game Hunting ...
3/12/14
A: No, if the parent is not fishing, they are not required to have a license.  
3/13/14
A: Rangefinders are legal to hunt big game in Idaho with, as long as the rangefinder is not attached to a weapon (e.g. rifle, bow).
3/15/14
A: The daily bag limit for trout on C.J. Strike Reservoir is 6 fish per day.  You can keep all the yellow perch, crappie, and catfish that you can catch.
3/15/14
A: A hunting passport is valid for a calendar year. If you have purchased a hunting passport for this season (2014), there is no need to purchase a hunting license. The license system has been set up to not allow you to purchase a hunting license if you hold an active hunting passport. IDFG does ...
3/16/14
A: No.  The age change (to 10 years old) doesn't go into effect until July 1, so a 10 year old cannot apply in May/June application period in 2014.    
3/16/14
A: If you are helping the child fish in any way, you must have a fishing license.  Baiting the hook, putting the pole in the water and watching it for the child and taking the fish out of the water means that you are fishing...you must have a fishing license.
3/16/14
A: No.  A superhunt tag allows you to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for the species you draw, but you must abide by the rules we set in place for the hunt including legal weapons that can be used.  If the hunt as we set it up is archery-only, you can only hunt in it using archery equipment and you must ...
3/17/14
A: Hunting varmints in the Hagerman Valley is a favorite spring pastime. Marmots, often called rock-chucks, are prolific in the area. Hunting of these critters requires only a few things: 1.) You must have a valid hunting license, 2.) You must be on property that you have the right to be on, (public ...
3/17/14
A: No other permit is required.  More information: Spear Fishing in IdahoArchery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish and ...
3/17/14
A: Since this is not the purview of Idaho Fish and Game, we checked with Boise Parks and Recreation; it is illegal to feed ducks and geese in Boise Parks.  (Chapter 13-03-02 C. 2. in Boise City Code prohibits the feeding of birds and waterfowl in any park). For other towns, please check with local ...
3/17/14
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 Idaho hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed ...
3/17/14
A: You have a lot of great questions!  Please contact the Magic Valley Region office to talk to the Fisheries Department there about your questions.  The number is 208-324-4359.  
3/18/14
A: Battery operated sights, including those made by Eotech, are legal to hunt turkeys with in Idaho.  However, if the sight casts a light, including laser light, it is not legal to hunt with.
3/18/14
A: Employment opportunities are listed on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/employment/.  There isn't a regular schedule for open positions.
3/18/14
A: Assuming you are interested in using a bow or spear to catch fish; here are the details: Spear Fishing in Idaho You must have an Idaho fishing license if you are 14 or over. Archery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding ...
3/18/14
A: Reign broadheads are considered a barbed broadhead and are not legal for hunting big game in Idaho.  A barbed broadhead is defined as a broadhead which has any portion of the rear edge of the broadhead forming an angle less than ninety (90) degrees with the shaft or ferrule.
3/19/14
A: Thank you for caring about Idaho's wildlife. In the case of injured wildlife where a timely response can be critical and you're not comfortable with the situation, we encourage you to contact your regional office. If it's outside of normal business hours and you deem it an emergency, you can ...
3/19/14
A: The 2014 legislature approved changing the minimum age to hunt big game from 12 down to 10.  This goes into effect on July 1, 2014.  The 2014 fall big game hunts will be affected.
3/19/14
A: Thank you for contacting Idaho Fish and Game.  Live streaming of Commission meetings is something we are discussing and hope to be able to offer soon.  We are busy developing an improved website. Once that it is finished, live streaming of Commission meetings may be one of the new services the ...
3/19/14
A: Yes, moose superhunts are "over and above" the usual once-in-a-lifetime moose harvest rule.  
3/20/14
A: The controlled hunt application rules will remain as they are under current legislation for trophy and the first big game drawings this year (2014). In other words, kids who are 10 cannot apply for big game hunts in April, May or June. When the law changes on July 1, 2014, that will change and ...
3/20/14
A: Thanks for the question regarding Potlatch River steelhead.  In the Big Bear Drainage, which included the West Fork of Little Bear and Big Meadow Creek, steelhead should be in the middle of spawning right now.  Our past surveys have shown that they typically start spawning after water temperatures ...
3/22/14
A: Because of the propensity for ravens to remove and cache the poison egg baits, it is often difficult to directly locate ravens that have died due to the poison.  The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, has conducted previous work that determined that it will take 4 ...
3/23/14
A: Not for fishing. If you purchase a 3 year fishing license at the age of 17, the license allows you to fish until the license expires on December 31 of the third year. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 if you have additional questions.
3/23/14
A: You can use a shotgun with shells not exceeding 3 1/2 inches maximum length for turkeys: No person shall take upland game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, firearms except a shotgun using shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches maximum length, except ...
3/23/14
A: Contact the BLM office for information: BLM Idaho State Office |1387 S. Vinnell WayBoise, Idaho 83709Public Desk: 208-373-4000
3/25/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game is managing wolves under the State of Idaho's 2002 wolf management plan adopted by the Idaho Legislature and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  That plan calls for a statewide wolf population of 150 wolves with 15 breeding pairs.  After reintroduction in 1995, the ...
3/25/14
A:  Places to hunt that are fairly close to Rexburg would be Moody Creek area west of Rexburg.  Up above the agricultural land in Unit 64 and into forest service is a good place to start.  Relay ridge road is a good access road to many good spots but may be dealing with snow for a while.  I would ...
3/25/14
A: The nonresident license that costs $154.75 allows you to hunt any game (big game, upland game, upland game birds and waterfowl) that is legal to hunt plus varmints and unprotected species.  Big game and turkey hunting requires the addition of a tag for the animal to be harvested.  
3/25/14
A: A hound permit is required when pursuing raccoons and foxes with dogs.  It is NOT legal to hunt raccoons and fox using dogs unless you have the hound permit.
3/25/14
A: You are correct, IDFG does use salmon and steelhead permit fees to pay for toilet services in anadromous fishing areas. We try to time the delivery of porta-potty toilets in spring with the arrival of larger numbers of anglers, so we are not spending a lot of money when few anglers are using the ...
3/25/14
A: Fishing licenses are required for anglers 14 and older. Resident children can fish under age 14 without an accompanying adult and without having a fishing license.  Nonresident children must fish with an adult with an Idaho fishing license.  Their catch becomes part of the adult's catch limit ...
3/26/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
3/27/14
A: Yes, Silver Creek in the Magic Valley  is open the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30.  In 2014, it will open on May 24.
3/27/14
A: The minutes of commission meetings are not posted until they are approved at the next commission meeting.  The March 2014 meeting minutes will be posted after the May 2014 meeting takes place and the March minutes are approved.  
3/27/14
A: There is one documented pack relatively near Idaho City. This pack had a count of 7 individuals at the end of 2013. You can find information for individual packs (reproduction, year end pack size, activity maps) in the 2012 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report on our website http://fishandgame. ...
3/28/14
A: Nonresidents who only want to hunt ground squirrels, varmints and coyotes can use the nongame license to do so.  Be sure that the ground squirrels you are hunting are not protected.
3/31/14
A: A deer cannot be taken with an elk tag in Idaho. Only an elk (or bear, wolf or mountain lion if the seasons overlap) can be taken with an elk tag.
3/31/14
A: This is being answered in April, 2014.  It may be that the signage you see now applies now and may change when waterfowl season comes around in early fall.  Please check with the Southwest Region office for up-to-date information next fall.  Their number is 208-465-8465.
3/31/14
A: You cannot purchase a second permit, but you can get a duplicate at any vendor.
4/1/14
A: Thank you for your question. The Fish and Games fee increase request was not passed through legislation this year. License, tag and permit fees will remain the same as they have since 2005 for residents and 2009 for nonresidents. If you are asking about the convenience fees charged for using the ...
4/1/14
A: When in doubt, check your Fishing Rules book.      Bait: organic substances, other than rubber, wood feather, fiber, or plastic, attached to a hook to attract fish. Bait includes insects, insect larvae, worms, dead fish, fish parts, any other animal or vegetable matter, or scented synthetic ...
4/1/14
A: Well, the open hunts in this case are actually ALL hunts as put together by Fish and Game...general season hunts and controlled hunts.  For example, if you are drawn for the superhunt elk tag, you can hunt in any general season elk hunt and any controlled elk hunt.  You must abide by the rules we ...
4/2/14
A: According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, historical evidence documents the presence of gray wolves throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains of the contiguous United States.  
4/2/14
A: You can still apply for more than one species during the May 1-June 5 application period so yes, you can apply for deer and elk and pronghorn in the same year if you want to. Going by previous year's sales, it is most likely that there will be some nonresident deer and elk tags available for sale ...
4/2/14
A: You are correct that walleye in Ririe are not desirable.  Although IDFG has no plans currently to try to eliminate them, we do encourage anglers to keep all the walleye they catch in Ririe.  There is no limit on them, and no size restriction.  Catch as many as you can, and enjoy them!  If you have ...
4/2/14
A: We will have the Huntplanner updated on or before April 15th, the same day the printed regulations are anticipated to arrive.
4/3/14
A: We capture adult-sized channel catfish in the Snake River and transfer them to several ponds in the Southwest Region including McDevitt Pond. Usually, these transfers occur in early June and July. Tagging studies indicate that channel catfish live for at least several years in these ponds. Also, ...
4/4/14
A: The use of rim-fire cartridges is prohibited for hunting big game in Idaho.  There are no other restrictions including you are allowed to use 223 caliber rifles.  We do recommend hunters use well constructed bullets with enough energy at impact to make a clean kill.  Depending on the bullet weight ...
4/4/14
A: The only exception that we can think of is during ice-fishing...you can't double the number of lines you use while ice-fishing.  In other circumstances, as long as you are in control of both poles, there aren't limitations on where you can use two poles.     
4/5/14
A: This would be a good question for your tax professional.
4/5/14
A: If IDFG has opened a particular hunt for the hunting of antlerless animals, the person with a superhunt tag can only hunt for and harvest an antlerless animal in that hunt.  The superhunt tag does not allow the hunter to make up their own hunt rules.
4/6/14
A: If your second choice is NOT an unlimited hunt, you will only be considered for it if there are some permits left after all applicants who chose the hunt as a first choice are drawn. If your second choice IS an unlimited hunt, you will GET the unlimited hunt if you didn't get your first choice.  
4/6/14
A: No.  A handgun is not considered a shotgun even though you would be shooting shot in the cartridge.  The law reads unlawful method of take: with a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/2) inches maximum length, slingshot, hand- ...
4/7/14
A: Usually only rainbow trout from an Idaho Commercial grower.
4/7/14
A: The IDFG Wildlife Department decided to not go ahead with that at this time (2014).
4/7/14
A: Basically, you only have to replace the items you need to (and want to). Before July the deer and elk tags have not been designated yet; when you decide the specific zone or type of tag you want you can go to any vendor to get a deer or elk tag.  All vendors can issue these along with salmon and ...
4/7/14
A: Yes.  In 2012, new rules were approved which allow both residents and nonresidents to recover, possess, and sell certain wildlife killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.   To legally salvage this wildlife, a person is required to notify Idaho Fish and Game and complete reporting requirements.  A ...
4/8/14
A: Unprotected nongame fish (including carp) may be used as bait for black bear.  Unprotected nongame fish include all those species not classified as game fish (http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0106.pdf).  
4/8/14
A: The Big Eddy hole is located near Lenore Rest Area at milepost 28 on US Highway 12. Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited from a posted boundary at river mile 27.6 extending upstream to the posted boundary at river mile 28.0. See the figure below for details of the exact closure area.  
4/9/14
A: The rules pertaining to land-locked Chinook Salmon as well as Deadwood Reservoir and tributaries are found on page 22-23 of the rules brochure.  For IDFG regulation purposes, land-locked Chinook Salmon are considered "trout".  You do not need a salmon permit to fish for or harvest them.  Land- ...
4/9/14
A: The salvage permit generated when you make the report is all you need.
4/10/14
A: The 2014 Big Game Rules are posted on our website.  From our front page you can find the link in the "Features" box on the left side of the home page.  Please try the link in that box instead of the link you list in your question details.
4/10/14
A: Unfortunately, Paddock Valley Reservoir was very low during late fall 2013 as it has been for the majority of the last several years. I would not recommend it as a good use of your valuable fishing time. The only exception might be the trophy bullhead population; as they have faired well despite ...
4/10/14
A: The grizzly bear portion of your questions is timely and I can give you a pretty good answer. There was a large-scale effort to estimate grizzly bear numbers in the Cabinet Mountains that just ended last year. The sampling was comprised of collecting hair from grizzly bears from baited barbed-wire ...
4/10/14
A: There is one fishing access on the Portneuf River between McCammon and Inkom.  The access is called Crane Creek. Here is a link to help you locate the site:http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/access Because of all the lack of road crossing to and all the private land, I do not ...
4/10/14
A: The Sugar Beet Pond is a private pond owned by Pacific Press Publishing.  IDFG does not stock this pond and does not control access. I have heard that they allow some fishing, but you would need to acquire permission to legally access the pond. Since it is a licensed private pond, they have the ...
4/12/14
A: Reading your question, I can tell your intentions are good, but, Idaho rules spell-out a specific exemption for "snagging nongame fish."  Because use of a dip net for taking of nongame fish is not mentioned in the rules, it is not a legal method of take. Contact the Manager in the region of the ...
4/13/14
A: HOW ARE CLASSES PLANNED?Our volunteer instructors put together classes/field days and then they contact us with the specifics.  Those specifics are then put on our Website; instructor-led hunter education courses and internet field days are listed on our Website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
4/13/14
A: Yes you can purchase a general season bear tag and hunt in the fall hunt. You can also purchase a second general season bear tag and hunt in the designated units for the second bear tag (units 4, 4A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16A, that portion of unit 16 north of the Selway River, 17, 19, 20, 20A, 26 and ...
4/13/14
A: Liquid scent could be spread on a tree or shrub but bait for bears cannot be contained in anything non-biodegradable in the short-term.  In order to make sure you were abiding by the law, you should probably just spread the scent on the ground or in a tree, etc. at the bait site, properly tag the ...
4/14/14
A: Each application is assigned a number.  The application is entered into the drawing system one time regardless of applicant group size. If you have one hunter or 4 hunters on an application the system will only have one record in the drawing. If a group application is selected during the draw ...
4/14/14
A: No...you cannot attach any electronic device to your bow: From the Big Game rules book: In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to an arrow, bolt or bow. Except ...
4/14/14
A: Please check with the Forest Service for information about camping laws in the National Forest.
4/15/14
A: Please check the Hunter Passport information on our website, paying attention to the questions/answers at the bottom of the page (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332). The key is the age.  At ten, holders of the hunting passport can hunt turkeys and varmints, upland game ...
4/16/14
A: Hello, Thank you for getting in touch with us regarding removal of bird nests. It is true that most birds are federally protected, by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and their nests cannot be removed once there is an egg in the nest. If you find the nest before eggs are laid, you may remove it. If ...
4/16/14
A: Roseworth has been very good for 2 - 3 lb. rainbow trout since ice-off.  Night crawlers and DareDevils have been popular with anglers and fish.  Look for it to remain an excellent fishery through mid-May. We are just launching a site our Fisheries webpage where anglers can report on fishing ...
4/17/14