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A: Each turkey tag can only be used for one turkey.  You must purchase another tag if you want to harvest another turkey.
4/21/14
A: We can relate to your concerns.  Being on the upper-most reaches of the Columbia River system, we watch Idaho salmon and steelhead being harvested by anglers, commercial fishermen, and tribal members in the ocean, Washington, and Oregon - with no way for us to influence the number of fish being ...
4/21/14
A: Eastern Gray Squirrels do occur in Idaho, but are considered to be an exotic species: http://explorer.natureserve.org/servlet/NatureServe?sourceTemplate=tabul... We do not actually have any data on this species in our IDFG database though. Please consider reporting your sighting of this species on ...
4/20/14
A: This time of the year, we always receive reports of dead yellow perch on various waters throughout Idaho.  Typically, the mortality is tied to post-spawning stress.  Think of it this way, first-time spawning perch put a tremendous amount of energy and body reserves into producing eggs.  Some of ...
4/19/14
A: Thank you for your question about hunter education. We do have classes in Mountain Home when a volunteer organizes a course. Our courses are taught by volunteers. I will notify our coordinator in the area to get the word to volunteer instructors that we have a need in Mountain Home specifically. ...
4/19/14
A: The weapon restrictions for short range hunts apply to the specfic hunt area and season dates.  They are designed for public safety.  It is unlikley you will find any vermin to hunt in those areas during the season dates.  However, as long as you have legal access to the land, meaning its public ...
4/19/14
A: You must choose a specific zone elk tag.  You will only be able to  hunt in the zone covered by the tag you purchase.   The only way to hunt in another zone is if you purchase a second elk tag (at nonresident price) to hunt in a second, different zone.  Each elk tag is zone specific.
4/18/14
A: Depends.  It is illegal to fish for steelhead when the steelhead season is closed - even catch-and-release.  You can use a spey rod as long as you can pass the "red-face" test when you encounter an officer.  You must be able to convince the officer that you are fishing for cutthroat or rainbow ...
4/18/14
A: Water in Beach's Pond is supplied by a well and pump that malfunctioned in 2013.  We are working with a local well driller on solutions and hope to have the pond watered-up and restocked with largemouth bass and bluegill by early this summer.
4/18/14
A: Below is a summary of the management planning process for Priest Lake.  I believe it answers most of your questions along wtih some others you may have.  if you'd care to discuss Priest Lake management further, please feel free to give me a call at (208) 769-1414. thank you for your interest. Jim ...
4/18/14
A: We now have those who purchase licenses and permits online to print their license and any permits at time of purchase.  We no longer mail them out.  (We still mail out tags). You can get duplicates from any vendor.    
4/17/14
A: The lack of channel catfish stocking in the database is not real.  We have been stocking them consistently; however, they have yet to be uploaded to the database. This will be corrected shortly. We still stock the same ponds, but we did have to reduce numbers as we think channel catfish were ...
4/17/14
A: Sturgeon fishing in Idaho is a trophy experience.  Without knowing where you live, I'll list several general sites where you can catch a sturgeon. Sturgeon forage for dead fish and other organic matter that settles in deep (20'+), back-eddy areas.  Use cut-bait (nongame fish pieces, anchovies, ...
4/17/14
A: Fish the Snake River and the upper end of Brownlee Reservoir.  The area below Swan Falls Dam, Fort Boise (mouth of the Boise River), Steck Park (near Weiser) are all popular locations for catfish anglers.  If you want to fish in reservoirs, Lake Lowell near Nampa is a good option along with C.J. ...
4/17/14
A: For   Spring Bear January 15-February 15 Spring Turkey February 1-March 1 Moose,Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat April 1-30 Deer,Elk,Pronghorn,Fall Bear, Fall Turkey May 1-June 5 Moose leftover tags (second app. period) June 15-25 Deer,Elk,Pronghorn,Fall Bear leftover tags (second app period) August 5 ...
4/17/14
A: It sounds like you are fishing in the prime locations to catch larger catfish.  The Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area (where the Boise River meets the Snake River) is a location known to attract larger catfish and the Steck Park area down by Weiser is another good location.  May is typically the ...
4/17/14
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
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: 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: Please check with the Forest Service for information about camping laws in the National Forest.
4/15/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: The salvage permit generated when you make the report is all you need.
4/10/14
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 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: 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: 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: 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: The IDFG Wildlife Department decided to not go ahead with that at this time (2014).
4/7/14
A: Usually only rainbow trout from an Idaho Commercial grower.
4/7/14
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: 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: 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: This would be a good question for your tax professional.
4/5/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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