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A: That would be up to the city of McCall; check with them to see if it is legal to hunt in town.
9/11/13
A: First, on the fire situation in Custer County.  None of the significant fires experienced by Idaho in the summer of 2013 prompted closures in the Salmon/Custer County area.  There have been closures in other parts of the state but the area where your son is hunting was spared.   Ok, our 3-day ...
9/10/13
A: Yes, if you have legally harvested, reported, and have a pelt tag placed on the pelt, and have a completed mortality report form in your possession, you may sell your hide or parts but not the edible meat.  All wolves must be checked at a Fish and Game office to legally be able to sell the parts ...
9/10/13
A: Elk tags are either a general Zone A or B tag or a controlled hunt tag. If a controlled hunt tag, the tag can only be used for controlled hunt unit and season of the controlled hunt. General elk zone tags (A or B) can only be used for the zone and seasons they were intended for. However, if you ...
9/9/13
A: Yes, all hunting in Idaho requires the appropriate license, permits, and tags. There are certain incentives and programs for landowners who qualify for participation in the Landowner Appreciation Program. To learn more about the LAP program, visit: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
9/9/13
A: Yes, we stock mountain lakes in wilderness areas.  We have a specific agreement with the Forest Service that allows us to stock mountain lakes by the same means and with the same species of fish as before wilderness designation was enacted.  If we want to stock new lakes or use aircraft to stock ...
9/8/13
A: Sorry the response to this took so long but the answer to season questions are in the rules book.  Unit 28 is on page 16 and hunting is allowed with a regular deer tag from Oct 10 -24, and a youth hunt antlerless until Oct 31on private land. You must look at the regulations to determine if the ...
9/8/13
A: Yes, a 17 year old (anyone born after 1975) that has passed Idaho’s or another state’s approved Bow Hunter Ed class, or can prove he has legally archery hunted in another state and has a valid license, tag, and  archery permit can legally hunt alone in Idaho.
9/7/13
A: Yes, you can use your general spring turkey tag for a fall turkey so long as the tag is unused (see page 20 in upland game rules book).
9/6/13
A: There is currently no new rules being proposed by the Commission. You can track any commission action, including proposed rule changes through our web page, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/ under "About Us" and the commission tab.
9/6/13
A: A permit to hunt unprotected and predatory wildlife on public ground can be obtained through an application at any of the IDFG regional officers. There may be specific restrictions for seasonal use and location available at each regional office. No spotlight permit is required to hunt with an ...
9/5/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  It sounds like a rumor, as yellow jacket populations tend to cycle up and down.  You can always contact the local Forest Service office and ask them.   
9/4/13
A: Yes, they can.  There are no deadlines to purchase them.
8/27/13
A: There are no set fishing hours for steelhead, so you could fish 24 hours per day.  The only species of fish with set fishing hours are anadromous Chinook Salmon.  Check annually for Chinook seasons, usually set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in March or April, for the listed fishing hours.
8/25/13
A: Only if you have a two-pole permit.  With a fishing or combination license, you can only have one apparatus designed to catch fish,  in the water at a time.  With a two-pole permit, you can use two appartatuses actively attempting to take fish - at the same time.   F08
8/25/13
A: A nonresident hunting license is $154.75 and the deer tag is $301.75
8/24/13
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting anglers from fishing below the dam, however, the entity that operates the facility may have restrictions to address public safety issues.  Typically, they post signs and have buoy lines to designate safety risk areas.  If you access ...
8/24/13
A: Ok, if the Idaho Fish and Game Commission sets a season for ocean-going Chinook salmon, Chinook that are over 24" in length and missing their adipose fin are considered "adults" and must be recorded on your Salmon Permit.  Ocean-going Chinook under 24" are considered a jack salmon and you may or ...
8/22/13
A: As of yet, no.  The fires to-date have remained west of ID-75 and outside of the Pioneer Zone. You can view realtime fire information with Hunt Area overlays at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire/ and in the Huntplanner MapCenter at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner ...
8/19/13
A: We offered the opportunity to harvest salmon in Clearwater drainage because we have several sources to back-fill any shortages of hatchery fish from hatcheries like Dworshak, Kooskia, Rapid River, and Oxbow.  We don't have the same number of hatcheries to back-fill shortages of fish in the upper ...
8/19/13
A: You can exchange your elk tag at any IDFG office or Headquarters before the season opens for the tag you currently have.
8/18/13
A: The definition of private land does not change.  If the land you want to hunt on is private, you must ask the landowner for permission.  If the private land is within a unit that is open for wolf hunting and the landowner okays your hunting on their land, you can hunt for wolves on the land. That ...
8/15/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Since an owl is a protected raptor, contact the IDFG office in your area (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) so someone can come to pick it up. Thank you.  
8/14/13
A: Yes, an eleven year old can hunt ducks.  Be sure to add the Idaho Migratory bird permit to their license ($1.75 for residents, $4.75 for nonresidents).  The federal duck stamp isn't required until they are 16.
8/14/13
A: You can apply for an extra deer tag in the second draw
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: No, the mountain yellow-legged frog does not occur in Idaho. However, we do have a closely related species called the Columbia spotted frog, which looks quite similar to the yellow-legged frog. I expect you saw a Columbia spotted frog at Long Lake. If you are interested, we have some web content ...
8/13/13
A: No, no tiger muskie were planted in Smith Lake. We did have a recent record 44+lb. tiger muskie caught in Little Payette Lake. F08
8/11/13
A: I don't know what you consider a "problem," but bull trout appear to be doing fine in Idaho.  Redd (spawning) counts and trend fish sampling locations from throughout the state continue to demonstrate stable to increasing populations.   F08
8/10/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/10/13
A: The list of leftover controlled hunts is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  There are several extra tag hunts available...the application period is August 5-15.
8/6/13
A: You can go to any vendor to get a duplicate or you can call 1-800-554-8685.
8/6/13
A: Call the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-4359.  The biologist familiar with the Smoky Mountain area is based there.
8/6/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
A: Yes, you can.  Deer tags are valid for any general season hunt.
8/5/13
A: You can use a deer tag in any general season hunt.  Archery weapons can be used during an any weapon hunt.
8/5/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108  
8/5/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: Bear hunts are any-weapon seasons so a crossbow is legal.
8/3/13
A: You must have an Idaho hunting license to shoot coyotes.  They can be hunted all year.    
8/3/13
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
8/3/13
A: The answer depends on which weapon you are using.  If you are hunting during an any weapon hunt using a high powered rifle (7mm) a bullet with a polymer tip is legal to use for big game hunting.  If you are hunting during a muzzleloader only season you are required to use a patched round ball or ...
8/2/13
A: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
A: Yes, a reward is still being paid for the harvest of lake trout from Lake Pend Oreille.  Contact our Coeur d'Alene office at 208-769-1414 for more details.  Funding for the program is being provided by Avista Power as part of their Lake Pend Oreille mitigation obligation.   F08
8/1/13
A: All vendors can issue a duplicate license.  Duplicates cost $7.25.    
7/31/13
A: Yes, but...... The only brook trout we presently stock in Henrys Lake are sterile and can't successfully reproduce.  Their are still some natural brook trout in Henrys that migrate up the tributaries in the fall and spawn but survival of the eggs is poor. By placing eggs in a pressure chamber ...
7/31/13
A: No, there is no fall Chinook season scheduled for the Upper Salmon River, however, the very lower end of the Salmon River will have a fall Chinook season. Fall Chinook typically don't run far up the Salmon River.  Most only venture no more than 15 miles from the confluence with the Snake River. ...
7/31/13
A: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: Wolf tags are available and we don't limit the number we sell... The only elk tag that is completely sold out at this time (July 31, 2013) is the nonresident Sawtooth B elk tag.  The tag count of nonresident general season tags is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
7/30/13
A: Placing tiger muskie in Carey Lake was discussed many years ago, but it was never done.  Channel catfish were tried instead to control stunted bluegill and bass. The only place in the Magic Valley Region with tiger muskie is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding.  They've been stocked in the reservoir ...
7/30/13
A: Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Thursday, August 1, to buy their tags.  Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited and will become available for a second drawing. The application period for the second drawing runs from August 5 to 15. The drawing ...
7/28/13
A: You can apply for a hunt during the second chance application period--August 5-15. We didn't have any leftover moose hunts in 2013.
7/28/13
A: Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; crappie; perch; bass; catfish; bullhead; sunfish; sturgeon; northern pike; ...
7/26/13
A: The answer is no.  In Idaho, specific wording in code makes it illegal to fish catch-and-release for anadromous (ocean-going) salmon or steelhead if there is not a defined season. 
7/25/13
A: That information is in the Fishing Rules Book. Each region of the state has a chapter in our Fishing Rules Book.  The first page of every chapter is the information about general bag limits and possession limits of different types of fish as well as the length restrictions, if any, for the fish.  ...
7/24/13
A: Please contact the Forest Service at 208-774-3000 for information.  There have been some fires in the area and it may be closed.
7/23/13
A: Resident Elk tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=76.   Nonresident tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=75.   Both lists are updated weekly.
7/23/13
A: If the areas is not closed for safety reasons, you can spear unprotected nongame fish in the Spokane River provided you have a valid fishing license and the fishing season for game fish is open.  Suckers and tench are considered unprotected nongame fish in Idaho.
7/22/13
A: You can fish with an unlimited number of rods in Lake Pend Oreille, without a 2-pole permit, while fishing from a boat. Lake Pend Oreille is an exception to our rules on the 2-pole permit.  As part of our effort to recover kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille, we are trying to encourage harvest of lake ...
7/22/13
A: The list will be out in early August (after the first).  Vendors will receive a list on their License machines and the list will be available on the IDFG website.  The application period is August 5-15.
7/22/13
A: The list of hunts available will be out (on our website and at vendors) by August 4. 
7/22/13
A: Yes, you can use roe or any other bait in a steelhead catch-and-release season.  You also must use a barbless hook and immediately release any steelhead that are caught.
7/21/13
A: Unit 4 has hunting seasons for mule deer, elk, bear, moose and wolf.  Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information about animals at 4,000 feet and the prescense of other animals.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
A: Contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
A: Up to 4 individuals from each species of herp (including rattlesnakes) may be taken and possessed (dead or alive) with a hunting license. They can be kept as pets or killed for hat band or other personal uses. Specific to rattlesnakes: Up to 6 rattlesnake skins may be sold/bartered (new). The take ...
7/21/13
A: In the Portneuf River, no harvest of cutthroat is allowed. Rainbow cutthroat hybrids are often difficult to distinguish from either a rainbow trout or cutthroat trout.  To be on the safe-side, if it has an orange slash under the jaw, regardless of other markings, release the fish. In the Panhandle ...
7/21/13
A: This is a tricky question and open to interpretation by individual enforcement officers.  First, you've acknowledged that it is illegal to keep the smallmouth bass.  If a bass is bleeding from the gills but still alive, if you can remove the hook without doing anymore damage - do so and release ...
7/21/13
A: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has the ability to suspend a person's hunting and fishing privileges if child support is not paid. You will need to check with DHW to see if they have placed a suspension on your privileges to hunt or fish.
7/19/13
A: If your license was purchased online, you should have printed it at the time of purchase.  We no longer mail licenses; we still mail tags, however.
7/16/13
A: Unfortunately, walleye are starting to establish themselves in Lake Pend Oreille.  They are an aggressive predator that can dominate a fish community under certain conditions.  We are concerned that another predatory fish in this system may interfere with our attempts to bring back kokanee and ...
7/16/13
A: I'm not sure which Johnson Creek to which you're referring.  Mussels are filter feeder and tend to bioaccumulate heavy metals and other contaminants.  If you are going to each mussels from Idaho waters, it is a good idea to flush them with freshwater prior to cooking. As a rule of thumb, if I don' ...
7/16/13
A: Yes, you can carry a sidearm for your protection.
7/16/13
A: Although pelicans are wide-spread throughout Idaho, there are only two documented nesting sites recognized - both of which are in south Idaho.  One is located on the Minidoka Wildlife Refuge in Lake Walcott.  The other is at Blackfoot Reservoir.   F08
7/15/13
A: The Conservation Office (game warden) is a high sought-after position.  To qualify, you need to have a bachelors degree and at least four upper division classes with a fish/wildlife/natural resource emphasis.  A degree in fish or wildlife management or closely related field is a plus. After ...
7/15/13
A: Start with the Salmon River.  You can catch and keep two rainbow trout.  Rapid River is another water where you can catch and keep two trout.  In the summer, fish the 7-Devils Lake at the end of the road.  You can keep 6 rainbow trout and 25 brook trout.  If you don't mind a walk, the limit in ...
7/15/13
A: Panhandle Region Lake                                            Year(s)                             Size                                Number Blue Lake                                1989 – 2007                Catchable & Fing.                   1,499 Dawson Lake                          ...
7/14/13
A: Try Milner Reservoir.  Idaho Power Company stocks channel catfish in Milner as part of their mitigation for the hydropower project at the dam. You can also catch catfish at Murtaugh and Wilson lakes along with the Snake River through the Twin Falls area.  Trying fishing with cut bait at Centennial ...
7/13/13
A: You can carry a handgun while rafting.
7/13/13
A: The six-month waiting period for Idaho residency is what is required by law.  There isn't any way around it.
7/12/13
A: Yes, you can and no, there are no restrictions.  Any such regulations would be set by the county (Boundary Co.) not IDFG, but nevertheless, there are no restrictions. 
7/12/13
A: Yes.  A big game hunter may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles, unless the hunter falls under one of following exceptions: Holders of a valid disabled person’s motor vehicle hunting permit ...
7/11/13
A: When in doubt, stay on the road.  Know and follow the vehicle use restrictions for the area you are hunting, have applicable maps, and review tips on the Stay on Trails website at http://stayontrails.com.
7/11/13
A: For questions about the status of a road or trail in the area you plan to hunt, please contact the appropriate land management agency.  National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps and BLM Travel Maps list road, trail and other allowable uses.  Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s Statewide Online ...
7/11/13
A: No.  The rule now applies only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units from August 30 through December 31.  The rule does not apply to upland game animals or birds in hunts within designated units.
7/11/13
A: Only if the use is permissible in the exceptions in the motorized hunting rule.  For example, if motorized travel is allowed by the USFS or BLM, you may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game or pack in or out your camping equipment.  However, you may not hunt while packing camping ...
7/11/13
A: No.  Big game hunters can use motorized vehicles, but only on established roadways which are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles.  Successful hunters may use motorized vehicles to retrieve game on public lands where legally allowed by land management ...
7/11/13
A: A hunter is any person engaged in the activity of chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, stalking, or lying in wait for, any wildlife whether or not such wildlife is then or subsequently captured, killed, taken or wounded.
7/11/13
A: A full-sized automobile is any motorized vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 1,500 pounds.
7/11/13
A: Yes.  He must have a hound hunter permit: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or mountain lions, the following persons must have a valid hound hunter permit and a black bear or mountain lion tag for the current year in possession: • Anyone who owns pursuit dogs. • ...
7/11/13
A: Idaho statute defines a motor vehicle as any water, land or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity or any other mechanical power.   This includes pickup trucks, jeeps, SUVs, UTVs, cars, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, motorcycles, snowmobiles or other similar ...
7/11/13
A: An established roadway is any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the purpose of travel by full-sized automobiles.  An established roadway shows evidence of repeated use by full-sized automobiles, and may include a ...
7/11/13
A: Using a motorized vehicle to travel off established roads to transport hunters to and from hunting spots is considered an “aid to hunting.”  The rules do not affect travel on established roads open and capable of travel by full-sized vehicles.  If in doubt, stay on the road.
7/11/13
A: To improve clarity of the rule and help both hunters and other motorized recreationalists understand where and when the rule applies.  Previously, the rule could have applied to hunting big game, upland game animals and upland game birds in specific hunts within designated units.  Now, the new ...
7/11/13
A: The name changed to Motorized Hunting Rule to make it clear that this rules applies to hunters using motorized vehicles as an aid to hunting.  The rule is now specific only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units, and only applies from ...
7/11/13
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there are way too many variables that need to be considered.  Let me start by listing my recommendations by season. 1.  Winter - If you want to catch trout in the winter, there are several ice fishing and stream options.  The Boise River is one of my ...
7/11/13
A: If you are outside city limits and you have a hunting license, you could kill it. If you are not in a position to do that, contact the Fish and Game office in your area to report it.
7/11/13