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A: East of McCall and Cascade, Idaho.  If you are going from Boise, take Highway 55 north.  Just out of Cascade, turn east (right) on the Warm Lake Highway.  It will take you to the upper end of the South Fork Salmon River.  There is a road that parallels the South Fork Salmon River and runs ...
7/10/13
A: Yes, when he has completed hunter education he can get his hunting license and go bird hunting.
7/10/13
A: A taxidermy license is not required for buying and selling antlers if you are not mounting them.
7/9/13
A: It is illegal for an individual to own a primate in the state of Idaho.
7/9/13
A: You can only apply for unlimited controlled hunts during the May 1-June 5 application period; they are not part of the second drawing.
7/9/13
A: Because returns on stocked fish in the South Fork Payette River were so low, we've moved most our stocking efforts to local ponds  in the Banks/Lowman area.  With that said, we still occasionally stock fish near campground and high-use areas.  Check the Fisheries section on our website for ...
7/9/13
A: No.  Controlled hunt tags can only be transferred to a child or grandchild.  More information about this from our website:  Any resident [or nonresident] adult person who possesses any controlled hunt tag may designate the controlled hunt tag to their resident [or nonresident] child or grandchild ...
7/8/13
A: You can salvage roadkill any time of year: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland ...
7/8/13
A: The objective of the Super Hunt is to raise funds to help pay for the Access Yes! program.  Access Yes! compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fishing and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anybody wishing to ...
7/8/13
A: Yes, they can be sold.
7/8/13
A: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, ...
7/8/13
A: Piranhas are considered an invasive species in Idaho and regulated by the Idaho Dept. of Agriculture.  You will need to secure a permit for Idaho Dept. of Agriculture to legally possess piranhas.   F08
7/7/13
A: If you were born after January 1, 1975, you must take hunter education or show proof you have held a hunting license that is valid in another state.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  Then, if you want to hunt big game with archery equipment instead of a rifle, you must ...
7/6/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office for that information.  Their phone number is 208-756-2271.
7/6/13
A: Yes, you can use parts of gamefish as bait in crayfish traps.  To be safe, I'd recommend using the inedible parts of the fish so there is no question about potential waste of a gamefish. Better yet, use canned tuna or catfood as bait.  Take a small can and punch several holes through the top and ...
7/6/13
A: It could be an early-spawning kokanee or it could be a fall Chinook salmon.  Although, fall Chinook are not typically red in color, there are color variations that have a dark red hue. F08
7/4/13
A:   We have not changed the law--there is no minimum caliber as long as you are NOT using a rimfire weapon.  (See muzzleloading equipment exception below). In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • By any means other than approved firearms, ...
7/3/13
A: Yes, crayfish and bullfrogs are the only two fish species that can legally be taken using just your hands.  Everything else requires the use of fishing gear, tackle, or traps.
7/2/13
A: All Fish and Game offices will be open Friday, July 5 from 8:00 to 5:00 local time.  They will, of course, be closed July 4.
7/2/13
A: You can have a maximum of 5 hooks per line in Idaho.  Each hook can have up to 3 points. F08
7/2/13
A: There are no prohibitions in Fish and Game Code preventing you from carrying a firearm while archery hunting. Idaho does not require the wearing of hunter orange to hunt game, except: all upland game bird and upland game animal hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange (a minimum of 36 ...
6/30/13
A: Yes, it is legal. 
6/29/13
A: Fish and Game encourages all hunters to “Ask First” before hunting on private property to respect the property rights of others.  Our actions as hunters influence landowners' support for wildlife and public access.  Idaho Code Section 36-1603 defines  "cultivated" as "soil that is being or has ...
6/29/13
A: Depends on where you're planning on fishing.  In north Idaho, the general bag limit on bass is 6 fish of any size.  In the southern  and eastern part of the state, the general bag limit is 6 bass with a minimum size of 12." F08
6/29/13
A: There is no limit on the number of crayfish you can catch in Lake Coeur d'Alene.  With a fishing license you can only "soak" 5 traps.  Traps must not be greater than 8 cubic feet in volume or no more than 2' high, wide, or long.   F08
6/29/13
A: Go to any license vendor and request a "duplicate" license.  The cost is $7.50. F08
6/29/13
A: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
6/29/13
A: Resident general season tags are on sale now (June 2013)
6/28/13
A: — Key Dates for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn and fall Bear Controlled Hunts — 1st controlled hunt application period May 1 - June 5. Successful 1st draw applicants will be notified by July 10. Tags may only be picked up through August 1 (except for unlimited hunts). List of leftover hunts for the second ...
6/28/13
A: Please check with the public land management agency regarding placing bait on public land. Here is information about baiting a site before the season and then hunting the site later for deer and elk after the bait is removed: Idaho hunting rules prohibit the use of bait, including salt in any form ...
6/27/13
A: Your friend can go with you even if he is not hunting.
6/27/13
A: Cold coupled with elevation.  Indeed it is cold in the Snake River, but it’s also nearly 1,000 feet lower in elevation (assuming you are referring to the American Falls area, where bass fishing is good).  As such, it has a longer growing season than Ririe does.  There are also springs that dump in ...
6/27/13
A: The Idaho hunting license that you purchase to buy your elk tag also covers hunting forest grouse.  You can harvest forest grouse during your elk hunt.
6/26/13
A: Everyone who drew has been notified.    
6/26/13
A: Not more than 10% of the tags in any hunt can go to nonresident hunters.  That said, the draw is random.  Here is a simplified version of how the controlled hunt drawing system works: The procedure has been computerized since 1973 and was certified random by Boise State University professors in ...
6/26/13
A: Yes, salt does attract deer.  Here is information about using salt to attract big game animals in Idaho for the purpose of baiting animals: Hunting rules vary from state to state.  Idaho hunting rules prohibit the use of bait, including salt in any form (liquid or solid) in the hunting/taking of ...
6/26/13
A: No, controlled hunts cannot be traded between friends.
6/25/13
A: Yes, you can do that.  The application period for deer controlled hunts is May 1-June 5.
6/25/13
A: Yes.  You must have an Idaho fishing license and can only use this type of gear on nongame fish such as carp and suckers.  More information: Archery and Spear Fishing:  Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only in ...
6/25/13
A: There isn't a special bow-fishing license.  All that is needed is a fishing license. More information: Archery and Spear Fishing: 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 ...
6/25/13
A: No, the opener is still the 5th of July.
6/25/13
A: A youth under the age of 14 may fish for salmon without a license and permit BUT in order for them to keep a salmon over 24" in length, it must be recorded on an accompaning adult anglers salmon permit.  If a resident youth wants their own bag limit, they can purchase their own salmon permit (no ...
6/25/13
A: Yes, a resident youth may fish for salmon, without a salmon permit, and report the catch of adult salmon over 24" in length on a licensed adult angler's salmon permit.  A resident youth under the age of 14 may also buy their own salmon permit and possess their own daily bag limit of salmon.
6/25/13
A: Any vendor can issue tags.  The list of our vendors is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm. Tags can also be purchased online or by phone (1-800-554-8685).    
6/25/13
A: Walleye were first introduced into Oakley Reservoir in 1989.  According to our stocking records these fish were reared and stocked from a New Mexico source.  However, the records do not specify any specific hatchery source.  These fish were, and still are, stocked as fry.   
6/25/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't sell fish (or crayfish).  Our hatcheries raise fish to stock in public waters.  We can issue a Private Pond permit to a landowner.  The landowner can then purchase their own fish to stock their pond.  Details are on our website at fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/? ...
6/24/13
A: Fish and Game offices are open from 8-5.  Call us if it is between those hours.  Call local law enforcement if it is after those hours. Idaho Fish and Game Office Locations and Contact Numbers Panhandle Region…1-208-769-1414 (Coeur d’Alene) Clearwater Region…1-208-799-5010 (Lewiston) Southwest ...
6/24/13
A: During 2012, there were so many people fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir that the irrigation company couldn't get past the vehicles parked on the dam to get to their pump house.  One instance involved the irrigation company accidentally bumping a private vehicle parked on the dam and causing some ...
6/24/13
A: Idaho does not have any kind of permit or license requirement for live-trapping unprotected varmints such as the raccoon.
6/24/13
A: Contact the IDFG region office in your area for information. Idaho Fish and Game Office Locations and Contact Numbers Panhandle Region…1-208-769-1414 (Coeur d’Alene) Clearwater Region…1-208-799-5010 (Lewiston) Southwest Region…1-208-465-8465 (Nampa) Magic Valley Region…1-208-324-4359 (Jerome) ...
6/24/13
A: In the area described below, the Hagerman WMA is closed to waterfowl hunting.  Youth cannot hunt there either EXCEPT during IDFG sponsored youth waterfowl hunts.  Contact the Magic Valley Region office for information about these sponsored events.  Their phone number is 1-208-324-4359.   Areas ...
6/24/13
A: The Chinook carcass needs to be kept as cool as possible to discourage bacteria growth.  When you are done fishing for the day and your fish is recorded on your Salmon permit, you can:  remove the head and tail provided the skin of the fish remains attached to the flesh including a portion from a ...
6/24/13
A: We have not documented natural spawning below the dam.  I am sure spawning occurs but the young do not appear to survive long enough to be caught in the fishery.  We tag all of the sturgeon stocked.  The fish we have surveyed appear to all be of hatchery origin.  
6/23/13
A: Resident duplicate licenses are $7.25 and are available from any vendor. (Duplicate tags are also $7.25 but they are only available from Fish and Game region offices and Headquarters).
6/23/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.
6/23/13
A: There is a three-day salmon/steelhead permit that costs $37.50 and there is a three-day small game license that costs $35.50.  We also have a daily fishing license that would cost $12.75 for the first plus $6.00 for each additional day.  
6/22/13
A: No.  The only time hunters can apply for a controlled hunt with an unlimited number of permits is during the regular application period---May 1 to June 5.
6/22/13
A: Where the Salmon River flows through the Clearwater and Salmon Region, there is no length limit on bass and you can harvest a maximum of 6 per day.  Where the Salmon River flows through the Southwest Region (mouth of Little Salmon upstream to the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River) there is ...
6/20/13
A: Bass in Ririe Reservoir generally do not live much past age 6.  Based on the data we have, a 3 year old bass is about 6 inches in length, a 4 year old is about 8 inches, and a 5 year old bass is about 10 inches.  A small percentage of fish will live past 6, but they are the exception, and not the ...
6/19/13
A: There were no leftover moose hunts for 2013.
6/19/13
A: There were no leftover moose hunts for 2013.
6/19/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead:  Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally ...
6/19/13
A: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish:   Only five (5) crayfish traps can be fished with a valid fishing license. If more than five traps are used at one time, you must obtain a Commercial Fishing License and trap tags. ngame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and crayfish may be taken only in ...
6/19/13
A: Based on a review of the website, it does appear the sight is legal for muzzleloader and archery only hunts in Idaho.  If the sight created a magnified view of the animal, or contained any electronic or tritium powered light source – there would be limitations on their use in Idaho.
6/19/13
A: Yes, there are certainly perch in Lake Pend Oreille.  They can be accessed from the shore in many areas.  On the northeast portion of the lake, the Denton Slough area is a good place to fish for them, as would be the Clark Fork Delta around the drift yard.  The area around Hope can be good also, ...
6/19/13
A: Yes, a citation for fishing without a license would show up on a background check of any Fish and Game violations.  
6/19/13
A: It varies based on the projected number of hatchery produced fish returning each year.  In 2013, it was between 450 - 500. F08
6/18/13
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 ...
6/18/13
A: Contact Idaho Parks and Recreation at 1-208-334-4199 for information about obtaining an Invasive Species sticker to use the boat in Idaho waters.
6/18/13
A: Please contact the Upper Snake Region office for that information.  Their number is 208-525-7290.
6/17/13
A: Many IDFG Regions don't have limits on crappie BUT some waters do have limits.  You can look up the body of water you will be fishing to find out by using the Fishing Planner on our website.  Information about finding and using the fishing planner is copied below: The Fishing Planner is a resource ...
6/17/13
A: Unfortunately, no. The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for ...
6/17/13
A: It is legal to use felt bottom soled footwear in Idaho waters.
6/17/13
A: Mussels are filter feeders and they will taste similar to the substrate and quality of water in which they reside. They also will bioaccumulate heavy metals and other contaminants to a certain degree. There isn't any time of year that they are more safe to eat than at other times.
6/17/13
A: You must have a hunting license to hunt in Idaho even on private property.  If you are not an Idaho resident yet you can get a nongame license that will allow you to hunt coyotes.
6/16/13
A: If the child is a resident the adult doesn't have to have a fishing license.  Nonresident children must fish with someone who has a license.
6/16/13
A: No, it isn't legal to use mechanical or expanding broadheads for the taking of big game.
6/16/13
A: If you are outside of tribal lands  you must have an Idaho fishing license. 
6/16/13
A: The results will be posted close to July 10.
6/16/13
A: Predatory wildlife (raccoon, coyote, jackrabbit, weasel, skunk, and starling) and unprotected wildlife may be legally hunted with an Airgun at any time and in any amount. Cottontail rabbit and Snowshoe hares may be hunted with an Airgun during season (See Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey ...
6/16/13
A: You cannot make reservations ahead of time.  You register when you arrive at the campground.  If you have more questions, contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465.
6/16/13
A: Contact Idaho Parks and Recreation at 1-208-334-4199 for information about obtaining an Invasive Species sticker to use the boat in Idaho waters.
6/15/13
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Wednesday, June 12, adopted a Chinook salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon River to open Friday, July 5. Fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until further notice. Managers anticipate a shorter fishery on the South Fork because fewer ...
6/15/13
A: No; archery hunting requires a class or experience.  If a person has archery experience, they have hunted before and they don't qualify for the hunting passport.
6/15/13
A: Contact the IDFG region office in your area for information. Idaho Fish and Game Office Locations and Contact Numbers Panhandle Region…1-208-769-1414 (Coeur d’ Alene) Clearwater Region…1-208-799-5010 (Lewiston) Southwest Region…1-208-465-8465 (Nampa) Magic Valley Region…1-208-324-4359 (Jerome) ...
6/14/13
A: Not removing or checking crayfish traps is a misdemeanor in Idaho.  Fine will probably be around $100.   F08
6/14/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/14/13
A: Please contact the city to find out whether you are in the city limits or not.  And you should check with the county also to see if they have any prohibitions against it.       
6/13/13
A: Call the Southwest Region office to see if they have recommendations for you.  Their number is 465-8465.    
6/13/13
A: The application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and turkey hunts was May 1-June 5. 
6/13/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/12/13
A: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish   Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and crayfish may be taken only in waters open to fishing; provided the seine or net does not exceed ten (10) feet in length or width, and nets and seines must have three-eighths (3/8) inch square or smaller mesh; and ...
6/12/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Parts: Lawfully harvested wildlife parts – except edible meat from game animals – may be purchased, bartered or sold when accompanied by a written statement showing said wildlife was lawfully harvested. If black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf parts – excluding ...
6/12/13
A: From your local regional office ask for a "Disable License Verification" form.  Once your doctor signs the form signifying that you are disabled, you can take that to your local Fish and Game office to purchase a discounted disabled fishing license. F08
6/12/13
A: If you have purchased your 2013 hunting license, you will have to wait until December 1, 2013 to purchase a three year license for 2014 through 2016. Three year licenses expire on December 31 of the third year. For example, A three year hunting license purchased in July of 2013 will expire on  ...
6/12/13
A: The rules for this are up to the landowner or land manager such as BLM, Forest Service or Idaho Fish and Game.  Contact the land management agency for that information.
6/11/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/11/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/11/13
A: Superhunts are available to residents and nonresidents.
6/11/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/11/13