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A: This violation is a misdemeanor.  The penalties include a fine that can range from $25.00 to $1,000.00 plus court costs and may include jail time up to six months.  The magistrate may revoke fishing, hunting and/or trapping privileges for up to three years.  If an animal is involved there is an ...
4/26/14
A: Channel catfish do successfully spawn in a few waterbodies throughout the state, however, most waters in North Idaho do not maintain the minimum water temperature long enough (>75 F) for reproduction. Channel catfish are a relatively long lived fish ~15 - 20 years and grow rapidly when young.  ...
4/26/14
A: Paintball is prohibited on lands owned and managed by IDFG (WMAs, access sites ...) by rule IDAPA 13.01.03.100.p. http://adm.idaho.gov/adminrules/rules/idapa13/0103.pdf. If the land is managed by other agencies, you must contact them.
4/26/14
A: You must purchase a hunting license and a regular deer tag.  They are both sold over-the-counter so you can purchase them when you want after July for fall hunting.  The deer tag is valid for any general season hunt, including unit 27. The season dates for unit 27 are September 15-October 31.  It ...
4/27/14
A: By rule, it is illegal to transport live crayfish away from the body of water where they were captured.  This is to prevent spreading of invasive crayfish to new waters and to prevent crayfish diseases and parasites from being spread to waters that may not contain the disease or parasite. Crayfish ...
4/27/14
A: Hunter education is required for everyone getting a hunting license in the state of Idaho who was born January 1, 1975 or later.  A concealed weapons permit is not a replacement for a hunter education course.
4/28/14
A: You are correct.  Here is the information from the Big Game rules book: Containers: No bait may be contained within paper, plastic, glass, metal, wood, or other nonbiodegradable materials, except that a single metal container with a maximum size of 55 gallons may be used if securely attached at ...
4/28/14
A: During the May 1-June 5 application period you can apply for more than one species (on separate applications, of course).    
4/28/14
A:   Deer hunters may choose either a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under "2014 Regular Deer Tag Seasons" on pages 15-19 and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons as long as the unit is open for ...
4/29/14
A: Turkey populations are higher in other parts of the state.   If looking in Unit 39 then historic places include Cottonwood Creek and up in the Grimes and Idaho City area.
4/29/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014.  
4/29/14
A: In short-range weapon hunts, you may use any of the following when hunting with a muzzleloader:  pelletized powder, sabots, magnifying scopes, 209 primers, closed breach, and projectiles made of some or all non-lead material.
4/29/14
A: Ok, as biologists we like to have data "in-hand" before setting seasons and bag limits.  The primary information we rely on is the number of Passive Induced Transponder (PIT) tagged adult fish that pass the first dam on the Columbia River (Bonneville) on their journey up the Columbia and Snake ...
4/29/14
A: Thank you for your question.  The current (Fiscal Year 2014) starting annual salary for a Conservation Officer is $33,987 ($16.34 per hour x 2,080 hours).  If you have further questions, please contact the IDFG Human Resources office at (208) 334-3773.
4/30/14
A: Idaho no longer pays for the removal of northern pikeminnow.  There is a northern pikeminnow removal program on the Snake River below Hells Canyon that is administered by Oregon.  Check their website for more details - if you are interested in participating.   F08
4/30/14
A: If you are not hunting, a hunting license is not required.  
5/1/14
A: Mallard ducks are classified as waterfowl and are a protected migratory bird.  But wild mallards would not nest under a playground slide.  Without seeing the bird , I would guess the mallard was a domestic release or a crossbreed. Typical duck behavior would be to build a nest away from people in ...
5/1/14
A: Failure to submit a Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, or pronhorn hunting will not prevent you from applying for or drawing a controlled hunt tag.
5/2/14
A: There are a number of locations a person could experience a comintation hunt that could include 2 or more of the groups you are looking for.  Many folks hunt the South Fork of the Boise for Mule deer and chukar, or later in the year you could hunt for elk and chukar.  Parts of Unit 32 and 32A ...
5/2/14
A: Yes, that is correct. Unless otherwise specified, the hunts are "any weapon" hunts. Hunt # 2044 is an any weapon antlerless elk hunt.
5/3/14
A: The motorized hunting rules do not apply to upland birds. The Idaho Fish and Game's motorized hunting rules apply to big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, in designated units from August 30 through December 31.Motorized hunting use restrictions apply to units 29, 30 ...
5/3/14
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nez Perce Tribe annually PIT ag more than 200,000 Spring/Summer Chinoook Salmon smolts released from Idaho hatcheries in the Clearwater, Snake, and Salmon rivers. PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags smaller ...
5/4/14
A: That is correct. If you have additional questions, please contact our license section at 208-334-2592. Thanks.
5/4/14
A: We will have the trophy controlled hunt results available online by the end of May. 
5/5/14
A: Citizens have the right to protect their person and property including pets. It is legal to kill a predator if your dog is attacked.  When investigated evidence of the attach must be clearly apparent.
5/5/14
A: Black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and foxes  may be pursued with hounds. Although not classified as "game animals," raccoons and coyotes may also be pursued with hounds.   A hound hunter permit is required.
5/5/14
A: Thanks a bunch for the note.  We often are looking so hard for new fishing opportunities that we miss the obvious one's under our nose.  I'll talk with our "crack" web staff and see if we can get it added to our Fishing Planner and Family Fishing Waters.  Next time you go fishing at Williams Pond ...
5/5/14
A: Answer:  This is the most complicated part of reporting the harvest statistics. I'm pretty sure that you are asking about deer and elk general hunt harvest estimates on the IDFG web site. We have 3 kinds of general hunting seasons, for most of our hunts, but the names are confusing."Any Weapon" is ...
5/5/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for your second tag.  They go on sale for that purpose on August 1.
5/6/14
A: Starting in 2007, IDFG began to add disability certifications to customer records based upon the documentation the individual supplied. Those who provided documentation showing they were currently receiving SSI, SSDI, nonservice connected disability or railroad disability benefits where given a ...
5/6/14
A: Idaho Code Section  36-1201(c) requires a person to have the proper required license on his person at all times while hunting, fishing, or trapping, and to produce the original license for inspection upon request of a person authorized to enforce fish and game laws. This legal requirement places ...
5/7/14
A: Please contact the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-8137.  
5/7/14
A: Over the counter resident deer and elk tags go on sale July 10.
5/7/14
A: Shooting restrictions are put in place by BLM on the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. You can find this information on BLM's website; here is the current link: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/birds_of_prey_nca/man... Types of ground squirrels classified by ...
5/7/14
A: There are no boating restrictions on Redfish Lake.  If you go in the late summer/fall you can now see sockeye spawning at the upper end of the lake.  Redfish Lake was named for the large numbers of sockeye it once produced.   F08
5/7/14
A: Waiting periods are based on first application and drawing periods only. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled antlered-only deer hunt in the first drawing in 2013 may NOT apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one (1) year or until 2015. Except that a person may ...
5/8/14
A: I am aware of at least 2 antlered cow elk that have been killed by hunters in Idaho.  It is a rare condition, but does occassionally happen
5/8/14
A: Yes.
5/8/14
A: Unfortunately, these return information are not available to post online quite yet.   We've created a page explaining the situation here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fish/hatchery-returns-chinook In the interim, I think we've provided some very good information in the new Fish Talk ...
5/9/14
A: Yes, we recommend sportsmen and sportswomen work together to deconflict overlaping activities through diplomacy while sharing the resource.
5/9/14
A: There are a couple of reasons we require personal information on all applications for permits and licenses.  First, several years ago the legislature passed a law that said “people who are behind on child support payments could not possess a license or permit issued from the State of Idaho”.  The ...
5/9/14
A: Idaho Parks and Recreation along with the counties regulate watercraft in Idaho.  The one permit you do need is an invasive species sticker.  The sticker is required on all hard-sided boats 10' or more feet in length.  This includes kayaks, canoes, and inflatable rafts.     F08
5/9/14
A: Yes, No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. a.  With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighs more than sixteen (16) pounds. b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) buck. c. With any rimfire ...
5/9/14
A: First, I admire your conviction to salmon fishing in Idaho. If you possess a disabled hunting/fishing license and can demonstrate to an officer that you lack the stamina to play the fish - it will be acceptable to have someone reel in your salmon that you hooked.
5/10/14
A: To provide you with an accurate answer, we will need some additional information. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 or our enforcement bureau at 208-334-3736.
5/10/14
A: I would suggest contacting one of our wildlife biologists at our regional office in Salmon. You can reach the office by telephone at (208) 756-2271.
5/10/14
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game rules do not preclude you from using a bow to take carp from Park Center Pond, but City of Boise Municipal Code 06-04-02 prohibits the use of a bow other other device that fires a projectile outside of approved ranges or on private property.  Park Center Pond is a ...
5/11/14
A: Because this program benefits hunters and anglers by opening up private land through the Access Yes Program, the nonresident quotas are not applied to the super hunt drawings.
5/12/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014. I will check when the ...
5/13/14
A: In Idaho, wildlife is considered property that the state manages on behalf of its citizens. There is a public interest in ensuring people are complying with state laws related to hunting, fishing, and trapping on both public and private land, so that Idahoans can enjoy hunting and other wildlife- ...
5/13/14
A: It depends.  When the water is high in the Little Salmon, many of the fish will stay in the main Salmon River and not proceed up the Little Salmon.  In low water years or when the spring is cool and snow melts gradually, then they run the Little Salmon, earlier. Because the Snake River below Hells ...
5/13/14
A: Yes - except around Dworshak National Fish Hatchery (mainstem and North Fork) and the Tribal Hatchery fish ladder.   Check our website for a copy of the Idaho 2014 Chinook Salmon Season and Rules brochure.
5/14/14
A: Yes, as long as the camera is installed where you have a legal right to be, such as public land or permission from a private landowner. Idah Code 36-1101 addresses devices accessed via the internet. Devices Accessed via Internet.(A)  No person shall shoot at or kill any bird or animal in Idaho, ...
5/14/14
A: Try to reach your local regional office to get more information for this. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/?getPage=169  
5/14/14
A: You need to have resided in Idaho for 6 months, so on June 15th you will qualify for a resident license.  There are several ways you can prove that you moved to Idaho on January 15th.  Show us rent statements that demonstrate the date you move to your residence, a letter from your employer stating ...
5/14/14
A: It took a litte bit but here is what has been provided me by the Idaho State Historical Society:No citation, but the YMCA has a great story about how it got its name. http://ycampidaho.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-horsethief-got-its-name.html    
5/14/14
A: The Middle Fork Boise River is open year-around for fishing.  You can keep 6 trout EXCEPT from the confluence with the North Fork Boise River to Atlanta Dam.  In this reach you can only keep 2 trout and they must be at least 14" long.  Artificial flies and lures only with a barbless hook is ...
5/14/14
A: Here is a five year count of nonresident general season tags purchased by residents as a second tag. Year Elk Deer 2009 305 706 2010 271 617 2011 270 588 2012 293 685 2013 324 728  
5/14/14
A: First, thanks for the note.  Water was just turned into the pond last week.  It is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout the first week in June and again just before the 4th of July.  It should receive about 600 fish in each stocking event. For more information, contact Regional Fisheries ...
5/15/14
A: I understand your frustration. We have weed problems in several of the ponds at which we manage fish populations and fisheries. Although, IDFG stocks fish in Sego Pond, we do not manage weeds.  Sego Pond is managed by the city of Kuna. I heard that the city treated the pond earlier this year.   ...
5/16/14
A: There are a couple of important points to address in your questions. A desired outcome of managing the salmon fisheries is for all areas open to fishing have successful and meaningful fisheries. The one-fish bag limit is one tool that can be used to achieve that. More importantly, the one-fish bag ...
5/17/14
A: I would suggest contacting our wildlife staff in our Salmon Region office at (208) 756-2271. The local biologists will be able to provide the best advice.
5/17/14
A: These opportunities are not available to sign up for online currently. To find volunteer opportunities such as you describe, please contact your local regional office: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/?getPage=170
5/17/14
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/it-legal-idaho-use-mechan... No, it is not legal to use mechanical or expanding broadheads for the taking of big game.
5/17/14
A: We are guessing that you are asking about the super hunt drawings based on the mention of the May 31 deadline. Applications not selected in the first super hunt drawing held in June do not go into the second drawing held in August. Only those applications purchased from June 1 through August 10 ...
5/17/14
A: Your question is one asked by many anglers, especially when counts of salmon at the dams are higher but we have to close harvest in parts of the river. You started to answer the question yourself - more fish will return to the Salmon River basin than the Clearwater River basin this year. As of May ...
5/18/14
A: The data that feed this page are currently not available. We're working with the data provider to get this information online as soon as possible. The page will live here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fish/hatchery-returns-chinook  You can find the broodstock goals as well as some ...
5/18/14
A: There are posted signs on the river in the northfork, from near the confluence to the Asahaka bridge. Within that zone fishing from boats is not allowed. Above the bridge to a posted line below the dam is open to boat fishing. Please check the chinook fishing regulations pamphlet for a better ...
5/18/14
A: Tributaries, such as Lolo Creek, are closed to Chinook salmon fishing.  See the top of page 2 of the 2014 Chinook Salmon Seasons & Rules for the Snake, Clearwater, Lochsa, Lower Salmon, and Little Salmon rivers. At the point where the entire flow of Lolo Creek is contained within a defined ...
5/19/14
A: IDFG has been approached by many customers over several years asking why we don't allow licenses to be printed at home when being purchased via the Internet. Based on those many comments and suggestions, the IDFG made the change in April of 2013 to allow customers to print their licenses purchased ...
5/19/14
A: The quotas are updated weekly based on information collected from the Lower Snake Dams and creel information collected on the Idaho rivers where the fishing takes place.  Here are this weeks calculations:  
5/19/14
A: The Filer Ponds contain crappie that can be fished from the bank.  We had reports earlier this spring of 8"+ fish.  If you don't mind traveling and have a boat the Bruneau Arm of C.J. Strike Reservoir is also a good place to try.  Bliss Reservoir also has crappie but a boat is also needed to fish ...
5/19/14
A: Here is a basic illustration on how the drawing works. The drawing is based on application and not applicant. If there is a group application the system recognizes it as one application. To start the system takes all applications and randomly assigns them a new number. This process is completed a ...
5/19/14
A: Setting traps within 30 feet of exposed bait is not allowed.  Eggs would be considered bait.  The reason is to prevent protected avian species from getting captured incidentally.  You would need to conceal the eggs.
5/19/14
A: The short answer is yes. During this first application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and fall turkey all hunters can submit applications except those who have submitted an application for a moose, big horn sheep or mountain goat. Hunters need to read the rules of application found on ...
5/20/14
A: Jeff Knetter is our Upland Game & Migratory Bird Program Coordinator.  He can be reached at (208) 334-2920.  You can also contact wildlife biologists in each of our administrative regions.  You can find their contact information here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/. For the ...
5/20/14
A: Yes, the IDFG Regional Office is the one that issues the tags.
5/20/14
A: It depends on which Twin Lakes you are referring.  If this is the Twin Lakes in North Idaho, there is no minimum length limit on bass.  If this is the Twin Lakes in the Southeast Region of Idaho, then the minimum length on harvestable bass is 12".   As a "rule-of-thumb" waters north of the Salmon ...
5/20/14
A: We won't know for a couple more weeks.  The quota will be based on population projections from PIT Chinook passing Lower Granite Dam.  Once we know that most of the PIT tagged adult salmon have passed the last dam before entering Idaho, we will set the quota.   F08
5/21/14
A: No. An archery validation is required only for those hunts that are restricted to archery equipment only. An archery validation is not required to hunt with a bow during an Any-weapon season.
5/21/14
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not have a program for raising and releasing upland game birds.  In fact, studies have shown that on average, only 60% of released pheasants survive the initial week of release.  After one month, roughly 25% will remain. Over-winter survival seldom ...
5/22/14
A: Yes. The one year waiting period is for those who have drawn an antlered hunt and must wait one year to submit an application for an antlered hunt. You can submit an application for an either sex or antlerless hunt. Just make sure you do not submit an application with an antlered only hunt even as ...
5/22/14
A: We update harvest and quotas on a weekly basis.  Watch "Fish Talk" on our Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game webpage.  Click on the "Fisheries" tab and look for the button in the middle of the page.
5/22/14
A: Those numbers will vary from year to year so this answer applies only to this year's return. The actual or final percentages won't be known until all fish have returned to Idaho; that will be sometime in late June or early July. Based on the pre-season forecast of fish retuning to areas in Idaho ...
5/22/14
A: Based on input from hundreds of anglers, Chinook Salmon harvest quotas were set up for different river reaches in the Clearwater River drainage.  These harvest quotas were set up to insure that communities located across the drainage would have fair opportunities to fish for salmon.  For the lower ...
5/22/14
A: Fish released from native American hatcheries aren't required to have their adipose fin clipped - but they do clip a portion to help differentiate the released fish as "hatchery origin."  The reason some of the hatchery fish are not clipped when they are released is to make sure enough adult ...
5/22/14
A: On page 38 of the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet, bottom right hand column, are the rules for Willow Creek and all tributaries to Willow Creek.  The season for all tributaries: July 1 - March 31, you can harvest 6 trout but none of them can be cutthroat trout.  All Willow Creek tributaries ( ...
5/22/14
A: No it is not legal to shoot seagulls.  Seagulls are federally protected.
5/23/14
A: You are correct.  The definition of a "floattube" in Idaho Code specifically states "that the seat must be in the water in order to be classified as a floattube."  We have internally discussed on several occasions updating this definition to include more modern styles of floatation craft.  This ...
5/23/14
A: There are no prerequisites for obtaining an Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit.  Applications can be made at IDFG Regional Offices.  Renewals are required every three years.
5/23/14
A: Ok, the "web-gremlins" have been busy.  Those ** are misplaced and will be removed.  Thanks for checking on us.   #Update: The Idaho Record Fish page reflects this change. Thank you!
5/27/14
A: Thank you for your interest in becoming a hunter education instructor. Our instructors are an important part of Idaho's hunter education program. In Idaho, we have 1200 instructors that teach over 700 courses to 15,000 students each year. Hunter education instructors teach firearm safety, wildlife ...
5/27/14
A: The convenience fee is collected by the contractor who provides the online license system. The fees they collect go to pay for the software code, system enhancements to keep the site current, the hardware to host the site, all system licenses, system maintenence and printing and mailing items to ...
5/27/14
A: Chesterfield Reservoir, located in our Southeast Region is managed as a "quality fishery."  It is annually stocked with rainbow trout, however, the daily trout limit is 2 per licensed angler. Chesterfield Reservoir is very "productive" and grows big fish in a short amount of time.  The real ...
5/27/14
A: To provide our customers with the best service and as much opportunity as possible to submit an application for a controlled hunt, we allow individuals to submit applications that are post marked no later than the last application date. For Moose, Sheep and Goat this would be April 30. Fish and ...
5/27/14
A: I would suggest contacting your Regional IDFG office and explaining your situation.  In certain cases IDFG will assist with fencing of hay yards.  Fencing of vegtable gardens is usually left to the homeowner.  Each region has a Landowner Sportsman Coordinator, that is who you should talk with.
5/27/14
A: As of last week (prior to Memorial Day) water level was down about 10'.  Fishing was spotty with a few perch and rainbow being caught.  I did talk with a bass angler who had some luck on the east side of the reservoir.  Look for rocky points and shoreline. All ramps are usable including Hot ...
5/27/14
A: Immediate Family Member.  Includes wife, husband, child, mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, stepchild, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  
5/28/14
A: No, not in unit 67.  The answer on 4/13 responded to a different question regarding a Controlled Hunt bear tag.  You could still kill 2 bears a year, one in 67 and one in a second bear tag unit (Unit 4, 4A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16A, 17, 19, 20, 20A, 26, 27), or a unit in which you had a CH tag.
5/28/14
A: There are personal quotas on otters (2) and regional quotas on otters as well.  Also, there are limits in some areas on beavers.  However, there are no personal limits on other furbearers.  page 37 season limits for otter; page 35 CH for beaver.  There are trapping restrictions on season, and ...
5/29/14