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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
A: Finding organizations to except wildgame meat can be problematic.  This is due primarily because the meat is not inspected and any group or association desiring to transfer wildgame meat must contact the Food Program Compliance Officer of the State Department of Health and Welfare, Division of ...
5/29/14
A: Yes. General season and controlled hunt tags are currently the same price. The only difference is the application fee required to apply for a controlled hunt.
5/29/14
A: That all depends on how good fishing gets once flows drop.  We will keep an eye on harvest in relation to what is showing up at the hatchery.  Typically a two fish limit is sufficient to reach what our non-tribal harvest share is this year (~6400 adult fish). Good luck fishing.
5/30/14
A: Due to the configuration of private and public lands in Idaho, sometimes it is difficult or impossible to get to sections of public land without first needing to cross private land.  In those cases, you need permission from the landowner to cross their private lands.  IDFG is working with ...
5/30/14
A: If you draw and purchase a controlled hunt deer tag, you may also purchase one nonresident general season deer tag at the nonresident price as a second tag. Hunters can purchase unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tags at the nonresident price as a second tag.
5/30/14
A: Yes. You will need to read the big game season proclamations for season dates. Some elk zones have limited numbers of tags available and hunters can purchase tags until the quotas are sold out. Hunters can purchase deer, elk, bear, mtn lion, wolf, and turkey tags over the counter.
5/30/14
A: Yes, your fishing license is valid for the dates listed on the license, even if you move out of Idaho.  However, if you return to Idaho after you have established residency in another state you must purchase any additional tags and permits at nonresident prices.
5/30/14
A: The animals in question are likely 1) northern pocket gophers, 2) meadow voles, 3) Uinta ground squirrels. All are common in Teton Valley and are important prey species for raptors, badgers, foxes etc.... Northern pocket gophers are burrowing mammals that typically only surface to clip forbs that ...
5/30/14
A: The basis of active wildlife management is to monitor various populations for reproductive and mortality rates in order to determine how many animals can be taken (harvested) while still maintaining a healthy overall population.  Control actions are sometimes needed when wildlife populations grow ...
5/31/14
A: Next time, ask the chef to check with their restaurant buyers to identify the source of the trout being served.  There is no commercial harvest of rainbow trout allowed in Idaho from streams.  The majority of trout sold from Idaho is raised in the Magic Valley (Twin Falls/Hagerman) area on water ...
6/2/14
A: You can use up to 5 barbless hooks per line while fishing for salmon or steelhead.   That probably won't work in the Little Salmon River for Chinook fishing but you might be able to utilize extra hooks while trolling for steelhead.
6/2/14
A: Yes you will need a hunting license to purchase a wolf tag. Licenses can be purchased via the Internet at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/. over the telephone at 800-554-8685, any license vendor http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, or through the mail to any Idaho ...
6/3/14
A: Yes. You can use an extra turkey tag for the fall hunt.
6/3/14
A: Must be post marked no later than June 5th.
6/3/14
A: That's a good question.  We became aware of those signs last week, and are currently trying to ascertain why those are up, who put them up, and how to best address public access along the river.  For the short term, it is probably best to avoid that area until we can resolve this issue with the ...
6/4/14
A: Condie Reservoir did not drain last year. The reservoir got extremely low in 2012, but some fish survived. We supplemented the bass and bluegill populations in 2013. Catch rates may be lower than normal because these populations are still recovering. 
6/4/14
A: Yes, the possession limit for trout is the same as the daily bag limit.  Even if you are gone for the weekend (3 days) you can still only have one possession/bag limit per licensed or resident angler in your vehicle.  In most places in Idaho, that is 6 trout per licensed angler while in transit.
6/4/14
A: The Upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon chinook fisheries opened on June 21.  Harvest updates will be posted on the IDFG website here http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=114 as they are available.  
6/4/14
A: The red fox is classified as a furbearer in Idaho.  In Jefferson County however, there is a year-long hunting and trapping season on them which requires a hunting or trapping license.  Also, if caught in the act of harassing or killing your pets or farm animals, they can also be killed without a ...
6/5/14
A: The nets placed in Payette Lake were to allow us to 1) assess the body condition of lake trout in Payette Lake and 2) to make a population estimate of the lake trout in Payette Lake. We have a known number of tagged lake trout in the waterbody from previous trapping efforts.  We can then use the ...
6/5/14
A: Yes, you can purchase consecutive 3-day salmon steelhead licenses.  To make this work at a vendor, have them issue the first 3-day license, close the transaction, and then start a new transaction to issue the second licese with the new dates.
6/5/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: The reason we haven't been posting trap return numbers for Rapid River has to do with modernization of our website and conversion of website tools in our old format to a new format.  Sounds simple, right?  We presently have the numbers posted on our website and fisheries staff are manually ...
6/5/14
A: We appreciate your question regarding becoming an Idaho Conservation Officer.  Your preparation to become an Officer should start now.  Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are required.  These courses may include Wildlife ...
6/5/14
A: No license or permit is required to fish for salmon on free fishing day.  All other rules apply such as following the daily bag limit, using a barbless hook and observing the salmon fishing hours.
6/5/14
A: Elk:                               6 – Idaho                               1 – Texas                               1 – California
6/6/14
A: Idaho Parks and Recreation enforces boating rules in Idaho.  What you need are:  a fire extinguisher, properly rated life jackets for all people in your boat, a whistle or horn that can be heard at a distance of 100 feet, and your current boat registration with hull sticker and ID numbers.   If ...
6/6/14
A: Live bait isn't your best bet for Mann Lake bass; artificial lures are far more productive there. Most of the standard bass lures work well in Mann Lake.  Plastic worms or creature baits, and jigs tipped with a bulky trailer are excellent choices and should be fished right into cover like wood and ...
6/7/14
A: Thanks for your interest in Baptie Lake in the Copper Basin.  As you note, Baptie is capable of growing some very large trout.  In the past, the fishery has been supported by cutthroat trout, although in more recent times, grayling and now golden trout have been stocked.  We switched to goldens to ...
6/9/14
A: I measured a Gamakatsu 3/0 octopus hook and its gap width is just under 5/8ths inch, thus can be used for salmon and steelhead fishing. A 4/0 would have a gap that is greater than 5/8ths inch. The measurements listed here are specific to Gamakatsu octopus hooks. A different brand or different ...
6/9/14
A: In the springtime, the Snake River in the Fort Boise area is a good bet.  Fish below islands and in back-eddy locations using worms or cut-bait.  Steck Park near Weiser is also a local favorite location.  Bank anglers do well and there are also a few knowledgable anglers who actually catch catfish ...
6/10/14
A: During the early 1990's there was a statewide push to eliminate bear baiting, hound hunting, and spring bear hunting across Idaho.  It went to the ballot and was defeated, but the Department made some adjustments to the rules as a result of the effort.  Some areas we did not allow baiting because ...
6/10/14
A: Credits to cards used by those who applied via Internet or telesales are being made. Our contractor must manually apply the credit to the card used for the application. This year there are over 2,300 credits to be applied. The contractor who provides our license system will be working through June ...
6/10/14
A: The Department will review the comments received via the website and those collected at public meetings to develop a recommended course of action.  The Commission will be briefed on the results of the public comment and asked for further direction, including consideration of the Department's ...
6/10/14
A: Yes, nothing in Idaho Code, Law or rule prohibits you from carrying a firearm. In fact Idaho Code 36-401 (g) states: Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit citizens of the United States who are residents of the state of Idaho from carrying arms for the protection of life and ...
6/10/14
A: In Idaho,  the wolf trapping course is required to trap wolves. The basic trapper education course is not required.  Participants can register for both courses on our website on the hunter education page. If you cannot find a course in your area, contact your local Fish and Game office and ask to ...
6/10/14
A: The land management agency usually has rules regarding dogs at large.  For instance most United States Forest Service Districts require leashs in their developed camping areas.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game has rules for Wildlife Management Areas that do not permit dogs or other domestic ...
6/10/14
A: Nothing in our rules prohibit citizens of the United States who are residents of the state of Idaho from carrying arms for the protection of life and property. It has always been legal to have a firearm on a four-wheeler while hunting.   Please review out Big Game seasons and rule book for ...
6/10/14
A: Because the Chinook seasons are modified frequently to allow as much angler opportunty as possible, a season map would be outdated very quickly.  However, the Interactive Season Map available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/chinook includes a visual map of current river ...
6/11/14
A: Please send in your small game hunting license with a written request for the refund to: IDFG License SectionP.O. Box 25Boise, ID 83707 Thank you.  
6/12/14
A: The controlled hunt deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, and turkey drawing will be completed and winners notified by July 10th. We're hoping to beat that date, but several things need to fall into place first. Once the results are available, there will be a news release and a note stating the draw results ...
6/12/14
A: This is not as easy of question as you might think and there are no specific rules on when or where you must clean your fish. You can actually remove the internal organs and gills anytime after reducing your fish to possession.  If you are in a boat, it's ok to throw the fish parts back into the ...
6/12/14