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A: You can use a bow in a "short-range weapon" hunt without an archery permit validation. The archery permit validation is required for archery-only hunts. However, you are required to follow the archery equipment restrictions listed on page 98 of the 2015 - 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure.
11/12/15
A: You cannot exchange a tag that you have hunted on for another tag.   In fact, you can only exchange your tag if the season on your tag has not yet started.   
11/12/15
A: If you have access to a boat, try fishing flats east of Gotts Point in 10-20 feet of water. The north shore east of Gotts Point can be good in spring from April-June as catfish move to shallow waters to spawn. The west basin is also a good area. Check the flats along the south shore of the west ...
11/12/15
A: Yes. More than 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 12 the first of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is the full news release about the Boise River steelhead stocking.
11/11/15
A: Yes, this controlled deer hunt is an "any weapon" hunt. You may use your firearm for the entire length of the hunt.
11/10/15
A: Depends on the region, what species you are interested in and what you have for facilities.  You need to contact your local regional office and outline your intentions, experience, facilities, species interests, and then the regional office can determine if you are qualified and fit into their ...
11/9/15
A: In Idaho we require seperate permits to fish for steelhead and salmon.  So, the Steelhead permit is good for fishing in the spring and fall steelhead seasons.  You need to record all steelhead caught and kept over 20" in length on your permit.  The Salmon permit is good for fishing in the spring ...
11/9/15
A: The short range weapon restriction is for big game hunting only.  Small game and predators do not have a short range restriction.   In Valley County red fox may only be taken by trapping methods.
11/9/15
A: Muzzleloader permits were initially set up to count the number of muzzleloader hunters in order to design hunts for them.  They are now included in sportsmen packs but other license purchasers who are muzzloader hunters cannot be counted or contacted/surveyed without the permits at this point.  ...
11/9/15
A: Yes, you can scent lures to increase your chances of attracting a fish.
11/6/15
A: Thread the hook through the main body of the shrimp.  If the shrimp has been frozen or is soft, some people will put a couple of half-hitches of thread around around the shrimp on the hook to hold it in-place.   Most people will use shrimp below a "Sammy" when the river temperatures are cooler in ...
11/6/15
A: You can purchase multiple wolf tags at a time.  Hunters may buy up to five gray wolf hunting tags per calendar year. Certified wolf trappers may buy up to five gray wolf trapping tags per trapping season for use in those zones with an open trapping season. For more information about wolf hunting, ...
11/6/15
A: The Idaho Fish & Game Commission evaluated nonresident deer and elk tag sales at their July 2015 meeting.  At that time, nonresident tag sales were higher compared to the previous 2 years and projected to remain strong; reflecting improved hunting expectations and a recovering economy.  After ...
11/3/15
A: A load of steelhead will be delivered to the Boise River this week (week of November 9th) and another load is scheduled to be delivered next week (November 16th) pending the weather.
11/3/15
A: Yes, so long as supplies last. Nonresidents can purchase an over-the-counter license and tag in Idaho beginning December 1st for the upcoming year. There is a cap to the number of elk and deer tags avialable to nonresidents. Many elk zones sell out quickly in popular areas so you'll want to be ...
11/3/15
A: In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin.  The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins.  Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.
11/3/15
A: A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed as specified in the Seasons and Rules.   The B tag season on the Boise River zone tag is for antlered only.  Therefore, either sex would not be allowed during the period of ...
11/3/15
A: The 2015 season for the general deer tag in unit 11A runs October 10 through November 3. To hunt white-tailed deer in unit 11A through December 1, you would need the White-tail deer tag. Tag exchanges from one type to another had to be done prior to the season opening for the tag you currently ...
11/2/15
A: If you are referencing the General Regular Deer Short Range Weapon Season in GMU 38, you can harvest a doe on a General Regular Season Deer as long as you have not harvested yet.  The last day for harvest would be November 24, 2016.
11/1/15
A: Your controlled hunt tag is only valid for the dates and hunt area listed in the current years big game rule booklet. Once the hunt to the tag you hold starts, you may not exchange it for another tag (see page 110 in the 2015 big game rule booklet). To hunt in the general season at this time, you ...
11/1/15
A: First, a very good and timely question.  As you know, the either-sex portion of the general elk season was eliminated several years ago in the Panhandle, primarily due to low calf:cow ratios that were observed during our winter helicopter surveys.  This was especially true in Units 4, 6, and 7.  ...
10/31/15
A: A hunter can purchase both a general elk tag and a controlled hunt elk tag in the same year both at the resident price as long as the controlled hunt tag is an extra antlerless tag.   The extra anterless tags contain an 'X' in the hunt area (i.e. 18-1X or 32-1X).  
10/30/15
A: Yes, as long as supplies last and the season is still current where you're hunting. Learn how many tags are available and other facts about second tags at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/second-tag
10/30/15
A: The muzzle-loader only hunt for elk in the Panhandle is only for Unit 4 because other units (1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6) have an any-weapon general deer season during that time.  When this hunt was set up it was the desire of the muzzloader hunters to have a season where there was no competition with ...
10/28/15
A: This issue is addressed by state law in Idaho Code 36-1101 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36CH11SECT36-1101.htm.   Idaho Code 36-1101(3) addresses communication of information to persons on the ground, making it unlawful to make use aircraft in any manner to spot or locate game ...
10/28/15
A: Here is the link to the survey: https://idfg.idaho.gov/webform/open-survey-controlled-hunt-drawings-and-auction-tags. Thanks for your patience.
10/28/15
A: Yes, a resident may purchase a fishing license and steelhead permit for a nonresident.
10/27/15
A: There is not a handicapped rate for lifetime licenses.  These fees are set by law as a formula using the resident adult license rates (IDAPA 36-413).
10/26/15
A: The situation you describe, as two juveniles age 16-18 desiring to go hunting alone, does not require you to be with an adult in order to go hunting as long as you are residents of the state of Idaho and you hold the correct license and or tag.  You may be thinking of restrictions placed on " ...
10/26/15
A: Thank you for your question. The muzzleloader permit fee is $18.25 for residents and $20.00 for nonresidents.  They can be purchased at any Idaho Fish & Game Regional office or Headquarters, or any Idaho Fish & Game license vendor.  They can also be purchased online at http://fishandgame. ...
10/26/15
A: You cannot hunt a general season period with a controlled hunt tag.   The controlled hunt tag only allows you to hunt the species and sex in the area with the weapon for the period stated in the Seasons & Rules for the particular controlled hunt.   Controlled Hunt 2136 is only good for either ...
10/25/15
A: The Director of Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hired by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  Idaho Code 36-106 describes the statutory duties of the Director.  The Fish and Game Commission annually establishes performance expectations for the Director and they evaluate the performance.  ...
10/22/15
A: Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Conservation Officer Job or Game Warden as we are sometimes called. You may want to view a recruitment video at https://youtu.be/25IQal5VKgI.  Although a degree is not required, you must have at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish ...
10/22/15
A: Muzzleloading rifles are considered primitive weapons and hunters choosing to hunt muzzleloader only seasons are often able to take advantage of special opportunities not available to modern center fire rifle hunters.  To maintain the primitive nature of the sport, Idaho has limited some ...
10/21/15
A: It depends on whether or not the river has been defined as Navigable.  If the river has been defined as Navigable then you are allowed to stay within the high-water marks of the river. If you know its private property you should always get permission first.
10/20/15
A: Yes.  It is legal to hunt deer in Idaho with a shotgun equipped with a scope during any-weapon and short-range weapon hunts.  Also, there may be no electronic devices attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are ...
10/20/15
A: This gun is legal for Idaho muzzle loader hunts as long as all other rules are followed
10/19/15
A: Yes
10/18/15
A: Our deer tags are not sold for a particular weapon usage.  You can hunt the early Archery Season, and, if you don't harvest, you can hunt the Any Weapon Season.  To hunt the Archery Only, you are required to purchase the Archery Permit.  If you were to harvest in the Archery Season and wish to ...
10/18/15
A: This is acutally a pretty good question and is bigger than just the Commissary Ridge area as controlled fires (fires actually ignited for a management purpose) can occur just about anywhere. Controlled fires are a fairly complex topic but their purpose is one that hunters and wildlife enthusiasts ...
10/17/15
A: Yes
10/17/15
A: We have recieved many comments from hunters and landowners who wish to see unit 63A changed to archery only.  They usually cite property damage and human safety as the main reasons.  This issue is discussed nearly every year during the season-setting process.  Shotgun hunters would like the season ...
10/16/15
A: We plan to stock the Boise River again in 2015 with steelhead trapped at Hells Canyon dam.  Anticipated release date(s) in November will be advertised in the local media and on our webpage.  Stay tuned!!
10/16/15
A: In order to best answer your question, we need some additional information.  Please call the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters office at 208-334-3700. Thank you.
10/15/15
A: Good Question.  Page 100 in the Big Game Regulations states:  The validated tag must remain attached to the carcass until the meat is processed and reaches the place of final storage and consumption.  So if you have the animal processed... keep the validated tag with the meat until you reach your ...
10/15/15
A: You cannot fish for salmon or steelhead with a confirmation.   You are required to have the permit in hand as it must be notched if you harvest a fish.
10/15/15
A: You may hunt the appropriate seasons for the tag you possess as listed in the current years big game rule booklets. For example if you purchase an Elk City B elk tag and an archery permit in 2015, you may participate in the early archery season and if you don't harvest in that season, you may ...
10/15/15
A: BLM, USFS and state managed lands are mostly accessible to the public.  Some lands such as parks, recreation areas near lakes, around buildings, campgrounds, compounds, etc. usually have a safety zone buffer.  If a piece of public land is not specifically posted with signs it is open to hunting.  ...
10/15/15
A: Elk populations in the Bannock Zone have a patchy somewhat unpredictiable distribution.  We have not had many reports of depredation concerns in this zone this summer/fall, so you may have some success concentrating efforts in higher elevation areas, such as Bannock Peak, Scout Mountain, Kinnport ...
10/14/15
A: A hunting passport can be purchased at any vendor.  The passport can be used the same day as it is purchased.
10/13/15
A: I say no because the gas seal is part of the projectile. I would like this reviewed again by another enforcement person.
10/13/15
A: You possibly can without any magnification; you will need to fill out an application form that you can get at any of our FG regional offices. The application form you need is a special weapon reasonable modification hunting permit. This form will need to be filled out by you and signed by your ...
10/13/15
A: A resident may use an elk or deer tag on a wolf, bear or mountain lion only if it is a RES-NONRES TAG.  This would be a general season nonresident tag purchased as a second tag on or after August 1st.   Both elk or dear and other species must both be in season.
10/12/15
A: Yes, a 1x3 is legal in a 2pt hunt. The 2 pt hunt is designed to target primarily yearling bucks The 3pt hunt is designed to target primarily adult bucks There are 2 separate and different definitions between a 2 pt hunt and a 3 pt hunt.
10/11/15
A: Idaho Code 36-1508(a) states:  No person shall:  Shoot from Public Highway. Discharge any firearm from or across a public highway. Idaho Code 36-202(x) states:  "Public highway" means the traveled portion of, and the shoulders on each side of, any road maintained by any governmental entity for ...
10/11/15
A: If there are season dates listed in the 'Antlerless' column under the General Season or it states youth only with those dates, a youth can harvest a doe.
10/10/15
A: The salmon in Anderson Ranch Reservoir are landlocked fall Chinook that were stocked in the reservoir to help reduce the number of kokanee salmon.  In Idaho rules, landlocked salmon are considered in the trout bag limit and all rules for catching trout also apply to fall Chinook in Anderson Ranch ...
10/9/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season. 
10/8/15
A: There are no prohibitions in IDAPA rule or Idaho code on having your trap suspended from/off of  the bottom.
10/8/15
A: Thank you for the question. The Department put together a team last winter to look at these types of rules and will be making a recommendation to simplify and make youth hunting opportunities more consistent. These rules will need to be approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and be ...
10/8/15
A: At this time, it is too early to tell whether there will be steelhead transferred to the Boise River. Normally, the Oxbow Hatchery trap is opened in late October, but that is dependent on the water temperatures in the Snake River. Once the water temperture comes down where fish can be safely ...
10/8/15
A: We're assuming you mean getting a tag replaced because it may be lost. If that's the case: Any local vendor or Fish and Game office can issue a duplicate license. However, lost tags, including deer and elk tags, can be replaced only at a Fish and Game office. Each duplicate item costs $7.25 for ...
10/7/15
A: To be sure and safe, please check page 12 of the Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. There are specific dates for hunting each species (mule deer / white-tailed) of deer. Thanks!
10/7/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season.  As for what sex is legal to hunt, please consult the Big Game Seasons ...
10/7/15
A: For this year, we recommend you keep your current license and elk tag. Those who have met the residency requirements after purchasing a nonresident license may purchase resident tags for the species they have not purchased. This type of a purchase can only be made at IDFG offices. For example, if ...
10/6/15
A: You can exchange a B elk tag for an A elk tag as long as the season on the B tag has not yet started.   The exchange can only be done at one of our Idaho Fish & Game Regional Offices or our Headquarters Office in Boise.
10/6/15
A: To certify in hunter education you must take our instructor-led in class course OR the online course and the in class field day. The field day is mandatory for everyone. The field day includes a written examination and field exercise examination. Students must show and demonstrate their knowledge ...
10/6/15
A: Yes, we have a blue tongue or EHD outbreak in the Clearwater Region that will last until the first heavy frosts.  You can read more about it on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=7890 
10/6/15
A: This question is difficult to answer because blue catfish have never been officially stocked in Idaho.  With that said, we do know that a few blue catfish have been inadvertently released in Idaho waters from a couple of different sources.  Most channel catfish stocked in Idaho waters from the ...
10/6/15
A: No, it is not legal to shoot across a road on the WMA. However, if you check out the WMA Map at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/ , you may note that many of the "roads" you observe on Fort Boise WMA are actually designated as walking trails.  You should be able to hunt the area ...
10/5/15
A: A felony conviction that has made an individual a "prevented possessor” has no bearing on their ability to purchase a hunting license in Idaho. If the board of Pardons and Parole has revoked your right to possess a firearm in Idaho, you will not be allowed to possess a black powder or muzzle- ...
10/3/15
A: Idaho is blessed with many backcountry elk hunting spots and many big game units with few roads or motorized traffic allowed.  Wilderness hunts provide hunters the opportunity to get away from road hunters.  Archery hunters like to hunt during archery only seasons typically so the largest ...
10/2/15
A: To purchase the Jr. Mentored/DAV tags, a person must possess a Jr. Mentored hunting license, a Jr. Hunting Passport or a Disabled American Veteran hunting license. If you do not have one of these license types, the system will only offer the full priced tags.
9/30/15
A: The Department knows about this issue with the hunting passport and has taken steps to address the issue. New rules have been proposed by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to address the nine (9) year olds but those rules must be approved by the Idaho legislature in its next session. Information ...
9/29/15
A: Sorry, we don't have a fishing passport - but it's a really good idea.  The hunting passport is a way to expose people to hunting prior to taking hunter education and making a large time and financial commitment to the sport.  Fishing is different in the fact we don't require any pre-sport ...
9/28/15
A: Great question, please follow me through to the end.  Page 95 in the Big game rules states:  It is unlawful to shoot from or across the traveled portion, shoulders or embankments of any road maintained by any government entity.  The rule is under Chapter 15 of the Idaho Code: Public Safety section ...
9/28/15
A: The Flying B Ranch is one of the most scenic places in Idaho in the fall.  The weather, colors and crisp cool fall mornings make this a sportsmen's mecca. The Middle Fork Salmon River is open to fishing year-around.  The rules require artificial flies and lures only with barbless hooks.  All ...
9/28/15
A: It is legal to hunt in Idaho with a suppressor. Keep in mind that there is a federal permit required to possess a suppressor in Idaho and the weight of your weapon must stay under 16 lbs.
9/27/15
A: Your Colorado Hunter Education Certificate will work just fine.  As long as you took the course through the Colorado Fish and Game dept.   Bring the certificates with you to Idaho and you shouldnt have any worries !!!   Have a great hunting trip !!!  
9/26/15
A: Please review the Disabled Hunter Companion Rules at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=356 and then give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you need further assistance. Thank you.
9/26/15
A: The Idaho bowhunter online coursehas been updated and no longer requires a field day to obtain certification. This was changed January 1, 2015. If you completed the online course in 2014, you can log back into the course at  https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/idaho  to print your certification card. If ...
9/25/15
A: All hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license and the appropriate tags or permits in their possession while hunting. See our seasons and rules section for more information and rules regarding hunter education.
9/25/15
A: You are correct.  Shooting sticks are not included in the 16lbs weight restriction because they are not attached to the firearm.  Thank you for your question.  
9/24/15
A: There are a number of variables that effect when salmon and steelhead arrive in the Stanley Basin.  Flow, temperature and downstream fish passage conditions are the most common environmental conditions that can alter arrival by 2 - 3 weeks. The Stanley area has both spring and summer run Chinook ...
9/24/15
A: In general Idaho frowns upon holding domesticated wildlife.  Domesticated animals imported or exported need a permit to transfer across state line.  Permitted facilities are required for most ownership of domesticated wild animals.  You must speak with the wildlife veterinarian to obtain a permit ...
9/24/15
A: Bass were illegally introduced into Treasureton Reservoir. "Bucket" biologists are a serious problem in Idaho.  They not only effect some our most important fisheries, they endanger native fish in some lake and river systems.  This has a huge impact from a dollars and cents perspective.  Lost ...
9/24/15
A: The rules state you may not use any chemicals or explosives attached to the arrow or bolt.  A maghead is designed as an exploding device so no, you cannot legally use them during any season in Idaho.  See page 98 in our big game brochure.  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgLaws.pdf
9/23/15
A: No blocking on our part. Our only suggestion would be to clear the cache on your computer.
9/23/15
A: The Mormon Reservoir waterfowl closure has been in place for many decades.  It was implemented to provide a sanctuary in hopes of encouraging Canada geese to stay on the Camas Prairie later in the season (until ice up).  Anecdotal reports suggest this closure has been successful in holding ...
9/23/15
A: Spawning kokanee are still edible, but the flesh quality is considerably degraded compared to non-spawning kokanee. Flesh quality continues to degrade during the spawning season, so fish later in the spawning period would be of lower quality. Kokanee deteriote quickly during spawning and die soon ...
9/22/15
A: Adult residents age 18 and over have to purchase their own license because they need to show proof of residency. An adult may buy a license or tag for their minor child. Please check the current seasons and rules section for more details.
9/22/15
A: Antlerless deer are: Deer without antlers or with antlers shorter than 3 inches may be taken in a season open for antlerless deer or either sex. Please consult the current Big Game Seasons and Rules for seasons and specifics on hunting in each unit. Thanks.
9/21/15
A: You must have a trapping license to trap coyotes in Idaho.  This species can be trapped all year long and there is not a limit on the harvest amount.
9/20/15
A: The Portneuf Wellness Complex is a multi-use 80-acre facility located near the former North Bannock County Fairgrounds. The complex was generously donated to Bannock County by the Portneuf Health Trust to help promote both physical and mental well-being for those who use it. Among the amazing ...
9/20/15
A: There are many reasons that animals are harvested throughout the world.  These reasons fall into some general categories such as for food and clothing, biological reasons (e.g., control disease, overabundance), and social (e.g., protect livestock or crops, to reduce wildlife/automobile collisions ...
9/19/15
A: The legal definition of a drainage can be found in Idaho Administrative Rules (IDAPA) at 13.01.11.004.10 which says: 10. Drainage.     All water flowing into a common river or stream system, either above or below ground, due to area geography.   You can find other common definitions used to craft ...
9/19/15
A: Hi there Vaugh, The Yankee Fork is home to several species of fish, including Chinook Salmon, Steelead, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. At this time, the populations of salmon and steelhead are very low and no fishing is allowed for those species. Bull Trout and ...
9/18/15
A: The number of tags available listed in the big game rules booklet is the total number of tags available for that zone. The number of tags is distributed between three groups based on historical sales at the time the zone was capped. The rules for allocating the number of tags available can be ...
9/18/15
A: Quail can be hunted on the WMAs as long as the quail season is open. A pheasant permit is only needed on a WMA that pheasants are released on and only if you are hunting pheasants.
9/17/15
A: Yes, however if any part of the dove up to and including feathers becomes dislodged or visable then it would be considered exposed bait and if the traps were closer than 30 there would be a violation of trapping too close to exposed bait.
9/16/15