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A: 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 1977. Every applicant has the same chance of drawing. Officials verify that applicants meet all of the ...
5/9/12
A: The controlled hunt statistics have been posted on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getpage=113.
5/9/12
A: You must have a hunting license when you apply.  You can wait to get the archery permit when you find out that you have drawn.  Please check online frequently for field days in the Idaho Falls area.  The link to the class list is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  
5/10/12
A: When the fish runs begin showing up, we will have the counts on our website.  Current information available for salmon is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140 and returns will  be posted in late Spring or early summer. Steelhead counts will be available in Spring 2013 ...
5/10/12
A: One of the stated goals for the Summit is to have a clear sense of what hunters, anglers, trappers and other wildlife conservationists want from their wildlife management agency.  Director Virgil Moore is expected to explain the dilemma that Fish and Game is facing; legal mandates and public ...
5/10/12
A: Applicants will receive either a tag or a refund check by mail no later than June 10 unless their purchases were made with a credit card.  They will not receive a refund check, but a credit to their account by July 1.   If you do not receive one of these by July 1, please call Fish and Game at 208 ...
5/11/12
A: Current Chinook salmon information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140.  Hatchery returns will return to the page when they start showing up in the rivers later this Spring.
5/11/12
A: We checked with our legal department; it is legal to used skinned beaver for bear bait.
5/12/12
A: Rainbow trout (can only be kept if their adipose fin is missing), cutthroat trout, and there may be an occasional brook trout.  You can keep 6 trout (e.g. 4 rainbow, 2 cutthroat; 3 rainbow,, 3 cutthroat; etc.), 25 whitefish, and 25 brook trout.  You can also catch bull trout but you can’t keep ...
5/12/12
A: Golden Pheasants are not considered game birds in Idaho and therefore do not fall under IDFG rules.  There may be rules from the Idaho Department of Argiculture that you should follow since they may be considered poultry. However, before you embark on this effort, I would suggest you read up on ...
5/13/12
A: The mule deer population is doing well, with excellent overwinter survival and lighter than usual hunting pressure last fall. However they did suffer a setback due to the extreme winter of 2010-2011. During that winter we had significant mortality of our radio collared does and likely very low ...
5/14/12
A: Annual numbers are based on best information available and are retroactively updated as new information is obtained. The official estimate for the end of 2011 was 746 wolves. 
5/14/12
A: The wolf season information is in the 2012 Big Game Rules book on pages 66-69.  It has been added to the deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion season information.  
5/14/12
A: This question was posted by a person near American Falls that observed Fish and Game employees examining a road-killed moose.  The employees determined that the moose was salvageable and quickly field dressed, skinned, and transported the carcass to cold storage facilities, leaving the entrails ...
5/14/12
A: No.  Both residents of Idaho and nonresidents are allowed to salvage certain game animals. 
5/15/12
A: General season antlerless elk hunting was suspended in the Panhandle Elk Zone for the 2012 season due to poor calf recruitment and overall reductions in elk populations in several game management units.  The ellimination of the general season antlerless hunting was applied to the entire Panhandle ...
5/15/12
A: After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit.   If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued ...
5/15/12
A: Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag or ...
5/15/12
A: The salvage permits are free.  
5/15/12
A: No.  The salvage permit is free.  
5/15/12
A: Yes, you can. Bait is defined as Organic substances, other than rubber, wood feather, fiber, or plastic, attached to a hook to attract fish. Bait includes insects, insect larvae, worms, dead fish, fish parts, any other animal or vegetable matter, or scented synthetic materials. Note: Use of live ...
5/16/12
A: No, owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. No one can claim Idaho resident privileges while claiming resident privileges in another state.
5/16/12
A: There is no open hunting season for mountain quail in Idaho.  Historically, there were mountain quail in Owyhee County and the Boise Foothills.  Currently, there may be a few isolated populations of mountain quail in the Owyhee Mountains, but there have not been any credible sightings documented ...
5/16/12
A: Contact the Forest Service for information.  Idaho forests are listed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.    
5/16/12
A: Please contact the Forest Service for that information.  You can find contact information for Idaho Forests online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.  
5/16/12
A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed those web ...
5/16/12
A: No.  Nonresidents can also salvage wildlife killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.  Remember, notifying Idaho Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a free salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife. 
5/17/12
A: To Whom It May Concern: As the rule is written it is unlawful to archery hunt: With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
5/17/12
A: Expandable broadheads were first made illegal for big game hunting in Idaho during the early 1990s.  At that time there was broad public opposition to their use and concern about the "failure rate" of some of the early models.  In 2006, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission evaluated all archery and ...
5/17/12
A:   Idaho has licensing requirements for people who raise wolves for sale in Idaho, and has permitting requirements for importing wolves for captive possession into the state.   Idaho has licensing and tattooing requirements for holding in captivity a wolf or hybrid that exhibits primary wolf ...
5/18/12
A: Turkey, black bear and mountain lion tags can be used in any unit that is open for general season hunting.  You are not limited to one unit or zone.
5/18/12
A: As of this past weekend (5/19-20/2012), crappie in CJ Strike and Brownlee reservoirs had not spawned yet. Adult fish are suspended over deep water and have not moved to the banks. In an average year, this would be the approximate time that spawning is initiated. However, high river flows with ...
5/19/12
A: She can hunt big game when she turns 12.  Please check the Idaho Big Game Rules book for seasons that  are open in November.
5/20/12
A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed our web pages ...
5/20/12
A: Contact the Idaho Fish and Game office for the area.  They can refer you to the Landowner Sportsman Coordinator for information.  
5/20/12
A: Moose seasons for the fall 2011 and fall 2012 hunting seasons were set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in January 2011. There is no moose hunting season in Unit 63. Moose seasons proposals for  2013 and 2014 will be considered this fall/winter and will be set by the Fish and Game Commission ...
5/20/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.   
5/22/12
A: The key is the language regarding a “healed scar.”  The fish were small when the adipose fin was clipped.  If the adipose is altered and the wound is healed – you should be ok to keep the fish.
5/22/12
A: The Department does not maintain a record book for wild turkeys.  Records are maintained by the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Check out their records page at: http://www.nwtf.org/all_about_turkeys/turkey_records.php.
5/23/12
A: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled hunts, a controlled black bear hunt, controlled turkey hunt, extra deer, extra elk, or extra pronghorn controlled hunts, ...
5/23/12
A: You can cross, float down, and fish out of a pontoon boat on the Lochsa River as long as your boat does not have a motor.
5/23/12
A: No refunds will be made on resident licenses, tags or permits (including receipts issued for prepaid tags). If you are successful, the deer receipt may be redeemed as soon as resident tags go on sale in July.  The deadline for purchase of controlled hunt tags is August 1.   
5/23/12
A: Fishing with a bow and arrow is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish (such as carp), and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game fish.  For bow fishing locations in your area, please contact your nearest Idaho Fish and Game office.
5/24/12
A: We hope to have a salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon river this year, but we really won't know for certain until June 4.  By then, our fish managers expect to know enough about numbers of fish returning to recommend seasons to the IDFG commission. If the fish begin to show up as ...
5/24/12
A: This illegal take of the threatened Grizzly Bears is being investigated jointly by Idaho Fish and Game, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The incident occurred in a remote area of Idaho. We are seeking any information from anyone who has information specific to or was a witness to this act. ...
5/24/12
A: No.  Wolves are classified as a big game animal in Idaho. The methods of take and weapons restrictions for wolves are the same as for other big game animals. For more more information, please visit IDFG's website or refer to the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, which also contains ...
5/25/12
A: Yes, it is legal to use gas boats on McArthur Lake, Boundary County.
5/25/12
A: No. Barn owls are federally protected and cannot be killed.  Please contact your local Idaho Fish and Game office to discuss possible ways to discourage them from using your corn barn.  
5/25/12
A: Treaty rights to hunt and fish are held by tribes, not by individual members, and these treaty rights have geographic limitations as to where they apply.   If a member wants to hunt/fish within the scope of her tribes’ treaty rights, the tribe regulates the member’s hunting & fishing.   If a ...
5/26/12
A: While you are not legally required to take the entire animal when salvaging, we prefer that you do. 
5/27/12
A: You would need to purchase your actual hunting license your self in order to apply, however you are more than welcome to have someone bring in your information to apply for a draw for you as well as to pick up your tags. They would still have to pick up any draw tags by August 1st  to keep from ...
5/28/12
A: What you describe is commonly known as a "bobber."  You can attach as many bobbers/bottles as you want to your line.  You can have two lines out at once with a Two-pole permit.  Without a Two-pole permit, you can only fish with one line.
5/28/12
A: You must purchase a nonresident hunting license ($154.75) and pay the controlled hunt application fee ($14.75).  If you apply online (fishandgame.idaho.gov) or by phone (1-800-554-8685) there is an additional fee added for processing of approximately 3%.  
5/28/12
A: The correct answer is no. The only second tag you can purchase is the second reduced tag which restricts a hunter to the special second tag units only. Please see pages 58 for bear and 63 for mountain lion.   Yes, you can.  If you are going to hunt outside the area that is included in the "reduced ...
5/28/12
A: I will assume you are referring to a Controlled youth hunt. A youth that is between 12-17 at the time of application can apply for a Youth Controlled Hunt. If they are successfully drawn for the hunt and they turn 18 later in the fall they can still participate. If the hunt is a general youth hunt ...
5/28/12
A: No, it isn't.  Mechanical/expandable broadheads and lumenok arrows are still not legal for use in hunting in Idaho.
5/29/12
A: Yes, he can.  Be sure to purchase a Junior Hunting license for him.  He can apply now (by June 5) for a hunt with that license.  If he is drawn, his tag will be held for him until his birthday on Nov. 15.
5/29/12
A: Coeur d'alene Lake is like most other water bodies in that you can use two poles if you purchase a 2-pole permit ($13.75 for residents, $15.50 for non-residents).  This would apply to boat or shore.
5/29/12
A: Northern pikeminnow (squawfish) are a native specie to Idaho.  They are highly predatory once they reach 8 - 10" and tend to prey more on soft-ray fish such as rainbow trout, cutthroat, salmon and steelhead smolts (juveniles).  This makes sense when you consider that all of these species are ...
5/29/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game is planning a kickoff announcement on June 5 with registration opening soon thereafter.  We encourage all Idahoans who care about wildlife to participate in the Summit either by coming to Boise, going to a one of the regional events or online.  We can send you outreach ...
5/30/12
A: There are 11 leftovers for moose (2012 hunts)   Hunt Number Unit Permits Leftover 3031 10-1 1 3034 10-4 1 3036 10-6 1 3044 12-3 1 3045 12-4 1 3047 12-6 1 3053 16A 2 3056 20 2 3057 27 1  
5/30/12
A: Because the overall return of spring/summer Chinook salmon to Idaho is smaller than orginally anticipated we have deferred making a decsion about the fishery in the Upper Salmon River  while gathering and analyzing PIT tag detection data relevant to  hatchery returns to that area.   It is clear ...
5/30/12
A: The answer is copied and pasted below and can be found on page 73 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules 2012 brochure: Electronic Calls No electronic calls may be used to attract big game for the purpose of harvest, except such calls may be used to attract mountain lions, black bears and gray ...
5/30/12
A: The opening date for the South Fork Salmon River will be set by the Fish and Game Commission during a June 11 teleconference.
5/31/12
A: Each applicant pays an application fee ($6.25 for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents).
5/31/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
5/31/12
A: We currently have no plans to release turkeys in Unit 39.  The SW Region is developing a turkey managemet plan to guide decisions such as where and when and why to translocate turkeys.  The previous turkey releases have not faired well as the winters of 2008 and 2010 were hard on turkeys.  And the ...
6/1/12
A: Skunks are classified as predatory wildlife by Idaho state law. The Department of Agriculture prohibits the possession or relocation of skunks without permission of the landowner limiting your options. You may consider calling Animals in Distress Association at 344-0468 if you are located in Boise ...
6/1/12
A: The deadline is June 5.
6/2/12
A: Due to Idaho Privacy Law, we can't release the names of the Super Hunt winners as we used to.  We call the winners directly to notify them that they have won a tag.
6/2/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via teleconference on June 11 to discuss the proposal for a 2012 Chinook salmon fishery in the South Fork Salmon  South Fork Salmon River. At that time they will set a starting date if they approve a fishery.  
6/4/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
6/4/12
A: There is no restriction on the mesh size for crayfish traps.  Follow the dimensional requirements and you are legal to deploy 5 crayfish traps per fishing license.  If you want to deploy more than 5 traps, you will need to get a Commercial Fishing License for your operation.   The mesh size ...
6/4/12
A: Yes, you can field dress fish by removing the entrails.  You just can’t cut off the any part of the head or tail of a game fish until it gets to your final place of residence. We require the head and tail be left on fish while in transit because a number of waters around the state have minimum or ...
6/4/12
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
6/4/12
A: Which program are you referring to?
6/4/12
A: If you follow the salvage reporting requirements, it is legal to salvage a road-killed wolf and bleach the skull.   Within 24 hours of collecting the wolf, you must report it by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self-generating permit that you can print.  A ...
6/5/12
A: The application will be assigned one number.  If that number is drawn, both parties on it will receive a controlled hunt tag.
6/5/12
A: There are limited number of Sturgeon being outplanted into the Snake River.  We are not stocking anywhere else including Salmon Dam and Magic Reservoir.  On occassion, some sturgeon have been reported in Lake Walcott; however, those fish are moving down stream from where they are stocked just ...
6/5/12
A: Most brook trout fishing opportunities within the Magic Valley involve smaller headwater streams.  Places such as upper South Fork Boise River, Upper Littlewood River, Upper Rock Creek (Twin Falls County), Upper Cassia Creek, and various tributaries feeding into the Upper Big Wood River.  All of ...
6/5/12
A: According to our records, we did not know that there were wild trout in Sand Hollow Creek. I certainly didn't know.  A couple of other sampling sites surveyed in this creek during 2001 came up as no fish present.  We appreciate the information. I would like to talk with you on the phone about your ...
6/5/12
A: The members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission as well as their contact information are listed on our website.  The link to their information is http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=183.  
6/6/12
A: As of June 8, 2012, there are 240 nonresident Selway A tags available.  Resident tags will go on sale in July.  
6/6/12
A: You clearly care deeply about having healthy wildlife populations in Idaho, about the costs of managing wildlife, how license dollars and spent, and about wildlife management in Idaho.  The Idaho Fish and Game department isn't broke today, but as Commission Chairman Randy Budge stated June 5, "... ...
6/6/12
A: Fish and Game employees are planning the Idaho Wildlife Summit so yes, some Fish and Game personnel funds are being spent on the Summit.  Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter will be a presenter at the Summit.
6/6/12
A: We post the results online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.
6/6/12
A: You should receive your moose, sheep or goat refund check by June 10.  If you don't, please contact Fish and Game at 208-334-3700.
6/7/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres.  The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ ...
6/7/12
A: 1) If you are fishing with your son and hook a fish that you want him to land, you will be legal if you have him reel in his line prior to you handing him your pole.  2) Yes, you can cast out a line for your son and let him hold the pole.  He must be able to retrieve the line, himself.  You would ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Up to four (4) Rattlesnakes may be harvested and possessed by holders of a hunting license. 
6/7/12
A: Chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d'Alene are not subject to the 5/8 inch shank and the barbless rules of other areas.
6/7/12
A: Please contact your nearest IDFG office and ask for the Regional Conservation Educator.  Better yet, call them and set up an appointment where you can ask them questions and they can explain the education requirments and how most employees get started.  Both your work experience and your education ...
6/8/12
A: The season for Chinook salmon opens in the South Fork Salmon River on June 23 until firther notice. Daily limit of 4 salmon only 2 of which may be adults (24 or more inches in length) and possession of 12 salmon only 6 of which may be adults.
6/9/12
A: There are two ways to acquire a salvage permit: 1.  Within 24 hours, you can  report a wildlife salvage by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self-generating permit that you can print.  A copy of the permit must accompany the salvaged wildlife.    2.  You ...
6/9/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/10/12
A: The schedule for stocking each month is posted online with the Fishing Reports-- the southwest region information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/stockingSouthwest.pdf.
6/10/12
A: Yes, as long as you follow the salvage reporting requirments outlined at  fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill. By notifying Idaho Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements (to obtain a free permit) within 72 hours, a person can now: Recover and keep wildlife species classified ...
6/10/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres. The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ Strike ...
6/10/12