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A: Contact the region office for your area.  Panhandle Region2885 W. Kathleen Ave.Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815Phone: (208) 769-1414Fax: (208) 769-1418 Clearwater Region3316 16th St.Lewiston, ID 83501Phone: (208) 799-5010Fax: (208) 799-5012 Southwest Region3101 S. Powerline Rd.Nampa, ID 83686Phone: (208) ...
4/30/13
A: For Idaho Concealed Weapons laws, please refer to the Idaho Attorney General's web site at: http://www.ag.idaho.gov/concealedWeapons/concealedWeapons_index.html  
4/30/13
A: In a low water year, like this year, pretty much all of the water lies on BLM ground. There is a large sign/kiosk along Blacks Creek Road that the BLM put up. It sits on their ground which is publicly accessible. If you park and walk from the sign, you will be legal. The upper portion of the ...
4/30/13
A: That is still the case this year.  A parent or grandparent can designate their controlled hunt tag to their minor child or grandchild. The form to do this is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntCHtagPermitDesignation.pdf. Those who draw a trophy species (moose, ...
4/30/13
A: Blacks Creek Reservoir has been an access management nightmare for IDFG, BLM, Ada County Sheriff's office, a private irrigation company, and others.  Unfortunately, vandalism, trash dumping, illegal road pioneering, and a myriad of other misuses had become commonplace.  The final straw occurred ...
4/30/13
A: The current estimate is 382 cow elk in Unit 25 and the population objective for this unit is to maintain cow elk between 700 and 1000 animals. The antlerless any weapon and muzzleloader controlled hunts in Unit 25 were eliminated to assist with moving cow elk numbers closer to the objective.  
4/30/13
A: There are extra tag hunts offered for the deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt draws. They literally allow you to hunt for a second deer, elk or pronghorn if you are drawn.  You can apply for one "regular" controlled hunt and one "extra" tag hunt for the same species, possibly drawing 2 tags ...
4/29/13
A: There is a waiting period if it was an antlered-only hunt: A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only controlled deer hunt may  not apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one year  except for the second deer, elk and pronghorn application period and leftover controlled ...
4/29/13
A:   Obtaining a New Hunter Education Card from Idaho Fish and Game   You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education number) and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.
4/28/13
A: It is not legal to do this in Idaho.  Lines must be attended by the person fishing.  There is no exception for nongame fish.
4/27/13
A: No, turtles are rare in Idaho and several species are considered invasive.  Please report your observation through our IFWIS observation site at the bottom of the IDFG website. F08
4/27/13
A: The application period is April 1-30.  The date hunters will be notified by is June 10.  The actual drawing will be done in time for that notification.
4/27/13
A: Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component of Fish and Game’s mentored hunting program. The Hunting Passport allows any first-time hunter, resident or nonresident, age 8 and older to try hunting for one year with an adult mentor without first having to complete an Idaho hunter education course.   ...
4/27/13
A:   Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year.  The only unprotected birds in Idaho are English sparrows, Eurasian-collared doves, and feral pigeons.  These species may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate ...
4/27/13
A: In some elk zones you can hunt antlerless elk with a general season tag that you can buy over-the-counter.  Many archery seasons allow you to harvest either sex.  The best thing to do is to check current big game rules.  There are also controlled hunt opportunities to hunt antlerless elk.
4/27/13
A: We have ceased stocking catfish in Beachs Pond due to poor tag returns. Low returns indicating low harvest upset the balance in this pond. Un-harvested catfish exerted too much predation pressure on juvenile largemouth bass and bluegill, essentially crashing their populations. To remedy the ...
4/27/13
A: As of late April of 2013, online purchasers can print some licenses and permits BUT not others.  In this specific case, the hunting and fishing combo license can be printed by the purchaser.  The steelhead permit cannot. Here is more specific information: Some - but not all - licenses and tags can ...
4/26/13
A:   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will be meeting via conference call Tuesday morning, April 30, to consider Chinook salmon season proposals for the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. The season setting process was delayed this year in response to low numbers of salmon ...
4/25/13
A: TURKEY SEASON DATES 2013 General Spring Hunt season dates April 15, 2013 through May 25, 2013 Panhandle units 1, 2 (Except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) & Units 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6 And  the same dates in the rest of the state in units 8, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 18 ...
4/25/13
A: The archery permit is only required for big game hunting, not turkey hunting.
4/25/13
A: Yes, you can.  The Super Hunt drawing is in addition to anything else you want to do...general season or controlled hunts.
4/24/13
A: It isn't illegal, but it is not a good idea.  Feeding ducks (or other wildlife) congregates them into a small space, possibly exposing them to illnesses.  It may interrupt their normal migratory patterns, also. It also possibly deprives them of the food that is the most natural for them to eat.
4/24/13
A: Nonresident prices: You must either have an Idaho nonresident hunting license ($154.75) or an Idaho nonresident combination (hunting and fishing license) $240.00. You must also purchase a bear tag ($186.00).  If you decide to add a turkey to your hunting the cost of the tag is $80.00. We list all ...
4/24/13
A: It was changed to a controlled hunt, not eliminated. Hunt number 2161 is listed in the 2013 Big Game Rules book on page 58. The details are: Application period May 1-June 5 500 Permits All of unit 39 Antlerless-only elk Season dates of September 8-30        
4/23/13
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office at 208-465-8465.
4/23/13
A: Yes, you can use a big game decoy while hunting.
4/22/13
A: There is only one type of invasive species tag; Idaho law requires that any motorized or non-motorized boat operating in Idaho have an Invasive Species Sticker. Information from the Dept. of Agriculture about Invasive Species and the sticker program is found online at http://www.agri.state.id.us/ ...
4/22/13
A: The physiological changes anadromous fish (fish that migrate from freshwater to saltwater and return to freshwater to reproduce) are remarkable and still not fully understood.  As the fish go through the "smolting" process they change their osmotic balancing features which includes their digestive ...
4/22/13
A: An April 22 Idaho Fish and Game Commission tele-conference to set 2013 salmon fishing seasons has been postponed. Based on low counts of spring Chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam, Fish and Game biologists lack sufficient information to project the size of the salmon run to Idaho. The meeting will be ...
4/22/13
A: Yes, if you are talking about "salvaging" a road killed deer.  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. 
4/22/13
A: They were released in November last year (2012).  If we have enough to release in 2013, it won't be until November.
4/21/13
A: Any person applying for any moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year. Except: They may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled black bear hunt, or leftover deer, elk or ...
4/21/13
A: No.  You may be contacted at some point for information, but no report is required until then.
4/20/13
A: Any vendor can sell you the archery permit.  Be sure to take your bowhunter education card information with you when you go to the vendor.  If you order online, enter your bowhunter education number in the "Archery Education" space in your demographic information.  When that is filled in you can ...
4/19/13
A: The 3% is charged when you apply for the sheep hunt; the money is collected at that time and, if you draw a tag, the tag is sent to you.  The 3% convenience fee cannot be refunded.
4/19/13
A: Please contact the Idaho Department of Agriculture. 
4/19/13
A: Hi and thanks for your inquiry/suggestion.    We do have broodstock collection targets for the facilities listed on the “Cumulative Steelhead Hatchery Returns” page (they are listed below); however, using these targets to gauge the status of the run is problematic because most of fish returning to ...
4/19/13
A: License and tag fees are listed on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/.
4/18/13
A: The short answer to your question is one hundred (100) square inches of fluorescent orange paint is required for a wood post, at an interval of not less than one per 660 feet. There are two statutes which address this issue, Idaho Code Sections 18-7008 (criminal trespass) and 36-1603 (hunting and ...
4/17/13
A: You can use a seine or throw-net to harvest nongame fish and yellow perch.  The net can be no more than 10' in length or width and must have 3/8" or smaller mesh.  The seine or net cannot be left unattended.  See page 51 of the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet.    
4/16/13
A: Since you have had a hunting license in Ohio you do not have to take a hunter education course.  The rule is, if you were born after Jan. 1, 1975 you must show proof that you have taken hunter education or that you have held a valid hunting license in another state. 
4/16/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that anyone hunt with a guide.  A hunting partner can go with you...if they have a tag for the area you decide to hunt  they can also harvest an animal.  Remember, a superhunt allows the tag holder to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for that species (controlled, general season ...
4/16/13
A: No, as protected nongame all parts and pieces are prohibited from being sold.
4/16/13
A: With the license you get when you are 64 (adult hunting or adult combination, for example)  you can only get the adult priced tags, not the senior priced  tags--even after you are 65.
4/15/13
A: Yes, we start selling nonresident OTC tags on December 1 for the next fall's hunting.  You must buy a hunting license and a tag.
4/14/13
A: The cost and application information is:  RESIDENT Fishing Tournament Permit Fee $23.50-for clubs and/or sponsors based or incorporated in Idaho NONRESIDENT Fishing Tournament Permit Fee $26.75-for clubs and/or sponsors based or incorporated outside Idaho Applications for fishing contest permits ...
4/14/13
A: We still stock Sawyers Pond.  The following table is stocking information for the past two years.  If you have additional questions on fish management at Sawyers Pond, please contact our Fisheries Management staff at the Nampa Regional Office.  Their number is 465-8465.     Date Stocked Species ...
4/14/13
A: It depends on your definition of "good."  Do you mean from a "taste" or "health" perspective? Mussels are filter feeders and they will taste similar to the substrate and quality of water in which they reside.  They also will bioaccumulate heavy metals and other contaminants to a certain degree. ...
4/14/13
A: Please contact Animals in Distress (367-1026).  They can help you determine if the geese need to be moved or helped.
4/13/13
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes). Rainbow trout ...
4/12/13
A: If 2 people are on the same application do both names go in the drawing? If so, then if 1 name is drawn do both individauls receive the same tags? Or is it that 1 name goes in the drawing and if that name is drawn, both individauls would receive tags? Answer: Each application is given it's own ...
4/12/13
A: Spring salmon seasons (2013) have not been set at this time.
4/12/13
A: Please contact the Southeast Region office at 208-525-7290.
4/12/13
A: Thank you very much for contacting us.  Your observation will be forwarded to the Communications Department.
4/10/13
A: chinook salmon season to open saturday, may 4, 2013   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Tuesday, April 30, approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers. Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013 return ...
4/10/13
A: Fort Boise WMA is in Unit 38 and only requires that you buy a regular deer tag and hunt within the season.  It is a short-range weapon hunt.  There are not that many deer on the WMA and it is a preferred pheasant and waterfowl hunting area, but deer hunting is allowed.
4/9/13
A: No, we would not.  We make note of it for our research and management, but we do not notify the public of specific locations.
4/9/13
A: Yes, all 3 hunters opted to take rain checks because of area fire closures.  Three tags will be available for the 2013 season.  Therefore, there will be 6 hunters during the 2013 season.
4/9/13
A: No, we don't.
4/9/13
A: The population estimate for 2012 was 683 wolves in the state.
4/7/13
A: No, but you must have an Idaho hunting license.    
4/7/13
A: Not any that are confirmed.  We’ve heard of at least one angler saying he caught one, but he didn’t take a picture or keep the fish, so I don’t know that it wasn’t a pikeminnow.  Hopefully they don’t show up there, but I would strongly suspect that there’ve been illegal plants attempted.   
4/6/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game only has the records for Idaho students.  You will have to contact Utah for your information.
4/6/13
A: The daily bag limit is one bearded turkey per day in the spring and one turkey (either sex) per day in the fall, except in Units, 1, 2, 3 and 5 where 5 turkeys (either sex) may be taken in a day during fall seasons. No more than two bearded turkeys may be taken per spring. The most tags one hunter ...
4/6/13
A: The Idaho disabled fishing license is only available to Idaho residents.
4/6/13
A: When you have been living in Idaho for 6 continuous months you can get a resident license.
4/6/13
A: You will need to obtain a letter from the Veterans' Administration showing that you are at least 40% service-connected in your disability.  Bring this letter in to any Idaho Fish and Game office.   Your record will be coded so that you will be able to purchase the resident disabled veteran's ...
4/5/13
A: Contact your local fish and game office:   Panhandle Region2885 W. Kathleen Ave.Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815Phone: (208) 769-1414Fax: (208) 769-1418 Clearwater Region3316 16th St.Lewiston, ID 83501Phone: (208) 799-5010Fax: (208) 799-5012 Southwest Region3101 S. Powerline Rd.Nampa, ID 83686Phone: ( ...
4/4/13
A: The best information about this will come from the IDFG office for that area.  Please contact the Clearwater Region office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010.
4/4/13
A: Steelhead information is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=38.
4/3/13
A: All birds are protected except for starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons. The exceptions are certain species of waterfowl, doves and upland game birds, which can only be hunted during seasons that Idaho Fish and Game authorizes. All other birds are classified as ...
4/3/13
A: It depends...Any person applying for any moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year.  Except: They may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled black bear hunt, or ...
4/2/13
A: Each applicant must choose a specific controlled hunt to apply for.  The hunts are all listed in the Moose, Sheep and Goat Rules Book.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license and submit the application and tag fee with your application (residents $173.00; nonresidents $2116.50).  The tag fee ...
4/2/13
A: Look for them in print and online in mid-April.
3/31/13
A: In Idaho, we allow the use of up to 5 hooks per line while fishing general season and bag limit waters.  There are no exceptions for northern pike fishing.
3/31/13
A: Hunter education and bowhunter education are taught in separate classes.
3/30/13
A: 2013 Big Game seasons and controlled hunt information will be posted and in print in mid-April.  
3/30/13
A: The lake re-opens to motorized boats on April 15th.  The docks are managed by Canyon County Parks and Recreation and by the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. I assume that they will have them re-installed a couple days beforehand.    
3/30/13
A: Idaho code and Fish and Game commission rules require anyone who hunts, fish, or traps to possess the appropriate license, permit, and tags. They must follow the seasons and all methods of take set by the Commission. If a real emergency existed, discretion would be used. However, the scenario ...
3/29/13
A: Yes, it is legal--details are copied below from the Upland Game Rules Book: All birds in Idaho are protected except starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons.   Protected nongame birds cannot be hunted, taken or possessed (including parts of birds, even if found dead ...
3/29/13
A: If he is hunting, he must have an Idaho hunting license.  If he is fishing, he must have an Idaho fishing license.  If he is trapping, he must have an Idaho trapping license. He should check with the region office in the area for information about contacting the land management agency (for example ...
3/29/13
A: The Snake River covers such a big part of Idaho that it would probably be easiest for you to contact the region office for the area you want to fish.  Region office contact information is online.
3/28/13
A: Yes, you can.
3/28/13
A: Yes, freshwater mussels can be used for fish bait.  In Idaho, there are no limits or restrictions on harvesting mussels.  Once mussels are removed from their shells, they cannot survive, so they are not considered "live" bait.
3/27/13
A: An Idaho hunting license is required.  If you are only hunting ground squirrels you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If it is purchased before July 1, 2013, it will only be valid through August 31, 2013.  If it is purchased after July 1, 2013, it will be valid for the calendar year, ...
3/27/13
A: His name is Charles (Chip) Corsi.  The office number is 208-769-1414.
3/27/13
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Horn hunters, like other outdoor recreationists, must secure permission to cross or look for antlers on private land, and they must abide by transportation restrictions on federal and state public lands. Horn ...
3/27/13
A: Unfortunately, yes it will be drained for irrigation.  We have no plans to restock the reservoir until adiquate water will support a fishery. F08
3/26/13
A: They may be hunted all year...a hunting license is required. Details below: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as  “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, ...
3/25/13
A: Our best channel catfish area is the Snake River downstream of Swan Falls Dam all the way down to and including the upper 1/3 of Brownlee Reservoir. This is nearly 120 miles of river and another 20 miles of reservoir that has a very abundant channel catfish population. There are also some ...
3/25/13
A: Lawful Methods of Take Upland Game Birds   To take upland game birds in Idaho, all hunters may use a bow, muzzleloader shooting shot or shotgun with lead or steel shot with shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches in length. Shotguns are not required to be plugged when hunting upland game birds.   ...
3/24/13
A: It won't be available until actual 65th birthday (if the senior has been an Idaho resident for at least 5 years).
3/23/13
A: Yes; coyotes are not a game animal--they are classified as a predatory animal--so calls can be used when hunting them.    
3/21/13
A: Yes, you can. Details below:   Coyotes are classified as Predatory wildlife in Idaho. The only firearm restriction for the hunting of Predatory, Furbearers, or Unprotected wildlife is that “no person shall …hunt with any weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state or federal law.” IDAPA ...
3/21/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
3/21/13
A: If you are hunting fox, a hunting license is what you need.  You only need a trapping license if you are trapping them.
3/20/13
A: Beginning August 1, unsold general season deer (and elk) tags are available for any hunter to purchase for use as a second tag. 
3/20/13
A: Please contact Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at 1-800-247-6332.  They can answer your question. Thanks  
3/19/13
A: A combination license is included in the Sportsman's package. 
3/19/13
A: It is legal as long as you remain with the jug.  You can have one fishing line in Idaho (or 2 lines with a two-pole permit) and it must be tended. So, if you teather a line to float/jug, you must remain with the float/jug for as long as you are fishing.
3/18/13