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A: Methods of Take (Steelhead) • Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for steelhead in the South Fork Clearwater River. • No person shall kill or retain in possession any steelhead which has been hooked other than in the mouth or jaw. Any steelhead hooked other than in the ...
3/18/13
A: Information about volunteering (and who to contact in your area) is online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/volunteer/.  
3/18/13
A: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/18/13
A: Yes, they can. 
3/17/13
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 ...
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can hunt rock chucks.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/17/13
A: Nonresident general season tags (tags sold over the counter) are available now.  The controlled hunt tag application period is May 1-June 5.    
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can still get the bait permit that way.  
3/17/13
A: It depends on the reason you do it...if you are baiting animals to hunt them, it is not legal.  If you are attracting them for photography or wildlife watching purposes, it is legal.
3/17/13
A: I would recommend a jet boat for most of the Upper Snake River.
3/16/13
A: He can get a hunting license as soon as he finishes hunter education (in this case, while he is still 11).  Be sure to get a junior hunting license, not the youth small game license.  You  can use this license number to enter him into a controlled hunt.  By the way--the application period is May 1 ...
3/16/13
A: It was last stocked in November, 2012.  Contact the Southeast Region office to find out the next stocking date.
3/16/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are actually hunting.
3/15/13
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office (208-465-8465) for information.  Thanks
3/14/13
A: Contact Fish and Game Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They will put you in touch with the License Department who will work with you to become a vendor.
3/14/13
A: You are correct. As long as the elk zone tag that you purchase is open for an archery season AND an any-weapon (rifle) season you can use the same tag for the two weapon types... Thanks
3/14/13
A: 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, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
3/14/13
A: IDAHO WEAPON RESTRICTIONS   Rifle and Shotgun   In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods.   • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the ...
3/13/13
A: It is legal to use a .22 to hunt whistle pigs.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/12/13
A: We are not planning that at this time.  Learn more about the Commissions stance on this previously answered question.
3/12/13
A: There isn't a specific season for it.  Please check with the local IDFG office that administers the area where you want to look for sheds to see if there are any closures of the area to protect wildlife.
3/12/13
A: The count started inb late February. Counts of adult hatchery and natural steelhead to date are as follows:       2013 Pahsimeroi Weir  Counts   AdultsSteelhead Trapped Date Hatchery Natural Total 25-Feb     2 26-Feb       27-Feb       28-Feb       1-Mar 6   6 2-Mar       3-Mar       4-Mar 15 1 16 ...
3/12/13
A: Yes, you can carry a weapon for protection while you are hiking or looking for shed antlers.  
3/11/13
A: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/11/13
A: We only stock steelhead in the Boise River around Thanksgiving.  We will announce the specific dates in November.
3/11/13
A: That is up to the land management agency (such as the Forest Service or BLM).  Please check with them for information.
3/10/13
A: It is legal to hunt coyotes in Idaho using manual or electronic predator calls. The use of electronic predator calls are restricted for big game animals; and some furbearers may only be taken by trapping in certain areas (which would preclude the use of firearms and predator calls). Please review ...
3/10/13
A: The majority of the ducks in the southeast region are along the Snake River corridor.  This is not to say there is not great hunting elsewhere, just that most of the ducks are here.  From the mouth of the Little Blackfoot River (near Tilden Bridge) downstream into American Falls Reservoir, the ...
3/10/13
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.
3/10/13
A: They will be online and in print in April before the application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear controlled hunts (May 1-June 5).
3/10/13
A: An instructor-led course costs $8.00 ($9.31 if you sign up online). It costs around $32.00 to take the course online and then take the internet course field day (24.00-25.00 for the internet part of it and then 8.00 for the field day.  
3/9/13
A: Send your question to idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  Your question can then be forwarded to the region offices for information.
3/9/13
A: Please contact the IDFG office in the area for information: Office / Region Locations Administratively, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is divided into regions with offices in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Nampa, Jerome, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Salmon. In addition, a subregional office in ...
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 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 ...
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 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 ...
3/8/13
A: Seasons will be approved in mid-March and the books will be posted online and in print in April. 
3/8/13
A: No. No person shall take upland game birds [including turkeys]: - From one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. Upland game shall not be taken before 10 a.m. on Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River WMAs, during the pheasant season. Turkeys shall not be taken from ...
3/8/13
A: No, all permits were drawn. 
3/8/13
A: The results are available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/lookupLicense.cfm?tab=SPRG_BT.    
3/7/13
A: Idaho has a permit for the same purpose (Hunt from a Vehicle Permit).  The application form is online (the link is http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicle.pdf.). It requires a doctor's signature and it costs $1.75. If you need further information about the Magic Valley area, ...
3/7/13
A: You can purchase a mountain lion tag for that hunt at any time.  It is a general season hunt so tags are available for sale for 2013. The current season information is copied below.  There will also be a season next fall and your tag will  be valid through December 2013 (unless you harvest before ...
3/7/13
A: We try keeping fish hatchery return information up-to-date for all our facilities.  When things get busy or with holiday weekends, information could be a day or two, late.    F08
3/7/13
A: There are no restrictions on wading below Henrys Lake.  While there are many redds visible, and many anglers wading through the stream (and even through redds), it is rare for impacts from wading to have enough of an impact on egg to fry survival to reduce fish populations.  In general terms, the ...
3/6/13
A: Yes.  The wolf tag you purchased is valid for the entire calendar year.   
3/6/13
A:   It is legal to catch them but they must be released or killed:   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
3/5/13
A: The nonresident Dworshak zone elk tags have been available for sale since Dec. 1 of last year (12-01-12).  They are available until the elk tag quota sells out; in other words, there isn't a specific date.     
3/4/13
A: You are not required to report your upland game harvest (or nonharvest) online.
3/3/13
A: Raccoons and coyotes are classified as unprotected and predatory wildlife. The sale of legally taken unprotected wildlife is allowed under Idaho Code Section 36-501 (a). The carcasses must be accompanied by a written statement from the seller (seller's name, address, phone number, and hunting or ...
3/2/13
A: Yes, you can.  Here is some information about it: LEAD AMMUNITION INFORMATION Hunter Information: Lead can be toxic if ingested. The toxicity depends on the level and frequency of exposure. Lead can have physiological effects. Lead shot is banned in U.S. for waterfowl hunting, but is still used ...
3/2/13
A: The requirement to take bowhunter education applies to big game hunting, not nongame hunts.  You can use a bow to hunt nongame animals without taking the bowhunter education course first.  You must have a hunting license. 
3/1/13
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game has an official policy regarding hunting and fishing activities. All Department personnel are encouraged to participate in hunting and fishing activities and become familiar with the fish and wildlife resources and the areas of the State that support these ...
3/1/13
A: There are a great deal of unknowns when it comes to setting annual Chinook salmon seasons so we like to wait until we have some idea how many Idaho fish have reached the lower Columbia River before setting seasons and bag limits.  Typically, we go to our Fish and Game Commission in March with a ...
2/28/13
A: Anglers 14 and older must have a fishing license and if they are fishing for steelhead, they must also get a steelhead permit.
2/27/13
A: It is not illegal to possess two copies of your hunting license. However, when a person gets a “duplicate” copy of their hunting license, the duplicate license invalidates the original license. Idaho Code 36-405(b)3. When a duplicate license has been issued the original license shall become null ...
2/26/13
A: They are posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/lookupLicense.cfm?tab=SPRG_BT..  
2/26/13
A: No, it isn't required. 
2/24/13
A: Predatory wildlife (raccoon, coyote, jackrabbit, weasel, skunk, and starling) and unprotected wildlife may be legally hunted with an Airgun at any time and in any amount. Cottontail rabbit and Snowshoe hares may be hunted with an Airgun during season (See Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey ...
2/24/13
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits. - See more at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/do-i-need-hunting-license-kill-jack-rabbits#sthash.7omtD2wt.dpuf License fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
2/22/13
A: Steelhead were released in the Boise River last November. 
2/22/13
A: The next Free Fishing Day in Idaho is June 8, 2013......
2/21/13
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA 13.01.11.004. Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
2/21/13
A:   No.  When you catch a fish you must either let it go or kill it.  You cannot take it home and keep it in an aquarium.   Holding Live Fish (page 53 of the 2013 Fishing Regulations): No permit is required to keep game fish alive that have legally been reduced to possession, in a live well, net or ...
2/21/13
A: Volunteer opprtunities and IDFG staff in charge of volunteering are listed on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/volunteer/.  Thank you for contacting us.
2/20/13
A: Pet and livestock owners are allowed to protect their animals from molesting or attacking wolves, including the shooting of, without the need of a license or tag.  Pasted below is the Idaho Statute that provides the rights and limitations for protecting pets and livestock. (c) Control of ...
2/19/13
A: Lifetime licenses cost the same for disabled Vets that they do for other Idaho residents (see below).   Resident Lifetime License Certificates   Regardless of your age, purchase of a lifetime license could be the best investment you ever make. Lifetime combination, hunting and fishing licenses ...
2/19/13
A: It is too early to speculate on anything like that. 
2/17/13
A: If this question is regarding roadkill salvage, you may harvest the animal and then report it within 24 hours. You do not need to obtain a permit first.
2/17/13
A: Spotlighting permits are only available from Fish and Game offices.  Check with your local IDFG office to see if they are issuing permits.  There are no special requirements for the spotlights except that you cannot use headlights.
2/15/13
A: She can fish for steelhead without a license or permit, but her catch will have to go on the permit of an adult fishing with her.  If she wants to keep her catch, she can get a permit to do so.
2/14/13
A: Thank you for your interest in the reopening of the Farragut Public Shooting Range. In November 2012 the Idaho Supreme Court reversed a lower District Court ruling and partially lifted the injunction closing the range. Before we can reopen the Range there are some legal housekeeping matters that ...
2/13/13
A: No.  It hasn't been set yet (as of April, 2013) because we are waiting to get counts of salmon.
2/11/13
A: Reproductive timing is variable according to species and also varies by region and elevation.  Most species breed soon after emerging from hibernation.  Populations occurring at low-elevation may give birth as early as March and have dependent young through May.  At higher elevation, breeding may ...
2/11/13
A: Yes, it is legal to hunt with expandable broadheads and lumenoks for predatory and unprotected wildlife.
2/7/13
A: We keep big fish records (as determined by weight) for fish that are commonly caught by anglers in Idaho.  We have added species to the list over the years based on expanding populations or increasing angler interest. If you catch a blue catfish, fill out the record fish form on our website and ...
2/7/13
A: Yes, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and it's many conservation partners have several programs that can help landowners develop wildlife habitat.  The Department Habitat Improvement Program (HIP) is a cost-share program in which Department staff work with private landowners develop a habitat ...
2/7/13
A: Yes, Fish and Game volunteer coordinators around the state set up activities that include tree planting, shrub planting, seed collection and other activities that are habitat building.  Activities are listed on the Volunteer Calendar at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/calendars/?action=year&calid ...
2/7/13
A:   You would be required to have an Idaho hunting license. Some ground squirrels are protected.  Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area to see if any are protected there.  For example:  Paiute ground squirrels in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt. As long as you stay ...
2/6/13
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.   If you need the information for a ...
2/6/13
A: No.  According to Idaho Administrative Code:  Dogs may be used to hunt or pursue :   01. Upland Game Animals, Upland Game Birds, and Migratory Game Birds. To train on or hunt upland game animals, game birds, and migratory game birds. Cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares are considered upland game ...
2/5/13
A: Hunting access into the higher elevations of the Gospel Hump Wilderness in the fall is dictated by the timing of early snowstorms.  As you might expect, it is difficult to predict with certainty when snow depths will be sufficient to make entry or departure difficult, but typically some snowfall ...
2/4/13
A: Jackrabbits can be hunted year round and taken in any number; they are classified as an unprotected animal.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
2/4/13
A: The only bounty program that Fish and Game is involved in is the Angler Incentive Program in the Panhandle (Lake Pend Oreille).  The information about it is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=107.  An Idaho fishing license is required.
2/3/13
A: Use of ATVs off of established roadways is regulated by the specific agency or landowner that owns the property.  Most of Unit 10 is federally owned by the U.S. Forest Service, therefore they have the say with respect to motorized access; Potlatch Timber Corporation and U.S. Army Corps of ...
2/3/13
A: You can get a handicapped archery permit that will allow you to use a crossbow during the archery-only season.  You need to use the IDFG form to apply for it; your doctor can sign it.  Call 208-334-3700 (Fish and Game Headquarters); they will mail the application form to you.
1/31/13
A: Season dates for bobcat trapping or hunting are December 14-February 16.  Bobcat Mandatory Check and Report Information: Any person taking bobcat whether by hunting or trapping must comply with the mandatory check and report and pelt tag requirements by: Presenting the pelts of all bobcats taken ...
1/31/13
A: Reproductive timing is variable according to species and also varies by region and elevation.  Most species breed soon after emerging from hibernation.  Populations occurring at low-elevation may give birth as early as March and have dependent young through May.  At higher elevation, breeding may ...
1/30/13
A: We have a two-pole permit that allows you to use two poles or rods at the same time on waters and during seasons specified by Commission Rule.  This permit is valid for all open water and for salmon and steelhead fishing. NOTE:  The two-pole permit is not valid for use while ice fishing and does ...
1/30/13
A: Please call us at 208-334-3700 so we can get your name and address.  The 2013 rules will be online and in print in April.  It is not necessary for you to pay for postage.
1/29/13
A: There are two instances in which you can fish without a license: 1). Free Fishing Day...you can fish anywhere without a fishing license 2).  On a licensed, private pond.  Landowners can go through Fish and Game to license a private pond and they can make any kind of requirements they want to for ...
1/29/13
A: You must have a 2013 tag to hunt in 2013.  The tags (and your hunting license) expired 12-31-12.
1/29/13
A: Yes.  Racoons are now classified in Idaho as a predatory species and can be hunted year round with the proper license.  They can also be pursued with hounds year-round. The only species that can be pursued in Idaho with hounds are black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, red fox, and predatory and ...
1/28/13
A: Please look at the Website for the Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board (http://oglb.idaho.gov/).  They list outfitters by unit.
1/28/13
A: You may fill out the roadkill salvage form at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill Once the form is submitted you will receive a printable receipt to keep with the salvaged meat.
1/27/13
A: No, they cannot be used in Idaho. A few years ago, the Department developed a proposal that would have allowed the use of lighted nocks while bowhunting for big game. Public input received was split between supporting and not supporting the proposal. Additionally, the majority of public testimony ...
1/26/13
A: Idaho requires that all hunters have an Idaho hunting license to hunt.  If you are hunting turkey or big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat, mountain lion, bear) you must have a tag for the animal in addition to the Idaho hunting license.
1/26/13
A: Area 3 is the following counties--Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette and Twin Falls and Washington . Please contact the Southwest Region office for information.  Their phone number is 208-465-8465.
1/25/13
A: The first thing you need to do is to check with the police department in your town to see if it would be legal to use the pellet gun within the city limits. There is a crow hunting season (October 1-January 31) for areas outside of town.  Fox squirrels can be hunted year round...again, outside of ...
1/24/13
A: Yes, there is a tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus, that occurs in wolves, other wild canids, and even domestic dogs, that can infect humans under some circumstances and result in Cystic Hydatid Disease. For information on this small tapeworm, the disease, and information on how to prevent ...
1/24/13
A: Yes, you can fish in an ice hut at night with a light.  Many years ago (30+/-), we had a prohibition on the use of artificial light, when fishing.  That rule was eliminated.  The only fishing that has restrictions on hours of the day that can be fished is Chinook salmon fishing.
1/23/13
A: No.  The public is not authorized to dispatch a wounded animal.  Please report injured wildlife by contacting your nearest conservation officer, sheriff’s office, or IDFG regional office.  Once the animal is dispatched by an authorized official, you then can salvage the meat.  
1/23/13