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A: You may harvest a doe with a second tag only where doe harvest is allowed.  For instance, whitetail hunting is either sex in many units as is archery hunting mule deer, but any weapon general seson mule deer is primarily youth hunting.  The second tag only allows you to shoot a second deer that is ...
9/15/14
A: Yes, absolutely.   Just keep the weapons straight for appropriate method of take.
9/16/14
A: There is no minimum size of acres you need to own in order to hunt on it.  You should take into account safety issues as well as the amount of land needed to provide habitat for the species you wish to hunt. The beautiful thing about Idaho is that it about 70% public land, so there are lots of ...
9/16/14
A: All conservation officers across the state have very large patrol areas.  They do the best they can to enforce fishing and hunting regulations.  The Department applies more enforcement to Henrys Lake than some other areas because the lake is managed as a trophy fishery.  Some conservation officers ...
9/16/14
A: Our research shows that one reason many nonresidents left the state over the last 5-6 years was due to the down economy. Tourism was down everywhere.  There has not been a resident license fee increase since 2005 though our expenses continue to increase annually. In order to continue to provide ...
9/16/14
A: It's not always NOAA who determines if a fish caught in a fishery is listed under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA does assess the potenital impacts of proposed fisheries and determines what levels of takes in fisheries are allowable (do not cause further harm to the listed fish). Once an unmarked ...
9/17/14
A: Yes. That is the Snake River Zone.  The A tag is available for sale.  There are no B tags in that zone...
9/18/14
A: If I understand your question you are trying to retreive waterfowl with a net streched across a river stream.  Stretching a net across a waterway could present all types of problems for you and others.   Make sure you are contacting all private landowners prior to hunting to ensure you are not ...
9/19/14
A: I'm not sure we will ever allow fishing for sockeye in Redfish Lake - but I'll bet we have a sockeye season in the Salmon River within the next decade.  With our new Springfield hatchery coming on line with a goal of releasing ~1 millon smolts for migration to the ocean, we are confident we can re ...
9/20/14
A: The law changed in 2014 to allow 10-year olds to hunt for Big Game. Because of this, some of the older regulations may have that information incorrectly stating 12-year olds. Any big game hunter born after 1975 is required to take Hunter's Education. However, as a way to introduce the sport to ...
9/20/14
A: If you missed filing your 2013 hunter-harvest report, for deer, elk, or pronghorn, it is too late. Sorry! (ends June 2013) You won’t be in trouble, but please file your 2014 report sooner.   If you are talking about filing a 2014 hunter-harvest report, you're in luck. (opens January 2014, closes ...
9/21/14
A: Heavy rain in the Middle Fork and South Fork Boise River drainages washed large amounts of sediment into the rivers.  Both systems drain into Arrowrock Reservoir - which is drawn down and discharging the sediment-laden water into Lucky Peak Reservoir. Here's where it gets interesting.  In the ...
9/21/14
A: Hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve and reduce a wounded animal to possession.  It is unlawful to enter private property that is posted, cultivated or in irrigated pasture without landowner permission to retrieve game.  If permission is requested and denied, the hunter has made a ...
9/21/14
A: Sorry to get back to you so late. I just had a chance to check out Cartier Slough WMA this morning. I found more water in the big channels than there has been in the last few years. We do not have control of the water on the WMA. We do not have any water rights from the river to fill channels. I ...
9/22/14
A: No you do not need an archery permit to hunt coyotes with a bow, and you may use mechanical broadheads. An archery permit is only required in archery only hunts.  Weapons restrictions such as mechanical broadheads only apply in archery only hunts.  
9/22/14
A: Idaho's 10 year (2014-2024) elk management plan was developed with the help of hunters, landowners, elected officials, land managers and other interested Idahoans. The elk plan establishes specific management goals that Fish and Game -- working with elk hunters and other elk enthusiasts -- will ...
9/22/14
A: In general, government agencies place restrictions on the use of government vehicles and equipment and the types of personal activities employees may perform while on duty.  However, these restrictions vary by government entity.  Under procedures for Idaho Fish and Game employees, all wildlife  ...
9/23/14
A: Yes, your hunting license is also valid for hunting of other game animals and birds, such as coyotes, rabbits, forest grouse, pheasants, etc.  
9/23/14
A: Various tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information. 
9/23/14
A: Under current state law, you cannot cross the private property without the permission of the landowner.  There are thousands of acres of public land in Idaho in this similar situation.  The Department works hard through its Access Yes! program to try and open up these public parcels, but does not ...
9/24/14
A: Near the intersection of Units 56, 73A, and 73 the USDA lands appear to be the Curlew National Grasslands.  For more information about the Grasslands, I would contact Caribou-Targee Westside NF Ranger District at: Pocatello Office4350 Cliffs DrivePocatello, Idaho 83204(208) 236-7500 The IDFG Magic ...
9/24/14
A: Yes, the Eagle Rock area below American Falls Reservoir is open to cottontail hunting.  The season runs from August 30, 2014 - February 28, 2015.  The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 24 cottontails.  The Eagle Rock area is a mix of BLM, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and private ...
9/24/14
A: Yes, you can participate in a general season spring bear hunt, apply for the fall controlled bear hunt and be eligible to draw a tag for the fall controlled bear hunt too.
9/24/14
A: Yes you can use semiautomatice rifles to hunt deer during the general season.  Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. I don't know if you'd need a semi-automatic rifle since a bolt action is the best to use for the reasons that it is simple, reliable, and safe. Unless you feel that a quick ...
9/24/14
A: Yes you can make the exchange. However, it will need to be done prior to the opening date of the hunt which is October 1 for the Middle Fork A tag.
9/25/14
A: No, you cannot hunt elk in Farragut State Park.  This is primarily for safety concerns because of the presence of campers, hikers, and other recreationist during the season..  The Unit 2 boundary description states "Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA, closed except for as allowed by Commission ...
9/25/14
A: Public land around Black's Creek Reservoir, outside of any administrative areas such as parks, boat ramps, etc., are open for access.  There has been issues with vandalism around the outlet area in the past and road access is restricted. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not closed any bird ...
9/25/14
A: Hunting over placed bait is not legal; 2014 and 2015 Seasons and Rules for Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey page 21.  Dove's are  migratory birds.  Please review the 2014 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules, page 13, for more detailed information regarding bait.
9/25/14
A: An arrow wound is not natural.  This animal would not have died if not hit by the arrow.  No parts of this animal can be legally salvaged.
9/26/14
A: It depends on the stage of development when the mother dies.  If the juvenile crayfish have reached the size where they can digest organic material, once they detach from the mother, they can strike out on their own.  Survival of juvenile crayfish is very low due to all the natural predators (fish ...
9/27/14
A: Eurasian collared doves are considered an invasive species as such there are no seasons and no limits.  They can be taken at any time with any weapon and in any number.  Idaho Fish and Game have no rules governing their take etc other then you would need to leave a wing or head naturally attached ...
9/27/14
A: Yes, in 2010 the Commission adopted the following rule:  Blood Trailing Dogs. The use of one (1) blood-trailing dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours and within seventy-two (72) hours of hitting a big game animal is allowed to track animals and aid in recovery. A Hound Hunting Permit ...
9/28/14
A: We do not restrict firearms in our archery only seasons.  Please contact the relative National Forest in regards to the postings you describe. 
9/28/14
A: You can only bow hunt for nongame fish (carp, suckers, tench).  All you need is a current Idaho fishing license.  We have no rules on arrow types, weights or tips.  There are also no rules on bows such as let-off or weight.     Some previously posted answers might help here, but don't quite answer ...
9/28/14
A: Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing.  Disrupting the buoyancy of a sturgeon can damage the skeletal structure; this is too far out of the water.  Sturgeon can be rolled over onto their backs in the water before removing the hook.  This generally calms the ...
9/28/14
A: In both the 1999 and 2014 elk management plan, elk zone population objectives are presented as a range of numbers.  IDFG strives to manage the  elk population to be within that range of numbers.  
9/29/14
A: Yes, your power wheelchair is considered a motorized vehicle. A motorized vehicle is defined as any water, land, or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity, or any other mechanical power as set forth in Section 36-202, Idaho Code. If you possess a disabled hunting ...
9/29/14
A: There are a number of different governmental entities that maintain and manage public access sites on the Snake River.  Some are managed under partnership agreements between Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and counties or Bureau of Reclamation, others are county owned and operated.  We publish a ...
9/30/14
A: The 1-fish 28" size limit was just for last steelhead season.  Rules and bag limits have reverted back to those posted in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet.
10/1/14
A: It would probably be a good idea. You can update your customer information at any vendor while purchasing additional permits or a duplicate license.
10/1/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule applies only to those units displayed in orange on the map on page 105. In these designated units, between August 30-December 31, big game hunters (including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunters) may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are ...
10/2/14
A: In calendar year 2013 there were 19,282 hunting licenses issued to Kootenai county residents.
10/2/14
A: This is a very broad question and cannot be answered accurately without more information. Idaho does not have a state law requiring a particular distance from a house for discharge of a firearm.  Some cities and counties have adopted ordinances with this regard.  Please contact the City or County ...
10/4/14
A: Wood ducks can be found in wooded streams, marshes, small lakes and beaver ponds and may be seen year-round. A few choice spots in eastern Idaho where they can be encountered is at Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit about 10 miles west of Rexburg, along the Snake River from Firth to American ...
10/4/14
A: American Falls Reservoir has a healthy population of smallmouth bass.  Spring fishing is the best.  Fish rocky shorelines and use plugs, rubber worms or poppers for best results.
10/4/14
A: There is a place called Pipers in Richfield. The owners name is Mike Piper. He can be reached at 208-7487-2530. Good luck on your hunt!
10/5/14
A: It is illegal to shoot carp with a firearm.  You can use a bow, crossbow or spear - but no firearm.
10/5/14
A: Yes, some of the chinook from Coeur d'Alene Lake spawn in the St. Joe River, though the majority spawn in the Coeur d'Alene River.  The fish in the St. Joe typically spawn in the first large riffles above the slackwater, from St. Joe City to Calder.  Now is the time to see them.  In recent years, ...
10/5/14
A: I remember the college days and trying to make ends-meet.  Everything seemed more expensive back then and I really had to scrutenize all purchases to make sure I was getting the most out of my hard-earned money.  Still, when I look back, my hunting and fishing license allowed me recreational ...
10/5/14
A: Over the counter elk tags are available to both residents and nonresidents. There are a limited amount of elk (and deer) tags available for nonresidents, so get them before they are sold out! We are discounting the second tags for both residents and nonresidents this year and they are selling ...
10/6/14
A: This is a very broad category with too many questions to accurately address in this message.  I encourage you to contact your local police station, county sheriff's office, or local conservation officer to help explain the details surrounded each circumstances.  Idaho does not have a state law ...
10/6/14
A: The Department does not regulate the fees charged by outfitters for the services they provide. The fees they charge for a hunt can be based on the demand for the hunt and the type of hunt (general season hunts versus controlled hunts). If you would like to discuss the fees charged by outfitters, ...
10/6/14
A: If you possess a big game hunting license, it also covers upland game bird. With the big game hunting license there is not a waiting period on the pheasant season.
10/7/14
A: If you kill an animal previously wounded by your partner you must reduce the animal to your possession, validate your tag, and place it on the animal.  If you do not have a valid tag for the area it would be unlawful to kill the animal even if it is wounded.
10/7/14
A: No you may not use another persons tag. However, the Department does allow the tag to be designated to an immediate family member. Here are some of the requirements for this option. The hunter possessing the tag must have passed away prior to the opening of the controlled hunt. The original tag ...
10/8/14
A: Yes, you can obtain a duplicate tag for any controlled or general season hunt.   However, this can only be done at a Idaho Department of Fish and Game office (Boise HQ or Regional Offices).   The cost to have a duplicate tag printed is $7.25 for a Resident or $8.25 for a Nonresident.
10/8/14
A: The Commission will have a briefing on Moose, mountain Goats, and bighorn sheep at their November 13 meeting in Post Falls. The Department will be developing proposals on changes to seasons and tag numbers of the next couple of months and will soliciting input in December and January. The Fish and ...
10/8/14
A: If you missed filing your 2013 hunter-harvest report, for deer, elk, or pronghorn, it is too late. Sorry! (ends June 2014) You won’t be in trouble, but please file your 2014 report sooner. If you are talking about filing a 2014 hunter-harvest report, you're in luck. (opens January 2014, closes ...
10/9/14
A: Even though blaze orange is not required to be worn while hunting big game in Idaho, it is recommended.
10/10/14
A: You must check with the appropriate City Hall and the appropriate County Seat for any ordinances adopted based on the house/dewlling location you are referring to.  There is no Idaho State Law regarding a specific distance from a house or dwelling.
10/10/14
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.Idaho law does prohibit the aiding and abetting of the ...
10/11/14
A: You are fine to carry your firearm to your blind.  Its your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  Duck hunter almost always access their hunting blinds in the dark.
10/11/14
A: We have very little concern that the recent levels of suspended sediment in the Boise River are negatively impacting fish populations. Fish, including the trout that everyone likes to fish for, are very resilient to temporary spikes in suspended sediment. Trout and other cold and clear water ...
10/11/14
A: Yep. The seasons and rules booklets are served as PDF documents.  Many browsers open them as they would another web page.  The ways to download the PDF and access the PDF online vary depending on your device. Typically, Windows computers you can right-click and click "save file as...". On Mac ...
10/12/14
A: No, it is unlawful to take deer with a .22 caliber rimfire weapon.  Centerfire weapons are lawful; example .22-250 and .223.
10/12/14
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10/12/14
A: There is no legal standard in Idaho State Code or Adminstrative Rule setting a required distance from buildings to discharge a firearm.  However, there are certain cities and counties that have created ordinances setting these distance requirements.  Please check with the appropriate city or ...
10/12/14
A: For the position of Biologist, Wildlife Regional a degree in Environmental Studies with conservation emphasis could be considered a closely-related field to Wildlife Management depending on what upper division college coursework you had successfully completed.  Some examples of the courses that we ...
10/13/14
A: Major oversite on our part. The information is now posted on the website.  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=291. Idaho Fish and Game is unable to release names of the Super Hunt winners.  Here's a synopsis of the results. 2 Pronghorn tags drawn for Idaho and Washington hunters. 2 ...
10/13/14
A: Part of Cougar Bay shoreline is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, and may be hunted.  Remaining portions are private property and would require permission from a landowner for access and hunting.  The southeast portion of Hauser Lake is incorporated within the city limits of the City of ...
10/13/14
A: General season tags can be purchased at any time prior to or during the hunting season (they must be purchased prior to hunting) as long as there are tags available in the quota or zone you intend to hunt. The number of tags available to nonresidents can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
10/13/14
A: This is a great question and unfortunately, especially with young hunters, it occasionally happens that they have either lost their license, washed it or just simply cannot find it. Although the license number is on the tag, Idaho Code 36-1201(c) requires that your "License must be .......on his ( ...
10/13/14
A: Yes; waterfowl hunting is allowed on Tolo lake.  Please consult the 2014 Waterfowl Pamphlet for more information regarding seasons and rules.
10/13/14
A: Thank you for asking. Those panels remain property of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. If you contact your local Fish and Game Office to let them know, our Landowner Sportsmen Coordinator will arrange to have them picked up so they can be distributed elsewhere.    
10/14/14
A: Check with the city hall and county seat where the domicile is located.  There may be a city or county ordinance.  There is no state late regarding a specific distanc from a dwelling.
10/14/14
A: This is a good question.  Cottontail rabbits are classified as Upland Game animals and it is illegal to trap all upland game animals.  Cottontail rabbits tend to habitually travel about using a maze of trails usually beneath brush and other obstructions.  There habits make them very vulnerable to ...
10/14/14
A: There are furbuyers in many communities in Idaho and because you did not identify where you lived I cannot be more specific.  You can always google furbuyers in Idaho and find the one closest to you, or you can contact the Idaho Trappers Association info@idahotrappersassociation.com for strategies ...
10/14/14
A: Yes, you can hunt the wounded animal.  However, you will need to comply with all relevant hunting rules such as: open elk season where you are at, correct zone elk tag, lawful hunting hours, don't shoot from or across a public road, and when the animal is harvested, it must be tagged with a ...
10/14/14
A: At this time in mid-October we are expecting that some steelhead will be released into the Boise River but can't say how many. The trap at Hells Canyon Dam will go into operation about October 27; trapping earlier than that when water temperatures are warm is not good for the fish. Watch the news ...
10/15/14
A: The ideal candidate for a Conservation Officer will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Fish and/or Wildlife Management and some field experience.  However, you do not have to have a college degree to minimally qualify for the position of Conservation Officer. To minimally qualify for the ...
10/15/14
A: Yes, deer hunters can have their dog with them.  However, it is unlawful to hunt big game with dogs except black bears and mountain lions in certain units and with a valid hound hunter permit.  Idaho's definition of hunting is broad.  It is easier to comply with the law if you don't have a ' ...
10/15/14
A: This response is overdue and I apologize for that - it was my own oversight - I let it get buried and didn't get back to it until today. Year-round hunting on private lands was in effect in 5 of our 13 wolf management zones during 2014.  All wolves killed by hunters and trappers are included in ...
10/15/14
A: In Idaho we welcome anyone to attend our Idaho Hunter Education courses. Our course is recognized by all states where hunter education is required. It is important however that you know we teach Idaho game laws. As a hunter you are resonsible for knowing and following the game regulations where ...
10/16/14
A: You can purchase an unsold general season nonresident elk tag as a second tag at a reduced price of $301.75.
10/16/14
A: In past regulation booklets deer youth hunst were restricted to youths age 17 and younger who are eligible to hunt big game by Idaho law. That youth hunt information was missed in the 2014 regulation booklets. It will be put back into the 2015 regulation booklets. For this year the only ...
10/16/14
A: You can fish most public waters with a bow for nongame fish like carp and sucker.  There are however exceptions to protect the public - including within City Limits where they have ordinances prohibiting the discharge of weapons and high use areas where an arrow possess a risk if it skips.  Within ...
10/17/14
A: The only species of fish we've stocked in Scoop Lake are rainbow trout.  We've heard reports of brook trout also being in that system - which is not surprising considering they been stocked in many locations throughout the White Clouds prior to modern times. Skin pigment varies in fish just like ...
10/17/14
A: No.  The only time you need an archery permit is when you are hunting with a bow in an "Archery Only" hunt.  However, please be aware of the archery equipment restrictions, which can be found on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. 
10/18/14
A: It is legal to hunt waterfowl from a boat in Idaho.  If the boat has a motor, all forward motion from the motor must have ceased before shooting.  Please note that a Southeast portion of Hauser Lake is within the city limits of the City of Hauser, and that the city may have ordinances that prevent ...
10/18/14
A: You didn't mention where your property is but the beaver season begins Oct. 22 or Nov. 1 and runs through March in most of Idaho.  You can get a trapping license and trap beavers on your property or contact a local trapper to do that if beaver trapping is allowed in your area.  You may contact the ...
10/18/14
A: The cost of all hunting and fishing licenses are set by the Idaho legislature.  At the present time, we are not recommending any changes to our license fee structure to the 2015 Idaho legislature.
10/19/14
A: .223 caliber centerfire weapons are legal.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimfire handgun. Idaho does not have a magazine capacity restriction.
10/19/14
A: Just because a parcel is posted, does not mean that the landowner can’t give select individuals permission to hunt or access the property.  This really depends on the landowner. Some post no hunting or trespassing because they honestly don’t want any type of hunting or access to the property.  ...
10/19/14
A: It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimefire handgun.  Center fired rifles are lawful: examples are .22-250 and .223.  There are exceptions for mountain lion and legally trapped wolves; see big game rules.
10/19/14
A: A regular deer tag can be used to harvest a mule deer or white-tailed deer. You will need to look in the big game regulation booklets to see what hunts are open for a late archery hunt and what species of deer can be harvested in those hunts. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have ...
10/20/14
A: The 10 a.m. rules applies only to Upland bird hunters on WMA's where pheasants are stocked.  Upland game birds shall not be taken before 10 a.m. on Fort Boise, C .J.Strike, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette River and Sterling WMAs, during the pheasant season.  Waterfowl hunters can hunt before 10 ...
10/20/14
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.I cannot answer this question accurately as the disposition of ...
10/20/14
A: If the fish had long dorsal fins, it is possible that you were catching grayling.  They tend to have a body shape similar to a rainbow trout and a blue hue over their entire body. Otherwise, what you were probably catching were brook trout.  Brook trout can have a blue iridescent color during ...
10/21/14
A: Please review this answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/can-i-hunt-using-my-bow-a...  
10/21/14
A: Yes, you are allowed to use primitive traps for trapping.  On page 45 of the Upland Game, Furbearer, and Turkey rules the definition of trapping includes the use of trap, snare, deadfall, or other device commonly used to capture wildlife.  You can find the trapping rules at: http://fishandgame. ...
10/21/14