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A: We have not documented a spawning run/event on the stocked coho. We have seen females with ripe eggs over the years but don't really think they can complete their life history in Cascade. Unfortunately we have stopped using coho in Cascade Res. due to poor returns (the numbers of coho caught by ...
1/23/13
A: Actually, many wouldn’t consider the diversity of fishes in the Clearwater Region to be poor.  The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers all flow through the Clearwater Region.  As a result, we have many fish species that don’t occur in other regions in the State.  For example, we have anadromous ...
1/22/13
A: Yes, except in no-bait fishing waters (only flies or lures can be used in no-bait waters). 
1/20/13
A: Season opening dates for salmon are predicated on projected run sizes. The forecasted salmon returns for 2013 are lower than in recent years and in some cases not too much more than what is required for broodstock at the hatcheries of origin. Because the forecasts are low IDFG has deferred ...
1/20/13
A: The reason we require a nonresident hunting license purchase in order to put in for our controlled hunt tags is primarily to increase drawing odds for nonresidents. The effect of requiring a license did decrease the number of nonresidents applications, but the hunters serious about coming to Idaho ...
1/20/13
A: Due to Idaho privacy laws we do not post license numbers on our website.  Contact the IDFG Wildlife Department for help getting your report filled out.  Their number is 208-334-2920.
1/20/13
A: Children can fish without a license until they are 14. Hunting is more complex.  If they haven’t had hunter education yet, they can get a hunting passport (detailed information is on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.). Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component ...
1/19/13
A: Rabbits:   Cottontail Rabbit & Snowshoe Hare Seasons     3/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Falconry Idaho Statewide 4/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Snowshoe Hare Falconry Idaho Statewide 8/30/12-2/28/13 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Short-Range ...
1/19/13
A: He needs to contact the IDFG Region office for that unit (208-634-8137).  They can go over the requirements for landowner tags and get him signed up if he qualifies.
1/17/13
A: Contact IDFG Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They can put you in touch with the License Department; they have those records.
1/16/13
A: We haven't scheduled one yet, but if weather and ice conditions are conducive, we'll try to hold one in mid-February.  All we can say at this point is stay tuned.  We'll certainly get a press release out and advertise the event if/when we do it.  It will likely be at Hauser again.  Though the ...
1/16/13
A: In recent years about on third (33%) of the harvestin the Upper Salmon in section 19 (East Fork to Sawtooth Hatchery)  occurs in March and about two thirds (66%) occurs in April.
1/14/13
A: Although not as numerous as in the more remote areas in the Clearwater Region, wolves have been observed in parts of Latah County as well.  Most opportunities for observing or harvesting wolves can be found as one moves to the north and east away from private property and onto land managed by the ...
1/13/13
A: There is no minimum age to start trapping species classified as furbearers,  or predatory and unprotected.  Trapping can be a highly rewarding mentoring experience for older trappers to teach youngsters.  There are also Trapping Education Courses that are offered when there is enough demand.  This ...
1/12/13
A: Please report it to the IDFG Region office for your area.  The offices are listed on our website.  They can advise you.
1/12/13
A: Yes.  There is no state or federal law or rule that prevents a hunter from taking waterfowl with a bow.  
1/12/13
A: Great question and the answer is that most public lands are open to hunting.  The trick is that it might be hard to locate a single map that shows all levels of public land at the state and federal levels.  The BLM has maps available that show land ownership beyond their own lands, including state ...
1/12/13
A: A nonresident can use this license to hunt predatory and unprotected animals only (see list below).  The cost is $35.50 and the license is valid through the end of August only.  It cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are ...
1/11/13
A: Contact the IDFG License Department for information.  The number is 208-334-3700.
1/11/13
A: The amount of private land within Ted Trueblood WMA has not changed.      There is still a 40 acre square of private property in the middle that is well marked as private/No Trespassing and contains an old house site in the trees on the bench and a private hunting pond on the lower bench between ...
1/10/13
A: You are very observant.  The answer to your question has to do with differences in behavioral characteristics between deer and antelope. Deer are "jumpers" and when they encounter a fence, adult deer will jump over the fence and attempt to cross the interstate to continue their journey/migration ...
1/10/13
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 ...
1/9/13
A: In addition to hunting forest grouse, unprotected nongame, and predatory wildlife (e.g. coyote) you can hunt big game species during any weapon and short-range weapon hunts.
1/9/13
A: No, all raptors are protected.    
1/8/13
A: Thank you for the email. I believe the location you are referring to is owned by Bennett Timber Company. Unfortunately, there are not any public shooting ranges in Latah County so folks wanting to shoot are left to find random locations. We have posted safety zone signs to keep people from ...
1/7/13
A: Go on our website to report the road kill.  The link is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/.    
1/6/13
A: Your purchase of youth hunting/fishing licenses and tags will be valid through the end of the year, even after you turn 18.    
1/6/13
A: According to state statute, cottontail rabbits may not be propagated and released into the wild.  In order to raise and release pheasants, the sources stock needs to be National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) certified.  To release captive-reared pheasants, an indivdual must possess a Wildlife ...
1/5/13
A: It states in the Big Game Rules: During a muzzleloader-only season, it is illegal to pursue or kill a big game animal with any firearm, muzzleloading pistol, or weapon other than a muzzleloading rifle or musket.  A crossbow isn't considered a "lesser weapon" according to Fish and Game rules.  
1/5/13
A: The nongame gun license is valid from date of purchase through August and costs $35.50.
1/5/13
A: Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area to talk to the Landowner Sportsman Coordinator.  Our region offices are listed on our website.
1/3/13
A: Thank you for your suggestion.  It will be forwarded to our License Department.
1/3/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are hunting. 
1/1/13
A: We don't have a DAV discount on a fishing only license but we do have a discounted DAV combination (hunting/fishing) license.  It costs $5.00 and is available for residents only.
1/1/13
A: Coyotes are classified as predators and carp are classified as a unprotected nongame fish. Both can be left in the field.  Hunters are required to remove and care for the edible meat of big game animals, except black bears, mountain lions, and gray wolves. 
1/1/13
A: No.  You must get a 2013 Idaho hunting license and migratory bird validation.  The federal duck stamp is still valid and doesn't need to be replaced.
1/1/13
A: Coyotes can be hunted year round and we do not have restrictions on how many you can kill. You must have an Idaho hunting license to hunt them. Please contact BLM directly to see if the area you want to hunt in is open. 
12/31/12
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits.
12/31/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission does not have any rules which regulate the use or placement of trail cameras. The use and placement of trail cameras would be subject to regulation by the landowner or land manager.
12/31/12
A: The season dates for chukar and gray partridge hunting are September 15, 2012 through January 31, 2013.  (Daily bag limit is 8 chukar and 8 gray partridge.  Possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge).
12/30/12
A: The information copied below lists many of the animals that may be hunted and those that may not be hunted.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (MAY BE HUNTED--HUNTING OR TRAPPING LICENSE REQUIRED) Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and ...
12/29/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't pay a bounty on coyotes and our Region offices are unaware of any other department that does.
12/29/12
A: There is a link on our website to roadkill and salvage reporting.  It is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/
12/29/12
A: 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 received by the Idaho Fish and ...
12/29/12
A: 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 hunt drawings or sales. • For example, a hunter who drew a ...
12/29/12
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to find out the stocking schedule for the Meridian area.
12/28/12
A: Please contact the Tribal Authorities for hunting information on the Reservation.  They are in charge of that area.
12/28/12
A: Spotlight permits can only be issued through an Idaho Fish & Game Regional Office. Not all regions allow spotlight hunting of unprotected species (jack rabbits) so you might want to check with your regional office to see if they do issue spotlight permits before making the drive there.
12/28/12
A: Resident salmon in Ririe Reservoir are commonly called kokanee, and are managed under the Upper Snake Region general bag and possession limits (page 29 of the 2012 rules booklet).  You are allowed to keep 6 per person per day. 
12/27/12
A: Yes.  We ask every hunter who had deer, elk and pronghorn tags to complete a mandatory harvest report.  The link to making your report is online at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/id/HunterReporting/welcome.
12/27/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have the resources or legal authority to create or maintain such a layer.  The State of Idaho also does not have legal authority to transmit parcel (private landownership or cadastral) data statewide.  At this moment, there are only three counties for which agreements ...
12/26/12
A: List of Species that Can be Salvaged Big Game Animals Black Bear (Ursus americanus) California Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) Elk (Cervus canadensis) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Moose (Alces americanus) Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) Mountain Lion (Felis concolor) Mule Deer ( ...
12/26/12
A: Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area.  They license falconers and would know the requirements.
12/24/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game has no rules prohibiting the use of flash suppressors, also known as silencers, for hunting.  You may want to check with local law enforcement jurisdictions such as county sheriffs to see if there are any local laws prohibiting possession and/or use.
12/24/12
A: No!  It is illegal to shoot/hunt from a vehicle unless you are handicapped and qualify and obtain a special permit to do so. 
12/24/12
A: IDFG information on Big Game Winter Feeding http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=57   The only legal restriction on feeding Big Game is in eastern Idaho. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has rules which prohibit the feeding of Big Game in certain counties in Eastern Idaho ...
12/23/12
A: Moose were first hunted through a general hunt format from 1893 to 1897.  Hunting was closed from 1898 until 1946 when a controlled hunt was established in eastern Idaho.  Additional controlled hunts were implemented in north central and northern Idaho in 1954 and 1957, respectively.
12/23/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have a code or rule that specifically defines the distance you are required to be away from the road before discharging a firearm.  However, Idaho Code 36-1508 (copied and pasted below) just explains that you cannot shoot from or across a public highway.  If you are ...
12/22/12
A: Fish and Game rules prohibit the use a firearm "with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed."  Therefore, laser rangefinding rifle scopes attached to a rifle would be illegal to ...
12/22/12
A: He must take hunter education before he can actually hunt, but he can still accompany you in the field.
12/22/12
A: Yes, Fish and Game can help you obtain a new card.  Our Hunter Education records go back to 1978.  Contact Headquarters (208-334-3700) or one of our Fish and Game offices.  They can look up your hunter education number and send you a new card if your information is still on file.
12/21/12
A: The area that you describe is part of the Niagara Springs WMA and you are free to access it.  However, removing any object of archaeological, geological, or historical value or interest is prohibited on lands owned or controlled by the Department of Fish and Game.
12/21/12
A: Idaho Code 202(s) defines residency for the purposes of purchasing resident hunting and fishing license. In part the code states that a person must be domiciled in Idaho with the bona fide intent to make Idaho their permanent abode. Simple ownership of property in Idaho does not constitute ...
12/21/12
A: There are several nonresident license options: If you are also hunting big game, you can get a combination hunting/fishing license for $240.00 or a hunting license for $154.75. If you are only going to hunt turkeys and other small game, you can get a small game hunting license for $97.75.  If you ...
12/21/12
A: It is unclear which Clean Shot broadheads you are referring to.  However, if it is the series of broadheads that have a laser built into them, they are illegal for big game hunting in Idaho.  They could be used to hunt predatory wildlife, unprotected wildlife, upland game, and small game that take ...
12/19/12
A: The Commission did consider bonus points in July, 2010, but decided to maintain the random drawing process that is in place today.  One of the key issues discussed was that in order to improve drawing odds for one, you need to decrease drawing odds for another. This places stronger odds against ...
12/19/12
A: We encourage hunters in both Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education to take ethical shots within their effective range, regardless of type of weapon they use.  Hopefully, hunters also encourage ethical behavior among themselves and discourage their friends and family members from taking risky ...
12/19/12
A: Your odds will not be any different than any other application. Each application is given a unique number whether it is a group application or an application with one hunter that is entered into the draw system.    
12/19/12
A: The superhunt is a drawing for 34 tags that helps to fund Access Yes! -- the proceeds go toward compensating willing landowners for hunter and angler access to or across private land. Participants purchase chances at drawing a superhunt tag for deer, elk, moose or pronghorn tags.  These tags can ...
12/18/12
A: When a hunter puts in for a moose tag or another trophy species ( Mountain Goat or Bighorn Sheep), it does not prevent them from then getting a general elk or deer tag. All the general tags are still available for you to purchase, even after you've applied for a trophy species. The only limitation ...
12/18/12
A: No.  Trapping classes are not required for any other species.
12/17/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't encourage the public to feed big game.  Each region has a committee that considers whether winter (snowfall) conditions warrant Fish and Game feeding animals.  If you feel that big game is struggling and needs to be fed, please contact the Fish and Game Region office in ...
12/17/12
A: All owl species are protected in Idaho.
12/16/12
A: Yes, you can. 
12/16/12
A: You can hunt with a crossbow during an any-weapon season but not during an archery-only season unless you qualify for and have a handicapped archery permit.  That permit is posted on our website in the "Licenses" section under forms.  
12/14/12
A: Which species and where are you planning to hunt?  
12/14/12
A: The actual federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fishhook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance. • With any ...
12/14/12
A: You can use frozen, thawed, or shreded and bagged herring for bait in Idaho - in waters where bait fishing is allowed.  Whitefish are a game fish, so using the edible portion for bait could be construed by some as "waste of a game fish."  It is certainly legal to use the entrails, head, and tail ...
12/11/12
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: It depends on the season--during an archery-only season you cannot use a crossbow unless you have a "disabled archery permit" (applications available from any Fish and Game office). During an any-weapon season you can use a crossbow to hunt.
12/10/12
A: Please contact the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board for information. Their website and contact information is online at oglb.idaho.gov.
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: Minnow, as it's used in the fishing rules booklet, refers to fish in the Order Cypriniformes.  Common names include common carp, all shiners, chub, dace and suckers.  Perch are not minnows and are listed seperate from minnows in the discussion on "seining and minnow trapping" in the 2013 Fishing ...
12/10/12
A: Because there are so many places to fish steelhead in the state over such a long period of time, it's really hard to say there is a best time and place. If an angler has a chance to follow the run upstream, the best time could be any month from July or August through May. The first part of each ...
12/10/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can.  If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident.  Each application is given a unique application number.  Before the drawing ...
12/9/12
A: The red ear slider turtle is an invasive species, (not native to Idaho) which potentially could spread disease to native turtles if released to the wild.   Please contact the Idaho Dept of Agriculture if you have further questions. The number is 332-8620.
12/9/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not maintain facilities for disposal of hazardous materials, including old ammunition.  We recommend contacting your local police department, which generally are responsible for collection of hazardous materials. 
12/8/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can. If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident. Each application is given a unique application number. Before the drawing takes ...
12/8/12
A: The best place to hunt late season waterfowl in southeast Idaho would be on the American Falls Reservoir and surrounding Snake River area.  When hunting in this area, you do need to be aware of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundaries as hunting on the Reservation requires special permits from ...
12/8/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
12/8/12
A: In 2011 we sold 121,924 resident deer tags and 11,662 nonresident deer tags for a total of 133,586 sold.
12/7/12
A: There isn't a magazine size restriction for hunting big game.  The restrictions we do have are listed below:   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 ...
12/6/12
A: Downstream of Chesterfield Reservoir off Kelly Toponce Road along the Portneuf River, we were able to locate some new "No Hunting" signs that had been posted at the access site owned by the King Creek Grazing Association on Croney Road.  IDFG has an agreement with King Creek to allow access ...
12/5/12
A: His name is Charles Corsi.  You can contact him at the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
12/5/12
A: Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit in a season.  A salvage report is required for each animal that is salvaged (example:  2 deer, 2 permits) Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit for the same species. 
12/5/12
A: When you purchase your Idaho archery permit you can fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in Nevada in an archery hunt.  These are available at vendors and a copy is also online.
12/5/12
A: The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:   By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species ...
12/5/12
A: Stocking steelhead is over for this year (2012).
12/4/12
A: Any person who has harvested an antlered moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag  except an anterless tag. Any person who has harvested an antlerless moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag except an antlered moose tag.  A resident cannot apply for a nonresident moose hunt.    
12/4/12