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A: 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 inrecovery. A Hound Hunting Permit is not required.
10/21/14
A: Yes. However, the small game hunting license is not valid for the first five (5) days of the pheasant season. To hunt the first five days of the pheasant season, you would need to purchase the nonresident hunting license.
10/22/14
A: If you've been a resident of Idaho for 6 months - and have proof; you qualify for a resident fishing license.  If you live out-of-state or still claim residency in another state then you need a nonresident fishing license or short-term (1 - 4 day) fishing license.  If you want to fish for salmon ...
10/23/14
A: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has contracted with a company to mail out the physical Federal Duck stamp. You will need to contact the Amplex corporation at 1-800-889-8871 or duckstamp@amplex.com to provide them with the correct address to send your duck stampe. For Idaho Fish and Game you may contact ...
10/23/14
A: Based on the rules listed on page 18 of the 2014 big game regulation booklet, a regular deer tag can be used to hunt in an archery only season in unit 28 from December 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. You will need to make sure you also have the required archery permit to participate in the ...
10/23/14
A: Changes in land use, new wells for urban development, the need for dam repairs and the drought all have affected the reservoir levels at Indian Creek Reservoir. Indian Creek Reservoir is filled primarily by low elevation snowfall.  Back in the 1980's and early 90's, water used to back up past the ...
10/24/14
A: AR-15 type weapons are available in least 9 different calibers, all of which are legal for big game hunting in Idaho.  Idaho rules state that a firearm may not weigh more than 16 pounds, be fully automatic, fire buckshot smaller than #00, or be rimfire (except for lions and trapped wolves).  Idaho ...
10/24/14
A: Yes!  To make a correction to your hunter report for deer, elk or pronghorn you can call toll free 1-877-268-9365 (7 days/week) or contact the Wildlife Bureau at 208-334-2920 during normal business hours.
10/24/14
A: Each Fish and Game regional office has the responsibility of issuing beaver depredation permits.  The individual is required to report harvest back to the region and staff there keep track of the harvest.
10/24/14
A: The change in age came about because of the realization that some young hunters are physically and emotionally mature enough to hunt big game, to fire a rifle safely and responsibly, and that it is best that parents decide when their child is ready.
10/24/14
A: You have a couple of options to choose from. Have your 2015 nonresident lifetime license issued in December or January. After you have meet the six months residency requirements you may purchase resident tags at an IDFG regional office. You can wait to have your 2015 license issued until after you ...
10/24/14
A:   Once you have killed  any species of willdife that requires a tag to hunt (all big game species and turkey) the hunter must immediatley validate  their tag and attach it either to the carcass for most big game species or to the animal's hide for bear, lion and wolf.   The term immediatley  is ...
10/25/14
A: Although very unconventional to use ferrets to flush or take wildlife, it would be legal with a valid hunting license for small game and predators.  
10/25/14
A: As long as you have fulfilled the bow hunter education requirements, you are able to purchase an archery permit at any time during a license year. Based on the hunt information in the 2014 big game regulations, your regular deer tag can be used to participate in an archery only hunt for white- ...
10/26/14
A: The Hunting Passport is a part of our mentored hunting program designed to get first time hunters a taste of what hunting is like. The Passport allows first time hunters to obtain a general tag and get out in the field with an adult mentor without having to take a Hunter Education course. A hunter ...
10/26/14
A: First of all, thanks for the taking the time to ask the question.  Putting your tag on an animal you did not harvest yourself is called a tag transfer and is illegal.  The person to whom the tag is issued is the only person who may attempt to harvest that animal.  It is legal however for someone  ...
10/27/14
A: This link provides the best available data of flow below Government Dam. It includes some tributary input, but if you plot the entire year, the influence of water from the reservoir is apparent.   http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_...  
10/27/14
A: If you haven't tried it, I would suggest you go to our Fishing Planner application on our website and check the access feature.  It contains all of the access sites we built or maintain with maps, site features and the types of fish you can expect to catch.  It can be found at: http://fishandgame. ...
10/28/14
Q: Drones
A: No according to Idaho Law, Title 36 1101 (b) 3 and 5 you cannot use Drones to hunt with in Idaho.  We would be interested in those individuals who are post or talking about use drones for hunting on their Facebook pages. Please contact us with the infomation or you can go online or call CAP ( ...
10/29/14
A: Thank you for your question. A variety of harvest statistics for big game and trophy animals can be found on our webpage here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/stats.aspx Requests for additional information can be made through idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  
10/30/14
A: Negative; in Idaho it is unlawful to use someone elses tag or for someone to place their tag on an animal they did not harvest.  
10/30/14
A: Our Regional Fisheries Manager, Jim Fredericks, will evaluate the location of your pond and the associated risk to local fish populations from your proposed species of fish, crustacea, and amphibian stocking.  In some cases, if there is risk to local fisheries from your stocking, he will require ...
10/31/14
A: CRP land is privately owned.  If it is not clearly cultivated or irrigated we recommend the owner post the property if they wish to prevent access.  If you know it is privately owned I recommend you obtain permission.  Some of the older CRP parcels have sage brush growing and it is next to ...
10/31/14
A: If you have taken the hunter-ed.com bowhunter course, passed and printed the certificate you can sign up to take an Idaho Field Day. You will receive an Idaho bowhunter certification card.
10/31/14
A: Yes a semiautomatic 9mm carbine rifle could be used to hunt deer during the general season. Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. This weapon would not be legal during any short range weapon hunt. I would suggest instead using a bolt action rifle however, of a larger caliber for the ...
10/31/14
A: Yes, your regular deer tag is valid in a short range hunt.  Short range hunts are general hunts with a weapon restriction, just be sure to follow the weapon restriction listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Season and Rules brochure.
11/1/14
A: Coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife.  Fish and Game does not prohibit the use of bait for hunting predatory wildlife (coyotes).  Using the edible portion of harvested game animals as described in Idaho Code 36-1202 is not allowed.  Consult with the land management agency as well to ...
11/2/14
A: Yes, there is not a rule restricting the use of a scope on your shotgun in a short range season.
11/2/14
A: If you were designated the tag, there is not a waiting period. The waiting period is for those who draw an antlered only hunt during the first deer and elk drawing. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/2/14
A: The entire park can be hunted with the exception of posted areas around buildings, so long as there is not a restriction stating the park is closed.  For example, the Park and Farragut WMA are closed from Aug 30-Sept 30 during the archery season in Unit 2 (see page 18-19 of 2014 Big Game seasons ...
11/3/14
A: You can use bait for trapping coyotes, however you cannot use any part of a domestic or wild origin game bird, big game, upland game, game fish, or protected nongame wildlife for bait in trapping furbearing animals, unprotected wildlife, or predatory wildlife. In addition bait for trapping is ...
11/3/14
A: Guiding is defined by Idaho Statute, at 36-2102 (c):    "Guide" is any natural person who is employed by a licensed outfitter to furnish personal services for the conduct of outdoor recreational activities directly related to the conduct of activities for which the employing outfitter is licensed ...
11/3/14
A: The regular deer tag can only be used during the seasons listed in the big game regulation booklets for the regular deer. It cannot be used in seasons listed for the white-tailed deer tag. Please give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/3/14
A: Non-toxic shot is required for all hunting (including quail and upland game) while on the USFWS Deer Flat Refuge islands (posted with National Wildlife Refuge signs) in the Snake River.  No shot restriction exist on state or private islands, except those in place for waterfowl hunting.
11/3/14
A: Over the years we have received many suggestions from our customers about having the ability to print their license from home. In the spring of 2013 we made a change to our Internet purchase site that now allows hunters and anglers to print their license instead of receiving it in the maile. Per ...
11/3/14
A: Yes it is legal to hunt out of a boat under natural drift.
11/3/14
A: You and your son can purchase a hunter's passport at a vendor or through the Idaho Fish and Game Department. The passport exempts you from taking hunter education this year in order to hunt. The passport expires at the end of the calendar year. That means that the next time you come to Idaho to ...
11/4/14
A: You are correct.  There is a moratorium on outfitted waterfowl hunts for licensed outfitters and only those outfitters grandfathered can continue doing so.  However, in 2013 Idaho law was changed to allow private land outfitting/guiding without a license.  Here is the specific language from Idaho ...
11/4/14
A: Hi Jack, I can answer one of those species pretty simply - there are no pheasants that I know of on Red Ridge. However, it is likely that there are grouse - perhaps blue (now called dusky) grouse and/or ruffed grouse.  There may be cottontails, although snowshoe hares are likely more common.  And ...
11/4/14
A: Possession of a red-tailed hawk requires a falconry license.  Federal regulations regarding falconry state that you must be at least 12 years of age to obtain an apprentice level falconry license.  You will also be required to have a letter of support from a Master or General falconer who is at ...
11/4/14
A: Most of the elk migration will not happen until late Novemeber or December.  Elk could also be found at any elevation this time of year.  They will seek out areas with good security cover and good forage until snow and cold temperatures push them out of those areas towards their winter range.  ...
11/5/14
A: Idaho accepts Hunter Education certification from any State.
11/5/14
A: Typically land owned by Idaho Department of Fish and Game is for the purpose of public use.  However there are restrictions on many of our wildlife management areas (e.g. some are closed to big game hunting, some to waterfowl hunting, etc.). Land owned by other State of Idaho agencies may have ...
11/5/14
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game Big Game Seasons and Rules describes weapon restrictions.  For 2014 you can find these on page 100.  The second column describes Archery Equipment in any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game ...
11/6/14
A: Thanks for the question! It looks like we need better information about coyotes and other predator-classed wildlife on this website. Hopefully, this answer to a prior question helps for your immediate needs, though:https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/trapping-coyotes  
11/6/14
A: You are correct that a 9mm and .40cal can be used during a short range weapon hunt for big game animals.  Straight walled cartridges like the 45-70 are not lawful for use during a short range weapon hunt.
11/7/14
A: After you take the online hunter education course and pass, you will receive a certificate with a voucher number. Use the voucher number to sign up for an online field day. This field day is specific for online students only. The instructor-led course has a field exercise, but it is for instructor ...
11/7/14
A: The rule for muzzleloader only season is considered a hunting opportunity in the true style of muzzleloaders of the mid to late 1800's.  Current technology can provide an advantage over loose powder and all lead bullets.  In order to prevent these advantages, modern powders and jacketed bullets ...
11/7/14
A: Yes, fishing has been good in the Lewiston, Riggins, and Snake River areas.  I was in Salmon, Id. the first week in November and they were picking up a few, fly fishing.  We've had enough steelhead enter the Hells Canyon trap that we relocted 300 to the Boise River for anglers.  Typically, we don' ...
11/8/14
A: Anyone can buy tickets for Idaho's Super Hunts. Most of the people who enter are from the US, but every year a handful of entries come from another country.  A hunter from Australia won a moose tag in the 2009 Super Hunt drawing.  Also, since you don't need an Idaho hunting license to enter the ...
11/8/14
A: Yes but only at an Fish and Game office. If you purchase your tags via the Internet, telephone or any license vendor in the state, the system will only offer nonresident tags. Once you have met the requirements to become a resident of Idaho, you can purchase resident tags on your nonresident ...
11/8/14
A: For those species that can be hunted such as bobcat, fox, coyote, wolf, and lion, a trapping license is not required.  We do not have a furbearer license, only a trapping license that is required for trapping furbearers.  Please be sure to check the rules on fox as some counties in the state, i.e ...
11/9/14
A: We've only had a few Wolf Trapping Classes in Jerome because of few requests.  There is a Wolf Trapping Class scheduled for Idaho Falls on 11/22/2014 which may be the closest class to Jerome for several months. To find out what classes are available visit our website @  https://fishandgame.idaho. ...
11/10/14
A: Super hunt tags are a bonus tag. You can have a general season or controlled hunt tag and a super hunt tag for the same species.
11/11/14
A: Thanks for your question on moose tags. Right now we are in the process of making recommendations on moose hunting seasons.  We are recommending an increase in the number of moose tags that will be offered in Unit 5.  We'll continue to look at tag numbers in there and continue to increase tags if ...
11/12/14
A: Yes, he will need to pay the nonresident tag fees as he does not qualify for resident items.
11/14/14
A: Yes, a crossbow is legal in a short range weapon hunt as long as the peak draw weight is not less than 150 pounds.  All other archery equipment restrictions apply (ie expandable broadheads are illegal, etc).
11/15/14
A: Let us know if this doesn't answer your question: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/there-difference-between-...
11/15/14
A: Thanks for the question. I'm glad you guys are having these types of discussions. The answer to your question is the same as so many questons regarding these types of laws:....... It depends. You have pretty much nailed it in the descriprion of your discussion. Idaho Code section 36-1508(a) sets ...
11/15/14
A: You can purchase landownership maps from the BLM.  They will show the land by ownership.  They do not have the landowners name associated with the map.  Some of the newer mapping layers for GPS units have the landowners name associated with the plots.
11/16/14
A: That's a great questions and something we've recently identified as a resource need for the website. However, it will take a while to implement and these archival books will not start appearing for some time. To meet your immediate needs, please contact our Fisheries Bureau at (208) 334-3791. The ...
11/16/14
A: We are looking at reinstituting the greenfield hunt for antlerless elk in Unit 50 upon the approval of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  Public meetings concerning this topic and any other changes to big game rules and seasons will be held in early 2015 in various cities throughout Region 6. If ...
11/18/14
A: This is a very broad question. I recommend you contact a local Fish and Game Officer for specific information.   Food plots for wildlife are encouraged.  However, there are rules that prevent hunting over bait for most species. There are Federal rules for waterfowl and migratory birds; an ...
11/18/14
A: Yes. Deer and elk tags are available over-the-counter in Idaho. However, there are a limited amount. As of this answer, there are fewer than 2,000 of a total of 12,500 deer tags available to nonresidents for 2014. You can find the total remaining tags available online. You'll need your nonresident ...
11/18/14
A: Mark, Rules for Fishing Contest are found in IDAPA.  The website is:  http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/2014/13/0105.pdf .  You can also find the application to apply for a fishing tournament on our Idaho Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fishTournament.pdf . ...
11/19/14
A: The Department developed a series of recommended changes to the LAP rules to address issues brought forward by some sportsmen and/or landowners.  The proposed changes were not broadly supported by the affected stakeholders and the Commission chose not to make any changes at that time.
11/19/14
A: That depends where you are and when you're out hunting. Check the waterfowl seasons and rules in the "ducks" section to determine the bag limit at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66  If you need more clarification, contact your regional Fish and Game office and they'll help ...
11/19/14
A: The mentor may still act as a mentor even if his/her tag has been filled.  The only legal requirement is that the mentor’s tag must have been valid in the same unit as the tag of the one being mentored.  The answer to the three remaining questions is; this is how the fish and game commission wrote ...
11/20/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a muzzleloader stamp with the hunter's passport...to hunt in an muzzleloader-only hunt  OR you can hunt in the Any-weapon general hunt (without muzzleloader stamp).
11/21/14
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not control keys to US Forest Service gates.  Keys to US Forest Service gates are no longer issued to disable hunters.  There may be some exceptions but not to my knowledge.  Contact the Ranger District Office for the forest you are intending to hunt for the ...
11/21/14
A: Hello, I am the Chief of Enforcement for Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Please contact us so we can send you a packet of information regarding your question.  208-334-3736 For your reference please review Chapter 6, Title 36, Idaho Code.  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36. ...
11/22/14
A: You are correct, in Idaho 7 year olds cannot purchase a hunting license.  But when she turns 8....you can purchase her a Hunter's Passport for $ 1.75 to hunt small game, sold at any vendor.  The carrier of a passport must be with a licensed adult hunter at all times during the hunt....the passport ...
11/22/14
A: No it is not legal to hunt in a posted area that includes shooting from an unposted area to a posted area. Title 36-1602 refers to hunting on posted land; Title 18-7011 refers to even entering another’s property by causing any object, substance or force to go upon or over real property.
11/22/14
A: The Idaho trespass laws are set in statute by the Idaho Legislature. A change to these statutes would require action by the legislature. You should contact your state senator or representative to discuss changes to the trespass statutes. There a number of trespass statutes. The four statutes which ...
11/22/14
A: Idaho laws and rules regarding “road hunting” focus on public safety and hunting principles of fair chase. For public safety reasons, it is illegal in Idaho to shoot from or across a public highway. It is also generally illegal in Idaho to hunt from motorized vehicles and to molest game with ...
11/22/14
A: The only reference we could find is Idaho Code 18-3302B which states you cannot possess a concealed weapon while under the influence of alchol or drugs. Idaho Code 37-2732C(e) says you cannot possess a firearm while under the influence of certail controlled substances.  We know of no code ...
11/22/14
A: If you are talking about filing a 2014 hunter-harvest report, you're in luck. (opens January 2014, closes June 2015). You will still be able to hunt in Fall 2015. (Question submitted 11/25/2014) Just to repeat the regulations -- Each hunter is required to file their report, within 10 days after ...
11/25/14
A: Yes, as long as the dog is not participating in the hunt by tracking or worrying elk.  A companion dog is perfectly ok.   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 ...
11/25/14
A: INL is in between Arco and Idaho Falls on both sides of Highway 26
11/25/14
A: This is a very good question! If a wounded animal is located while hunting and it is still alive nothing would prohibit you from taking the animal and tagging it as your own, as long as you have a valid license, tag and or permit for the same animal and area where you are hunting. The hunter who ...
11/25/14
A: There are quite a few opportunities around this area.  One place to start would be to look at Idaho Fish and Game's wildlife management areas in the Panhandle Region.  Another more direct way might be to call the Panhandle regional office and ask to talk to someone in wildlife and we can help you ...
11/25/14
A: When returns are numerous enough a portion of the adult steelhead trapped annually at Hells Canyon Dam are released into Hells Canyon Reservoir. During the 2014 fall trapping season those releases occured weekly throughout November and totaled approximately 840 fish. The releases into Hells Canyon ...
11/25/14
A: Yes he does, A Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is required for any waterfowl hunter 16 years or older.
11/26/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
11/27/14
A: When an adult WMA Upland Game Permit holder and a youth hunter (under 17 years old) pursue pheasants on a WMA where pheasants are stocked, each hunter may harvest two (2) cock pheasants.  When a pheasant is reduced to possession, the adult must immediately: - validate their permit by entering the ...
11/27/14
A: The changes to Bent Lane access to the Boise River near Star have resulted in a lot of confusion and disappointment for past area users who go there now.  First, it is important to clarify that the entire access is on private land.  Although a previous landowner posted the public access easement ...
11/28/14
A: Individuals can not sell migratory waterfowl mounts or otherwise under the Migratory Bird Act.  A couple narrow exceptions exist only for properly marked captive-reared waterfowl: These include: Taxidermist w/ Federal permit may sell mounts of properly marked captive-reared waterfowl.  50 CFR 21. ...
11/28/14
A: The answer to that question depends on the problems they are causing. If they are damaging your property in a monetary way, you have the right to defend your property. If they are simply an annoyance, we can rent you a trap to remove them. Skunks are classified in Idaho as predators. As such, they ...
11/28/14
A: No this is not true.  The story is from a website that does parody news stories.  We do not have an officer by this name. We do not have any reports nor are encouraging folks to stay away from this area because of a tiger.
11/30/14
A: Tag levels are set based on harvest data, aerial survey data, and a need to minimize elk depredations on agricultural crops.  Our most recent survey (2013) found around 3800 elk in Unit 22, with healthy calf:cow ratios (about 28 calves per 100 cows) and bull:cow ratios (about 17 bulls per 100 cows ...
11/30/14
Q: tiger
A: No this is not true.  The story is from a website that does parody news stories.  We do not have an officer by this name. We do not have any reports nor are encouraging folks to stay away from this area because of a tiger.
11/30/14
A: The parasites are fairly common, and they are a particular species of nematode that lives in joint areas of deer. The parasite is likely either in  the genus Onchocerca (several species) or the genus Wehrdikmansia (species cervipedis).  These parasite are transmitted by various biting insects ...
11/30/14
A: The nonresident nongame license is valid for hunting unprotected birds and animals and predatory wildlife of this state.  This license is a good option if you are only interested in hunting coyotes, which are classified as a predator.   You may hunt with another person even if they have a ...
11/30/14
A: Idaho Code 36-1107 talks about when wild animals can be destroyed and it does not cover destroying a moose because it attacks your dog.
12/1/14
A: Unprotected and Predatory wildlife would be legal to pursue with the weapon described.    
12/1/14
A: The phrase "trout limit 0" means catch-and-release only for trout.  You can still catch and keep your limit of whitefish or other game fish species that reside in the water.
12/1/14
A: The reduced bear and mountain lion tags are only valid in specific units. See the current years big game proclamation booklets for a list of the units where reduced bear and mountain lion tags are valid. The full price bear and mountain lion tag can be used in any big game management unit that has ...
12/1/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game strives to provide hunting seasons that meet a wide variety of hunter’s desires, whether it be for food, trophy animals, or recreational opportunity with friends and family.  Each year, staff review population information and solicit public input (e.g. public meetings, web site ...
12/3/14
A: The IDFG stocking database on our website is not always up to date. We stocked around 15,000 rainbow trout this year into Elk Creek Reservoir. In the future, we plan to put in bigger (12 inches vs 10 inches) but fewer (13,200) fish.  Based on our research, this should result in similar catch rates ...
12/3/14
A: We are currently in the process of drawing names for the 70 nonresident hound hunter permits.  A letter notifiying successful applicants will be mailed out the beginning of next week. Good luck.      
12/4/14