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A: The latest report of a possible mountain lion sighting was made on Wednesday, October 10 at 4pm.  This occured north of the river in the Tablerock/Warm Springs area.  Officers responding to the scene and didn't find any evidence of the lion. Another, yet unconfirmed, sighting was made on Wednesday ...
10/10/12
A: According to our records, you had your fishing license cancelled and a disabled combo issued along with a 2-pole permit yesterday.  However, you have not purchased any tags. If you intend to hunt for deer you will need to purchase a tag at any license vendor or Fish and Game office.
10/9/12
A: It depends.  What state did your wife hunt when she hunted?  Did she complete a state-sponsored hunter education course?  If so, many states, including Idaho, keep student/class records going back to when hunter education became mandatory.  In Idaho, all hunters must show proof that they have ...
10/9/12
A: West of Dayton is Big Game Managment Unit 73.  There are general hunts and controlled hunts in Unit 73 for deer and elk.  Please refer to the 2012 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules for details, or contact the Southeast Region office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.   
10/9/12
A: No.  While resident children under 14 can fish without a license, they must purchase a two-pole permit to fish with two poles.  Resident children under 14 can purchase a two-pole permit without a fishing license. 
10/9/12
A: It has to do with the animals picking up your scent which you do not want.  So whichever way the wind is blowing it should ‘hit’ the animals before you.  If the wind hits you and then the animals, the animals will pick up your scent.  For example, if the wind is blowing west to east you want to be ...
10/9/12
A: No.  It is illegal to fish in any waters of Idaho by archery, spearfishing, snagging, hands, and netting except as permitted. Archery and spearfishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game ...
10/9/12
A: Boise River steelhead plant specifics are still up in the air based on reduced returns to  the Hells Canyon trap. Our best estimate is that only 300 will be transferred this year beginning about Nov 1. Press releases will be made available once specifics become more concrete.
10/9/12
A: Only barbless hooks with a maximum 5/8 inch gap between shank and point may be used when fishing for steelhead in the Salmon and main Cleawater river, and the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.  Bending the barb(s) down to the shank of a single, double, or treble hook will meet this requirement. ...
10/9/12
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.It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of ...
10/9/12
A: The best source of information on banned and/or pets that require permits is the central office of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.  They are located at 2270 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho 83712; (208) 332-8540 or (208) 332-8560.
10/8/12
A: The short answer is NO. Short range weapon seasons for big game are limited to: Shotgun using a slug or #00 or larger buckshot Muzzleloader that are .45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion or wolf and at least .50 caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat or black bear With any ...
10/8/12
A: When this season was first established, the IDFG took a long, hard look at when snow geese were arriving in Idaho during spring to determine whether or not it would make sense to have a season.  The framework for light goose hunting ends on March 10, so if snow geese arrived after March 10, there ...
10/8/12
A: Yes.  Anyone 14 or older is required to have a fishing license In Idaho.  Since a non-US Citizen will not have a Social Security Number, they will have to present their passport.
10/6/12
A: It depends on the unit.  You will need to consult the 2012 Big Game Regulations for what is allowable in the unit where you will be hunting.   In most cases, a youth can harvest an antlered or antlerless.   Same goes for species on the Regular Deer Tag.  In most cases, he can harvest either a mule ...
10/6/12
A: A general regular deer tag or general whitetail deer tag is not unit specific.  If you hold a regular deer tag, you would need to follow the seasons under the Regular Deer General season section of the Big Game Regulations (check the Whitetail section for general seasons on the Whitetail Deer Tag ...
10/6/12
A: Any person who transports any wildlife for another or receives any wildlife for cleaning, processing, as a gift, or for strorage must have a written Proxy Statement signed by the taker of the animal showing the name, address, and license number of the taker, and the number, kind, date taken, and  ...
10/6/12
A: The Forest Service has the authority to set their rules in a Forest Service campground.
10/5/12
A: Are you referring to Constitutional Amendment (HJR2a)? The Department has no position on this ballot initiative.  The Commission, as the policy body, supports the ballot initiative.  More information can be found on the following at:  http://www.sos.idaho.gov/ELECT/INITS/2012amend.htm
10/5/12
A: You need a valid hunting license.  That is all.
10/5/12
A: Road kill rules are posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/.
10/5/12
A: We don't have any summer internships, unfortunately.
10/4/12
A: The answer to a question like this can be best answered by the region office.  Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to speak to a biologist for that area.    
10/4/12
A: I'm not sure how to help you. You may have missed a step.  Do you see something that resembles the below in a yellow box? Click this link to print your CE-51 form for this salvage If not, please leave your phone number or contact your nearest IDFG office and they will walk you through the process ...
10/4/12
A: Salvaging bear meat was required from 1973 when black bears were first classified a game animal through 2009.
10/4/12
A: No, it doesn't. 
10/4/12
A: If they are children they can accompany you but at this time they cannot hunt without taking hunter education and possessing a license and tag.  Ten and eleven year olds with hunter education can buy a hunting license and hunt for small game, birds and varmints.  Twelve year olds with hunter ...
10/3/12
A: I checked with the Upper Snake Region office; that is not true.  A shotgun can be used in that hunt. 
10/3/12
A: Idaho doesn't have any rules against the use of a silencer for hunting if the hunter has the correct permit from the Federal Govt.
10/2/12
A: Please contact the Southeast Region office for information.  Their phone number is 208-232-4703.
10/2/12
A: Please contact the Clearwater Region office. Their phone number is 208-799-5010. They will have the latest information.
10/2/12
A: Season information is posted on our website in the hunting section (fishandgame.idaho.gov).  Pheasants are listed in the  Upland Game rules on page 10. Briefly, pheasant season opens on October 20 in southern Idaho.  It closes November 30 in southeastern Idaho and December 31 in southwestern Idaho ...
10/2/12
A: Only if you are also hunting. 
10/2/12
A: After completing a hunter education course, a youth can hunt upland game, waterfowl and unprotected species (such as coyotes) at the age of 10. At 12 they can hunt big game.
10/1/12
A: No.  You must have a valid Idaho hunting license to hunt on private land, and you must stay within the season rules that Fish and Game has set up for the unit. Hunting any wildlife, even on private property, must adhere to state fish and game laws.
10/1/12
A: This is such a broad topic that it is hard to answer here.  It was suggested to me that you should go to a local sporting goods store and talk with them about what works well in your area.
10/1/12
A: There are several different trespass laws and some different requirements for different situations. Posting is required for some situations, but is not required for cultivated land or fenced land. Posting is not required if the landowner or agent asks the person to leave (see Idaho Code Section 18 ...
10/1/12
A: Mandatory Check and Report Requirements for Moose   Antlers must be presented at Idaho Fish and Game regional offices or official check point or to a conservation officer within 10 days of the date of the kill. Fish and Game headquarters office is not equipped to check in moose. In the Boise area ...
9/30/12
A: Hunters and anyone else heading into the backcountry are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs’ offices in their hunt area before heading out. Fire updates can be found online at: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/. Additional fire information is available ...
9/30/12
A: 6 would be an annual limit
9/30/12
A: Thank you for contacting us.  For a question such as this, we suggest you call the region office so you can get details from them.  Unit 73 is in the Southeast Region.  Their number is 208-232-4703.
9/30/12
A: The person who has moved out of state after purchasing their Idaho resident license and tags can still use them to hunt in Idaho if they have not become a resident of the other state--they can't claim residency in 2 states at the same time.  If this doesn't answer your question, contact the ...
9/30/12
A: Black bears are found all over eastern Idaho and now grizzlies are in many areas too, so planning ahead to carry bear spray is a wise choice!  Unfortunately, IDFG cannot make product recommendations, but we can tell you what to look for when purchasing a product.   Bear spray can be obtained at ...
9/29/12
A: A valid hunting license is all that is required.
9/28/12
A: If you are the driver/owner of the car and involved in a collision with a deer, the first thing you should do is insure everyone is OK. If possible before doing anything else, for your safety, be sure you are not blocking traffic. If the animal is dead, you may want to move off the traffic lane. ...
9/28/12
Q: Chukar
A: We do not have or require an upland game bird permit to hunt chukar. Several years these "Stamps" or permits were simply incorporated into your hunting license. However, we do require a Sage/Sharp Tail Grouse Permit (validation) for anyone hunting Sage Grouse or Sharp Tail Grouse. These cost $4.75 ...
9/28/12
A: Yes, you can use them while you are hunting. There are no rules specific to the use of trail cameras.
9/27/12
A: There used to be a rule that banned the use of lights to fish at night. That rule was dropped years ago. Generally, there are no hour limits to fishing and you can fish all night long. It is actually fairly popular to fish for catfish into the wee hours of the night. . However, there could be some ...
9/27/12
A: IDFG doesn't have an insect specialist on staff; try the Department of Agriculture (http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/PlantsInsects/indexplantsandinsectshome.php).  I hope they can help.
9/27/12
A: The Eastern Grey Squirrel and Eastern Fox Squirrel (the two most common species of grey squirrels in Idaho are listed as Unprotected nongame animals under Idaho code.  As such, under Idaho code 13.01.06 300.03 they: may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state ...
9/27/12
A: Yes, it is legal for any hunter (whether resident or nonresident) to purchase big game tags after the season for them has opened.
9/26/12
A: Many, if not most of the deer seasons allow youth to hunt for either sex.  Check pages 9-11 in the Big Game rules book.   
9/26/12
A: This is a difficult question to answer because it all depends on the species and the time of year.  For example, while nesting many bird nests are depredated (eaten) by foxes, skunks, badgers, coyotes, crows, ravens, magpies and even cows.  Foxes and skunks are the most notorious nest predators.   ...
9/26/12
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there is no clear definition of "humanely."  Working in the commercial fish industry, we used to put trout in tanks where we pumped carbon dioxide into the water.  After a short period of time the fish tipped over and we ran them through the ...
9/25/12
A: You can use a remote controlled boat to fish, provided you have a fishing license, you are fishing during a legal season and using legal bait, and the craft is under direct control of an operator.
9/25/12
A: Yes.  The tag is valid through December 31 of the year purchased.  The youth can still hunt with it after they turn 18.
9/24/12
A: We appreciate your concern.  Please contact the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office (208-769-1414) for information.
9/24/12
A: In our Roadkill Reporting System we presently have 13 mortalities between 15th St and Sherman Ave on I-90 (Milepost 13.6-14.8).  Of those thirteen, eleven are white-tailed deer, one domestic cat and one was an unknown (presumably schmeared) carcass.  All but one of these reports were submitted by ...
9/24/12
A: We've conducted creel surveys and have officer reports that indicate the stocking was marginally successful.  We documented a number of brown trout caught both upstream and downstream of the stocking sites.  We went many years not stocking brown trout in the Palouse River - mostly because we lost ...
9/24/12
A:   It is legal to view wildlife with a spotlight. However, be aware that shining a spotlight “upon any field, forest or other place by a person while having in his possession or under his control any uncased firearm or other contrivance capable of killing any animal or bird, shall be prima facie ...
9/23/12
A: There isn't a maximum number of bullets allowed as long as the following rules are followed: 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 ...
9/23/12
A: During a general any weapon season while using a muzzleloader You cannot use a muzzleloading rifle or musket which is less than forty-five (.45) caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, or gray wolf, or which is less than fifty (.50) caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or ...
9/21/12
A: Hello,   McArthur Lake water levels are currently low due to a summer drawdown for management purposes.  The shoreline is very mucky and very difficult to get around.  The water levels aren't yet back up to the boat dock.  However, a few people with small boats which they could drag to the fishing ...
9/21/12
A: Wolves are classified as a big game animal and there are a few firearms restrictions associated with the taking of big game animals. firearms, including slings, scopes or any other attachments cannot weigh more than 16 pounds With any shotgun can not use any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) ...
9/20/12
A: Under existing Fish and Game rules for hunting with muzzleloaders during a muzzleloader-only season, polymer tipped projectiles are considered illegal.  The plastic skirt on PowerBelt bullets is considered a gas-check, much like the cloth patch used with roundballs, and is not considered part of ...
9/20/12
A: Please contact the Upper Snake Region.  The biologists for unit 66 are based there.  They should have information for you.  Their number is 208-525-7290.
9/19/12
A: You can get a duplicate tag from any Fish and Game office.  They are listed on our website in the "About Us" section.  If you want to do it by mail, please contact our License Department at 208-334-2592 for a copy of the duplicate tag affidavit.
9/18/12
A: Please contact the Magic Valley Fish and Game office for information.  Their number is 208-324-4359.
9/18/12
A: I live out in Acequia area and i wanted to find out where I can shoot My rifles and handguns for target practice. Me and my father inlaw have been trying to find places where we can go but we are really far from a target range and wanted to see how far away you have to be from the road to shoot ...
9/18/12
A: You can exchange any tag as long the season has not opened for the tag you have.  The Salmon B tag season hasn't opened yet so it can be exchanged.  You can make the exchange at any Fish and Game office (listed online in the "About  Us" section of the website).
9/18/12
A: It depends on what type of salmon you're talking about. Spring Chinook salmon will enter the mouth of the Columbia River in March and arrive in Idaho in late April - July. Summer Chinook salmon will leave the ocean in April to early May and arrive in the Salmon River in late May to July. Sockeye ...
9/18/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game requires no additional permits to hunt with bird dogs.
9/17/12
A: Any violation of a forest fire emergency closure should be reported to the appropriate land manager.  Unit 27 is in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, part of which  is under the  Halstead Fire Closure Order Number: 04-13-12-535 which prohibits: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (b), the following acts ...
9/17/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients.  They are held out for the outfitters until specific dates.  At that time, any tags not going to outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota, which changes the numbers.
9/17/12
A: Please call the Southwest Region office for information.  Their number is 465-8465.  
9/17/12
A: There are several different trespass laws and some different requirements for different situations. Posting is required for some situations, but is not required for cultivated land or fenced land. Posting is not required if the landowner or agent asks the person to leave (see Idaho Code Section 18 ...
9/17/12
A: Some of the quota tags are made available to outfitters for their clients until August 31.  On September 1 those tags are moved into the general quota and they are available for anyone to purchase.  That increases the number of tags available over the original quota.
9/17/12
A: The information you have read about Dr. Hatch is correct.   In March 1939, at the time of his appointment to Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game by Idaho’s first Fish and Game Commission, Dr. Hatch was Professor of Game Management at the University of Idaho.   Commission meeting ...
9/15/12
A: If the season has not opened yet, your tag can be exchanged at a Fish and Game office or by mail.  Our offices are listed on our website under "About Us".
9/15/12
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 ...
9/15/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients. They are held out for the outfitters to purchase for their clients until specific dates (July 31 or August 30). At that time, any tags not purchased by outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota ...
9/14/12
A: You are correct.  All the general season elk hunting in the Panhandle is antlered elk only.
9/14/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reviewed and considered changes to existing equipment restrictions, including the prohibition against using a lighted retical while archery hunting.  Maintaining the current lighted retical rule is in part due to division among bowhunters of whether to change ...
9/14/12
A: A number of the lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area have brook trout populations.  You are not finding them when searching in the Southwest Region because they are all on the Stanley side of the Sawtooths and in the Fish and Game Salmon Region. Here is a list of lakes in the Salmon ...
9/13/12
A: Yes, anyone can purchase a nonresident license as a gift.  You need to have the nonresident's information such as name, address, date of birth and social security number.
9/13/12
A: They are included in the database - you just need to do some sluthing.  Here is an example:  1) Select Panhandle Region; 2) select records for 1967 to present; 3) click on "other trout;" 4) highlight "Antelope Lake; 5) and now click "search."  You will see 2,111 fingerling brook trout were stocked ...
9/13/12
A: There are several different trespass laws and some different requirements for different situations. Posting is required for some situations, but is not required for cultivated land or fenced land. Posting is not required if the landowner or agent asks the person to leave (see Idaho Code Section 18 ...
9/12/12
A: Please check with the Fish and Game office in McCall (634-8137) and the Southwest Region office in Nampa (465-8465).
9/12/12
A: You can have one fishing line in Idaho (or 2 lines with a two-pole permit) and it must be tended.  So, if you teather a line to float/jug, you must remain with the float/jug for as long as you are fishing.
9/11/12
A: Thanks for letting us know!  Up until today we have only been showing active closures for the Mustang Complex, Halstead and Trinity Ridge fires.  To the best of our knowledge there is no statewide or nationwide fire closure layer, so we have been manually updating these layers as new closures ...
9/11/12
A: Catfish usually start to actively feed when the water temperatures begin to warm in the spring.  Water temperatures rising to 50 F and above is the rule of thumb I like to use for catfish fishing.  One of the great things about catfish is, they aren't too picky when in comes to bait.  Anything ...
9/10/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: IDFG Headquarters sells topo maps.  They can be contacted at 208-334-3700.  The map order form is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=162.    
9/10/12
A: Contact the nearest Fish and Game office.  They can help you.  Contacts are listed online in the "About Fish and Game" section of our Website.
9/10/12
A: 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.   Idaho residents--if you need the information for a concealed weapon permit, some Idaho counties ...
9/9/12
A: All hunters must have an Idaho Migratory Bird stamp, regardless of age. The cost for a resident is $1.75; the cost for a nonresident is $4.75. By the way, the Federal "Duck Stamp" is required for age 16 and older.
9/8/12
A: Yes, you can carry a handgun for protection during an archery-only hunt.
9/8/12
A: Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an ...
9/6/12
A: Yes.  Game animals, predatory wildlife and unprotect species (see list) may be salvaged. Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    You must report a wildlife salvage by going online to ...
9/6/12
A: It is illegal to use dipnets to harvest kokanee in Mores or Grimes Creek. Please refer to page 44 of the fishing rules book. Kokanee in Mores Ck are mostly past the stage of being edible.
9/5/12