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A: Hello, Thank you for your question.  The process to become a licensed rehabilitator starts at your local Regional Office.  If you live in the Boise area, please contact the Southwest Regional Office located in Nampa at (208)465-8465 to obtain the necessary application.  The completed application ...
12/4/14
A: Elk populations in northern Idaho are mixed - too few in some areas and too many in others.  Perhaps the most important factor in managing an elk herd is management of cow and calf (antlerless) elk. Where elk herds have declined, Idaho Fish and Game has eliminated anterless elk hunting completely ...
12/4/14
A: Yes, the restriction on electronics attached to guns only applies to Big Game hunting.
12/4/14
A: Yes you can use furs, feathers, and motion for a decoy. The only thing is you could not trap adjacent to the decoy. Also for the purposes of trapping you could not use feathers or fur.
12/4/14
A: It is not legal to sell wild game meat in Idaho. You can anonymously report this to the Citizen's Against Poaching hotline or anonymous web form.
12/4/14
A: There is nothing in Idaho Fish and Game code or rule that prohibits the feeding of games birds.  However, it is prohibited by rule to hunt upland game birds by use of bait, which is defined as "any substance placed to attract upland game birds".  Also, keep in mind that overcrowding issues can ...
12/5/14
A: On pages 101 and 102 of the 2014 Big game regulations you will find detailed information as to how to properly validate and attach your tag to the Big game animal in your possession.   In short, your tag should be validated by “complete removal of the triangles denoting the month and day” of kill ...
12/6/14
A: If a a private individual were to kill a dog at large it could carry criminal or civil liability.  The Fish and Game director or any peace officer, or persons authorized to enforce fish and game laws are authorized to destroy the dog at large when chasing big game.  Here is the section from Idaho ...
12/7/14
A: A .44 Mag is a straight-walled case not originally developed for rifles and is considered legal in short range weapon hunts when fired from a handgun.  The ATF defines a handgun as: Any firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand...(27 CFR 478. ...
12/7/14
A: Living in the wild is something people probably think about from time-to-time.  However, the reality of such a life often does not match how we would imagine such a life.  Finding food and coping with the weather can be a daunting challenge.  In addition, a number of rules and regulations apply to ...
12/8/14
A: Yes. 
12/9/14
A: You can harvest crayfish with just a valid fishing license.  In Idaho, they are considered game fish, so they can be caught whenever a season is open for fishing on that water (even a catch-and-release season).  If you want to use a trap, you can set 5 per licensed angler.  Check the rules for ...
12/9/14
A: Chances are very slim that we will stock more steelhead in the Boise River in the fall 2014/spring 2015.  We/Idaho Power can't operate the trap in the winter once we have freezing conditions and we don't want to remove all the hatchery steelhead below Hells Canyon Dam where anglers fish throughout ...
12/10/14
A: Yes.  During the 2012 Idaho Legislative session, new rules were approved which allow people to recover, posses, and sell commercially valuable wildlife that have been killed by accidental vehicle collisions.  You can go to our web site at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill to find out ...
12/10/14
A: Yes, fish cameras are legal to use on waters in Idaho.  Even though you often see fish, it doesn't mean they will bite.
12/10/14
A: Sir, We made a mistake.  Idaho Fish and Game is not aligned with HSUS and the press release has been removed from the Fish and Game website.  A well-meaning employee thought the reward offered by the organization would be useful in helping to solve the poaching case.  Thank you for bringing it to ...
12/10/14
A: There is no prohibition of the use of lights for fishing in Idaho, thus it is legal. Please ensure that whatever you use for a light source makes it home with you, and does not end up as litter. Josh Royse, Regional Conservation Officer.
12/11/14
A: As a matter of public safety, Idaho Code Section 36-1508 prohibits discharging a firearm from or across a public highway (any government maintained road and right-of-way).  This prohibition covers archery equipment, shotguns, rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, airguns, and other hunting weapons.
12/11/14
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing for Northern Pike.  Unforutnately, there are not a lot of opportunities for doing so within a few hours drive of Idaho Falls.  The nearest place you can pursue your activity would likely be Little Payette Lake, near McCall.  I spoke with the fish manager up ...
12/11/14
A: The rule governing the question you asked about the use of the RamCat braodhead is addressd in  IDAPA  13.01.08.410.02. The rule prohibits the use of  "arrows or bolts having expanding broadheads". Based on the description provided in the product literature, "if the head does not pass through the ...
12/12/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule is in effect in certain areas and restricts motorized travel as an aid to hunting big game to "established roadways" which are defined as any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the ...
12/12/14
A: Yes, Chesterfield Reservoir is open to waterfowl hunting during the established waterfowl seasons for the area in which it is located.  However, the upper portion of the reservoir is located within the Fort Hall Reservation and according to the Reservation biologist is not open for waterfowl ...
12/12/14
A: There is no limit on bobcats for Idaho residents.  Nonresidents may only trap as many bobcats as the most restrictive quota between states allows.  If the state of their residence has a quota, then they must only catch as many Idaho bobcats as their state allows.
12/12/14
A: Yes. Passports and licenses in Idaho are good for the calendar year.
12/12/14
A: The was to approach such a request or recommendation is to work directly with the wildlife staff at your regional fish and office, well in advance of the next year's season setting process. Now would be an excellent time to initiation those dicussions.
12/12/14
A: Yes, unless the regulation book specifies otherwise you can harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer during a regular deer season.  For the 2014 Regular Deer Tag, General Deer Short Range Weapon Season in Unit 38 you could harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer.
12/13/14
A: The Department does not plan on requesting to extend this hunt.   This hunt is designed to help address depredations during the period of October - December.  The hunt was modified last year with both landowner and hunter input.  The Department will continue to be responsive to agricultural ...
12/13/14
A: If the cartridge was designed for a pistol then it is legal. I believe this is a pistol cartridge and therefore legal.
12/14/14
A: You can still catch steelhead near Riggins but fishing could be slow.  As water temperatures cool, the fish are less active.  A Sammy and shrimp work well this time of year - especially in the afternoon when the sun is on the water.
12/14/14
A: No, it would not be legal.  The width restriction also pertain to anything towed behind the ATV.  Please contact the appropriate land management agency for more information on allowable uses.  
12/14/14
A: At this time (December 2014), trapper certification is not required for a general trapping license.  However, the Fish and Game Commission may consider a mandatory trapper education course in the near future.  If you are interested in trapping wolves, then wolf trapper certification is required.
12/15/14
A: No we do not.  Nor do we verify what people report on mandatory harvest reports for big game.  However, we find that by and large, responses are mostly honest. However, on occassion we get information or know information that isn't quite right with certain forms and we investigate. We hope that ...
12/15/14
A: IDAPA rule 13.01.11 says, 05. Gaff Hook.   It is unlawful to land fish of any species with a gaff hook except through a hole cut or broken in the ice in waters which have no length restrictions or harvest closures for that species or when landing nongame fish species taken with archery equipment. ...
12/16/14
A: It is legal to hunt geese with bow, however to hunt them within city limits requires you to check with the city in question.
12/17/14
A: The short answer to your question is no.  Legal hunting hours in Idaho are limited to daylight only.  This is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset for most species.   It is legal to hunt some predators including coyotes and jackrabbits after dark with the aid of ...
12/18/14
A: Yes, you must make a reasonable effort to retrieve any animal you wound.  It is strongly recommended you contact the local Conservation Officer or Idaho Department of Fish & Game Regional Officer and inform them of the circumstances as soon as possible.  Officers and regional offices have ...
12/18/14
A: This appears to be in response to this Question and Answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/legally-moving-tagged-ani... The wording of "not on the antlers" in that answer is specific clarification for the original question. It is not a quote from the 2014 seasons and rules book. ...
12/19/14
A: Please report this to your local sheriff's office.  
12/20/14
A: To purchase an Idaho hunting license you must show a previously purchased hunting license OR proof of your Hunter Education certification (card) ONLY IF you were born on or after January 1, 1975. If you were born prior to this date you can purchase a license without showing proof of a license or ...
12/20/14
A: We don't typically do crayfish surveys, but we can tell you that all indications are, the population is healthy and makes up a significant portion of the diet of adult bass in CDA lake during the summer.  Although we haven't opened CDA lake to the commercial harvest of crayfish, we did have one ...
12/20/14
A: Yellow trout were indeed again stocked in Sego Prairie Pond. Typically, bright colored fish don't last long in pond environments where they are stocked.  If they aren't caught by anglers, their distinct color makes them more vulnerable to predators such as large birds (pelicans, blue heron, eagles ...
12/23/14
A: You are correct in that you cannot use a crossbow to take upland game birds.  The disabled archery permit is specifically for crossbow use in an archery only season specifially for big game.  There are no archery only seasons for upland game birds.  The disabled archery provisions speak directly ...
12/24/14
A: Answer:  What happened with the flash floods in the South Fork and Middle Fork Boise River drainages was a unique event that most of us have never experienced before – at least in this river system and our lifetime.  Intense rain on recently burned slopes released mud and debris into what was a ...
12/26/14
A: This is a land managment agency question.  If the public land is Forest Service/BLM, I would contact them to clarify, but they would probably consider any treestand left in the forest after the hunting season as abandoned property.
12/26/14
A: In this instance you can take the copy you have to your local Fish and Game office and they can print a duplicate at no additional cost to you.
12/26/14
A: Yes it is. Any non target birds must be released immediatley, and unharmed.
12/26/14
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing Henrys Lake.  We extended the season in 2011 to allow for more opportunity for anglers.  Like you, many anglers have expressed a lot of satisfaction with this longer season.  However, there are others who would like to see the rules returned to a more ...
12/27/14
A: You can purchase the license at any time during the year. We began selling our 2015 licenses on December 1, 2014. The three year license expires on December 31 of the third year. For example if you were to purchase the three year license on January 9, 2015, the license would be valid in January 9 ...
12/28/14
A: We have not stocked Tiger Muskies for several years, but some still exist in Lamont and Johnson reservoirs near Preston Idaho. General regulations for using bait apply on both waters.
12/28/14
A: Many landowners along the Pend Oreille River own property well below the ordinary high water mark.  Anchoring anything on private property would require permission from the landowner.  IDFG also owns several parcels along the river, as part of the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area.  Leaving a ...
12/28/14
A: There are no restrictions as to the use of night vision when it comes to spotting or watching wildlife.
12/28/14
A: The late season portion of the archery season on the white-tailed deer tag is designed to provide archery opportunity for hunters during and after the rut.  It currently runs from Nov 1 through Dec 19th and is longer than most other archery hunts.  Several years ago a proposal was put forth to ...
12/29/14
A: Thanks for the question. The falconry age requirements are found on the falconry application and posted here. Age Requirements: Falconry may be practiced by any person that is 12 years of age or older. General class falconers must be atleast 16 years of age, and master class falconers must have a ...
12/29/14
A: Residents of Idaho are eligible to purchase the sportsman's package license. The price of the sportsman's package license is set in Idaho Law and is $124.25 for all residents. To hunt with a crossbow in archery only hunts an individual must have a current year's archery permit (which is included ...
12/31/14
A: Idaho Code says: 05. Gaff Hook. It is unlawful to land fish of any species with a gaff hook except through a hole cut or broken in the ice in waters which have no length restrictions or harvest closures for that species or when landing nongame fish species taken with archery equipment. (3-29-12) ...
1/1/15
A: Unit 68 is part of the Big Desert zone for elk.  There are three elk hunts in that unit.  The first is the A tag that is for archery only and runs from August 30- September 30.  The second is a controlled cow hunt that runs from October 10 - November 30.  The only other hunt in this area is a ...
1/1/15
A: The price of the second nonresident general season tag is a set price for everyone. 
1/1/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will act to set big game seasons at their March 24 meeting. We expect to have the 2015 big game seasons booklets available in stores around the state around the middle of April. They will likely be available on our website a week or two earlier.
1/2/15
A: It's not too late to submit your hunt report for the prior year. The hunting reports for the prior year submitted through January are useful for the upcoming year's season recommendations.  We encourage you to learn more about filing your hunt report and file as soon as possible.
1/2/15
A: Questions about equipment technology are periodically asked.  Please refer to the most recent answer on expandable broadheads here. We've notified those monitoring these rules changes of your question concern. 
1/3/15
A: Late in the fall it is possible to see a high proportion of unclipped steelhead in the catch. That's mostly a function of the harvest of fish with clipped adipose fins and not the marking at the hatchery before the fish were released. Most of the hatchery steelhead returning to the Clearwater this ...
1/3/15
A: This is a question that comes up now and then and it has been answered in the past at this web site.  You are correct in that you cannot use a crossbow to take upland game birds. The disabled archery permit is specifically for crossbow use in an archery only season specifically for big game. There ...
1/3/15
A: Game needs to be tagged, evidence of sex left naturally attached to the animal, and if transporting it for another it needs to be accompanied with a proxy statement that includes takers, name, license number, tag number, address,unit of harvest, date of harvest, species type and sex, and phone ...
1/4/15
A: It can be a tricky situation while packing out an untagged portion of an animal and we appreciate your responsibility in asking for clarification. Here's a quote from a similar question on legally moving a tagged animal: "If you are contacted by an Officer while packing meat off the mountain you ...
1/4/15
A: Coyotes are classified as a Predator which means they may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law, by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping, or combination hunting and fishing licenses, provided such taking is not in ...
1/4/15
A: The Bowhunter Internet Course no longer requires a field day. The course is a self-paced online course for students ages 10 and older. After completion, you will print your certification card online.
1/5/15
A: You have a couple of different options. You could explore the option of shooting with a local gun club such as the Troy-Deary Gun Club or the Genesee Gun Club. Another option is to secure permission with a local landowner who would be willing to allow you to shoot some clay birds on their ...
1/6/15
A: Most elk management zones offer a choice of either an A tag or a B tag. The A and B tags have different season dates and may differ in the opportunity to use different weapon types or the type of elk that may be harvested. Although not the case in all zones that offer A tags and B tags, in most ...
1/7/15
A: The short answer is, "no." Centain species of game fish, which trout are defined in Idaho rule 13.01.11. , can not have the heads and tails removed while in transit.  You also must be able to show how many fish, the length and species of fish you have in possession while in the field. Idaho ...
1/7/15
A: As a nonresident you have a choice of several license types depending on how many days and times you will be hunting in Idaho. Here is breakdown of three different options you can choose to purchase to hunt waterfowl in Idaho. Nonresident 3 day small game license. Valid for 3 consecutive days ...
1/9/15
A: Nonresident Tag quotas can be found on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability. At this time of year these counts are updated every Friday.
1/9/15
A: The three-year license would count as maintaining your license for three years. It is proposed to be a "lock-in" license.
1/9/15
A: For this response we will assume you are talking about a picture of your spouses drivers license. We do allow a spouse to purchase a  resident license for their spouse as long as they have met the residency requirements stated in Idaho Code.
1/9/15
A: The article you are referring to was published by the Lewiston Tribune.  Idaho Fish and Game did issue a statement to the paper and we can certainly make that available, but you might contact the Tribune first if you want the article.
1/9/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not established a firm schedule for reviewing hunting equipment restrictions.  However, they have expressed interest in reviewing equipment technology in the next few months.  Commission agendas are made available on the IDFG website in advance of meetings. ...
1/10/15
A: There are a couple of scenarios: Youth hunters age 8 or 9 can purchase a hunting passport to participate in hunting waterfowl, upland game and furbearers but must hunt with a licensed adult. A person can only puchase a hunting passport once in their lifetime. Youth who have successfully completed ...
1/10/15
A: To upgrade to a sportsman's package, you will need to take your license and any other permits and tags to the nearest regional office. There are a couple of rules to upgrading such as if a person has a tag and has harvested an animal with the tag, they cannot upgrade to a sportsman's package. Once ...
1/10/15
A: Idaho rules consider a hook as having up to 3 points.  So, when the term "barbless hooks required" is stated in the fish rules, you can use a single, double or treble hook - as long as all points are barbless.  A barbless treble hook is legal to use while fishing the Middle Fork Salmon River. ...
1/11/15
A: Thank you for your interest in hunting in Idaho. It sounds like you've found several opportunities and that you have a good understanding of the restrictions.   Here are some things to consider for second tags: There are no guarantees for a second tag (as you mentioned) Second tags are made ...
1/11/15
A: The two-pole permit is only available for a calendar year.  While your three-year combination fishing and hunting license is good for three calendar years, the two-pole permit would need renewed each year.  
1/11/15
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing Mackay Reservoir.  As you note, the lake does not always freeze completely over, which means there can be thin ice in certain areas, and possibly around the edge.  The reservoir is generally filling during the winter, which means it is increasing in size.  ...
1/11/15
A: In 2014, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game was directly involved in the stocking of over 32,000,000 fish!  Fish species stocked include both native and non-native trout/salmon species (Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, etc.) as well as non-native cool- and warm-water species (like ...
1/12/15
A: No. Any person hunting migratory birds needs the validation.
1/13/15
A: The lake trout bounty program on Lake Pend Oreille was discontinued in 2013.   Originally, it was funded by Avista Power Company and was intended to assist our agency in restoring/reducing depredation on kokanee by lake trout.  Between the bounty program and selective netting with commercial ...
1/13/15
A: All of Idaho Fish and Game’s wildlife harvest statistics are estimated from surveys of hunters. We get the most questions about deer or elk. I think this is what you are asking about. For deer, elk, and pronghorn, each hunter is required to fill out a Hunter Report form, either online or by phone ...
1/13/15
A: No, It is unlawful to hunt or pursue big game animals using arrows or expanding broadheads in any archery hunt, short range weapon hunt  or any general season hunts.
1/13/15
A: There is no restriction on the number of rounds a shotgun can hold for upland game hunting. The restrictuion of 3 shells applies only to migratory birds.
1/13/15
A: Here is the Fish and Game statement: INFORMATION REGARDING SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, one of these hunters shot two rams.  ...
1/13/15
A: Idaho's license fees are set by legislation. The two licenses (3 Day Salmon/Steelhead and the Daily Fishing) are different types of licenses and have different fees as per the Idaho Code 36-416. Therefore, the daily fishing license purchased for two days (no steelhead permit) would be the $12.75 ...
1/15/15
A: Thank you for your suggestion. We will take it under consideration for potential license structure changes.
1/15/15
A: Here is Idaho Fish and Game's statement on the matter you are refering to: INFORMATION REGARIDNG SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, ...
1/15/15
A: We recently answered a question very similar to yours. Please let us know if this doesn't answer your question.
1/15/15
A: That depends.  If you're a nonresident and already have a fishing license, the two-pole permit is an additional $15.50. If you're a licensed resident, the two-pole is $13.75. These prices are as of January, 2015 and are subject to change.
1/16/15
A: You are absolutely right that everyone feels bad about this incident, including the hunter who made this terrible mistake.  The officers that investigated felt that this was indeed a mistake with no intentional wrong-doing on the part of the hunter.  This incident will undoubtedly become an ...
1/16/15
A: A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. If you purchase 8 applications for one species such as deer and draw a tag, our draw system sets your additional applications for that species apart so you cannot draw a second tag for that species.
1/17/15
A: No. A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. Because the super combo hunt contains a tag for all super hunt species, the winner of the super combo hunt has all other applications for all super hunt species for that year set apart so that they may not draw any other super hunt tag ...
1/17/15
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have an upland game permit at this time. To hunt turkeys you will need the appropriate hunting license and the appropriate turkey tag and if drawn in a controlled hunt the controlled turkey permit.
1/18/15
A: The upland area you refer to is the Roswell Marsh Habitat Area, the small orange signs are to help show the Fish and Game property boundaries .  Hunting blinds can be constructed of native materials, but digging pits or cutting of vegetation is prohibited as well as using artificial fasteners like ...
1/18/15
A: Thanks for your interest in Palisades Reservoir stockings.  Although our stocking database does not currently show that cutthroat have been stocked in Palisades, they indeed have.  As mitigation for Palisades Dam, the Jackson National Fish Hatchery is responsible for stocking that reservoir.  ...
1/19/15
A: Fish and Game has no hunting restictions on coyotes in the area described.  There is no hunting within the Boise city limits and posted private property should be honored.
1/19/15