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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
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