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A: Crayfish, just like other species of coldwater fish, become more active as water temperatures increase.  As afternoon water temperatures begin to climb into the high 50 degree/low 60's crayfish become more active.  Typically, crayfish activity is high by mid-May.   Just because air temperatures ...
4/29/15
A: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation administers the Invasive Species stickers. You can purchase invasive species stickers online here. The Idaho Department of Agriculture has an FAQ of why we have these required stickers in Idaho.
4/30/15
A: Yes, that's very likely. Please call the Panhandle Regional office to learn more. 
4/30/15
A: We are anticipating a very successful Chinook Salmon season on the South Fork Salmon River in 2015.  Actual dates of the season and bag limits will be set at the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Commission meeting that will be held in Lewiston on May 19th and 20th, 2015. With the low flow conditions I ...
4/30/15
A: Fish & Game isn't the agency that regulates this activity. We suggest contacting the Idaho Department of Lands local office (www.idl.idaho.gov/areas/index.html), and the city or county involved regarding permits and requirements for placing buoys.
4/30/15
A: As long as you reload your shotshells with a USFWS approved shot, you may shoot waterfowl with reloaded ammunition.
5/2/15
A: When fishing in Idaho, it doesn't matter if you have an "Alabama rig" or gear names after any other state - you can only have 5 hooks per line under your direct control. I will say a "qualifying yes" to your question on lures.  Provided the lure isn't scented, they would be legal.  Scented lures ...
5/2/15
A: The reason for the regulation is to avoid thin broadhead blades from collapsing causing the broadhead to be rendered ineffective in the event it hits hard objects like bone.  Today most broadhead manufacturers produce blades in excess of the 0.015 inch minimum, but it is still possible to purchase ...
5/4/15
A: Unfortunately, this will be another bleak year for Paddock Reservoir. With little to no snowpack remaining in the Paddock drainage and the unusually warm and dry spring; there is no chance of the reservoir filling.  We just hope enough water will remain in the deepest part of the reservoir for a ...
5/5/15
A: The short answer is no. Otters are classified as furbearers and are protected willdlife that can be trapped in limited numbers, but may not be kept alive. Non native otters might be allowed to be imported into Idaho with an import permit if they were shown not to be a genetic, competitive or ...
5/6/15
A: In Idaho Code, landlocked salmon are considered "trout" unless otherwise denoted.  In the case of Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Fall Chinook salmon are included in your daily trout bag limit.  Therefore, you can keep 6 "trout/Fall Chinook" per day.
5/7/15
A: Thanks for your question on Lake Lowell!  The "General" bass rules for the Southwest Region do in fact state 6 bass per day, 12-inch minimum. However, Lake Lowell falls under the "special rule waters" which are listed separately (page 23 of the rules book). These waters have their own rules that ...
5/7/15
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/purchase-second-non-resid...
5/7/15
A: The Super Hunt program is about generating money, specifically for the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fish and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anyone wishing to participate.  ...
5/7/15
A: The short answer is yes.  Hatcheries are starting to trap chinook salmon and we are finalizing our website content and procedures for updating the trapping numbers. As of May 7, Rapid River had trapped 7 adipse fin clipped adult chinook salmon and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery (on the Clearwater) had ...
5/8/15
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game typically posts an announcement for applicants to apply to Conservation Officer once a year. However, this can change at any time depending our department's needs. The Conservation Officer patrol areas are located in various locations throughout the state. ...
5/8/15
A: If you access our license purchase page found at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ and complete a search for your information, the system will display the items you have purchased in the current license year at the bottom of the license, tag and permit selection page.The system will display ...
5/8/15
A: Yes, you need a fishing license to harass, bait, attempt to take, etc. any fish in public waters in Idaho.
5/25/15
A: We haven't finalized the quota for the South Fork Salmon River - as of the last week in May.  The number of fish that are in excess of our brood stock needs and available to anglers (harvest quota) is not actually determined until we have data on the number of passive induced transponder (PIT) ...
5/26/15
A: You can use dead loach for bait when fishing for catfish, however, live crayfish are the only live bait that can be used, and they must be used on the water where they were collected.  See the following text on page 50 of the current fishing seasons and rules: "Note: Use of live fish, leeches, ...
5/26/15
A: Yes, there is a size limit on tiger muskie in Dog Creek Reservoir.  You can keep 2-tiger muskie that are 40" or longer in length, per day.
5/26/15
A: Are we talking about a water with landlocked Fall Chinook or a river system that Chinook Salmon can use to reach the ocean? Anadromous (ocean-going) juvenile Chinook are typically defined as being two years of age or less.  They will be 3 - 5" in length - depending on their diet and water ...
5/31/15
A: Our preseason forcast for Spring Chinook returning to Pahsimeroi was just over 2,100 adults.  Incomplete PIT tag data is currently suggesting numbers may be less than our forecast - but it's still early and subject to change.
6/1/15
A: Sorry, you only get one salmon permit for the spring/summer Chinook season.  The first 20 notches are to record Chinook salmon from the Spring and Summer Chinook seasons.  The second group of 20 notches are for the Fall Chinook and Coho season.
6/2/15
A: As of the first week of June, salmon fishing was very good.  Anglers were averaging less than 10 hours per fish.  Over 2,100 fish have been harvested from the Little Salmon River as of 6/7.    
6/7/15
A: Crayfish are found in rocky areas where they have cover from predators (fish, birds, etc.).  The best baits are chicken liver, fish entrails or other waste meat.  Soak your trap along the rocky shore for several hours (over-night). What I've found to work well is a small can of cat food.  Just ...
6/14/15
A: The estimated quota for the South Fork Salmon is changing every day as more fish arrive over Bonneville and Lower Granite dams. The current estimate is that the quota will be in the range of 1,000-1,500 salmon. Much of the run is still migrating up through the lower river system, so estimating the ...
6/16/15
A: Chinook salmon caught from the Little Salmon River are generally safe to eat. IDFG recommends following the USDA and FDA guidelines for safely handling and preparing your catch to prevent foodborne illness. If you will be eating fish within 2 days of catching it, make sure to store your fish on ...
6/17/15
A: No.  Fishing for or targeting salmon/steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water.    In other words, no salmon/steelhead fishing (including catch/release) is allowed unless there is an open season for that river location.   Steelhead rules can be found ...
6/19/15
A: End of June is probably the last time we will stock Chinook Salmon in the Boise River.  We only bring fish from Oxbow (mid-Snake River) or Rapid River (near Riggins) because we know these fish are of hatchery stock origin.  By early July, the body of these fish are breaking-down (they haven't ...
6/25/15
A: Call it "Mother Nature's" fail-safe for any event that may effect survival of adult steelhead that arrive in Idaho earlier in the year.  If there is a rain-on-snow event that causes fish mortality or other natural disaster, there still will be late arriving fish to spawn and perpetuate the species ...
6/25/15
A: Most mountain lakes in Idaho are stocked on a 3-year rotation unless we've documented natural reproduction at a level that could support sport fishing.  That would mean Skein and Box lakes should be on the planting schedule for this August and September when we stock these lakes from our McCall ...
7/11/15
A: Idaho no longer restricts felons' possession of archery equipment. In general, there are fewer restrictions for weapons that do not involve explosive action. PLEASE NOTE: Individuals convicted of felonies are responsible for doing their own research to see if the law allows them to ...
7/16/15
A: Bison are under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
7/17/15
A: Because snow geese are migratory game birds, the federal governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, are ultimately responsible for their protection and conservation in North America. In the United States, this responsibility has ...
7/19/15
A: It is legal to photograph wildlife.  The term 'hunt' in Idaho does not include stalking, attracting, searching for, or lying in wait for, any wildlife by an unarmed person solely for the purpose of watching wildlife or taking pictures thereof.
7/20/15
A: Generally speaking, the brown colored Sportmen's Access signs you see driving Idaho roads highlight fishing and/or boating access sites.  Access to hunting areas on private lands are publicized in Access Yes guides available annually in September.     
7/21/15
A: Report it online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/feedback/fish/forms/reportTaggedFishAngler.cfm
7/21/15
A: Sorry for the delayed answer. The LAP drawing was completed at the end of July.
7/21/15
A: Unclaimed pronghorn controlled hunts go back into the second drawing. Hunters can apply for those hunts August 5 through August 15. The IDFG Director may make some early hunts available through a first-come, first-served leftover sale on August 6 at 10:00 am mountain time. A list of hunts to be ...
7/21/15
A: After the pond was lowered, contractors for the City of Boise helped us lower an electrofishing boat into the remaining water.  We then spent a day collecting as many game fish as possible. Captured fish, mostly largemouth bass and bluegill, were then transferred into adjacent ponds.
7/21/15
A: Mule deer and whitetail "tumors" can be benign or malignant depending on the growth.  The most commonly encountered tumor is the benign fibroma caused by the papilloma virus and are quite common in deer.  Maybe not surprisingly, they can be more regularly seen around salt licks as the virus is ...
7/23/15
A: The regular deer tag is valid for mule deer and white-tailed deer. 
7/23/15
A: Magpies are a protected migratory bird and can not be hunted or killed without a permit.  Both a state and Federal permit are required to kill magpies. The best long term solution to magpies eating chicken eggs is to protect the chickens and exclude the magpies.  Federal and state requirements ...
7/23/15
A: Yes, lighted nocks are still illegal to hunt big game with in Idaho.  The Fish and Game Commission recently reviewed the issue of archery equipment restrictions and chose to make no changes to existing rules.
7/24/15
A: Yes.
7/24/15
A: A spotlight permit may be applied for at your local Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office. Ask to speak with the Regional Conservation Officer regarding the permit. There are several stipulations that must be met before a permit will be issued. If you are simply using NVG for Predatory and ...
7/25/15
A: Motor restrictions on the Henrys Fork are governed by Fremont County.  You can find the ordinance that restricts motor use on the Mack’s Inn reach at this link: http://www.co.fremont.id.us/departments/commission/waterways_ordinance_revised.pdf
7/25/15
A: Many years ago, the bow hunters association made a request that IDFG create an archery stamp and require those who participate in archery only hunts to purchase the archery stamp. The Idaho stamp program was canceled in 1998 after all IDFG licenses, tags and permits became electronic. Those items ...
7/25/15
A: The short answer is yes.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a long history of monitoring chinook salmon returns to the Middle Fork Salmon River and its tributaries.  In 2014 we estimated 2,607 wild chinook salmon spawned in the Middle Fork Salmon drainage. The longer answer is  standardized ...
7/27/15
A: Big game tags and permits that must be notched, validated or attached to a carcass cannot be printed if purchased via the Internet. Those items will be printed and mailed to customers.
7/27/15
A: In Idaho, you can participate in trapping by purchasing a trapping license and following all rules and regulations.
7/27/15
A: Bighorn Sheep on Craig Mountain WMA, otherwise known as the Redbird Herd, can be found primarily along the Snake River from the river up to around 2500' in elevation. As expected, they typically prefer rocky crag-type habitat. If you're looking for wildlife viewing opportunities some of your ...
7/28/15
A: No it is not required to hunt. however it is a good idea to carry photo identification with you to help indentfy yourself.
7/28/15
A: If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
7/28/15
A: The ramp at Chesterfield is still usable. The last section of dock is in the water.
7/29/15
A: Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still ...
7/29/15
A: No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
7/29/15
A: All legal wolf harvest is updated in those tables as it occurs. If wolf harvest occurs on private land in a zone with a year-round harvest season, the harvest is legal and within an open season and will be updated in the table. The harvest table does not include illegal killings or other mortality ...
7/31/15
A: Idaho law is silent on fishing with artificial light, which means it is legal to do so.
8/3/15
A: If your traps are not set then they do not need check within the 72 hour time frame. You must have closed them rather than some other method such as snow, debris, rocks etc. You will also note that traps are not allowed to be placed except during a current trapping season, you cannot leave them ...
8/3/15
A:     To buy an archery permit in Idaho, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect ...
8/3/15
A: There are hundreds of deer throughout Boise and surrounding areas that have become urbanized.  We do not have any translocation programs for deer.  Fortunately, most deer have figured out how to safely cross roads and when and where to feed to avoid most traffic.  The greenbelt and surrounding ...
8/4/15
A: We manage the area below Anderson Ranch Dam as a "wild trout" fishery. Consequently, we don't stock hatchery produced trout in that area.  When they refer to stocking the South Fork Boise River in our planting report, we mean the South Fork above Big Smoky Creek.
8/4/15
A: Hello, I'm thinking there could be some predation occurring in your neighborhood. Perhaps there is a neighborhood cat on the prowl. If you or your neighbors have an outside cat, they really can be problematic. Domestic cats kill millions of birds and small mammals, including squirrels, every year ...
8/4/15
A: General information about salvaging wildlife is at: idfg.idaho.gov/species/roadkill Idaho Administrative Code IDAPA 13.01.10.300.02 contains the rules for salvage of certain types of wildlife found dead. You may view this rule at: adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0110.pdf Please note that ...
8/5/15
A: Great question.  The answer is it depends, so stick with me a moment and I will try and clear it up.  During an archery only season crossbows are illegal. (Except, disabled hunters possessing a permit available at IDFG offices may use a crosbow) Crossbows are legal during short-range and any ...
8/5/15
A: If it's a permanent injury, then yes, it’s called a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit Application and it’s available at any Fish and Game office or online here:  https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf The criteria for application are:Each application shall be ...
8/6/15
A: Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird. Turkeys can not be hunted with a crossbow.  
8/6/15
A: Yes you can, as long as it complies with the other restrictions in code and rule, (copied below). There is no restriction in idaho on the number of rounds a firearm can carrry, or restrictions against use of semi-automatics. 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as ...
8/6/15
A: There are weapon restrictions for the taking of migratory birds.  Code of Federal Reguations 20.21 prohibits the taking of migratory birds with any shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassebling the gun, so its ...
8/7/15
A: Congratulations on your controlled hunt draw success.  Your assumption about the dates for your hunt are mostly correct.  Your tag has nothing to do with the A/B tag system.  There is one item to take note of however.  The actual seasons for your tag are Sept. 6 thru 30 for archery, and October 10 ...
8/9/15
A: You can hunt forest grouse with an air rifle with a valid hunting license and when they are in season. You can shoot preditory animals such as starlings, ferral pigeons, english sparrows, and Eurasian Collared doves. There are no other species or seasons for air rifles.
8/9/15
A: Yes. You can use a bow in a general hunt without the archery validation.  However, any archery-only hunt requires the validation.
8/9/15
A: No you do not need a muzzleloader permit to hunt with your muzzleloader in a short range weapons hunt.
8/10/15
A: Yes. Any person hunting in an archery only hunt must have an archery permit in possession. The same rule applies for muzzleloader hunts too. Any person hunting in a muzzleloader only hunt must have a muzzleloader permit in possession.
8/10/15
A: Page 98 of the 2015-16 Big Game rules pamphlet states that a broadhead cannot measure less than 7/8 inch, and that the entire arrow must weigh at least 300 grains.
8/10/15
A: Information on the hunts can be found in our big game rule booklets or by accessing the Departments hunt planner at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntPlanner/. Results of the drawing will be posted on our website and we will mail a postcard to those individuals who are successful in drawing a ...
8/10/15
A: We do recommend that trappers take a trapping course to learn important skills such as avoiding non-target catch, best management practices, ethics and responsibilities. Our trapping course includes both classroom time taught by a trapper and outdoor trap setting skills. A trapping course is not ...
8/10/15
A: Those who apply for a trophy hunt (moose, sheep or goat) can submit an application for deer, elk or pronghorn in the second application period. That person may also participate in the leftover first-come, first-served tag sales as long as they meet all of the other requirements and criteria.
8/11/15
A: Good question and good catch! The language in the big game regulations and seasons booklet and the moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat booklet don't match--and they should. The Idaho Administrative Procedures Act contains regulations (e.g., IDAPA 13.01.08.410.5.b ) that prohibit the use of ...
8/11/15
A: Hello,  Thanks for your question about Pacific Press Pond. The pond is primarily a bass and bluegill pond, but may have other species of sunfish like pumpkinseed. IDFG does do not know if there are any crayfish in the pond. Soft plastic baits like senkos, worms, and creatures fished with a ...
8/11/15
A: Hello, thanks for your question about using live bait.  The IDFG rules prohibiting using live fish for bait is a cautious approach for reducing the risk of introducing unwanted species. No LIVE bait fish is relatively easy to enforce. Allowing even capture and use of live fish where one is fishing ...
8/11/15
A: Greetings,  When it comes to transporting fish, there are some specific (but often overlooked) rules to keep in mind. Your question is very good, as it addresses a gray area when interpreting the head/tail rule for transporting fish. The intention of the rule is for the fish to remain whole while ...
8/12/15
A: I'm not sure if you mean from a predator-prey perspective or water quality. Large trout (10"+) typically add small fish to their diet - and this could include koi.  Prior to achieving 10", they feed on insects, zooplankton, detritus, and other organic substances.  Large trout with small koi will ...
8/12/15
A: Hunts opening Saturday in the Owyhees unlikely to change With controlled deer and pronghorns hunts opening in Unit 40 in portions of Owyhee County Saturday, Aug. 15, Idaho Fish and Game is monitoring the Soda Fire, but not closing or altering hunts at this time, nor expecting to in the immediate ...
8/14/15
A: Yes, you found our mistake in that news release. Coho do produce jacks, males that mature and return after only one year in the ocean, just like Chinook salmon. What was meant is that coho returns to the Snake River are difficult to predict because we don't have a lot of years of returns to use in ...
8/14/15
A: In most instances, the removal or alteration of stream bank substrate is regulated by the Idaho Department of Water Resources (stream channel alteration) and the US Corps of Engineers, requiring a joint permit. Water quality certification of the activity by Idaho's DEQ is likely to be required ...
8/14/15
A: Winners of the second super hunt drawing have been notified. Thank you.
8/15/15
A: Wolf hunting tags can be used for either hunting or trapping, while wolf trapping tags can only be used for trapping. Thus, hunters may take up to 5 wolves, and trappers may take up to 10.
8/16/15
A: Field days are offered throughout the calendar year at various times, depending on where you live. More than 14,000 students continually take and pass hunter education in Idaho each year. Classes and field days change often and new opportunities are added constantly, so keep checking the website. ...
8/18/15
A: No, catffish can not be trapped.  Catfish are classified as game fish and can not be trapped.  IDAPA 13.01.11.201.08, and the "Methods of Fishing and Equipment" section of the fishing rule book explains the trapping and seining rules for minnows and crayfish. Only minnows of unprotected nongame ...
8/19/15
A: Can you use a non-resident elk tag to tag a deer if both seasons are open?  The answer is No.  Non-resident deer and elk tags may be used to take a black bear, mountain lion or grey wolf when both seasons are open, but elk tags may not be used on deer.  Page 110 in the Big game regulations ...
8/19/15
A: After completing the online bowhunter course, your certification card will pop on the screen to print and then use to purchase an archery permit. If you did not print your card, log back in using the Email you used to take the course. Go here to log in http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/idaho. If you ...
8/20/15
A: If you send me a photograph of the feather I can help with identification and advise you on wheter it is legal to possess. You may also call me at our Regional Office in Idaho Falls.   Regards, Rob Cavallaro, Regional Wildlife Biologist rob.cavallaro@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 525-7290  
8/22/15
A: Yes they are, although some areas that allow access to the public have restricted them i.e. The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek property. Remember, while legal in Idaho, it's always a good idea to be conscientious about spreading aquatic invasives. Clean, dry, and/or decontaminate if at all ...
8/24/15
A: Yes you can do what you have described.  Drive your ATV up an open trail with your hunting equipment and camping equipment. Leave your ATV parked along side the trail then continue up hiking to a camping spot. Camp overnight then return the next morning to your ATV to return home.
8/24/15
A: You will need to provide a statement from the social security administration on their letterhead explaining the individual(s) do not have a social security number. This documentation will need to be provided to an IDFG regional or headquarters office. We can then set up the individual(s) profile ...
8/24/15
A: I hope you didn't have a wager with your friend.  Fall Chinook Salmon have been stocked numerous times over the years in Anderson Ranch Reservoir as a management tool to control/reduce Kokanee Salmon numbers so they grow at an optimum size to provide a quality fishery.  Fall Chinook forage in the ...
8/24/15
A: Thank you for your question.  You can haul your camping equipment to your camp as long as the trail you are riding on is open for travel.  Your camp can include your rifle or bow, but you can not hunt on the ride in or out.  Hunting includes stopping to glass, scouting, etc.  Once your camp is ...
8/24/15