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A: Controlled Hunt 9017 is open 9/15/2012 - 10/9/2012 in Units 22, 32 and 32A.  For more information see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/hunt.aspx?ID=32590
9/5/12
A: Yes.  The roadkill salvage law allows: Recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. A list of wildlife ...
9/5/12
A: Yes, he can.  That is only for youth hunters.
9/4/12
A: Contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465.  They may have a list.    
9/4/12
A: We used to have fall turkey season in Unit 39 from late 1990’s until 2006.  Our spring harvest began declining in about 2003, as did our fall harvest in many of the units.  We eliminated fall hunting season in fall 2006 to reduce the take of female turkeys, in hopes of increasing the populations ...
9/4/12
A: The waterfowl regulations are now available online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66 Regulations have gone to the printers and will begin to be distributed statewide the week of Sept. 17th.
9/4/12
A: Yes.  Many dove hunters have enjoyed the opportunity provided by eurasian-collared doves.  They are a litte bigger than mourning doves and should provide a little more meat than the standard mourning dove.  Eurasian-collared doves are classified as 'unprotected' and can be hunted and taken all ...
9/4/12
A:   Page 2 of the Disabled Hunting Permit brochure provides information that answers the question as it relates to all hunters: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicleHuntBrochure.pdf   Page 81 of the big game brochure also has a shorter summary of this information.
9/4/12
A: IDFG doesn't have any rules prohibiting this but you should check with the Dept. of Agriculture (http://www.agri.idaho.gov/) as well as local government..
9/4/12
A:   IDFG is not aware of a general law regarding the collection of wild rice in Idaho. So the landowner or land manager (whether private or a government agency) would control the collection of wild rice.  You will need to figure out who the landowner or manager is for the area in which you want to ...
9/3/12
A: Animals are not necessarily predictable, but California quail do often seek water daily.  Mornings and evening would be typical times to visit water, but it might vary depending on weather conditions.  You might expect them to stay near water (and shade) more often on hot, dry days.  On the other ...
9/3/12
A: Potlatch Corporation had the road across their land closed due to a large failure.  The road was rebuilt, rerocked and opened last fall (2011).  Potlatch Corporation did some additional work this spring, but did not close the road.
9/3/12
A: Sage Grouse season information is available online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67 The 2012 season is September 15 through September 21, one-bird daily limit, two in possession.
9/3/12
A: Attached you will find two maps showing Idaho Fish and Game maintained boating access sites on the Clearwater River.  The Beardy Gulch site is for non-motorized boats only.   Also included is a kmz file for viewing the access sites in Google Earth.
9/2/12
A: You will need a hunting license and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program Validation.  For more information see the mourning dove section of the Upland Game rules at  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/uplandDoveCraneInfo.pdf
9/1/12
A: You can contact any Fish and Game office.  They have access to hunter education records and can make a new card for you.  Offices are listed in all of our rules books.
9/1/12
A: In Idaho, you are allowed up to 5 hooks per line, except where specifically prohibited (Page 44 of the 2011-2012 fishing rules: definition of hook).  A hook is defineds as "a bent wire device, for the catching of fish, to which one, two, or three points may be attached to a single shank.  What ...
9/1/12
A: It is not required for hunting small game. (If you hunt big game in an archery-only season you are required to get an archery validation and take the archery education class).
9/1/12
A: You can catch crayfish as long as the water you are in is open for fishing.  Only 5 crayfish traps may be used with a regular fishing license.  If you use more than 5 traps you must get a Commercial Fishing License from a Fish and Game office.
8/31/12
A: Licenses may be purchased online (https://id.outdoorcentral.us/) at Fish and Game offices (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) or at one of our many license vendors statewide (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm)
8/31/12
A: You can catch 6 kokanee from Mores Creek, as per the bag limit for kokanee listed on page 15 of the Fisheries Rule booklet.  It is illegal to snag kokanee or any other game fish, so the answer to the second half of your question is "no."
8/30/12
A: The Commission Rule states that hunters may not take big game with archery equipment "with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
8/30/12
A: The pine squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is a protected nongame species in Idaho. They are found in most conifer and mixedwoods forests with significant stem densities and canopy closure including thethroughout Palisades Range. Pine Squirrels depend heavily on conifer seeds and terminal buds of ...
8/30/12
A: Check the rules book for the unit you are in.  If you have a regular tag and the rules don't limit you to harvesting mule deer only, you can use the regular (what you are referring to as "general") tag to harvest a mule deer or a whitetailed deer. Most archery hunts are open to the harvest of ...
8/30/12
A: It is too early to say for sure at this point. Steelhead run size has been lower than expected. If returns to hells canyon increase, steelhead would be stocked beginning the first week of november. A firm answer will be available by oct 15.
8/30/12
A: No, the archery class and validation (permit) are only required for big game hunting.
8/29/12
A: The permit is only required in an archery-only hunt, not a short-range or any-weapon hunt.
8/29/12
A: No, the current record is over a year old.  You can see all the current records at:   https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=82
8/28/12
A: The most common owl nesting in the Tetonia Area is the great-horned owl. They don't use nest boxes; they use stick nests built by hawks and corvids. Tetonia also gets frequent winter irruptions of great gray owls that move down from adjacent National Forest lands to valley cottonwood stands. These ...
8/28/12
A: Celebration park is run by Canyon County, it is a county park.  Fish and Game has no boundary restrictions there, but the County may.  You could check with the county, and also signing at the park.
8/28/12
A: No, there aren't any leftovers. They have all been sold.
8/27/12
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
8/27/12
A: Contact Idaho Parks and Recreation for information; their website is http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/.
8/27/12
A: Please contact the License Department for information. Their number is 208-334-2592. They can explain the program but, due to Idaho privacy laws they cannot give out landowner's names.
8/26/12
A: You asked why there is harvest of deer in the general season in Unit 44, shown on the web site, when there is no general season there for deer. Good catch! You’re right, there should be no general hunters in Unit 44. I have now fixed the web site. I investigated the data behind the estimate. Out ...
8/26/12
A: Several years ago, evidence of sex rules were specific to the hunt.  In other words, in an either-sex hunt there was no requirement for evidence of sex; while in sex-specific hunts there was the requirement.  Depending on the year, and the hunting season, the evidence-of-sex requirement did or did ...
8/25/12
A: All hunters who have been drawn will be notified by phone.  Due to privacy laws we can't publish or post the names of those drawn, unfortunately.
8/25/12
A: Mule deer in Unit 39 typically follow the major drainages starting at the head of the South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork Boise Rivers.  Deer found in Graham/Atlanta during summer will follow the drainages down to Boise River WMA by December/January.  Some deer following the South Fork drainage ...
8/24/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: You can read about the requirements here https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/i-am-15-years-old-i-am-thinking-about-carrer-fish-and-game-what-are-requirements-become Because the degrees one may have vary widely, so do the colleges.  Most Idaho institutions offer one or more of the ...
8/23/12
A: Most sporting goods stores and archery shops should have grain scales, used for either weighing bullets/powder or arrows.  When measuring arrow weight, make sure to include insert, shaft, broadhead, nock, and fletching.  Minimum arrow weight for hunting big game in Idaho is 300 grains, but many ...
8/23/12
A:   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seriously considered point systems in the past, most recently in 2005 and 2010.  In 2005, the Commission adopted a point system contingent on the Idaho Legislature passing a law that allowed the Fish and Game Department to charge a small surcharge on each ...
8/23/12
A: Wildlife services can help you with that (208-378-5243).  
8/23/12
A: Raccoons are classified as "Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife" under IDAPA (Idaho Code). The specific rule states: Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife. Those species of wildlife classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not ...
8/22/12
A: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=137.  They go on sale at all vendors on August 25 at 10:00 a.m. mountain time.
8/22/12
A: yes. Liquid scent may be used for deer and elk.
8/22/12
A: Contact the Salmon Region office at 208-756-2271 for information.
8/22/12
A: No; you would have to purchase a regular  nonresident leftover tag to use as a second tag.  The cost would be $301.75.
8/21/12
A: Henry's Lake is managed with a two trout limit.  No size restrictions apply but once an angler keeps two fish he may not continue to fish. Brook trout are counted in the two fish limit. 
8/20/12
A: Yes and no.  Idaho code created a Commercial Steelhead Buyers license that allows an individual to buy and sell legally caught, hatchery produced, steelhead.  The same provision was not made for Chinook salmon.  Hence, yes - you can have a license to buy and sell steelhead but no there is not a ...
8/20/12
A:     6 Kokanee is the limit for all waters in the southeast region.
8/20/12
A: During the general waterfowl season, shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. However, during a light goose season that occurs in Feb adn March, a plug is not required. Also a plug is not required for upland game birds.
8/20/12
A:   Yes, the bear involved in this case was identified as a grizzly bear based on DNA extracted from hair collected at the site and saliva collected from hunter's skin. 
8/20/12
A: On page 76 of the 2012 Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure there is a detail list of archery equipment that is unlawful for use to pursue or kill big game animals.  I have copied and pasted the section below here.  However, specifically to the broadhead in question, the NAP Blood Runner is ...
8/20/12
A: It is not on my monthly fish request that is made by the reional fisheries manager, Joe Kozfkay 465-8465.  I think it may be because on water quality and sometimes it goes dry.  I would give him a call for a definite answer.
8/19/12
A: Three important things to know about the second drawing for big game tags: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  The results will be posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
8/18/12
A: A few years ago, the Department developed a proposal that would have allowed the use of lighted nocks while bowhunting for big game.  Public input received was split between supporting and not supporting the proposal.  Additionally, the majority of public testimony received by the Idaho Fish and ...
8/18/12
A: When West Nile Virus made its appearance in Idaho a few years back, magpies were one of the species that were heavily impacted by the disease. Their populations were noticeably reduced, but now they are starting to come back. Although we're not seeing them as frequently as we used to, they are ...
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  There is no deadline to pick up the second draw tags.
8/16/12
A: Yes, they can.
8/16/12
A: To the best of my knowledge there is no Perkins Lake in Region 3.  This is what we do have for Perkins Lake in our Fishingplanner.  (click the lake name for more info and maps) Perkins Lake Salmon Region (7) Upper Salmon Basin Perkons Lake Magic Valley Region (4) South Fork Boise Basin Perkins ...
8/16/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game requires you to have your valid fishing license on your person while fishing and to produce the fishing license upon request.  Idaho Fish and Game does not require you to carry photo identification while in the field fishing.
8/16/12
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for use as a second tag.  
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/16/12
A: Current Outfitting and Guide rules do not require a guide license to rent the use of horses. Nor would you need a guide license to help without compensation. Horses coming into Idaho from out of state must have a current health certificate from their DVM. Please check the with Idaho Outfitter and ...
8/16/12
A:   Idaho discontinued its helicopter chukar counts in 2011.  This was one of the aerial surveys eliminated after a review conducted to assess risk and cost in relation to value of biological information collected, following a fatal helicopter accident in August 2010.  Like many other years, hunting ...
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/15/12
A: There is no salvage order on the Blackfoot River... the fishing limits remain for the Blackfoot River as stated in the 2011-2012 fishing rules brochure.   
8/15/12
A: Nonresident Tag Limitations (page 82 of the 2012 Big Game Rules Book) In controlled hunts with 10 or fewer tags, not more than one nonresident tag may be issued. In controlled hunts with more than 10 tags, except unlimited controlled hunts, not more than 10 percent of the tags may be issued to ...
8/14/12
A: you do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to mount, preserve or prepare for preservation any of the dead bodies of any wildlife or any part thereof not personally taken by him in ...
8/14/12
A: Preserving Evidence of Sex   Deer, elk and pronghorn: If the head or antlers are removed, evidence of sex in the form of testicles, penis, scrotum, udder or vulva must remain naturally attached to the carcass or parts thereof on all harvested big game animals until they reach the final place of ...
8/13/12
A: You will have to reapply for the second draw.
8/13/12
A: Mourning doves are migratory game birds.  As a result, federal regulations apply.  The corresponding regulation states: No persons shall take migratory game birds from or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut ...
8/13/12
A: We have delayed answering your question because we will not complete our accounting of hatchery and natural returns to the Snake Basin until early October when data for all hatchery and natural returns are complete. Many of our hatchery traps are still operational. We can identify the disposition ...
8/13/12
A: Preserving Evidence of Sex   Deer, elk and pronghorn: If the head or antlers are removed, evidence of sex in the form of testicles, penis, scrotum, udder or vulva must remain naturally attached to the carcass or parts thereof on all harvested big game animals until they reach the final place of ...
8/12/12
A: Yes. There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass. You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.
8/11/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link to online sales is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.  
8/10/12
A: Hunters 12 and older can hunt big game.  
8/10/12
A: Information about the programs we have that would fit your needs are posted on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=289.    
8/9/12
A: The requirement to have an archery validation when participating in archery-only big game hunts has been around for over 20 years.  The original proposal to require an archery validation was based on 2 factors: 1) requested by organized bowhunters as a way to document the number of bowhunters in ...
8/9/12
A: There is no Idaho statute that prohibits the described activity. This is not within IDFG’s jurisdiction. If there is a concern about the horses' health or trespass by the livestock, then you should contact the county sheriff’s office.
8/8/12
A: At this time, regional personnel are still summarizing data from brood routes conducted in the Clearwater, Magic Valley and Southwest regions.  When that data has been summarized, it will be posted online.  Look for it within the next month. Like many other years, hunting can vary widely ...
8/8/12
A: Yes. 
8/8/12
A: No, you are not.  Muzzleloader-Only Season Any person hunting in a muzzleloader-only season, including controlled hunts, must have in their possession a license with a muzzleloader permit validation. During a muzzleloader-only season, it is illegal to pursue or kill a big game animal with any ...
8/7/12
A: The tiger muskie plants were part of a fish research project to see if the sterile predators could reduce or eliminate stunted brook trout populations in mnt lakes. The fish wer stocked in 2005 and followed through this summer. They can definately turn a brook trout population around to either ...
8/6/12
A: If you were born on January 1, 1975 or later you must take a hunter education class to be able to hunt in Idaho.  The archery class does not exempt you from that.
8/6/12
A: Pre-season we predicted that about 118,000 adult soring/summer Chinook salmon would return to the Snake River basin above Lower Granite Dam in 2012. About 80,000 or about 68% of the pre-season forecast actually returned. While Columbia River fisheries may have caught proportionately slightly more ...
8/6/12
A: General rules apply to the water below the Hayden Lake outlet, so snagging, spearing, and netting are not allowed and limits do apply.  It's relatively uncommon to have so much outflow (like we had this year) that large numbers of fish actually leave the lake through the outlet, so we have not ...
8/6/12
A: Up to 4 individuals from each species of herp (including rattlesnakes) may be taken and possessed (dead or alive) with a hunting license. They can be kept as pets or killed for hat band or other personal uses. Specific to rattlesnakes: Up to 6 rattlesnake skins may be sold/bartered (new). The take ...
8/5/12
A: Forage Lake was stocked with golden trout last year as well as 2004 and 2006, so it should have fish in it.  It is possible that they were simply in deeper water and you just weren't able to see them, but usually if fish are in a mountain lake, they're fairly obvious.  It's very possible that some ...
8/5/12
A: It is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  
8/5/12
A: A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only controlled deer hunt may  not apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one year except for the second deer, elk and pronghorn application period and leftover controlled hunt drawings or sales. • For example, a hunter who drew a ...
8/5/12
A: Although, bull trout are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as "threatened" anglers can still actively fish for them in Idaho.  Catch-and-release fishing for bull trout can be great sport given the size bull trout can achieve and their aggressive nature.  With that said, before an ...
8/4/12
A: Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected animals include marmots, fox squirrels, ...
8/4/12
A:   A blowgun would be a legal method of take for upland game animals (rabbits according to established seasons), forest grouse (according to established seasons), unprotected and predatory wildlife, and bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish (during established game fish seasons only).  A hunting ...
8/4/12
A: There are several reasons for rainbow trout being the most stocked resident fish in Idaho.  *1)  surveys show the majority of anglers that fish in Idaho prefer catching rainbow trout; 2) rainbow trout eggs are readily available for commercial/conservation, large-scale production; 3) our fish ...
8/3/12
A: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.
8/3/12