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A: No, no tiger muskie were planted in Smith Lake. We did have a recent record 44+lb. tiger muskie caught in Little Payette Lake. F08
8/11/13
A: No, the mountain yellow-legged frog does not occur in Idaho. However, we do have a closely related species called the Columbia spotted frog, which looks quite similar to the yellow-legged frog. I expect you saw a Columbia spotted frog at Long Lake. If you are interested, we have some web content ...
8/13/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: You can apply for an extra deer tag in the second draw
8/14/13
A: Yes, an eleven year old can hunt ducks.  Be sure to add the Idaho Migratory bird permit to their license ($1.75 for residents, $4.75 for nonresidents).  The federal duck stamp isn't required until they are 16.
8/14/13
A: Since an owl is a protected raptor, contact the IDFG office in your area (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) so someone can come to pick it up. Thank you.  
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: The definition of private land does not change.  If the land you want to hunt on is private, you must ask the landowner for permission.  If the private land is within a unit that is open for wolf hunting and the landowner okays your hunting on their land, you can hunt for wolves on the land. That ...
8/15/13
A: You can exchange your elk tag at any IDFG office or Headquarters before the season opens for the tag you currently have.
8/18/13
A: We offered the opportunity to harvest salmon in Clearwater drainage because we have several sources to back-fill any shortages of hatchery fish from hatcheries like Dworshak, Kooskia, Rapid River, and Oxbow.  We don't have the same number of hatcheries to back-fill shortages of fish in the upper ...
8/19/13
A: As of yet, no.  The fires to-date have remained west of ID-75 and outside of the Pioneer Zone. You can view realtime fire information with Hunt Area overlays at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire/ and in the Huntplanner MapCenter at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner ...
8/19/13
A: Ok, if the Idaho Fish and Game Commission sets a season for ocean-going Chinook salmon, Chinook that are over 24" in length and missing their adipose fin are considered "adults" and must be recorded on your Salmon Permit.  Ocean-going Chinook under 24" are considered a jack salmon and you may or ...
8/22/13
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting anglers from fishing below the dam, however, the entity that operates the facility may have restrictions to address public safety issues.  Typically, they post signs and have buoy lines to designate safety risk areas.  If you access ...
8/24/13
A: A nonresident hunting license is $154.75 and the deer tag is $301.75
8/24/13
A: Only if you have a two-pole permit.  With a fishing or combination license, you can only have one apparatus designed to catch fish,  in the water at a time.  With a two-pole permit, you can use two appartatuses actively attempting to take fish - at the same time.   F08
8/25/13
A: There are no set fishing hours for steelhead, so you could fish 24 hours per day.  The only species of fish with set fishing hours are anadromous Chinook Salmon.  Check annually for Chinook seasons, usually set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in March or April, for the listed fishing hours.
8/25/13
A: Yes, they can.  There are no deadlines to purchase them.
8/27/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  It sounds like a rumor, as yellow jacket populations tend to cycle up and down.  You can always contact the local Forest Service office and ask them.   
9/4/13
A: A permit to hunt unprotected and predatory wildlife on public ground can be obtained through an application at any of the IDFG regional officers. There may be specific restrictions for seasonal use and location available at each regional office. No spotlight permit is required to hunt with an ...
9/5/13
A: There is currently no new rules being proposed by the Commission. You can track any commission action, including proposed rule changes through our web page, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/ under "About Us" and the commission tab.
9/6/13
A: Yes, you can use your general spring turkey tag for a fall turkey so long as the tag is unused (see page 20 in upland game rules book).
9/6/13
A: Yes, a 17 year old (anyone born after 1975) that has passed Idaho’s or another state’s approved Bow Hunter Ed class, or can prove he has legally archery hunted in another state and has a valid license, tag, and  archery permit can legally hunt alone in Idaho.
9/7/13
A: Sorry the response to this took so long but the answer to season questions are in the rules book.  Unit 28 is on page 16 and hunting is allowed with a regular deer tag from Oct 10 -24, and a youth hunt antlerless until Oct 31on private land. You must look at the regulations to determine if the ...
9/8/13
A: Yes, we stock mountain lakes in wilderness areas.  We have a specific agreement with the Forest Service that allows us to stock mountain lakes by the same means and with the same species of fish as before wilderness designation was enacted.  If we want to stock new lakes or use aircraft to stock ...
9/8/13
A: Yes, all hunting in Idaho requires the appropriate license, permits, and tags. There are certain incentives and programs for landowners who qualify for participation in the Landowner Appreciation Program. To learn more about the LAP program, visit: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
9/9/13
A: Elk tags are either a general Zone A or B tag or a controlled hunt tag. If a controlled hunt tag, the tag can only be used for controlled hunt unit and season of the controlled hunt. General elk zone tags (A or B) can only be used for the zone and seasons they were intended for. However, if you ...
9/9/13
A: Yes, if you have legally harvested, reported, and have a pelt tag placed on the pelt, and have a completed mortality report form in your possession, you may sell your hide or parts but not the edible meat.  All wolves must be checked at a Fish and Game office to legally be able to sell the parts ...
9/10/13
A: First, on the fire situation in Custer County.  None of the significant fires experienced by Idaho in the summer of 2013 prompted closures in the Salmon/Custer County area.  There have been closures in other parts of the state but the area where your son is hunting was spared.   Ok, our 3-day ...
9/10/13
A: That would be up to the city of McCall; check with them to see if it is legal to hunt in town.
9/11/13
A: Yes, you during any general weapon season, you can use legal muzzle loader, archery, shotgun and handgun weapons as well as legal rifles. Consult the the big game brochure for weapon restrictions.
9/12/13
A: Yes, cow decoys are legal for big game hunting.
9/12/13
A: This topic is somewhat sensitive to many people. As a trapper it is something you can’t avoid. Its also very import that you’re good at it. Idaho provides a trapper education course to teach proper trapping and dispatching techniques.  We also recommend you go out with an experienced trapper ...
9/12/13
A: Idaho Code and IDFG Commission rules to not address tree stands for the use of hunting, except on lands owned by IDFG. On our WMA's the use of tree stands are restricted as follows: To construct blinds, pits, platforms, or tree stands where the soil is disturbed, trees are cut or altered, and ...
9/13/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.   No.  An person whose name is drawn in a controlled hunt for deer and elk is prohibited from hunting in any other hunt for the same species (archery, muzzleloader or general), EXCEPT when the hunter has been selected in a controlled extra tag or ...
9/15/13
A: Yes, we have recently stocked early spawning kokanee in Hayden Lake for the purpose of providing a sport fishery.  We have significant numbers of early kokanee from our south Idaho egg taking station at Deadwood Reservoir. Kokanee, in certain waters, can be extremely difficult to manage when ...
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  There are many good areas to hunt whitetail deer near Moscow - both on private and public lands.  Your best source of information would be to visit with a wildlife biologist out of the Fish and Game office in Lewiston (208-799-5010).  Please ...
9/16/13
A: No.  A nonresident who purchase a hunting passport for $1.75 must purchase a nonresident tag and any appropriate permits and/or validations.  All hunting rules, seasons and weapon restrictions also apply to the holder of a hunting passport.     
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  Yes, mountain lion tags are available for both residents and nonresidents over the counter.  
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, a non-resident hunting mountain lions (with a resident who has dogs) must have a valid hound hunter permit and mountain lion tag for the current year.  More information can be found on page 89 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book:  http://fishandgame. ...
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay.  In general, the answer is one deer per hunter per year for both residents and nonresidents.  However, residents and nonresidents can purchase one unsold nonresident general season deer at the nonresident price starting August 1 to be used as a second tag.
9/17/13
A: There are a few grayling below Ashton Dam that have come from our Ashton Fish Hatchery.  Because of the cool water at Ashton, we bring all of our grayling eggs into that facility and raise them to the size fish we need for stocking high mountain lakes.    F08
9/18/13
A: IDFG recommends that any deer or elk taken in states with known CWD, should not have brains or spinal cord when entering Idaho.  Many states with CWD have rules established for transporting game within and between states.  For nonresidents to be legal entering their own state, they must be ...
9/18/13
A: Duck Creek WMA is a Bureau of Recreation WMA, not a Fish & Game WMA.  It’s one of 6 WMA’s around Cascade Reservoir managed by BOR.  Duck Creek is on the west side, a bit south of where we used to count grebe nests.
9/18/13
A: No, you can hunt for whitetails in mulitiple big game management units and are NOT restricted to zones like elk hunters are.  So, yes you can hunt whitetails in say Unit 19A from Oct 10 - Oct 31 and if you are unsuccessful, you can hunt whitetails in Unit 11 from Oct 10 - Dec 1.  Your whitetail ...
9/18/13
A: There is no rule opposing the use of FMJ ammunition.
9/19/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. It depends.  Residents or nonresidents may buy one unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tag at the nonresident price, starting August 28, to be used as a second tag. Any person who receives a controlled hunt tag for elk is prohibited from hunting in any ...
9/19/13
A: You can use any lethal means for forest grouse except they shall not be taken with a trap, snare, net or crossbow in Idaho.  However, the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge is federally run and they have their own rules in addition to IDFG state laws.  You must contact Deer Flat Refuge managers to get the ...
9/19/13
A: These systems have early-run kokanee.  They begin their spawning migration in mid-August and usually peak in early Septemeber. Late running kokanee are found in north Idaho in the big lakes.  Up there, kokanee will spawn in November and December.   F08
9/20/13
A: The IDFG hunting closure in Ada County includes the area between Hwy 21 and the Boise city limits. The Boise river above Hwy 21 is not closed to hunting by IDFG. Ada County and or the State Park may have other regulations in place.  
9/20/13