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A: A felony conviction that has made an individual a "prevented possessor” has no bearing on their ability to purchase a hunting license in Idaho. If the board of Pardons and Parole has revoked your right to possess a firearm in Idaho, you will not be allowed to possess a black powder or muzzle- ...
10/3/15
A: No, it is not legal to shoot across a road on the WMA. However, if you check out the WMA Map at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/ , you may note that many of the "roads" you observe on Fort Boise WMA are actually designated as walking trails.  You should be able to hunt the area ...
10/5/15
A: This question is difficult to answer because blue catfish have never been officially stocked in Idaho.  With that said, we do know that a few blue catfish have been inadvertently released in Idaho waters from a couple of different sources.  Most channel catfish stocked in Idaho waters from the ...
10/6/15
A: Yes, we have a blue tongue or EHD outbreak in the Clearwater Region that will last until the first heavy frosts.  You can read more about it on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=7890 
10/6/15
A: To certify in hunter education you must take our instructor-led in class course OR the online course and the in class field day. The field day is mandatory for everyone. The field day includes a written examination and field exercise examination. Students must show and demonstrate their knowledge ...
10/6/15
A: You can exchange a B elk tag for an A elk tag as long as the season on the B tag has not yet started.   The exchange can only be done at one of our Idaho Fish & Game Regional Offices or our Headquarters Office in Boise.
10/6/15
A: For this year, we recommend you keep your current license and elk tag. Those who have met the residency requirements after purchasing a nonresident license may purchase resident tags for the species they have not purchased. This type of a purchase can only be made at IDFG offices. For example, if ...
10/6/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season.  As for what sex is legal to hunt, please consult the Big Game Seasons ...
10/7/15
A: To be sure and safe, please check page 12 of the Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. There are specific dates for hunting each species (mule deer / white-tailed) of deer. Thanks!
10/7/15
A: We're assuming you mean getting a tag replaced because it may be lost. If that's the case: Any local vendor or Fish and Game office can issue a duplicate license. However, lost tags, including deer and elk tags, can be replaced only at a Fish and Game office. Each duplicate item costs $7.25 for ...
10/7/15
A: At this time, it is too early to tell whether there will be steelhead transferred to the Boise River. Normally, the Oxbow Hatchery trap is opened in late October, but that is dependent on the water temperatures in the Snake River. Once the water temperture comes down where fish can be safely ...
10/8/15
A: Thank you for the question. The Department put together a team last winter to look at these types of rules and will be making a recommendation to simplify and make youth hunting opportunities more consistent. These rules will need to be approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and be ...
10/8/15
A: There are no prohibitions in IDAPA rule or Idaho code on having your trap suspended from/off of  the bottom.
10/8/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season. 
10/8/15
A: The salmon in Anderson Ranch Reservoir are landlocked fall Chinook that were stocked in the reservoir to help reduce the number of kokanee salmon.  In Idaho rules, landlocked salmon are considered in the trout bag limit and all rules for catching trout also apply to fall Chinook in Anderson Ranch ...
10/9/15
A: If there are season dates listed in the 'Antlerless' column under the General Season or it states youth only with those dates, a youth can harvest a doe.
10/10/15
A: Idaho Code 36-1508(a) states:  No person shall:  Shoot from Public Highway. Discharge any firearm from or across a public highway. Idaho Code 36-202(x) states:  "Public highway" means the traveled portion of, and the shoulders on each side of, any road maintained by any governmental entity for ...
10/11/15
A: Yes, a 1x3 is legal in a 2pt hunt. The 2 pt hunt is designed to target primarily yearling bucks The 3pt hunt is designed to target primarily adult bucks There are 2 separate and different definitions between a 2 pt hunt and a 3 pt hunt.
10/11/15
A: A resident may use an elk or deer tag on a wolf, bear or mountain lion only if it is a RES-NONRES TAG.  This would be a general season nonresident tag purchased as a second tag on or after August 1st.   Both elk or dear and other species must both be in season.
10/12/15
A: You possibly can without any magnification; you will need to fill out an application form that you can get at any of our FG regional offices. The application form you need is a special weapon reasonable modification hunting permit. This form will need to be filled out by you and signed by your ...
10/13/15
A: I say no because the gas seal is part of the projectile. I would like this reviewed again by another enforcement person.
10/13/15
A: A hunting passport can be purchased at any vendor.  The passport can be used the same day as it is purchased.
10/13/15
A: Elk populations in the Bannock Zone have a patchy somewhat unpredictiable distribution.  We have not had many reports of depredation concerns in this zone this summer/fall, so you may have some success concentrating efforts in higher elevation areas, such as Bannock Peak, Scout Mountain, Kinnport ...
10/14/15
A: BLM, USFS and state managed lands are mostly accessible to the public.  Some lands such as parks, recreation areas near lakes, around buildings, campgrounds, compounds, etc. usually have a safety zone buffer.  If a piece of public land is not specifically posted with signs it is open to hunting.  ...
10/15/15
A: You may hunt the appropriate seasons for the tag you possess as listed in the current years big game rule booklets. For example if you purchase an Elk City B elk tag and an archery permit in 2015, you may participate in the early archery season and if you don't harvest in that season, you may ...
10/15/15
A: You cannot fish for salmon or steelhead with a confirmation.   You are required to have the permit in hand as it must be notched if you harvest a fish.
10/15/15
A: Good Question.  Page 100 in the Big Game Regulations states:  The validated tag must remain attached to the carcass until the meat is processed and reaches the place of final storage and consumption.  So if you have the animal processed... keep the validated tag with the meat until you reach your ...
10/15/15
A: In order to best answer your question, we need some additional information.  Please call the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters office at 208-334-3700. Thank you.
10/15/15
A: We plan to stock the Boise River again in 2015 with steelhead trapped at Hells Canyon dam.  Anticipated release date(s) in November will be advertised in the local media and on our webpage.  Stay tuned!!
10/16/15
A: We have recieved many comments from hunters and landowners who wish to see unit 63A changed to archery only.  They usually cite property damage and human safety as the main reasons.  This issue is discussed nearly every year during the season-setting process.  Shotgun hunters would like the season ...
10/16/15
A: Yes
10/17/15
A: This is acutally a pretty good question and is bigger than just the Commissary Ridge area as controlled fires (fires actually ignited for a management purpose) can occur just about anywhere. Controlled fires are a fairly complex topic but their purpose is one that hunters and wildlife enthusiasts ...
10/17/15
A: Our deer tags are not sold for a particular weapon usage.  You can hunt the early Archery Season, and, if you don't harvest, you can hunt the Any Weapon Season.  To hunt the Archery Only, you are required to purchase the Archery Permit.  If you were to harvest in the Archery Season and wish to ...
10/18/15
A: Yes
10/18/15
A: This gun is legal for Idaho muzzle loader hunts as long as all other rules are followed
10/19/15
A: Yes.  It is legal to hunt deer in Idaho with a shotgun equipped with a scope during any-weapon and short-range weapon hunts.  Also, there may be no electronic devices attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are ...
10/20/15
A: It depends on whether or not the river has been defined as Navigable.  If the river has been defined as Navigable then you are allowed to stay within the high-water marks of the river. If you know its private property you should always get permission first.
10/20/15
A: Muzzleloading rifles are considered primitive weapons and hunters choosing to hunt muzzleloader only seasons are often able to take advantage of special opportunities not available to modern center fire rifle hunters.  To maintain the primitive nature of the sport, Idaho has limited some ...
10/21/15
A: Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Conservation Officer Job or Game Warden as we are sometimes called. You may want to view a recruitment video at https://youtu.be/25IQal5VKgI.  Although a degree is not required, you must have at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish ...
10/22/15
A: The Director of Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hired by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  Idaho Code 36-106 describes the statutory duties of the Director.  The Fish and Game Commission annually establishes performance expectations for the Director and they evaluate the performance.  ...
10/22/15
A: You cannot hunt a general season period with a controlled hunt tag.   The controlled hunt tag only allows you to hunt the species and sex in the area with the weapon for the period stated in the Seasons & Rules for the particular controlled hunt.   Controlled Hunt 2136 is only good for either ...
10/25/15
A: Thank you for your question. The muzzleloader permit fee is $18.25 for residents and $20.00 for nonresidents.  They can be purchased at any Idaho Fish & Game Regional office or Headquarters, or any Idaho Fish & Game license vendor.  They can also be purchased online at http://fishandgame. ...
10/26/15
A: The situation you describe, as two juveniles age 16-18 desiring to go hunting alone, does not require you to be with an adult in order to go hunting as long as you are residents of the state of Idaho and you hold the correct license and or tag.  You may be thinking of restrictions placed on " ...
10/26/15
A: There is not a handicapped rate for lifetime licenses.  These fees are set by law as a formula using the resident adult license rates (IDAPA 36-413).
10/26/15
A: Yes, a resident may purchase a fishing license and steelhead permit for a nonresident.
10/27/15
A: Here is the link to the survey: https://idfg.idaho.gov/webform/open-survey-controlled-hunt-drawings-and-auction-tags. Thanks for your patience.
10/28/15
A: This issue is addressed by state law in Idaho Code 36-1101 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36CH11SECT36-1101.htm.   Idaho Code 36-1101(3) addresses communication of information to persons on the ground, making it unlawful to make use aircraft in any manner to spot or locate game ...
10/28/15
A: The muzzle-loader only hunt for elk in the Panhandle is only for Unit 4 because other units (1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6) have an any-weapon general deer season during that time.  When this hunt was set up it was the desire of the muzzloader hunters to have a season where there was no competition with ...
10/28/15
A: Yes, as long as supplies last and the season is still current where you're hunting. Learn how many tags are available and other facts about second tags at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/second-tag
10/30/15
A: A hunter can purchase both a general elk tag and a controlled hunt elk tag in the same year both at the resident price as long as the controlled hunt tag is an extra antlerless tag.   The extra anterless tags contain an 'X' in the hunt area (i.e. 18-1X or 32-1X).  
10/30/15
A: First, a very good and timely question.  As you know, the either-sex portion of the general elk season was eliminated several years ago in the Panhandle, primarily due to low calf:cow ratios that were observed during our winter helicopter surveys.  This was especially true in Units 4, 6, and 7.  ...
10/31/15
A: Your controlled hunt tag is only valid for the dates and hunt area listed in the current years big game rule booklet. Once the hunt to the tag you hold starts, you may not exchange it for another tag (see page 110 in the 2015 big game rule booklet). To hunt in the general season at this time, you ...
11/1/15
A: If you are referencing the General Regular Deer Short Range Weapon Season in GMU 38, you can harvest a doe on a General Regular Season Deer as long as you have not harvested yet.  The last day for harvest would be November 24, 2016.
11/1/15
A: The 2015 season for the general deer tag in unit 11A runs October 10 through November 3. To hunt white-tailed deer in unit 11A through December 1, you would need the White-tail deer tag. Tag exchanges from one type to another had to be done prior to the season opening for the tag you currently ...
11/2/15
A: A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed as specified in the Seasons and Rules.   The B tag season on the Boise River zone tag is for antlered only.  Therefore, either sex would not be allowed during the period of ...
11/3/15
A: In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin.  The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins.  Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.
11/3/15
A: Yes, so long as supplies last. Nonresidents can purchase an over-the-counter license and tag in Idaho beginning December 1st for the upcoming year. There is a cap to the number of elk and deer tags avialable to nonresidents. Many elk zones sell out quickly in popular areas so you'll want to be ...
11/3/15
A: A load of steelhead will be delivered to the Boise River this week (week of November 9th) and another load is scheduled to be delivered next week (November 16th) pending the weather.
11/3/15
A: The Idaho Fish & Game Commission evaluated nonresident deer and elk tag sales at their July 2015 meeting.  At that time, nonresident tag sales were higher compared to the previous 2 years and projected to remain strong; reflecting improved hunting expectations and a recovering economy.  After ...
11/3/15
A: You can purchase multiple wolf tags at a time.  Hunters may buy up to five gray wolf hunting tags per calendar year. Certified wolf trappers may buy up to five gray wolf trapping tags per trapping season for use in those zones with an open trapping season. For more information about wolf hunting, ...
11/6/15
A: Thread the hook through the main body of the shrimp.  If the shrimp has been frozen or is soft, some people will put a couple of half-hitches of thread around around the shrimp on the hook to hold it in-place.   Most people will use shrimp below a "Sammy" when the river temperatures are cooler in ...
11/6/15
A: Yes, you can scent lures to increase your chances of attracting a fish.
11/6/15
A: Muzzleloader permits were initially set up to count the number of muzzleloader hunters in order to design hunts for them.  They are now included in sportsmen packs but other license purchasers who are muzzloader hunters cannot be counted or contacted/surveyed without the permits at this point.  ...
11/9/15
A: The short range weapon restriction is for big game hunting only.  Small game and predators do not have a short range restriction.   In Valley County red fox may only be taken by trapping methods.
11/9/15
A: In Idaho we require seperate permits to fish for steelhead and salmon.  So, the Steelhead permit is good for fishing in the spring and fall steelhead seasons.  You need to record all steelhead caught and kept over 20" in length on your permit.  The Salmon permit is good for fishing in the spring ...
11/9/15
A: Depends on the region, what species you are interested in and what you have for facilities.  You need to contact your local regional office and outline your intentions, experience, facilities, species interests, and then the regional office can determine if you are qualified and fit into their ...
11/9/15
A: Yes, this controlled deer hunt is an "any weapon" hunt. You may use your firearm for the entire length of the hunt.
11/10/15
A: Yes. More than 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 12 the first of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is the full news release about the Boise River steelhead stocking.
11/11/15
A: If you have access to a boat, try fishing flats east of Gotts Point in 10-20 feet of water. The north shore east of Gotts Point can be good in spring from April-June as catfish move to shallow waters to spawn. The west basin is also a good area. Check the flats along the south shore of the west ...
11/12/15
A: You cannot exchange a tag that you have hunted on for another tag.   In fact, you can only exchange your tag if the season on your tag has not yet started.   
11/12/15
A: You can use a bow in a "short-range weapon" hunt without an archery permit validation. The archery permit validation is required for archery-only hunts. However, you are required to follow the archery equipment restrictions listed on page 98 of the 2015 - 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure.
11/12/15
A: Following successful completion of the online bowhunter course you receive a certification card to print. The record of your certification will be stored with Idaho Fish and Game if you ever lose this card.
11/13/15
A: Common Carp can be found in several places around Caldwell. Your best bet will be Lake Lowell from April through October, but spring is usually better. Try the shoreline access points along the northern shore such as Gotts Point and the the Deer Flat National Refuge headquarters. The Snake River ...
11/15/15
A: You can use archery equipment in an any weapon hunt without obtaining an archery permit.   An archery permit is only required for an archery only period.
11/15/15
A:   A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed specifically as stated in the Seasons and Rules as per weapon and sex. 
11/16/15
A: We learned about opposums in the valley a few years ago.  They are not protected and can be harvested as an exotic.
11/17/15
A: Hunters can hunt over agricultural crops as long as the growing process follows normal agricultural guidelines that are reccommended by county extension agents.
11/18/15
A: Although feeding wildife is not illegal it is discouraged by IDFG.  Wild animals like foxes attracted to homes by well meaning individuals also create concerns for transferring disease and parasites to domestic animals, killing domestic animals such as cats, fowl, and small dogs, contracting ...
11/18/15
A: Another 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 19, the last of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  In years past, as many as 900 steelhead made the road trip from Hells Canyon Dam to the Boise River, but this year's below-average ...
11/18/15
A: Great question!  We don't have great information on this, but we do have some idea about how these fish typically move. IDFG has tagged some of the steelhead and salmon that have been released into the Boise River. By keeping track of where tagged fish are released, and where they were caught by ...
11/19/15
A: Trapping ID is issued to each trapper for life and is unique to that trapper.  Although we have the trapper's name associated with the tag number, we are not allowed by law to give that name and contact information out to the public. If you found a legal trap it is unlawful to remove the trap or ...
11/20/15
A: Yes you are.
11/21/15
A: There are many options available to reduce or eliminate wildlife damage to property outside of lethal means. Clearly we encourage property owners to explore, and exhaust those prior to turning to leathal measures, however, it is legal to remove offending woodpeckers/flickers etc. in the defense of ...
11/22/15
A: Railroad rights of way are private property.  One should always ask permission to hunt on private property. Even though the railroad right of way may not be posted ‘no trespassing’ a hunter could be held civilly and criminally liable for damages that may occur on any private property. 
11/22/15
A: ‘Bait’ for trapping purposes is defined as any animal parts; except bleached bones or liquid scent. You also cannot use for bait or scent, any part of a domestic or wild origin game bird, big game animal, upland game animal, game fish, or protected nongame wildlife;  Although there isn't a ...
11/23/15
A: As long as the stored meat is accompanied by a properly filled out proxy statement (see page100 of the 2015-2016 Big Game Rules) it may be stored with a friend or family member.
11/24/15
A: Hi, Basically, we use radio-collared individuals, DNA surveys, and direct observations to document as many wolf packs as we can.  Then, during mid-winter, we fly the radio-collared packs and directly observe the number of wovles in those packs.  Multiplying the number of packs documented times the ...
11/27/15
A: Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo entries can be purchased all throughout the year.   Entries purchased August 11 through May 31 will be in for the June drawing.   Entries purchased June 1 though August 10 will be in the August drawing.  
11/28/15
A: June 1948 was the first printing.
12/2/15
A: Good question.  Page 18 of the upland bird regulations lists unlawful methods of take for Upland game birds-- and a crossbow is an unlawful method of take, so it would not be legal.  Shotguns are legal during turkey hunts and would give you some options for hunting on your property.  Good Luck ...
12/5/15
A: In addition to a license and elk tag, you must purchase an archery permit for an archery only season.  In order to purchase an archery permit, you would need to complete an Idaho Bowhunter Affidavit form.  http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntBowAffidavit.pdf  On this form you can ...
12/6/15
A: The senior license rates do not take effect until the day you actually turn age 65.
12/7/15
A: Road killed big game animals may only be used as bait for wolf trapping.  No other animals may be baited with road killed big game.
12/8/15
A: In Idaho, plague is largely a disease of rodents and is usually a summer time occurrence.  Rabbits are unlikely to contract plaque and since colonial rodents like ground squirrels are underground at this time of the year, the plaque bacteria is unlikely to circulate in species that do not have ...
12/9/15
A: Thanks for your question about the upcoming changes to the trout possession limit. When the new fishing rules take effect in 2016, anglers will be able to have 3 daily bag limits in possession, whereas before it was just one. This usually meant fisherman traveling for the weekend or on vacation ...
12/10/15
A: Traps and snares can be legally set on federal, state, and private land.  Many of the IDFG Wildlife Mangement Areas do not allow trapping during the pheasant season but allow hunting and there are many dogs and hunters on these properties during the fall and early winter.  Public land is open to ...
12/12/15
A: Idaho code 36-1101(b)1 states: It is unlawful to hunt any of the game animals or game birds of this state from or by the use of any motorized vehicle except as provided by commission rule;  There is an exception for holders of a valid Hadicapped Person's Motor Vehicle Hunting Permit who may shoot ...
12/12/15
A: As a hunter you can purchase 5 wolf tags per calendar year (January 1 through December 31).  As long as you have taken the required wolf trapping class and have a trapping license, you can purchase 5 wolf trapping tags per trapping year (July 1 through June 30).  This could result in the purchase ...
12/12/15
A: I totally sympathize with the frustration of finding an elk caught in a fence.  I have removed some over the years while on patrol and had to put some out of their misery as well.  It would be lawful to take the elk only if you have a valid tag for the area, the elk season is open.  There could ...
12/13/15
A: Yes, there should be coyotes down in that area.  But there are many places to hunt coyotes near Twin Falls--the South Hills, Shoshone Basin, the desert west of Rogerson, the desert north of Gooding or the desert around Shoshone, and many others.  The best way to find coyotes is to look for sign, ...
12/14/15