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A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed those web ...
5/16/12
A: Please contact the Forest Service for that information.  You can find contact information for Idaho Forests online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.  
5/16/12
A: Contact the Forest Service for information.  Idaho forests are listed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#I.    
5/16/12
A: There is no open hunting season for mountain quail in Idaho.  Historically, there were mountain quail in Owyhee County and the Boise Foothills.  Currently, there may be a few isolated populations of mountain quail in the Owyhee Mountains, but there have not been any credible sightings documented ...
5/16/12
A: No, owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. No one can claim Idaho resident privileges while claiming resident privileges in another state.
5/16/12
A: Yes, you can. Bait is defined as Organic substances, other than rubber, wood feather, fiber, or plastic, attached to a hook to attract fish. Bait includes insects, insect larvae, worms, dead fish, fish parts, any other animal or vegetable matter, or scented synthetic materials. Note: Use of live ...
5/16/12
A: No.  The salvage permit is free.  
5/15/12
A: The salvage permits are free.  
5/15/12
A: Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag or ...
5/15/12
A: After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit.   If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued ...
5/15/12
A: General season antlerless elk hunting was suspended in the Panhandle Elk Zone for the 2012 season due to poor calf recruitment and overall reductions in elk populations in several game management units.  The ellimination of the general season antlerless hunting was applied to the entire Panhandle ...
5/15/12
A: No.  Both residents of Idaho and nonresidents are allowed to salvage certain game animals. 
5/15/12
A: This question was posted by a person near American Falls that observed Fish and Game employees examining a road-killed moose.  The employees determined that the moose was salvageable and quickly field dressed, skinned, and transported the carcass to cold storage facilities, leaving the entrails ...
5/14/12
A: The wolf season information is in the 2012 Big Game Rules book on pages 66-69.  It has been added to the deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion season information.  
5/14/12
A: Annual numbers are based on best information available and are retroactively updated as new information is obtained. The official estimate for the end of 2011 was 746 wolves. 
5/14/12
A: The mule deer population is doing well, with excellent overwinter survival and lighter than usual hunting pressure last fall. However they did suffer a setback due to the extreme winter of 2010-2011. During that winter we had significant mortality of our radio collared does and likely very low ...
5/14/12
A: Golden Pheasants are not considered game birds in Idaho and therefore do not fall under IDFG rules.  There may be rules from the Idaho Department of Argiculture that you should follow since they may be considered poultry. However, before you embark on this effort, I would suggest you read up on ...
5/13/12
A: Rainbow trout (can only be kept if their adipose fin is missing), cutthroat trout, and there may be an occasional brook trout.  You can keep 6 trout (e.g. 4 rainbow, 2 cutthroat; 3 rainbow,, 3 cutthroat; etc.), 25 whitefish, and 25 brook trout.  You can also catch bull trout but you can’t keep ...
5/12/12
A: We checked with our legal department; it is legal to used skinned beaver for bear bait.
5/12/12
A: Current Chinook salmon information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140.  Hatchery returns will return to the page when they start showing up in the rivers later this Spring.
5/11/12
A: Applicants will receive either a tag or a refund check by mail no later than June 10 unless their purchases were made with a credit card.  They will not receive a refund check, but a credit to their account by July 1.   If you do not receive one of these by July 1, please call Fish and Game at 208 ...
5/11/12
A: One of the stated goals for the Summit is to have a clear sense of what hunters, anglers, trappers and other wildlife conservationists want from their wildlife management agency.  Director Virgil Moore is expected to explain the dilemma that Fish and Game is facing; legal mandates and public ...
5/10/12
A: When the fish runs begin showing up, we will have the counts on our website.  Current information available for salmon is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140 and returns will  be posted in late Spring or early summer. Steelhead counts will be available in Spring 2013 ...
5/10/12
A: You must have a hunting license when you apply.  You can wait to get the archery permit when you find out that you have drawn.  Please check online frequently for field days in the Idaho Falls area.  The link to the class list is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  
5/10/12
A: The controlled hunt statistics have been posted on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getpage=113.
5/9/12
A: Here is a simplified version of how the controlled hunt drawing system works: The procedure has been computerized since 1973 and was certified random by Boise State University professors in 1977. Every applicant has the same chance of drawing. Officials verify that applicants meet all of the ...
5/9/12
A: Yes, you do.  The bow hunter class covers material specific to hunting with a bow; that information wasn't covered in the hunter education class.
5/8/12
A: We are using a few pike in mountain lakes in south-central Idaho to reduce brook trout numbers, but we really don’t want them to be harvested (some lakes have less than 10 pike stocked).  In the Southwest part of Idaho the best place to find Tiger muskies is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding or ...
5/7/12
A: Both are open all year.  The trout limit is 2.
5/5/12
A: No, the gas powered radio controlled boat can not be used on a no-gas engine lake.
5/4/12
A: A hunter who is drawn for a controlled hunt is not required to pick up the tag.  The deadline to pick it up is August 1; if it isn't picked up by then it will go into the second drawing.  If the hunt that was drawn is an antlered-only hunt, there is a waiting period of 2 seasons before the hunter ...
5/4/12
A: Yes, pelicans are protected in Idaho.  
5/3/12
A: Mule deer herds are rebounding from the 2010/2011 winter that winter was very tough on deer and we lost a significant proportion of the radio collared does. Hunting should be good this fall with high over winter survival and deer in great body condition. Antler growth should be excellent this ...
5/3/12
A: Yes, you can. 
5/3/12
A: Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are. These courses may include Wildlife Management, Fishery Management, Population Ecology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Wildlife Ecology, etc. Those applicants with a BS degree in Wildlife/Fish ...
5/2/12
A: Most folks are targeting coho in the deeper areas of the lake more towards the middle. I would use a rapala type plug maybe a rainbow or silver color. Don't use kokanee gear. I don't think you need to use planner boards unless you have more than a few rods you want to use, usually planner boards ...
5/2/12
A: DNA tests on hair and scat samples confirmed this animal to be a pure lynx - not a hybrid animal. The lynx was identified as a male and new individual to the Northern Rocky Mountains lynx DNA database. The DNA samples will be further tested to determine the genotype or metapopulation structure of ...
5/1/12
A: Steelhead trapping is finished for the year so we will not have the report running again until next year (Spring 2013).
5/1/12
A: Yes.  The shortcut to the salvage permit is on the bottom left of the homepage.  Look for the yellow deer sign with "Report Roadkill" link.  
5/1/12
A: Most folks are targeting coho in the deeper areas of the lake more towards the middle. I would use a rapala type plug maybe a rainbow or silver color. Don't use kokanee gear.  I don't think you need to use planner boards unless you have more than a few rods you want to use, usually planner boards ...
4/30/12
A: There aren't any wild boar in Idaho.  
4/30/12
A: No, it hasn't.
4/29/12
A: Information about prospecting for gold or other metals can be found at the website for the Idaho Department of Lands.  
4/28/12
A: Felt-soled wader boots are legal for use in Idaho waters.  There hasn't been any movement toward banning them so far; I don't know if that will be considered sometime in the future.
4/28/12
A: Bear bait permits and site tags are only available at Fish and Game offices, which are not open on weekends.  You can send your request for the permit and site tags along with payment in the mail so they can be processed through one of our offices.  
4/28/12
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).  ...
4/28/12
A: No, it isn't.  It is only valid for Chinook salmon fishing within the state of Idaho.
4/26/12
A: You can do it through the mail or at an Idaho fishing license vendor.  If you choose to do it by mail, please contact Idaho Fish and Game for a lost license affidavit.  Their number is 208-334-3400.  You can also get a duplicate from any license vendor or Fish and Game office when you come to ...
4/26/12
A: If your friend thinks that the baiting is being done to attact animals so they can be hunted, they can contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999.
4/25/12
A: The list is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/page/species-status-lists.    
4/24/12
A: At the present time, cutthroat trout are considered part of the “trout” bag limit in most of the state.  This means you can catch and harvest 6 cutthroat trout per day over most of Idaho.  The Magic Valley, Southeast, and Upper Snake restrict cutthroat harvest in rivers and streams to 2 cutthroat ...
4/23/12
A: Although a degree is not necessary, at least 4 upper level college courses in wildlife/fish management are. These courses may include Wildlife Management, Fishery Management, Population Ecology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Wildlife Ecology, etc. Those applicants with a BS degree in Wildlife/Fish ...
4/23/12
A: The latest information that we have is that they will be posted in time for the beginning of the Big Game controlled hunt application period (May 1-June 5).
4/23/12
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes).   Rainbow trout ...
4/23/12
A: The North and South forks of the Snake River are open to fishing during the 4/27 – 30 period.  All the tributaries to these rivers are closed.  The area near Coffee Pot will be catch-and-release fishing, only.
4/22/12
A: Yes, you can.  Information about ordering that book or others is on our Website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/nongame/?getPage=244.
4/21/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't get any money from the Idaho general fund (state taxes).  We are funded by license and tag sales and from several federal programs. You will find detailed funding information on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/2011annualReport.pdf on pages 22 ...
4/19/12
A: If you don't provide an archery education number or can't fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in an archery hunt previously, the Sportsman's pack will print without an archery validation on it.  After you have taken the course you can go to any vendor and they will put your ...
4/18/12
A: We do not stock trout in rivers when they are at flood stage. Instead, these fish remain at their respective hatchery until flow conditions improve or we reallocate them  to ponds or reservoirs.  
4/18/12
A: That's a suggestion that hasn't been considered to date.  High cost of tags is one of three reasons nonresident hunters gave us for no longer coming to Idaho to hunt (wolf impacts on elk and the economy were the other two reasons cited in a 2009 survey).  Charging two or three times more for a ...
4/18/12
A: Yes, she can. She can take your hunting license to any of our Fish and Game offices to pick up the bear bait permit and site tags.
4/17/12
A:   Piute ground squirrels are found in the area you describe.  Piutes in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt.  As long as you stay south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River you will not run into any protected ground squirrels.  
4/12/12
A: Thanks for the question.  Stocking records can definitely get confusing especially when it comes to the name of the fishery.  Quite often a pond may have multiple informal or local names that do not correlate with our stocking records. We will try to answer your specific questions below: Answer to ...
4/11/12
A: In recent years wolf numbers were increasing at about 15% per year in absence of hunting. Primary source of mortality was depredation control. In absence of that, perhaps 20% or so. Population Growth rate would slow as food availability became limited (numbers would not continue to grow ...
4/11/12
A: Your first choice and your second choice on a single answer form must be the same species, for example, both must be for a Rocky Mountain Sheep bighorn hunt or both must be for a California Bighorn hunt.
4/10/12
A: The closest public land is U.S. National Forest property about 25 miles east of Moscow near Deary, ID.  Potlatch Corporation property is intermixed with Forest Service property in that area.  Potlatch requires a permit to be on their land.  It is recommended to check the lastest Forest Service map ...
4/9/12
A: McArthur Wildlife Management Area is open to deer hunting during the November white-tailed rifle deer season.  Due to safety considerations, Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are closed to hunting with a rifle.  Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are ...
4/9/12
A: Please confirm my understanding. A nonresident application and elk tag needs to be purchased and then the controlled hunt is applied for? If successful for the general tag, then the controlled youth hunt is applied for? Is there a deadline on the controlled hunt application? Thanks   You do not ...
4/9/12
A: The agenda for the Wildlife Summit is still being developed.  The challenge of the Summit is to bring together diverse wildlife interests to foster common understanding.  Attendees will have an opportunity to express opinions on various issues.  In 1938, Idahoans came together and created the Fish ...
4/9/12
A: While the Wildlife Summit will focus on the future of Idaho wildlife management in general, there will be  time during the "Idaho Cafe" segment when participants can discuss specific issues and concerns.  Wolf conflicts could very likely come up.  The Idaho Cafe is designed so that people can ...
4/9/12
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
4/9/12
A: During the 2010 season-setting process there was a proposal brought forward to expand the youth turkey hunting season from two weekend days to one full week.  The Deparment proposed and the Commission approved of a seven day youth turkey season that immediately precedes the start of the general ...
4/7/12
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
4/7/12
A: If you are not hunting, you are not required to purchase a hunting license..
4/6/12
A: Local animal control, animal rescue, or law enforcement in emergencies and USDA Wildlife Services are good sources for help, information and advice.Idaho law allows people to trap or remove any wildlife to protect private property and personal safety, but just like the plumbing, sometimes it is ...
4/6/12
A: The 2012 rules are online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63.  Printed copies will be sent out to vendors beginning the week of April 16.  
4/5/12
A: No snakefish have been found in Idaho.
4/5/12
A: Idaho waterfowl hunters must purchase an Idaho Migratory Bird permit to hunt ducks in Idaho.  They must also have a federal duck stamp.  Idaho's Migratory Bird Permit is a validation printed on their license.  It is not an actual stamp.
4/4/12
A: Free Fishing Day in Idaho is the 2nd Saturday of June.  In 2012 that is June 9.  The exact date for 2013 will be available when new Fishing Rules books are printed this fall.
4/4/12
A: Idaho doesn't have a sizable population of feral hogs and we don't have any rules set up for hunting them because they are not wildlife.
4/3/12
A: The Idaho legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package in its 2012 session.  It will not be available until July 1, 2012.  We haven't determined the price of the package when the wolf tag is added. The tag will not be retroactive; that is, if the pack was purchased before July 1, you ...
4/3/12
A: Yes.  A signed, written sales statement showing the taker’s name, address, license and tag numbers (not needed for salvage of road kill), date and location of salvage, must be provided to the buyer of any black bear or mountain lion head, hide or other parts (except tanned hides or finished rugs ...
4/3/12
A: No.  The sale of game animal meat is not authorized.  
4/3/12
A: Eating the salvaged meat is at your discretion.  By signing the permit, persons acknowledge that the meat was not inspected and consumption is at their own risk.
4/3/12
A: Yes and No.  There are risks and potential safety hazards when stopping on many roadways and highways.  Motorists choosing to stop and retrieve wildlife on any road assume all responsibility for their actions should an accident result due to stopping to retrieve wildlife of any kind.  Motorists ...
4/3/12
A: No.  Interstate highways are controlled access highways and stopping on interstates and medians is strictly prohibited unless for emergencies.  Retrieving or salvaging wildlife is not considered an emergency and is therefore not authorized on interstates.  
4/3/12
A: The language of this rule is specific to “accidental kills caused by vehicle/wildlife collisions."
4/3/12
A: No.
4/3/12
A: No.  The public is not authorized to dispatch a wounded animal.  Please report injured wildlife by contacting your nearest Conservation Officer, Sheriff’s office, or IDFG regional office.
4/3/12
A: No.  Idaho rule prohibits the sale of parts of Bighorn Sheep that have been found dead of natural causes or salvaged at the site of a vehicle collision.  
4/3/12
A: No.  Migratory species, such as waterfowl, doves, crows, and protected wildlife and/or birds, such as eagles, hawks, owls and songbirds, may not be salvaged or possessed, nor can protected non-game animals and Threatened or Endangered wildlife.  All of these species encountered dead along the ...
4/3/12
A: Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report a wildlife salvage by going online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self- ...
4/3/12
A: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: 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 ...
4/3/12
A: Yes, the 2012 Idaho Legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package; it will become part of the Package beginning July 1, 2012.
4/3/12
A: In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods. • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; Except scopes containing battery ...
4/2/12
A: You need good knowledge of fish and wildlife management practices and be a great listener and communicator. Competitive candidates have a bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management or closely related fields. You must also be able to relate to our customers, primarily anglers and hunters ...
4/2/12
A: Canada geese are protected as migratory birds by the federal government and season framework is regulated by them.  However, we do have some leeway in how the rules are set in Idaho under their umbrella, and we have maximum allowable harvest opportunity in the area.  The problem with urban geese ...
4/2/12
A: Yes, it is legal to hunt ground squirrels south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River.
3/31/12
A: It is legal to trap and eat fox squirrels with the possession of a trapping license.
3/30/12
A: The Wildlife Department informed us today (March 30, 2012) that the statistics for 2011 big game harvest should be ready in 2 weeks...look for them in mid-April.
3/30/12