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A: A violation of the Motorized Hunting Rule is Misdemeanor in Idaho, which comes with a penalty of a fine of $25-$1,000, and or up to 6 months in jail. It also comes with the potential of a license revocation of up to 3 years. there is no mandatory minimum for the fine or the license revocation as ...
1/25/16
A: The access sites along the Clearwater River east of Lewiston are mainly to provide boating and fishing access.  Be aware that all hunting is closed in the Lewiston Preserve, from Lewiston east to the railroad bridge at Spaulding. The Nez Perce National Historical Park in Nez Perce County is also ...
1/27/16
A: Antler traps are legal as long as the animal is not harmed by the "trap". If placing an antler trap on public ground, check with the land management agency, they may have restrictions on placing items that are left unattended. One word of caution, if using bait to attract animals to the antler ...
1/29/16
A: Your question is interesting and timely. Sunapee (which are a type of char and related to lake trout, brook trout and bull trout) were stocked in several lakes in the Sawtooths over 50 years ago.  Over the years we've had anglers catch Sunapee and bring them to our offices for identification.  We ...
1/30/16
A: Pet/Domestic wolves are usually not pure wolf.  They may be close in heritage to thier wild cousins but usually show some sign of domestic dog. The permit is to allow personnel to identify domestic wolves from wild wolves, if they show all primary wolf characteristics and no domestic dog ...
1/31/16
A: Yes, as per Page 50 of the fishing regulations, "When fishing waters listed --electric motors only-- gas (internal combustion) motors may be attached to the boat; but use of the gas motor is prohibited.  Good Luck fishing
1/31/16
A: Yes, page 14 in the fishing regulations only restricts fishing to single point barbless hooks while fishing for salmon and steelhead.  Barbed hooks are allowed while fishing for trout, although cutthroat are catch and release only; and if you caught a salmon or steelhead while using a barbed hook ...
1/31/16
A: For the most part, Sego Prairied Pond is stocked once per month during March, April, May, and June as well as during October and November.  During each of the months, about 225 catchables are stocked. We do not publicize the day of stocking, but the week of stocking may be found at: http:// ...
2/1/16
A: If the landowner controlled hunt tag you get is for a limited controlled hunt, you cannot have a general season tag for the same species. However, you would be able to purchase what we call a RES-NONRES general season tag as a second tag at the nonresident price. The RES-NONRES general season tags ...
2/1/16
A: In the late winter and spring, steelhead can be found in the upper sections of most rivers open to steelhead fishing. This is usually February - April, but check the closure dates. In February-April, steelhead will be found in the Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Salmon River near Riggins, and ...
2/2/16
A: "Take" is defined in statute (Idaho Code 36-202(i)). ""Take" means hunt, pursue, catch, capture, shoot, fish, seine, trap, kill, or possess or any attempt to so do."  http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36CH2SECT36-202.htm    
2/3/16
A: The central portion of Fort Boise WMA is closed from February 1 – July 31 for waterfowl nesting. Remaining areas of the WMA are still open to public access, but the hunting of white-fronted and light geese (Blue, Ross’s, and Snow) on any portion of the WMA is not allowed after January 31st. On ...
2/3/16
A: Ground squirrels (sometimes called "whistle pigs") in southern Ada County are predominately the type called "Piute ground squirrel."  This species is considered to be Unprotected Wildlife in Idaho Administrative Code (IDAPA 13.01.06).  IDAPA 13.01.06, Section 300.03 states: "Those species of ...
2/4/16
A: Please send a letter expressing your interest in becoming a license vendor for the Department of Fish and Game. Include in your letter:      Your Name     Business Name     Mailing Address     Phone number You can send the letter through the mail to: IDFG License SectionP. O. Box 25Boise, ID 83707 ...
2/5/16
A: Thanks for your question: There are a variety of tools Idaho Fish and Game utilizes to help landowners prevent damage on their property due to wildlife causing damages. One is Depredations Hunts. There are three different depredation style of hunts I will go through so there is no confusion. 1. ...
2/5/16
A: Yes, you may use game fish parts for bait (no live fish may be used except for crawfish that are caught in on the waters being fished)  Good Luck fishing
2/5/16
A: Yes, the cropped areas of Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area are available to hunt. All IDFG ground part of Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area north of Highway 18 is currently open for hunting. The wetland portion south of Highway 18 is closed from 1 February – 31 July for waterfowl nesting. For ...
2/6/16
A: Yes, several WMAs have turkeys.  Two of the better known WMAs include Craig Mt. WMA and Cecil Andrus, but they also occur on Fort Boise, Boise River, and in eastern Idaho.  Depending on where you live you may be able to find turkeys on WMAs.  You can call the local regional office to get more ...
2/7/16
A: There have been a few fall Chinook that have passed out of Anderson Ranch Reservoir and  caught downstream in Arrowrock Reservoir.  However, the fish in your picture are not fall Chinook or coho.  The fish in the bottom of the picture is clearly a rainbow trout while the upper fish appears to be a ...
2/7/16
A: Poundage restrictions on archery equipment are only for taking of Big Game in Idaho. There is no minimum poundage for Small Game.
2/8/16
A: Let's look at the economics of the various license options.  You could buy a Nonresident Fishing license ($98.25) and a Nonresident Steelhead permit ($25.75) and fish all year for steelhead in Idaho.  It would also give you the latitude to return in the fall and fish for steelhead at no additional ...
2/10/16
A: Provided you possess the proper federal paperwork, suppressors are legal for hunting in Idaho.
2/10/16
A: No its not legal. Wolves can only be hunted from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. They have shooting hours.
2/10/16
A: River conditions are constantly changing, especially this time of year. There are a couple of different ways to get information on current river conditions: 1.) There are numerous stream flow gauges throughout the upper Salmon River basin that are operated by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and ...
2/11/16
A: It depends on if the children (under 14 years of age) are residents of the State of Idaho or nonresidents. Resident children (primary domicile/home) who have lived in Idaho for at least the past 6 months are considered residents and can possess their own daily bag limit of fish.  They can even ...
2/11/16
A: Greetings, thanks for your question. The mesh size requirements for fish screen is really dependent on several factors. The design of the outflow (pipe vs drain etc), the size of fish you want to screen, and the water flow through the screen make a big difference in the mesh size needed. We need  ...
2/11/16
A: The Department generally begins discussion on renews each spring.  This parcel has been in the program for a number of years, so i would assume it is a high priority for the region.  However, we can't garuntee anything until the process is done.
2/11/16
A: Good morning Austin, If you don't already have Google Earth Pro on your computer, I suggest you download it (it is free - use the key GEPFREE). You can add a .shp file to Google Earth Pro and save as a kml if you like. Feel free to contact me if you need any further assistance.  pam.bond@idfg. ...
2/12/16
A: Provided you possess the appropriate federal paperwork, suppressors are legal for hunting in Idaho.
2/12/16
A: This would be dependent upon each individual cities ordinance and would need to be addressed with the city.  There is no mechanism in state law that would give a variance for this.    
2/12/16
A: There is no minimum draw weight for bows when using archery equipment to hunt turkeys.  Also, there are no restrictions on the type of broadhead that may be used.  For example, expandable broadheads are legal for the taking of turkeys. 
2/13/16
A: Idaho does not offer preference points for controlled hunts. Additional information on this topic is available on our website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts   Results of a 2015 sportsmen's survey on drawing odds are also available at:   https://idfg.idaho.gov/ ...
2/13/16
A: Lighted bow sights would be legal when hunting turkeys.  Prohibition of lighted sights only applies to the hunting of big game.
2/14/16
A: You happen to find a pile of bones with a tag, we'd love to see a picture of the pile and a close up picture of the tag so that any numbers or words on the tag are visible. In exchange, we'd be happen to let you know what we know about that particular animal. Please call your local Fish and Game ...
2/14/16
A: Starlings are classified in Idaho as a predator and can be controlled by almost any means, but a license or permit is required for the individual doing the control action.   However the depredation control folks at Wildlife Services (208-373-1630) can help control migratory wildlife which are ...
2/14/16
A: Landlocked fall Chinook are placed in reservoirs like Lucky Peak, Deadwood and Anderson Ranch to control/prey upon kokanee salmon.  They are a fish management tool we use to adjust the number of kokanee to prevent over-population - which results in stunting due to lack of food.  Consequently, you ...
2/15/16
A: Hi there, thanks for your question. Its great to hear that you are excited about steelhead fishing. Drift boats are a great way to chase these fantastic fish. Your options will be limited to your skills on the oars and where steelhead can currently be found. At this time of year (late winter), you ...
2/15/16
A: Yes
2/15/16
A: There are several commercially licensed aquaculture facilities in Idaho that sell the game fish listed in your e-mail.  In Idaho, this business is regulated by the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture and they could provide you a list of providers in your area.  To prevent transmission of diseases ...
2/16/16
A: You are correct in that Idaho law does not allow the use of drones for tracking, harassing, communicating or filming big game animals of the state of Idaho for the purpose of hunting.   Hunting exotics is another story and a great question.  As long as you have complied with all federal ...
2/20/16
A: Yes, it is legal to use artificial lights for the purposes of fishing in Idaho.
2/22/16
A: Dear Mr. Arnett, Yes, there are trout in Upper Clover Creek, King Hill Creek, and Salmon Falls Creek upstream from Lily Grade.  These trout are native Redband Trout. They are relatively small and typically look slightly different than your standard hatchery Rainbow Trout. They typically have more ...
2/23/16
A: Please check out the interactive map center on the IDFG website for a detailed map.  After you open the map center, zoom to the area you are interested in.  On the upper left hand side, select turn layers on/off. Scroll down throught the selections and turn on land management status.  This will ...
2/23/16
A: Unfortunately our Fishing Planner, which houses, our map center is temporarily unavailable. In the interim, please see the "Fishing" tab on our website. From this page you can find our Family Fishing Waters section, our Angler Guide section, fish stocking and much more. Some of the secions contain ...
2/24/16
A: Coyotes are primarily rodent hunters but occassionally take bigger game (fawns, rabbits, etc.).  They have learned to live near humans because they can live on garbage, cat food left out, cats and other items associated with humans.  Attacks on humans are extremely rare.  They are heavily hunted ...
2/26/16
A: To the best of our knowledge, this will be a better year for fish in Little Camas.  With that said, we will procede with stocking as requested unless/until water managers indicate conditions are likely to deteriorate. Conditions in irrigation reservoirs are often very unpredictable and are often ...
2/27/16
A: Yes, coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife in the state of Idaho and may be taken in any numbers, year round, and with crossbows, by the holders of the appropriate hunting license. The weapons restrictions that exist for big game do not apply to predatory or unprotected wildlife.   Josh ...
2/27/16
A: Yes you need to have  a current hunting license to hunt rabbits in Idaho.
2/28/16
A: You can only keep antlers from found animals that have died naturally.  If you have any suspicion that the animal died by something other than natural causes, we especially would like to hear about it.  You can keep animals that died from injury incurred by vehicle by filling out a roadkill permit ...
2/29/16
A: Joe Dupont is our Regional Fisheries Manager in Lewiston and is the person who can answer questions about the Clearwater River Basin.  He can be reached at 208-799-5010. What may be faster is to access our study archives located on our Department webpage.  Go to fishandgame.idaho.gov; click on the ...
2/29/16
A: There are no rules regulating suppressors, sometimes referred to as “silencers”, and big game hunting in Idaho   As long as the owner has complied with all federal regulations regarding the possession of suppressors and as long as the firearm does not violate any of the other big game weapon ...
2/29/16
A: IDFG sometimes implements a Controlled Hunt with an Unlimited number of tags as an intermediate step between a general season hunt and a controlled hunt with a limited number of tags when there is a concern about total hunter numbers and harvest  in the hunt area. If hunting pressure is too high ...
3/1/16
A: There is a difference between the Steelhead Permit and the 3-day Salmon/Steelhead.   The 3-day Salmon/Steelhead is a 3-day Fishing License with a Salmon Permit and a Steelhead Permit.   The Steelhead Permit cannot be purchased unless you have a Nonresident Fishing LIcense.  As of the date this ...
3/15/16
A: A hunting license IS required to hunt or take any wildlife in Idaho, including unprotected and predatory wildlife. Most ground squirrels are classified as unprotected wildlife and can be hunted by persons holding a valid hunting license.  Be aware, there are several species of ground squirrel that ...
3/15/16
A: Thank you for your question. Yes, you may take a picture of your license and store it on your mobile device as proof of having a license. We do not have any plans to build an app for licensing. However, we do have a mobile optimized website and those who purchase their license via a mobile device ...
3/15/16
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunter education certification course does not include any handgun lessons or safety information when carrying a concealed firearm. It best to contact your local Sherrif department for current concealed carry permit requirements and current courses that teach ...
3/17/16
A: It is illegal to hunt Big Game in Idaho with an air rifle. the pertinent section of IDAPA is below: IDAPA 13.01.08.410 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. .05 Other d. With any net, snare, trap, chemical, deadfall or device other than ...
3/18/16
A: You can e-mail your proof of disability, letter on Veterans Affairs letterhead showing combined service connected disability percentage, to licenses@idfg.idaho.gov.
3/19/16
A: Hi, Yes, the Department of Fish and Game does maintain a list of surplus properties.  These are properties that the Department has determined no longer aid the agency in fulfilling its mission.  All such properties are reviewed and approved for surplus by our Lands Committee, Director, and ...
3/20/16
A: There are several exceptions to the Motorized Hunting Rule (page 102 of the 2015-2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules).  One of these state: Hunters may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game if such travel is allowed by the land owner or manager.  This would apply to both public and private ...
3/21/16
A: Thanks for your question about Bull Trout and the Boise River. Bull Trout are now mostly extinct below Lucky Peak dam. It is possible (but very unlikely) that a Bull Trout could be flushed downstream through Arrowrock and Lucky Peak dams and be caught in the lower Boise River. Bull Trout have not ...
3/22/16
A: Not from the wild.  Only if you can prove it was offspring of a magpie raised in captivity.  That typically requires a bill of sale from a licensed captive animal farm.
3/22/16
A: No birds may be shot without a license. Unprotected non-native species, such as European Starlings and Eurasian Collared-doves, may be taken year-round by those possessing a valid hunting license.
3/22/16
A: To whom it concerns, We appreciate your recommendation to stock Trout in Milner Reservoir; however, water temperatures are typically unsuitable for rainbow trout survival in the Milner Reservoir pool. Stocked trout that pass through the Minidoka Dam do not persist much downstream.  We have ...
3/24/16
A: On an average year, 2000-3000 steelhead return to Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. We typically see fewer than 100 natural steelhead at the Sawtooth weir.
3/24/16
A: Good Morning, Sorry for the delay on responding to your question.There are quite a few places I can think of where you could possibly find some shed antlers. Mule deer start dropping their antlers in January/Early February. Because most of the deer antlers have been on the ground for quite some ...
3/24/16
A: We used to require a ram be 3/4 curl or better but that rule changed several years ago.  Biologists looked at harvest rates and their potential impacts on age structure and decided that if a hunter wished to harvest any legal ram rather than a mature ram, more older and larger rams would survive ...
3/25/16
A: Waste laws only apply to game animals, except black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves.  These laws also apply to all game birds and game fish.  A complete list of Idaho’s wildlife and their classification can be found in the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) 13.01.06.100. Because ...
3/25/16
A: Yes you can to hunt waterfowl.
3/26/16
A: No Fish and Game issued trapping license is needed to catch ferrel cats on your property.  Ferel cats would not be classified as wildlife and would not fall under Fish and game jurisdiction.   Ferel cats fall under state, county and city jurisdiction, and therefore you should be aware of animal ...
3/26/16
A: Game Check Stations are not posted on the website.  Check stations have several purposes including collecting biological data and/or to help inform people of rules and regulations, and help with the enforcement of those rules and regulations.  You are welcome to call the SW Region office in Nampa ...
3/26/16
A: Yes they are legal for turkeys but not for big game.  So you must be careful if there is a big game season occuring while you are hunting turkeys because you could be in violation if you are also hunting big game.
3/27/16
A: The answer provided below is a reprint from a similar question asked by another individual.     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 ...
3/27/16
A: There is no state code preventing the use of suppressors for the purposes of hunting. other Applicable federal laws may come into play.
3/27/16
A: Good morning, I agree that the measurement tool isn’t terribly intuitive and it would be nice to be able to just take one measurement after another without having to re-open the tool and click any buttons. I updated the application code so now after you have made a measurement, the tool will stay ...
3/28/16
A: These results are now available online in full: 2015 Moose harvest statistics 2015 Sheep harvest statistics 2015 Mountain goat harvest statistics  
3/29/16
A: No live swimming bait is legal for use while fishing in Idaho waters.  Non-swimming live bait like worms, nightcrawlers, fly larve (maggots), wax worms, etc. are allowed to be used while fishing.  Live crayfish can only be used for bait if they were captured from the water in which you are fishing ...
3/29/16
A: Based on my own personal experience, I would recommend smallish in-line spinners. Common brands include blue fox or mepps. Personally, I have caught trout on silver or blue and silver, blue fox spinners in size one to three. Alternatively, you might want to try small (2-3.5") "stick" baits. Common ...
3/30/16
A: Ice will likely be off 10 days to 14 days from now. You can look at Milehighmarina.com has a webcam of the area next to town.
4/1/16
A: Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules for controlled hunts state: In controlled hunts with ten (10) or fewer tags, not more than one (1) nonresident tag will be issued. In controlled hunts, EXCEPT unlimited controlled hunts, with more than ten (10) tags, not more than ten percent (10%) of the tags ...
4/1/16
A: Please bring the printed voucher available at the end of the online course. Either paper copy or electronically available for the instructor to read and verify that you passed the online course. Field days are held outside. Prepare for the weather conditions.
4/2/16
A: The bowhunter online course is online only. At the end of the course print your certification card and you take this to purchase your archery tag. If you participated in the instructor-led course, you received your card at the end of the course. Lost your card? Use our self-serve certification ...
4/2/16
A: There are 3 types of hunts in Idaho.  Any weapon, muzzleloader only and archery only.   If a hunt does not specific muzzlerloader or archery, it would be an any weapon.
4/3/16
A: Silver Lake is a private water. We have little to do with its management, though we have some oversight responsibility regarding fish stocking and importation. We certainly do not stock it currently (we do not stock waters inaccessible to the public) and there are no records of it being stocked by ...
4/4/16
A: A hunter education certification from another state would qualify for purchasing a hunting license in Idaho. This includes online and instructor-led courses. States vary whether they accept non-residents into hunter education courses. To find out contact the hunter education program in the state ...
4/5/16
A: You may legally use a spear gun or archery equipment to fish for non game species such as carp.  Please be aware that many species look similar underwater and that you must be able to identify your target positively.
4/5/16
A: That is a good question.  We ask that salvagers pick up the animal they wish to salvage and haul it away to process.  We also ask they put safety first when salvaging.  Proper disposal of a carcass is always recommended once you take it into possession.  However, you bring up a good point that ...
4/5/16
A: Yes, it is legal to take mountain lion or legally trapped gray wolves with a rimfire weapon.  For all other big game, the use of a rimfire would be unlawful.
4/6/16
A: Some general steps you can take is to make loud noises, startle the deer, and make it uncomfortable for the deer. There are some commercial and home-made remedies that you can spray on your shrubs and other ways to either protect or make your shrubs less palatable. Removal of deer in residential ...
4/8/16
A: This is an issue that the Commission could take up at any time. Currently, no electronic devices may be attached to archery equipment or firearms.
4/8/16
A: Domestic wildlife (deer and elk) are considered livestock and are therefore managed by Idaho Department of Agriculture.  You would have to contact them for rules and regulations regarding game farming.
4/8/16
A: Where the Snake River forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon or Washington only one states license is required. As long as you are in a boat or on the shore of the state from which you hold a license. If you hold an Idaho license license you would not be able to stand in Oregon and fish, just ...
4/9/16
A: No they can not fish in idaho without a valid licnese that was purchsed for the individual.
4/10/16
A: There are several public and commercial access sites on Milner Reservoir.  Start by searching parks in Burley and Heyburn. The best site is Lud Drexler Park in Burley where Overland Road crosses the Snake River.   The BLM "Milner Historic Recreation Area" located 9 miles south of Burley also has a ...
4/11/16
A: No you do not.  Thanks for asking!
4/11/16
A: Yes, it is possible. There is a fairly healthy population of wild turkeys along the Boise River corridor from Eagle to where the Boise River joins the Snake River. It is fairly common for Fish and Game to receive sightings from the Eagle area. Occasionally, Fish and Game even receives observations ...
4/11/16
A: Yes
4/12/16
A: Thanks for the question, The short answer is no.  Years ago, the Kokanee fishery in Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir (SFCR) was integral to the fishing experience in the reservoir.  In the late 90's we started to see a decline in angler catch rates.  This decline continued to worsen over the next 5-7 ...
4/12/16
A: Thanks for the question but it was a typo in the Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure; Unit 55 does not have any bears in it. Sorry for the confusion.
4/12/16
A: Yes, any naturally killed big game animal parts except big horn sheep (need to be properly pinned) may be kept, bartered, or sold.  See page 97 of the big game regulations for more details.
4/14/16