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A: I want to thank you for taking the time to write about the tag and permit fees paid by those holding senior licenses.  The Department of Fish and Game does not receive any financial support from the state’s general fund. Therefore, the funding for Idaho’s fish and wildlife programs comes solely ...
9/16/15
A: Both a hunting license and hound hunter permit are required to pursue raccoons.  Page 99 in the Big Game Rules covers Black Bear and Mountain Lions.  Page 47 in the Upland Game and Furbearer rules states, the following persons must have a valid hound hunter permit in possession when dogs are being ...
9/16/15
A: Caimans are wildlife and require an import permit be issued before the animal enters Idaho. At this time Caimans and all other crocadilians are not being allowed import into Idaho as personal pets. Some cities also have wildlife restrictions which restrict pet crocadilian.
9/14/15
A: You can purchase your elk tag at any Idaho Fish and Game office or license vendor in the state, regardless of location.
9/14/15
A: To legally catch or take gamefish from a public water in Idaho you need to have a fishing licenese.  They also need to be taken in a legal manner as defined by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rules booklet.  This does not include capture by hand or snagging - unless ...
9/12/15
A: I wouldn't rule-out fall Chinook being stocked in Lucky Peak Reservoir because it's a fish management tool we often use on other bodies of water to control Kokanee populations.  The difference with Lucky Peak Reservoir is there is very little natural Kokanee reproduction that occurs in tributaries ...
9/12/15
A: In Idaho, coyotes can be hunted by anyone possessing a hunting license (age 10 and up) or hunting passport (age 8).
9/11/15
A: Thank you for sharing your observations and your idea for consideration.   There has been an increase in the number of white-tailed deer seen along the middlefork and southfork of the Payette.  Currently, white-tailed deer can be harvested by anyone who has a valid general any weapon, regular deer ...
9/10/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission addressed the issue of lighted nocks, expandible broadheads, and other technology-related weapons restrictions a few months ago at their May 2015 meeting in Lewiston. At that time, the Commissioners voted unanimously to NOT accept any modifications to the current ...
9/9/15
A: While jet boats are allowed on the Salmon River near Salmon, ID, it is not recommended during much of the year. Low water levels and other hazards make some sections very hazardous.          In addition, a permit is required year round for all types of approved watercraft to be on the Wild and ...
9/9/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission addressed the issue of lighted nocks, expandible broadheads, and other technology-related weapons restrictions a few months ago at their May 2015 meeting in Lewiston. At that time, the Commissioners voted unanimously to NOT accept any modifications to the current ...
9/8/15
A: If you can show proof of having a valid hunting license in another state you are eligible to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
9/8/15
A: Yes, salvage is legal to residents and nonresidents alike. Be sure to fill out the required paperwork. https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/non-resident
9/7/15
A: Your question may be better answered by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.  Their general phone number is 208 446-1300.  Fish and game laws in Idaho are silent on the subject of shooting from the deck of your home.
9/7/15
A: Thanks for noticing our Go Fish Idaho! brochure.  It was originally published in 2003 and printed through a partnership with Idaho Power, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game.  We updated and reprinted the document in 2012 - which should be the version seen on our ...
9/7/15
A: No as long as you are not hunting any live animal, you do not need a hunting license.
9/7/15
A: Yes, you must have your license and tags on your person while in the field. Sage Grouse and Sharptail validations print on your license. Tags cannot be printed via the internet, and must be mailed, or picked up in person at a vendor. If you have lost your license or tag, you may purchase a ...
9/5/15
A: The holder of a controlled hunt tag for big game or permit for turkey may transfer that tag/permit to his or her minor child or grandchild under the age of 18 who is otherwise qualified to participate in the hunt. The form at the link below must be used to transfer the tag/permit. Visit any Fish ...
9/5/15
A: Thank you for your comments.  Muzzleloader restrictions have gone through multiple revisions over the years at the request of several muzzleloader hunting groups in the state.  Idaho Fish and Game continues to be concerned with advancement in hunting equipment technology and the difference between ...
9/4/15
A: I'm not sure.  I would talk with the Meridain Police about discharge of a bow in their city, they may consider a bow a dangerous weapon and have restrictions.
9/4/15
A: Yes.  During archery season your regular deer tag is valid during the season for either antlerless or antlered in the units outlined on page 12 of our big game brochure.  Be sure that the archery season is open under the antlerless column in the unit you wish to hunt on p. 12 at: http:// ...
9/4/15
A: Thank you for your question.  Idaho is a member state of the Wildlife Violator Compact (WVC) as are many other states including Utah.  If an individual’s hunting privileges are suspended in any of the member states, every state belonging to the WVC honors that suspension.  If your hunting ...
9/4/15
A: The cost of a senior (65+) combination hunting and fishing license for residents is $11.75  A resident for the purposes of this senior discount was changed in 2015 to residing in Idaho for 6-months rather than 5-years.
9/4/15
A: Yes ladder stands are considered a portable stand. This rule applies only on Fish and Game property, for use on BLM, Forest Service, or Department of Lands property consult their regulations for clarification.
9/3/15
A: There is no set distance that someone would have to be from a road to legally shoot. The law say that it is unlawful to shoot from or accross a Public "Highway" A public Highway is defined by Idaho code in Title 49 as: 5)  "Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way ...
9/3/15
A: Hello, I can provide answers to your questions.  I listed your questions below with my responses. 1.Are these Kokanee's that were recently stocked at Honeysuckle beach wild or farmed? The kokanee are raised in a Fish and Game fish hatchery and stocked into Hayden Lake every year.  The get stocked ...
9/3/15
A: Our resident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/residenttagavailability Our nonresident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability
9/3/15
A: “It is illegal to fish in any waters of Idaho with more than one handline or pole with a line attached; …..or by archery, spearfishing, snagging, hands and netting except as permitted. “ If you observe a violation I would encourage you to report it to your local Conservation Officer, Sherriff’s ...
9/2/15
A: You can purchase a second elk tag, but, it will be at the nonresident price.
9/2/15
A: This year's fire season is no doubt putting both hunters and IDFG in a tough spot.  We did consider the effects of the closures and the necessity for hunters to change areas because of the current fire closures.  For the following  reasons we made the decision to maintain the current season: We ...
9/2/15
A: Eye guards are not counted as points for the purpose of reporting mule deer.  A 4x4 may also have eye guards in addition to the 4 main points on each side.  A Forked horn or 2 point is a 2 point even with an eye guard (see page 8 in the big game rules brochure).
8/31/15
A: There is no maximum number of shots that can be fired at an elk in Idaho.  During an archery-only season, you may not use any type of firearm for dispatching an animal.
8/31/15
A: You can use a rifle chambered in .45 Long Colt to hunt deer in an Any Weapon season.   Weapon restrictions for deer hunting with a rilfe in an Any Weapon hunt are: must weight under 16lbs, can not be fully automatic, can not be a rimfire.  These and other weapon restrictions can be found on page ...
8/30/15
A: Very good question. When we write the rule pamphlets we often don't take into account how they may effect other species and fishing opportunities.  To answer your question, I went to the Administrative Rules section of Idaho Code. For Steelhead, when you reach your daily bag limit, you only need ...
8/29/15
A: There are no changes to hunting seasons as of 8/28/2015. There are several access restrictions in place, however. Review this news release for more information and visit our fire page to keep up with closures and resources for real-time information.  
8/28/15
A: Please contact Rotary Offset Press at 253-813-9900, cleininger@seattletimes.com.  6600 South 231st Street, Kent, WA 98032
8/28/15
A: Browse here for the prices for our nonresident licenses and tags. Through the month of August this 2015 year, we have a discount for a second nonresident elk or deer tag, as well. A license is required for the purchase of an elk tag.
8/27/15
A: These hunts are designed to reduce depredation pressures from elk on private lands.  Elk will often move to private ground to avoid hunting pressure on public land thus causing impacts to private land owners.  They may be attracted to private land because of green lush pastures, irrigated farm ...
8/27/15
A: Yes, you can archery hunt in the Birds of Prey area. Confirm with BLM, but my brochure only talks about restrictions on firearm use.
8/26/15
A: On Fall Creek at Anderson Ranch Reservoir, we consider above the road culvert as "creek" and below the culvert as part of the "reservoir."    This is a much more complex question on other tributary streams that flow into reservoirs around Idaho.  We've actually had to erect signs and stretch ...
8/25/15
A: Our recipricol agreement with other states allows you to trap for a species in Idaho so long as your state allows nonresidents to trap for the same species in your state.  If Michigan allows NR trappers to trap bobcat then you can trap bobcats in Idaho.  The limit would be what your state allows ...
8/25/15
A: PowerBelt bullets are legal in muzzleloader only hunts so long as the bullet is not jacketed, does not have a polymer tip and it's diameter is within .010 inch of the bore diameter.  The rules governing projectiles for muzzleloader only hunts read: "Loaded with a patched round ball or conical non- ...
8/25/15
A: Tiger Muskie, as you would guess from their name, are agressive predatory fish.  They are effecient eating "machines" that survive well in Idaho lakes.   Sterile (unable to reproduce) Tiger Muskie have been introduced in mountain lakes to remove Brook Trout.  Brook Trout tend to over-populate and ...
8/25/15
A: This case has been turned over to the Twin Falls Prosecuting Attorney's office and charges have been filed. Any further inquiry should be made to their office for comment. Thanks for your interest in Idaho's wildlife. Josh Royse, Regional Conservation Officer, Magic Valley Region
8/25/15
A: Thank you for your question.  You can haul your camping equipment to your camp as long as the trail you are riding on is open for travel.  Your camp can include your rifle or bow, but you can not hunt on the ride in or out.  Hunting includes stopping to glass, scouting, etc.  Once your camp is ...
8/24/15
A: I hope you didn't have a wager with your friend.  Fall Chinook Salmon have been stocked numerous times over the years in Anderson Ranch Reservoir as a management tool to control/reduce Kokanee Salmon numbers so they grow at an optimum size to provide a quality fishery.  Fall Chinook forage in the ...
8/24/15
A: You will need to provide a statement from the social security administration on their letterhead explaining the individual(s) do not have a social security number. This documentation will need to be provided to an IDFG regional or headquarters office. We can then set up the individual(s) profile ...
8/24/15
A: Yes you can do what you have described.  Drive your ATV up an open trail with your hunting equipment and camping equipment. Leave your ATV parked along side the trail then continue up hiking to a camping spot. Camp overnight then return the next morning to your ATV to return home.
8/24/15
A: Yes they are, although some areas that allow access to the public have restricted them i.e. The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek property. Remember, while legal in Idaho, it's always a good idea to be conscientious about spreading aquatic invasives. Clean, dry, and/or decontaminate if at all ...
8/24/15
A: If you send me a photograph of the feather I can help with identification and advise you on wheter it is legal to possess. You may also call me at our Regional Office in Idaho Falls.   Regards, Rob Cavallaro, Regional Wildlife Biologist rob.cavallaro@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 525-7290  
8/22/15
A: After completing the online bowhunter course, your certification card will pop on the screen to print and then use to purchase an archery permit. If you did not print your card, log back in using the Email you used to take the course. Go here to log in http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/idaho. If you ...
8/20/15
A: Can you use a non-resident elk tag to tag a deer if both seasons are open?  The answer is No.  Non-resident deer and elk tags may be used to take a black bear, mountain lion or grey wolf when both seasons are open, but elk tags may not be used on deer.  Page 110 in the Big game regulations ...
8/19/15
A: No, catffish can not be trapped.  Catfish are classified as game fish and can not be trapped.  IDAPA 13.01.11.201.08, and the "Methods of Fishing and Equipment" section of the fishing rule book explains the trapping and seining rules for minnows and crayfish. Only minnows of unprotected nongame ...
8/19/15
A: Field days are offered throughout the calendar year at various times, depending on where you live. More than 14,000 students continually take and pass hunter education in Idaho each year. Classes and field days change often and new opportunities are added constantly, so keep checking the website. ...
8/18/15
A: Wolf hunting tags can be used for either hunting or trapping, while wolf trapping tags can only be used for trapping. Thus, hunters may take up to 5 wolves, and trappers may take up to 10.
8/16/15
A: Winners of the second super hunt drawing have been notified. Thank you.
8/15/15
A: In most instances, the removal or alteration of stream bank substrate is regulated by the Idaho Department of Water Resources (stream channel alteration) and the US Corps of Engineers, requiring a joint permit. Water quality certification of the activity by Idaho's DEQ is likely to be required ...
8/14/15
A: Yes, you found our mistake in that news release. Coho do produce jacks, males that mature and return after only one year in the ocean, just like Chinook salmon. What was meant is that coho returns to the Snake River are difficult to predict because we don't have a lot of years of returns to use in ...
8/14/15
A: Hunts opening Saturday in the Owyhees unlikely to change With controlled deer and pronghorns hunts opening in Unit 40 in portions of Owyhee County Saturday, Aug. 15, Idaho Fish and Game is monitoring the Soda Fire, but not closing or altering hunts at this time, nor expecting to in the immediate ...
8/14/15
A: I'm not sure if you mean from a predator-prey perspective or water quality. Large trout (10"+) typically add small fish to their diet - and this could include koi.  Prior to achieving 10", they feed on insects, zooplankton, detritus, and other organic substances.  Large trout with small koi will ...
8/12/15
A: Greetings,  When it comes to transporting fish, there are some specific (but often overlooked) rules to keep in mind. Your question is very good, as it addresses a gray area when interpreting the head/tail rule for transporting fish. The intention of the rule is for the fish to remain whole while ...
8/12/15
A: Hello, thanks for your question about using live bait.  The IDFG rules prohibiting using live fish for bait is a cautious approach for reducing the risk of introducing unwanted species. No LIVE bait fish is relatively easy to enforce. Allowing even capture and use of live fish where one is fishing ...
8/11/15
A: Hello,  Thanks for your question about Pacific Press Pond. The pond is primarily a bass and bluegill pond, but may have other species of sunfish like pumpkinseed. IDFG does do not know if there are any crayfish in the pond. Soft plastic baits like senkos, worms, and creatures fished with a ...
8/11/15
A: Good question and good catch! The language in the big game regulations and seasons booklet and the moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat booklet don't match--and they should. The Idaho Administrative Procedures Act contains regulations (e.g., IDAPA 13.01.08.410.5.b ) that prohibit the use of ...
8/11/15
A: Those who apply for a trophy hunt (moose, sheep or goat) can submit an application for deer, elk or pronghorn in the second application period. That person may also participate in the leftover first-come, first-served tag sales as long as they meet all of the other requirements and criteria.
8/11/15
A: We do recommend that trappers take a trapping course to learn important skills such as avoiding non-target catch, best management practices, ethics and responsibilities. Our trapping course includes both classroom time taught by a trapper and outdoor trap setting skills. A trapping course is not ...
8/10/15
A: Information on the hunts can be found in our big game rule booklets or by accessing the Departments hunt planner at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntPlanner/. Results of the drawing will be posted on our website and we will mail a postcard to those individuals who are successful in drawing a ...
8/10/15
A: Page 98 of the 2015-16 Big Game rules pamphlet states that a broadhead cannot measure less than 7/8 inch, and that the entire arrow must weigh at least 300 grains.
8/10/15
A: Yes. Any person hunting in an archery only hunt must have an archery permit in possession. The same rule applies for muzzleloader hunts too. Any person hunting in a muzzleloader only hunt must have a muzzleloader permit in possession.
8/10/15
A: No you do not need a muzzleloader permit to hunt with your muzzleloader in a short range weapons hunt.
8/10/15
A: Yes. You can use a bow in a general hunt without the archery validation.  However, any archery-only hunt requires the validation.
8/9/15
A: You can hunt forest grouse with an air rifle with a valid hunting license and when they are in season. You can shoot preditory animals such as starlings, ferral pigeons, english sparrows, and Eurasian Collared doves. There are no other species or seasons for air rifles.
8/9/15
A: Congratulations on your controlled hunt draw success.  Your assumption about the dates for your hunt are mostly correct.  Your tag has nothing to do with the A/B tag system.  There is one item to take note of however.  The actual seasons for your tag are Sept. 6 thru 30 for archery, and October 10 ...
8/9/15
A: There are weapon restrictions for the taking of migratory birds.  Code of Federal Reguations 20.21 prohibits the taking of migratory birds with any shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassebling the gun, so its ...
8/7/15
A: Yes you can, as long as it complies with the other restrictions in code and rule, (copied below). There is no restriction in idaho on the number of rounds a firearm can carrry, or restrictions against use of semi-automatics. 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as ...
8/6/15
A: Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird. Turkeys can not be hunted with a crossbow.  
8/6/15
A: If it's a permanent injury, then yes, it’s called a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit Application and it’s available at any Fish and Game office or online here:  https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf The criteria for application are:Each application shall be ...
8/6/15
A: Great question.  The answer is it depends, so stick with me a moment and I will try and clear it up.  During an archery only season crossbows are illegal. (Except, disabled hunters possessing a permit available at IDFG offices may use a crosbow) Crossbows are legal during short-range and any ...
8/5/15
A: General information about salvaging wildlife is at: idfg.idaho.gov/species/roadkill Idaho Administrative Code IDAPA 13.01.10.300.02 contains the rules for salvage of certain types of wildlife found dead. You may view this rule at: adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0110.pdf Please note that ...
8/5/15
A: Hello, I'm thinking there could be some predation occurring in your neighborhood. Perhaps there is a neighborhood cat on the prowl. If you or your neighbors have an outside cat, they really can be problematic. Domestic cats kill millions of birds and small mammals, including squirrels, every year ...
8/4/15
A: We manage the area below Anderson Ranch Dam as a "wild trout" fishery. Consequently, we don't stock hatchery produced trout in that area.  When they refer to stocking the South Fork Boise River in our planting report, we mean the South Fork above Big Smoky Creek.
8/4/15
A: There are hundreds of deer throughout Boise and surrounding areas that have become urbanized.  We do not have any translocation programs for deer.  Fortunately, most deer have figured out how to safely cross roads and when and where to feed to avoid most traffic.  The greenbelt and surrounding ...
8/4/15
A:     To buy an archery permit in Idaho, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect ...
8/3/15
A: If your traps are not set then they do not need check within the 72 hour time frame. You must have closed them rather than some other method such as snow, debris, rocks etc. You will also note that traps are not allowed to be placed except during a current trapping season, you cannot leave them ...
8/3/15
A: Idaho law is silent on fishing with artificial light, which means it is legal to do so.
8/3/15
A: All legal wolf harvest is updated in those tables as it occurs. If wolf harvest occurs on private land in a zone with a year-round harvest season, the harvest is legal and within an open season and will be updated in the table. The harvest table does not include illegal killings or other mortality ...
7/31/15
A: No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
7/29/15
A: Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still ...
7/29/15
A: The ramp at Chesterfield is still usable. The last section of dock is in the water.
7/29/15
A: If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
7/28/15
A: No it is not required to hunt. however it is a good idea to carry photo identification with you to help indentfy yourself.
7/28/15
A: Bighorn Sheep on Craig Mountain WMA, otherwise known as the Redbird Herd, can be found primarily along the Snake River from the river up to around 2500' in elevation. As expected, they typically prefer rocky crag-type habitat. If you're looking for wildlife viewing opportunities some of your ...
7/28/15
A: In Idaho, you can participate in trapping by purchasing a trapping license and following all rules and regulations.
7/27/15
A: Big game tags and permits that must be notched, validated or attached to a carcass cannot be printed if purchased via the Internet. Those items will be printed and mailed to customers.
7/27/15
A: The short answer is yes.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a long history of monitoring chinook salmon returns to the Middle Fork Salmon River and its tributaries.  In 2014 we estimated 2,607 wild chinook salmon spawned in the Middle Fork Salmon drainage. The longer answer is  standardized ...
7/27/15
A: Many years ago, the bow hunters association made a request that IDFG create an archery stamp and require those who participate in archery only hunts to purchase the archery stamp. The Idaho stamp program was canceled in 1998 after all IDFG licenses, tags and permits became electronic. Those items ...
7/25/15
A: Motor restrictions on the Henrys Fork are governed by Fremont County.  You can find the ordinance that restricts motor use on the Mack’s Inn reach at this link: http://www.co.fremont.id.us/departments/commission/waterways_ordinance_revised.pdf
7/25/15
A: A spotlight permit may be applied for at your local Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office. Ask to speak with the Regional Conservation Officer regarding the permit. There are several stipulations that must be met before a permit will be issued. If you are simply using NVG for Predatory and ...
7/25/15
A: Yes.
7/24/15
A: Yes, lighted nocks are still illegal to hunt big game with in Idaho.  The Fish and Game Commission recently reviewed the issue of archery equipment restrictions and chose to make no changes to existing rules.
7/24/15