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A: There are no weapon restrictions for coyotes because they are not classified as a big game animal in Idaho.  Coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife like a raccoon, skunk or jackrabbit.  Be aware that if you are contacted by an officer they may have questions about what game you are pursuing ...
3/9/12
A: It is legal to hunt big game in a ghillie suit in Idaho.  The person I checked with was concerned about the safety of doing so.   
3/14/12
A: We have not stocked bass into Milner Reservoir for quite some time.  We have sampled this fishery over the past few years and have not documented a decrease in fish numbers and fish sizes – but there is the public perception something has recently changed.   We are not discounting your ...
3/15/12
A: There is information on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=209 about one of the most common wolf diseases.    A wolf was recently found that died of parvovirus (similar to the parvo that effects domestic dogs).   If we suspect that a wolf's death is from disease a ...
3/15/12
A: Snag Fishing: Taking or attempting to take a fish by use of a hook or lure in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a fish to strike with, and become hooked in, its mouth or jaw. Game fish which are hooked other than in the mouth or jaw must be released immediately. Snag fishing ...
3/15/12
A: You might begin by looking at "The Compass" Idaho Fish and Game's 15 year strategic plan, which is posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website under the "About Us" tab.  Developed and implemented in 2005, The Compass lays out four goals:  sustain Idaho's fish and wildlife and the habitats upon which ...
3/16/12
A: With predators, such as coyotes, the following administrative rule applies: 03. Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife. Those species of wildlife classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law ...
3/16/12
A: The results come out close to the beginning of the big game controlled hunt period, which is May 1-June 5.  Expect them mid-to-late April.    
3/18/12
A: There were likely a small number of wolves present in Idaho at the time wolves were translocated into Idaho from Canada in 1995 and 1996, but there was no evidence that there was a self-sustaining, reproducing population of wolves in the state at that time. Any wolves present at that time were ...
3/18/12
A: You must reside in Idaho for 6 months to get resident licenses.  You will be a resident in April of 2012. idfginfo
3/19/12
A: A hunter may use the general tag to hunt in any spring general season and also use this tag with a controlled hunt permit to hunt in a controlled hunt. A second spring bird may be taken with the extra turkey tag. If the general tag or extra tag is not filled during the spring hunt, then that ...
3/19/12
A: The application is assigned a number.  If the application number is drawn, each hunter on the application will get a controlled hunt tag.
3/20/12
A: No.  You can only get one turkey in the controlled hunt you drew.  You can purchase an extra turkey tag to take a second turkey somewhere else.    
3/20/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game listed the wolf as a big game animal.  It is our intent to manage wolves responsibly, primarily through hunting seasons, just like we manage other big game species.
3/20/12
A: Please contact the BLM for information. Bureau of Land ManagementFour Rivers Field Office3948 Development AvenueBoise, Idaho 83705(208) 384-3300  
3/20/12
A: The red ear slider turtle in an invasive species.   Please read the following: We are allowing people with existing turtles to obtain a "grandfather" permit. It is here: http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Environment/InvasiveSpeciesCouncil/documents/Red-EaredSlider_Possesion%20Permit.pdf. It ...
3/20/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not prohibit the use of silencers.  However, ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) requires a permit to possess and use a silencer.  I recommend you contact the local ATF office for the appropriate applications.
3/21/12
A: Answer: Everything in wildlife management involves some compromise, with the goal of optimizing the solution for the greatest overall achievement in multiple conflicting goals.  So it is with snow goose seasons.    The ponds at Fort Boise WMA are a primary roosting area for snow geese as they ...
3/22/12
A: Yes, for hunting upland game birds expandable broadheads are consider a lawful means of take.  For your convenience on page 48 of the Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure there is a section outlining unlawful methods of take for upland game birds.  I have copied and ...
3/22/12
A: A hunting license is required at 10 years old for unprotected game and the child must take hunter education to get the license.
3/22/12
A: You can only purchase a trapping license at a Fish and Game Region office or Headquarters.    
3/22/12
A: The application period is May 1-June 5.  A new rules book will be out in April.  You can put in for more than one species during this application period.
3/25/12
A: Gophers are different from ground squirrels.  Most ground squirrels in the Weiser area are southern Idaho ground squirrels and are protected and cannot be killed.  The ground squirrels found in the Parma area are Piute ground squirrels and are not protected.  Hunting ground squirrels in the Parma ...
3/26/12
A: Idaho doesn't have a collector's waterfowl stamp.  
3/27/12
A: The ATV rules for big game hunting are posted online in the 2012 Big Game rules book at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63 on pages 79 and 80.  Printed copies should be at your local vendor by April 27.    
3/28/12
A: Yes, expandable broadheads are legal to hunt turkeys and other "non big game" animals.    
3/28/12
A: At this time we are unaware of any.  We don't track them because they aren't considered wildlife and we don't manage them.
3/29/12
A: Twelve (12) years of age. Persons under twelve (12) possessing a firearm for hunting must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Idaho Code Section 36-1508(b).
3/29/12
A: We expect the 2012 Big Game Rules to be ready the second or third week of April.  They will be posted online and hard copies will be sent out to vendors at that time.  
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
A: It is legal to trap and eat fox squirrels with the possession of a trapping license.
3/30/12
A: Yes, it is legal to hunt ground squirrels south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River.
3/31/12
A: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.  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.
4/3/12
A: The language of this rule is specific to “accidental kills caused by vehicle/wildlife collisions."
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: 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: 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: No.  The sale of game animal meat is not authorized.  
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: 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: 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