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A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres. The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ Strike ...
6/10/12
A: The surface management agency layer (simplified landownership/management) is provided as an overlay in the huntplanner mapcenter.  This layer is cached for improved rendering, unfortunately our current server configuration is not ideal, and the firewall setup is not optimal for delivery of a data ...
6/11/12
A: To Whom It May Concern:   I have copied and pasted a section from 76 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules 2012 that explains what  arechery equipment is unlawful to use.  There are two aspects of the RAMCAT that make it an unlawful device.  Expandable broadhead and the ferrule angle is ...
6/11/12
A: July 10 is our official notification date.  You can start checking online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81 earlier than that.  In the past the results have been out in late June.
6/11/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Monday, June 11, approved Chinook fishing seasons on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers. The Chinook fishing season opens June 23 and continues until further notice from Fish and Game. Seasons open June 23 on:   South Fork Salmon, lower - From the ...
6/11/12
A: Our notification deadline is July 10.  Results will be posted online by then.
6/12/12
A: We anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current information from PIT tag detections in the Columbia River hydrosystem suggest that the returns of adult ...
6/12/12
A: Unfortunately the Chinook returns are quite a bit smaller than predicted this year.  As such the fishery will be targeting only fish returning to the Sawtooth hatchery.  This year’s commission approved boundaries will be from the posted boundary downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery (upstream of ...
6/12/12
A: Broadhead blades can be removable, they just cannot be expandable, in otherwords the blades can not have a pivoting point that allows the blades to pivot upon entering the animal. Also the following rules apply to broadheads when archery hunting:  With arrows or bolts having broadheads measuring ...
6/12/12
A: No, you can't. On page 46 of the Fishing Rules Book: Sale of Fish: Fish harvested by anglers cannot be bought or sold without a commercial license except as provided by Idaho Code.
6/12/12
A: Back in the 1990’s the application period for deer, elk, and pronghorn hunts began June 1 and ended June 30. That date has been moved up to May 1 through June 5. The Department’s big game biologists need the months of January, February, and March to determine the health and size of our deer and ...
6/12/12
A: If I understand your question correctly, if the area is designated closed to trapping then it is closed to all trapping regardless of the species.  If you have a specific area in question please ask so I can better answer your question. 
6/12/12
A: You must purchase the type of deer tag you want.  If you want to hunt for white-tailed and mule deer,  purchase a regular deer tag, which is valid for either one (as long as the unit you are hunting is open for both).  If you only want to hunt for white-tailed deer in one of the later seasons, ...
6/12/12
A: The fishing season for Chinook salmon in the Upper salmon River opens on June 23 until firther notice in the section from tthe Highway 75 bridge over the Salmon River about 250 yards upstream of the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River upstream to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the ...
6/13/12
A: Yes, but notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a free salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report the wolf salvage by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a free ...
6/13/12
A: Eurasian Collared doves are an unprotected species and can be hunted all year and taken in any quantities.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
6/13/12
A: Thanks for the question and your interest in this fishery.  Unfortunately there are very few Pahsimeroi fish returning this year and their chance of encounter in this fishery is very small.  Even when the Pahsimeroi  Hatchery Chinook return is robust only a small fraction of the Pahsimeroi stock ...
6/13/12
A: You do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to mount, preserve or prepare for preservation any of the dead bodies of any wildlife or any part thereof not personally taken by him in ...
6/13/12
A: An Idaho resident can purchase your nonresident hunting license, controlled hunt applications and tags for you.  All vendors can take care of that for you.
6/13/12
A: Assuming you mean Oxbow Reservoir (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/WaterInfo.aspx?qt=1&ID...) then the western half of the Reservoir is actually in Oregon so no, you cannot fish from land on the Oregon side.  Although the stateline goes down the center of the reservoir you ...
6/13/12
A: The Department does sell nonresident white-tailed deer tags. The quota of 1,500 white-tailed deer tags you are seeing on our website is an amount above the regular/white-tailed deer tag quota of 12,015. By Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule, the extra 1,500 white-tailed deer tags are available ...
6/13/12
A: To manage game in some of the elk zones we have established, we only allow a limited number of tags to be sold. The capped zones are: Dworshak zone B tags Lolo A & B tags Elk City zone B tags Selway zone A & B tags Middlefork zone A & B tags Salmon zone B tags Sawtooth zone A & B ...
6/13/12
A: The tree squirrel you describe appears to be a red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).  This squirrel is classified as a Protected Nongame Species. It is not legal to shoot/hunt this squirrel in Valley County or for that matter, anywhere in Idaho.  
6/14/12
A: Since you were born before January 1, 1975, you don't have to take a hunter education course to hunt in Idaho. Archery hunting requirements are not tied to your birthdate or age.  Every hunter who wishes to hunt in an archery-only season in Idaho  must purchase an archery validation and to do so ...
6/14/12
A: Based on PIT tag detection among adult Chinook Salmon ascending the dams in the Columbia River we anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current ...
6/16/12
A: From the Boise area, a great place to camp and fish is along the Middle Fork of the Boise River. This area is accessed via Highway 21. Just past the high bridge over Mores Creek, turn right onto the Middle Fork Road and drive past Lucky Peak and Arrowrock Reservoirs. The Middle Fork offers a ...
6/16/12
A: You can see the list of Idaho's Record Fish in the Fishing Rules Book (page 55)
6/16/12
A: Sorry, this access is controlled by the State Park, call for information at 382-6544.    
6/18/12
A: You can use a jug or plastic water bottle as a bobber provided it's attached to a tended line.  Each line can have 5 hooks and you can attach as many bobbers/bottles per line as you would like.
6/18/12
A: Simply take your number to a vendor; they can enter it into the database.  If you took hunter education in Idaho and no longer have your number, call 1-208-334-3700 (Fish and Game Headquarters).  They can look it up for you and send a new card to you.
6/19/12
A: Yes, there are fish in Long Tom and Mountain Home reservoirs.  Mountain Home Reservoir is typically stocked with rainbow trout in the early spring.  Fish will survive all year if adiquate water remains in the reservoir over the winter.  If conditions are right, this can be a very nice ice fishery ...
6/19/12
A: Yes. They are treated like any other knife, but, depending on where you are (in town) it might be considered a concealed weapon…please check with your local authorities on this point.
6/19/12
A: Yes, they can.  If they are under 14 they don't need a fishing license but they must fish with someone who does have a fishing license (resident or nonresident).  If they want to keep their catch, it becomes part of the licensed fisherman's limit.
6/20/12
A: The Chinook salmon sport fishery harvest quota for the South Fork Salmon River is updated weekly as the run comes in. The harvest quota On July 5 is 1,500 fish. Current harvest quotas are posted on the IDFG web site.
6/20/12
A: The combination lifetime license cost for a 40-year-old is $1,113.00.  Please read the information below for more details.   Resident Lifetime License Certificates   Regardless of your age, purchase of a lifetime license could be the best investment you ever make. Lifetime combination, hunting and ...
6/20/12
A: Panhandle Zone Elk Seasons (2012) A Tags: Archery Only--Antlered only--Sept. 6-30 Any Weapon--Antlered only--Oct. 25-29 Muzzleloader Only--Antlered only--Nov. 20-Dec. 1 (open in unit 4 only) Archery only--Antlered only--Dec. 10-16 B Tags: Archery Only--Antlered only--Sept 6-12 Any Weapon--Antlered ...
6/20/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't provide search and rescue insurance as part of hunting and fishing licenses.
6/21/12
A: There are many variables that influence time of the run return.  Flow, temperatures, and sediment loading are just three of the factors.  We know concentrations of predator (seals and sea lions) also have some influence on return timing but were not sure how much they delay movement between the ...
6/21/12
A: While feeding raccoons is discouraged, there are no laws to prevent it – so it is legal.  However, some communities have “wildlife feeding” ordinances that prohibits feeding wildlife, except for birds.   Feeding wildlife may seem helpful to some, but it usually leads to unexpected problems.    For ...
6/23/12
A: A treble hook is considered one hook, even though there are 3 points on it.  Be sure that any barbs are bent down to the shank to meet the barbless requirement.
6/23/12
A: Jack Chinook salmon are reproductively mature salmon that have spent one year in the ocean. While fisheries managers typically refer to adult salmon as the fish larger than 24 inches in length that spend 2 or more years in the ocean, in reallity jacks are mature adults and are an important part of ...
6/25/12
A: IDFG does in fact have a stocking program in Dierkes Lake.  Rainbow trout between 8-10 inches are stocked primarily in the spring when water temperatures are cool enough to provide suitable stocking conditions.  Additionally, the Departement has intermittently stocked channel catfish.  The ...
6/25/12
A: The closest place to Pocatello is Rose ponds near Blackfoot.  
6/25/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have a specific definition of a compound bow.  However, on page 76 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure for 2012 explains what archery equipment would be unlawful to pursue or kill big game with.  I have copied and pasted this section below.   Archery ...
6/25/12
A: Two years ago, fewer salmon smolts were released from Pahsimeroi due to enviromental issues at the hatchery.  PIT tags, which are tags that can be detected a various dams as the smolts migrate downstream and the adults return upstream, indicate the number of adult salmon returning to Pahsimeroi ...
6/25/12
A: Please contact the Fish and Game Region office in your area for help. Panhandle Region (Coeur d'Alene) 208-769-1414 Clearwater Region (Lewiston) 208-799-5010 Southwest Region (Nampa) 208-465-8465                                (McCall) 208-634-8137 Magic Valley Region (Jerome) 208-324-4359 ...
6/26/12
A: The Aquatic Invasive Species sticker program is managed cooperatively by Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho State Parks and Recreation.  You can purchase the Invasive Species sticker at most State Parks, local sporting goods vendors, and from the Idaho Department of Parks and ...
6/26/12
A: Well, To date the harvest is limited but so is the effort. A total of 18 adult Chinook Salmon have been caught and kept through Tuesday but only an average of 12 anglers fished daily and a total of 800 angler hours were fished (about 44 hours per fish kept). While that is not an imperssive harvest ...
6/26/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game will get notices out to the applicants who are drawn for a controlled hunt by Joly 10.  All hunters will be able to check online to see if they have been drawn  by July 10, also.  
6/26/12
A: The super hunt tags and super hunt combo tags are issued at no charge to the hunters who are drawn for them.  Those drawn do have to purchase an Idaho hunting license if they don't already have one.  A resident hunter would have to purchase a resident license; the nonresident would have to  ...
6/27/12
A: Thank you for your question regarding rehabilitation of wildlife taken from the wild.  You are correct, it generally isn't in the best interest of wildlife to remove them from wild.  Many wildlife species, including deer, will spend considerable time away from their young.  This is in part to ...
6/27/12
A: The harvest share estimates for the Upper Salmon are based on analysis of PIT tag detections and genetic samples from Lower granite Dam. The estimate and improves as our knowledge of the total return size improves through the run. Right now our harvest sharet estimate is in the range  from 1,200 ...
6/27/12
A: Jack Chinook salmon are reproductively mature salmon that have spent one year in the ocean.  While fisheries managers typically refer to adult salmon as the fish larger than 24 inches in length that spend 2 or more years in the ocean, in reallity jacks are mature adults and are an important part ...
6/27/12
A: Survival of elk calves depends on a number of factors, including disease, predators, nutrition, maternal care, weather, and accidents.  Generally, highest mortality in elk calves occurs during the first month of life, where predators can take a high percentage of calves.  During the mid-summer ...
6/29/12
A: The “hunt from a vehicle” permit is not included in the disabled license; to get this separate permit you must get a doctor’s signature on an a Fish and Game application form, which can be obtained at any Fish and Game office or by calling 208-334-3700 or online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
6/29/12
A: Hunters 65 or older, or possessing a disabled combination license may buy a leftover youth-only controlled hunt tag, first-come, first-served, beginning at 10 a.m. Mountain Time, August 25.  We will have a list of those hunts after the second drawing takes place (August 5-15, results out August 25 ...
6/29/12
A:     Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Elk and Pronghorn Permit information:   A pass is required from the Idaho Fish and Game office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, to hunt elk in the Lemhi, Beaverhead or Snake River Elk Zones or pronghorn in Units 51, 58, or 63 within one-half mile inside the ...
6/29/12
A: Idaho Parks and Recreation sells them.  The link to their Website and more information is http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/idahoinvasivespeciesfund.aspx.    
6/30/12
A: Twelve (12) years of age. A person under twelve (12) must be accompanied by a licensed adult to possess a firearm in the field for hunting. Idaho Code Section 36-1508(b). 
7/1/12
A: Idaho residents receiving SSDI qualify for a reduced price hunting and fishing license.  The cost is $5.00.  Tags and permits are not reduced in price, however.  The “hunt from a vehicle” permit is not included in the disabled license; to get this separate permit you must get a doctor’s signature ...
7/1/12
A:   The caliber requirements for muzzleloaders specified on p76 still apply to the short-range weapons seasons, but otherwise, muzzleloader use during the short-range weapons seasons is not limited to the same restrictions specified for the muzzleloader only seasons.    That is, you could legally ...
7/1/12
A: Immobilizing drugs are sometimes used to capture and restrain a variety of wildlife for management, research, and public safety purposes in situations where other methods of capture are not practical.  The meat is deemed unfit for consupmption by humans or animals for a time period after the drug ...
7/2/12
A: All fisheries are managed so that fish that would return to hatcheries in excess of brood stock needs can be harvested. IDFG and Idaho's Indian tribes share the harvestable portion of the run 50:50. That is, sport fisheries are managed to harvest 50% of the fish in excess of brood stock needs.
7/2/12
A: Natural mortality (excluding harvest) for salmon between Lower Granite Dam and hatchery facilites varies by facility and year but typically is not more than 5%. So if  there were no harvest in Idaho and 10,000 hatchery fish crossed Lower Granite Dam 9,500 or more would make it back to hatcheries. ...
7/2/12
A: The best place to get information on a hunt is to contact the region office directly. The phone number of the region office for the Island Park area is 208-525-7290.
7/2/12
A: If they are alive - the answer is "no."  If they are taken from public waters in Idaho - the answer is "no."  If you have a commercial fish producers license from the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture, then you can sell shiners as bait fish.
7/2/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission opened the Salmon River section from Ellis upstream to the East Fork Salmon River on July 3rd.
7/2/12
A:   The caliber requirements for muzzleloaders specified on p76 still apply to the short-range weapons seasons, but otherwise, muzzleloader use during the short-range weapons seasons is not limited to the same restrictions specified for the muzzleloader only seasons.    That is, you could legally ...
7/2/12
A: Contact your local Fish and Game office for information about Eagle Scout Projects.  Office locations and contact numbers are listed on our website in the "About Us" section.
7/2/12
A: No, you not required to report a mountain goat skull that you found while hiking.   For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth ...
7/2/12
A: Every year we release over one million hatchery steelhead smolts into the South Fork Clearwater River (no hatchery rainbow trout catchables are released into this river).  Two years later, many of these steelhead smolts will return as 12-16 pound steelhead that attract anglers from all over the ...
7/3/12
A: Yes.  A tag purchased in January 2012 is valid through the end of 2012; you can purchase a second tag at any time you want.
7/3/12
A: Yes.  If you don't pick up the tag by August 1, it will go into the second drawing.  That means that beginning August 2 you can purchase a general season tag instead.  This also applies to elk and pronghorn hunts.
7/4/12
A: The rules state that it is legal to use a battery powered or tritium lighted reticle on your weapon.  See page 76 of the 2012 Big Game rules book:    It is unlawful to use any pursue big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes ...
7/5/12
A: Throwing the dead carp back in the water could technically be constrewed as littering under Idaho statutes.  If you want to harvest carp and don't plan on eating them, we suggest you take them home and use them for fertizlier, find a local mink or hog farm that can utilize them for animal food, or ...
7/5/12
A: The report of catching catfish in American Falls Reservoir is a little surprising.  We stock channel catfish in the McTucker ponds which flooded last spring and were directly connected to the reservoir.  I am sure some of the catfish moved into the reservoir then.  However, I do not have any ...
7/7/12
A: If you place 5 or fewer traps, you do not need a special permit.  You are, however, required to have a fishing license.
7/7/12
A: If you have lived in Idaho for at least 5 years, you can purchase your senior license on July 31.
7/8/12
A: Final accounting of returns will not be completed until late August but preliminary estimates of the split of adult returns over Lower Granite suggest that the contribtions to an adult passasge of 80,000 fish might be distributed approximately as follows: Total Passage       80,000 Wild Natural ...
7/9/12
A: There is not a specific IDFG law stating when you can set up a tree stand. However, land managers/owners may have such restrictions. IDFG WMA rules do not allow permanent tree stands. Idaho Code states:  To construct blinds, pits, platforms, or tree stands where the soil is disturbed, trees are ...
7/9/12
A: It has been completed and should be available soon on the IDFG website.
7/11/12
A: If the hunter was born January 1, 1975 or later they must take hunter education or show proof they have held a valid hunting license in another state.  Everyone  who wants to hunt in an archery-only season in Idaho must take an archery education class or provide proof that they have taken one in ...
7/11/12
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes. Consider consulting your lawyer for further clarification on ...
7/11/12
A: Your general season tags must be exchanged for the controlled hunt tags.  This can only be done at a Fish and Game office or by mail. The mailing addresses is IDFG, License Department, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID, 83707.   Remember the August 1 deadline to get the tags to us for exchange.  
7/12/12
A: There isn't a "special license" required to fish on Redfish Lake.  Each person  14 and older who is fishing must have their own fishing license.  Children under 14 can fish without a license.  
7/12/12
A: Lighted nocks are not legal in Idaho.
7/12/12
A: The deadline to pick up big game controlled hunt tags is August 1.  We will have a list of leftovers available on August 2 or 3.  The application period for the second draw for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear controlled hunts is August 5-15
7/13/12
A: Starrflight FOBS, otherwise known as plastic discs used to replace standard fletching on arrows, are legal for use in Idaho archery seasons.    
7/13/12
A: Leg-hold Trap Education Partners with Rattlesnake Avoidance Training       Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend an upcoming Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Day. Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events.       The ...
7/14/12
A: It is legal to view wildlife with a spotlight. However, be aware that shining a spotlight “upon any field, forest or other place by a person while having in his possession or under his control any uncased firearm or other contrivance capable of killing any animal or bird, shall be prima facie ...
7/14/12
A: The health advisory is still in effect.  Here is what the Panhandle Health District said in their advisory regarding eating fish:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             July 11, 2012   Contact: For environmental/water quality questions:                  For human health questions: Kristin Keith ...
7/15/12
A: Yes, you can purchase your controlled hunt tag now and add the archery permit after you take the archery education class.
7/15/12
A: They will be available in late August or early September/
7/15/12
A: We have topographic maps for sale at the headquarters office in Boise; they include big game unit boundaries.  These maps can also be ordered by mail.  Map ordering information can be found in the 2012 big game rules book, pages 98 and 99.
7/16/12
A: Yes, you can purchase any general season big game tag after the seasons open.
7/16/12
A: No. There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass. You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.
7/17/12
A: Hulet-Sinker Creek Reservoir is entirely on private land.  Approximately 1.1 miles upstream of the dam, there is about a 0.8 mile section of BLM land.  There is about a 0.5-1 mile "buffer" of private land surrounding the reservoir. In order to navigate in this area, you need to print maps from the ...
7/17/12
A: It is illegal to pursue or kill big game animals with any compound bow set at more than 85 percent let-off.
7/17/12
A: Unfortunately, it is not going to be stocked with Chinook salmon during 2012. Those Chinook stocked in the past few years have originated from hatchery returns to Hells Canyon Dam.  During 2012, returns were insufficient to meet broodstck needs and to provide fish for transferring. However, adult ...
7/18/12
A: They all are. Each separate line refers to a different reach of the Boise River. We currently stock the Boise River from Barber Dam area to Star Rd. We are in the slow process of trying to fix this database glitch by adding a reach descriptor.  The only way you can tell the difference currently is ...
7/18/12