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A: No, IDFG does not require a permit to float the Box Canyon.  Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation does require that a boater have an invasive sticker permit before floating.   For motor boats, this is covered in the registration of the boat.  For non-motorized boats, this sticker will have to ...
5/27/13
A: It is June 8, 2013.
5/26/13
A: There is no size, bag or possession limit for catfish in Swan Falls Reservoir.
5/26/13
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.  They are familiar with that area and can help you.  
5/25/13
A: No. 
5/24/13
A: He can contact headquarters at 208-334-3700.  They can look into it for you.
5/22/13
A: They will be posted online by June 10.
5/22/13
A: May 22, 2013 Idfg closes clearwater from railroad bridge to cherrylane; other sections stay open for jacks   On Tuesday, May 21, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed the lower Clearwater River from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge in Lewiston to the Cherrylane Bridge to all salmon ...
5/22/13
A: All birds in Idaho are protected except starlings, Eurasian collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons. Protected nongame birds cannot be hunted, taken or possessed (including parts of birds, even if found dead). All hawks, owls, eagles and vultures are protected. Game birds may be taken ...
5/22/13
A: RESIDENTS ONLY - License buyer must present to vendor a letter from SSI, SSDI, or Railroad Retirement board showing person is currently disabled and economically disadvantaged or a signed and completed Certification of Permanent Disability [PDF, 244 KB] form. IDAPA Rule [PDF, 36 KB].
5/22/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead: Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally ...
5/22/13
A: Information on all of the IDFG Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/.  You can check the details there and a phone number is provided for you to call for other information.
5/21/13
A: Any Idaho vendor can issue a duplicate license.
5/21/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office at 1-208-756-2271.  Their staff can help you.
5/20/13
A: Great question!  The large square-shaped fenced-in area on top of Hammer Flat is a research plot for the USDA Agricultural Research Service Northwest Watershed Research Center (ARS-NWRC).  The research conducted there primarily focuses on the establishment of perennial native grasses and ...
5/18/13
A: The deadline to enter this year's first Super Hunt drawing is May 31. With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June ...
5/17/13
A: Yes, Alabama rigs are legal for use in Idaho.  Our rules allow up to 5 hooks per line. 
5/17/13
A: The hunting passport cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt. A person holding a passport can only hunt in a general season hunt with their mentor.  
5/17/13
A: Yes, you can use a suppressor in Idaho if you have the proper federal permit.    
5/16/13
A: You can purchase a license online and print it at home, but the actual tags would be mailed to you.  They go out within 5-7 days of order.  Buying license and tags at an Idaho vendor is a good alternative.  
5/16/13
A: Whenever the body of water is open where you are fishing.  If it is closed, you cannot catch crayfish.
5/16/13
A: The catch-and-keep season for bass is open year-around on most waters.  There are, however,  a few exceptions where we are trying to manage for quality or trophy populations of bass. In order for a fish to qualify as a "state record" the fish needs to be weighed on a state certified scale.  These ...
5/14/13
A: Badgers can be hunted or trapped year round.  You must have the appropriate Idaho hunting or trapping license to do so.
5/13/13
A: Yes, there are smallmouth bass in Long Tom Reservoir.
5/12/13
A: There is good Northern Pike Fishing in the big Idaho Panhandle lakes.  A record pike was caught in Lower Twin Lake in 2010.
5/11/13
A: You can enter the superhunt drawing...residency does not effect the superhunts.
5/11/13
A: No; there are disease  concerns with  raccoons (rabies) so individuals cannot own a raccoon as a pet.
5/10/13
A: Yes, attractants such as WD-40 or other scents that are nontoxic or don't threaten human or fish health can be applied to lures.  Think of it this way - if you're comfortable applying a substance to a lure, to attract a fish that you will eat, it's probably ok.
5/10/13
A: Bear bait permits can only be purchased from IDFG Region offices and Fish and Game Headquarters. The Southeast Region office is located in Pocatello at 1345 Barton Road.  Their office hours are 8:00-5:00 MT.  If you have further questions, call them at 1-208-232-4703.    
5/10/13
A: Thank you for your suggestion.  It will be forwarded to the Wildlife Department.
5/10/13
A: Idaho residents who have lived here at least 5 years can get a senior license beginning on their 65th birthday. 
5/10/13
A: The rule regarding using power-lighted equipment on bows for big game hunting is:  "It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to an arrow, bolt or bow.  Except disabled archery permit holders may use a nonmagnifying sight with battery ...
5/10/13
A: The archery permit is not required to hunt turkeys.  The permit and the requirement for either education or experience applies to big game hunting only.
5/9/13
A: You must get a duplicate of your fishing license to continue fishing.  All vendors can issue a duplicate.
5/9/13
A: Yes.  The general season tag can be used in an any-weapon hunt and, with the addition of an archery validation, used in an archery-only hunt.  Here is the information you asked for for unit 39:   General Season-Any Weapon Regular Tag 10/10/13-10/31/13 Antlered Mule and White-tailed Deer ...
5/8/13
A: Qualifying for and Purchasing an Idaho Archery Permit To buy an archery permit, 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 ...
5/8/13
A: Resident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Resident&feeType=License&feeCategory=   Nonresident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Nonresident ...
5/8/13
A: It's too early to tell.  Counts of Chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam have been below pre-season projections.  We will continue to collect data on the returning fish and if counts show a surplus of fish to our hatchery broodstock needs in the Upper Salmon, we will authorize a season.  At this ...
5/8/13
A: The good news is that we just opened a Chinook salmon season.  Here are the details: chinook salmon season opens saturday, may 4 The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Tuesday, April 30, approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and ...
5/8/13
A: You can collect and sell shiners and other nongame fish for bait in Idaho as long as you have the appropriate permits. To collect and market bait fish in Idaho, you would need to acquire a Commercial Fishing License from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game along with net tags for your gear.  See the ...
5/8/13
A: If the 7 year old is not an Idaho resident, they must fish with someone who has an Idaho fishing license. If the child wants to keep their fish, it becomes part of the license holder's catch.   Idaho resident children can fish even if they are with someone who doesn't have a license.  They can ...
5/7/13
A: We have a photograph of a Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel here:  https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/taxa/northern-idaho-ground-squirrel-urocitellus-brunneus This species is a relatively small ground squirrel, being about 9 inches in length.  It has short ears that do not project above the head, ...
5/7/13
A: You can get a new trapping license beginning June 1.  Your other license doesn't have to expire first (trapping licenses are fiscal year license because they are considered a commercial license; they are valid from July 1 through June 30).
5/7/13
A: Conservation officers work in Idaho's mountains and high deserts, on wild rivers and pristine lakes. ;They travel through this beautiful country on snow machines, horses, jet boats and 4x4 vehicles. This is not an 8 to 5 job, it’s one that allows you to adjust your schedule so you can make your ...
5/7/13
A: Good; we generally hire 2 to 8 Conservation Officers each year.  Applications are accepted in October, interview assessments in January, and we try to hire in February.
5/7/13
A: The harvest quota is refined as we get information either from PIT tagged fish passing monitoring points or fish actually arrive at the hatchery.  The quota adjusts based on the estimated harvestable surplus of hatchery fish returning to Rapid River Hatchery.   F08
5/7/13
A: All species of hawks, falcons, eagles (birds of prey) are protected non-game by state and federal laws. It is not legal to shoot them. There are mitigating efforts you should take to protect you chicks by keeping them confined or in an outdoor arena that is covered. Sometimes scare tactics, such ...
5/7/13
A: The first Chinook salmon has already been trapped at Rapid River hatchery.  Likely the first Chinook will be caught sometime this week although the fishing probably won’t start getting good for a week or two.  Pay attention to the flows as well.  They are projected to come up considerably with all ...
5/6/13
A:   You do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. The law applies to all wildlife. If you are mounting animals that you have not harvested yourself, you must obtain a taxidermy license: Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to ...
5/6/13
A: Like many upland game birds, there can be dramatic annual variation in the population size.  The Department is unaware of any disease issues with wild turkeys.  There has been a documented decline in turkeys in the southwest part of the state, but we believe that has been a result of harsh winter ...
5/6/13