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A: We encourage hunters in both Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education to take ethical shots within their effective range, regardless of type of weapon they use.  Hopefully, hunters also encourage ethical behavior among themselves and discourage their friends and family members from taking risky ...
12/19/12
A: Your odds will not be any different than any other application. Each application is given a unique number whether it is a group application or an application with one hunter that is entered into the draw system.    
12/19/12
A: The superhunt is a drawing for 34 tags that helps to fund Access Yes! -- the proceeds go toward compensating willing landowners for hunter and angler access to or across private land. Participants purchase chances at drawing a superhunt tag for deer, elk, moose or pronghorn tags.  These tags can ...
12/18/12
A: When a hunter puts in for a moose tag or another trophy species ( Mountain Goat or Bighorn Sheep), it does not prevent them from then getting a general elk or deer tag. All the general tags are still available for you to purchase, even after you've applied for a trophy species. The only limitation ...
12/18/12
A: No.  Trapping classes are not required for any other species.
12/17/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't encourage the public to feed big game.  Each region has a committee that considers whether winter (snowfall) conditions warrant Fish and Game feeding animals.  If you feel that big game is struggling and needs to be fed, please contact the Fish and Game Region office in ...
12/17/12
A: All owl species are protected in Idaho.
12/16/12
A: Yes, you can. 
12/16/12
A: You can hunt with a crossbow during an any-weapon season but not during an archery-only season unless you qualify for and have a handicapped archery permit.  That permit is posted on our website in the "Licenses" section under forms.  
12/14/12
A: Which species and where are you planning to hunt?  
12/14/12
A: The actual federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fishhook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance. • With any ...
12/14/12
A: You can use frozen, thawed, or shreded and bagged herring for bait in Idaho - in waters where bait fishing is allowed.  Whitefish are a game fish, so using the edible portion for bait could be construed by some as "waste of a game fish."  It is certainly legal to use the entrails, head, and tail ...
12/11/12
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: It depends on the season--during an archery-only season you cannot use a crossbow unless you have a "disabled archery permit" (applications available from any Fish and Game office). During an any-weapon season you can use a crossbow to hunt.
12/10/12
A: Please contact the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board for information. Their website and contact information is online at oglb.idaho.gov.
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: Minnow, as it's used in the fishing rules booklet, refers to fish in the Order Cypriniformes.  Common names include common carp, all shiners, chub, dace and suckers.  Perch are not minnows and are listed seperate from minnows in the discussion on "seining and minnow trapping" in the 2013 Fishing ...
12/10/12
A: Because there are so many places to fish steelhead in the state over such a long period of time, it's really hard to say there is a best time and place. If an angler has a chance to follow the run upstream, the best time could be any month from July or August through May. The first part of each ...
12/10/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can.  If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident.  Each application is given a unique application number.  Before the drawing ...
12/9/12
A: The red ear slider turtle is an invasive species, (not native to Idaho) which potentially could spread disease to native turtles if released to the wild.   Please contact the Idaho Dept of Agriculture if you have further questions. The number is 332-8620.
12/9/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not maintain facilities for disposal of hazardous materials, including old ammunition.  We recommend contacting your local police department, which generally are responsible for collection of hazardous materials. 
12/8/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can. If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident. Each application is given a unique application number. Before the drawing takes ...
12/8/12
A: The best place to hunt late season waterfowl in southeast Idaho would be on the American Falls Reservoir and surrounding Snake River area.  When hunting in this area, you do need to be aware of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundaries as hunting on the Reservation requires special permits from ...
12/8/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
12/8/12
A: In 2011 we sold 121,924 resident deer tags and 11,662 nonresident deer tags for a total of 133,586 sold.
12/7/12
A: There isn't a magazine size restriction for hunting big game.  The restrictions we do have are listed below:   IDAHO WEAPON RESTRICTIONS   Rifle and Shotgun   In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms ...
12/6/12
A: Downstream of Chesterfield Reservoir off Kelly Toponce Road along the Portneuf River, we were able to locate some new "No Hunting" signs that had been posted at the access site owned by the King Creek Grazing Association on Croney Road.  IDFG has an agreement with King Creek to allow access ...
12/5/12
A: His name is Charles Corsi.  You can contact him at the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
12/5/12
A: Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit in a season.  A salvage report is required for each animal that is salvaged (example:  2 deer, 2 permits) Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit for the same species. 
12/5/12
A: When you purchase your Idaho archery permit you can fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in Nevada in an archery hunt.  These are available at vendors and a copy is also online.
12/5/12
A: The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:   By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species ...
12/5/12
A: Stocking steelhead is over for this year (2012).
12/4/12
A: Any person who has harvested an antlered moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag  except an anterless tag. Any person who has harvested an antlerless moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag except an antlered moose tag.  A resident cannot apply for a nonresident moose hunt.    
12/4/12
A: The simple answer is yes! The new salvage rule does not authorize anyone to dispatch or put down injured wildlife that have been involved in a vehicle collision. If you have been involved in a wildlife-vehicle collision and the animal is only injured, the responding law enforcement officer may ...
12/2/12
A: No.  I checked the bobcat hunting season in the Upland Game rules book (see pages 34-36); the bobcat season is December 14-February 16.
12/2/12
A: We estimated mountain whitefish abundance at a couple sites in Boise River during 2009 as part of long-term monitoring. All sites were upstream of Glenwood bridge.  We have no recent sampling data farther downstream, but whitefish inhabit the river at least as far downstream as Middleton. During ...
12/2/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
11/30/12
A: The tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information.  The Coeur d'Alene tribes website is http://www.cdatribe.org/.  In your question, you mention that you have talked to them already so you should be good to go ...
11/30/12
A: I am not aware of any specific issues with the health of deer in the Orofino area.  We do get reports from folks within the city limits that the deer there do often look a bit scraggly in the spring, but this is not unusual for that time of year when the effects of winter are most evident and the ...
11/29/12
A: Each year we count spawnng kokanee around historical shoreline spawning areas.  It gives us a rough index of the adult kokanee population.  This year we saw close to 30,000 fish, which is about 10 times higher than the average of the past 15 years.  That's encouraging, but unfortunately, it doesn' ...
11/29/12
A: You can harvest one male and one female moose in Idaho under the current rules.
11/27/12
A: Yes, archery permits are still available.
11/27/12
A: You are referring to rules that require the use of non-lead shot for waterfowl hunting.  Lead shot was prohibited as per an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who regulate the harvest of migratory birds throughout the U.S..  Studies showed that large amounts of lead shot were being ...
11/26/12
A: Everyone born January 1, 1975 or later must show proof that they have taken hunter education in Idaho or another state to hunt in Idaho. 
11/26/12
A: SUPER  TAG 13      A drawing will be made for 10 super hunt tags in January 2013. This is an incentive for hunters to promptly file their required Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, and pronghorn purchased in 2012. These highly desirable tags can be used in any open hunt for that species ...
11/25/12
A: The salvage permits are free.  After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit. If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage ...
11/25/12
A: Yes.  Both white-tailed and black-tailed jackrabbits are found in Idaho.  I found the following information on the National Geographic website. White-tailed jackrabbits are another common species. They frequent North America's plains and farmlands, though they also inhabit wooded areas. They are ...
11/25/12
A: The IDFG property at Beaver Dick does not extend up to the Teton River.  Most of our property lies south of Highway 33, and there is a parcel of BLM that gets close to the Teton, but it doesn't actually touch the Teton.  You can use a boat to go upstream and reach the Teton if you choose.
11/24/12
A: We wanted to expand our original list of "Family Friendly" fishing waters around the state, but many of the ponds where we wanted to give the special designation are high angler use waters.  Biologically, we felt the bass populations in many urban ponds that we've added to the list, could not ...
11/23/12