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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
A: There are a number of things you would want to consider before making a decision on the purchase of an elk tag. Elk tags are specific in the location where you can hunt but each tag has different criteria in regard to what weapon you can use and when you can use that weapon. Some tags will offer ...
11/22/12
A: Wolf tags are sold over the counter.  They are a general season tag, not a controlled hunt item.
11/22/12
A:  It is illegal to use any magnifying lens during an archery-only​ season for big game in Idaho.  However, it is legal to use a magnifying lens while archery hunting during an any-weapon season for big game in Idaho. 
11/22/12
A: Yes.
11/21/12
A: The rule does not specifically address field dressing the animal: the rule neither allows nor prohibits field dressing of road kill animals at the site. However, you should be aware of local rules and laws associated with traffic stopping on roadways for any other purpose other than emergencies. ...
11/21/12
A: Lifetime license holders are counted in the resident pool for controlled hunts, even if they have moved out of state.
11/21/12
A: If the license holder is a nonresident, you can go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is your spouse or your minor child, you can also go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is a resident who is not your spouse or your minor child, you cannot ...
11/11/12
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to ask about it.
11/10/12
A: No.  Hunter education certification from other states is accepted in Idaho
11/9/12
A: Yes; you can purchase a second deer tag but it can only come out of the nonresident pool of unsold deer tags.  The cost of the tag would be $301.75.  You can pick one up at any vendor.
11/9/12
A: If the area you are hunting is approaching the harvest limit, every day you should make every reasonable effort to check whether the harvest limit is reached. It is a hunters responsibility to know the harvest limit and if it has been reached.   It is possible that a hunter may be in on a hunting ...
11/9/12
A: The requirements for muzzleloader-only season weapons are: Muzzleloader Caliber Requirements In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • With any muzzleloading rifle or musket that is less than .45 caliber for deer, ...
11/8/12
A: Yes, but persons hunting any wildlife, even on their own property, must adhere to state fish and game laws. They must have a valid Idaho hunting license and tag for the species they want to hunt, and they must stay within the season parameters that Fish and Game has set up for the unit.
11/6/12
A: Whenever someone makes a statement that an animal thrives well anywhere it lives, it reminds me of when a Doctor once told me that every patient that walks out of his office is alive.  Pretty much a person has to be alive to walk out of the Doctors office, and pretty much lynx or any animal will ...
11/6/12
A: There are several different trespass laws and some different requirements for different situations. Posting is required for some situations, but is not required for cultivated land or fenced land. Posting is not required if the landowner or agent asks the person to leave (see Idaho Code Section 18 ...
11/3/12
A: A number of factors affect bullet performance, including weight, powder (amount and type), barrel twist, primer, barrel length, ballistic coefficient of the bullet, atmospheric conditions, etc.  While it is likely a lighter bullet will shoot higher than a heavier bullet, we recommend working with ...
11/3/12
A: An exchange student pays the resident fee for a fishing license.  For ages 14 through 17 the cost is  $13.75.
11/2/12
A: All of the elk hunts in unit 44 are "any weapon" hunts.  You can use archery equipment to hunt in an any weapon hunt.
11/2/12
A:   There are no limitations to the number of guns you can possess while waterfowl hunting, as long as the following rules are followed:  1) guns are not capable of holding more than 3 shells (including chamber and magazine), and 2) you are only in possession of nontoxic shot.  If one of the ...
11/1/12
A: Yes, but you can only use multiple, single-point hooks  (NO treble hooks) that are barbless (or barbs bent down).   
11/1/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have any proposed 2013 rule changes for the use of 209 primers in muzzleloader-only hunts.  Any hunting equipment rule changes effective in 2013 would have had to been adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission during summer 2012; allowing for review and approval by ...
11/1/12
A: Under the current rules, you can catch and keep 20 hatchery-produced steelhead during the spring season and 20 hatchery-produced steelhead in the fall season for a grand total of 40 steelhead in a year.  See the steelhead section (page 36) of our current 2011 - 2012 Fishing Rules booklet or page ...
10/31/12
A: You must have a hunting license to hunt snowshoe hare in the Panhandle.  No other permit is required. The season is August 30-March 31, 2013 and the daily bag limit is 8 hares, possession limit is 24. This information is in the Upland Game Rules Book.
10/31/12
A: Idaho Dep't of Lands would be the agency that has jurisdiction and may have an issue with tree stands left on lands they manage. Idaho Fish and Game only regulates tree stands on property IDFG owns or manages (our Wildlife Management Areas). The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has a rule that ...
10/31/12
A: Q. “Have you been hunting in Idaho the past 2 years?”     Region Count Blank Yes No Not Sure Panhandle 34 2 21 10 1 Clearwater 20 --- 10 10 --- Boise 248 8 138 102 --- Magic Valley 74 1 57 16 --- Southeast 53 2 24 27 --- ...
10/31/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting the transportation of firearms with ammunition in the magazine while traveling within the state.  Although we are not aware of any federal laws, other state agency laws, or municipal laws prohibiting transportation of weapons with ammunition ...
10/31/12
A:             Deer Seasons General Any Weapon Regular Tag 10/10/12-10/31/12 Antlered White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 1 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlerless White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 4, Unit 7, Unit 9 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlered Mule and White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 2* (except Farragut SP), ...
10/30/12
A: If you are hunting migratory game birds (waterfowl, doves) you cannot hunt with a shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells unless it it plugged with a one-piece filler which cannot be removed without disassembling the gun.  
10/30/12
A: The Boise Front Segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA), including Lucky Peak Mountain, can be accessed by using Highland Valley Road (off of SH-21). The following link provides a map of the WMA and the roads http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/. The Boise Front ...
10/30/12
A: We had 120 applicants for the 2012 Nonresident Hound Hunter permits.
10/29/12
A: All birds are protected except for starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons.  The exceptions are certain species of waterfowl, doves and upland game birds, which can only be hunted during seasons that Idaho Fish and Game authorizes. All other birds are classified as ...
10/29/12
A: Trapping licenses can only be purchased at a Fish and Game office or by mail.  Contact your region office (Upper Snake, 208-525-7290) to obtain an application form.
10/29/12
A: If the land manager (such as the Forest Service, BLM) has designated a trail or area for foot or horse traffic only you cannot use an ATV/OHV there.
10/29/12
A: The vendor that you purchase your archery validation from will have an archery affidavit that you can fill out and sign indicating that you have experience hunting with archery equipment.
10/28/12
A: No, you can use the tag the day you purchase it as long as the season is open.    
10/28/12
A: Contact the region office for your area.  They will either have a scorer on staff or will have the contact information for one in your area.
10/28/12
A: Yes.  That will allow you to purchase an Idaho archery validation so you can hunt in an archery-only season.
10/26/12