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A: Nonresident Tag Limitations (page 82 of the 2012 Big Game Rules Book) In controlled hunts with 10 or fewer tags, not more than one nonresident tag may be issued. In controlled hunts with more than 10 tags, except unlimited controlled hunts, not more than 10 percent of the tags may be issued to ...
8/14/12
A: There is no salvage order on the Blackfoot River... the fishing limits remain for the Blackfoot River as stated in the 2011-2012 fishing rules brochure.   
8/15/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/15/12
A:   Idaho discontinued its helicopter chukar counts in 2011.  This was one of the aerial surveys eliminated after a review conducted to assess risk and cost in relation to value of biological information collected, following a fatal helicopter accident in August 2010.  Like many other years, hunting ...
8/16/12
A: Current Outfitting and Guide rules do not require a guide license to rent the use of horses. Nor would you need a guide license to help without compensation. Horses coming into Idaho from out of state must have a current health certificate from their DVM. Please check the with Idaho Outfitter and ...
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/16/12
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for use as a second tag.  
8/16/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game requires you to have your valid fishing license on your person while fishing and to produce the fishing license upon request.  Idaho Fish and Game does not require you to carry photo identification while in the field fishing.
8/16/12
A: To the best of my knowledge there is no Perkins Lake in Region 3.  This is what we do have for Perkins Lake in our Fishingplanner.  (click the lake name for more info and maps) Perkins Lake Salmon Region (7) Upper Salmon Basin Perkons Lake Magic Valley Region (4) South Fork Boise Basin Perkins ...
8/16/12
A: Yes, they can.
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  There is no deadline to pick up the second draw tags.
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: When West Nile Virus made its appearance in Idaho a few years back, magpies were one of the species that were heavily impacted by the disease. Their populations were noticeably reduced, but now they are starting to come back. Although we're not seeing them as frequently as we used to, they are ...
8/17/12
A: A few years ago, the Department developed a proposal that would have allowed the use of lighted nocks while bowhunting for big game.  Public input received was split between supporting and not supporting the proposal.  Additionally, the majority of public testimony received by the Idaho Fish and ...
8/18/12
A: Three important things to know about the second drawing for big game tags: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  The results will be posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
8/18/12
A: It is not on my monthly fish request that is made by the reional fisheries manager, Joe Kozfkay 465-8465.  I think it may be because on water quality and sometimes it goes dry.  I would give him a call for a definite answer.
8/19/12
A: On page 76 of the 2012 Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure there is a detail list of archery equipment that is unlawful for use to pursue or kill big game animals.  I have copied and pasted the section below here.  However, specifically to the broadhead in question, the NAP Blood Runner is ...
8/20/12
A:   Yes, the bear involved in this case was identified as a grizzly bear based on DNA extracted from hair collected at the site and saliva collected from hunter's skin. 
8/20/12
A: During the general waterfowl season, shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. However, during a light goose season that occurs in Feb adn March, a plug is not required. Also a plug is not required for upland game birds.
8/20/12
A:     6 Kokanee is the limit for all waters in the southeast region.
8/20/12
A: Yes and no.  Idaho code created a Commercial Steelhead Buyers license that allows an individual to buy and sell legally caught, hatchery produced, steelhead.  The same provision was not made for Chinook salmon.  Hence, yes - you can have a license to buy and sell steelhead but no there is not a ...
8/20/12
A: Henry's Lake is managed with a two trout limit.  No size restrictions apply but once an angler keeps two fish he may not continue to fish. Brook trout are counted in the two fish limit. 
8/20/12
A: No; you would have to purchase a regular  nonresident leftover tag to use as a second tag.  The cost would be $301.75.
8/21/12
A: Contact the Salmon Region office at 208-756-2271 for information.
8/22/12
A: yes. Liquid scent may be used for deer and elk.
8/22/12
A: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=137.  They go on sale at all vendors on August 25 at 10:00 a.m. mountain time.
8/22/12
A: Raccoons are classified as "Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife" under IDAPA (Idaho Code). The specific rule states: 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 ...
8/22/12
A: Wildlife services can help you with that (208-378-5243).  
8/23/12
A:   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seriously considered point systems in the past, most recently in 2005 and 2010.  In 2005, the Commission adopted a point system contingent on the Idaho Legislature passing a law that allowed the Fish and Game Department to charge a small surcharge on each ...
8/23/12
A: Most sporting goods stores and archery shops should have grain scales, used for either weighing bullets/powder or arrows.  When measuring arrow weight, make sure to include insert, shaft, broadhead, nock, and fletching.  Minimum arrow weight for hunting big game in Idaho is 300 grains, but many ...
8/23/12
A: You can read about the requirements here https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/i-am-15-years-old-i-am-thinking-about-carrer-fish-and-game-what-are-requirements-become Because the degrees one may have vary widely, so do the colleges.  Most Idaho institutions offer one or more of the ...
8/23/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Mule deer in Unit 39 typically follow the major drainages starting at the head of the South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork Boise Rivers.  Deer found in Graham/Atlanta during summer will follow the drainages down to Boise River WMA by December/January.  Some deer following the South Fork drainage ...
8/24/12
A: All hunters who have been drawn will be notified by phone.  Due to privacy laws we can't publish or post the names of those drawn, unfortunately.
8/25/12
A: Several years ago, evidence of sex rules were specific to the hunt.  In other words, in an either-sex hunt there was no requirement for evidence of sex; while in sex-specific hunts there was the requirement.  Depending on the year, and the hunting season, the evidence-of-sex requirement did or did ...
8/25/12
A: You asked why there is harvest of deer in the general season in Unit 44, shown on the web site, when there is no general season there for deer. Good catch! You’re right, there should be no general hunters in Unit 44. I have now fixed the web site. I investigated the data behind the estimate. Out ...
8/26/12
A: Please contact the License Department for information. Their number is 208-334-2592. They can explain the program but, due to Idaho privacy laws they cannot give out landowner's names.
8/26/12
A: Contact Idaho Parks and Recreation for information; their website is http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/.
8/27/12
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
8/27/12
A: No, there aren't any leftovers. They have all been sold.
8/27/12
A: Celebration park is run by Canyon County, it is a county park.  Fish and Game has no boundary restrictions there, but the County may.  You could check with the county, and also signing at the park.
8/28/12
A: The most common owl nesting in the Tetonia Area is the great-horned owl. They don't use nest boxes; they use stick nests built by hawks and corvids. Tetonia also gets frequent winter irruptions of great gray owls that move down from adjacent National Forest lands to valley cottonwood stands. These ...
8/28/12
A: No, the current record is over a year old.  You can see all the current records at:   https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=82
8/28/12
A: The permit is only required in an archery-only hunt, not a short-range or any-weapon hunt.
8/29/12
A: No, the archery class and validation (permit) are only required for big game hunting.
8/29/12
A: It is too early to say for sure at this point. Steelhead run size has been lower than expected. If returns to hells canyon increase, steelhead would be stocked beginning the first week of november. A firm answer will be available by oct 15.
8/30/12
A: Check the rules book for the unit you are in.  If you have a regular tag and the rules don't limit you to harvesting mule deer only, you can use the regular (what you are referring to as "general") tag to harvest a mule deer or a whitetailed deer. Most archery hunts are open to the harvest of ...
8/30/12
A: The pine squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is a protected nongame species in Idaho. They are found in most conifer and mixedwoods forests with significant stem densities and canopy closure including thethroughout Palisades Range. Pine Squirrels depend heavily on conifer seeds and terminal buds of ...
8/30/12
A: The Commission Rule states that hunters may not take big game with archery equipment "with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
8/30/12
A: You can catch 6 kokanee from Mores Creek, as per the bag limit for kokanee listed on page 15 of the Fisheries Rule booklet.  It is illegal to snag kokanee or any other game fish, so the answer to the second half of your question is "no."
8/30/12
A: Licenses may be purchased online (https://id.outdoorcentral.us/) at Fish and Game offices (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) or at one of our many license vendors statewide (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm)
8/31/12
A: You can catch crayfish as long as the water you are in is open for fishing.  Only 5 crayfish traps may be used with a regular fishing license.  If you use more than 5 traps you must get a Commercial Fishing License from a Fish and Game office.
8/31/12
A: It is not required for hunting small game. (If you hunt big game in an archery-only season you are required to get an archery validation and take the archery education class).
9/1/12
A: In Idaho, you are allowed up to 5 hooks per line, except where specifically prohibited (Page 44 of the 2011-2012 fishing rules: definition of hook).  A hook is defineds as "a bent wire device, for the catching of fish, to which one, two, or three points may be attached to a single shank.  What ...
9/1/12
A: You can contact any Fish and Game office.  They have access to hunter education records and can make a new card for you.  Offices are listed in all of our rules books.
9/1/12
A: You will need a hunting license and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program Validation.  For more information see the mourning dove section of the Upland Game rules at  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/uplandDoveCraneInfo.pdf
9/1/12
A: Attached you will find two maps showing Idaho Fish and Game maintained boating access sites on the Clearwater River.  The Beardy Gulch site is for non-motorized boats only.   Also included is a kmz file for viewing the access sites in Google Earth.
9/2/12
A: Sage Grouse season information is available online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67 The 2012 season is September 15 through September 21, one-bird daily limit, two in possession.
9/3/12
A: Potlatch Corporation had the road across their land closed due to a large failure.  The road was rebuilt, rerocked and opened last fall (2011).  Potlatch Corporation did some additional work this spring, but did not close the road.
9/3/12
A: Animals are not necessarily predictable, but California quail do often seek water daily.  Mornings and evening would be typical times to visit water, but it might vary depending on weather conditions.  You might expect them to stay near water (and shade) more often on hot, dry days.  On the other ...
9/3/12
A:   IDFG is not aware of a general law regarding the collection of wild rice in Idaho. So the landowner or land manager (whether private or a government agency) would control the collection of wild rice.  You will need to figure out who the landowner or manager is for the area in which you want to ...
9/3/12
A: IDFG doesn't have any rules prohibiting this but you should check with the Dept. of Agriculture (http://www.agri.idaho.gov/) as well as local government..
9/4/12
A:   Page 2 of the Disabled Hunting Permit brochure provides information that answers the question as it relates to all hunters: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicleHuntBrochure.pdf   Page 81 of the big game brochure also has a shorter summary of this information.
9/4/12
A: Yes.  Many dove hunters have enjoyed the opportunity provided by eurasian-collared doves.  They are a litte bigger than mourning doves and should provide a little more meat than the standard mourning dove.  Eurasian-collared doves are classified as 'unprotected' and can be hunted and taken all ...
9/4/12
A: The waterfowl regulations are now available online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66 Regulations have gone to the printers and will begin to be distributed statewide the week of Sept. 17th.
9/4/12
A: We used to have fall turkey season in Unit 39 from late 1990’s until 2006.  Our spring harvest began declining in about 2003, as did our fall harvest in many of the units.  We eliminated fall hunting season in fall 2006 to reduce the take of female turkeys, in hopes of increasing the populations ...
9/4/12
A: Contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465.  They may have a list.    
9/4/12
A: Yes, he can.  That is only for youth hunters.
9/4/12
A: Yes.  The roadkill salvage law allows: 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 been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. A list of wildlife ...
9/5/12
A: Controlled Hunt 9017 is open 9/15/2012 - 10/9/2012 in Units 22, 32 and 32A.  For more information see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/hunt.aspx?ID=32590
9/5/12
A: It is illegal to use dipnets to harvest kokanee in Mores or Grimes Creek. Please refer to page 44 of the fishing rules book. Kokanee in Mores Ck are mostly past the stage of being edible.
9/5/12
A: Yes.  Game animals, predatory wildlife and unprotect species (see list) may be salvaged. Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    You must report a wildlife salvage by going online to ...
9/6/12
A: Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an ...
9/6/12
A: Yes, you can carry a handgun for protection during an archery-only hunt.
9/8/12
A: All hunters must have an Idaho Migratory Bird stamp, regardless of age. The cost for a resident is $1.75; the cost for a nonresident is $4.75. By the way, the Federal "Duck Stamp" is required for age 16 and older.
9/8/12
A: You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education) number and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.   Idaho residents--if you need the information for a concealed weapon permit, some Idaho counties ...
9/9/12
A: Contact the nearest Fish and Game office.  They can help you.  Contacts are listed online in the "About Fish and Game" section of our Website.
9/10/12
A: IDFG Headquarters sells topo maps.  They can be contacted at 208-334-3700.  The map order form is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=162.    
9/10/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: Catfish usually start to actively feed when the water temperatures begin to warm in the spring.  Water temperatures rising to 50 F and above is the rule of thumb I like to use for catfish fishing.  One of the great things about catfish is, they aren't too picky when in comes to bait.  Anything ...
9/10/12
A: Thanks for letting us know!  Up until today we have only been showing active closures for the Mustang Complex, Halstead and Trinity Ridge fires.  To the best of our knowledge there is no statewide or nationwide fire closure layer, so we have been manually updating these layers as new closures ...
9/11/12
A: You can have one fishing line in Idaho (or 2 lines with a two-pole permit) and it must be tended.  So, if you teather a line to float/jug, you must remain with the float/jug for as long as you are fishing.
9/11/12
A: Please check with the Fish and Game office in McCall (634-8137) and the Southwest Region office in Nampa (465-8465).
9/12/12
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 ...
9/12/12
A: They are included in the database - you just need to do some sluthing.  Here is an example:  1) Select Panhandle Region; 2) select records for 1967 to present; 3) click on "other trout;" 4) highlight "Antelope Lake; 5) and now click "search."  You will see 2,111 fingerling brook trout were stocked ...
9/13/12
A: Yes, anyone can purchase a nonresident license as a gift.  You need to have the nonresident's information such as name, address, date of birth and social security number.
9/13/12
A: A number of the lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area have brook trout populations.  You are not finding them when searching in the Southwest Region because they are all on the Stanley side of the Sawtooths and in the Fish and Game Salmon Region. Here is a list of lakes in the Salmon ...
9/13/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reviewed and considered changes to existing equipment restrictions, including the prohibition against using a lighted retical while archery hunting.  Maintaining the current lighted retical rule is in part due to division among bowhunters of whether to change ...
9/14/12
A: You are correct.  All the general season elk hunting in the Panhandle is antlered elk only.
9/14/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients. They are held out for the outfitters to purchase for their clients until specific dates (July 31 or August 30). At that time, any tags not purchased by outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota ...
9/14/12
A: IDFG information on Big Game Winter Feeding  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=57   The only legal restriction on feeding Big Game is in eastern Idaho. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has rules which prohibit the feeding of Big Game in certain counties in Eastern ...
9/15/12
A: If the season has not opened yet, your tag can be exchanged at a Fish and Game office or by mail.  Our offices are listed on our website under "About Us".
9/15/12
A: The information you have read about Dr. Hatch is correct.   In March 1939, at the time of his appointment to Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game by Idaho’s first Fish and Game Commission, Dr. Hatch was Professor of Game Management at the University of Idaho.   Commission meeting ...
9/15/12
A: Some of the quota tags are made available to outfitters for their clients until August 31.  On September 1 those tags are moved into the general quota and they are available for anyone to purchase.  That increases the number of tags available over the original quota.
9/17/12
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 ...
9/17/12
A: Please call the Southwest Region office for information.  Their number is 465-8465.  
9/17/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients.  They are held out for the outfitters until specific dates.  At that time, any tags not going to outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota, which changes the numbers.
9/17/12
A: Any violation of a forest fire emergency closure should be reported to the appropriate land manager.  Unit 27 is in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, part of which  is under the  Halstead Fire Closure Order Number: 04-13-12-535 which prohibits: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (b), the following acts ...
9/17/12