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A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission support equipment regulations for archery and muzzleloader equipment that are consistent with the primitive nature of the weapons.
2/16/15
A: It is legal to operate a bow or gun mounted camera while hunting rabbits or waterfowl in Idaho.  However, it is not legal to do this while hunting big game.
2/9/15
A: All persons placing bait must possess a baiting permit issued by Fish and Game department. Baiting permits are issued by mail or in person from the Fish and Game regional offices beginning March 1 of each year. You do not need a baiting permit to hunt over lawful bait; you only need a permit if ...
2/8/15
A: Outfitters for fishing and hunting are confined to specific locations and often specific species. Without knowing where and what species you want to catch - we can't give you a good answer. What we can tell you is to visit the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Boards webpage http://oglb.idaho. ...
2/4/15
A: To help us provide you with a correct answer, please tell us what you mean by OIL tags. Thank you.
1/30/15
A: I'm not sure what document you're referring to, but let me give you some background on bull trout/Dolly varden in Idaho and how the name has changed over time - at least in Idaho. "Bull trout/Dolly varden" are members of the Salmonidae family.  They are native to Idaho and have actually been ...
1/30/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in Pocatello in July.  The public hearing is planned for the evening of July 8 followed by the meeting the following day.  Members of the public are encouraged to testify before the Commission on all matters relating to fish and ...
1/29/15
A: If you plan to release birds for the purpose of dog training, you would first need to obtain a Sport Dog And Falconry Training Permit. Applications for this permit can be obtained from your locale Fish and Game Office or you can download them from the IDFG website. The form can be found under ...
1/29/15
A: The best answer we can give as of January 2015 is, "it depends."  We will check the water situation at Little Camas in March and get an idea of whether the reservoir will fill in 2015 and how long it will hold water.  If it looks like it will hold water into mid/late summer we will stock the ...
1/29/15
A: Short answer is you will have to pay for the new tag. Per the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules. Fees for resident and nonresident adult control hunt tags that are subsequently designated to their minor child or grandchild are not refundable. When you purchase the controlled hunt tag and then ...
1/29/15
A: A guide is not a requirement to hunt in Idaho.
1/28/15
A: Daily bag limits can be found on page 45 of our 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rules booklet. In 2014, we did an emergency bag limit reduction be cause we were going to be short of brood fish returning to Dworshak and Clearwater Fish Hatcheries. That's probably where the confusion started. 2015 will be a ...
1/28/15
A: You are correct.  Turkey can not lawfully be hunted with a .22 LR.  On page 18 of the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Regulation Brochure it lists  some of the rules that apply to the hunting of upland game birds.  Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird.  The only firearm that is allowed ...
1/28/15
A: The simple answer to your questions is yes. General season deer tags can be used in any open general season hunt (archery, any weapon or muzzleloader) as long as the hunter has the appropriate permits. Hunters need to verify seasons in the big game proclamation booklets.
1/26/15
A: Thank you for your questions.  The minutes of the January Commission meeting have been posted today and can be found on the website under the About Us section.  The reason that posting of these minutes is delayed has to do with meeting procedures.  The minutes of a previous meeting must be ...
1/25/15
A: Have you listened to some calls of the barn owl?  or western screech owl?  Without actually hearing the call, these would be where I would start.  Both owls make a variety of calls.  You might try to look up the "bark" or "screech" calls of either the eastern screech owl or the western screech owl ...
1/23/15
A: Nonresidents may purchase a short term small game license (3 consecutive days $35.50 ea), a nongame hunting license ($35.50), a season small game license ($97.75)  or a big game hunting($154.75) license to hunt jack rabbits. For information about where to hunt you can contact our regional offices ...
1/22/15
A: Fall Chinook were stocked in Anderson Ranch Reservoir two years ago.  They are used as a management tool to reduce kokanee numbers to prevent size stunting from over-population.  In reservoirs like Deadwood and Lake Coeur d'Alene where they also feed on kokanee, fall Chinook will achieve ~30" and ...
1/21/15
A: If you'd like to discuss this further with, and since I do not have a contact to reach you, please contact the webmaster@idfg.idaho.gov to be put in touch with someone so that we can better answer and hear your concerns. We respect your disagreement with the action and your disagreement with our ...
1/21/15
A: The spawning period is typically in mid to late May but can vary ~ two weeks earlier to two weeks later. Many things influence when fish spawn.  Water temperatures, the hydrograph, photoperiod, the availability of proper-sized substrate etc. all play a part.
1/20/15
A: The current posted Idaho Falls Trapper Education class consists of 2 class periods that are 4 hours in length. Both of these classes are on a Saturday, 1 week apart beginning on the 21st and ending the 28th of February. In general a trapper education class will consist of 8-12 hours of class and ...
1/19/15
A: Thank you for your question. IDFG will likely evaluate the options to offer a similar or identical program for the fall of 2015 based on the best information at the time.  However, for the department to offer this program again, it will require the Fish and Game Commission's approval as Idaho Code ...
1/19/15
A: Fish and Game has no hunting restictions on coyotes in the area described.  There is no hunting within the Boise city limits and posted private property should be honored.
1/19/15
A: Thanks for your interest in Palisades Reservoir stockings.  Although our stocking database does not currently show that cutthroat have been stocked in Palisades, they indeed have.  As mitigation for Palisades Dam, the Jackson National Fish Hatchery is responsible for stocking that reservoir.  ...
1/19/15
A: The upland area you refer to is the Roswell Marsh Habitat Area, the small orange signs are to help show the Fish and Game property boundaries .  Hunting blinds can be constructed of native materials, but digging pits or cutting of vegetation is prohibited as well as using artificial fasteners like ...
1/18/15
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have an upland game permit at this time. To hunt turkeys you will need the appropriate hunting license and the appropriate turkey tag and if drawn in a controlled hunt the controlled turkey permit.
1/18/15
A: No. A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. Because the super combo hunt contains a tag for all super hunt species, the winner of the super combo hunt has all other applications for all super hunt species for that year set apart so that they may not draw any other super hunt tag ...
1/17/15
A: A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. If you purchase 8 applications for one species such as deer and draw a tag, our draw system sets your additional applications for that species apart so you cannot draw a second tag for that species.
1/17/15
A: You are absolutely right that everyone feels bad about this incident, including the hunter who made this terrible mistake.  The officers that investigated felt that this was indeed a mistake with no intentional wrong-doing on the part of the hunter.  This incident will undoubtedly become an ...
1/16/15
A: That depends.  If you're a nonresident and already have a fishing license, the two-pole permit is an additional $15.50. If you're a licensed resident, the two-pole is $13.75. These prices are as of January, 2015 and are subject to change.
1/16/15
A: We recently answered a question very similar to yours. Please let us know if this doesn't answer your question.
1/15/15
A: Here is Idaho Fish and Game's statement on the matter you are refering to: INFORMATION REGARIDNG SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, ...
1/15/15
A: Thank you for your suggestion. We will take it under consideration for potential license structure changes.
1/15/15
A: Idaho's license fees are set by legislation. The two licenses (3 Day Salmon/Steelhead and the Daily Fishing) are different types of licenses and have different fees as per the Idaho Code 36-416. Therefore, the daily fishing license purchased for two days (no steelhead permit) would be the $12.75 ...
1/15/15
A: Here is the Fish and Game statement: INFORMATION REGARDING SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, one of these hunters shot two rams.  ...
1/13/15
A: There is no restriction on the number of rounds a shotgun can hold for upland game hunting. The restrictuion of 3 shells applies only to migratory birds.
1/13/15
A: No, It is unlawful to hunt or pursue big game animals using arrows or expanding broadheads in any archery hunt, short range weapon hunt  or any general season hunts.
1/13/15
A: All of Idaho Fish and Game’s wildlife harvest statistics are estimated from surveys of hunters. We get the most questions about deer or elk. I think this is what you are asking about. For deer, elk, and pronghorn, each hunter is required to fill out a Hunter Report form, either online or by phone ...
1/13/15
A: The lake trout bounty program on Lake Pend Oreille was discontinued in 2013.   Originally, it was funded by Avista Power Company and was intended to assist our agency in restoring/reducing depredation on kokanee by lake trout.  Between the bounty program and selective netting with commercial ...
1/13/15
A: No. Any person hunting migratory birds needs the validation.
1/13/15
A: In 2014, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game was directly involved in the stocking of over 32,000,000 fish!  Fish species stocked include both native and non-native trout/salmon species (Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, etc.) as well as non-native cool- and warm-water species (like ...
1/12/15
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing Mackay Reservoir.  As you note, the lake does not always freeze completely over, which means there can be thin ice in certain areas, and possibly around the edge.  The reservoir is generally filling during the winter, which means it is increasing in size.  ...
1/11/15
A: The two-pole permit is only available for a calendar year.  While your three-year combination fishing and hunting license is good for three calendar years, the two-pole permit would need renewed each year.  
1/11/15
A: Thank you for your interest in hunting in Idaho. It sounds like you've found several opportunities and that you have a good understanding of the restrictions.   Here are some things to consider for second tags: There are no guarantees for a second tag (as you mentioned) Second tags are made ...
1/11/15
A: Idaho rules consider a hook as having up to 3 points.  So, when the term "barbless hooks required" is stated in the fish rules, you can use a single, double or treble hook - as long as all points are barbless.  A barbless treble hook is legal to use while fishing the Middle Fork Salmon River. ...
1/11/15
A: To upgrade to a sportsman's package, you will need to take your license and any other permits and tags to the nearest regional office. There are a couple of rules to upgrading such as if a person has a tag and has harvested an animal with the tag, they cannot upgrade to a sportsman's package. Once ...
1/10/15
A: There are a couple of scenarios: Youth hunters age 8 or 9 can purchase a hunting passport to participate in hunting waterfowl, upland game and furbearers but must hunt with a licensed adult. A person can only puchase a hunting passport once in their lifetime. Youth who have successfully completed ...
1/10/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not established a firm schedule for reviewing hunting equipment restrictions.  However, they have expressed interest in reviewing equipment technology in the next few months.  Commission agendas are made available on the IDFG website in advance of meetings. ...
1/10/15
A: The article you are referring to was published by the Lewiston Tribune.  Idaho Fish and Game did issue a statement to the paper and we can certainly make that available, but you might contact the Tribune first if you want the article.
1/9/15
A: For this response we will assume you are talking about a picture of your spouses drivers license. We do allow a spouse to purchase a  resident license for their spouse as long as they have met the residency requirements stated in Idaho Code.
1/9/15
A: The three-year license would count as maintaining your license for three years. It is proposed to be a "lock-in" license.
1/9/15
A: Nonresident Tag quotas can be found on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability. At this time of year these counts are updated every Friday.
1/9/15
A: As a nonresident you have a choice of several license types depending on how many days and times you will be hunting in Idaho. Here is breakdown of three different options you can choose to purchase to hunt waterfowl in Idaho. Nonresident 3 day small game license. Valid for 3 consecutive days ...
1/9/15
A: The short answer is, "no." Centain species of game fish, which trout are defined in Idaho rule 13.01.11. , can not have the heads and tails removed while in transit.  You also must be able to show how many fish, the length and species of fish you have in possession while in the field. Idaho ...
1/7/15
A: Most elk management zones offer a choice of either an A tag or a B tag. The A and B tags have different season dates and may differ in the opportunity to use different weapon types or the type of elk that may be harvested. Although not the case in all zones that offer A tags and B tags, in most ...
1/7/15
A: You have a couple of different options. You could explore the option of shooting with a local gun club such as the Troy-Deary Gun Club or the Genesee Gun Club. Another option is to secure permission with a local landowner who would be willing to allow you to shoot some clay birds on their ...
1/6/15
A: The Bowhunter Internet Course no longer requires a field day. The course is a self-paced online course for students ages 10 and older. After completion, you will print your certification card online.
1/5/15
A: Coyotes are classified as a Predator which means they may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law, by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping, or combination hunting and fishing licenses, provided such taking is not in ...
1/4/15
A: It can be a tricky situation while packing out an untagged portion of an animal and we appreciate your responsibility in asking for clarification. Here's a quote from a similar question on legally moving a tagged animal: "If you are contacted by an Officer while packing meat off the mountain you ...
1/4/15
A: Game needs to be tagged, evidence of sex left naturally attached to the animal, and if transporting it for another it needs to be accompanied with a proxy statement that includes takers, name, license number, tag number, address,unit of harvest, date of harvest, species type and sex, and phone ...
1/4/15
A: This is a question that comes up now and then and it has been answered in the past at this web site.  You are correct in that you cannot use a crossbow to take upland game birds. The disabled archery permit is specifically for crossbow use in an archery only season specifically for big game. There ...
1/3/15
A: Late in the fall it is possible to see a high proportion of unclipped steelhead in the catch. That's mostly a function of the harvest of fish with clipped adipose fins and not the marking at the hatchery before the fish were released. Most of the hatchery steelhead returning to the Clearwater this ...
1/3/15
A: Questions about equipment technology are periodically asked.  Please refer to the most recent answer on expandable broadheads here. We've notified those monitoring these rules changes of your question concern. 
1/3/15
A: It's not too late to submit your hunt report for the prior year. The hunting reports for the prior year submitted through January are useful for the upcoming year's season recommendations.  We encourage you to learn more about filing your hunt report and file as soon as possible.
1/2/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will act to set big game seasons at their March 24 meeting. We expect to have the 2015 big game seasons booklets available in stores around the state around the middle of April. They will likely be available on our website a week or two earlier.
1/2/15
A: The price of the second nonresident general season tag is a set price for everyone. 
1/1/15
A: Unit 68 is part of the Big Desert zone for elk.  There are three elk hunts in that unit.  The first is the A tag that is for archery only and runs from August 30- September 30.  The second is a controlled cow hunt that runs from October 10 - November 30.  The only other hunt in this area is a ...
1/1/15
A: Idaho Code says: 05. Gaff Hook. It is unlawful to land fish of any species with a gaff hook except through a hole cut or broken in the ice in waters which have no length restrictions or harvest closures for that species or when landing nongame fish species taken with archery equipment. (3-29-12) ...
1/1/15
A: Residents of Idaho are eligible to purchase the sportsman's package license. The price of the sportsman's package license is set in Idaho Law and is $124.25 for all residents. To hunt with a crossbow in archery only hunts an individual must have a current year's archery permit (which is included ...
12/31/14
A: Thanks for the question. The falconry age requirements are found on the falconry application and posted here. Age Requirements: Falconry may be practiced by any person that is 12 years of age or older. General class falconers must be atleast 16 years of age, and master class falconers must have a ...
12/29/14
A: The late season portion of the archery season on the white-tailed deer tag is designed to provide archery opportunity for hunters during and after the rut.  It currently runs from Nov 1 through Dec 19th and is longer than most other archery hunts.  Several years ago a proposal was put forth to ...
12/29/14
A: There are no restrictions as to the use of night vision when it comes to spotting or watching wildlife.
12/28/14
A: Many landowners along the Pend Oreille River own property well below the ordinary high water mark.  Anchoring anything on private property would require permission from the landowner.  IDFG also owns several parcels along the river, as part of the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area.  Leaving a ...
12/28/14
A: We have not stocked Tiger Muskies for several years, but some still exist in Lamont and Johnson reservoirs near Preston Idaho. General regulations for using bait apply on both waters.
12/28/14
A: You can purchase the license at any time during the year. We began selling our 2015 licenses on December 1, 2014. The three year license expires on December 31 of the third year. For example if you were to purchase the three year license on January 9, 2015, the license would be valid in January 9 ...
12/28/14
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing Henrys Lake.  We extended the season in 2011 to allow for more opportunity for anglers.  Like you, many anglers have expressed a lot of satisfaction with this longer season.  However, there are others who would like to see the rules returned to a more ...
12/27/14
A: Yes it is. Any non target birds must be released immediatley, and unharmed.
12/26/14
A: In this instance you can take the copy you have to your local Fish and Game office and they can print a duplicate at no additional cost to you.
12/26/14
A: This is a land managment agency question.  If the public land is Forest Service/BLM, I would contact them to clarify, but they would probably consider any treestand left in the forest after the hunting season as abandoned property.
12/26/14
A: Answer:  What happened with the flash floods in the South Fork and Middle Fork Boise River drainages was a unique event that most of us have never experienced before – at least in this river system and our lifetime.  Intense rain on recently burned slopes released mud and debris into what was a ...
12/26/14
A: You are correct in that you cannot use a crossbow to take upland game birds.  The disabled archery permit is specifically for crossbow use in an archery only season specifially for big game.  There are no archery only seasons for upland game birds.  The disabled archery provisions speak directly ...
12/24/14
A: Yellow trout were indeed again stocked in Sego Prairie Pond. Typically, bright colored fish don't last long in pond environments where they are stocked.  If they aren't caught by anglers, their distinct color makes them more vulnerable to predators such as large birds (pelicans, blue heron, eagles ...
12/23/14
A: We don't typically do crayfish surveys, but we can tell you that all indications are, the population is healthy and makes up a significant portion of the diet of adult bass in CDA lake during the summer.  Although we haven't opened CDA lake to the commercial harvest of crayfish, we did have one ...
12/20/14
A: To purchase an Idaho hunting license you must show a previously purchased hunting license OR proof of your Hunter Education certification (card) ONLY IF you were born on or after January 1, 1975. If you were born prior to this date you can purchase a license without showing proof of a license or ...
12/20/14
A: Please report this to your local sheriff's office.  
12/20/14
A: This appears to be in response to this Question and Answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/legally-moving-tagged-ani... The wording of "not on the antlers" in that answer is specific clarification for the original question. It is not a quote from the 2014 seasons and rules book. ...
12/19/14
A: Yes, you must make a reasonable effort to retrieve any animal you wound.  It is strongly recommended you contact the local Conservation Officer or Idaho Department of Fish & Game Regional Officer and inform them of the circumstances as soon as possible.  Officers and regional offices have ...
12/18/14
A: The short answer to your question is no.  Legal hunting hours in Idaho are limited to daylight only.  This is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset for most species.   It is legal to hunt some predators including coyotes and jackrabbits after dark with the aid of ...
12/18/14
A: It is legal to hunt geese with bow, however to hunt them within city limits requires you to check with the city in question.
12/17/14
A: IDAPA rule 13.01.11 says, 05. Gaff Hook.   It is unlawful to land fish of any species with a gaff hook except through a hole cut or broken in the ice in waters which have no length restrictions or harvest closures for that species or when landing nongame fish species taken with archery equipment. ...
12/16/14
A: No we do not.  Nor do we verify what people report on mandatory harvest reports for big game.  However, we find that by and large, responses are mostly honest. However, on occassion we get information or know information that isn't quite right with certain forms and we investigate. We hope that ...
12/15/14
A: At this time (December 2014), trapper certification is not required for a general trapping license.  However, the Fish and Game Commission may consider a mandatory trapper education course in the near future.  If you are interested in trapping wolves, then wolf trapper certification is required.
12/15/14
A: No, it would not be legal.  The width restriction also pertain to anything towed behind the ATV.  Please contact the appropriate land management agency for more information on allowable uses.  
12/14/14
A: You can still catch steelhead near Riggins but fishing could be slow.  As water temperatures cool, the fish are less active.  A Sammy and shrimp work well this time of year - especially in the afternoon when the sun is on the water.
12/14/14
A: If the cartridge was designed for a pistol then it is legal. I believe this is a pistol cartridge and therefore legal.
12/14/14
A: The Department does not plan on requesting to extend this hunt.   This hunt is designed to help address depredations during the period of October - December.  The hunt was modified last year with both landowner and hunter input.  The Department will continue to be responsive to agricultural ...
12/13/14
A: Yes, unless the regulation book specifies otherwise you can harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer during a regular deer season.  For the 2014 Regular Deer Tag, General Deer Short Range Weapon Season in Unit 38 you could harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer.
12/13/14
A: The was to approach such a request or recommendation is to work directly with the wildlife staff at your regional fish and office, well in advance of the next year's season setting process. Now would be an excellent time to initiation those dicussions.
12/12/14
A: Yes. Passports and licenses in Idaho are good for the calendar year.
12/12/14
A: There is no limit on bobcats for Idaho residents.  Nonresidents may only trap as many bobcats as the most restrictive quota between states allows.  If the state of their residence has a quota, then they must only catch as many Idaho bobcats as their state allows.
12/12/14