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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
A: Idaho Fish and Game requires no additional permits to hunt with bird dogs.
9/17/12
A: It depends on what type of salmon you're talking about. Spring Chinook salmon will enter the mouth of the Columbia River in March and arrive in Idaho in late April - July. Summer Chinook salmon will leave the ocean in April to early May and arrive in the Salmon River in late May to July. Sockeye ...
9/18/12
A: You can exchange any tag as long the season has not opened for the tag you have.  The Salmon B tag season hasn't opened yet so it can be exchanged.  You can make the exchange at any Fish and Game office (listed online in the "About  Us" section of the website).
9/18/12
A: I live out in Acequia area and i wanted to find out where I can shoot My rifles and handguns for target practice. Me and my father inlaw have been trying to find places where we can go but we are really far from a target range and wanted to see how far away you have to be from the road to shoot ...
9/18/12
A: Please contact the Magic Valley Fish and Game office for information.  Their number is 208-324-4359.
9/18/12
A: You can get a duplicate tag from any Fish and Game office.  They are listed on our website in the "About Us" section.  If you want to do it by mail, please contact our License Department at 208-334-2592 for a copy of the duplicate tag affidavit.
9/18/12
A: Please contact the Upper Snake Region.  The biologists for unit 66 are based there.  They should have information for you.  Their number is 208-525-7290.
9/19/12
A: Under existing Fish and Game rules for hunting with muzzleloaders during a muzzleloader-only season, polymer tipped projectiles are considered illegal.  The plastic skirt on PowerBelt bullets is considered a gas-check, much like the cloth patch used with roundballs, and is not considered part of ...
9/20/12
A: Wolves are classified as a big game animal and there are a few firearms restrictions associated with the taking of big game animals. firearms, including slings, scopes or any other attachments cannot weigh more than 16 pounds With any shotgun can not use any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) ...
9/20/12
A: Hello,   McArthur Lake water levels are currently low due to a summer drawdown for management purposes.  The shoreline is very mucky and very difficult to get around.  The water levels aren't yet back up to the boat dock.  However, a few people with small boats which they could drag to the fishing ...
9/21/12
A: During a general any weapon season while using a muzzleloader You cannot use a muzzleloading rifle or musket which is less than forty-five (.45) caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, or gray wolf, or which is less than fifty (.50) caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or ...
9/21/12
A: There isn't a maximum number of bullets allowed as long as the following rules are followed: 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, muzzleloaders and archery methods. • With any ...
9/23/12
A:   It is legal to view wildlife with a spotlight. However, be aware that shining a spotlight “upon any field, forest or other place by a person while having in his possession or under his control any uncased firearm or other contrivance capable of killing any animal or bird, shall be prima facie ...
9/23/12
A: We've conducted creel surveys and have officer reports that indicate the stocking was marginally successful.  We documented a number of brown trout caught both upstream and downstream of the stocking sites.  We went many years not stocking brown trout in the Palouse River - mostly because we lost ...
9/24/12
A: In our Roadkill Reporting System we presently have 13 mortalities between 15th St and Sherman Ave on I-90 (Milepost 13.6-14.8).  Of those thirteen, eleven are white-tailed deer, one domestic cat and one was an unknown (presumably schmeared) carcass.  All but one of these reports were submitted by ...
9/24/12
A: We appreciate your concern.  Please contact the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office (208-769-1414) for information.
9/24/12
A: Yes.  The tag is valid through December 31 of the year purchased.  The youth can still hunt with it after they turn 18.
9/24/12
A: You can use a remote controlled boat to fish, provided you have a fishing license, you are fishing during a legal season and using legal bait, and the craft is under direct control of an operator.
9/25/12
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there is no clear definition of "humanely."  Working in the commercial fish industry, we used to put trout in tanks where we pumped carbon dioxide into the water.  After a short period of time the fish tipped over and we ran them through the ...
9/25/12
A: This is a difficult question to answer because it all depends on the species and the time of year.  For example, while nesting many bird nests are depredated (eaten) by foxes, skunks, badgers, coyotes, crows, ravens, magpies and even cows.  Foxes and skunks are the most notorious nest predators.   ...
9/26/12
A: Many, if not most of the deer seasons allow youth to hunt for either sex.  Check pages 9-11 in the Big Game rules book.   
9/26/12
A: Yes, it is legal for any hunter (whether resident or nonresident) to purchase big game tags after the season for them has opened.
9/26/12
A: The Eastern Grey Squirrel and Eastern Fox Squirrel (the two most common species of grey squirrels in Idaho are listed as Unprotected nongame animals under Idaho code.  As such, under Idaho code 13.01.06 300.03 they: may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state ...
9/27/12
A: IDFG doesn't have an insect specialist on staff; try the Department of Agriculture (http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/PlantsInsects/indexplantsandinsectshome.php).  I hope they can help.
9/27/12
A: There used to be a rule that banned the use of lights to fish at night. That rule was dropped years ago. Generally, there are no hour limits to fishing and you can fish all night long. It is actually fairly popular to fish for catfish into the wee hours of the night. . However, there could be some ...
9/27/12
A: Yes, you can use them while you are hunting. There are no rules specific to the use of trail cameras.
9/27/12
Q: Chukar
A: We do not have or require an upland game bird permit to hunt chukar. Several years these "Stamps" or permits were simply incorporated into your hunting license. However, we do require a Sage/Sharp Tail Grouse Permit (validation) for anyone hunting Sage Grouse or Sharp Tail Grouse. These cost $4.75 ...
9/28/12
A: If you are the driver/owner of the car and involved in a collision with a deer, the first thing you should do is insure everyone is OK. If possible before doing anything else, for your safety, be sure you are not blocking traffic. If the animal is dead, you may want to move off the traffic lane. ...
9/28/12
A: A valid hunting license is all that is required.
9/28/12
A: Black bears are found all over eastern Idaho and now grizzlies are in many areas too, so planning ahead to carry bear spray is a wise choice!  Unfortunately, IDFG cannot make product recommendations, but we can tell you what to look for when purchasing a product.   Bear spray can be obtained at ...
9/29/12
A: The person who has moved out of state after purchasing their Idaho resident license and tags can still use them to hunt in Idaho if they have not become a resident of the other state--they can't claim residency in 2 states at the same time.  If this doesn't answer your question, contact the ...
9/30/12
A: Thank you for contacting us.  For a question such as this, we suggest you call the region office so you can get details from them.  Unit 73 is in the Southeast Region.  Their number is 208-232-4703.
9/30/12
A: 6 would be an annual limit
9/30/12
A: Hunters and anyone else heading into the backcountry are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs’ offices in their hunt area before heading out. Fire updates can be found online at: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/. Additional fire information is available ...
9/30/12
A: Mandatory Check and Report Requirements for Moose   Antlers must be presented at Idaho Fish and Game regional offices or official check point or to a conservation officer within 10 days of the date of the kill. Fish and Game headquarters office is not equipped to check in moose. In the Boise area ...
9/30/12
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 ...
10/1/12
A: This is such a broad topic that it is hard to answer here.  It was suggested to me that you should go to a local sporting goods store and talk with them about what works well in your area.
10/1/12