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A: Yes, Chesterfield Reservoir is open to waterfowl hunting during the established waterfowl seasons for the area in which it is located.  However, the upper portion of the reservoir is located within the Fort Hall Reservation and according to the Reservation biologist is not open for waterfowl ...
12/12/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule is in effect in certain areas and restricts motorized travel as an aid to hunting big game to "established roadways" which are defined as any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the ...
12/12/14
A: The rule governing the question you asked about the use of the RamCat braodhead is addressd in  IDAPA  13.01.08.410.02. The rule prohibits the use of  "arrows or bolts having expanding broadheads". Based on the description provided in the product literature, "if the head does not pass through the ...
12/12/14
A: Thanks for your interest in ice fishing for Northern Pike.  Unforutnately, there are not a lot of opportunities for doing so within a few hours drive of Idaho Falls.  The nearest place you can pursue your activity would likely be Little Payette Lake, near McCall.  I spoke with the fish manager up ...
12/11/14
A: As a matter of public safety, Idaho Code Section 36-1508 prohibits discharging a firearm from or across a public highway (any government maintained road and right-of-way).  This prohibition covers archery equipment, shotguns, rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, airguns, and other hunting weapons.
12/11/14
A: There is no prohibition of the use of lights for fishing in Idaho, thus it is legal. Please ensure that whatever you use for a light source makes it home with you, and does not end up as litter. Josh Royse, Regional Conservation Officer.
12/11/14
A: Sir, We made a mistake.  Idaho Fish and Game is not aligned with HSUS and the press release has been removed from the Fish and Game website.  A well-meaning employee thought the reward offered by the organization would be useful in helping to solve the poaching case.  Thank you for bringing it to ...
12/10/14
A: Yes, fish cameras are legal to use on waters in Idaho.  Even though you often see fish, it doesn't mean they will bite.
12/10/14
A: Yes.  During the 2012 Idaho Legislative session, new rules were approved which allow people to recover, posses, and sell commercially valuable wildlife that have been killed by accidental vehicle collisions.  You can go to our web site at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill to find out ...
12/10/14
A: Chances are very slim that we will stock more steelhead in the Boise River in the fall 2014/spring 2015.  We/Idaho Power can't operate the trap in the winter once we have freezing conditions and we don't want to remove all the hatchery steelhead below Hells Canyon Dam where anglers fish throughout ...
12/10/14
A: You can harvest crayfish with just a valid fishing license.  In Idaho, they are considered game fish, so they can be caught whenever a season is open for fishing on that water (even a catch-and-release season).  If you want to use a trap, you can set 5 per licensed angler.  Check the rules for ...
12/9/14
A: Yes. 
12/9/14
A: Living in the wild is something people probably think about from time-to-time.  However, the reality of such a life often does not match how we would imagine such a life.  Finding food and coping with the weather can be a daunting challenge.  In addition, a number of rules and regulations apply to ...
12/8/14
A: A .44 Mag is a straight-walled case not originally developed for rifles and is considered legal in short range weapon hunts when fired from a handgun.  The ATF defines a handgun as: Any firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand...(27 CFR 478. ...
12/7/14
A: If a a private individual were to kill a dog at large it could carry criminal or civil liability.  The Fish and Game director or any peace officer, or persons authorized to enforce fish and game laws are authorized to destroy the dog at large when chasing big game.  Here is the section from Idaho ...
12/7/14
A: On pages 101 and 102 of the 2014 Big game regulations you will find detailed information as to how to properly validate and attach your tag to the Big game animal in your possession.   In short, your tag should be validated by “complete removal of the triangles denoting the month and day” of kill ...
12/6/14
A: There is nothing in Idaho Fish and Game code or rule that prohibits the feeding of games birds.  However, it is prohibited by rule to hunt upland game birds by use of bait, which is defined as "any substance placed to attract upland game birds".  Also, keep in mind that overcrowding issues can ...
12/5/14
A: It is not legal to sell wild game meat in Idaho. You can anonymously report this to the Citizen's Against Poaching hotline or anonymous web form.
12/4/14
A: Yes you can use furs, feathers, and motion for a decoy. The only thing is you could not trap adjacent to the decoy. Also for the purposes of trapping you could not use feathers or fur.
12/4/14
A: Yes, the restriction on electronics attached to guns only applies to Big Game hunting.
12/4/14
A: Elk populations in northern Idaho are mixed - too few in some areas and too many in others.  Perhaps the most important factor in managing an elk herd is management of cow and calf (antlerless) elk. Where elk herds have declined, Idaho Fish and Game has eliminated anterless elk hunting completely ...
12/4/14
A: Hello, Thank you for your question.  The process to become a licensed rehabilitator starts at your local Regional Office.  If you live in the Boise area, please contact the Southwest Regional Office located in Nampa at (208)465-8465 to obtain the necessary application.  The completed application ...
12/4/14
A: We are currently in the process of drawing names for the 70 nonresident hound hunter permits.  A letter notifiying successful applicants will be mailed out the beginning of next week. Good luck.      
12/4/14
A: The IDFG stocking database on our website is not always up to date. We stocked around 15,000 rainbow trout this year into Elk Creek Reservoir. In the future, we plan to put in bigger (12 inches vs 10 inches) but fewer (13,200) fish.  Based on our research, this should result in similar catch rates ...
12/3/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game strives to provide hunting seasons that meet a wide variety of hunter’s desires, whether it be for food, trophy animals, or recreational opportunity with friends and family.  Each year, staff review population information and solicit public input (e.g. public meetings, web site ...
12/3/14
A: The reduced bear and mountain lion tags are only valid in specific units. See the current years big game proclamation booklets for a list of the units where reduced bear and mountain lion tags are valid. The full price bear and mountain lion tag can be used in any big game management unit that has ...
12/1/14
A: The phrase "trout limit 0" means catch-and-release only for trout.  You can still catch and keep your limit of whitefish or other game fish species that reside in the water.
12/1/14
A: Unprotected and Predatory wildlife would be legal to pursue with the weapon described.    
12/1/14
A: Idaho Code 36-1107 talks about when wild animals can be destroyed and it does not cover destroying a moose because it attacks your dog.
12/1/14
A: The nonresident nongame license is valid for hunting unprotected birds and animals and predatory wildlife of this state.  This license is a good option if you are only interested in hunting coyotes, which are classified as a predator.   You may hunt with another person even if they have a ...
11/30/14
A: The parasites are fairly common, and they are a particular species of nematode that lives in joint areas of deer. The parasite is likely either in  the genus Onchocerca (several species) or the genus Wehrdikmansia (species cervipedis).  These parasite are transmitted by various biting insects ...
11/30/14
Q: tiger
A: No this is not true.  The story is from a website that does parody news stories.  We do not have an officer by this name. We do not have any reports nor are encouraging folks to stay away from this area because of a tiger.
11/30/14
A: Tag levels are set based on harvest data, aerial survey data, and a need to minimize elk depredations on agricultural crops.  Our most recent survey (2013) found around 3800 elk in Unit 22, with healthy calf:cow ratios (about 28 calves per 100 cows) and bull:cow ratios (about 17 bulls per 100 cows ...
11/30/14
A: No this is not true.  The story is from a website that does parody news stories.  We do not have an officer by this name. We do not have any reports nor are encouraging folks to stay away from this area because of a tiger.
11/30/14
A: The answer to that question depends on the problems they are causing. If they are damaging your property in a monetary way, you have the right to defend your property. If they are simply an annoyance, we can rent you a trap to remove them. Skunks are classified in Idaho as predators. As such, they ...
11/28/14
A: Individuals can not sell migratory waterfowl mounts or otherwise under the Migratory Bird Act.  A couple narrow exceptions exist only for properly marked captive-reared waterfowl: These include: Taxidermist w/ Federal permit may sell mounts of properly marked captive-reared waterfowl.  50 CFR 21. ...
11/28/14
A: The changes to Bent Lane access to the Boise River near Star have resulted in a lot of confusion and disappointment for past area users who go there now.  First, it is important to clarify that the entire access is on private land.  Although a previous landowner posted the public access easement ...
11/28/14
A: When an adult WMA Upland Game Permit holder and a youth hunter (under 17 years old) pursue pheasants on a WMA where pheasants are stocked, each hunter may harvest two (2) cock pheasants.  When a pheasant is reduced to possession, the adult must immediately: - validate their permit by entering the ...
11/27/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
11/27/14
A: Yes he does, A Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is required for any waterfowl hunter 16 years or older.
11/26/14
A: When returns are numerous enough a portion of the adult steelhead trapped annually at Hells Canyon Dam are released into Hells Canyon Reservoir. During the 2014 fall trapping season those releases occured weekly throughout November and totaled approximately 840 fish. The releases into Hells Canyon ...
11/25/14
A: There are quite a few opportunities around this area.  One place to start would be to look at Idaho Fish and Game's wildlife management areas in the Panhandle Region.  Another more direct way might be to call the Panhandle regional office and ask to talk to someone in wildlife and we can help you ...
11/25/14
A: This is a very good question! If a wounded animal is located while hunting and it is still alive nothing would prohibit you from taking the animal and tagging it as your own, as long as you have a valid license, tag and or permit for the same animal and area where you are hunting. The hunter who ...
11/25/14
A: INL is in between Arco and Idaho Falls on both sides of Highway 26
11/25/14
A: Yes, as long as the dog is not participating in the hunt by tracking or worrying elk.  A companion dog is perfectly ok.   Blood Trailing Dogs. The use of one (1) blood-trailing dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours and within seventy-two (72) hours of hitting a big game animal is ...
11/25/14
A: If you are talking about filing a 2014 hunter-harvest report, you're in luck. (opens January 2014, closes June 2015). You will still be able to hunt in Fall 2015. (Question submitted 11/25/2014) Just to repeat the regulations -- Each hunter is required to file their report, within 10 days after ...
11/25/14
A: The only reference we could find is Idaho Code 18-3302B which states you cannot possess a concealed weapon while under the influence of alchol or drugs. Idaho Code 37-2732C(e) says you cannot possess a firearm while under the influence of certail controlled substances.  We know of no code ...
11/22/14
A: Idaho laws and rules regarding “road hunting” focus on public safety and hunting principles of fair chase. For public safety reasons, it is illegal in Idaho to shoot from or across a public highway. It is also generally illegal in Idaho to hunt from motorized vehicles and to molest game with ...
11/22/14
A: The Idaho trespass laws are set in statute by the Idaho Legislature. A change to these statutes would require action by the legislature. You should contact your state senator or representative to discuss changes to the trespass statutes. There a number of trespass statutes. The four statutes which ...
11/22/14
A: No it is not legal to hunt in a posted area that includes shooting from an unposted area to a posted area. Title 36-1602 refers to hunting on posted land; Title 18-7011 refers to even entering another’s property by causing any object, substance or force to go upon or over real property.
11/22/14
A: You are correct, in Idaho 7 year olds cannot purchase a hunting license.  But when she turns 8....you can purchase her a Hunter's Passport for $ 1.75 to hunt small game, sold at any vendor.  The carrier of a passport must be with a licensed adult hunter at all times during the hunt....the passport ...
11/22/14
A: Hello, I am the Chief of Enforcement for Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Please contact us so we can send you a packet of information regarding your question.  208-334-3736 For your reference please review Chapter 6, Title 36, Idaho Code.  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36. ...
11/22/14
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not control keys to US Forest Service gates.  Keys to US Forest Service gates are no longer issued to disable hunters.  There may be some exceptions but not to my knowledge.  Contact the Ranger District Office for the forest you are intending to hunt for the ...
11/21/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a muzzleloader stamp with the hunter's passport...to hunt in an muzzleloader-only hunt  OR you can hunt in the Any-weapon general hunt (without muzzleloader stamp).
11/21/14
A: The mentor may still act as a mentor even if his/her tag has been filled.  The only legal requirement is that the mentor’s tag must have been valid in the same unit as the tag of the one being mentored.  The answer to the three remaining questions is; this is how the fish and game commission wrote ...
11/20/14
A: That depends where you are and when you're out hunting. Check the waterfowl seasons and rules in the "ducks" section to determine the bag limit at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66  If you need more clarification, contact your regional Fish and Game office and they'll help ...
11/19/14
A: The Department developed a series of recommended changes to the LAP rules to address issues brought forward by some sportsmen and/or landowners.  The proposed changes were not broadly supported by the affected stakeholders and the Commission chose not to make any changes at that time.
11/19/14
A: Mark, Rules for Fishing Contest are found in IDAPA.  The website is:  http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/2014/13/0105.pdf .  You can also find the application to apply for a fishing tournament on our Idaho Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fishTournament.pdf . ...
11/19/14
A: Yes. Deer and elk tags are available over-the-counter in Idaho. However, there are a limited amount. As of this answer, there are fewer than 2,000 of a total of 12,500 deer tags available to nonresidents for 2014. You can find the total remaining tags available online. You'll need your nonresident ...
11/18/14
A: This is a very broad question. I recommend you contact a local Fish and Game Officer for specific information.   Food plots for wildlife are encouraged.  However, there are rules that prevent hunting over bait for most species. There are Federal rules for waterfowl and migratory birds; an ...
11/18/14
A: We are looking at reinstituting the greenfield hunt for antlerless elk in Unit 50 upon the approval of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  Public meetings concerning this topic and any other changes to big game rules and seasons will be held in early 2015 in various cities throughout Region 6. If ...
11/18/14
A: That's a great questions and something we've recently identified as a resource need for the website. However, it will take a while to implement and these archival books will not start appearing for some time. To meet your immediate needs, please contact our Fisheries Bureau at (208) 334-3791. The ...
11/16/14
A: You can purchase landownership maps from the BLM.  They will show the land by ownership.  They do not have the landowners name associated with the map.  Some of the newer mapping layers for GPS units have the landowners name associated with the plots.
11/16/14
A: Thanks for the question. I'm glad you guys are having these types of discussions. The answer to your question is the same as so many questons regarding these types of laws:....... It depends. You have pretty much nailed it in the descriprion of your discussion. Idaho Code section 36-1508(a) sets ...
11/15/14
A: Let us know if this doesn't answer your question: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/there-difference-between-...
11/15/14
A: Yes, a crossbow is legal in a short range weapon hunt as long as the peak draw weight is not less than 150 pounds.  All other archery equipment restrictions apply (ie expandable broadheads are illegal, etc).
11/15/14
A: Yes, he will need to pay the nonresident tag fees as he does not qualify for resident items.
11/14/14
A: Thanks for your question on moose tags. Right now we are in the process of making recommendations on moose hunting seasons.  We are recommending an increase in the number of moose tags that will be offered in Unit 5.  We'll continue to look at tag numbers in there and continue to increase tags if ...
11/12/14
A: Super hunt tags are a bonus tag. You can have a general season or controlled hunt tag and a super hunt tag for the same species.
11/11/14
A: We've only had a few Wolf Trapping Classes in Jerome because of few requests.  There is a Wolf Trapping Class scheduled for Idaho Falls on 11/22/2014 which may be the closest class to Jerome for several months. To find out what classes are available visit our website @  https://fishandgame.idaho. ...
11/10/14
A: For those species that can be hunted such as bobcat, fox, coyote, wolf, and lion, a trapping license is not required.  We do not have a furbearer license, only a trapping license that is required for trapping furbearers.  Please be sure to check the rules on fox as some counties in the state, i.e ...
11/9/14
A: Yes but only at an Fish and Game office. If you purchase your tags via the Internet, telephone or any license vendor in the state, the system will only offer nonresident tags. Once you have met the requirements to become a resident of Idaho, you can purchase resident tags on your nonresident ...
11/8/14
A: Anyone can buy tickets for Idaho's Super Hunts. Most of the people who enter are from the US, but every year a handful of entries come from another country.  A hunter from Australia won a moose tag in the 2009 Super Hunt drawing.  Also, since you don't need an Idaho hunting license to enter the ...
11/8/14
A: Yes, fishing has been good in the Lewiston, Riggins, and Snake River areas.  I was in Salmon, Id. the first week in November and they were picking up a few, fly fishing.  We've had enough steelhead enter the Hells Canyon trap that we relocted 300 to the Boise River for anglers.  Typically, we don' ...
11/8/14
A: The rule for muzzleloader only season is considered a hunting opportunity in the true style of muzzleloaders of the mid to late 1800's.  Current technology can provide an advantage over loose powder and all lead bullets.  In order to prevent these advantages, modern powders and jacketed bullets ...
11/7/14
A: After you take the online hunter education course and pass, you will receive a certificate with a voucher number. Use the voucher number to sign up for an online field day. This field day is specific for online students only. The instructor-led course has a field exercise, but it is for instructor ...
11/7/14
A: You are correct that a 9mm and .40cal can be used during a short range weapon hunt for big game animals.  Straight walled cartridges like the 45-70 are not lawful for use during a short range weapon hunt.
11/7/14
A: Thanks for the question! It looks like we need better information about coyotes and other predator-classed wildlife on this website. Hopefully, this answer to a prior question helps for your immediate needs, though:https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/trapping-coyotes  
11/6/14
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game Big Game Seasons and Rules describes weapon restrictions.  For 2014 you can find these on page 100.  The second column describes Archery Equipment in any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game ...
11/6/14
A: Typically land owned by Idaho Department of Fish and Game is for the purpose of public use.  However there are restrictions on many of our wildlife management areas (e.g. some are closed to big game hunting, some to waterfowl hunting, etc.). Land owned by other State of Idaho agencies may have ...
11/5/14
A: Idaho accepts Hunter Education certification from any State.
11/5/14
A: Most of the elk migration will not happen until late Novemeber or December.  Elk could also be found at any elevation this time of year.  They will seek out areas with good security cover and good forage until snow and cold temperatures push them out of those areas towards their winter range.  ...
11/5/14
A: Possession of a red-tailed hawk requires a falconry license.  Federal regulations regarding falconry state that you must be at least 12 years of age to obtain an apprentice level falconry license.  You will also be required to have a letter of support from a Master or General falconer who is at ...
11/4/14
A: Hi Jack, I can answer one of those species pretty simply - there are no pheasants that I know of on Red Ridge. However, it is likely that there are grouse - perhaps blue (now called dusky) grouse and/or ruffed grouse.  There may be cottontails, although snowshoe hares are likely more common.  And ...
11/4/14
A: You are correct.  There is a moratorium on outfitted waterfowl hunts for licensed outfitters and only those outfitters grandfathered can continue doing so.  However, in 2013 Idaho law was changed to allow private land outfitting/guiding without a license.  Here is the specific language from Idaho ...
11/4/14
A: You and your son can purchase a hunter's passport at a vendor or through the Idaho Fish and Game Department. The passport exempts you from taking hunter education this year in order to hunt. The passport expires at the end of the calendar year. That means that the next time you come to Idaho to ...
11/4/14
A: Yes it is legal to hunt out of a boat under natural drift.
11/3/14
A: Over the years we have received many suggestions from our customers about having the ability to print their license from home. In the spring of 2013 we made a change to our Internet purchase site that now allows hunters and anglers to print their license instead of receiving it in the maile. Per ...
11/3/14
A: Non-toxic shot is required for all hunting (including quail and upland game) while on the USFWS Deer Flat Refuge islands (posted with National Wildlife Refuge signs) in the Snake River.  No shot restriction exist on state or private islands, except those in place for waterfowl hunting.
11/3/14
A: The regular deer tag can only be used during the seasons listed in the big game regulation booklets for the regular deer. It cannot be used in seasons listed for the white-tailed deer tag. Please give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/3/14
A: Guiding is defined by Idaho Statute, at 36-2102 (c):    "Guide" is any natural person who is employed by a licensed outfitter to furnish personal services for the conduct of outdoor recreational activities directly related to the conduct of activities for which the employing outfitter is licensed ...
11/3/14
A: You can use bait for trapping coyotes, however you cannot use any part of a domestic or wild origin game bird, big game, upland game, game fish, or protected nongame wildlife for bait in trapping furbearing animals, unprotected wildlife, or predatory wildlife. In addition bait for trapping is ...
11/3/14
A: The entire park can be hunted with the exception of posted areas around buildings, so long as there is not a restriction stating the park is closed.  For example, the Park and Farragut WMA are closed from Aug 30-Sept 30 during the archery season in Unit 2 (see page 18-19 of 2014 Big Game seasons ...
11/3/14
A: If you were designated the tag, there is not a waiting period. The waiting period is for those who draw an antlered only hunt during the first deer and elk drawing. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/2/14
A: Yes, there is not a rule restricting the use of a scope on your shotgun in a short range season.
11/2/14
A: Coyotes are classified as predatory wildlife.  Fish and Game does not prohibit the use of bait for hunting predatory wildlife (coyotes).  Using the edible portion of harvested game animals as described in Idaho Code 36-1202 is not allowed.  Consult with the land management agency as well to ...
11/2/14
A: Yes, your regular deer tag is valid in a short range hunt.  Short range hunts are general hunts with a weapon restriction, just be sure to follow the weapon restriction listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Season and Rules brochure.
11/1/14
A: Yes a semiautomatic 9mm carbine rifle could be used to hunt deer during the general season. Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. This weapon would not be legal during any short range weapon hunt. I would suggest instead using a bolt action rifle however, of a larger caliber for the ...
10/31/14
A: If you have taken the hunter-ed.com bowhunter course, passed and printed the certificate you can sign up to take an Idaho Field Day. You will receive an Idaho bowhunter certification card.
10/31/14
A: CRP land is privately owned.  If it is not clearly cultivated or irrigated we recommend the owner post the property if they wish to prevent access.  If you know it is privately owned I recommend you obtain permission.  Some of the older CRP parcels have sage brush growing and it is next to ...
10/31/14