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A: We encourage hunters in both Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education to take ethical shots within their effective range, regardless of type of weapon they use.  Hopefully, hunters also encourage ethical behavior among themselves and discourage their friends and family members from taking risky ...
12/19/12
A: The Commission did consider bonus points in July, 2010, but decided to maintain the random drawing process that is in place today.  One of the key issues discussed was that in order to improve drawing odds for one, you need to decrease drawing odds for another. This places stronger odds against ...
12/19/12
A: It is unclear which Clean Shot broadheads you are referring to.  However, if it is the series of broadheads that have a laser built into them, they are illegal for big game hunting in Idaho.  They could be used to hunt predatory wildlife, unprotected wildlife, upland game, and small game that take ...
12/19/12
A: There are several nonresident license options: If you are also hunting big game, you can get a combination hunting/fishing license for $240.00 or a hunting license for $154.75. If you are only going to hunt turkeys and other small game, you can get a small game hunting license for $97.75.  If you ...
12/21/12
A: Idaho Code 202(s) defines residency for the purposes of purchasing resident hunting and fishing license. In part the code states that a person must be domiciled in Idaho with the bona fide intent to make Idaho their permanent abode. Simple ownership of property in Idaho does not constitute ...
12/21/12
A: The area that you describe is part of the Niagara Springs WMA and you are free to access it.  However, removing any object of archaeological, geological, or historical value or interest is prohibited on lands owned or controlled by the Department of Fish and Game.
12/21/12
A: Yes, Fish and Game can help you obtain a new card.  Our Hunter Education records go back to 1978.  Contact Headquarters (208-334-3700) or one of our Fish and Game offices.  They can look up your hunter education number and send you a new card if your information is still on file.
12/21/12
A: He must take hunter education before he can actually hunt, but he can still accompany you in the field.
12/22/12
A: Fish and Game rules prohibit the use a firearm "with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed."  Therefore, laser rangefinding rifle scopes attached to a rifle would be illegal to ...
12/22/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have a code or rule that specifically defines the distance you are required to be away from the road before discharging a firearm.  However, Idaho Code 36-1508 (copied and pasted below) just explains that you cannot shoot from or across a public highway.  If you are ...
12/22/12
A: Moose were first hunted through a general hunt format from 1893 to 1897.  Hunting was closed from 1898 until 1946 when a controlled hunt was established in eastern Idaho.  Additional controlled hunts were implemented in north central and northern Idaho in 1954 and 1957, respectively.
12/23/12
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 Idaho ...
12/23/12
A: No!  It is illegal to shoot/hunt from a vehicle unless you are handicapped and qualify and obtain a special permit to do so. 
12/24/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game has no rules prohibiting the use of flash suppressors, also known as silencers, for hunting.  You may want to check with local law enforcement jurisdictions such as county sheriffs to see if there are any local laws prohibiting possession and/or use.
12/24/12
A: Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area.  They license falconers and would know the requirements.
12/24/12
A: List of Species that Can be Salvaged Big Game Animals Black Bear (Ursus americanus) California Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) Elk (Cervus canadensis) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Moose (Alces americanus) Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) Mountain Lion (Felis concolor) Mule Deer ( ...
12/26/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have the resources or legal authority to create or maintain such a layer.  The State of Idaho also does not have legal authority to transmit parcel (private landownership or cadastral) data statewide.  At this moment, there are only three counties for which agreements ...
12/26/12
A: Yes.  We ask every hunter who had deer, elk and pronghorn tags to complete a mandatory harvest report.  The link to making your report is online at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/id/HunterReporting/welcome.
12/27/12
A: Resident salmon in Ririe Reservoir are commonly called kokanee, and are managed under the Upper Snake Region general bag and possession limits (page 29 of the 2012 rules booklet).  You are allowed to keep 6 per person per day. 
12/27/12
A: Spotlight permits can only be issued through an Idaho Fish & Game Regional Office. Not all regions allow spotlight hunting of unprotected species (jack rabbits) so you might want to check with your regional office to see if they do issue spotlight permits before making the drive there.
12/28/12
A: Please contact the Tribal Authorities for hunting information on the Reservation.  They are in charge of that area.
12/28/12
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to find out the stocking schedule for the Meridian area.
12/28/12
A: A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only controlled deer hunt may not apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one year  except for the second deer, elk and pronghorn application period and leftover controlled hunt drawings or sales. • For example, a hunter who drew a ...
12/29/12
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 ...
12/29/12
A: There is a link on our website to roadkill and salvage reporting.  It is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/
12/29/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't pay a bounty on coyotes and our Region offices are unaware of any other department that does.
12/29/12
A: The information copied below lists many of the animals that may be hunted and those that may not be hunted.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (MAY BE HUNTED--HUNTING OR TRAPPING LICENSE REQUIRED) Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and ...
12/29/12
A: The season dates for chukar and gray partridge hunting are September 15, 2012 through January 31, 2013.  (Daily bag limit is 8 chukar and 8 gray partridge.  Possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge).
12/30/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission does not have any rules which regulate the use or placement of trail cameras. The use and placement of trail cameras would be subject to regulation by the landowner or land manager.
12/31/12
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits.
12/31/12
A: Coyotes can be hunted year round and we do not have restrictions on how many you can kill. You must have an Idaho hunting license to hunt them. Please contact BLM directly to see if the area you want to hunt in is open. 
12/31/12
A: No.  You must get a 2013 Idaho hunting license and migratory bird validation.  The federal duck stamp is still valid and doesn't need to be replaced.
1/1/13
A: Coyotes are classified as predators and carp are classified as a unprotected nongame fish. Both can be left in the field.  Hunters are required to remove and care for the edible meat of big game animals, except black bears, mountain lions, and gray wolves. 
1/1/13
A: We don't have a DAV discount on a fishing only license but we do have a discounted DAV combination (hunting/fishing) license.  It costs $5.00 and is available for residents only.
1/1/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are hunting. 
1/1/13
A: Thank you for your suggestion.  It will be forwarded to our License Department.
1/3/13
A: Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area to talk to the Landowner Sportsman Coordinator.  Our region offices are listed on our website.
1/3/13
A: The nongame gun license is valid from date of purchase through August and costs $35.50.
1/5/13
A: It states in the Big Game Rules: During a muzzleloader-only season, it is illegal to pursue or kill a big game animal with any firearm, muzzleloading pistol, or weapon other than a muzzleloading rifle or musket.  A crossbow isn't considered a "lesser weapon" according to Fish and Game rules.  
1/5/13
A: According to state statute, cottontail rabbits may not be propagated and released into the wild.  In order to raise and release pheasants, the sources stock needs to be National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) certified.  To release captive-reared pheasants, an indivdual must possess a Wildlife ...
1/5/13
A: Your purchase of youth hunting/fishing licenses and tags will be valid through the end of the year, even after you turn 18.    
1/6/13
A: Go on our website to report the road kill.  The link is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/.    
1/6/13
A: Thank you for the email. I believe the location you are referring to is owned by Bennett Timber Company. Unfortunately, there are not any public shooting ranges in Latah County so folks wanting to shoot are left to find random locations. We have posted safety zone signs to keep people from ...
1/7/13
A: No, all raptors are protected.    
1/8/13
A: In addition to hunting forest grouse, unprotected nongame, and predatory wildlife (e.g. coyote) you can hunt big game species during any weapon and short-range weapon hunts.
1/9/13
A: Expandable broadheads were first made illegal for big game hunting in Idaho during the early 1990s. At that time there was broad public opposition to their use and concern about the "failure rate" of some of the early models. In 2006, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission evaluated all archery and ...
1/9/13
A: You are very observant.  The answer to your question has to do with differences in behavioral characteristics between deer and antelope. Deer are "jumpers" and when they encounter a fence, adult deer will jump over the fence and attempt to cross the interstate to continue their journey/migration ...
1/10/13
A: The amount of private land within Ted Trueblood WMA has not changed.      There is still a 40 acre square of private property in the middle that is well marked as private/No Trespassing and contains an old house site in the trees on the bench and a private hunting pond on the lower bench between ...
1/10/13
A: Contact the IDFG License Department for information.  The number is 208-334-3700.
1/11/13
A: A nonresident can use this license to hunt predatory and unprotected animals only (see list below).  The cost is $35.50 and the license is valid through the end of August only.  It cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are ...
1/11/13
A: Great question and the answer is that most public lands are open to hunting.  The trick is that it might be hard to locate a single map that shows all levels of public land at the state and federal levels.  The BLM has maps available that show land ownership beyond their own lands, including state ...
1/12/13
A: Yes.  There is no state or federal law or rule that prevents a hunter from taking waterfowl with a bow.  
1/12/13
A: Please report it to the IDFG Region office for your area.  The offices are listed on our website.  They can advise you.
1/12/13
A: There is no minimum age to start trapping species classified as furbearers,  or predatory and unprotected.  Trapping can be a highly rewarding mentoring experience for older trappers to teach youngsters.  There are also Trapping Education Courses that are offered when there is enough demand.  This ...
1/12/13
A: Although not as numerous as in the more remote areas in the Clearwater Region, wolves have been observed in parts of Latah County as well.  Most opportunities for observing or harvesting wolves can be found as one moves to the north and east away from private property and onto land managed by the ...
1/13/13
A: In recent years about on third (33%) of the harvestin the Upper Salmon in section 19 (East Fork to Sawtooth Hatchery)  occurs in March and about two thirds (66%) occurs in April.
1/14/13
A: We haven't scheduled one yet, but if weather and ice conditions are conducive, we'll try to hold one in mid-February.  All we can say at this point is stay tuned.  We'll certainly get a press release out and advertise the event if/when we do it.  It will likely be at Hauser again.  Though the ...
1/16/13
A: Contact IDFG Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They can put you in touch with the License Department; they have those records.
1/16/13
A: He needs to contact the IDFG Region office for that unit (208-634-8137).  They can go over the requirements for landowner tags and get him signed up if he qualifies.
1/17/13
A: Rabbits:   Cottontail Rabbit & Snowshoe Hare Seasons     3/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Falconry Idaho Statewide 4/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Snowshoe Hare Falconry Idaho Statewide 8/30/12-2/28/13 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Short-Range ...
1/19/13
A: Children can fish without a license until they are 14. Hunting is more complex.  If they haven’t had hunter education yet, they can get a hunting passport (detailed information is on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.). Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component ...
1/19/13
A: Due to Idaho privacy laws we do not post license numbers on our website.  Contact the IDFG Wildlife Department for help getting your report filled out.  Their number is 208-334-2920.
1/20/13
A: The reason we require a nonresident hunting license purchase in order to put in for our controlled hunt tags is primarily to increase drawing odds for nonresidents. The effect of requiring a license did decrease the number of nonresidents applications, but the hunters serious about coming to Idaho ...
1/20/13
A: Season opening dates for salmon are predicated on projected run sizes. The forecasted salmon returns for 2013 are lower than in recent years and in some cases not too much more than what is required for broodstock at the hatcheries of origin. Because the forecasts are low IDFG has deferred ...
1/20/13
A: Yes, except in no-bait fishing waters (only flies or lures can be used in no-bait waters). 
1/20/13
A: Actually, many wouldn’t consider the diversity of fishes in the Clearwater Region to be poor.  The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers all flow through the Clearwater Region.  As a result, we have many fish species that don’t occur in other regions in the State.  For example, we have anadromous ...
1/22/13
A: We have not documented a spawning run/event on the stocked coho. We have seen females with ripe eggs over the years but don't really think they can complete their life history in Cascade. Unfortunately we have stopped using coho in Cascade Res. due to poor returns (the numbers of coho caught by ...
1/23/13
A: No.  The public is not authorized to dispatch a wounded animal.  Please report injured wildlife by contacting your nearest conservation officer, sheriff’s office, or IDFG regional office.  Once the animal is dispatched by an authorized official, you then can salvage the meat.  
1/23/13
A: Yes, you can fish in an ice hut at night with a light.  Many years ago (30+/-), we had a prohibition on the use of artificial light, when fishing.  That rule was eliminated.  The only fishing that has restrictions on hours of the day that can be fished is Chinook salmon fishing.
1/23/13
A: Yes, there is a tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus, that occurs in wolves, other wild canids, and even domestic dogs, that can infect humans under some circumstances and result in Cystic Hydatid Disease. For information on this small tapeworm, the disease, and information on how to prevent ...
1/24/13
A: The first thing you need to do is to check with the police department in your town to see if it would be legal to use the pellet gun within the city limits. There is a crow hunting season (October 1-January 31) for areas outside of town.  Fox squirrels can be hunted year round...again, outside of ...
1/24/13
A: Area 3 is the following counties--Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette and Twin Falls and Washington . Please contact the Southwest Region office for information.  Their phone number is 208-465-8465.
1/25/13
A: Idaho requires that all hunters have an Idaho hunting license to hunt.  If you are hunting turkey or big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat, mountain lion, bear) you must have a tag for the animal in addition to the Idaho hunting license.
1/26/13
A: No, they cannot be used in Idaho. 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 ...
1/26/13
A: You may fill out the roadkill salvage form at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill Once the form is submitted you will receive a printable receipt to keep with the salvaged meat.
1/27/13
A: Please look at the Website for the Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board (http://oglb.idaho.gov/).  They list outfitters by unit.
1/28/13
A: Yes.  Racoons are now classified in Idaho as a predatory species and can be hunted year round with the proper license.  They can also be pursued with hounds year-round. The only species that can be pursued in Idaho with hounds are black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, red fox, and predatory and ...
1/28/13
A: You must have a 2013 tag to hunt in 2013.  The tags (and your hunting license) expired 12-31-12.
1/29/13
A: There are two instances in which you can fish without a license: 1). Free Fishing Day...you can fish anywhere without a fishing license 2).  On a licensed, private pond.  Landowners can go through Fish and Game to license a private pond and they can make any kind of requirements they want to for ...
1/29/13
A: Please call us at 208-334-3700 so we can get your name and address.  The 2013 rules will be online and in print in April.  It is not necessary for you to pay for postage.
1/29/13
A: We have a two-pole permit that allows you to use two poles or rods at the same time on waters and during seasons specified by Commission Rule.  This permit is valid for all open water and for salmon and steelhead fishing. NOTE:  The two-pole permit is not valid for use while ice fishing and does ...
1/30/13
A: Reproductive timing is variable according to species and also varies by region and elevation.  Most species breed soon after emerging from hibernation.  Populations occurring at low-elevation may give birth as early as March and have dependent young through May.  At higher elevation, breeding may ...
1/30/13
A: Season dates for bobcat trapping or hunting are December 14-February 16.  Bobcat Mandatory Check and Report Information: Any person taking bobcat whether by hunting or trapping must comply with the mandatory check and report and pelt tag requirements by: Presenting the pelts of all bobcats taken ...
1/31/13
A: You can get a handicapped archery permit that will allow you to use a crossbow during the archery-only season.  You need to use the IDFG form to apply for it; your doctor can sign it.  Call 208-334-3700 (Fish and Game Headquarters); they will mail the application form to you.
1/31/13
A: Use of ATVs off of established roadways is regulated by the specific agency or landowner that owns the property.  Most of Unit 10 is federally owned by the U.S. Forest Service, therefore they have the say with respect to motorized access; Potlatch Timber Corporation and U.S. Army Corps of ...
2/3/13
A: The only bounty program that Fish and Game is involved in is the Angler Incentive Program in the Panhandle (Lake Pend Oreille).  The information about it is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=107.  An Idaho fishing license is required.
2/3/13
A: Jackrabbits can be hunted year round and taken in any number; they are classified as an unprotected animal.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
2/4/13
A: Hunting access into the higher elevations of the Gospel Hump Wilderness in the fall is dictated by the timing of early snowstorms.  As you might expect, it is difficult to predict with certainty when snow depths will be sufficient to make entry or departure difficult, but typically some snowfall ...
2/4/13
A: No.  According to Idaho Administrative Code:  Dogs may be used to hunt or pursue :   01. Upland Game Animals, Upland Game Birds, and Migratory Game Birds. To train on or hunt upland game animals, game birds, and migratory game birds. Cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares are considered upland game ...
2/5/13
A: Obtaining a New Hunter Education Card from Idaho Fish and Game   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.   If you need the information for a ...
2/6/13
A:   You would be required to have an Idaho hunting license. Some ground squirrels are protected.  Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area to see if any are protected there.  For example:  Paiute ground squirrels in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt. As long as you stay ...
2/6/13
A: Yes, Fish and Game volunteer coordinators around the state set up activities that include tree planting, shrub planting, seed collection and other activities that are habitat building.  Activities are listed on the Volunteer Calendar at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/calendars/?action=year&calid ...
2/7/13
A: Yes, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and it's many conservation partners have several programs that can help landowners develop wildlife habitat.  The Department Habitat Improvement Program (HIP) is a cost-share program in which Department staff work with private landowners develop a habitat ...
2/7/13
A: We keep big fish records (as determined by weight) for fish that are commonly caught by anglers in Idaho.  We have added species to the list over the years based on expanding populations or increasing angler interest. If you catch a blue catfish, fill out the record fish form on our website and ...
2/7/13
A: Yes, it is legal to hunt with expandable broadheads and lumenoks for predatory and unprotected wildlife.
2/7/13
A: Reproductive timing is variable according to species and also varies by region and elevation.  Most species breed soon after emerging from hibernation.  Populations occurring at low-elevation may give birth as early as March and have dependent young through May.  At higher elevation, breeding may ...
2/11/13
A: No.  It hasn't been set yet (as of April, 2013) because we are waiting to get counts of salmon.
2/11/13
A: Thank you for your interest in the reopening of the Farragut Public Shooting Range. In November 2012 the Idaho Supreme Court reversed a lower District Court ruling and partially lifted the injunction closing the range. Before we can reopen the Range there are some legal housekeeping matters that ...
2/13/13
A: She can fish for steelhead without a license or permit, but her catch will have to go on the permit of an adult fishing with her.  If she wants to keep her catch, she can get a permit to do so.
2/14/13
A: Spotlighting permits are only available from Fish and Game offices.  Check with your local IDFG office to see if they are issuing permits.  There are no special requirements for the spotlights except that you cannot use headlights.
2/15/13