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A: Contact the region office for your area.  They will either have a scorer on staff or will have the contact information for one in your area.
10/28/12
A: No, you can use the tag the day you purchase it as long as the season is open.    
10/28/12
A: The vendor that you purchase your archery validation from will have an archery affidavit that you can fill out and sign indicating that you have experience hunting with archery equipment.
10/28/12
A: If the land manager (such as the Forest Service, BLM) has designated a trail or area for foot or horse traffic only you cannot use an ATV/OHV there.
10/29/12
A: Trapping licenses can only be purchased at a Fish and Game office or by mail.  Contact your region office (Upper Snake, 208-525-7290) to obtain an application form.
10/29/12
A: All birds are protected except for starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons.  The exceptions are certain species of waterfowl, doves and upland game birds, which can only be hunted during seasons that Idaho Fish and Game authorizes. All other birds are classified as ...
10/29/12
A: We had 120 applicants for the 2012 Nonresident Hound Hunter permits.
10/29/12
A: The Boise Front Segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA), including Lucky Peak Mountain, can be accessed by using Highland Valley Road (off of SH-21). The following link provides a map of the WMA and the roads http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/. The Boise Front ...
10/30/12
A: If you are hunting migratory game birds (waterfowl, doves) you cannot hunt with a shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells unless it it plugged with a one-piece filler which cannot be removed without disassembling the gun.  
10/30/12
A:             Deer Seasons General Any Weapon Regular Tag 10/10/12-10/31/12 Antlered White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 1 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlerless White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 4, Unit 7, Unit 9 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlered Mule and White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 2* (except Farragut SP), ...
10/30/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting the transportation of firearms with ammunition in the magazine while traveling within the state.  Although we are not aware of any federal laws, other state agency laws, or municipal laws prohibiting transportation of weapons with ammunition ...
10/31/12
A: Q. “Have you been hunting in Idaho the past 2 years?”     Region Count Blank Yes No Not Sure Panhandle 34 2 21 10 1 Clearwater 20 --- 10 10 --- Boise 248 8 138 102 --- Magic Valley 74 1 57 16 --- Southeast 53 2 24 27 --- ...
10/31/12
A: Idaho Dep't of Lands would be the agency that has jurisdiction and may have an issue with tree stands left on lands they manage. Idaho Fish and Game only regulates tree stands on property IDFG owns or manages (our Wildlife Management Areas). The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has a rule that ...
10/31/12
A: You must have a hunting license to hunt snowshoe hare in the Panhandle.  No other permit is required. The season is August 30-March 31, 2013 and the daily bag limit is 8 hares, possession limit is 24. This information is in the Upland Game Rules Book.
10/31/12
A: Under the current rules, you can catch and keep 20 hatchery-produced steelhead during the spring season and 20 hatchery-produced steelhead in the fall season for a grand total of 40 steelhead in a year.  See the steelhead section (page 36) of our current 2011 - 2012 Fishing Rules booklet or page ...
10/31/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have any proposed 2013 rule changes for the use of 209 primers in muzzleloader-only hunts.  Any hunting equipment rule changes effective in 2013 would have had to been adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission during summer 2012; allowing for review and approval by ...
11/1/12
A: Yes, but you can only use multiple, single-point hooks  (NO treble hooks) that are barbless (or barbs bent down).   
11/1/12
A:   There are no limitations to the number of guns you can possess while waterfowl hunting, as long as the following rules are followed:  1) guns are not capable of holding more than 3 shells (including chamber and magazine), and 2) you are only in possession of nontoxic shot.  If one of the ...
11/1/12
A: All of the elk hunts in unit 44 are "any weapon" hunts.  You can use archery equipment to hunt in an any weapon hunt.
11/2/12
A: An exchange student pays the resident fee for a fishing license.  For ages 14 through 17 the cost is  $13.75.
11/2/12
A: A number of factors affect bullet performance, including weight, powder (amount and type), barrel twist, primer, barrel length, ballistic coefficient of the bullet, atmospheric conditions, etc.  While it is likely a lighter bullet will shoot higher than a heavier bullet, we recommend working with ...
11/3/12
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 ...
11/3/12
A: Whenever someone makes a statement that an animal thrives well anywhere it lives, it reminds me of when a Doctor once told me that every patient that walks out of his office is alive.  Pretty much a person has to be alive to walk out of the Doctors office, and pretty much lynx or any animal will ...
11/6/12
A: Yes, but persons hunting any wildlife, even on their own property, must adhere to state fish and game laws. They must have a valid Idaho hunting license and tag for the species they want to hunt, and they must stay within the season parameters that Fish and Game has set up for the unit.
11/6/12
A: The requirements for muzzleloader-only season weapons are: Muzzleloader Caliber Requirements In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • With any muzzleloading rifle or musket that is less than .45 caliber for deer, ...
11/8/12
A: If the area you are hunting is approaching the harvest limit, every day you should make every reasonable effort to check whether the harvest limit is reached. It is a hunters responsibility to know the harvest limit and if it has been reached.   It is possible that a hunter may be in on a hunting ...
11/9/12
A: Yes; you can purchase a second deer tag but it can only come out of the nonresident pool of unsold deer tags.  The cost of the tag would be $301.75.  You can pick one up at any vendor.
11/9/12
A: No.  Hunter education certification from other states is accepted in Idaho
11/9/12
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to ask about it.
11/10/12
A: If the license holder is a nonresident, you can go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is your spouse or your minor child, you can also go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is a resident who is not your spouse or your minor child, you cannot ...
11/11/12
A: Lifetime license holders are counted in the resident pool for controlled hunts, even if they have moved out of state.
11/21/12
A: The rule does not specifically address field dressing the animal: the rule neither allows nor prohibits field dressing of road kill animals at the site. However, you should be aware of local rules and laws associated with traffic stopping on roadways for any other purpose other than emergencies. ...
11/21/12
A: Yes.
11/21/12
A:  It is illegal to use any magnifying lens during an archery-only​ season for big game in Idaho.  However, it is legal to use a magnifying lens while archery hunting during an any-weapon season for big game in Idaho. 
11/22/12
A: Wolf tags are sold over the counter.  They are a general season tag, not a controlled hunt item.
11/22/12
A: There are a number of things you would want to consider before making a decision on the purchase of an elk tag. Elk tags are specific in the location where you can hunt but each tag has different criteria in regard to what weapon you can use and when you can use that weapon. Some tags will offer ...
11/22/12
A: We wanted to expand our original list of "Family Friendly" fishing waters around the state, but many of the ponds where we wanted to give the special designation are high angler use waters.  Biologically, we felt the bass populations in many urban ponds that we've added to the list, could not ...
11/23/12
A: The IDFG property at Beaver Dick does not extend up to the Teton River.  Most of our property lies south of Highway 33, and there is a parcel of BLM that gets close to the Teton, but it doesn't actually touch the Teton.  You can use a boat to go upstream and reach the Teton if you choose.
11/24/12
A: Yes.  Both white-tailed and black-tailed jackrabbits are found in Idaho.  I found the following information on the National Geographic website. White-tailed jackrabbits are another common species. They frequent North America's plains and farmlands, though they also inhabit wooded areas. They are ...
11/25/12
A: The salvage permits are free.  After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit. If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage ...
11/25/12
A: SUPER  TAG 13      A drawing will be made for 10 super hunt tags in January 2013. This is an incentive for hunters to promptly file their required Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, and pronghorn purchased in 2012. These highly desirable tags can be used in any open hunt for that species ...
11/25/12
A: Everyone born January 1, 1975 or later must show proof that they have taken hunter education in Idaho or another state to hunt in Idaho. 
11/26/12
A: You are referring to rules that require the use of non-lead shot for waterfowl hunting.  Lead shot was prohibited as per an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who regulate the harvest of migratory birds throughout the U.S..  Studies showed that large amounts of lead shot were being ...
11/26/12
A: Yes, archery permits are still available.
11/27/12
A: You can harvest one male and one female moose in Idaho under the current rules.
11/27/12
A: Each year we count spawnng kokanee around historical shoreline spawning areas.  It gives us a rough index of the adult kokanee population.  This year we saw close to 30,000 fish, which is about 10 times higher than the average of the past 15 years.  That's encouraging, but unfortunately, it doesn' ...
11/29/12
A: I am not aware of any specific issues with the health of deer in the Orofino area.  We do get reports from folks within the city limits that the deer there do often look a bit scraggly in the spring, but this is not unusual for that time of year when the effects of winter are most evident and the ...
11/29/12
A: The tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information.  The Coeur d'Alene tribes website is http://www.cdatribe.org/.  In your question, you mention that you have talked to them already so you should be good to go ...
11/30/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
11/30/12
A: We estimated mountain whitefish abundance at a couple sites in Boise River during 2009 as part of long-term monitoring. All sites were upstream of Glenwood bridge.  We have no recent sampling data farther downstream, but whitefish inhabit the river at least as far downstream as Middleton. During ...
12/2/12
A: No.  I checked the bobcat hunting season in the Upland Game rules book (see pages 34-36); the bobcat season is December 14-February 16.
12/2/12
A: The simple answer is yes! The new salvage rule does not authorize anyone to dispatch or put down injured wildlife that have been involved in a vehicle collision. If you have been involved in a wildlife-vehicle collision and the animal is only injured, the responding law enforcement officer may ...
12/2/12
A: Any person who has harvested an antlered moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag  except an anterless tag. Any person who has harvested an antlerless moose in Idaho may not apply for any moose tag except an antlered moose tag.  A resident cannot apply for a nonresident moose hunt.    
12/4/12
A: Stocking steelhead is over for this year (2012).
12/4/12
A: The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:   By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species ...
12/5/12
A: When you purchase your Idaho archery permit you can fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in Nevada in an archery hunt.  These are available at vendors and a copy is also online.
12/5/12
A: Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit in a season.  A salvage report is required for each animal that is salvaged (example:  2 deer, 2 permits) Yes, a person can obtain more than one salvage permit for the same species. 
12/5/12
A: His name is Charles Corsi.  You can contact him at the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
12/5/12
A: Downstream of Chesterfield Reservoir off Kelly Toponce Road along the Portneuf River, we were able to locate some new "No Hunting" signs that had been posted at the access site owned by the King Creek Grazing Association on Croney Road.  IDFG has an agreement with King Creek to allow access ...
12/5/12
A: There isn't a magazine size restriction for hunting big game.  The restrictions we do have are listed below:   IDAHO WEAPON RESTRICTIONS   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 ...
12/6/12
A: In 2011 we sold 121,924 resident deer tags and 11,662 nonresident deer tags for a total of 133,586 sold.
12/7/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
12/8/12
A: The best place to hunt late season waterfowl in southeast Idaho would be on the American Falls Reservoir and surrounding Snake River area.  When hunting in this area, you do need to be aware of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundaries as hunting on the Reservation requires special permits from ...
12/8/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can. If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident. Each application is given a unique application number. Before the drawing takes ...
12/8/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not maintain facilities for disposal of hazardous materials, including old ammunition.  We recommend contacting your local police department, which generally are responsible for collection of hazardous materials. 
12/8/12
A: The red ear slider turtle is an invasive species, (not native to Idaho) which potentially could spread disease to native turtles if released to the wild.   Please contact the Idaho Dept of Agriculture if you have further questions. The number is 332-8620.
12/9/12
A: Up to 10% of the tags alloted to every controlled hunt can go to nonresident hunters--we don't guarantee that 10% will, but up to 10% can.  If a controlled hunt has less than 10 permits, only 1 can go to a nonresident.  Each application is given a unique application number.  Before the drawing ...
12/9/12
A: Because there are so many places to fish steelhead in the state over such a long period of time, it's really hard to say there is a best time and place. If an angler has a chance to follow the run upstream, the best time could be any month from July or August through May. The first part of each ...
12/10/12
A: Minnow, as it's used in the fishing rules booklet, refers to fish in the Order Cypriniformes.  Common names include common carp, all shiners, chub, dace and suckers.  Perch are not minnows and are listed seperate from minnows in the discussion on "seining and minnow trapping" in the 2013 Fishing ...
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: This is under the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board's jurisdiction, not IDFG. You can contact them at oglb.idaho.gov
12/10/12
A: Please contact the Outfitter's and Guide's Licensing Board for information. Their website and contact information is online at oglb.idaho.gov.
12/10/12
A: It depends on the season--during an archery-only season you cannot use a crossbow unless you have a "disabled archery permit" (applications available from any Fish and Game office). During an any-weapon season you can use a crossbow to hunt.
12/10/12
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: You can use frozen, thawed, or shreded and bagged herring for bait in Idaho - in waters where bait fishing is allowed.  Whitefish are a game fish, so using the edible portion for bait could be construed by some as "waste of a game fish."  It is certainly legal to use the entrails, head, and tail ...
12/11/12
A: The actual federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fishhook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance. • With any ...
12/14/12
A: Which species and where are you planning to hunt?  
12/14/12
A: You can hunt with a crossbow during an any-weapon season but not during an archery-only season unless you qualify for and have a handicapped archery permit.  That permit is posted on our website in the "Licenses" section under forms.  
12/14/12
A: Yes, you can. 
12/16/12
A: All owl species are protected in Idaho.
12/16/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't encourage the public to feed big game.  Each region has a committee that considers whether winter (snowfall) conditions warrant Fish and Game feeding animals.  If you feel that big game is struggling and needs to be fed, please contact the Fish and Game Region office in ...
12/17/12
A: No.  Trapping classes are not required for any other species.
12/17/12
A: When a hunter puts in for a moose tag or another trophy species ( Mountain Goat or Bighorn Sheep), it does not prevent them from then getting a general elk or deer tag. All the general tags are still available for you to purchase, even after you've applied for a trophy species. The only limitation ...
12/18/12
A: The superhunt is a drawing for 34 tags that helps to fund Access Yes! -- the proceeds go toward compensating willing landowners for hunter and angler access to or across private land. Participants purchase chances at drawing a superhunt tag for deer, elk, moose or pronghorn tags.  These tags can ...
12/18/12
A: Your odds will not be any different than any other application. Each application is given a unique number whether it is a group application or an application with one hunter that is entered into the draw system.    
12/19/12
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