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A: Our Regional Fisheries Manager, Jim Fredericks, will evaluate the location of your pond and the associated risk to local fish populations from your proposed species of fish, crustacea, and amphibian stocking.  In some cases, if there is risk to local fisheries from your stocking, he will require ...
10/31/14
A: Negative; in Idaho it is unlawful to use someone elses tag or for someone to place their tag on an animal they did not harvest.  
10/30/14
A: Thank you for your question. A variety of harvest statistics for big game and trophy animals can be found on our webpage here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/stats.aspx Requests for additional information can be made through idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  
10/30/14
Q: Drones
A: No according to Idaho Law, Title 36 1101 (b) 3 and 5 you cannot use Drones to hunt with in Idaho.  We would be interested in those individuals who are post or talking about use drones for hunting on their Facebook pages. Please contact us with the infomation or you can go online or call CAP ( ...
10/29/14
A: If you haven't tried it, I would suggest you go to our Fishing Planner application on our website and check the access feature.  It contains all of the access sites we built or maintain with maps, site features and the types of fish you can expect to catch.  It can be found at: http://fishandgame. ...
10/28/14
A: This link provides the best available data of flow below Government Dam. It includes some tributary input, but if you plot the entire year, the influence of water from the reservoir is apparent.   http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_...  
10/27/14
A: First of all, thanks for the taking the time to ask the question.  Putting your tag on an animal you did not harvest yourself is called a tag transfer and is illegal.  The person to whom the tag is issued is the only person who may attempt to harvest that animal.  It is legal however for someone  ...
10/27/14
A: The Hunting Passport is a part of our mentored hunting program designed to get first time hunters a taste of what hunting is like. The Passport allows first time hunters to obtain a general tag and get out in the field with an adult mentor without having to take a Hunter Education course. A hunter ...
10/26/14
A: As long as you have fulfilled the bow hunter education requirements, you are able to purchase an archery permit at any time during a license year. Based on the hunt information in the 2014 big game regulations, your regular deer tag can be used to participate in an archery only hunt for white- ...
10/26/14
A: Although very unconventional to use ferrets to flush or take wildlife, it would be legal with a valid hunting license for small game and predators.  
10/25/14
A:   Once you have killed  any species of willdife that requires a tag to hunt (all big game species and turkey) the hunter must immediatley validate  their tag and attach it either to the carcass for most big game species or to the animal's hide for bear, lion and wolf.   The term immediatley  is ...
10/25/14
A: You have a couple of options to choose from. Have your 2015 nonresident lifetime license issued in December or January. After you have meet the six months residency requirements you may purchase resident tags at an IDFG regional office. You can wait to have your 2015 license issued until after you ...
10/24/14
A: The change in age came about because of the realization that some young hunters are physically and emotionally mature enough to hunt big game, to fire a rifle safely and responsibly, and that it is best that parents decide when their child is ready.
10/24/14
A: Each Fish and Game regional office has the responsibility of issuing beaver depredation permits.  The individual is required to report harvest back to the region and staff there keep track of the harvest.
10/24/14
A: Yes!  To make a correction to your hunter report for deer, elk or pronghorn you can call toll free 1-877-268-9365 (7 days/week) or contact the Wildlife Bureau at 208-334-2920 during normal business hours.
10/24/14
A: AR-15 type weapons are available in least 9 different calibers, all of which are legal for big game hunting in Idaho.  Idaho rules state that a firearm may not weigh more than 16 pounds, be fully automatic, fire buckshot smaller than #00, or be rimfire (except for lions and trapped wolves).  Idaho ...
10/24/14
A: Changes in land use, new wells for urban development, the need for dam repairs and the drought all have affected the reservoir levels at Indian Creek Reservoir. Indian Creek Reservoir is filled primarily by low elevation snowfall.  Back in the 1980's and early 90's, water used to back up past the ...
10/24/14
A: Based on the rules listed on page 18 of the 2014 big game regulation booklet, a regular deer tag can be used to hunt in an archery only season in unit 28 from December 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. You will need to make sure you also have the required archery permit to participate in the ...
10/23/14
A: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has contracted with a company to mail out the physical Federal Duck stamp. You will need to contact the Amplex corporation at 1-800-889-8871 or duckstamp@amplex.com to provide them with the correct address to send your duck stampe. For Idaho Fish and Game you may contact ...
10/23/14
A: If you've been a resident of Idaho for 6 months - and have proof; you qualify for a resident fishing license.  If you live out-of-state or still claim residency in another state then you need a nonresident fishing license or short-term (1 - 4 day) fishing license.  If you want to fish for salmon ...
10/23/14
A: Yes. However, the small game hunting license is not valid for the first five (5) days of the pheasant season. To hunt the first five days of the pheasant season, you would need to purchase the nonresident hunting license.
10/22/14
A: 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 allowed to track animals and aid inrecovery. A Hound Hunting Permit is not required.
10/21/14
A: Yes, you are allowed to use primitive traps for trapping.  On page 45 of the Upland Game, Furbearer, and Turkey rules the definition of trapping includes the use of trap, snare, deadfall, or other device commonly used to capture wildlife.  You can find the trapping rules at: http://fishandgame. ...
10/21/14
A: Please review this answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/can-i-hunt-using-my-bow-a...  
10/21/14
A: If the fish had long dorsal fins, it is possible that you were catching grayling.  They tend to have a body shape similar to a rainbow trout and a blue hue over their entire body. Otherwise, what you were probably catching were brook trout.  Brook trout can have a blue iridescent color during ...
10/21/14
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.I cannot answer this question accurately as the disposition of ...
10/20/14
A: The 10 a.m. rules applies only to Upland bird hunters on WMA's where pheasants are stocked.  Upland game birds shall not be taken before 10 a.m. on Fort Boise, C .J.Strike, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette River and Sterling WMAs, during the pheasant season.  Waterfowl hunters can hunt before 10 ...
10/20/14
A: A regular deer tag can be used to harvest a mule deer or white-tailed deer. You will need to look in the big game regulation booklets to see what hunts are open for a late archery hunt and what species of deer can be harvested in those hunts. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have ...
10/20/14
A: It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimefire handgun.  Center fired rifles are lawful: examples are .22-250 and .223.  There are exceptions for mountain lion and legally trapped wolves; see big game rules.
10/19/14
A: Just because a parcel is posted, does not mean that the landowner can’t give select individuals permission to hunt or access the property.  This really depends on the landowner. Some post no hunting or trespassing because they honestly don’t want any type of hunting or access to the property.  ...
10/19/14
A: .223 caliber centerfire weapons are legal.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimfire handgun. Idaho does not have a magazine capacity restriction.
10/19/14
A: The cost of all hunting and fishing licenses are set by the Idaho legislature.  At the present time, we are not recommending any changes to our license fee structure to the 2015 Idaho legislature.
10/19/14
A: You didn't mention where your property is but the beaver season begins Oct. 22 or Nov. 1 and runs through March in most of Idaho.  You can get a trapping license and trap beavers on your property or contact a local trapper to do that if beaver trapping is allowed in your area.  You may contact the ...
10/18/14
A: It is legal to hunt waterfowl from a boat in Idaho.  If the boat has a motor, all forward motion from the motor must have ceased before shooting.  Please note that a Southeast portion of Hauser Lake is within the city limits of the City of Hauser, and that the city may have ordinances that prevent ...
10/18/14
A: No.  The only time you need an archery permit is when you are hunting with a bow in an "Archery Only" hunt.  However, please be aware of the archery equipment restrictions, which can be found on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. 
10/18/14
A: The only species of fish we've stocked in Scoop Lake are rainbow trout.  We've heard reports of brook trout also being in that system - which is not surprising considering they been stocked in many locations throughout the White Clouds prior to modern times. Skin pigment varies in fish just like ...
10/17/14
A: You can fish most public waters with a bow for nongame fish like carp and sucker.  There are however exceptions to protect the public - including within City Limits where they have ordinances prohibiting the discharge of weapons and high use areas where an arrow possess a risk if it skips.  Within ...
10/17/14
A: In past regulation booklets deer youth hunst were restricted to youths age 17 and younger who are eligible to hunt big game by Idaho law. That youth hunt information was missed in the 2014 regulation booklets. It will be put back into the 2015 regulation booklets. For this year the only ...
10/16/14
A: You can purchase an unsold general season nonresident elk tag as a second tag at a reduced price of $301.75.
10/16/14
A: In Idaho we welcome anyone to attend our Idaho Hunter Education courses. Our course is recognized by all states where hunter education is required. It is important however that you know we teach Idaho game laws. As a hunter you are resonsible for knowing and following the game regulations where ...
10/16/14
A: This response is overdue and I apologize for that - it was my own oversight - I let it get buried and didn't get back to it until today. Year-round hunting on private lands was in effect in 5 of our 13 wolf management zones during 2014.  All wolves killed by hunters and trappers are included in ...
10/15/14
A: Yes, deer hunters can have their dog with them.  However, it is unlawful to hunt big game with dogs except black bears and mountain lions in certain units and with a valid hound hunter permit.  Idaho's definition of hunting is broad.  It is easier to comply with the law if you don't have a ' ...
10/15/14
A: The ideal candidate for a Conservation Officer will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Fish and/or Wildlife Management and some field experience.  However, you do not have to have a college degree to minimally qualify for the position of Conservation Officer. To minimally qualify for the ...
10/15/14
A: At this time in mid-October we are expecting that some steelhead will be released into the Boise River but can't say how many. The trap at Hells Canyon Dam will go into operation about October 27; trapping earlier than that when water temperatures are warm is not good for the fish. Watch the news ...
10/15/14
A: Yes, you can hunt the wounded animal.  However, you will need to comply with all relevant hunting rules such as: open elk season where you are at, correct zone elk tag, lawful hunting hours, don't shoot from or across a public road, and when the animal is harvested, it must be tagged with a ...
10/14/14
A: There are furbuyers in many communities in Idaho and because you did not identify where you lived I cannot be more specific.  You can always google furbuyers in Idaho and find the one closest to you, or you can contact the Idaho Trappers Association info@idahotrappersassociation.com for strategies ...
10/14/14
A: This is a good question.  Cottontail rabbits are classified as Upland Game animals and it is illegal to trap all upland game animals.  Cottontail rabbits tend to habitually travel about using a maze of trails usually beneath brush and other obstructions.  There habits make them very vulnerable to ...
10/14/14
A: Check with the city hall and county seat where the domicile is located.  There may be a city or county ordinance.  There is no state late regarding a specific distanc from a dwelling.
10/14/14
A: Thank you for asking. Those panels remain property of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. If you contact your local Fish and Game Office to let them know, our Landowner Sportsmen Coordinator will arrange to have them picked up so they can be distributed elsewhere.    
10/14/14
A: Yes; waterfowl hunting is allowed on Tolo lake.  Please consult the 2014 Waterfowl Pamphlet for more information regarding seasons and rules.
10/13/14
A: This is a great question and unfortunately, especially with young hunters, it occasionally happens that they have either lost their license, washed it or just simply cannot find it. Although the license number is on the tag, Idaho Code 36-1201(c) requires that your "License must be .......on his ( ...
10/13/14
A: General season tags can be purchased at any time prior to or during the hunting season (they must be purchased prior to hunting) as long as there are tags available in the quota or zone you intend to hunt. The number of tags available to nonresidents can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
10/13/14
A: Part of Cougar Bay shoreline is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, and may be hunted.  Remaining portions are private property and would require permission from a landowner for access and hunting.  The southeast portion of Hauser Lake is incorporated within the city limits of the City of ...
10/13/14
A: Major oversite on our part. The information is now posted on the website.  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=291. Idaho Fish and Game is unable to release names of the Super Hunt winners.  Here's a synopsis of the results. 2 Pronghorn tags drawn for Idaho and Washington hunters. 2 ...
10/13/14
A: For the position of Biologist, Wildlife Regional a degree in Environmental Studies with conservation emphasis could be considered a closely-related field to Wildlife Management depending on what upper division college coursework you had successfully completed.  Some examples of the courses that we ...
10/13/14
A: There is no legal standard in Idaho State Code or Adminstrative Rule setting a required distance from buildings to discharge a firearm.  However, there are certain cities and counties that have created ordinances setting these distance requirements.  Please check with the appropriate city or ...
10/12/14
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10/12/14
A: No, it is unlawful to take deer with a .22 caliber rimfire weapon.  Centerfire weapons are lawful; example .22-250 and .223.
10/12/14
A: Yep. The seasons and rules booklets are served as PDF documents.  Many browsers open them as they would another web page.  The ways to download the PDF and access the PDF online vary depending on your device. Typically, Windows computers you can right-click and click "save file as...". On Mac ...
10/12/14
A: We have very little concern that the recent levels of suspended sediment in the Boise River are negatively impacting fish populations. Fish, including the trout that everyone likes to fish for, are very resilient to temporary spikes in suspended sediment. Trout and other cold and clear water ...
10/11/14
A: You are fine to carry your firearm to your blind.  Its your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  Duck hunter almost always access their hunting blinds in the dark.
10/11/14
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.Idaho law does prohibit the aiding and abetting of the ...
10/11/14
A: You must check with the appropriate City Hall and the appropriate County Seat for any ordinances adopted based on the house/dewlling location you are referring to.  There is no Idaho State Law regarding a specific distance from a house or dwelling.
10/10/14
A: Even though blaze orange is not required to be worn while hunting big game in Idaho, it is recommended.
10/10/14
A: If you missed filing your 2013 hunter-harvest report, for deer, elk, or pronghorn, it is too late. Sorry! (ends June 2014) You won’t be in trouble, but please file your 2014 report sooner. If you are talking about filing a 2014 hunter-harvest report, you're in luck. (opens January 2014, closes ...
10/9/14
A: The Commission will have a briefing on Moose, mountain Goats, and bighorn sheep at their November 13 meeting in Post Falls. The Department will be developing proposals on changes to seasons and tag numbers of the next couple of months and will soliciting input in December and January. The Fish and ...
10/8/14
A: Yes, you can obtain a duplicate tag for any controlled or general season hunt.   However, this can only be done at a Idaho Department of Fish and Game office (Boise HQ or Regional Offices).   The cost to have a duplicate tag printed is $7.25 for a Resident or $8.25 for a Nonresident.
10/8/14
A: No you may not use another persons tag. However, the Department does allow the tag to be designated to an immediate family member. Here are some of the requirements for this option. The hunter possessing the tag must have passed away prior to the opening of the controlled hunt. The original tag ...
10/8/14
A: If you kill an animal previously wounded by your partner you must reduce the animal to your possession, validate your tag, and place it on the animal.  If you do not have a valid tag for the area it would be unlawful to kill the animal even if it is wounded.
10/7/14
A: If you possess a big game hunting license, it also covers upland game bird. With the big game hunting license there is not a waiting period on the pheasant season.
10/7/14
A: The Department does not regulate the fees charged by outfitters for the services they provide. The fees they charge for a hunt can be based on the demand for the hunt and the type of hunt (general season hunts versus controlled hunts). If you would like to discuss the fees charged by outfitters, ...
10/6/14
A: This is a very broad category with too many questions to accurately address in this message.  I encourage you to contact your local police station, county sheriff's office, or local conservation officer to help explain the details surrounded each circumstances.  Idaho does not have a state law ...
10/6/14
A: Over the counter elk tags are available to both residents and nonresidents. There are a limited amount of elk (and deer) tags available for nonresidents, so get them before they are sold out! We are discounting the second tags for both residents and nonresidents this year and they are selling ...
10/6/14
A: I remember the college days and trying to make ends-meet.  Everything seemed more expensive back then and I really had to scrutenize all purchases to make sure I was getting the most out of my hard-earned money.  Still, when I look back, my hunting and fishing license allowed me recreational ...
10/5/14
A: Yes, some of the chinook from Coeur d'Alene Lake spawn in the St. Joe River, though the majority spawn in the Coeur d'Alene River.  The fish in the St. Joe typically spawn in the first large riffles above the slackwater, from St. Joe City to Calder.  Now is the time to see them.  In recent years, ...
10/5/14
A: It is illegal to shoot carp with a firearm.  You can use a bow, crossbow or spear - but no firearm.
10/5/14
A: There is a place called Pipers in Richfield. The owners name is Mike Piper. He can be reached at 208-7487-2530. Good luck on your hunt!
10/5/14
A: American Falls Reservoir has a healthy population of smallmouth bass.  Spring fishing is the best.  Fish rocky shorelines and use plugs, rubber worms or poppers for best results.
10/4/14
A: Wood ducks can be found in wooded streams, marshes, small lakes and beaver ponds and may be seen year-round. A few choice spots in eastern Idaho where they can be encountered is at Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit about 10 miles west of Rexburg, along the Snake River from Firth to American ...
10/4/14
A: This is a very broad question and cannot be answered accurately without more information. Idaho does not have a state law requiring a particular distance from a house for discharge of a firearm.  Some cities and counties have adopted ordinances with this regard.  Please contact the City or County ...
10/4/14
A: In calendar year 2013 there were 19,282 hunting licenses issued to Kootenai county residents.
10/2/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule applies only to those units displayed in orange on the map on page 105. In these designated units, between August 30-December 31, big game hunters (including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunters) may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are ...
10/2/14
A: It would probably be a good idea. You can update your customer information at any vendor while purchasing additional permits or a duplicate license.
10/1/14
A: The 1-fish 28" size limit was just for last steelhead season.  Rules and bag limits have reverted back to those posted in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet.
10/1/14
A: There are a number of different governmental entities that maintain and manage public access sites on the Snake River.  Some are managed under partnership agreements between Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and counties or Bureau of Reclamation, others are county owned and operated.  We publish a ...
9/30/14
A: Yes, your power wheelchair is considered a motorized vehicle. A motorized vehicle is defined as any water, land, or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity, or any other mechanical power as set forth in Section 36-202, Idaho Code. If you possess a disabled hunting ...
9/29/14
A: In both the 1999 and 2014 elk management plan, elk zone population objectives are presented as a range of numbers.  IDFG strives to manage the  elk population to be within that range of numbers.  
9/29/14
A: Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing.  Disrupting the buoyancy of a sturgeon can damage the skeletal structure; this is too far out of the water.  Sturgeon can be rolled over onto their backs in the water before removing the hook.  This generally calms the ...
9/28/14
A: You can only bow hunt for nongame fish (carp, suckers, tench).  All you need is a current Idaho fishing license.  We have no rules on arrow types, weights or tips.  There are also no rules on bows such as let-off or weight.     Some previously posted answers might help here, but don't quite answer ...
9/28/14
A: We do not restrict firearms in our archery only seasons.  Please contact the relative National Forest in regards to the postings you describe. 
9/28/14
A: Yes, in 2010 the Commission adopted the following rule:  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 allowed to track animals and aid in recovery. A Hound Hunting Permit ...
9/28/14
A: Eurasian collared doves are considered an invasive species as such there are no seasons and no limits.  They can be taken at any time with any weapon and in any number.  Idaho Fish and Game have no rules governing their take etc other then you would need to leave a wing or head naturally attached ...
9/27/14
A: It depends on the stage of development when the mother dies.  If the juvenile crayfish have reached the size where they can digest organic material, once they detach from the mother, they can strike out on their own.  Survival of juvenile crayfish is very low due to all the natural predators (fish ...
9/27/14
A: An arrow wound is not natural.  This animal would not have died if not hit by the arrow.  No parts of this animal can be legally salvaged.
9/26/14
A: Hunting over placed bait is not legal; 2014 and 2015 Seasons and Rules for Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey page 21.  Dove's are  migratory birds.  Please review the 2014 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules, page 13, for more detailed information regarding bait.
9/25/14
A: Public land around Black's Creek Reservoir, outside of any administrative areas such as parks, boat ramps, etc., are open for access.  There has been issues with vandalism around the outlet area in the past and road access is restricted. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not closed any bird ...
9/25/14
A: No, you cannot hunt elk in Farragut State Park.  This is primarily for safety concerns because of the presence of campers, hikers, and other recreationist during the season..  The Unit 2 boundary description states "Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA, closed except for as allowed by Commission ...
9/25/14
A: Yes you can make the exchange. However, it will need to be done prior to the opening date of the hunt which is October 1 for the Middle Fork A tag.
9/25/14
A: Yes you can use semiautomatice rifles to hunt deer during the general season.  Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. I don't know if you'd need a semi-automatic rifle since a bolt action is the best to use for the reasons that it is simple, reliable, and safe. Unless you feel that a quick ...
9/24/14
A: Yes, you can participate in a general season spring bear hunt, apply for the fall controlled bear hunt and be eligible to draw a tag for the fall controlled bear hunt too.
9/24/14