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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
A: If this question is regarding roadkill salvage, you may harvest the animal and then report it within 24 hours. You do not need to obtain a permit first.
2/17/13
A: It is too early to speculate on anything like that. 
2/17/13
A: Lifetime licenses cost the same for disabled Vets that they do for other Idaho residents (see below).   Resident Lifetime License Certificates   Regardless of your age, purchase of a lifetime license could be the best investment you ever make. Lifetime combination, hunting and fishing licenses ...
2/19/13
A: Pet and livestock owners are allowed to protect their animals from molesting or attacking wolves, including the shooting of, without the need of a license or tag.  Pasted below is the Idaho Statute that provides the rights and limitations for protecting pets and livestock. (c) Control of ...
2/19/13
A: Volunteer opprtunities and IDFG staff in charge of volunteering are listed on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/volunteer/.  Thank you for contacting us.
2/20/13
A:   No.  When you catch a fish you must either let it go or kill it.  You cannot take it home and keep it in an aquarium.   Holding Live Fish (page 53 of the 2013 Fishing Regulations): No permit is required to keep game fish alive that have legally been reduced to possession, in a live well, net or ...
2/21/13
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA 13.01.11.004. Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
2/21/13
A: The next Free Fishing Day in Idaho is June 8, 2013......
2/21/13
A: Steelhead were released in the Boise River last November. 
2/22/13
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits. - See more at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/do-i-need-hunting-license-kill-jack-rabbits#sthash.7omtD2wt.dpuf License fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
2/22/13
A: Predatory wildlife (raccoon, coyote, jackrabbit, weasel, skunk, and starling) and unprotected wildlife may be legally hunted with an Airgun at any time and in any amount. Cottontail rabbit and Snowshoe hares may be hunted with an Airgun during season (See Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey ...
2/24/13
A: No, it isn't required. 
2/24/13
A: They are posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/lookupLicense.cfm?tab=SPRG_BT..  
2/26/13
A: It is not illegal to possess two copies of your hunting license. However, when a person gets a “duplicate” copy of their hunting license, the duplicate license invalidates the original license. Idaho Code 36-405(b)3. When a duplicate license has been issued the original license shall become null ...
2/26/13
A: Anglers 14 and older must have a fishing license and if they are fishing for steelhead, they must also get a steelhead permit.
2/27/13
A: There are a great deal of unknowns when it comes to setting annual Chinook salmon seasons so we like to wait until we have some idea how many Idaho fish have reached the lower Columbia River before setting seasons and bag limits.  Typically, we go to our Fish and Game Commission in March with a ...
2/28/13
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game has an official policy regarding hunting and fishing activities. All Department personnel are encouraged to participate in hunting and fishing activities and become familiar with the fish and wildlife resources and the areas of the State that support these ...
3/1/13
A: The requirement to take bowhunter education applies to big game hunting, not nongame hunts.  You can use a bow to hunt nongame animals without taking the bowhunter education course first.  You must have a hunting license. 
3/1/13
A: Yes, you can.  Here is some information about it: LEAD AMMUNITION INFORMATION Hunter Information: Lead can be toxic if ingested. The toxicity depends on the level and frequency of exposure. Lead can have physiological effects. Lead shot is banned in U.S. for waterfowl hunting, but is still used ...
3/2/13
A: Raccoons and coyotes are classified as unprotected and predatory wildlife. The sale of legally taken unprotected wildlife is allowed under Idaho Code Section 36-501 (a). The carcasses must be accompanied by a written statement from the seller (seller's name, address, phone number, and hunting or ...
3/2/13
A: You are not required to report your upland game harvest (or nonharvest) online.
3/3/13
A: The nonresident Dworshak zone elk tags have been available for sale since Dec. 1 of last year (12-01-12).  They are available until the elk tag quota sells out; in other words, there isn't a specific date.     
3/4/13
A:   It is legal to catch them but they must be released or killed:   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
3/5/13
A: Yes.  The wolf tag you purchased is valid for the entire calendar year.   
3/6/13
A: There are no restrictions on wading below Henrys Lake.  While there are many redds visible, and many anglers wading through the stream (and even through redds), it is rare for impacts from wading to have enough of an impact on egg to fry survival to reduce fish populations.  In general terms, the ...
3/6/13
A: We try keeping fish hatchery return information up-to-date for all our facilities.  When things get busy or with holiday weekends, information could be a day or two, late.    F08
3/7/13
A: You can purchase a mountain lion tag for that hunt at any time.  It is a general season hunt so tags are available for sale for 2013. The current season information is copied below.  There will also be a season next fall and your tag will  be valid through December 2013 (unless you harvest before ...
3/7/13
A: Idaho has a permit for the same purpose (Hunt from a Vehicle Permit).  The application form is online (the link is http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicle.pdf.). It requires a doctor's signature and it costs $1.75. If you need further information about the Magic Valley area, ...
3/7/13
A: The results are available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/lookupLicense.cfm?tab=SPRG_BT.    
3/7/13
A: No, all permits were drawn. 
3/8/13
A: No. No person shall take upland game birds [including turkeys]: - From one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. Upland game shall not be taken before 10 a.m. on Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River WMAs, during the pheasant season. Turkeys shall not be taken from ...
3/8/13
A: Seasons will be approved in mid-March and the books will be posted online and in print in April. 
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately ...
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately ...
3/8/13
A: Please contact the IDFG office in the area for information: Office / Region Locations Administratively, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is divided into regions with offices in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Nampa, Jerome, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Salmon. In addition, a subregional office in ...
3/8/13
A: Send your question to idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  Your question can then be forwarded to the region offices for information.
3/9/13
A: An instructor-led course costs $8.00 ($9.31 if you sign up online). It costs around $32.00 to take the course online and then take the internet course field day (24.00-25.00 for the internet part of it and then 8.00 for the field day.  
3/9/13
A: They will be online and in print in April before the application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear controlled hunts (May 1-June 5).
3/10/13
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.
3/10/13
A: The majority of the ducks in the southeast region are along the Snake River corridor.  This is not to say there is not great hunting elsewhere, just that most of the ducks are here.  From the mouth of the Little Blackfoot River (near Tilden Bridge) downstream into American Falls Reservoir, the ...
3/10/13
A: It is legal to hunt coyotes in Idaho using manual or electronic predator calls. The use of electronic predator calls are restricted for big game animals; and some furbearers may only be taken by trapping in certain areas (which would preclude the use of firearms and predator calls). Please review ...
3/10/13
A: That is up to the land management agency (such as the Forest Service or BLM).  Please check with them for information.
3/10/13
A: We only stock steelhead in the Boise River around Thanksgiving.  We will announce the specific dates in November.
3/11/13
A: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/11/13
A: Yes, you can carry a weapon for protection while you are hiking or looking for shed antlers.  
3/11/13
A: The count started inb late February. Counts of adult hatchery and natural steelhead to date are as follows:       2013 Pahsimeroi Weir  Counts   AdultsSteelhead Trapped Date Hatchery Natural Total 25-Feb     2 26-Feb       27-Feb       28-Feb       1-Mar 6   6 2-Mar       3-Mar       4-Mar 15 1 16 ...
3/12/13
A: There isn't a specific season for it.  Please check with the local IDFG office that administers the area where you want to look for sheds to see if there are any closures of the area to protect wildlife.
3/12/13
A: We are not planning that at this time.  Learn more about the Commissions stance on this previously answered question.
3/12/13
A: It is legal to use a .22 to hunt whistle pigs.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/12/13
A: 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, muzzleloaders and archery methods.   • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the ...
3/13/13
A: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
3/14/13
A: You are correct. As long as the elk zone tag that you purchase is open for an archery season AND an any-weapon (rifle) season you can use the same tag for the two weapon types... Thanks
3/14/13
A: Contact Fish and Game Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They will put you in touch with the License Department who will work with you to become a vendor.
3/14/13
A: Please contact the Southwest Region office (208-465-8465) for information.  Thanks
3/14/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are actually hunting.
3/15/13
A: It was last stocked in November, 2012.  Contact the Southeast Region office to find out the next stocking date.
3/16/13
A: He can get a hunting license as soon as he finishes hunter education (in this case, while he is still 11).  Be sure to get a junior hunting license, not the youth small game license.  You  can use this license number to enter him into a controlled hunt.  By the way--the application period is May 1 ...
3/16/13
A: I would recommend a jet boat for most of the Upper Snake River.
3/16/13
A: It depends on the reason you do it...if you are baiting animals to hunt them, it is not legal.  If you are attracting them for photography or wildlife watching purposes, it is legal.
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can still get the bait permit that way.  
3/17/13
A: Nonresident general season tags (tags sold over the counter) are available now.  The controlled hunt tag application period is May 1-June 5.    
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can hunt rock chucks.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/17/13
A:  Any person applying for any moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year. Except: They may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled black bear hunt, or leftover deer, elk ...
3/17/13
A: Yes, they can. 
3/17/13
A: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/18/13
A: Information about volunteering (and who to contact in your area) is online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/volunteer/.  
3/18/13
A: Methods of Take (Steelhead) • Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for steelhead in the South Fork Clearwater River. • No person shall kill or retain in possession any steelhead which has been hooked other than in the mouth or jaw. Any steelhead hooked other than in the ...
3/18/13
A: It is legal as long as you remain with the jug.  You can have one fishing line in Idaho (or 2 lines with a two-pole permit) and it must be tended. So, if you teather a line to float/jug, you must remain with the float/jug for as long as you are fishing.
3/18/13
A: A combination license is included in the Sportsman's package. 
3/19/13
A: Please contact Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at 1-800-247-6332.  They can answer your question. Thanks  
3/19/13
A: Beginning August 1, unsold general season deer (and elk) tags are available for any hunter to purchase for use as a second tag. 
3/20/13
A: If you are hunting fox, a hunting license is what you need.  You only need a trapping license if you are trapping them.
3/20/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
3/21/13
A: Yes, you can. Details below:   Coyotes are classified as Predatory wildlife in Idaho. The only firearm restriction for the hunting of Predatory, Furbearers, or Unprotected wildlife is that “no person shall …hunt with any weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state or federal law.” IDAPA ...
3/21/13
A: Yes; coyotes are not a game animal--they are classified as a predatory animal--so calls can be used when hunting them.    
3/21/13
A: It won't be available until actual 65th birthday (if the senior has been an Idaho resident for at least 5 years).
3/23/13
A: Lawful Methods of Take Upland Game Birds   To take upland game birds in Idaho, all hunters may use a bow, muzzleloader shooting shot or shotgun with lead or steel shot with shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches in length. Shotguns are not required to be plugged when hunting upland game birds.   ...
3/24/13
A: Our best channel catfish area is the Snake River downstream of Swan Falls Dam all the way down to and including the upper 1/3 of Brownlee Reservoir. This is nearly 120 miles of river and another 20 miles of reservoir that has a very abundant channel catfish population. There are also some ...
3/25/13
A: They may be hunted all year...a hunting license is required. Details below: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as  “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, ...
3/25/13
A: Unfortunately, yes it will be drained for irrigation.  We have no plans to restock the reservoir until adiquate water will support a fishery. F08
3/26/13
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Horn hunters, like other outdoor recreationists, must secure permission to cross or look for antlers on private land, and they must abide by transportation restrictions on federal and state public lands. Horn ...
3/27/13
A: His name is Charles (Chip) Corsi.  The office number is 208-769-1414.
3/27/13
A: An Idaho hunting license is required.  If you are only hunting ground squirrels you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If it is purchased before July 1, 2013, it will only be valid through August 31, 2013.  If it is purchased after July 1, 2013, it will be valid for the calendar year, ...
3/27/13
A: Yes, freshwater mussels can be used for fish bait.  In Idaho, there are no limits or restrictions on harvesting mussels.  Once mussels are removed from their shells, they cannot survive, so they are not considered "live" bait.
3/27/13
A: Yes, you can.
3/28/13
A: The Snake River covers such a big part of Idaho that it would probably be easiest for you to contact the region office for the area you want to fish.  Region office contact information is online.
3/28/13
A: If he is hunting, he must have an Idaho hunting license.  If he is fishing, he must have an Idaho fishing license.  If he is trapping, he must have an Idaho trapping license. He should check with the region office in the area for information about contacting the land management agency (for example ...
3/29/13
A: Yes, it is legal--details are copied below from the Upland Game Rules Book: All birds in Idaho are protected except starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons.   Protected nongame birds cannot be hunted, taken or possessed (including parts of birds, even if found dead ...
3/29/13
A: Idaho code and Fish and Game commission rules require anyone who hunts, fish, or traps to possess the appropriate license, permit, and tags. They must follow the seasons and all methods of take set by the Commission. If a real emergency existed, discretion would be used. However, the scenario ...
3/29/13
A: The lake re-opens to motorized boats on April 15th.  The docks are managed by Canyon County Parks and Recreation and by the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. I assume that they will have them re-installed a couple days beforehand.    
3/30/13