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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
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