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A: Yes, the Eagle Rock area below American Falls Reservoir is open to cottontail hunting.  The season runs from August 30, 2014 - February 28, 2015.  The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 24 cottontails.  The Eagle Rock area is a mix of BLM, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and private ...
9/24/14
A: Near the intersection of Units 56, 73A, and 73 the USDA lands appear to be the Curlew National Grasslands.  For more information about the Grasslands, I would contact Caribou-Targee Westside NF Ranger District at: Pocatello Office4350 Cliffs DrivePocatello, Idaho 83204(208) 236-7500 The IDFG Magic ...
9/24/14
A: Under current state law, you cannot cross the private property without the permission of the landowner.  There are thousands of acres of public land in Idaho in this similar situation.  The Department works hard through its Access Yes! program to try and open up these public parcels, but does not ...
9/24/14
A: Various tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information. 
9/23/14
A: Yes, your hunting license is also valid for hunting of other game animals and birds, such as coyotes, rabbits, forest grouse, pheasants, etc.  
9/23/14
A: In general, government agencies place restrictions on the use of government vehicles and equipment and the types of personal activities employees may perform while on duty.  However, these restrictions vary by government entity.  Under procedures for Idaho Fish and Game employees, all wildlife  ...
9/23/14
A: Idaho's 10 year (2014-2024) elk management plan was developed with the help of hunters, landowners, elected officials, land managers and other interested Idahoans. The elk plan establishes specific management goals that Fish and Game -- working with elk hunters and other elk enthusiasts -- will ...
9/22/14
A: No you do not need an archery permit to hunt coyotes with a bow, and you may use mechanical broadheads. An archery permit is only required in archery only hunts.  Weapons restrictions such as mechanical broadheads only apply in archery only hunts.  
9/22/14
A: Sorry to get back to you so late. I just had a chance to check out Cartier Slough WMA this morning. I found more water in the big channels than there has been in the last few years. We do not have control of the water on the WMA. We do not have any water rights from the river to fill channels. I ...
9/22/14
A: Hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve and reduce a wounded animal to possession.  It is unlawful to enter private property that is posted, cultivated or in irrigated pasture without landowner permission to retrieve game.  If permission is requested and denied, the hunter has made a ...
9/21/14
A: Heavy rain in the Middle Fork and South Fork Boise River drainages washed large amounts of sediment into the rivers.  Both systems drain into Arrowrock Reservoir - which is drawn down and discharging the sediment-laden water into Lucky Peak Reservoir. Here's where it gets interesting.  In the ...
9/21/14
A: If you missed filing your 2013 hunter-harvest report, for deer, elk, or pronghorn, it is too late. Sorry! (ends June 2013) 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 ...
9/21/14
A: The law changed in 2014 to allow 10-year olds to hunt for Big Game. Because of this, some of the older regulations may have that information incorrectly stating 12-year olds. Any big game hunter born after 1975 is required to take Hunter's Education. However, as a way to introduce the sport to ...
9/20/14
A: I'm not sure we will ever allow fishing for sockeye in Redfish Lake - but I'll bet we have a sockeye season in the Salmon River within the next decade.  With our new Springfield hatchery coming on line with a goal of releasing ~1 millon smolts for migration to the ocean, we are confident we can re ...
9/20/14
A: If I understand your question you are trying to retreive waterfowl with a net streched across a river stream.  Stretching a net across a waterway could present all types of problems for you and others.   Make sure you are contacting all private landowners prior to hunting to ensure you are not ...
9/19/14
A: Yes. That is the Snake River Zone.  The A tag is available for sale.  There are no B tags in that zone...
9/18/14
A: It's not always NOAA who determines if a fish caught in a fishery is listed under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA does assess the potenital impacts of proposed fisheries and determines what levels of takes in fisheries are allowable (do not cause further harm to the listed fish). Once an unmarked ...
9/17/14
A: Our research shows that one reason many nonresidents left the state over the last 5-6 years was due to the down economy. Tourism was down everywhere.  There has not been a resident license fee increase since 2005 though our expenses continue to increase annually. In order to continue to provide ...
9/16/14
A: All conservation officers across the state have very large patrol areas.  They do the best they can to enforce fishing and hunting regulations.  The Department applies more enforcement to Henrys Lake than some other areas because the lake is managed as a trophy fishery.  Some conservation officers ...
9/16/14
A: There is no minimum size of acres you need to own in order to hunt on it.  You should take into account safety issues as well as the amount of land needed to provide habitat for the species you wish to hunt. The beautiful thing about Idaho is that it about 70% public land, so there are lots of ...
9/16/14
A: Yes, absolutely.   Just keep the weapons straight for appropriate method of take.
9/16/14
A: You may harvest a doe with a second tag only where doe harvest is allowed.  For instance, whitetail hunting is either sex in many units as is archery hunting mule deer, but any weapon general seson mule deer is primarily youth hunting.  The second tag only allows you to shoot a second deer that is ...
9/15/14
A: You can only harvest 2 fish per day from Henrys Lake, period.  Once you reduce that second fish to your possession - you're done fishing at Henrys Lake until the next day.  Even if you eat those two fish, you've reached your daily bag limit of 2 fish and are done fishing. At no time can you ...
9/15/14
A: If you are specifically targeting Eurasion doves you can use a rifle and you must have a hunting license.  Please conduct risk assessments on every shot.  There are huge safety concerns regarding the use of a rifle to take Eurasion doves.  Please ensure there is an appropriate backstop.
9/15/14
A: It depends.  If you plan to hunt pheasants on one of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) where pheasants are stocked, you will need a WMA Upland Game/Pheasant Permit. These are $23.75 for residents and $51.75 for nonresidents.  Each Permit allows the take of ...
9/14/14
A: Yes, as long as you personally do not attempt to take an elk.  You do not need a hunting license or tag to accompany and learn from your friend while on their hunt.  For those new to the sport of elk hunting, there's really no better way to learn the safe, ethical and responsible aspects of ...
9/13/14
A: No, you can not use archery gear, spears or any other methods, other than hooks and line, to catch game fish - with a couple of odd-ball exceptions.  First, you can use up to 5 traps to catch crayfish and you can use a spear to take bullfrogs.  Yes, both crayfish and bullfrogs are considered "game ...
9/13/14
A: Yes, you can still hunt chukars during the first five days of the pheasant season.  The code only specifies pheasant.  Here is a copied and pasted section from 36-407: (e)  Nonresident Small Game Hunting License. A license issued only to a person twelve (12) years of age or older, entitling the ...
9/12/14
A: Yes, you may hunt migratory birds with your archery equipment in Idaho.  Federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: with a trap, net, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, ...
9/12/14
A: Hunting black bears is a popular sport in Idaho.  However, for a new hunter, or someone that hasn't hunted in the state before, it can be a little daunting.  The easiest way to get around the confusion of how, when, where, is to contact an outfitter to help you out with your first hunt.  They ...
9/12/14
A: If you are referring to fall Chinook, you will see a record run of fall Chinook in Idaho in 2014.  Fall Chinook have recently arrived at Bonneville Dam in record numbers - but they are about two weeks later than expected.  That same surge of fish are moving up the Columbia River and many are ...
9/11/14
A: The elk tag can only be used to harvest an elk, bear, lion or wolf as long as there is a season for elk and the species harvested such as bear. An elk tag cannot be used to harvest a deer. In addition, once the tag has been used to harvest an animal it cannot be used again. You can purchase a ...
9/11/14
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not regulate boating within the State of Idaho.  Idaho Parks and Recreation is the boat regulatory entity, so check their website (http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/).  With that said, Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Conservation Officers can enforce all boating ...
9/11/14
A: You are not required to validate your tag until you take possession of the animal.  Hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve an animal that is wounded.  There are times when wounded animals are not found or recovered.  
9/9/14
A: Hi there. The Bent Rod Outdoors shop (208-879-2500) in Challis is a great source of info for recent fishing reports at some of those lakes. McCoy's Tackle shop (208-774-3377) in Stanley could also probably give you some good reports. Stanley Lake typically gets more pressure in the fall, winter, ...
9/9/14
A: This is a fairly common question here. The most recent answer is located here:https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/why-are-expandable-broadh... Keep your eyes on the Commission schedules and agendas for technology as that is the time and place for these discussions with our Commissioners ...
9/9/14
A: Yes, sockeye have returned to Redfish Lake and viewing of spawning fish can be done at the upper end of the lake.  Viewing from a boat is the best way to see the sockeye. Once our new Springfield Fish Hatchery is at full production, expect to see many, many more sockeye in future years in the ...
9/9/14
A: You do not need a hunting license to accompany your friends while video-documenting their hunt.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
9/9/14
A: It is possible to recover this animal if you contact Idaho Fish and Game and get with the local Conservation Officer.  You did the right thing by not shooting the bull when you located it several days later; since you validated your tag.  If the animal is wondering, recovery is highly unlikely.  ...
9/8/14
A: That is correct.  The Hunting Passport can introduce your child to the hunt as early as age 8 before investing in taking hunter education; but they have to take hunter education to obtain a junior hunting license at age 10.
9/7/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game's controlled hunt drawing system was built in the early 1990s.  The drawing system hasn't had any glitches or problems.  The problem this year associated with young hunters being allowed to put in for controlled hunts, did not involve the drawing system.  The problems occured ...
9/7/14
A: Exchanging Deer or Elk Tags: Hunters may exchange general season elk tags for use in another zone at any Fish and Game office. Deer hunters may exchange a regular season deer tag for a white-tailed deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag for a regular season deer tag at any Fish and Game office. The ...
9/7/14
A: The answer to the question is simple: how good are you with the firearm/bow you are using?  The most important thing in cleanly killing a wolf or any animal is being a competent shooter.  Accuracy is always increased the closer a person is to the target.  The chances for a miss increase the ...
9/7/14
A: That might be a limitation of the software or app, as well as the majority of our seasons and rules pages are designed to read horizontally, but some pages are vertical (Elk Zones for example). You can print the rules from your home or hardcopies of the current seasons and rules brochures are ...
9/7/14
A: The distribution of fall Chinook salmon in Idaho is very different than that of spring/summer Chinook and steelhead. Fall Chinook are found only in the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam and the lower portions of the Clearwater River. A few do venture a short distance up the Salmon River ...
9/6/14
A: The full definition of “hunting” that addresses this question is in Idaho Fish and Game laws, Idaho Code Section 36-202: "Hunting" means chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, stalking, or lying in wait for, any wildlife whether ...
9/5/14
A: Fishing from public bridges is allowed unless posted as "closed to pedestrian traffic" by the appropriate regulatory body (Idaho Dept. of Transportation, County Commission order, City Ordinance, etc.).  Only the Idaho Fish and Game Commission can designate a public area "open or closed to fishing ...
9/4/14
A: Good question.  Older does are less likely to produce young and therefore provide less reproductive value to the herd.  However, it is difficult to determine age of a standing deer. You already mentioned the doe without a fawn method, but that too is difficult and not fool proof as a doe may have ...
9/4/14
A: The statutory definition of fishing from Idaho Code 36-202(k) is: "Fishing - any effort made to take, kill, injure, capture, or catch any fish or bullfrog.”  If what you’re doing falls within this definition, and it sounds like it does, then you need to purchase a license and abide by the rules ...
9/3/14
A: Yes.
9/2/14
A: There certainly are grizzly bears in Unit 1, particulary in the Trapper Ck burn north of Priest Lake.  As you noted, there are also good densities of black bears.  The fire resulted in a great big huckleberry shrubfield, thus explaining the high density of both types of bears. The area probably ...
9/2/14
A: Yes. You can use a bow in "any weapon" season without an archery validation. The archery validation is required for archery-only hunts.  However, you are required to follow the archery equipment restrictions listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure.
9/1/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game has adopted the season recommendation approved by the Pacific Flyway Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These recommendations are the result of a new harvest strategy, which represents a more informative approach to managing harvest of mourning doves as envisioned in ...
9/1/14
A: No, the quality bass rule only applies to the Lake.  The Lowline Canal is a "general rule" limit of 6 bass with a minimum length of 12" Water will be shut-off to the Lowline Canal in just a few weeks.  There will probably be a salvage order that allows unlimited harvest of game fish, providing you ...
8/30/14
A: Most recreation sites along the South Fork Boise River are currently open for day use, only.  Check with the U.S. Forest Service Mountain Home Ranger District Office in Mountain Home, Idaho for current rules and restrictions. There were sever rain storms during the past summer which again has ...
8/30/14
A: We encourage fishing for carp whenever possible.  Look at the liberal harvest rules and seasons we have on carp throughout Idaho.  We've even posted recipies for preparing carp in various Department publications. In the Sun Valley area, there are a group of avid carp anglers that refer to carp ...
8/30/14
A: In the past, we have attempted to utilize Beach's Pond for bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.  Unfortunately, this did not work well. In small ponds, channel catfish are substantial predators. In this portion of the state, we now avoid stocking channel catfish in nearly all small ponds (less ...
8/30/14
A: Yes, a hunting license is required to purchase any big game tag in Idaho.
8/29/14
A: Hi everybody, I’ve been getting bombarded with questions regarding this year’s Steelhead runs so I figured it is about time I give you all an update.  I’ve been holding off until I had enough information to give you something meaningful.  So here you go. For steelhead there are typically two ...
8/29/14
A: This is an Idaho Power Park and it's undergoing a $1.2 million dollar rennovation that is expected to be complete by December 2014.  The project was required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of relicensing Swan Falls Dam.  If you would like to know more, visit Idaho Power's ...
8/28/14
A: Not based on the information you have provided. Here is the state law regarding archery permits: Idaho Code 36-411 (b) Archery education. On and after January 1, 1994, no person shall be issued an archery permit unless that person presents to the department a certificate of completion in archery ...
8/28/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident hunting/3day fishing license and your bear tag at any vendor location http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ or via telephone at 1-800-554-8685. We also have general season deer and elk tags that ...
8/28/14
A: Idaho trespass law generally applies to whether a canal/ditch and related access roads are open to public access and to specific activities such as hunting. The land containing irrigation canals  and related access roads may be owned by the irrigation company, or it may be owned by a third party ...
8/27/14
A: You can find grouse season information in the Upland Game seasons and rules. The season length differs depending on what part of the state you are in but all seasons open August 30 for 2014.    
8/27/14
A: Yes, you can fish using a rod, reel and lure/bait while under water.  I'm not sure what the advantage would be - but it is legal. We often receive questions about the use of spearguns while diving, to harvest fish.  Only nongame fish can be harvested using archery equipment, spears or mechanisms ...
8/27/14
A: Actions taken by a previous Commission do not restrict actions of future Commissions.  Commissioners are appointed to 4 year terms and may serve up to 2 terms.  As Commissioners change, it is very common to revisit issues of interest to sportsmen.  The current Commission includes several members ...
8/27/14
A: Very good question and one our agency has explored in the past. The sockeye that return to the Stanley Basin run the longest distance inland of any sockeye population in the world.  Back in the early 1980's, IDFG staff went to Babine Lake in northern British Columbia, Canada and took eggs from ...
8/27/14
A: Trapping rules and seasons can be found on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 .  Seasons for different species start at different times.  You cannot trap mountain lions legally.  However, you can trap wolves but you must first attend a mandatory wolf trapping ...
8/26/14
A: You can find specifications for archery equipment in the 2014 Big Game seasons and rules book (page 100). Under Archery equipment it reads: "it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:  with a bolt (crossbow) less than 12 inches from broadhead to nock inclusive." The answer to your question ...
8/25/14
A: Years ago, we used to fish the Bruce Meadows area and had a "ball" catching cutthroat and brook trout.  IDFG has never stocked brown trout in this area. What I suspect you caught is a bull trout/brook trout hybrid.  They can have the brilliant spots that look similar to a brown trout and have the ...
8/25/14
A: Normally IDFG does not make site visits to address disputes regarding ownership.  However, you can contact your local conservation officer or regional office and inquire as to if they have had issues in this area before. It is always helpful to have a good quality map of the area you are hunting ...
8/25/14
A: Based on your question we are going to make the assumption that the antlerless hunt your drew was not an extra hunt. Based on that information if you purchased your 2014 antlerless controlled hunt tag, the system would have prevented you from submitting an application for an antlered hunt in the ...
8/25/14
A: All of the winners in the second super hunt drawing have been notified. Results of the drawing have been provided to our web group and should be posted soon.
8/25/14
A: Questions coming into this website are assigned to staff based on the topic, the area described, and species involved. Depending on the time of year and nature of the topic, it can sometimes take several weeks for either field season, annual leave, researching questions, or finding the time to ...
8/24/14
A: You are restricted to the Snake River Zone with the tag you currently have. Elk zone tags are only valid for the zone they are purchased for.  The exceptions are for depredation hunts, extra antlerless elk hunts, or buying a discounted nonresident elk tag as a second tag, if available.  
8/24/14
A: This answer states the Commissions latest stance on the point system for controlled hunts.
8/24/14
A: Please refer to pages 41 of this years upland game and furbearer rules at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 to learn how to apply for the Controlled Hunt beaver permit.  You must apply by Sept. 15 for the trapping permit.  Check the rules for starting dates for beaver trapping ...
8/24/14
A: The second drawing has been completed and the winners have been notified. Limited information on the results of the drawing should be on our website soon.
8/24/14
A: Unless otherwise noted, all streams and lakes are open year-round in Idaho now.  The Kootenai River is open all winter, as is the Moyie.  Both have some very good trout fishing.  There are lots of lakes in the Kootenai drainage as well that offer trout fishing opportunities all year.  Smith, ...
8/24/14
A:        IDFG offers a wide variety of hunting seasons in the fall, including several that run the entire throughout the month of September. For example the archery season for both deer and elk opens Aug 30 and runs through the end of Septmeber. For the most part, archers will be wildly dispersedand ...
8/23/14
A: Thanks for your interest in fishing Island Park Reservoir.  We recognize that the fishing quality on that reservoir (like many others) fluctuates from year to year, and have been working to stabilize and improve the fishing up there.  Many factors play a role in fishing success, including stocking ...
8/21/14
A: There will be no rain checks offered for this hunt.  The unit still has much area open to hunting and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact the Clearwater Regional Office at:  208-799-5010.
8/18/14
A: If a person has a depredation tag, then yes you can also purchase a general season tag. A depredation tag is similar to having an extra controlled hunt tag. If you have a landowner permission controlled hunt, then the answer would be no. However, you can purchase the nonresident general season ...
8/18/14
A: Pit blinds on private property are legal.   It is against the law to take migratory birds from a sink box (a low floating device having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the survase of the water).
8/18/14
A: The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout when all the Tiger Muskie are gone. A few remain and we will try and remove them this fall still. There were still some brookies left in 2013.
8/18/14
A: Who is required to have Hunter Education? To buy a hunting license, all hunters must show proof that they have completed a hunter education course if they were born on or after January 1, 1975, unless they have held a hunting license from Idaho or another state. 
8/18/14
A: As found on page 98 of the Big Game 2014 Seasons and Rules brochure:  It us unlawful to: Hunt any game animal by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for black bear baiting permit (See pages 69 and 70).  Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except ...
8/17/14
A: Private land does not change designation because it is enrolled in Access Yes.  If a hunt specifically states that it is restricted to private lands, this would include private lands enrolled in access yes. Things to consider is in some hunts, corporate timberlands are not considered private lands ...
8/17/14
A: Hi Josh, The mountain goat that you observed with red ear tag 13 was captured last winter in Wyoming near Alpine.  During this capture effort, nannies were radio collared and billies were ear tagged.  I passed the waypoint and observation information on to the Wyoming biologist working on this ...
8/16/14
A: Yes, it it legal to possess a taxidermied turtle.  Any paperwork to show legal ownership should be retained if the turtle had license or permit requirements when alive.
8/16/14
A: Idaho Statesman Outdoor Editor Roger Phillips recently published an interesting article relevant to your questions.  Here's the article: Outdoors Q&A: A long-winded answer to what were Idaho's 'native' wolves By Roger Phillips August 14, 2014 Q: I recently read an article about the native ...
8/16/14
A: Currently there are no plans to issue rain checks for Unit 11.  Although fire has gone through much of the Unit, many acres of unburned habitat still remain.  Historically, rain checks are sometimes offered only in those units that have massive ongoing fires with area closures preventing hunter ...
8/16/14
A: Thanks for your question on the Big Lost River access at the Mine Hill Bridge.  We've been dealing with this particular issue for well over a decade, and have been unable to find documentation that there is a highway easement on the private property that encompasses three of the four corners of ...
8/15/14
A: Unfortunately, no. Construction of the new bridge by Idaho Power Company made no provision for fishing access from the bridge. Signs indicating no fishing are posted at both ends of the bridge.
8/15/14
A: This is a question that may have several answers and depends on what kind of a closed area you are trying to access. If the area is on public land such as Forest Service or BLM lands, and the roads or trails you are trying to access are closed for all public access that will require you contacting ...
8/14/14
A: Yes. The waiting period does not apply to the second drawing or the leftover tag sales.
8/14/14
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission is not considering this proposal at this time. The Commission is interested in reviewing technology at a date to be determined. 
8/14/14
A: Yes you can purchase one of the discounted nonresident Brownlee A elk tags as a second tag.
8/13/14
A: Fish and Game decides on rain checks for a number of reasons should a hunter not be able to hunt in a controlled hunt.  If a fire is burning and the land management agency closes the unit or a very large part of the hunt area during most of the season, then we can decide on offering alternatives ...
8/13/14
A: Yes, it it legal to use a cow decoy.
8/13/14