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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
A: 2013 Big Game seasons and controlled hunt information will be posted and in print in mid-April.  
3/30/13
A: Hunter education and bowhunter education are taught in separate classes.
3/30/13
A: In Idaho, we allow the use of up to 5 hooks per line while fishing general season and bag limit waters.  There are no exceptions for northern pike fishing.
3/31/13
A: Look for them in print and online in mid-April.
3/31/13
A: Each applicant must choose a specific controlled hunt to apply for.  The hunts are all listed in the Moose, Sheep and Goat Rules Book.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license and submit the application and tag fee with your application (residents $173.00; nonresidents $2116.50).  The tag fee ...
4/2/13
A: It depends...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 ...
4/2/13
A: All birds are protected except for starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons. The exceptions are certain species of waterfowl, doves and upland game birds, which can only be hunted during seasons that Idaho Fish and Game authorizes. All other birds are classified as ...
4/3/13
A: Steelhead information is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=38.
4/3/13
A: The best information about this will come from the IDFG office for that area.  Please contact the Clearwater Region office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010.
4/4/13
A: Contact your local fish and game office:   Panhandle Region2885 W. Kathleen Ave.Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815Phone: (208) 769-1414Fax: (208) 769-1418 Clearwater Region3316 16th St.Lewiston, ID 83501Phone: (208) 799-5010Fax: (208) 799-5012 Southwest Region3101 S. Powerline Rd.Nampa, ID 83686Phone: ( ...
4/4/13
A: You will need to obtain a letter from the Veterans' Administration showing that you are at least 40% service-connected in your disability.  Bring this letter in to any Idaho Fish and Game office.   Your record will be coded so that you will be able to purchase the resident disabled veteran's ...
4/5/13
A: When you have been living in Idaho for 6 continuous months you can get a resident license.
4/6/13
A: The Idaho disabled fishing license is only available to Idaho residents.
4/6/13
A: The daily bag limit is one bearded turkey per day in the spring and one turkey (either sex) per day in the fall, except in Units, 1, 2, 3 and 5 where 5 turkeys (either sex) may be taken in a day during fall seasons. No more than two bearded turkeys may be taken per spring. The most tags one hunter ...
4/6/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game only has the records for Idaho students.  You will have to contact Utah for your information.
4/6/13
A: Not any that are confirmed.  We’ve heard of at least one angler saying he caught one, but he didn’t take a picture or keep the fish, so I don’t know that it wasn’t a pikeminnow.  Hopefully they don’t show up there, but I would strongly suspect that there’ve been illegal plants attempted.   
4/6/13
A: No, but you must have an Idaho hunting license.    
4/7/13
A: The population estimate for 2012 was 683 wolves in the state.
4/7/13
A: No, we don't.
4/9/13
A: Yes, all 3 hunters opted to take rain checks because of area fire closures.  Three tags will be available for the 2013 season.  Therefore, there will be 6 hunters during the 2013 season.
4/9/13
A: No, we would not.  We make note of it for our research and management, but we do not notify the public of specific locations.
4/9/13
A: Fort Boise WMA is in Unit 38 and only requires that you buy a regular deer tag and hunt within the season.  It is a short-range weapon hunt.  There are not that many deer on the WMA and it is a preferred pheasant and waterfowl hunting area, but deer hunting is allowed.
4/9/13
A: chinook salmon season to open saturday, may 4, 2013   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Tuesday, April 30, approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers. Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013 return ...
4/10/13
A: Thank you very much for contacting us.  Your observation will be forwarded to the Communications Department.
4/10/13
A: Please contact the Southeast Region office at 208-525-7290.
4/12/13
A: Spring salmon seasons (2013) have not been set at this time.
4/12/13
A: If 2 people are on the same application do both names go in the drawing? If so, then if 1 name is drawn do both individauls receive the same tags? Or is it that 1 name goes in the drawing and if that name is drawn, both individauls would receive tags? Answer: Each application is given it's own ...
4/12/13
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes). Rainbow trout ...
4/12/13
A: Please contact Animals in Distress (367-1026).  They can help you determine if the geese need to be moved or helped.
4/13/13
A: It depends on your definition of "good."  Do you mean from a "taste" or "health" perspective? Mussels are filter feeders and they will taste similar to the substrate and quality of water in which they reside.  They also will bioaccumulate heavy metals and other contaminants to a certain degree. ...
4/14/13
A: We still stock Sawyers Pond.  The following table is stocking information for the past two years.  If you have additional questions on fish management at Sawyers Pond, please contact our Fisheries Management staff at the Nampa Regional Office.  Their number is 465-8465.     Date Stocked Species ...
4/14/13
A: The cost and application information is:  RESIDENT Fishing Tournament Permit Fee $23.50-for clubs and/or sponsors based or incorporated in Idaho NONRESIDENT Fishing Tournament Permit Fee $26.75-for clubs and/or sponsors based or incorporated outside Idaho Applications for fishing contest permits ...
4/14/13
A: Yes, we start selling nonresident OTC tags on December 1 for the next fall's hunting.  You must buy a hunting license and a tag.
4/14/13
A: With the license you get when you are 64 (adult hunting or adult combination, for example)  you can only get the adult priced tags, not the senior priced  tags--even after you are 65.
4/15/13
A: No, as protected nongame all parts and pieces are prohibited from being sold.
4/16/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that anyone hunt with a guide.  A hunting partner can go with you...if they have a tag for the area you decide to hunt  they can also harvest an animal.  Remember, a superhunt allows the tag holder to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for that species (controlled, general season ...
4/16/13
A: Since you have had a hunting license in Ohio you do not have to take a hunter education course.  The rule is, if you were born after Jan. 1, 1975 you must show proof that you have taken hunter education or that you have held a valid hunting license in another state. 
4/16/13
A: You can use a seine or throw-net to harvest nongame fish and yellow perch.  The net can be no more than 10' in length or width and must have 3/8" or smaller mesh.  The seine or net cannot be left unattended.  See page 51 of the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rule booklet.    
4/16/13
A: The short answer to your question is one hundred (100) square inches of fluorescent orange paint is required for a wood post, at an interval of not less than one per 660 feet. There are two statutes which address this issue, Idaho Code Sections 18-7008 (criminal trespass) and 36-1603 (hunting and ...
4/17/13
A: License and tag fees are listed on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/.
4/18/13
A: Hi and thanks for your inquiry/suggestion.    We do have broodstock collection targets for the facilities listed on the “Cumulative Steelhead Hatchery Returns” page (they are listed below); however, using these targets to gauge the status of the run is problematic because most of fish returning to ...
4/19/13
A: Please contact the Idaho Department of Agriculture. 
4/19/13
A: The 3% is charged when you apply for the sheep hunt; the money is collected at that time and, if you draw a tag, the tag is sent to you.  The 3% convenience fee cannot be refunded.
4/19/13
A: Any vendor can sell you the archery permit.  Be sure to take your bowhunter education card information with you when you go to the vendor.  If you order online, enter your bowhunter education number in the "Archery Education" space in your demographic information.  When that is filled in you can ...
4/19/13
A: No.  You may be contacted at some point for information, but no report is required until then.
4/20/13
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 or ...
4/21/13
A: They were released in November last year (2012).  If we have enough to release in 2013, it won't be until November.
4/21/13
A: Yes, if you are talking about "salvaging" a road killed deer.  Within 24 hours, you can report a wildlife salvage by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self-generating permit that you can print. A copy of the permit must accompany the salvaged wildlife. 
4/22/13
A: An April 22 Idaho Fish and Game Commission tele-conference to set 2013 salmon fishing seasons has been postponed. Based on low counts of spring Chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam, Fish and Game biologists lack sufficient information to project the size of the salmon run to Idaho. The meeting will be ...
4/22/13
A: The physiological changes anadromous fish (fish that migrate from freshwater to saltwater and return to freshwater to reproduce) are remarkable and still not fully understood.  As the fish go through the "smolting" process they change their osmotic balancing features which includes their digestive ...
4/22/13