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A: It depends on the season--during an archery-only season you cannot use a crossbow unless you have a "disabled archery permit" (applications available from any Fish and Game office). During an any-weapon season you can use a crossbow to hunt.
12/10/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
12/8/12
A: There isn't a magazine size restriction for hunting big game.  The restrictions we do have are listed below:   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 ...
12/6/12
A: When you purchase your Idaho archery permit you can fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in Nevada in an archery hunt.  These are available at vendors and a copy is also online.
12/5/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
11/30/12
A: Yes, archery permits are still available.
11/27/12
A: There are a number of things you would want to consider before making a decision on the purchase of an elk tag. Elk tags are specific in the location where you can hunt but each tag has different criteria in regard to what weapon you can use and when you can use that weapon. Some tags will offer ...
11/22/12
A:  It is illegal to use any magnifying lens during an archery-only​ season for big game in Idaho.  However, it is legal to use a magnifying lens while archery hunting during an any-weapon season for big game in Idaho. 
11/22/12
A: All of the elk hunts in unit 44 are "any weapon" hunts.  You can use archery equipment to hunt in an any weapon hunt.
11/2/12
A: The vendor that you purchase your archery validation from will have an archery affidavit that you can fill out and sign indicating that you have experience hunting with archery equipment.
10/28/12
A: Yes.  That will allow you to purchase an Idaho archery validation so you can hunt in an archery-only season.
10/26/12
A: Muzzleloader rules are posted in the Big Game Rules Book on page 76 (along with weapon rules for any-weapon and archery rules). Seasons for deer and elk muzzleloader-only hunts are listed in the Big Game Rules Book also.
10/22/12
A: We don't require proof of muzzleloader education or previous use for a muzzleloader validation like we do for archery.  Go into your local vendor--they can issue the muzzleloader validation on the spot.  
10/15/12
A: It depends on whether you have the Weiser River Zone A tag or B tag.  The elk seasons for those tags are listed below: Elk Seasons General A Tag Weiser River 8/1/12-11/30/12 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Unit 32*²³ 8/15/12-9/30/12 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Portion of Units 22 and 31²³ 8/30/12-9/30 ...
10/14/12
A: No.  It is illegal to fish in any waters of Idaho by archery, spearfishing, snagging, hands, and netting except as permitted. Archery and spearfishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game ...
10/9/12
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes.It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of ...
10/9/12
A: There isn't a maximum number of bullets allowed as long as the following rules are followed: 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 ...
9/23/12
A: You can exchange any tag as long the season has not opened for the tag you have.  The Salmon B tag season hasn't opened yet so it can be exchanged.  You can make the exchange at any Fish and Game office (listed online in the "About  Us" section of the website).
9/18/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reviewed and considered changes to existing equipment restrictions, including the prohibition against using a lighted retical while archery hunting.  Maintaining the current lighted retical rule is in part due to division among bowhunters of whether to change ...
9/14/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: Yes, you can carry a handgun for protection during an archery-only hunt.
9/8/12
A: It is not required for hunting small game. (If you hunt big game in an archery-only season you are required to get an archery validation and take the archery education class).
9/1/12
A: The Commission Rule states that hunters may not take big game with archery equipment "with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
8/30/12
A: Check the rules book for the unit you are in.  If you have a regular tag and the rules don't limit you to harvesting mule deer only, you can use the regular (what you are referring to as "general") tag to harvest a mule deer or a whitetailed deer. Most archery hunts are open to the harvest of ...
8/30/12
A: No, the archery class and validation (permit) are only required for big game hunting.
8/29/12
A: The permit is only required in an archery-only hunt, not a short-range or any-weapon hunt.
8/29/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Most sporting goods stores and archery shops should have grain scales, used for either weighing bullets/powder or arrows.  When measuring arrow weight, make sure to include insert, shaft, broadhead, nock, and fletching.  Minimum arrow weight for hunting big game in Idaho is 300 grains, but many ...
8/23/12
A: On page 76 of the 2012 Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure there is a detail list of archery equipment that is unlawful for use to pursue or kill big game animals.  I have copied and pasted the section below here.  However, specifically to the broadhead in question, the NAP Blood Runner is ...
8/20/12
A: 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 received by the Idaho Fish and ...
8/18/12
A: Current Outfitting and Guide rules do not require a guide license to rent the use of horses. Nor would you need a guide license to help without compensation. Horses coming into Idaho from out of state must have a current health certificate from their DVM. Please check the with Idaho Outfitter and ...
8/16/12
A: The requirement to have an archery validation when participating in archery-only big game hunts has been around for over 20 years.  The original proposal to require an archery validation was based on 2 factors: 1) requested by organized bowhunters as a way to document the number of bowhunters in ...
8/9/12
A: If you were born on January 1, 1975 or later you must take a hunter education class to be able to hunt in Idaho.  The archery class does not exempt you from that.
8/6/12
A: It's easier if I first list the game fish.  They are all the trout species, all the salmon species, grayling, whitefish, cisco, crappie, perch, bass, all catfish/bullheads, sunfish, sturgeon, northern pike, tiger muskie, walleye, sauger, burbot, bullfrogs, and crayfish.  That essentially leaves ...
8/2/12
A: There is not a specific IDFG law stating when you can set up a tree stand. However, land managers/owners may have such restrictions. IDFG WMA rules do not allow permanent tree stands. Idaho Code states:  To construct blinds, pits, platforms, or tree stands where the soil is disturbed, trees are ...
7/31/12
A: Lighted nocks are illegal because it is illegal to use a weapon with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed.   The commission has considered changing the rule in the past, but ...
7/30/12
A: Lighted arrow nocks are not legal for use in Idaho.
7/29/12
A: The requirement in Idaho is that you have taken an archery-only education class or that you have hunted in an archery-only season somewhere.  If you haven't done these, you must take an Idaho bowhunter education course.     
7/23/12
A: Every hunter (resident or nonresident) who hunts in an archery-only hunt is required to get an archery permit.  We accept archery education certifications from other states as well as proof that the hunter has participated in an archery-only hunt in another state.  If you don't have the proof ...
7/18/12
A: Yes, you can purchase your controlled hunt tag now and add the archery permit after you take the archery education class.
7/15/12
A: Starrflight FOBS, otherwise known as plastic discs used to replace standard fletching on arrows, are legal for use in Idaho archery seasons.    
7/13/12
A: Lighted nocks are not legal in Idaho.
7/12/12
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes. Consider consulting your lawyer for further clarification on ...
7/11/12
A: If the hunter was born January 1, 1975 or later they must take hunter education or show proof they have held a valid hunting license in another state.  Everyone  who wants to hunt in an archery-only season in Idaho must take an archery education class or provide proof that they have taken one in ...
7/11/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have a specific definition of a compound bow.  However, on page 76 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure for 2012 explains what archery equipment would be unlawful to pursue or kill big game with.  I have copied and pasted this section below.   Archery ...
6/25/12
A: Panhandle Zone Elk Seasons (2012) A Tags: Archery Only--Antlered only--Sept. 6-30 Any Weapon--Antlered only--Oct. 25-29 Muzzleloader Only--Antlered only--Nov. 20-Dec. 1 (open in unit 4 only) Archery only--Antlered only--Dec. 10-16 B Tags: Archery Only--Antlered only--Sept 6-12 Any Weapon--Antlered ...
6/20/12
A: Since you were born before January 1, 1975, you don't have to take a hunter education course to hunt in Idaho. Archery hunting requirements are not tied to your birthdate or age.  Every hunter who wishes to hunt in an archery-only season in Idaho  must purchase an archery validation and to do so ...
6/14/12
A: Broadhead blades can be removable, they just cannot be expandable, in otherwords the blades can not have a pivoting point that allows the blades to pivot upon entering the animal. Also the following rules apply to broadheads when archery hunting:  With arrows or bolts having broadheads measuring ...
6/12/12
A: To Whom It May Concern:   I have copied and pasted a section from 76 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules 2012 that explains what  arechery equipment is unlawful to use.  There are two aspects of the RAMCAT that make it an unlawful device.  Expandable broadhead and the ferrule angle is ...
6/11/12
A: No, it isn't.  Mechanical/expandable broadheads and lumenok arrows are still not legal for use in hunting in Idaho.
5/29/12
A: Expandable broadheads were first made illegal for big game hunting in Idaho during the early 1990s.  At that time there was broad public opposition to their use and concern about the "failure rate" of some of the early models.  In 2006, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission evaluated all archery and ...
5/17/12
A: To Whom It May Concern: As the rule is written it is unlawful to archery hunt: With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
5/17/12
A: You must have a hunting license when you apply.  You can wait to get the archery permit when you find out that you have drawn.  Please check online frequently for field days in the Idaho Falls area.  The link to the class list is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  
5/10/12
A: If you don't provide an archery education number or can't fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in an archery hunt previously, the Sportsman's pack will print without an archery validation on it.  After you have taken the course you can go to any vendor and they will put your ...
4/18/12
A: McArthur Wildlife Management Area is open to deer hunting during the November white-tailed rifle deer season.  Due to safety considerations, Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are closed to hunting with a rifle.  Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area are ...
4/9/12
A: 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 firearm or scope; Except scopes containing battery ...
4/2/12
A: Yes, for hunting upland game birds expandable broadheads are consider a lawful means of take.  For your convenience on page 48 of the Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure there is a section outlining unlawful methods of take for upland game birds.  I have copied and ...
3/22/12
A: Proposals for Fish & Game regulation changes can be submitted in a variety of ways.  Proposals are often submitted at public meetings and open houses hosted by Regional Offices and the Fish and Game Commission.  Additionally, letters, e-mails, and discussions with Department staff are also ...
3/2/12
A: Expandable broadheads are not legal for taking big game animals in Idaho.  Elk are classified as big game animals.
3/2/12
A: Sterling WMA is part of unit 68A so only short-ranged weapons are allowed for big game (archery and shotgun).  Trapping coyotes, however, is allowed (although I don't know of anyone that has done it).  We ask that you check in with our office in Pocatello if you choose to trap on Sterling.  FYI, ...
2/28/12
A: In general it is NOT legal to use a crossbow during the archery only season, however it is legal to use one during the any weapon season..  An individual with a disabled archery permit is allowed to use  a crossbow during the archery only season. Here is the information from the Big Game ...
2/26/12
A: Lighted knocks are not currently legal in Idaho.  There was a proposal made in 2011, but it was not approved by the Commission.  At this time there is no lighted knock proposal for consideration as a non-biological rule for 2012.
2/18/12
A: To hunt with a crossbow during an archery-only season you must apply for the permit to do so.  The form is online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf.  Your doctor has to sign it.  
2/16/12
A: Lighted knocks are not currently legal in Idaho.  There was a proposal made in 2011, but it was not approved by the Commission.  At this time there is no lighted knock proposal for consideration as a non-biological rule for 2012.
2/14/12
A: The minimum age is 10 years old.  It is best to take hunter education first, then take the archery class. 
2/14/12
A: The 2010 Idaho State Legislature amended Idaho Code 36-411 to allow IDFG to accept hunter and bowhunter education course certifications from foreign countries provided their course is equivalent to or exceeds our Idaho course.   A course certificate or card must be presented when purchasing a ...
2/10/12
A: Yes. Expandable broadheads are NOT legal for taking big game in Idaho. Wolves are classified as big game animals.
2/10/12
A: We cannot make predictions into the future, but we currently have a muzzleloader cow season in Unit 39, cow hunts that allow one to use any weapon, and 9 days of an any weapon bull season.  We use the late season archery to assist us in a depredation issue.  Our bull:cow ratio is adequate only ...
2/9/12
A: No. Once the season for which your elk tag is valid has opened, your tag can no longer be exchanged. But you are allowed to buy a left-over nonresident tag for a different zone.
10/2/11
A: This archer correctly answered his own question. The Trijicon AccuPin bow sight uses tritium, and the rules are clear: In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: ... With any electronic or tritium-powered device ...
8/29/11
A: Yes. But it not legal to use it to kill any animal for which the archery-only hunt is open.
8/21/11