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A: The second controlled hunt application period for 12 leftover moose hunt permits runs from June 15 through June 25 - one bull in Hunt 3044, Unit 12-3; three bulls in Hunt 3053, Unit 16A; four bulls in Hunt 3054, Unit 17; and four bulls in Hunt 3056, Unit 20. There are no leftover sheep or goat ...
6/5/11
A: Monday, August 15, was the deadline to apply. Winners will be notified by mail and results also will be posted on the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ after the drawing. There's no deadline to pick up tags from the second drawing. Any tags not drawn will be available for over- ...
8/14/11
A: It depends. In most of the state, there are no restrictions on the number of holes, but an angler can fish with up to five poles orlines at a time, and up to five hooks per line. A two-pole validation does not allow more than five lines while ice fishing. All lines must be attended by the angler. ...
2/10/12
A: The Game Regulations are made available online shortly after they are approved by the Fish and Game Commission.  Big Game Seasons are set by the Commission every March (View the Commision Schedule).  For 2012, the meeting is scheduled for March 21-23rd. Printed Regulations will be available a ...
2/12/12
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: Both static PDF maps suitable for printing and interactive online maps of hunt area boundaries are available on the Hunt Area Map Index.  Sportsmen can also use the MapCenter to view Game Management Units, Elk Zones and current Controlled Hunts.  For offline viewing in Google Earth and GIS ...
2/15/12
A: Generally the answer is no, however there are exceptions. These exceptions are explained in the 2011 Big Game Regulations: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled ...
2/16/12
A: A resident of Idaho can purchase two wolf tags per calendar year. A resident cannot purchase non-resident wolf tags. A non-resident deer and/or elk tag that may be used for wolf, mountain lion, or bear so long as the season for both species is currently open in that area.
2/19/12
A: Nonresident hunting license and tags may be refunded less issuance fees and a $50 processing fee, in the event of: Illness or injury that disables a license holder for the entire applicable hunting season. Military deployment of license holder due to armed conflict. Death of the license holder or ...
2/26/12
A: No, they cannot harvest a bear, lion or wolf with a resident deer tag.  They must have the tag for the specific animal they want to harvest.  
2/29/12
A: Yes, the 2012 Idaho Legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package; it will become part of the Package beginning July 1, 2012.
4/3/12
A: Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report a wildlife salvage by going online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self- ...
4/3/12
A: Yes.  A signed, written sales statement showing the taker’s name, address, license and tag numbers (not needed for salvage of road kill), date and location of salvage, must be provided to the buyer of any black bear or mountain lion head, hide or other parts (except tanned hides or finished rugs ...
4/3/12
A: Local animal control, animal rescue, or law enforcement in emergencies and USDA Wildlife Services are good sources for help, information and advice.Idaho law allows people to trap or remove any wildlife to protect private property and personal safety, but just like the plumbing, sometimes it is ...
4/6/12
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   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; ...
4/7/12
A: Yes, she can. She can take your hunting license to any of our Fish and Game offices to pick up the bear bait permit and site tags.
4/17/12
A: Bear bait permits and site tags are only available at Fish and Game offices, which are not open on weekends.  You can send your request for the permit and site tags along with payment in the mail so they can be processed through one of our offices.  
4/28/12
A: We checked with our legal department; it is legal to used skinned beaver for bear bait.
5/12/12
A: The wolf season information is in the 2012 Big Game Rules book on pages 66-69.  It has been added to the deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion season information.  
5/14/12
A: Turkey, black bear and mountain lion tags can be used in any unit that is open for general season hunting.  You are not limited to one unit or zone.
5/18/12
A: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled hunts, a controlled black bear hunt, controlled turkey hunt, extra deer, extra elk, or extra pronghorn controlled hunts, ...
5/23/12
A: This illegal take of the threatened Grizzly Bears is being investigated jointly by Idaho Fish and Game, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The incident occurred in a remote area of Idaho. We are seeking any information from anyone who has information specific to or was a witness to this act. ...
5/24/12
A: The correct answer is no. The only second tag you can purchase is the second reduced tag which restricts a hunter to the special second tag units only. Please see pages 58 for bear and 63 for mountain lion.   Yes, you can.  If you are going to hunt outside the area that is included in the "reduced ...
5/28/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/10/12
A: No, you not required to report a mountain goat skull that you found while hiking.   For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth ...
7/2/12
A: The deadline to pick up big game controlled hunt tags is August 1.  We will have a list of leftovers available on August 2 or 3.  The application period for the second draw for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear controlled hunts is August 5-15
7/13/12
A: Raccoons are classified as a predatory wildlife species and therefore the take season for them is year round. You may use dogs to hunt/pursue raccoons. The owner and/or handler and/or person taking raccoons must have a hound hunter permit.
7/20/12
A: Raccoons are classified as a predatory wildlife species and therefore the take season for them is year round. You may use dogs to hunt/pursue raccoons. The owner and/or handler and/or person taking raccoons must have a hound hunter permit.
7/25/12
A: A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only controlled deer hunt may  not apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one year except for the second deer, elk and pronghorn application period and leftover controlled hunt drawings or sales. • For example, a hunter who drew a ...
8/5/12
A:   Yes, the bear involved in this case was identified as a grizzly bear based on DNA extracted from hair collected at the site and saliva collected from hunter's skin. 
8/20/12
A: yes. Liquid scent may be used for deer and elk.
8/22/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465.  They may have a list.    
9/4/12
A: Yes.  Game animals, predatory wildlife and unprotect species (see list) may be salvaged. Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    You must report a wildlife salvage by going online to ...
9/6/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: A number of the lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area have brook trout populations.  You are not finding them when searching in the Southwest Region because they are all on the Stanley side of the Sawtooths and in the Fish and Game Salmon Region. Here is a list of lakes in the Salmon ...
9/13/12
A: During a general any weapon season while using a muzzleloader You cannot use a muzzleloading rifle or musket which is less than forty-five (.45) caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, or gray wolf, or which is less than fifty (.50) caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or ...
9/21/12
A: Black bears are found all over eastern Idaho and now grizzlies are in many areas too, so planning ahead to carry bear spray is a wise choice!  Unfortunately, IDFG cannot make product recommendations, but we can tell you what to look for when purchasing a product.   Bear spray can be obtained at ...
9/29/12
A: Salvaging bear meat was required from 1973 when black bears were first classified a game animal through 2009.
10/4/12
A: The short answer is NO. Short range weapon seasons for big game are limited to: Shotgun using a slug or #00 or larger buckshot Muzzleloader that are .45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion or wolf and at least .50 caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat or black bear With any ...
10/8/12
A: This is often an ethical dilemma faced by hunters. The rule states it is illegal to hunt big game with the use of bait (except for bear and wolf). Bait here is defined as something placed to attract wildlife. However, many ranchers use salt blocks to manage cattle movement within an allotment. If ...
10/10/12
A: It is not legal to possess an owl carcass that you have found in the wild: Protected Nongame Wildlife, Species of Special Concern, Threatened or Endangered Species, Protected Birds Special classifications for some animals extend extra protection to those species. These animals cannot be hunted, ...
10/20/12
A: First the requirement: Hunters are required to remove and care for the edible meat of big game animals, except black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves. This includes the meat from hind quarters as far down as the hock, meat of the front quarters as far down as the knee and meat along the ...
10/20/12
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead: Protected species of wildlife that have died of natural causes are generally considered property of the state and may not be possessed. But parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered ...
10/22/12
A: Nonresident Disabled Veterans Nonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified organization may be eligible for reduced fees for licenses and tags. To qualify, nonresident disabled veterans must meet the definitions and provide the three documentation items ...
10/23/12
A: The following list lays out the types of animals that cannot be hunted or kept: Protected Nongame Wildlife, Species of Special Concern, Threatened or Endangered Species, Protected Birds Special classifications for some animals extend extra protection to those species. These animals cannot be ...
10/25/12
A: The requirements for muzzleloader-only season weapons are: Muzzleloader Caliber Requirements In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • With any muzzleloading rifle or musket that is less than .45 caliber for deer, ...
11/8/12
A: The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:   By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species ...
12/5/12
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: List of Species that Can be Salvaged Big Game Animals Black Bear (Ursus americanus) California Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) Elk (Cervus canadensis) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Moose (Alces americanus) Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) Mountain Lion (Felis concolor) Mule Deer ( ...
12/26/12
A: The information copied below lists many of the animals that may be hunted and those that may not be hunted.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (MAY BE HUNTED--HUNTING OR TRAPPING LICENSE REQUIRED) Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and ...
12/29/12
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: 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: 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: It is too early to speculate on anything like that. 
2/17/13
A: They are posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/lookupLicense.cfm?tab=SPRG_BT..  
2/26/13
A: No, all permits were drawn. 
3/8/13
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: Yes, you can carry a weapon for protection while you are hiking or looking for shed antlers.  
3/11/13
A: Yes, you can still get the bait permit that way.  
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, 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: 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: 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: Nonresident prices: You must either have an Idaho nonresident hunting license ($154.75) or an Idaho nonresident combination (hunting and fishing license) $240.00. You must also purchase a bear tag ($186.00).  If you decide to add a turkey to your hunting the cost of the tag is $80.00. We list all ...
4/24/13
A: Bear bait permits can only be purchased from IDFG Region offices and Fish and Game Headquarters. The Southeast Region office is located in Pocatello at 1345 Barton Road.  Their office hours are 8:00-5:00 MT.  If you have further questions, call them at 1-208-232-4703.    
5/10/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead: Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally ...
5/22/13
A: Yes, we sell those tags over the counter.  The season is Deer Seasons General Archery Regular Tag Unlimited permits 8/30/13-9/30/13 Either-sex Mule and White-tailed Deer Archery    Unit 78   You must purchase an Idaho hunting license, a regular deer tag and an archery validation.
6/3/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Parts: Lawfully harvested wildlife parts – except edible meat from game animals – may be purchased, bartered or sold when accompanied by a written statement showing said wildlife was lawfully harvested. If black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf parts – excluding ...
6/12/13
A: The application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and turkey hunts was May 1-June 5. 
6/13/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead:  Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally ...
6/19/13
A: — Key Dates for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn and fall Bear Controlled Hunts — 1st controlled hunt application period May 1 - June 5. Successful 1st draw applicants will be notified by July 10. Tags may only be picked up through August 1 (except for unlimited hunts). List of leftover hunts for the second ...
6/28/13
A:   We have not changed the law--there is no minimum caliber as long as you are NOT using a rimfire weapon.  (See muzzleloading equipment exception below). In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • By any means other than approved firearms, ...
7/3/13
A: Yes.  He must have a hound hunter permit: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or mountain lions, the following persons must have a valid hound hunter permit and a black bear or mountain lion tag for the current year in possession: • Anyone who owns pursuit dogs. • ...
7/11/13
A: Unit 4 has hunting seasons for mule deer, elk, bear, moose and wolf.  Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information about animals at 4,000 feet and the prescense of other animals.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
A: 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; crappie; perch; bass; catfish; bullhead; sunfish; sturgeon; northern pike; ...
7/26/13
A: Bear hunts are any-weapon seasons so a crossbow is legal.
8/3/13
A: For bears, the definition of bait is any substance placed to attract game animals.  You are not allowed to place parts of animals or fish that are currently classified as game animals or fish that come from the wild or commercial domestic sources.  However, under the scenario you explained:   ...
9/23/13
A: Here is the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission Refund Rule: IDAPA 13.01.04.600 03. Refunds. The fee for any nonresident license (as defined in Section 36-202(z), Idaho Code) shall not be refunded for any reason except as follows. a. Hunting license and general season deer and elk tag ...
9/24/13
A: Nonresident deer and elk tags (exluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags) are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk IF a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk season ...
10/6/13
A: A person may apply for only one species.  Any person applying for a 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 ...
10/31/13
A:   Wolves were never released in Whiskey Creek by IDFG.  Often, people will see a culvert trap in the back of a conservation officer pickup and assume it is something other than a black bear being relocated. Years ago in the late 1990's, before IDFG  was involved in wolf management, the Nez Perce ...
11/4/13
A: A nonresident elk or deer tag, excluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags, are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk, if a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk ...
11/7/13
A: We estimate a population of about 20,000 black bears in the state.   We kill approximately 45,000 deer across the state and estimate there to be about 300,000 deer in Idaho. 
11/10/13
A: For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered and possessed for personal use if the ...
11/13/13
A: First, I apologize for our agency not answering your questions in a timely fashion.  That's poor customer service and I'm truly sorry.  We are working to do a better job and I guarantee we'll do better in the future.   Now for the good news - you can harvest brook trout from any water in the Bear ...
11/21/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) requires a hunting license to be purchased by both residents and nonresidents prior to applying for a controlled hunt. Neither group receives a refund of the license fees once the license has been used to apply for a controlled hunt. IDFG does offer ...
12/11/13
A: If you are looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
12/26/13
A: Idaho Code 36-202(t) explicitly defines a senior resident an any person over 65 years of age who has lived in the state for 5 years so if your 65th birthday is not until February, you cannot purchase a Sr. license at age 64 and 11 months in January.  However, one option is to purchase your adult ...
1/3/14
A: Why Manage Wildlife in Wilderness By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns.  Many Idahoans have ...
1/3/14
A: Yes. Information about the current program we have for nonresident disabled veterans can be found on our website under the license tab. Look for the Disabled Veterans Programs link. Nonresident Disabled VeteransNonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified ...
1/31/14
A: How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt--Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, fall Bear Big game rules for the current year come out each April. Check the general season information (listed by species) to see if the over-the-counter general season has a hunt you want to participate in. If there isn’t a hunt listed ...
2/12/14
A: The rule is written in order to prevent placement of salt blocks or liquid salt in order to create possible salt licks, which could artificially attract other big game.  Salt in food is not considered placing salt as bait. 
2/12/14
A: Each year antlers from deer, elk, moose, and the horns of pronghorn fall off, or are shed; new antlers and horns begin to grow back and are fully grown again each fall. Animal parts such as antlers,  horns, hides, bones, and teeth of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf and mountain goat from animals ...
2/16/14
A: Only the person that places the bait is required to have a baiting permit.  Each person can have 1 baiting permit, which allows them to maintain up to 3 bait sites.  People hunting over bait sites, but not involved in placing the bait do not need a permit.  Bear bait permits are only available at ...
2/20/14
A: Successful spring black bear applicants will be notified by mail no later than March 10. Results will also be available on the Fish and Game website,  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.  It is the responsibility of the hunter to find out whether he or she ...
2/21/14
A: You may NOT use lighted nocks as they are considered incorporated.  Please check the weapon restrictions section of our big game rules.  The actual rule states it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including ...
2/23/14
A: Some squirrels can be hunted, while others are protected.  For those legal to hunt you must have a hunting license and there are no tag, season or bag limit requirements. Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (Species okay to hunt)Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “ ...
3/1/14