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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: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Antler 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. ...
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: 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: 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: You might begin by looking at "The Compass" Idaho Fish and Game's 15 year strategic plan, which is posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website under the "About Us" tab.  Developed and implemented in 2005, The Compass lays out four goals:  sustain Idaho's fish and wildlife and the habitats upon which ...
3/16/12
A: The application period is May 1-June 5.  A new rules book will be out in April.  You can put in for more than one species during this application period.
3/25/12
A: The Wildlife Department informed us today (March 30, 2012) that the statistics for 2011 big game harvest should be ready in 2 weeks...look for them in mid-April.
3/30/12
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: 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 recent years wolf numbers were increasing at about 15% per year in absence of hunting. Primary source of mortality was depredation control. In absence of that, perhaps 20% or so. Population Growth rate would slow as food availability became limited (numbers would not continue to grow ...
4/11/12
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: If your friend thinks that the baiting is being done to attact animals so they can be hunted, they can contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999.
4/25/12
A: Yes.  The shortcut to the salvage permit is on the bottom left of the homepage.  Look for the yellow deer sign with "Report Roadkill" link.  
5/1/12
A: Mule deer herds are rebounding from the 2010/2011 winter that winter was very tough on deer and we lost a significant proportion of the radio collared does. Hunting should be good this fall with high over winter survival and deer in great body condition. Antler growth should be excellent this ...
5/3/12
A: The controlled hunt statistics have been posted on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getpage=113.
5/9/12
A: The mule deer population is doing well, with excellent overwinter survival and lighter than usual hunting pressure last fall. However they did suffer a setback due to the extreme winter of 2010-2011. During that winter we had significant mortality of our radio collared does and likely very low ...
5/14/12
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: 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: No refunds will be made on resident licenses, tags or permits (including receipts issued for prepaid tags). If you are successful, the deer receipt may be redeemed as soon as resident tags go on sale in July.  The deadline for purchase of controlled hunt tags is August 1.   
5/23/12
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: Yes, as long as you follow the salvage reporting requirments outlined at  fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill. By notifying Idaho Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements (to obtain a free permit) within 72 hours, a person can now: Recover and keep wildlife species classified ...
6/10/12
A: July 10 is our official notification date.  You can start checking online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81 earlier than that.  In the past the results have been out in late June.
6/11/12
A: Our notification deadline is July 10.  Results will be posted online by then.
6/12/12
A: Back in the 1990’s the application period for deer, elk, and pronghorn hunts began June 1 and ended June 30. That date has been moved up to May 1 through June 5. The Department’s big game biologists need the months of January, February, and March to determine the health and size of our deer and ...
6/12/12
A: You must purchase the type of deer tag you want.  If you want to hunt for white-tailed and mule deer,  purchase a regular deer tag, which is valid for either one (as long as the unit you are hunting is open for both).  If you only want to hunt for white-tailed deer in one of the later seasons, ...
6/12/12
A: The Department does sell nonresident white-tailed deer tags. The quota of 1,500 white-tailed deer tags you are seeing on our website is an amount above the regular/white-tailed deer tag quota of 12,015. By Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule, the extra 1,500 white-tailed deer tags are available ...
6/13/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game will get notices out to the applicants who are drawn for a controlled hunt by Joly 10.  All hunters will be able to check online to see if they have been drawn  by July 10, also.  
6/26/12
A: Thank you for your question regarding rehabilitation of wildlife taken from the wild.  You are correct, it generally isn't in the best interest of wildlife to remove them from wild.  Many wildlife species, including deer, will spend considerable time away from their young.  This is in part to ...
6/27/12
A: Yes.  If you don't pick up the tag by August 1, it will go into the second drawing.  That means that beginning August 2 you can purchase a general season tag instead.  This also applies to elk and pronghorn hunts.
7/4/12
A: Your general season tags must be exchanged for the controlled hunt tags.  This can only be done at a Fish and Game office or by mail. The mailing addresses is IDFG, License Department, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID, 83707.   Remember the August 1 deadline to get the tags to us for exchange.  
7/12/12
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: Yes, you can purchase any general season big game tag after the seasons open.
7/16/12
A: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.
8/3/12
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. 
8/8/12
A: Hunters 12 and older can hunt big game.  
8/10/12
A: Yes. There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass. You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.
8/11/12
A: Preserving Evidence of Sex   Deer, elk and pronghorn: If the head or antlers are removed, evidence of sex in the form of testicles, penis, scrotum, udder or vulva must remain naturally attached to the carcass or parts thereof on all harvested big game animals until they reach the final place of ...
8/12/12
A: Preserving Evidence of Sex   Deer, elk and pronghorn: If the head or antlers are removed, evidence of sex in the form of testicles, penis, scrotum, udder or vulva must remain naturally attached to the carcass or parts thereof on all harvested big game animals until they reach the final place of ...
8/13/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/15/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/16/12
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for use as a second tag.  
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  There is no deadline to pick up the second draw tags.
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.
8/17/12
A: Three important things to know about the second drawing for big game tags: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  The results will be posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
8/18/12
A: No; you would have to purchase a regular  nonresident leftover tag to use as a second tag.  The cost would be $301.75.
8/21/12
A: yes. Liquid scent may be used for deer and elk.
8/22/12
A: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=137.  They go on sale at all vendors on August 25 at 10:00 a.m. mountain time.
8/22/12
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: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Mule deer in Unit 39 typically follow the major drainages starting at the head of the South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork Boise Rivers.  Deer found in Graham/Atlanta during summer will follow the drainages down to Boise River WMA by December/January.  Some deer following the South Fork drainage ...
8/24/12
A: You asked why there is harvest of deer in the general season in Unit 44, shown on the web site, when there is no general season there for deer. Good catch! You’re right, there should be no general hunters in Unit 44. I have now fixed the web site. I investigated the data behind the estimate. Out ...
8/26/12
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
8/27/12
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: Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an ...
9/6/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: IDFG information on Big Game Winter Feeding  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=57   The only legal restriction on feeding Big Game is in eastern Idaho. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has rules which prohibit the feeding of Big Game in certain counties in Eastern ...
9/15/12
A: Please call the Southwest Region office for information.  Their number is 465-8465.  
9/17/12
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:   It is legal to view wildlife with a spotlight. However, be aware that shining a spotlight “upon any field, forest or other place by a person while having in his possession or under his control any uncased firearm or other contrivance capable of killing any animal or bird, shall be prima facie ...
9/23/12
A: In our Roadkill Reporting System we presently have 13 mortalities between 15th St and Sherman Ave on I-90 (Milepost 13.6-14.8).  Of those thirteen, eleven are white-tailed deer, one domestic cat and one was an unknown (presumably schmeared) carcass.  All but one of these reports were submitted by ...
9/24/12
A: We appreciate your concern.  Please contact the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office (208-769-1414) for information.
9/24/12
A: Yes.  The tag is valid through December 31 of the year purchased.  The youth can still hunt with it after they turn 18.
9/24/12
A: Many, if not most of the deer seasons allow youth to hunt for either sex.  Check pages 9-11 in the Big Game rules book.   
9/26/12
A: Yes, it is legal for any hunter (whether resident or nonresident) to purchase big game tags after the season for them has opened.
9/26/12
A: If you are the driver/owner of the car and involved in a collision with a deer, the first thing you should do is insure everyone is OK. If possible before doing anything else, for your safety, be sure you are not blocking traffic. If the animal is dead, you may want to move off the traffic lane. ...
9/28/12
A: Thank you for contacting us.  For a question such as this, we suggest you call the region office so you can get details from them.  Unit 73 is in the Southeast Region.  Their number is 208-232-4703.
9/30/12
A: I checked with the Upper Snake Region office; that is not true.  A shotgun can be used in that hunt. 
10/3/12
A: A general regular deer tag or general whitetail deer tag is not unit specific.  If you hold a regular deer tag, you would need to follow the seasons under the Regular Deer General season section of the Big Game Regulations (check the Whitetail section for general seasons on the Whitetail Deer Tag ...
10/6/12
A: It depends on the unit.  You will need to consult the 2012 Big Game Regulations for what is allowable in the unit where you will be hunting.   In most cases, a youth can harvest an antlered or antlerless.   Same goes for species on the Regular Deer Tag.  In most cases, he can harvest either a mule ...
10/6/12
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: West of Dayton is Big Game Managment Unit 73.  There are general hunts and controlled hunts in Unit 73 for deer and elk.  Please refer to the 2012 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules for details, or contact the Southeast Region office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.   
10/9/12
A: According to our records, you had your fishing license cancelled and a disabled combo issued along with a 2-pole permit yesterday.  However, you have not purchased any tags. If you intend to hunt for deer you will need to purchase a tag at any license vendor or Fish and Game office.
10/9/12
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: Yes.  There are many hunts that are both species or white-tailed deer available with a regular deer tag, however the White-tailed Deer Tag offers more opportunities for this species than the Regular Deer Tag.  For a complete list of hunts for each tag see pages 9-17 of the 2012 Big Game ...
10/12/12
A: You can only hunt the type of deer that is allowed in the rules. 
10/12/12
A: Check the Big Game Rules book pages 9 and 10 in the deer hunt season table.  If the unit lists antlerless hunting is only open for youth, only a youth hunter can shoot a doe in that unit.  They do have to abide by the antlered restrictions (such as 2-point only or no antlered deer harvest).
10/12/12
A: If you are referencing the typical deer drive by posting a few hunters at one end of a draw or ridge and other hunters walk the draw or ridge and push the deer towards the posted hunters, then yes, this method is lawful. 
10/17/12
A: You can get a duplicate tag from one of our region offices or by mail.  Contact IDFG  Headquarters for more information (208-334-3700).
10/18/12
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: “How does one report a buck taken during an antlerless only season? I am asking this question because when I helped my daughter register her doe, I noticed it said “did you harvest a doe or buck?” The following day, my wife and I were out hunting and saw a very small buck. We were within 50 yards ...
10/22/12
A: Since the seasons have been open for regular deer tag use, the tags can no longer be exchanged.
10/23/12
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: Yes.  Any hunter (resident or nonresident) can purchase a second deer or elk tag from the nonresident quota unless the quota is sold out.  Since these tags are from the nonresident quota they are sold at nonresident prices (deer tags are $301.75 and elk tags are $416.75).
10/23/12
A:             Deer Seasons General Any Weapon Regular Tag 10/10/12-10/31/12 Antlered White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 1 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlerless White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 4, Unit 7, Unit 9 10/10/12-11/9/12 Antlered Mule and White-tailed Deer Any Weapon Unit 2* (except Farragut SP), ...
10/30/12
A:   There are no limitations to the number of guns you can possess while waterfowl hunting, as long as the following rules are followed:  1) guns are not capable of holding more than 3 shells (including chamber and magazine), and 2) you are only in possession of nontoxic shot.  If one of the ...
11/1/12
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: Yes; you can purchase a second deer tag but it can only come out of the nonresident pool of unsold deer tags.  The cost of the tag would be $301.75.  You can pick one up at any vendor.
11/9/12
A: The IDFG property at Beaver Dick does not extend up to the Teton River.  Most of our property lies south of Highway 33, and there is a parcel of BLM that gets close to the Teton, but it doesn't actually touch the Teton.  You can use a boat to go upstream and reach the Teton if you choose.
11/24/12
A: SUPER  TAG 13      A drawing will be made for 10 super hunt tags in January 2013. This is an incentive for hunters to promptly file their required Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, and pronghorn purchased in 2012. These highly desirable tags can be used in any open hunt for that species ...
11/25/12
A: Yes, archery permits are still available.
11/27/12
A: I am not aware of any specific issues with the health of deer in the Orofino area.  We do get reports from folks within the city limits that the deer there do often look a bit scraggly in the spring, but this is not unusual for that time of year when the effects of winter are most evident and the ...
11/29/12
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