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A: If you were designated the tag, there is not a waiting period. The waiting period is for those who draw an antlered only hunt during the first deer and elk drawing. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/2/14
A: Yes, there is not a rule restricting the use of a scope on your shotgun in a short range season.
11/2/14
A: Yes, your regular deer tag is valid in a short range hunt.  Short range hunts are general hunts with a weapon restriction, just be sure to follow the weapon restriction listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Season and Rules brochure.
11/1/14
A: Yes a semiautomatic 9mm carbine rifle could be used to hunt deer during the general season. Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. This weapon would not be legal during any short range weapon hunt. I would suggest instead using a bolt action rifle however, of a larger caliber for the ...
10/31/14
A: Negative; in Idaho it is unlawful to use someone elses tag or for someone to place their tag on an animal they did not harvest.  
10/30/14
A: Thank you for your question. A variety of harvest statistics for big game and trophy animals can be found on our webpage here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/stats.aspx Requests for additional information can be made through idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  
10/30/14
A: First of all, thanks for the taking the time to ask the question.  Putting your tag on an animal you did not harvest yourself is called a tag transfer and is illegal.  The person to whom the tag is issued is the only person who may attempt to harvest that animal.  It is legal however for someone  ...
10/27/14
A: As long as you have fulfilled the bow hunter education requirements, you are able to purchase an archery permit at any time during a license year. Based on the hunt information in the 2014 big game regulations, your regular deer tag can be used to participate in an archery only hunt for white- ...
10/26/14
A:   Once you have killed  any species of willdife that requires a tag to hunt (all big game species and turkey) the hunter must immediatley validate  their tag and attach it either to the carcass for most big game species or to the animal's hide for bear, lion and wolf.   The term immediatley  is ...
10/25/14
A: Yes!  To make a correction to your hunter report for deer, elk or pronghorn you can call toll free 1-877-268-9365 (7 days/week) or contact the Wildlife Bureau at 208-334-2920 during normal business hours.
10/24/14
A: AR-15 type weapons are available in least 9 different calibers, all of which are legal for big game hunting in Idaho.  Idaho rules state that a firearm may not weigh more than 16 pounds, be fully automatic, fire buckshot smaller than #00, or be rimfire (except for lions and trapped wolves).  Idaho ...
10/24/14
A: Based on the rules listed on page 18 of the 2014 big game regulation booklet, a regular deer tag can be used to hunt in an archery only season in unit 28 from December 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. You will need to make sure you also have the required archery permit to participate in the ...
10/23/14
A: A regular deer tag can be used to harvest a mule deer or white-tailed deer. You will need to look in the big game regulation booklets to see what hunts are open for a late archery hunt and what species of deer can be harvested in those hunts. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have ...
10/20/14
A: It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimefire handgun.  Center fired rifles are lawful: examples are .22-250 and .223.  There are exceptions for mountain lion and legally trapped wolves; see big game rules.
10/19/14
A: .223 caliber centerfire weapons are legal.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimfire handgun. Idaho does not have a magazine capacity restriction.
10/19/14
A: In past regulation booklets deer youth hunst were restricted to youths age 17 and younger who are eligible to hunt big game by Idaho law. That youth hunt information was missed in the 2014 regulation booklets. It will be put back into the 2015 regulation booklets. For this year the only ...
10/16/14
A: Yes, deer hunters can have their dog with them.  However, it is unlawful to hunt big game with dogs except black bears and mountain lions in certain units and with a valid hound hunter permit.  Idaho's definition of hunting is broad.  It is easier to comply with the law if you don't have a ' ...
10/15/14
A: Yes, you can hunt the wounded animal.  However, you will need to comply with all relevant hunting rules such as: open elk season where you are at, correct zone elk tag, lawful hunting hours, don't shoot from or across a public road, and when the animal is harvested, it must be tagged with a ...
10/14/14
A: Thank you for asking. Those panels remain property of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. If you contact your local Fish and Game Office to let them know, our Landowner Sportsmen Coordinator will arrange to have them picked up so they can be distributed elsewhere.    
10/14/14
A: Major oversite on our part. The information is now posted on the website.  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=291. Idaho Fish and Game is unable to release names of the Super Hunt winners.  Here's a synopsis of the results. 2 Pronghorn tags drawn for Idaho and Washington hunters. 2 ...
10/13/14
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10/12/14
A: No, it is unlawful to take deer with a .22 caliber rimfire weapon.  Centerfire weapons are lawful; example .22-250 and .223.
10/12/14
A: You are fine to carry your firearm to your blind.  Its your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  Duck hunter almost always access their hunting blinds in the dark.
10/11/14
A: You must check with the appropriate City Hall and the appropriate County Seat for any ordinances adopted based on the house/dewlling location you are referring to.  There is no Idaho State Law regarding a specific distance from a house or dwelling.
10/10/14
A: If you missed filing your 2013 hunter-harvest report, for deer, elk, or pronghorn, it is too late. Sorry! (ends June 2014) 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 ...
10/9/14
A: If you possess a big game hunting license, it also covers upland game bird. With the big game hunting license there is not a waiting period on the pheasant season.
10/7/14
A: Over the counter elk tags are available to both residents and nonresidents. There are a limited amount of elk (and deer) tags available for nonresidents, so get them before they are sold out! We are discounting the second tags for both residents and nonresidents this year and they are selling ...
10/6/14
A: Wood ducks can be found in wooded streams, marshes, small lakes and beaver ponds and may be seen year-round. A few choice spots in eastern Idaho where they can be encountered is at Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit about 10 miles west of Rexburg, along the Snake River from Firth to American ...
10/4/14
A: Yes, your power wheelchair is considered a motorized vehicle. A motorized vehicle is defined as any water, land, or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity, or any other mechanical power as set forth in Section 36-202, Idaho Code. If you possess a disabled hunting ...
9/29/14
A: No, you cannot hunt elk in Farragut State Park.  This is primarily for safety concerns because of the presence of campers, hikers, and other recreationist during the season..  The Unit 2 boundary description states "Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA, closed except for as allowed by Commission ...
9/25/14
A: Yes you can use semiautomatice rifles to hunt deer during the general season.  Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. I don't know if you'd need a semi-automatic rifle since a bolt action is the best to use for the reasons that it is simple, reliable, and safe. Unless you feel that a quick ...
9/24/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes.
9/2/14
A: Yes, a hunting license is required to purchase any big game tag in Idaho.
8/29/14
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:        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: 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: 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: 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 again for your question regarding baiting.     The answer to your question is that bait can be placed for all big game on private property with permission from the landowner if the purpose is for wildlife photography and viewing only.   In contrast, baiting for photography and viewing on ...
8/13/14
A: It must remain attached to the largeste portion of edible meat.   TAG VALIDATION AND ATTACHMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT.Immediately after any deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, black bear, or gray wolf is killed, the appropriate big game animal tag must be ...
8/13/14
A: During a Muzzleloader Only season no person shall take big game animils with any firearm, muzzleloading pistol or other implement other than a muzzleloading rifle or musket in accordance with weapon restrictions listed in the Big Game Seasons and Rules; for 2014 seasons listed on page 100.
8/11/14
A: There will be no rainchecks offered for this hunt.  There is still much unburned land in the unit and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact ther Clearwater Regional Office at: 208-799-5010.
8/9/14
A: Right now there are no planned changes to seasons in Unit 11.  The Dept. will proceed as usual with the mule deer and elk seasons.  However due to the fire, game may be more concentrated in unburned areas providing a better opportunity to bag your buck.  Good luck!
8/8/14
A: No, unless the hunt you apply for is specifically listed as an extra hunt. Otherwise, you must choose one or the other. Please be aware of the Departments tag exchange rules which can be found on page 112 in the 2014 big game proclamation book. Exchanging Deer or Elk Tags: Hunters may exchange ...
8/5/14
A: From page 112 in the 2014 big game proclamations: 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 ...
8/3/14
A: To review all the tags available for application, visit http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/seconddraw/
8/3/14
A: Yes, the second general season nonresident deer or elk tag can be used to harvest the species the tag is for one of the species you list as long as there is a season for both the species of the tag and the species you harvest such as bear.
7/27/14
A: For 30 years, Idaho has had a quota for nonresident hunters.  13 years ago, the Commission decided to make any unsold nonresident tags available for purchase to residents at full price.  The Commission adopted the 2nd tag discount for residents and nonresidents because it wanted to encourage more ...
7/22/14
A: Yes. Super Hunts represent an additional chance to harvest an animal. If you draw a Super Hunt tag, you can also participate in a general season hunt (or a controlled hunt that you have drawn) as well as the Super Hunt or Super Hunt Combo. This applies to moose hunts as well. For more information ...
7/22/14
A: Yes.  If you have controlled hunt tags for both deer and elk, in order for you to bowhunt during the general archery season, you would need to purchase a reduced price nonresident deer and a reduced price nonresidet elk tag.   
7/21/14
A: No.  Nonresident disabled American veterans with a disability rating of 40 percent or more by Veterans Affairs are eligible for nonresident DAV reduced fees for licenses and tags. The nonresident DAV hunting with 3-day fishing license, $31.75, allows the nonresident disabled veteran to purchase ...
7/21/14
A: Deer hunters may choose either a regular or general deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under “2014 Regular Deer Tag Seasons” on pages 15-19 and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons. The white-tailed deer tag ...
7/20/14
A: No.  Unlimited hunts are controlled hunts in which only those who apply during the first controlled hunt application period can obtain a tag.  For more information on controlled hunts, see page 108-112 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet.
7/19/14
A: We can issue you a Nonresident DAV license in place of your lifetime license so you can receive reduced tag fees.  However, you will need to send us a reminder each year so we know which license to issue to you.  If you have more questions, please contact our licensing section at 208-334-2592.   
7/17/14
A: The short answer is yes you will need to tag the deer if you are keeping any part of it.  While not common there are times when folks are unable to track down the animal they have mortally wounded prior to nightfall.  In your case where you returned the following day and were able to locate the ...
7/15/14
A: Whether it is in season or out of season it would not be lawful for you to use your deer tag on a road kill animal.   However, you can use the online salvage report and obtain a “salvage permit” that would allow you to legally salvage and retain all or part of the road kill animal in question. ...
7/15/14
A: No.  We don't have a general deer tag so I assume you mean regular deer tag.  You can only use your regular deer tag in "2014 regular deer tag seasons and units" listed on pages 15-19 in the brochure and may be used to take mule deer or whitetail deer during those seasons.  There are many units ...
7/15/14
A: Are you looking for a general season mule deer hunt? Tags for those seasons go on sale December 1 for the next license year and can be purchased until the nonresident quota has been filled. (For this year, you can purchase now) If you are looking for a controlled hunt, the first application period ...
7/15/14
A: Great question the quick answer is Yes; if the purpose is for wildlife viewing only.  However you have "spoiled" the area for deer and elk hunting activities.Deer and elk harvested over this "salted" area would be taken unlawfully.   The area where the salt has been placed would be considered " ...
7/14/14
A: In 2010, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission considered adopting a Bonus Points system, but ultimately decided against the proposal.  The Commission cited several reasons, including a lack of consensus among sportsmen.  Here's a link to more information about the history of Bonus Points proposals ...
7/13/14
A: On page 110 of the 2014 big game proclamations, we have the following statement. Leftover Controlled HuntsSecond drawing: To ensure everyone has equal opportunity at leftover and unclaimed controlled hunt tags, there will be two drawings for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear hunts. all ...
7/10/14
A: Benjamin, Living with Wildlife in our backyards can be frustrating especially when they start helping themselves to the "fruits" of our labors.  I would encourage you to contact your local Regional Office to determine who is your local Conservation Officer or Landowner Sportsman Coordinator to ...
7/5/14
A: In January of 2007 this went through public scoping and the commission adopted the recommendation as follows. No person shall take big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including handguns andshotguns) or scope; except scopes containing battery ...
7/2/14
A: Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has decided to let the tags drawn by youth stand because of apparenty confusion about eligibility requirements for the first controlled hunt drawing.  A new law took effect July 1, 2014 allowing 10 year olds to hunt big game.  The first drawing occured before ...
6/27/14
A: IDFG does not have any plans to restrict elk and deer hunting opportunity in Unit 39 this fall as a result of last years Pony and Elk fires.  However, travel restrictions may and will likely be in place in areas affected by the fire.  Ultimately travel restrictions are a call by the US Forest ...
6/26/14
A: Director Moore has decided to allow controlled hunt tags drawn by youth stand.  Therefore, your grandson will be able to hunt once the tag is purchased.
6/25/14
A: Department biologists spend many hours during the months of January, February and early March studying the health of deer and elk populations in the state through aerial surveys, hunter reports and other methods. During this same time frame the biologists also hold public meetings with hunters ...
6/25/14
A: Yes. In January of 2007 this went through public scoping and the commission adopted the recommendation as follows. No person shall take big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated in, the firearm (including handguns andshotguns) or scope; except scopes containing ...
6/24/14
A: The controlled hunt deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, and turkey drawing will be completed and winners notified by July 10th. We're hoping to beat that date, but several things need to fall into place first. Once the results are available, there will be a news release and a note stating the draw results ...
6/12/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Yes. You will need to read the big game season proclamations for season dates. Some elk zones have limited numbers of tags available and hunters can purchase tags until the quotas are sold out. Hunters can purchase deer, elk, bear, mtn lion, wolf, and turkey tags over the counter.
5/30/14
A: If you draw and purchase a controlled hunt deer tag, you may also purchase one nonresident general season deer tag at the nonresident price as a second tag. Hunters can purchase unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tags at the nonresident price as a second tag.
5/30/14
A: Yes. General season and controlled hunt tags are currently the same price. The only difference is the application fee required to apply for a controlled hunt.
5/29/14
A: I would suggest contacting your Regional IDFG office and explaining your situation.  In certain cases IDFG will assist with fencing of hay yards.  Fencing of vegtable gardens is usually left to the homeowner.  Each region has a Landowner Sportsman Coordinator, that is who you should talk with.
5/27/14
A: The short answer is yes. During this first application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and fall turkey all hunters can submit applications except those who have submitted an application for a moose, big horn sheep or mountain goat. Hunters need to read the rules of application found on ...
5/20/14
A: Here is a basic illustration on how the drawing works. The drawing is based on application and not applicant. If there is a group application the system recognizes it as one application. To start the system takes all applications and randomly assigns them a new number. This process is completed a ...
5/19/14
A: Here is a five year count of nonresident general season tags purchased by residents as a second tag. Year Elk Deer 2009 305 706 2010 271 617 2011 270 588 2012 293 685 2013 324 728  
5/14/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014. I will check when the ...
5/13/14
A: To provide you with an accurate answer, we will need some additional information. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 or our enforcement bureau at 208-334-3736.
5/10/14
A: Waiting periods are based on first application and drawing periods only. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled antlered-only deer hunt in the first drawing in 2013 may NOT apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one (1) year or until 2015. Except that a person may ...
5/8/14
A: Over the counter resident deer and elk tags go on sale July 10.
5/7/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for your second tag.  They go on sale for that purpose on August 1.
5/6/14
A: Answer:  This is the most complicated part of reporting the harvest statistics. I'm pretty sure that you are asking about deer and elk general hunt harvest estimates on the IDFG web site. We have 3 kinds of general hunting seasons, for most of our hunts, but the names are confusing."Any Weapon" is ...
5/5/14
A: There are a number of locations a person could experience a comintation hunt that could include 2 or more of the groups you are looking for.  Many folks hunt the South Fork of the Boise for Mule deer and chukar, or later in the year you could hunt for elk and chukar.  Parts of Unit 32 and 32A ...
5/2/14
A: Failure to submit a Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, or pronhorn hunting will not prevent you from applying for or drawing a controlled hunt tag.
5/2/14
A: Harvest estimates from 2013 Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn were posted on the IDFG website on 5/3/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Elk were posted on 5/22/2014. Harvest estimates from 2013 General Hunts for Deer will be posted on 5/30/2014.  
4/29/14
A:   Deer hunters may choose either a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under "2014 Regular Deer Tag Seasons" on pages 15-19 and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons as long as the unit is open for ...
4/29/14
A: During the May 1-June 5 application period you can apply for more than one species (on separate applications, of course).    
4/28/14
A: You must purchase a hunting license and a regular deer tag.  They are both sold over-the-counter so you can purchase them when you want after July for fall hunting.  The deer tag is valid for any general season hunt, including unit 27. The season dates for unit 27 are September 15-October 31.  It ...
4/27/14
A: You are correct.  Currentl it is unlawful to use a bow 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 disabled archery permit ...
4/23/14