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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: 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: 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: Expandable broadheads are not legal for taking big game animals in Idaho.  Elk are classified as big game animals.
3/2/12
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: Please confirm my understanding. A nonresident application and elk tag needs to be purchased and then the controlled hunt is applied for? If successful for the general tag, then the controlled youth hunt is applied for? Is there a deadline on the controlled hunt application? Thanks   You do not ...
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: That's a suggestion that hasn't been considered to date.  High cost of tags is one of three reasons nonresident hunters gave us for no longer coming to Idaho to hunt (wolf impacts on elk and the economy were the other two reasons cited in a 2009 survey).  Charging two or three times more for a ...
4/18/12
A: Information about prospecting for gold or other metals can be found at the website for the Idaho Department of Lands.  
4/28/12
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 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: General season antlerless elk hunting was suspended in the Panhandle Elk Zone for the 2012 season due to poor calf recruitment and overall reductions in elk populations in several game management units.  The ellimination of the general season antlerless hunting was applied to the entire Panhandle ...
5/15/12
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: You must purchase a nonresident hunting license ($154.75) and pay the controlled hunt application fee ($14.75).  If you apply online (fishandgame.idaho.gov) or by phone (1-800-554-8685) there is an additional fee added for processing of approximately 3%.  
5/28/12
A: The deadline is June 5.
6/2/12
A: As of June 8, 2012, there are 240 nonresident Selway A tags available.  Resident tags will go on sale in July.  
6/6/12
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: To manage game in some of the elk zones we have established, we only allow a limited number of tags to be sold. The capped zones are: Dworshak zone B tags Lolo A & B tags Elk City zone B tags Selway zone A & B tags Middlefork zone A & B tags Salmon zone B tags Sawtooth zone A & B ...
6/13/12
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: 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: Survival of elk calves depends on a number of factors, including disease, predators, nutrition, maternal care, weather, and accidents.  Generally, highest mortality in elk calves occurs during the first month of life, where predators can take a high percentage of calves.  During the mid-summer ...
6/29/12
A:     Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Elk and Pronghorn Permit information:   A pass is required from the Idaho Fish and Game office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, to hunt elk in the Lemhi, Beaverhead or Snake River Elk Zones or pronghorn in Units 51, 58, or 63 within one-half mile inside the ...
6/29/12
A: Immobilizing drugs are sometimes used to capture and restrain a variety of wildlife for management, research, and public safety purposes in situations where other methods of capture are not practical.  The meat is deemed unfit for consupmption by humans or animals for a time period after the drug ...
7/2/12
A: The best place to get information on a hunt is to contact the region office directly. The phone number of the region office for the Island Park area is 208-525-7290.
7/2/12
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: 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: Lighted nocks are not legal in Idaho.
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: No.  There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass.  You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.
7/23/12
A: Specific zone information, including total numbers of bulls, cows, and calves in each survey can be found in our annual surveys and inventory reports on elk. The 2010 report is available on our website: https://research.idfg.idaho.gov/wildlife/Wildlife%20Technical%20Reports/Elk%20Statewide%20PR10. ...
7/31/12
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: 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: 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 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, they can.
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: yes. Liquid scent may be used for deer and elk.
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: 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, there aren't any leftovers. They have all been sold.
8/27/12
A: Potlatch Corporation had the road across their land closed due to a large failure.  The road was rebuilt, rerocked and opened last fall (2011).  Potlatch Corporation did some additional work this spring, but did not close the road.
9/3/12
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 carry a handgun for protection during an archery-only hunt.
9/8/12
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: You are correct.  All the general season elk hunting in the Panhandle is antlered elk only.
9/14/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients. They are held out for the outfitters to purchase for their clients until specific dates (July 31 or August 30). At that time, any tags not purchased by outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota ...
9/14/12
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: Some of the quota tags are made available to outfitters for their clients until August 31.  On September 1 those tags are moved into the general quota and they are available for anyone to purchase.  That increases the number of tags available over the original quota.
9/17/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients.  They are held out for the outfitters until specific dates.  At that time, any tags not going to outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota, which changes the numbers.
9/17/12
A: Any violation of a forest fire emergency closure should be reported to the appropriate land manager.  Unit 27 is in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, part of which  is under the  Halstead Fire Closure Order Number: 04-13-12-535 which prohibits: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (b), the following acts ...
9/17/12
A: Please contact the Upper Snake Region.  The biologists for unit 66 are based there.  They should have information for you.  Their number is 208-525-7290.
9/19/12
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: No, it doesn't. 
10/4/12
A: The answer to a question like this can be best answered by the region office.  Please contact the Southwest Region office at 465-8465 to speak to a biologist for that area.    
10/4/12
A: The Forest Service has the authority to set their rules in a Forest Service campground.
10/5/12
A: Any person who transports any wildlife for another or receives any wildlife for cleaning, processing, as a gift, or for strorage must have a written Proxy Statement signed by the taker of the animal showing the name, address, and license number of the taker, and the number, kind, date taken, and  ...
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: 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: The best thing you can do is be a good witness.  Document the activity (date, time, and specific activities), descriptions of the hunters, descriptions and license plates of vehicles (pick-ups, ATV's, cars) and report it to Idaho Fish and Game or Citizen's Against Poaching.  You can remain ...
10/13/12
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: Controlled hunt tags cannot be exchanged for a general season tag.
10/15/12
A: Please call the Salmon Region office for detailed information.  Their number is 208-756-2271.
10/18/12
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: Yes, you can.  Shed elk antlers can be picked up and kept if the animal died of natural causes.
10/22/12
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: 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: 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: The Boise Front Segment of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA), including Lucky Peak Mountain, can be accessed by using Highland Valley Road (off of SH-21). The following link provides a map of the WMA and the roads http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/. The Boise Front ...
10/30/12
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 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: Lifetime license holders are counted in the resident pool for controlled hunts, even if they have moved out of state.
11/21/12
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: 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: 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