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A: Yes, you can. 
12/16/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't encourage the public to feed big game.  Each region has a committee that considers whether winter (snowfall) conditions warrant Fish and Game feeding animals.  If you feel that big game is struggling and needs to be fed, please contact the Fish and Game Region office in ...
12/17/12
A: When a hunter puts in for a moose tag or another trophy species ( Mountain Goat or Bighorn Sheep), it does not prevent them from then getting a general elk or deer tag. All the general tags are still available for you to purchase, even after you've applied for a trophy species. The only limitation ...
12/18/12
A: The superhunt is a drawing for 34 tags that helps to fund Access Yes! -- the proceeds go toward compensating willing landowners for hunter and angler access to or across private land. Participants purchase chances at drawing a superhunt tag for deer, elk, moose or pronghorn tags.  These tags can ...
12/18/12
A: We encourage hunters in both Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education to take ethical shots within their effective range, regardless of type of weapon they use.  Hopefully, hunters also encourage ethical behavior among themselves and discourage their friends and family members from taking risky ...
12/19/12
A: The Commission did consider bonus points in July, 2010, but decided to maintain the random drawing process that is in place today.  One of the key issues discussed was that in order to improve drawing odds for one, you need to decrease drawing odds for another. This places stronger odds against ...
12/19/12
A: Idaho Code 202(s) defines residency for the purposes of purchasing resident hunting and fishing license. In part the code states that a person must be domiciled in Idaho with the bona fide intent to make Idaho their permanent abode. Simple ownership of property in Idaho does not constitute ...
12/21/12
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 Idaho ...
12/23/12
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: Yes.  We ask every hunter who had deer, elk and pronghorn tags to complete a mandatory harvest report.  The link to making your report is online at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/id/HunterReporting/welcome.
12/27/12
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 ...
12/29/12
A: Go on our website to report the road kill.  The link is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/.    
1/6/13
A: Although not as numerous as in the more remote areas in the Clearwater Region, wolves have been observed in parts of Latah County as well.  Most opportunities for observing or harvesting wolves can be found as one moves to the north and east away from private property and onto land managed by the ...
1/13/13
A: The reason we require a nonresident hunting license purchase in order to put in for our controlled hunt tags is primarily to increase drawing odds for nonresidents. The effect of requiring a license did decrease the number of nonresidents applications, but the hunters serious about coming to Idaho ...
1/20/13
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: Please look at the Website for the Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board (http://oglb.idaho.gov/).  They list outfitters by unit.
1/28/13
A: The nonresident Dworshak zone elk tags have been available for sale since Dec. 1 of last year (12-01-12).  They are available until the elk tag quota sells out; in other words, there isn't a specific date.     
3/4/13
A: Idaho has a permit for the same purpose (Hunt from a Vehicle Permit).  The application form is online (the link is http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicle.pdf.). It requires a doctor's signature and it costs $1.75. If you need further information about the Magic Valley area, ...
3/7/13
A: Seasons will be approved in mid-March and the books will be posted online and in print in April. 
3/8/13
A: Send your question to idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.  Your question can then be forwarded to the region offices for information.
3/9/13
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: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/11/13
A: You are correct. As long as the elk zone tag that you purchase is open for an archery season AND an any-weapon (rifle) season you can use the same tag for the two weapon types... Thanks
3/14/13
A: Nonresident general season tags (tags sold over the counter) are available now.  The controlled hunt tag application period is May 1-June 5.    
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: Thank you for your question.  2012 harvest data for trophy species will be available by the end of March.  2012 data  harvest data for deer, elk, and pronghorn will be available by the end of April. In the mean time you can view summarized raw mandatory harvest report data at this link: https:// ...
3/18/13
A: Beginning August 1, unsold general season deer (and elk) tags are available for any hunter to purchase for use as a second tag. 
3/20/13
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Horn 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. Horn ...
3/27/13
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: Thank you very much for contacting us.  Your observation will be forwarded to the Communications Department.
4/10/13
A: Yes, we start selling nonresident OTC tags on December 1 for the next fall's hunting.  You must buy a hunting license and a tag.
4/14/13
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: Yes, you can use a big game decoy while hunting.
4/22/13
A: It was changed to a controlled hunt, not eliminated. Hunt number 2161 is listed in the 2013 Big Game Rules book on page 58. The details are: Application period May 1-June 5 500 Permits All of unit 39 Antlerless-only elk Season dates of September 8-30        
4/23/13
A: In some elk zones you can hunt antlerless elk with a general season tag that you can buy over-the-counter.  Many archery seasons allow you to harvest either sex.  The best thing to do is to check current big game rules.  There are also controlled hunt opportunities to hunt antlerless elk.
4/27/13
A: Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component of Fish and Game’s mentored hunting program. The Hunting Passport allows any first-time hunter, resident or nonresident, age 8 and older to try hunting for one year with an adult mentor without first having to complete an Idaho hunter education course.   ...
4/27/13
A: There is a waiting period if it was an antlered-only hunt: 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 ...
4/29/13
A: There are extra tag hunts offered for the deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt draws. They literally allow you to hunt for a second deer, elk or pronghorn if you are drawn.  You can apply for one "regular" controlled hunt and one "extra" tag hunt for the same species, possibly drawing 2 tags ...
4/29/13
A: The current estimate is 382 cow elk in Unit 25 and the population objective for this unit is to maintain cow elk between 700 and 1000 animals. The antlerless any weapon and muzzleloader controlled hunts in Unit 25 were eliminated to assist with moving cow elk numbers closer to the objective.  
4/30/13
A: That is still the case this year.  A parent or grandparent can designate their controlled hunt tag to their minor child or grandchild. The form to do this is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntCHtagPermitDesignation.pdf. Those who draw a trophy species (moose, ...
4/30/13
A: To clarify the purpose of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s motorized hunting rule, the Commission amended the rule to clearly define where and when the rule applies. The amended rule also clarifies what classification of wildlife are affected. The rule has a new name which specifically ...
4/30/13
A: The current estimate is 382 cow elk in Unit 25 and the population objective for this unit is to maintain cow elk between 700 and 1000 animals. The antlerless any weapon and muzzleloader controlled hunts in Unit 25 were eliminated to assist with moving cow elk numbers closer to the objective. 
5/2/13
A: The deadline to enter this year's first Super Hunt drawing is May 31. With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June ...
5/17/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office at 1-208-756-2271.  Their staff can help you.
5/20/13
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: Each application is given a number; if that number is drawn, each person on it is given a tag.
5/28/13
A: Due to Idaho Privacy Laws, we cannot release the names of license holders.  No license is required to purchase a superhunt entry so there isn't any way for entrants to look up their status. Here is information that we released about the first superhunt drawing of 2013: After the first Super Hunt ...
6/4/13
A: Results will be out by July 10.
6/5/13
A: The application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and turkey hunts was May 1-June 5. 
6/13/13
A: The results will be posted close to July 10.
6/16/13
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: Any vendor can issue tags.  The list of our vendors is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm. Tags can also be purchased online or by phone (1-800-554-8685).    
6/25/13
A: No, controlled hunts cannot be traded between friends.
6/25/13
A: Yes, salt does attract deer.  Here is information about using salt to attract big game animals in Idaho for the purpose of baiting animals: Hunting rules vary from state to state.  Idaho hunting rules prohibit the use of bait, including salt in any form (liquid or solid) in the hunting/taking of ...
6/26/13
A: The Idaho hunting license that you purchase to buy your elk tag also covers hunting forest grouse.  You can harvest forest grouse during your elk hunt.
6/26/13
A: Please check with the public land management agency regarding placing bait on public land. Here is information about baiting a site before the season and then hunting the site later for deer and elk after the bait is removed: Idaho hunting rules prohibit the use of bait, including salt in any form ...
6/27/13
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: There are no prohibitions in Fish and Game Code preventing you from carrying a firearm while archery hunting. Idaho does not require the wearing of hunter orange to hunt game, except: all upland game bird and upland game animal hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange (a minimum of 36 ...
6/30/13
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: Please contact the Salmon Region office for that information.  Their phone number is 208-756-2271.
7/6/13
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: Resident Elk tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=76.   Nonresident tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=75.   Both lists are updated weekly.
7/23/13
A: You can apply for a hunt during the second chance application period--August 5-15. We didn't have any leftover moose hunts in 2013.
7/28/13
A: Wolf tags are available and we don't limit the number we sell... The only elk tag that is completely sold out at this time (July 31, 2013) is the nonresident Sawtooth B elk tag.  The tag count of nonresident general season tags is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
7/30/13
A: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
A: Call the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-4359.  The biologist familiar with the Smoky Mountain area is based there.
8/6/13
A: The list of leftover controlled hunts is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  There are several extra tag hunts available...the application period is August 5-15.
8/6/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/10/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: You can exchange your elk tag at any IDFG office or Headquarters before the season opens for the tag you currently have.
8/18/13
A: As of yet, no.  The fires to-date have remained west of ID-75 and outside of the Pioneer Zone. You can view realtime fire information with Hunt Area overlays at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire/ and in the Huntplanner MapCenter at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner ...
8/19/13
A: Yes, all hunting in Idaho requires the appropriate license, permits, and tags. There are certain incentives and programs for landowners who qualify for participation in the Landowner Appreciation Program. To learn more about the LAP program, visit: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
9/9/13
A: Elk tags are either a general Zone A or B tag or a controlled hunt tag. If a controlled hunt tag, the tag can only be used for controlled hunt unit and season of the controlled hunt. General elk zone tags (A or B) can only be used for the zone and seasons they were intended for. However, if you ...
9/9/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.   No.  An person whose name is drawn in a controlled hunt for deer and elk is prohibited from hunting in any other hunt for the same species (archery, muzzleloader or general), EXCEPT when the hunter has been selected in a controlled extra tag or ...
9/15/13
A: IDFG recommends that any deer or elk taken in states with known CWD, should not have brains or spinal cord when entering Idaho.  Many states with CWD have rules established for transporting game within and between states.  For nonresidents to be legal entering their own state, they must be ...
9/18/13
A: No, you can hunt for whitetails in mulitiple big game management units and are NOT restricted to zones like elk hunters are.  So, yes you can hunt whitetails in say Unit 19A from Oct 10 - Oct 31 and if you are unsuccessful, you can hunt whitetails in Unit 11 from Oct 10 - Dec 1.  Your whitetail ...
9/18/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. It depends.  Residents or nonresidents may buy one unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tag at the nonresident price, starting August 28, to be used as a second tag. Any person who receives a controlled hunt tag for elk is prohibited from hunting in any ...
9/19/13
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: You can only hunt from a location/unit that you are licensed/permitted to hunt from.
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: You must leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the largest part of the carcass until the final place of storage or personal consumption.  That means that if you bone and package the meat, you must leave a large chunk with the testicles, penis, vulva, or mammary left naturally attached and ...
9/26/13
A: Yes, Unit 4 is in a zone that included Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7, and 9.  You could have used a rifle to take an antlered elk in any of those units from October 10 - 24 using your B tag.   F08
9/26/13
A: It depends on which Zone you purchased the tag.  Check the rule booklet for your zone and follow the A-tag options across the page.  Some allow early archery hunting and late muzzleloader hunting (Palouse Zone).  Others like the Panhandle Zone allow early archery hunting, followed by "any" weapon ...
9/26/13
A: If you mean that you are in UNITS 1, 4 and 4A--they are all covered by the Panhandle zone tag.  Contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414 for more information about those units.
9/27/13
A: Items for 2014 will go on sale on December 1, 2013.  They will go on sale on December 1 every year for the next year's hunting. The only items that won't go on sale on that date are resident elk and deer tags.  All other resident licenses and tags go on sale December 1.  All nonresident licenses ...
9/29/13
A: Yes.  You could purchase a second tag at nonresident price.
9/29/13
A: The seasons for the tag you have are as follows:   General A Tag Weiser River 8/1/13-11/30/13 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Unit 32*²³ 8/15/13-9/30/13 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Portion of Units 22 and 31²³ 8/30/13-9/30/13 Either-sex Elk Archery Weiser Zone*³ The only November hunting with the Weiser ...
10/2/13
A: Only if the November hunt is the same zone tag...for example, the Elk City zone A tag is valid for an archery only hunt in unit 15 from from August 30 through September 30 and also s
10/4/13
A: Distance is not addressed in the rule. The rule's intent is to not artifcially draw big game into a point of unfair advantage for the hunter.
10/5/13
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: Deer tags are not issued for one zone like elk tags are.  They can be used in any unit that is open for hunting deer.
10/9/13
A: There is no waiting period in Idaho.  Once you buy your license and tag, you can immediately go hunting (provided the season is open).   Years ago (30+) there was a waiting period of 24 hours to dissuade people from illegally killing a deer or elk and then going to the closest vendor and buying a ...
10/11/13
A: If you are drawn for a superhunt tag, it is in addition to whatever regular season or controlled hunt you already have (or obtain) for the year.  So...you could take 2 elk for that season.  
10/12/13
A: Exchanges can be made if the season for the tag you have has not been open. They can only be done at a Fish and Game office.
10/15/13
A: You can purchase a tag and use it at any time before or during a general season for elk.  Check the zone you want to hunt for details and be aware that some zone have quotas for tags that may have already been reached. If you were drawn for a controlled elk hunt you would have needed to pick-up ...
10/17/13