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A: Nonresidents can purchase a bear tag over-the-counter without purchasing a deer or elk tag.  You do, however, have to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
3/1/14
A: Idaho does offer some youth only elk hunting opportunities for the 2014 season. These youth hunts are all Antlerless Only. We do not offer any controlled antlered youth elk hunts at this time. What Idaho does do for youth elk hunters is allow them to hunt both the A and B seasons on one tag in elk ...
2/27/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
2/21/14
A: Each year antlers from deer, elk, moose, and the horns of pronghorn fall off, or are shed; new antlers and horns begin to grow back and are fully grown again each fall. Animal parts such as antlers,  horns, hides, bones, and teeth of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf and mountain goat from animals ...
2/16/14
A: Elk usually begin to lose their antlers towards teh end of March and thru the middle of April. Large bulls tend to lose their antlers first with the smallest bulls dropping last.
2/12/14
A: How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt--Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, fall Bear Big game rules for the current year come out each April. Check the general season information (listed by species) to see if the over-the-counter general season has a hunt you want to participate in. If there isn’t a hunt listed ...
2/12/14
A: This time of year, most of the mule deer bucks in the Twin Falls area have moved down onto winter range areas. Winter range areas near Twin Falls tend to be on the foothills where deer can find refuge from deep snow, and forage sources. The foothills of the "South Hills" area hold a tremendous ...
2/11/14
A: To better answer your question, please provide additional information. Thank you
2/9/14
A: Coyote, wolf, bobcat teeth possession and sale?  Animals are classified differently and there are different rules regarding possession and sale depending on the classification. This answer is specific to the species you describe. Coyotes are predators and can be possessed and sold at any time. ...
2/9/14
A: Yes, Idaho has depredation hunts but they are not open to nonresidents.  Idaho does have a landowner permission hunt (LPH) that is similar to a depredation hunt that is open to nonresidents.  These hunts require prior written permission on a LPH form from a landowner to qualify and then the hunter ...
2/6/14
A: No, except a person may purchase a left-over nonresident general season elk tag, or put in for an "extra" elk tag (controlled hunts designated by an "X"). During the process of developing the 2014 Elk Pplan there was discussion and interest in developing some hunts that would allow a tag holder to ...
2/2/14
A: Yes. Information about the current program we have for nonresident disabled veterans can be found on our website under the license tab. Look for the Disabled Veterans Programs link. Nonresident Disabled VeteransNonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified ...
1/31/14
A: The count was 73,036.
1/30/14
A: All 2014 tags were available on December 1, 2013 except for: Resident deer and elk tags (and pronghorn tags which are only available through controlled hunt drawings). Moose, sheep and goat (because they are issued by controlled hunt drawing only)  
1/23/14
A: The regulations for 2014 elk hunting will be available in April.
1/22/14
A: Yes, he can carry a gun for protection even if he is not hunting.
1/10/14
A: The short range designation applies to big game hunting.  You can use any legal weapon to hunt predators and unprotected species.
1/10/14
A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game have no rules prohibiting the feeding of elk, however, some cities do have ordinances that prevent feeding of wildlife or feral pets within their city limits.  Be aware, if a private citizen artificially feed big game, you could be liable for damages caused by those ...
1/9/14
A: Why Manage Wildlife in Wilderness By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns.  Many Idahoans have ...
1/3/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202(t) explicitly defines a senior resident an any person over 65 years of age who has lived in the state for 5 years so if your 65th birthday is not until February, you cannot purchase a Sr. license at age 64 and 11 months in January.  However, one option is to purchase your adult ...
1/3/14
A: Yes. You will be issued an elk receipt that can be redeemed for a tag at a later time in the year. If you apply for an elk controlled hunt in the first drawing period, you must redeem the receipt for the controlled hunt tag by August 1. If you are going to hunt in a general season elk zone with a  ...
12/31/13
A: All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit an online hunter report, for each tag issued, within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of the season for which their tag was valid. Use your hunting license number OR tag number and your complete last name as it appears ...
12/31/13
A: If you are looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
12/26/13
A: Without knowing what species you are asking about, the answer here will be specific to elk only. If you purchase an OTC elk tag for the Middle Fork Zone, which includes unit 27, you may hunt any unit in that zone (20A, 26 or 27). Those are the only units that you may hunt with a Middle Fork Zone ...
12/21/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.    
12/20/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.  
12/20/13
A: Big game season and bag limit changes will be reviewed by the public typically in February and reviewed by the commission during their March meeting.  All proposals will be posted on our website during the public comment period.  However, there is currently no proposal to change the Controlled ...
12/19/13
A: Everything depends on where you want to hunt. Idaho Fish and Game has many over the counter (OTC) archery elk tags for the 2014 season on sale now. Those OTC general season tags can be purchased at any license vendor, IDFG Regional or Headquarters offices, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/  ...
12/17/13
A: Thank you for your question about filing your hunter report for your deer tag. We try to keep the reporting forms as simple as possible, short and sweet. But sometimes, it is TOO short.  Sometimes we wish we had put more instructions on the online forms. Maybe next year. --If you hunted with rifle ...
12/14/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) requires a hunting license to be purchased by both residents and nonresidents prior to applying for a controlled hunt. Neither group receives a refund of the license fees once the license has been used to apply for a controlled hunt. IDFG does offer ...
12/11/13
A: 2014 licenses, tags and permits went on sale December 1, 2013.
12/11/13
A: A spotlight permit is available through your IDFG regional office. It is titled "Permit to Hunt With Artificial Light", and the cost is $1.75. Typically these permits are issued by the Regional Conservation Officer or regional Supervisor for the area. These permits are not readily given out ...
12/7/13
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/do-i-have-take-entire-carcass-elk supports it.   There is no stipulation that you salvage the entire carcass.  You can salvage any part that you choose and leave the rest.    
12/6/13
A: Not only is there a limit on otters per trapper, but there is a quota for each region.  Once the quota for the region is reached, the trapping season for otters is closed.  Otter trapping quotas are based on providing a harvestable surplus of a percentage of the population.  We are looking at ...
12/3/13
A: In general, tapeworm cysts that are found in the muscles of deer, elk and moose in Idaho are Taenia krabbei.  This tapeworm has a life cycle in which the adults occur in the intestine of coyotes and wolves, eggs pass in the feces of the carnivore, which are eaten by grazing animals, especially ...
12/1/13
A: Yes, there is a IDFG Commission rule that allows for a person to apply for a permit to us a non-magnifying scope on your muzzle loader for use during a muzzle loader only big game season. Here is a link to the application and other information.   APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL WEAPON REASONABLE ...
11/27/13
A: Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your questions about the controlled hunt drawing process. When an individual or group application is submitted, the licensing system (IWILD) assigns an application number to that individual or group application. The application number is then loaded ...
11/13/13
A: For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered and possessed for personal use if the ...
11/13/13
A: Yes. The requirement for open sites is restricted to muzzle loader only hunts. In short range and any general weapon hunt, the restrictions for muzzle loader are limited to a minimum of.45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, lion, and wolves, and a minimum of .50 caliber for elk, moose, big horn sheep, ...
11/11/13
A: A nonresident elk or deer tag, excluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags, are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk, if a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk ...
11/7/13
A: A person may apply for only one species.  Any person applying for a moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year.  Except: they may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled ...
10/31/13
A: I assume you mean for elk, deer, or pronghorn? If so, start on this page:  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=106 All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit an online hunter report, for each tag issued, within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of ...
10/29/13
A: Idaho Code and Idaho Fish and Game commission rules do not prohibit the use of two way radios for hunting big game, EXCEPT, Idaho Code prohibits the use of aircraft to spot or locate game and communicate the location to any person on the ground. Idaho Code 36-1101: 3. Communicate from Aircraft. ...
10/27/13
A: General season tags cannot be transferred to a family member. IDFG does have a rule that allows any resident adult person who possesses a controlled hunt tag to designate his or her tag to his or her resident minor child or grandchild who is qualified to participate in the hunt. Nonresident adults ...
10/25/13
A: You can take 2 cow elk because you have 2 valid tags.  The extra cow tag literally means that you can take an extra elk with it.
10/24/13
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes.  You could purchase a second tag at nonresident price.
9/29/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 can only hunt from a location/unit that you are licensed/permitted to hunt from.
9/23/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 ...
8/10/13
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: 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: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
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: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
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: 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: 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: 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: Please contact the Salmon Region office for that information.  Their phone number is 208-756-2271.
7/6/13
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: 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: — 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: 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: 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: 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: No, controlled hunts cannot be traded between friends.
6/25/13
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: 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: The results will be posted close to July 10.
6/16/13
A: The application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and turkey hunts was May 1-June 5. 
6/13/13
A: Results will be out by July 10.
6/5/13
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: Each application is given a number; if that number is drawn, each person on it is given a tag.
5/28/13