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A: The holder of a controlled hunt tag for big game or permit for turkey may transfer that tag/permit to his or her minor child or grandchild under the age of 18 who is otherwise qualified to participate in the hunt. The form at the link below must be used to transfer the tag/permit. Visit any Fish ...
9/5/15
A: You can purchase your elk tag at any Idaho Fish and Game office or license vendor in the state, regardless of location.
9/14/15
A: I want to thank you for taking the time to write about the tag and permit fees paid by those holding senior licenses.  The Department of Fish and Game does not receive any financial support from the state’s general fund. Therefore, the funding for Idaho’s fish and wildlife programs comes solely ...
9/16/15
A: The number of tags available listed in the big game rules booklet is the total number of tags available for that zone. The number of tags is distributed between three groups based on historical sales at the time the zone was capped. The rules for allocating the number of tags available can be ...
9/18/15
A: Adult residents age 18 and over have to purchase their own license because they need to show proof of residency. An adult may buy a license or tag for their minor child. Please check the current seasons and rules section for more details.
9/22/15
A: Idaho is blessed with many backcountry elk hunting spots and many big game units with few roads or motorized traffic allowed.  Wilderness hunts provide hunters the opportunity to get away from road hunters.  Archery hunters like to hunt during archery only seasons typically so the largest ...
10/2/15
A: Yes, we have a blue tongue or EHD outbreak in the Clearwater Region that will last until the first heavy frosts.  You can read more about it on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=7890 
10/6/15
A: You can exchange a B elk tag for an A elk tag as long as the season on the B tag has not yet started.   The exchange can only be done at one of our Idaho Fish & Game Regional Offices or our Headquarters Office in Boise.
10/6/15
A: For this year, we recommend you keep your current license and elk tag. Those who have met the residency requirements after purchasing a nonresident license may purchase resident tags for the species they have not purchased. This type of a purchase can only be made at IDFG offices. For example, if ...
10/6/15
A: We're assuming you mean getting a tag replaced because it may be lost. If that's the case: Any local vendor or Fish and Game office can issue a duplicate license. However, lost tags, including deer and elk tags, can be replaced only at a Fish and Game office. Each duplicate item costs $7.25 for ...
10/7/15
A: A resident may use an elk or deer tag on a wolf, bear or mountain lion only if it is a RES-NONRES TAG.  This would be a general season nonresident tag purchased as a second tag on or after August 1st.   Both elk or dear and other species must both be in season.
10/12/15
A: Elk populations in the Bannock Zone have a patchy somewhat unpredictiable distribution.  We have not had many reports of depredation concerns in this zone this summer/fall, so you may have some success concentrating efforts in higher elevation areas, such as Bannock Peak, Scout Mountain, Kinnport ...
10/14/15
A: You may hunt the appropriate seasons for the tag you possess as listed in the current years big game rule booklets. For example if you purchase an Elk City B elk tag and an archery permit in 2015, you may participate in the early archery season and if you don't harvest in that season, you may ...
10/15/15
A: In order to best answer your question, we need some additional information.  Please call the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters office at 208-334-3700. Thank you.
10/15/15
A: You cannot hunt a general season period with a controlled hunt tag.   The controlled hunt tag only allows you to hunt the species and sex in the area with the weapon for the period stated in the Seasons & Rules for the particular controlled hunt.   Controlled Hunt 2136 is only good for either ...
10/25/15
A: This issue is addressed by state law in Idaho Code 36-1101 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36CH11SECT36-1101.htm.   Idaho Code 36-1101(3) addresses communication of information to persons on the ground, making it unlawful to make use aircraft in any manner to spot or locate game ...
10/28/15
A: The muzzle-loader only hunt for elk in the Panhandle is only for Unit 4 because other units (1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6) have an any-weapon general deer season during that time.  When this hunt was set up it was the desire of the muzzloader hunters to have a season where there was no competition with ...
10/28/15
A: A hunter can purchase both a general elk tag and a controlled hunt elk tag in the same year both at the resident price as long as the controlled hunt tag is an extra antlerless tag.   The extra anterless tags contain an 'X' in the hunt area (i.e. 18-1X or 32-1X).  
10/30/15
A: First, a very good and timely question.  As you know, the either-sex portion of the general elk season was eliminated several years ago in the Panhandle, primarily due to low calf:cow ratios that were observed during our winter helicopter surveys.  This was especially true in Units 4, 6, and 7.  ...
10/31/15
A: A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed as specified in the Seasons and Rules.   The B tag season on the Boise River zone tag is for antlered only.  Therefore, either sex would not be allowed during the period of ...
11/3/15
A: Yes, so long as supplies last. Nonresidents can purchase an over-the-counter license and tag in Idaho beginning December 1st for the upcoming year. There is a cap to the number of elk and deer tags avialable to nonresidents. Many elk zones sell out quickly in popular areas so you'll want to be ...
11/3/15
A: The Idaho Fish & Game Commission evaluated nonresident deer and elk tag sales at their July 2015 meeting.  At that time, nonresident tag sales were higher compared to the previous 2 years and projected to remain strong; reflecting improved hunting expectations and a recovering economy.  After ...
11/3/15
A: You can use archery equipment in an any weapon hunt without obtaining an archery permit.   An archery permit is only required for an archery only period.
11/15/15
A:   A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed specifically as stated in the Seasons and Rules as per weapon and sex. 
11/16/15
A: In addition to a license and elk tag, you must purchase an archery permit for an archery only season.  In order to purchase an archery permit, you would need to complete an Idaho Bowhunter Affidavit form.  http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntBowAffidavit.pdf  On this form you can ...
12/6/15
A: I totally sympathize with the frustration of finding an elk caught in a fence.  I have removed some over the years while on patrol and had to put some out of their misery as well.  It would be lawful to take the elk only if you have a valid tag for the area, the elk season is open.  There could ...
12/13/15
A: Idaho has nonresident over-the-counter tags available for deer and elk. The over-the-counter tag is called our "general" tag and is good for mule deer or white-tailed deer. We also have controlled hunt tags for deer and elk. If a nonresident purchased a general tag prior to drawing a controlled ...
12/26/15
A: An adult nonresident elk tag may be used to harvest an elk, bear, mountain lion or gray wolf if  a season is open for that species where and when the elk tag is valid. It cannot be used to harvest a deer. Hunters can purchase an adult nonresident general season elk tag as a second tag as long as ...
1/8/16
A: For the 2016 year, the bear and antlerless elk hunt would be both be open only from October 25-31.   The bear is open October 1-31 and the controlled elk is open October 25-November 15.   Please be advised that these dates may differ in the future years beyond 2016.
1/9/16
A: Black bear season is open in GMU 66A in the fall from Aug 30 - Oct 31.  The antlerless elk controlled hunt is Oct 25 - Nov 15.  For the first few days  of the elk season (Oct 25-31) you would be able to harvest a black bear.
1/9/16
A: Domestic or wild origin game animal refers to any game species whether it is raised in captivity (like a pheasant or elk) or is a wild animal that you have meat for.  You can use fish that are not game fish in Idaho, furbearer meat, chicken, beef, pig, etc. (they are not game animals in Idaho), ...
1/20/16
A: Antler traps are legal as long as the animal is not harmed by the "trap". If placing an antler trap on public ground, check with the land management agency, they may have restrictions on placing items that are left unattended. One word of caution, if using bait to attract animals to the antler ...
1/29/16
A: If the landowner controlled hunt tag you get is for a limited controlled hunt, you cannot have a general season tag for the same species. However, you would be able to purchase what we call a RES-NONRES general season tag as a second tag at the nonresident price. The RES-NONRES general season tags ...
2/1/16
A: Thanks for your question: There are a variety of tools Idaho Fish and Game utilizes to help landowners prevent damage on their property due to wildlife causing damages. One is Depredations Hunts. There are three different depredation style of hunts I will go through so there is no confusion. 1. ...
2/5/16
A: Idaho does not offer preference points for controlled hunts. Additional information on this topic is available on our website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts   Results of a 2015 sportsmen's survey on drawing odds are also available at:   https://idfg.idaho.gov/ ...
2/13/16
A: You can only keep antlers from found animals that have died naturally.  If you have any suspicion that the animal died by something other than natural causes, we especially would like to hear about it.  You can keep animals that died from injury incurred by vehicle by filling out a roadkill permit ...
2/29/16
A: Good Morning, Sorry for the delay on responding to your question.There are quite a few places I can think of where you could possibly find some shed antlers. Mule deer start dropping their antlers in January/Early February. Because most of the deer antlers have been on the ground for quite some ...
3/24/16
A: There are 3 types of hunts in Idaho.  Any weapon, muzzleloader only and archery only.   If a hunt does not specific muzzlerloader or archery, it would be an any weapon.
4/3/16
A: That is a good question.  We ask that salvagers pick up the animal they wish to salvage and haul it away to process.  We also ask they put safety first when salvaging.  Proper disposal of a carcass is always recommended once you take it into possession.  However, you bring up a good point that ...
4/5/16
A: Domestic wildlife (deer and elk) are considered livestock and are therefore managed by Idaho Department of Agriculture.  You would have to contact them for rules and regulations regarding game farming.
4/8/16
A: You cannot purchase a resident limited deer controlled hunt tag and a resident general season deer tag in the same season. However, if you draw the limited deer controlled hunt tag in unit 18 and purchase the resident deer controlled hunt tag, the only other general season deer tag you may ...
4/21/16
A: Thanks for the questions.  Question 1) will I ever get the report?  We will make an interim and final report available online on our website when they are completed.  It takes a long time to organize the hair, send to UI lab for analysis, anlyze the data, and write a final report.  However, we are ...
4/23/16
A: Yes, however there are some stipulations and restrictions. The most pertinent are: 1. Hunting is only authorized on public lands that allow shooting and public access/presence. 2. Permit does not authorize hunting on private property; a separate landowner signed permission slip must be obtained. 3 ...
4/27/16
A: 4/29/2016 Short answer – The 2015 deer, elk, and pronghorn controlled hunt statistics have been posted. Longer answer -- Idaho’s hunter and harvest data from the 2015 controlled hunts were posted on our web site 4/28/2016.This covers hunters and harvest for mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and ...
4/29/16