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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: Yes. However, the small game hunting license is not valid for the first five (5) days of the pheasant season. To hunt the first five days of the pheasant season, you would need to purchase the nonresident hunting license.
10/22/14
A: The use of one (1) blood-trailing dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours and within seventy-two (72) hours of hitting a big game animal is allowed to track animals and aid inrecovery. A Hound Hunting Permit is not required.
10/21/14
A: I cannot answer this question accurately as the disposition of each case is not the same.  Review the court documents relative to your sentencing or seek counsel from your attorney.  Each disposition is different and some contain special exceptions or restrictions.  Make sure you are in compliance ...
10/20/14
A: The 10 a.m. rules applies only to Upland bird hunters on WMA's where pheasants are stocked.  Upland game birds shall not be taken before 10 a.m. on Fort Boise, C .J.Strike, Montour, Niagara Springs, Payette River and Sterling WMAs, during the pheasant season.  Waterfowl hunters can hunt before 10 ...
10/20/14
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: Just because a parcel is posted, does not mean that the landowner can’t give select individuals permission to hunt or access the property.  This really depends on the landowner. Some post no hunting or trespassing because they honestly don’t want any type of hunting or access to the property.  ...
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: The cost of all hunting and fishing licenses are set by the Idaho legislature.  At the present time, we are not recommending any changes to our license fee structure to the 2015 Idaho legislature.
10/19/14
A: You didn't mention where your property is but the beaver season begins Oct. 22 or Nov. 1 and runs through March in most of Idaho.  You can get a trapping license and trap beavers on your property or contact a local trapper to do that if beaver trapping is allowed in your area.  You may contact the ...
10/18/14
A: No.  The only time you need an archery permit is when you are hunting with a bow in an "Archery Only" hunt.  However, please be aware of the archery equipment restrictions, which can be found on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. 
10/18/14
A: This response is overdue and I apologize for that - it was my own oversight - I let it get buried and didn't get back to it until today. Year-round hunting on private lands was in effect in 5 of our 13 wolf management zones during 2014.  All wolves killed by hunters and trappers are included in ...
10/15/14
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: Yes; waterfowl hunting is allowed on Tolo lake.  Please consult the 2014 Waterfowl Pamphlet for more information regarding seasons and rules.
10/13/14
A: This is a great question and unfortunately, especially with young hunters, it occasionally happens that they have either lost their license, washed it or just simply cannot find it. Although the license number is on the tag, Idaho Code 36-1201(c) requires that your "License must be .......on his ( ...
10/13/14
A: General season tags can be purchased at any time prior to or during the hunting season (they must be purchased prior to hunting) as long as there are tags available in the quota or zone you intend to hunt. The number of tags available to nonresidents can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
10/13/14
A: Part of Cougar Bay shoreline is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, and may be hunted.  Remaining portions are private property and would require permission from a landowner for access and hunting.  The southeast portion of Hauser Lake is incorporated within the city limits of the City of ...
10/13/14
A: There is no legal standard in Idaho State Code or Adminstrative Rule setting a required distance from buildings to discharge a firearm.  However, there are certain cities and counties that have created ordinances setting these distance requirements.  Please check with the appropriate city or ...
10/12/14
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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: Yep. The seasons and rules booklets are served as PDF documents.  Many browsers open them as they would another web page.  The ways to download the PDF and access the PDF online vary depending on your device. Typically, Windows computers you can right-click and click "save file as...". On Mac ...
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: Idaho law does prohibit the aiding and abetting of the commission of a crime. Idaho Code Section 18-304 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH3SECT18-304.htm  and Section 18-204 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH2SECT18-204.htm  You should not advise or encourage someone ...
10/11/14
A: Even though blaze orange is not required to be worn while hunting big game in Idaho, it is recommended.
10/10/14
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: This is a very broad category with too many questions to accurately address in this message.  I encourage you to contact your local police station, county sheriff's office, or local conservation officer to help explain the details surrounded each circumstances.  Idaho does not have a state law ...
10/6/14
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: I remember the college days and trying to make ends-meet.  Everything seemed more expensive back then and I really had to scrutenize all purchases to make sure I was getting the most out of my hard-earned money.  Still, when I look back, my hunting and fishing license allowed me recreational ...
10/5/14
A: In calendar year 2013 there were 19,282 hunting licenses issued to Kootenai county residents.
10/2/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule applies only to those units displayed in orange on the map on page 105. In these designated units, between August 30-December 31, big game hunters (including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunters) may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are ...
10/2/14
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: We do not restrict firearms in our archery only seasons.  Please contact the relative National Forest in regards to the postings you describe. 
9/28/14
A: Yes, in 2010 the Commission adopted the following rule:  Blood Trailing Dogs. The use of one (1) blood-trailing dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours and within seventy-two (72) hours of hitting a big game animal is allowed to track animals and aid in recovery. A Hound Hunting Permit ...
9/28/14
A: Hunting over placed bait is not legal; 2014 and 2015 Seasons and Rules for Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey page 21.  Dove's are  migratory birds.  Please review the 2014 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules, page 13, for more detailed information regarding bait.
9/25/14
A: Public land around Black's Creek Reservoir, outside of any administrative areas such as parks, boat ramps, etc., are open for access.  There has been issues with vandalism around the outlet area in the past and road access is restricted. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not closed any bird ...
9/25/14
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, the Eagle Rock area below American Falls Reservoir is open to cottontail hunting.  The season runs from August 30, 2014 - February 28, 2015.  The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 24 cottontails.  The Eagle Rock area is a mix of BLM, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and private ...
9/24/14
A: Under current state law, you cannot cross the private property without the permission of the landowner.  There are thousands of acres of public land in Idaho in this similar situation.  The Department works hard through its Access Yes! program to try and open up these public parcels, but does not ...
9/24/14
A: Various tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information. 
9/23/14
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: Idaho's 10 year (2014-2024) elk management plan was developed with the help of hunters, landowners, elected officials, land managers and other interested Idahoans. The elk plan establishes specific management goals that Fish and Game -- working with elk hunters and other elk enthusiasts -- will ...
9/22/14
A: No you do not need an archery permit to hunt coyotes with a bow, and you may use mechanical broadheads. An archery permit is only required in archery only hunts.  Weapons restrictions such as mechanical broadheads only apply in archery only hunts.  
9/22/14
A: The law changed in 2014 to allow 10-year olds to hunt for Big Game. Because of this, some of the older regulations may have that information incorrectly stating 12-year olds. Any big game hunter born after 1975 is required to take Hunter's Education. However, as a way to introduce the sport to ...
9/20/14
A: If I understand your question you are trying to retreive waterfowl with a net streched across a river stream.  Stretching a net across a waterway could present all types of problems for you and others.   Make sure you are contacting all private landowners prior to hunting to ensure you are not ...
9/19/14
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: All conservation officers across the state have very large patrol areas.  They do the best they can to enforce fishing and hunting regulations.  The Department applies more enforcement to Henrys Lake than some other areas because the lake is managed as a trophy fishery.  Some conservation officers ...
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: If you are specifically targeting Eurasion doves you can use a rifle and you must have a hunting license.  Please conduct risk assessments on every shot.  There are huge safety concerns regarding the use of a rifle to take Eurasion doves.  Please ensure there is an appropriate backstop.
9/15/14