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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
A: It depends.  If you plan to hunt pheasants on one of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) where pheasants are stocked, you will need a WMA Upland Game/Pheasant Permit. These are $23.75 for residents and $51.75 for nonresidents.  Each Permit allows the take of ...
9/14/14
A: Yes, as long as you personally do not attempt to take an elk.  You do not need a hunting license or tag to accompany and learn from your friend while on their hunt.  For those new to the sport of elk hunting, there's really no better way to learn the safe, ethical and responsible aspects of ...
9/13/14
A: Yes, you can still hunt chukars during the first five days of the pheasant season.  The code only specifies pheasant.  Here is a copied and pasted section from 36-407: (e)  Nonresident Small Game Hunting License. A license issued only to a person twelve (12) years of age or older, entitling the ...
9/12/14
A: Yes, you may hunt migratory birds with your archery equipment in Idaho.  Federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: with a trap, net, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, ...
9/12/14
A: Hunting black bears is a popular sport in Idaho.  However, for a new hunter, or someone that hasn't hunted in the state before, it can be a little daunting.  The easiest way to get around the confusion of how, when, where, is to contact an outfitter to help you out with your first hunt.  They ...
9/12/14
A: You do not need a hunting license to accompany your friends while video-documenting their hunt.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
9/9/14
A: It is possible to recover this animal if you contact Idaho Fish and Game and get with the local Conservation Officer.  You did the right thing by not shooting the bull when you located it several days later; since you validated your tag.  If the animal is wondering, recovery is highly unlikely.  ...
9/8/14
A: That is correct.  The Hunting Passport can introduce your child to the hunt as early as age 8 before investing in taking hunter education; but they have to take hunter education to obtain a junior hunting license at age 10.
9/7/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game's controlled hunt drawing system was built in the early 1990s.  The drawing system hasn't had any glitches or problems.  The problem this year associated with young hunters being allowed to put in for controlled hunts, did not involve the drawing system.  The problems occured ...
9/7/14
A: The full definition of “hunting” that addresses this question is in Idaho Fish and Game laws, Idaho Code Section 36-202: "Hunting" means chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, stalking, or lying in wait for, any wildlife whether ...
9/5/14
A: Good question.  Older does are less likely to produce young and therefore provide less reproductive value to the herd.  However, it is difficult to determine age of a standing deer. You already mentioned the doe without a fawn method, but that too is difficult and not fool proof as a doe may have ...
9/4/14
A: There certainly are grizzly bears in Unit 1, particulary in the Trapper Ck burn north of Priest Lake.  As you noted, there are also good densities of black bears.  The fire resulted in a great big huckleberry shrubfield, thus explaining the high density of both types of bears. The area probably ...
9/2/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game has adopted the season recommendation approved by the Pacific Flyway Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These recommendations are the result of a new harvest strategy, which represents a more informative approach to managing harvest of mourning doves as envisioned in ...
9/1/14
A: Yes, a hunting license is required to purchase any big game tag in Idaho.
8/29/14
A: Not based on the information you have provided. Here is the state law regarding archery permits: Idaho Code 36-411 (b) Archery education. On and after January 1, 1994, no person shall be issued an archery permit unless that person presents to the department a certificate of completion in archery ...
8/28/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident hunting/3day fishing license and your bear tag at any vendor location http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ or via telephone at 1-800-554-8685. We also have general season deer and elk tags that ...
8/28/14
A: Idaho trespass law generally applies to whether a canal/ditch and related access roads are open to public access and to specific activities such as hunting. The land containing irrigation canals  and related access roads may be owned by the irrigation company, or it may be owned by a third party ...
8/27/14
A: Normally IDFG does not make site visits to address disputes regarding ownership.  However, you can contact your local conservation officer or regional office and inquire as to if they have had issues in this area before. It is always helpful to have a good quality map of the area you are hunting ...
8/25/14
A:        IDFG offers a wide variety of hunting seasons in the fall, including several that run the entire throughout the month of September. For example the archery season for both deer and elk opens Aug 30 and runs through the end of Septmeber. For the most part, archers will be wildly dispersedand ...
8/23/14
A: There will be no rain checks offered for this hunt.  The unit still has much area open to hunting and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact the Clearwater Regional Office at:  208-799-5010.
8/18/14
A: Pit blinds on private property are legal.   It is against the law to take migratory birds from a sink box (a low floating device having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the survase of the water).
8/18/14
A: Who is required to have Hunter Education? To buy a hunting license, all hunters must show proof that they have completed a hunter education course if they were born on or after January 1, 1975, unless they have held a hunting license from Idaho or another state. 
8/18/14
A: As found on page 98 of the Big Game 2014 Seasons and Rules brochure:  It us unlawful to: Hunt any game animal by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for black bear baiting permit (See pages 69 and 70).  Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except ...
8/17/14
A: Private land does not change designation because it is enrolled in Access Yes.  If a hunt specifically states that it is restricted to private lands, this would include private lands enrolled in access yes. Things to consider is in some hunts, corporate timberlands are not considered private lands ...
8/17/14
A: This is a question that may have several answers and depends on what kind of a closed area you are trying to access. If the area is on public land such as Forest Service or BLM lands, and the roads or trails you are trying to access are closed for all public access that will require you contacting ...
8/14/14
A: Yes, it it legal to use a cow decoy.
8/13/14
A: It is your US Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  Long ago we used to require a hunting license to possess a firearm in the field in Idaho. It was challenged and recinded.  Current Idaho Code restricts the carry of 'concealed' weapons.  If your handgun is not concealed you are in ...
8/13/14
A: Thanks again for your question regarding baiting.     The answer to your question is that bait can be placed for all big game on private property with permission from the landowner if the purpose is for wildlife photography and viewing only.   In contrast, baiting for photography and viewing on ...
8/13/14
A: That might be a pretty good strategy.  The upper end of those drainages have some nicer open forage areas and the elk are likely hitting those early and late.  The north-facing heavier covered areas on the unit boundaries will provide good areas for the elk to bed down.  Catching them traveling ...
8/12/14
A: There are no shortages of general areas where you might find a cow elk in the Unit 39-1 area.  It really depends on what scenary you want to see while hunting and how far you want to travel.  The further you travel away from highway 21 the fewer people you are likely to see.  We don't have any elk ...
8/10/14
A: Hunters can buy 5 wolf tags per calendar year and 5 trapping tags per calendar year for use in zones with an open trapping season.  A person must attend a wolf trapper education course and have a valid trapping license before trapping wolves.
8/10/14
A: No, the Idaho Deparment of Fish and Game does not maintain a list of licensed guides and outfitters.  Please contact the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board at (208) 327-7380 or visit their website at: http://oglb.idaho.gov/.
8/10/14
A: Right now there are no planned changes to seasons in Unit 11.  The Dept. will proceed as usual with the mule deer and elk seasons.  However due to the fire, game may be more concentrated in unburned areas providing a better opportunity to bag your buck.  Good luck!
8/8/14
A: We've done some research trapping in the St Joe so we have a pretty good idea of the live weight of bears in the area.  These weights were mostly taken in June and July, so fall weights during the hunting season would be quite a bit more (partly depending on the huckleberry crop!).  Spring weights ...
8/8/14
A: Racoons are classified as preditors in Idaho and can be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping or combination hunting license, provided such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances or regulations.  Take care ...
8/7/14
A: Yes you can.
8/5/14
A: We have recieved calls such as this in the past and we have had our officers follow up on them. We have never documented employees of this ranch chasing elk onto the property. We have discovered that many poeple hunting elk around this property have been confused with ranch employees and their ...
8/4/14
A: In response to your question about the Mallard Larkin elk hunting. As far as I know it does not get much, if any pressure from the north (GMU 9). There are a couple access points from Region 1. It depends if you are using stock or backpacking ect. In my personal experience, I have seen some very ...
7/31/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game manages all wildlife including game and nongame.  The agency's Wildlife Diversity Program publishes information about Watchable Wildlife, here's a link: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/nongame/?getPage=239 You can find more information about the program on the ...
7/29/14
A: Thank you for taking the time to ask your question.  Issues involving nuisance wildlife are referred to as depredations.  A landowner with depredations may hire a third party or “agent” to control the wildlife as long as it is in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.   For ...
7/27/14
A: Provided you don't have a provision in any felony conviction that prevents you from owning or possessing a firearm; you've purchase a valid hunting license and tags; and have taken an archery education class or qualify for an archery validation - then you can use your archery equipment during a ...
7/27/14
A: Our agency only regulates the use of motorized equipment as it pertains to hunting and fishing activities.  If you are using your jetski strictly for recreation, then you need to check with the U.S. Forest Service Sawtooth National Recreation Area for restrictions they may have placed on Red Fish ...
7/26/14
A: When you perform a search on the Internet, your current years purchase history will show up on the license selection page. This information will show you what currently valid items you have purchased.
7/25/14
A: Hunters have been required to purchase an archery permit/validation to participate in hunts designated as "archery only" seasons for more than 35 years. Although some hunters may choose to hunt only in an archery-only hunts and don't participate in any other hunts, many hunters who participate in ...
7/25/14
A: For 30 years, Idaho has had a quota for nonresident hunters.  13 years ago, the Commission decided to make any unsold nonresident tags available for purchase to residents at full price.  The Commission adopted the 2nd tag discount for residents and nonresidents because it wanted to encourage more ...
7/22/14
A: Thank you for your question regarding hunting over unlawful bear bait sites.  Idaho Department of Fish and Game rules and regulations state: “No bait site may be located within two hundred (200) feet of any water (lake, pond, reservoir, year round free flowing spring and year round free flowing ...
7/22/14