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A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately ...
3/8/13
A: Please contact the IDFG office in the area for information: Office / Region Locations Administratively, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is divided into regions with offices in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Nampa, Jerome, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Salmon. In addition, a subregional office in ...
3/8/13
A: An instructor-led course costs $8.00 ($9.31 if you sign up online). It costs around $32.00 to take the course online and then take the internet course field day (24.00-25.00 for the internet part of it and then 8.00 for the field day.  
3/9/13
A: The majority of the ducks in the southeast region are along the Snake River corridor.  This is not to say there is not great hunting elsewhere, just that most of the ducks are here.  From the mouth of the Little Blackfoot River (near Tilden Bridge) downstream into American Falls Reservoir, the ...
3/10/13
A: It is legal to hunt coyotes in Idaho using manual or electronic predator calls. The use of electronic predator calls are restricted for big game animals; and some furbearers may only be taken by trapping in certain areas (which would preclude the use of firearms and predator calls). Please review ...
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: There isn't a specific season for it.  Please check with the local IDFG office that administers the area where you want to look for sheds to see if there are any closures of the area to protect wildlife.
3/12/13
A: It is legal to use a .22 to hunt whistle pigs.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/12/13
A: IDAHO WEAPON RESTRICTIONS   Rifle and Shotgun   In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods.   • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the ...
3/13/13
A: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
3/14/13
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: A hunting license is only required if you are actually hunting.
3/15/13
A: He can get a hunting license as soon as he finishes hunter education (in this case, while he is still 11).  Be sure to get a junior hunting license, not the youth small game license.  You  can use this license number to enter him into a controlled hunt.  By the way--the application period is May 1 ...
3/16/13
A: Yes, you can still get the bait permit that way.  
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can hunt rock chucks.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
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: If you are hunting fox, a hunting license is what you need.  You only need a trapping license if you are trapping them.
3/20/13
A: Yes, you can. Details below:   Coyotes are classified as Predatory wildlife in Idaho. The only firearm restriction for the hunting of Predatory, Furbearers, or Unprotected wildlife is that “no person shall …hunt with any weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state or federal law.” IDAPA ...
3/21/13
A: Yes; coyotes are not a game animal--they are classified as a predatory animal--so calls can be used when hunting them.    
3/21/13
A: Lawful Methods of Take Upland Game Birds   To take upland game birds in Idaho, all hunters may use a bow, muzzleloader shooting shot or shotgun with lead or steel shot with shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches in length. Shotguns are not required to be plugged when hunting upland game birds.   ...
3/24/13
A: They may be hunted all year...a hunting license is required. Details below: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as  “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, ...
3/25/13
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: An Idaho hunting license is required.  If you are only hunting ground squirrels you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If it is purchased before July 1, 2013, it will only be valid through August 31, 2013.  If it is purchased after July 1, 2013, it will be valid for the calendar year, ...
3/27/13
A: If he is hunting, he must have an Idaho hunting license.  If he is fishing, he must have an Idaho fishing license.  If he is trapping, he must have an Idaho trapping license. He should check with the region office in the area for information about contacting the land management agency (for example ...
3/29/13
A: Yes, it is legal--details are copied below from the Upland Game Rules Book: All birds in Idaho are protected except starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons.   Protected nongame birds cannot be hunted, taken or possessed (including parts of birds, even if found dead ...
3/29/13
A: Idaho code and Fish and Game commission rules require anyone who hunts, fish, or traps to possess the appropriate license, permit, and tags. They must follow the seasons and all methods of take set by the Commission. If a real emergency existed, discretion would be used. However, the scenario ...
3/29/13
A: Each applicant must choose a specific controlled hunt to apply for.  The hunts are all listed in the Moose, Sheep and Goat Rules Book.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license and submit the application and tag fee with your application (residents $173.00; nonresidents $2116.50).  The tag fee ...
4/2/13
A: You will need to obtain a letter from the Veterans' Administration showing that you are at least 40% service-connected in your disability.  Bring this letter in to any Idaho Fish and Game office.   Your record will be coded so that you will be able to purchase the resident disabled veteran's ...
4/5/13
A: The Idaho disabled fishing license is only available to Idaho residents.
4/6/13
A: No, but you must have an Idaho hunting license.    
4/7/13
A: Fort Boise WMA is in Unit 38 and only requires that you buy a regular deer tag and hunt within the season.  It is a short-range weapon hunt.  There are not that many deer on the WMA and it is a preferred pheasant and waterfowl hunting area, but deer hunting is allowed.
4/9/13
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: With the license you get when you are 64 (adult hunting or adult combination, for example)  you can only get the adult priced tags, not the senior priced  tags--even after you are 65.
4/15/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that anyone hunt with a guide.  A hunting partner can go with you...if they have a tag for the area you decide to hunt  they can also harvest an animal.  Remember, a superhunt allows the tag holder to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for that species (controlled, general season ...
4/16/13
A: Since you have had a hunting license in Ohio you do not have to take a hunter education course.  The rule is, if you were born after Jan. 1, 1975 you must show proof that you have taken hunter education or that you have held a valid hunting license in another state. 
4/16/13
A: The short answer to your question is one hundred (100) square inches of fluorescent orange paint is required for a wood post, at an interval of not less than one per 660 feet. There are two statutes which address this issue, Idaho Code Sections 18-7008 (criminal trespass) and 36-1603 (hunting and ...
4/17/13
A: Yes, you can use a big game decoy while hunting.
4/22/13
A: Nonresident prices: You must either have an Idaho nonresident hunting license ($154.75) or an Idaho nonresident combination (hunting and fishing license) $240.00. You must also purchase a bear tag ($186.00).  If you decide to add a turkey to your hunting the cost of the tag is $80.00. We list all ...
4/24/13
A: The archery permit is only required for big game hunting, not turkey hunting.
4/25/13
A: TURKEY SEASON DATES 2013 General Spring Hunt season dates April 15, 2013 through May 25, 2013 Panhandle units 1, 2 (Except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) & Units 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6 And  the same dates in the rest of the state in units 8, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 18 ...
4/25/13
A: As of late April of 2013, online purchasers can print some licenses and permits BUT not others.  In this specific case, the hunting and fishing combo license can be printed by the purchaser.  The steelhead permit cannot. Here is more specific information: Some - but not all - licenses and tags can ...
4/26/13
A:   Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year.  The only unprotected birds in Idaho are English sparrows, Eurasian-collared doves, and feral pigeons.  These species may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate ...
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:   Obtaining a New Hunter Education Card from Idaho Fish and Game   You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education number) and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.
4/28/13
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: Like many upland game birds, there can be dramatic annual variation in the population size.  The Department is unaware of any disease issues with wild turkeys.  There has been a documented decline in turkeys in the southwest part of the state, but we believe that has been a result of harsh winter ...
5/6/13
A: Conservation officers work in Idaho's mountains and high deserts, on wild rivers and pristine lakes. ;They travel through this beautiful country on snow machines, horses, jet boats and 4x4 vehicles. This is not an 8 to 5 job, it’s one that allows you to adjust your schedule so you can make your ...
5/7/13
A: Resident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Resident&feeType=License&feeCategory=   Nonresident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Nonresident ...
5/8/13
A: Qualifying for and Purchasing an Idaho Archery Permit To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state ...
5/8/13
A: The archery permit is not required to hunt turkeys.  The permit and the requirement for either education or experience applies to big game hunting only.
5/9/13
A: The rule regarding using power-lighted equipment on bows for big game hunting is:  "It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to an arrow, bolt or bow.  Except disabled archery permit holders may use a nonmagnifying sight with battery ...
5/10/13
A: Badgers can be hunted or trapped year round.  You must have the appropriate Idaho hunting or trapping license to do so.
5/13/13
A: The hunting passport cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt. A person holding a passport can only hunt in a general season hunt with their mentor.  
5/17/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office at 1-208-756-2271.  Their staff can help you.
5/20/13
A: Any Idaho vendor can issue a duplicate license.
5/21/13
A: Information on all of the IDFG Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/.  You can check the details there and a phone number is provided for you to call for other information.
5/21/13
A: All birds in Idaho are protected except starlings, Eurasian collared doves, English sparrows and feral pigeons. Protected nongame birds cannot be hunted, taken or possessed (including parts of birds, even if found dead). All hawks, owls, eagles and vultures are protected. Game birds may be taken ...
5/22/13
A: He can contact headquarters at 208-334-3700.  They can look into it for you.
5/22/13
A: No. 
5/24/13
A: A fishing license is required for anglers 14 and older. A hunting license is available for youth at 10 years old (they can hunt for varmints, turkeys, small game and waterfowl).  At 12 a hunter can hunt for big game.  They must be able to provide that they have passed hunter education.
5/27/13
A: The hunting passport is a one-time only item.  It DOES NOT substitute for hunter education.  The person holding it must get their hunter education taken before they can hunt again.
6/1/13
A:   Several years ago, evidence of sex rules were specific to the hunt. In other words, in an either-sex hunt there was no requirement for evidence of sex; while in sex-specific hunts there was the requirement. Depending on the year, and the hunting season, the evidence-of-sex requirement did ...
6/3/13
A: Yes, we sell those tags over the counter.  The season is Deer Seasons General Archery Regular Tag Unlimited permits 8/30/13-9/30/13 Either-sex Mule and White-tailed Deer Archery    Unit 78   You must purchase an Idaho hunting license, a regular deer tag and an archery validation.
6/3/13
A: The winner must purchase their own hunting license but there is no charge for the tag.
6/4/13
A: Several years ago, evidence of sex rules were specific to the hunt. In other words, in an either-sex hunt there was no requirement for evidence of sex; while in sex-specific hunts there was the requirement. Depending on the year, and the hunting season, the evidence-of-sex requirement did or did ...
6/10/13
A: The rules for this are up to the landowner or land manager such as BLM, Forest Service or Idaho Fish and Game.  Contact the land management agency for that information.
6/11/13
A: If you have purchased your 2013 hunting license, you will have to wait until December 1, 2013 to purchase a three year license for 2014 through 2016. Three year licenses expire on December 31 of the third year. For example, A three year hunting license purchased in July of 2013 will expire on  ...
6/12/13
A: No; archery hunting requires a class or experience.  If a person has archery experience, they have hunted before and they don't qualify for the hunting passport.
6/15/13
A: Predatory wildlife (raccoon, coyote, jackrabbit, weasel, skunk, and starling) and unprotected wildlife may be legally hunted with an Airgun at any time and in any amount. Cottontail rabbit and Snowshoe hares may be hunted with an Airgun during season (See Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey ...
6/16/13
A: You must have a hunting license to hunt in Idaho even on private property.  If you are not an Idaho resident yet you can get a nongame license that will allow you to hunt coyotes.
6/16/13
A: Up to 4 individuals from each species of herp (including rattlesnakes) may be taken and possessed (dead or alive) with a hunting license. They can be kept as pets or killed for hat band or other personal uses. Specific to rattlesnakes: Up to 6 rattlesnake skins may be sold/bartered (new). The take ...
6/18/13
A: Yes, a citation for fishing without a license would show up on a background check of any Fish and Game violations.  
6/19/13
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: Resident duplicate licenses are $7.25 and are available from any vendor. (Duplicate tags are also $7.25 but they are only available from Fish and Game region offices and Headquarters).
6/23/13
A: In the area described below, the Hagerman WMA is closed to waterfowl hunting.  Youth cannot hunt there either EXCEPT during IDFG sponsored youth waterfowl hunts.  Contact the Magic Valley Region office for information about these sponsored events.  Their phone number is 1-208-324-4359.   Areas ...
6/24/13
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: Your friend can go with you even if he is not hunting.
6/27/13
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: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
6/29/13
A: Fish and Game encourages all hunters to “Ask First” before hunting on private property to respect the property rights of others.  Our actions as hunters influence landowners' support for wildlife and public access.  Idaho Code Section 36-1603 defines  "cultivated" as "soil that is being or has ...
6/29/13
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: If you were born after January 1, 1975, you must take hunter education or show proof you have held a hunting license that is valid in another state.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  Then, if you want to hunt big game with archery equipment instead of a rifle, you must ...
7/6/13
A: The objective of the Super Hunt is to raise funds to help pay for the Access Yes! program.  Access Yes! compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fishing and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anybody wishing to ...
7/8/13
A: You can salvage roadkill any time of year: By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland ...
7/8/13
A: Yes, when he has completed hunter education he can get his hunting license and go bird hunting.
7/10/13
A: If you are outside city limits and you have a hunting license, you could kill it. If you are not in a position to do that, contact the Fish and Game office in your area to report it.
7/11/13
A: The name changed to Motorized Hunting Rule to make it clear that this rules applies to hunters using motorized vehicles as an aid to hunting.  The rule is now specific only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units, and only applies from ...
7/11/13
A: To improve clarity of the rule and help both hunters and other motorized recreationalists understand where and when the rule applies.  Previously, the rule could have applied to hunting big game, upland game animals and upland game birds in specific hunts within designated units.  Now, the new ...
7/11/13
A: Using a motorized vehicle to travel off established roads to transport hunters to and from hunting spots is considered an “aid to hunting.”  The rules do not affect travel on established roads open and capable of travel by full-sized vehicles.  If in doubt, stay on the road.
7/11/13
A: An established roadway is any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the purpose of travel by full-sized automobiles.  An established roadway shows evidence of repeated use by full-sized automobiles, and may include a ...
7/11/13
A: Idaho statute defines a motor vehicle as any water, land or air vehicle propelled by means of steam, petroleum products, electricity or any other mechanical power.   This includes pickup trucks, jeeps, SUVs, UTVs, cars, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, motorcycles, snowmobiles or other similar ...
7/11/13
A: A full-sized automobile is any motorized vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 1,500 pounds.
7/11/13
A: A hunter is any person engaged in the activity of chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, stalking, or lying in wait for, any wildlife whether or not such wildlife is then or subsequently captured, killed, taken or wounded.
7/11/13
A: No.  Big game hunters can use motorized vehicles, but only on established roadways which are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles.  Successful hunters may use motorized vehicles to retrieve game on public lands where legally allowed by land management ...
7/11/13
A: Only if the use is permissible in the exceptions in the motorized hunting rule.  For example, if motorized travel is allowed by the USFS or BLM, you may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game or pack in or out your camping equipment.  However, you may not hunt while packing camping ...
7/11/13
A: No.  The rule now applies only to hunting of big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, in designated units from August 30 through December 31.  The rule does not apply to upland game animals or birds in hunts within designated units.
7/11/13
A: When in doubt, stay on the road.  Know and follow the vehicle use restrictions for the area you are hunting, have applicable maps, and review tips on the Stay on Trails website at http://stayontrails.com.
7/11/13
A: Yes.  A big game hunter may use motorized vehicles only on established roadways that are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles, unless the hunter falls under one of following exceptions: Holders of a valid disabled person’s motor vehicle hunting permit ...
7/11/13