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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
A: The six-month waiting period for Idaho residency is what is required by law.  There isn't any way around it.
7/12/13
A: You can carry a handgun while rafting.
7/13/13
A: If your license was purchased online, you should have printed it at the time of purchase.  We no longer mail licenses; we still mail tags, however.
7/16/13
A: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has the ability to suspend a person's hunting and fishing privileges if child support is not paid. You will need to check with DHW to see if they have placed a suspension on your privileges to hunt or fish.
7/19/13
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 ...
7/21/13
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: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
A: The answer depends on which weapon you are using.  If you are hunting during an any weapon hunt using a high powered rifle (7mm) a bullet with a polymer tip is legal to use for big game hunting.  If you are hunting during a muzzleloader only season you are required to use a patched round ball or ...
8/2/13
A: You must have an Idaho hunting license to shoot coyotes.  They can be hunted all year.    
8/3/13
A: Yes, you can.  Deer tags are valid for any general season hunt.
8/5/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
A: You can go to any vendor to get a duplicate or you can call 1-800-554-8685.
8/6/13
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: 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: The definition of private land does not change.  If the land you want to hunt on is private, you must ask the landowner for permission.  If the private land is within a unit that is open for wolf hunting and the landowner okays your hunting on their land, you can hunt for wolves on the land. That ...
8/15/13
A: A nonresident hunting license is $154.75 and the deer tag is $301.75
8/24/13
A: There is currently no new rules being proposed by the Commission. You can track any commission action, including proposed rule changes through our web page, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/ under "About Us" and the commission tab.
9/6/13
A: Sorry the response to this took so long but the answer to season questions are in the rules book.  Unit 28 is on page 16 and hunting is allowed with a regular deer tag from Oct 10 -24, and a youth hunt antlerless until Oct 31on private land. You must look at the regulations to determine if the ...
9/8/13
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: First, on the fire situation in Custer County.  None of the significant fires experienced by Idaho in the summer of 2013 prompted closures in the Salmon/Custer County area.  There have been closures in other parts of the state but the area where your son is hunting was spared.   Ok, our 3-day ...
9/10/13
A: Yes, you during any general weapon season, you can use legal muzzle loader, archery, shotgun and handgun weapons as well as legal rifles. Consult the the big game brochure for weapon restrictions.
9/12/13
A: Yes, cow decoys are legal for big game hunting.
9/12/13
A: Idaho Code and IDFG Commission rules to not address tree stands for the use of hunting, except on lands owned by IDFG. On our WMA's the use of tree stands are restricted as follows: To construct blinds, pits, platforms, or tree stands where the soil is disturbed, trees are cut or altered, and ...
9/13/13
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: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  There are many good areas to hunt whitetail deer near Moscow - both on private and public lands.  Your best source of information would be to visit with a wildlife biologist out of the Fish and Game office in Lewiston (208-799-5010).  Please ...
9/16/13
A: No.  A nonresident who purchase a hunting passport for $1.75 must purchase a nonresident tag and any appropriate permits and/or validations.  All hunting rules, seasons and weapon restrictions also apply to the holder of a hunting passport.     
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, a non-resident hunting mountain lions (with a resident who has dogs) must have a valid hound hunter permit and mountain lion tag for the current year.  More information can be found on page 89 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book:  http://fishandgame. ...
9/16/13
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: 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: The IDFG hunting closure in Ada County includes the area between Hwy 21 and the Boise city limits. The Boise river above Hwy 21 is not closed to hunting by IDFG. Ada County and or the State Park may have other regulations in place.  
9/20/13
A: Yes, waterfowl hunting is allowed at Black's Creek reservoir Please honor any Safety Zone postings to provide public safety to other users.    
9/20/13
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: Do you mean a disable hunting license?  Anyone certified as eligible for federal supplemental income (SSI), social security disability income (SSDI), railroad retirement board disability, a nonservice-connected veteran’s pension, or a service-connected veteran’s disability benefit with 40 percent ...
9/23/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes.  If your daughter is 12 years of age or older and has not completed hunter education, she can purchase a Hunting Passport and a deer tag. More information on the program can be found  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332. Must be 12 ...
9/23/13
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 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: 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: It depends on if we are talking about fishing and hunting seasons, bag limits, gear restrictions, etc. For setting both fish and hunting rules, we have an extensive public input process we follow.  Our Fish and Game Commission actually approved a policy document in 2006 that outlines all steps.  ...
9/26/13
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: Setting waterfowl seasons is a cooperative effort among state and federal agencies.  The United States and Canada are divided into four flyways: the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific.  Idaho is in the Pacific Flyway.  For each flyway, a framework is set for each hunting season and is the ...
9/30/13
A: It would be legal, but a lot of work!
10/1/13
A: Owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. 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, ...
10/1/13
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: 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: Although you have a disabled license, you still need to get a seperate permit that makes it legal for you to shoot from a motorized vehicle.  Some people may have disabilities that still allow them to hunt without a motorized vehicle - that's why we don't automatically issue the Motorized Hunter ...
10/5/13
A: That means 2 point or smaller.  The unit also has a Controlled Hunt for larger bucks but the 2 point allows anyone with a general regular deer tag to harvest a deer in the unit, it just has to be a 2 point or smaller.  The idea was to create a high quality buck harvest hunt in the unit (Controlled ...
10/7/13
A: Tags are issued to a specific person so the other hunter cannot just use the tag.  The new hunter must purchase their own license and tag.
10/8/13
A: The IDFG Commission has only established hunting hours. For most game species it is 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunrise. Waterfowl hunting ends at sunset. There is also commission rule and state law that requires hunters to make a reasonable effort to retrieve any wounded game ...
10/8/13
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: Only if the unit is open for doe hunting and there is no "youth-only" requirement for hunting antlerless deer.  If antlerless hunting in the unit is youth only, a hunter 18 or older cannot kill a doe---whether they have a passport or a regular hunting license.
10/10/13
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: No, every hunter who hunts for big game or turkey must have their own tag.
10/12/13
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: Information about the hunting passport can be found on our website under the license tab or at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.    
10/13/13
A: Hunting Hours  Big game animals may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
10/13/13
A: It depends on which license your son has.  If he bought a Jr. Small Game license in January when he was 11, but is now 12 and wants to hunt deer, he will need to purchase a Jr. Hunting License in order to purchase a deer tag.
10/15/13
A: If you wish to make any changes to rules or offer suggestions for rule changes, the best approach is to talk to your regional fish and game biologist and manager at the regional office closest to you.  They will discuss with you the biological reasons for their rules and proposals, and you can ...
10/17/13
A: We don't require trapper education; you can purchase a trapping license without taking trapper education.  Trapping licenses are only available through IDFG offices (or you can fill out the trapper license application and mail it to one of the offices noted on the form which is online at https:// ...
10/17/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that you wear hunter orange while big game hunting.  It is required if you are hunting upland birds on WMAs where we plant pheasants.  
10/18/13
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: Certain species of ground squirrels can be hunted in Idaho.  The most commonly hunted varmints in Idaho are the Columbian Ground Squirrel and the Yellow-bellied Marmot "Rockchuck".  There is a page in our Upland Game Rules that talks about squirrels and contains a link to a field guide. Do not put ...
10/27/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  To purchase an Idaho 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.  Your Utah ...
10/27/13
A: Yes, you can hunt big game in unit 53 with a short-range weapon.  The Hagerman Wildlife Management Area was purchased using sportsman's dollars for the intent of hunting.  Although, it is generally closed for waterfowl hunting, it is open to all other hunting related activities.   F08
10/27/13