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A: A hunting license is required to hunt anything in Idaho including coyotes.
11/23/13
A: We don't publish the release dates because they are not always the same, and because it will reduce crowding if not everyone knows.  The WMA managers try to mix it up some on timing and location to spread out harvest.  We cannot stock more than once or twice a week because it is so expensive.  ...
11/26/13
A: Yes, there is a IDFG Commission rule that allows for a person to apply for a permit to us a non-magnifying scope on your muzzle loader for use during a muzzle loader only big game season. Here is a link to the application and other information.   APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL WEAPON REASONABLE ...
11/27/13
A: You do not need to take Bowhunter education to hunt in a general any weapon season, only for archery only seasons.  You also do not need to get an archery permit for general hunt, only archery only hunts.  However, you need to show proof that you have completed a hunter ed course if you were born ...
11/28/13
A: You only need an archery permit to hunt during an archery-only season. There are no "archery-only" turkey hunts, just general and controlled hunts.   To hunt turkeys with a bow during a general season, you need 2 items:  a turkey tag and a valid nonresident license (3 license options: 1.  Hunting ...
11/28/13
A: You have a few different questions.  The earliest deer hunt in 2014 occurs in August, but it is not the best hunt.  There are many equally excellent big buck hunting units in the state that are Controlled hunts.  You can look at the success rates and number of 4 or 5 points in the harvest by ...
12/1/13
A: For those individuals who have a lifetime certificate and want to purchase the sportsman's package license, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) reduces the amount the individual pays for the sportsman's package by the amount of the certificate/license type they have already paid. For example ...
12/2/13
A: A spotlight permit is available through your IDFG regional office. It is titled "Permit to Hunt With Artificial Light", and the cost is $1.75. Typically these permits are issued by the Regional Conservation Officer or regional Supervisor for the area. These permits are not readily given out ...
12/7/13
A: To hunt during an archery only season or archery only controlled hunt, you will need an archery permit.  To purchase an archery permit, you must possess a valid hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an ...
12/9/13
A: Harvest of females often is counter-intuitive to many hunters.  Many people tend to think that more females is always good because they are the breeders and will produce more young.  In some people's minds there can never be enough deer, or at least there aren't enough deer right now.  In fact, ...
12/10/13
A: At this time we are only offering 3 year licenses for hunting, fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Tags and permits are still valid for one (1) calendar year. 
12/11/13
A: The Idaho Department Fish and Game (Department) has looked at the concept of a 365 day license. After researching this concept, the Department has made the decision to keep licenses based on a calendar year.
12/11/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) requires a hunting license to be purchased by both residents and nonresidents prior to applying for a controlled hunt. Neither group receives a refund of the license fees once the license has been used to apply for a controlled hunt. IDFG does offer ...
12/11/13
A: The US Airborne Hunting Act, 16 USC 742j-1 regulates airborne hunting. The Act allows for certain airborne hunting to be permitted. In Idaho, the Idaho Dep't of Agriculture administers and permits aerial control of coyotes and other listed predatory wildlife. Here is a link to their rules: http:// ...
12/12/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will honor the item(s) you purchased while a resident of Idaho for the length the item(s) is valid. As a reminder you cannot own resident licenses in more than one state (the exception being active military personnel).
12/13/13
A: The next time you go to purchase a license, tag or permit, please have the vendor update your email address. This will update your email address in our the license system and our license buyer database. Thanks.  
12/14/13
A: Yes, when hunting coyotes in Idaho you need a hunting license.
12/14/13
A: Thank you for your question about filing your hunter report for your deer tag. We try to keep the reporting forms as simple as possible, short and sweet. But sometimes, it is TOO short.  Sometimes we wish we had put more instructions on the online forms. Maybe next year. --If you hunted with rifle ...
12/14/13
A: Planting a food plot is legal in Idaho, just like gardening or farming.  You may want to consider your objectives and what is possible to grow there before deciding what to plant. It would be okay to hunt over if it left alone and completely unharvested, or if it has been completely harvested ...
12/16/13
A: Yes. You will need to go to a Fish and Game Regional or Headquarters office to change your license from a combination license to the sportsman's package.
12/16/13
A: Usually when a depredation occurs U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services is called to remove wolves.  Your best bet to find a possible landowner that might be interested in allowing you to hunt wolves on their property would be to contact Wildlife Services at 208-378-5077; or contact your local IDFG regional ...
12/17/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.  
12/20/13
A: Seasons for 2014 will not set by the Fish and Game commission until their meeting on March 20. We'll have that information posted on the website a.s.a.p. after that meeting.    
12/20/13
A: The use of lead shot to hunt waterfowl is a misdemeanor offense under Idaho Code. Magistrate courts impose sentences under the guidelines set by Idaho Code. Fish and Game misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of $25 to $1000 plus court costs, up to 60 days in a county Jail with the possibility of ...
12/21/13
A: Yes, nothing in Idaho Code, Law or rule prohibits you from carrying a firearm. In fact Idaho Code 36-401 (g) states: Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit citizens of the United States who are residents of the state of Idaho from carrying arms for the protection of life and ...
12/21/13
A: Without knowing what species you are asking about, the answer here will be specific to elk only. If you purchase an OTC elk tag for the Middle Fork Zone, which includes unit 27, you may hunt any unit in that zone (20A, 26 or 27). Those are the only units that you may hunt with a Middle Fork Zone ...
12/21/13
A: There is not enough information provided to give a definitive answer whether all the elements of the crime of interferring with lawful hunting exist. If you have more specific information as to when and where this occured and a desription of the persons and/or vehicles involved, please report them ...
12/22/13
A: No spot light permit is required for hunting raccoons when they follow the established IDFG Commission rules: 13.01.16 - The Trapping of Predatory and Unprotected Wildlife and the Taking of Furbearing Animals 400.2.d.Persons may hunt raccoon with the aid of an artificial light without a permit ...
12/23/13
A: There is only a $1.75 vendor fee.  The permit can be used on private property with the permission of the landowner.
12/23/13
A: Legacy Springs in Bingham County near Springfield  land is owned by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and they have turned management responsibilities over to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Fish and Game department.  I would suggest you contact the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal management staff ...
12/25/13
A: No, we don't offer a 3-year Sportsman's package.  The new 3-year license is only available as a hunting, fishing, or combination license.   F08 
12/26/13
A: Like a Big Buck contest, there is no requirement in the law for Fish and Game to issue a permit for this kind of activity. All participants are still required to obey the rules and current season frameworks such as season, method of take, licensing and reporting just like participants in a big ...
12/26/13
A: Anyone participating in a hunting or fishing event in Idaho must comply with Idaho fishing and hunting licensing requirements.  All event participants must have proper licenses, tags and permits for the activity.  All participants must also comply with seasons, harvest limits, and other rules ...
12/26/13
A: If you are looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
12/26/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game has not been asked and will not provide any financial support or logistical support for this event. 13 years ago, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a Predator Management Policy that states “Fish and Game will not support any contests or similar activities involving the ...
12/27/13
A: If you are only trapping, you only need a trapping license.  If you are only hunting, you only need a hunting license.  To do both, you need both.
12/27/13
A: Idaho offers lots of duck hunting opportunity throughout our state.  Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas are good place to start.  There are 32 WMA's throughout our state.  You can learn more about the one closest to you by clicking on the following link: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
12/29/13
A: All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit an online hunter report, for each tag issued, within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of the season for which their tag was valid. Use your hunting license number OR tag number and your complete last name as it appears ...
12/31/13
A: Yes with some restrictions. If you purchase a hunting license with validations and no tags or permits that are required to be notched, validated or attached to a harvested animal, we will allow you to upgrade to a sportsman's package license at a later date in the year. For example, if a person ...
12/31/13
A: Nonresidents who own a lifetime hunting or combination certificate (license) are eligible to purchase nonresident hound hunter permits at the nonresident price. Lifetime hunting or combination license holders are exempt from the nonresident quota and can purchase the nonresident hound hunter ...
1/2/14
A: Yes!  All hunters must have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  If you are only interested in coyotes and jackrabbits, you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If you are interested in hunting any game animals, the license you purchase to hunt them will also allow you to hunt ...
1/2/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202(t) explicitly defines a senior resident an any person over 65 years of age who has lived in the state for 5 years so if your 65th birthday is not until February, you cannot purchase a Sr. license at age 64 and 11 months in January.  However, one option is to purchase your adult ...
1/3/14
A: Why Manage Wildlife in Wilderness By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns.  Many Idahoans have ...
1/3/14
A:   No, we don't offer a 3-year Sportsman's package.  The new 3-year licenses are only available as a hunting, fishing, or combination license.
1/4/14
A: There are several ponds on Sterling WMA that provide good duck hunting.  However many of them freeze up pretty early most years.  Call the Southeast Regional office (232-4703) and ask for Dean Rose, the WMA manager.  He can give you up-to-date information on the conditions and give you advice on ...
1/4/14
A: The Big Game Season and Rules brochure will be delivered from the printer mid-April.  It will be posted on our website by early April.  Look for it at all license vendors and IDFG regional offices by late April.     
1/4/14
A: There are waterfowl hunting opportunities on the Sterling Wildlife Management Area (WMA), at the American Falls Reservoir, McTucker Ponds area, as well as the Portneuf River near Pocatello.  Be aware that the Fort Hall Indian Reservation land is close by and that it cannot be hunted without a ...
1/4/14
A: You can hunt coyotes on the Boise River WMA.  Restrictions apply to big game hunts. There is a motor vehicle closure in effect from November 16th through April 30th and we also remind hunters to be mindful of the primary purpose of the WMA is to minimize disturbance to wintering wildlife. 
1/5/14
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  The rule is specific to Idaho Fish and Game lands only.  There is no such rule for other public or private lands.
1/5/14
A: Yes, you can hunt coyotes and upland birds on the Boise River WMA.  The sign you referred to is outdated and will be taken down.
1/5/14
A: There are a limited number of nonresident statewide permits that have to be applied for by Dec. 1.  However, you may still purchase nonresident hound permits that are specifically for the Middle Fork and Selway Zones.  These are designated wilderness and very difficult access.  If you are equipped ...
1/6/14
A: It depends if you are a resident of Idaho or a nonresident, and which hunting license you purchased.    Resident youth with appropriate an hunting license can hunt without adult supervision.  However, nonresident youth who purchase a Junior Mentored Hunting license must be accompanied in the field ...
1/6/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202 (s) states: "Resident" means any person who has been domiciled in this state, with a bona fide intent to make this his place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag, or permit required ...
1/7/14
A: The short range designation applies to big game hunting.  You can use any legal weapon to hunt predators and unprotected species.
1/10/14
A: Yes, he can carry a gun for protection even if he is not hunting.
1/10/14
A: Please use an internet search engine to look up "Cooperative Wildlife Unit".  It isn't the same thing as Fish and Game's hunting units or WMAs.  There is a Cooperative Wildlife Unit affiliated with the University of Idaho.           
1/12/14
A: Big game tags, including  wolf tags and mountain lion tags, expire on 12/31 of the year of purchase.  For example, all 2013 tags expired 12/31/13 and are not valid for use in 2014. Specific to mountain lion and wolf hunting--the seasons run from fall of one year through spring of the next.  The ...
1/15/14
A: The 1998 Idaho Legislature required that all applicants for licenses issued by the state, including hunting or fishing licenses, tags and permits, must give their Social Security number for a license or permit to be issued. The Idaho Privacy Law protects your Social Security number. It is ...
1/15/14
A: Yes, the license will still be valid:   Lifetime combination, hunting and fishing licenses authorize all privileges associated with a corresponding annual license. These licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license holder and are available to all residents of Idaho. If a lifetime ...
1/19/14
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 ...
1/20/14
A: The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation was established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to preserve and sustain Idaho’s fishing, hunting and wildlife heritage. The Foundation is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. They work to support preservation and education programs ...
1/21/14
A: The regulations for 2014 elk hunting will be available in April.
1/22/14
A: This proposal has to be passed by the 2014 Idaho legislature so it is too early to say if it will go into effect and when the change might be made.   Information about legislation affecting IDFG is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/legislative-updates as long as the ...
1/22/14
A: There are no rules to prevent you from hunting coyotes with a .22 rimfire rifle, but if you are serious about humanely taking the animal, we would suggest using a larger caliber firearm.   F08
1/23/14
A: Yes, you can.  They can be hunted all year and there are no limits on the number you can take.  You must have a hunting license.  
1/24/14
A: According to their website there are two different "units" in the refuge..the Lake Lowell unit where goose hunting is prohibited and the Snake River unit where it is permitted. Please refer to the brochure you have listed (http://www.fws.gov/deerflat/recreation/hunting.html) or call the refuge for ...
1/28/14
A: Both reservoirs can be accessed by public property and there are no rules we are aware of to prevent waterfowl hunting during the set season. Because these reservoirs also border private property, you need to be cognizant of the direction you are shooting.  Shooting across private property can be ...
1/28/14
A: Yes. Information about the current program we have for nonresident disabled veterans can be found on our website under the license tab. Look for the Disabled Veterans Programs link. Nonresident Disabled VeteransNonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified ...
1/31/14
A: No, except a person may purchase a left-over nonresident general season elk tag, or put in for an "extra" elk tag (controlled hunts designated by an "X"). During the process of developing the 2014 Elk Pplan there was discussion and interest in developing some hunts that would allow a tag holder to ...
2/2/14
A: The short answer is no. From the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act: 300.UPLAND GAME BIRD METHODS OF TAKE. 01. Taking of Upland Game Birds. No person shall take upland game birds:   With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/ ...
2/4/14
A: A series of open-house meetings are planned throughout the state to discuss proposals for this year's big game hunting seasons.  In addition, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will take public testimony on the proposals when it meets in Boise, March 19-20. Here is a link to the list of public ...
2/5/14
A: This time of year, most of the mule deer bucks in the Twin Falls area have moved down onto winter range areas. Winter range areas near Twin Falls tend to be on the foothills where deer can find refuge from deep snow, and forage sources. The foothills of the "South Hills" area hold a tremendous ...
2/11/14
A: Currently, we do not have a hunter education course being taught in Rexburg or St. Anthony this month. We do have several instructor-led classes available in Idaho Falls. We hope this works for you. Our program courses are taught by volunteer instructors that select the location and times. We ...
2/11/14
A: How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt--Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, fall Bear Big game rules for the current year come out each April. Check the general season information (listed by species) to see if the over-the-counter general season has a hunt you want to participate in. If there isn’t a hunt listed ...
2/12/14
A: Ok, you've proven we aren't infallible.  The Birding Trail information is not totally correct. We have confirmed that Indian Creek and Blair Trail reservoirs are open for waterfowl hunting.  Just make sure you access both bodies of water via public land or have landowner permission to access from ...
2/13/14
A: Motorized vehicle use as an aid to hunting for gray wolves is restricted in some areas as per notes in the big game rules.   Look for notes in the wolf rules that restrict motorized access between Aug 30 and Dec 31, which is big game season and often has the motorized rule in place in these units ...
2/15/14
A: Each year antlers from deer, elk, moose, and the horns of pronghorn fall off, or are shed; new antlers and horns begin to grow back and are fully grown again each fall. Animal parts such as antlers,  horns, hides, bones, and teeth of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf and mountain goat from animals ...
2/16/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has closed certain state lands or portions of state lands to hunting or fishing. Fish and Game season brochures identify these areas along with other closures. Rules for recreational access, camping and restrictions on the discharge of firearms, which may affect ...
2/17/14
A: Only the person that places the bait is required to have a baiting permit.  Each person can have 1 baiting permit, which allows them to maintain up to 3 bait sites.  People hunting over bait sites, but not involved in placing the bait do not need a permit.  Bear bait permits are only available at ...
2/20/14
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology.  From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery ...
2/21/14
A: Yes, you can use a rangefinder while bow hunting big game in Idaho.  It cannot be attached to the bow. The rule states; No person shall take big game animals with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying ...
2/22/14
A: It is unlawful for any person to hunt any animal or bird except raccoon by the aid of a spotlight, flashlight or artificial light of any kind. The act of casting or throwing, after sunset, the beam or rays of any spotlight, headlight or other artificial light capable of utilizing six (6) volts or ...
2/23/14
A: This question has been asked similarly, please refer to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/ive-heard-i-can-get-permi...
2/24/14
A: Please refer to our rules for additional information regarding weapon restrictions. For Big Game. No person shall take big game animals with any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun or any muzzleloading handgun, EXCEPT for mountain lion and trapped gray wolf. For unprotected species. No person hunting ...
2/25/14
A: Idaho does offer some youth only elk hunting opportunities for the 2014 season. These youth hunts are all Antlerless Only. We do not offer any controlled antlered youth elk hunts at this time. What Idaho does do for youth elk hunters is allow them to hunt both the A and B seasons on one tag in elk ...
2/27/14
A: Some squirrels can be hunted, while others are protected.  For those legal to hunt you must have a hunting license and there are no tag, season or bag limit requirements. Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (Species okay to hunt)Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “ ...
3/1/14
A: Nonresidents can purchase a bear tag over-the-counter without purchasing a deer or elk tag.  You do, however, have to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
3/1/14
A: Assuming a birthdate of May 1 for pups, during the current wolf hunting season, which opened July 1, 2013, 146 wolves were taken by December 1 of that year (representing 7 months from the May 1 birthdate).  Idaho Fish and Game asks employees who are checking in harvested wolves and completing Big ...
3/2/14
A: No.  Pheasants are not planted there so the WMA permit is not required. Hunting for pheasants on the nine Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) listed below requires a WMA Upland Game Bird Permit. The WMA Permit allows the take of six pheasants. Idaho Department of Fish and Game releases pheasants at ...
3/3/14
A: You can carry a weapon even if you are not hunting.
3/5/14
A: According to the details of your question, she will be accompanying you while you hunt, but she will not be hunting.  Since she is not hunting, she is not required to have a hunting license.
3/9/14
A: The bottom line is, releasing pen-raised pheasants does not help the wild population.  Game farm pheasants are too distant from their wild relatives to survive - they don’t have the survival skills that wild birds have to avoid traffic, find food, and hide from predators.  The Department studied ...
3/10/14
A: Here is some information on sage-grouse and hunting: In 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded that listing the greater sage-grouse range-wide as a threatened or endangered species was warranted, but precluded by higher priority listing actions.  Therefore, sage-grouse are a “ ...
3/10/14
A: To hunt in an archery-only big game hunt in Idaho you must be able to prove that you have taken an archery-only education course or have hunted in an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state.  If you have fulfilled either of these requirements but you no longer have the proof, you can sign a ...
3/10/14
A: Idaho has a Hunter's Passport that allows a person who has never hunted before (anywhere) to hunt with a mentor.  The cost of the permit is $1.75.  The mentor must have an Idaho hunting license.  The details about what is allowed with the hunting passport is on our Website at https://fishandgame. ...
3/11/14
A: Hello, Thank you for your inquiry.  A resident Hunting License is $12.75.  A nonresident Small Game Hunting license is $97.75, and a nonresident Nongame Hunting license is $35.50, however, a nonresident hunter cannot use a Nongame license for this, they must use at least the Small Game Hunting ...
3/12/14
A: A hunting passport is valid for a calendar year. If you have purchased a hunting passport for this season (2014), there is no need to purchase a hunting license. The license system has been set up to not allow you to purchase a hunting license if you hold an active hunting passport. IDFG does ...
3/16/14
A: No.  The age change (to 10 years old) doesn't go into effect until July 1, so a 10 year old cannot apply in May/June application period in 2014.    
3/16/14
A: Hunting varmints in the Hagerman Valley is a favorite spring pastime. Marmots, often called rock-chucks, are prolific in the area. Hunting of these critters requires only a few things: 1.) You must have a valid hunting license, 2.) You must be on property that you have the right to be on, (public ...
3/17/14
A: To hunt during an archery-only season or archery-only controlled hunt, you will need an archery permit.  To purchase an archery permit, you must possess a valid Idaho hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed ...
3/17/14