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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The regulations for 2014 elk hunting will be available in April.
1/22/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes, he can carry a gun for protection even if he is not hunting.
1/10/14
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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:   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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 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 looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
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: 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: 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