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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 (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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: A hunting license is required to hunt anything in Idaho including coyotes.
11/23/13
A: Yes. However, as infrared light scopes are a source of artificial light, the laws and rules of hunting with an artificial light apply. A permit to hunt predartory and unprotected wildlife with an artificial light on public lands is available at IDFG regional offices. To hunt on private land with ...
11/20/13
A: You do not need a hunting license to accompany your relative on a hunt.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
11/19/13
A: First, "thank you" for coming to Idaho to hunt and fish.    Sorry about the confusion.  The addition of a three-day fishing license to a nonresident hunting license is new and not all staff understand the rules.   The three-day fishing license does not allow you to purchase a salmon or steelhead ...
11/18/13
A: University of Idaho's archery course does not meet Fish and Game's curriculum requirements - it’s more about shooting techniques.  Fish and Game's course is geared for archery hunting  and includes hunter ethics, shot placement and recovery techniques, safety, distance judging, outdoor suvival and ...
11/13/13
A: For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered and possessed for personal use if the ...
11/13/13
A: Yes. The requirement for open sites is restricted to muzzle loader only hunts. In short range and any general weapon hunt, the restrictions for muzzle loader are limited to a minimum of.45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, lion, and wolves, and a minimum of .50 caliber for elk, moose, big horn sheep, ...
11/11/13
A: The only season currently open for deer in Unit 60A is an archery-only season for holders of a Regular Deer Tag or Whitetail Deer Tag.  This season runs from November 1 – December 19.   Are you referring to harvesting a doe in a youth only general season (as listed on page 16 of the Big Game Rules ...
11/7/13
A: Thanks for your feedback.  There is not proposed legislation at this time, but we will keep your comment in mind as we discuss this program with legislators and other parties.
11/6/13
A: Thank you for your question.  Due to the sensitive nature of the information involved in your request, please contact IDFG Licenses at 208-334-2592 and we will be happy to assist you further.
11/5/13
A: Fire closure information for Unit 39 may be found here http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=362
11/4/13
A: Sorry to hear you didn't have better hunting.  We stocked 3500 pheasants at Fort Boise this last season, which is more than any other WMA in the region. Of the 22 separate releases, ten were done on Fridays throughout the season, which was assumed to provide some opportunity on Saturday as well.  ...
11/3/13
A: Tricky question.  Most of our doe hunts are controlled.  If you drew a controlled hunt for doe deer you cannot use it in any other hunt. If you purchased a general deer tag you can use it in general any weapon seasons and general archery only seasons (archery permit required when hunting in an ...
11/2/13
A: Every year we get these comments and we have difficulty determining what is being described.  The Department of Fish and Game does not own any aircraft.  We contract out to pilots to conduct our telemetry surveys.  We have radio collared animals all across the state and usually pilots will conduct ...
10/31/13
A: General hunting information is available for Farragut and other Wildlife Management areas in North Idaho here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/can-i-hunt-whitetail-deer-farragut-coeur-d-alene-and-mcarthur-lake-managment-areas-during
10/29/13
A: The killing of feral cats is so much more than a simple legal question and answer. It may be legal when protecting your property, such as feral cats engaged in the taking of your livestock or even pets. Taking a feral cat in the wilds of Idaho would require a valid hunting license. However, there ...
10/29/13
A: Exclusive control lease lands are either state or federal lands leased primarily for geothermal, mineral, gas or oil exploration, solar, or other uses where public access and use is not allowed as a condition of the lease.  Such areas/sites are relatively small and limited when compared to all ...
10/28/13
A: It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of any of 36 felonies may not own, use or carry a firearm, which the law defines as "any weapon from which a shot, projectile or other object may be discharged by force of combustion, explosive, gas and/or mechanical means, whether ...
10/28/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. This is a tough question. Probably the best source of helpful information on the things you mentioned would be a sporting good store.
10/28/13
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
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: 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: 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 communicta the location to any person on the ground. IC36-1101: 3. Communicate from Aircraft. Make use of ...
10/27/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: No, every hunter who hunts for big game or turkey must have their own tag.
10/12/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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