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A: Elk populations in northern Idaho are mixed - too few in some areas and too many in others.  Perhaps the most important factor in managing an elk herd is management of cow and calf (antlerless) elk. Where elk herds have declined, Idaho Fish and Game has eliminated anterless elk hunting completely ...
12/4/14
A: Yes, the restriction on electronics attached to guns only applies to Big Game hunting.
12/4/14
A: Yes you can use furs, feathers, and motion for a decoy. The only thing is you could not trap adjacent to the decoy. Also for the purposes of trapping you could not use feathers or fur.
12/4/14
A: On pages 101 and 102 of the 2014 Big game regulations you will find detailed information as to how to properly validate and attach your tag to the Big game animal in your possession.   In short, your tag should be validated by “complete removal of the triangles denoting the month and day” of kill ...
12/6/14
A: Living in the wild is something people probably think about from time-to-time.  However, the reality of such a life often does not match how we would imagine such a life.  Finding food and coping with the weather can be a daunting challenge.  In addition, a number of rules and regulations apply to ...
12/8/14
A: Yes. 
12/9/14
A: Sir, We made a mistake.  Idaho Fish and Game is not aligned with HSUS and the press release has been removed from the Fish and Game website.  A well-meaning employee thought the reward offered by the organization would be useful in helping to solve the poaching case.  Thank you for bringing it to ...
12/10/14
A: As a matter of public safety, Idaho Code Section 36-1508 prohibits discharging a firearm from or across a public highway (any government maintained road and right-of-way).  This prohibition covers archery equipment, shotguns, rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, airguns, and other hunting weapons.
12/11/14
A: The Motorized Hunting Rule is in effect in certain areas and restricts motorized travel as an aid to hunting big game to "established roadways" which are defined as any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the ...
12/12/14
A: Yes, Chesterfield Reservoir is open to waterfowl hunting during the established waterfowl seasons for the area in which it is located.  However, the upper portion of the reservoir is located within the Fort Hall Reservation and according to the Reservation biologist is not open for waterfowl ...
12/12/14
A: Yes. Passports and licenses in Idaho are good for the calendar year.
12/12/14
A: Yes, unless the regulation book specifies otherwise you can harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer during a regular deer season.  For the 2014 Regular Deer Tag, General Deer Short Range Weapon Season in Unit 38 you could harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer.
12/13/14
A: If the cartridge was designed for a pistol then it is legal. I believe this is a pistol cartridge and therefore legal.
12/14/14
A: The short answer to your question is no.  Legal hunting hours in Idaho are limited to daylight only.  This is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset for most species.   It is legal to hunt some predators including coyotes and jackrabbits after dark with the aid of ...
12/18/14
A: Yes, you must make a reasonable effort to retrieve any animal you wound.  It is strongly recommended you contact the local Conservation Officer or Idaho Department of Fish & Game Regional Officer and inform them of the circumstances as soon as possible.  Officers and regional offices have ...
12/18/14
A: To purchase an Idaho hunting license you must show a previously purchased hunting license OR proof of your Hunter Education certification (card) ONLY IF you were born on or after January 1, 1975. If you were born prior to this date you can purchase a license without showing proof of a license or ...
12/20/14
A: This is a land managment agency question.  If the public land is Forest Service/BLM, I would contact them to clarify, but they would probably consider any treestand left in the forest after the hunting season as abandoned property.
12/26/14
A: Yes it is. Any non target birds must be released immediatley, and unharmed.
12/26/14
A: You can purchase the license at any time during the year. We began selling our 2015 licenses on December 1, 2014. The three year license expires on December 31 of the third year. For example if you were to purchase the three year license on January 9, 2015, the license would be valid in January 9 ...
12/28/14
A: The late season portion of the archery season on the white-tailed deer tag is designed to provide archery opportunity for hunters during and after the rut.  It currently runs from Nov 1 through Dec 19th and is longer than most other archery hunts.  Several years ago a proposal was put forth to ...
12/29/14
A: Unit 68 is part of the Big Desert zone for elk.  There are three elk hunts in that unit.  The first is the A tag that is for archery only and runs from August 30- September 30.  The second is a controlled cow hunt that runs from October 10 - November 30.  The only other hunt in this area is a ...
1/1/15
A: It's not too late to submit your hunt report for the prior year. The hunting reports for the prior year submitted through January are useful for the upcoming year's season recommendations.  We encourage you to learn more about filing your hunt report and file as soon as possible.
1/2/15
A: It can be a tricky situation while packing out an untagged portion of an animal and we appreciate your responsibility in asking for clarification. Here's a quote from a similar question on legally moving a tagged animal: "If you are contacted by an Officer while packing meat off the mountain you ...
1/4/15
A: Coyotes are classified as a Predator which means they may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law, by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping, or combination hunting and fishing licenses, provided such taking is not in ...
1/4/15
A: As a nonresident you have a choice of several license types depending on how many days and times you will be hunting in Idaho. Here is breakdown of three different options you can choose to purchase to hunt waterfowl in Idaho. Nonresident 3 day small game license. Valid for 3 consecutive days ...
1/9/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has not established a firm schedule for reviewing hunting equipment restrictions.  However, they have expressed interest in reviewing equipment technology in the next few months.  Commission agendas are made available on the IDFG website in advance of meetings. ...
1/10/15
A: There are a couple of scenarios: Youth hunters age 8 or 9 can purchase a hunting passport to participate in hunting waterfowl, upland game and furbearers but must hunt with a licensed adult. A person can only puchase a hunting passport once in their lifetime. Youth who have successfully completed ...
1/10/15
A: Thank you for your interest in hunting in Idaho. It sounds like you've found several opportunities and that you have a good understanding of the restrictions.   Here are some things to consider for second tags: There are no guarantees for a second tag (as you mentioned) Second tags are made ...
1/11/15
A: The two-pole permit is only available for a calendar year.  While your three-year combination fishing and hunting license is good for three calendar years, the two-pole permit would need renewed each year.  
1/11/15
A: No. Any person hunting migratory birds needs the validation.
1/13/15
A: All of Idaho Fish and Game’s wildlife harvest statistics are estimated from surveys of hunters. We get the most questions about deer or elk. I think this is what you are asking about. For deer, elk, and pronghorn, each hunter is required to fill out a Hunter Report form, either online or by phone ...
1/13/15
A: There is no restriction on the number of rounds a shotgun can hold for upland game hunting. The restrictuion of 3 shells applies only to migratory birds.
1/13/15
A: Here is the Fish and Game statement: INFORMATION REGARDING SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, one of these hunters shot two rams.  ...
1/13/15
A: Here is Idaho Fish and Game's statement on the matter you are refering to: INFORMATION REGARIDNG SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, ...
1/15/15
A: You are absolutely right that everyone feels bad about this incident, including the hunter who made this terrible mistake.  The officers that investigated felt that this was indeed a mistake with no intentional wrong-doing on the part of the hunter.  This incident will undoubtedly become an ...
1/16/15
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have an upland game permit at this time. To hunt turkeys you will need the appropriate hunting license and the appropriate turkey tag and if drawn in a controlled hunt the controlled turkey permit.
1/18/15
A: The upland area you refer to is the Roswell Marsh Habitat Area, the small orange signs are to help show the Fish and Game property boundaries .  Hunting blinds can be constructed of native materials, but digging pits or cutting of vegetation is prohibited as well as using artificial fasteners like ...
1/18/15
A: Fish and Game has no hunting restictions on coyotes in the area described.  There is no hunting within the Boise city limits and posted private property should be honored.
1/19/15
A: Thank you for your question. IDFG will likely evaluate the options to offer a similar or identical program for the fall of 2015 based on the best information at the time.  However, for the department to offer this program again, it will require the Fish and Game Commission's approval as Idaho Code ...
1/19/15
A: Nonresidents may purchase a short term small game license (3 consecutive days $35.50 ea), a nongame hunting license ($35.50), a season small game license ($97.75)  or a big game hunting($154.75) license to hunt jack rabbits. For information about where to hunt you can contact our regional offices ...
1/22/15
A: You are correct.  Turkey can not lawfully be hunted with a .22 LR.  On page 18 of the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Regulation Brochure it lists  some of the rules that apply to the hunting of upland game birds.  Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird.  The only firearm that is allowed ...
1/28/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in Pocatello in July.  The public hearing is planned for the evening of July 8 followed by the meeting the following day.  Members of the public are encouraged to testify before the Commission on all matters relating to fish and ...
1/29/15
A: Outfitters for fishing and hunting are confined to specific locations and often specific species. Without knowing where and what species you want to catch - we can't give you a good answer. What we can tell you is to visit the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Boards webpage http://oglb.idaho. ...
2/4/15
A: It is legal to operate a bow or gun mounted camera while hunting rabbits or waterfowl in Idaho.  However, it is not legal to do this while hunting big game.
2/9/15
A: No, a hunting license is not required to target shoot on public lands.  However, a hunting license is required when in the act of hunting, which is defined as the following: chasing, hunting, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, shooting at, ...
2/17/15
A: I am not aware of any large populations of norway or brown rats in Twin Falls. Additionally, this type of rat tends to be closely tied to urban populations, and human concentrations. the City of twin Falls has ordinances preventing shooting in city limits. It is my understanding that these ...
2/17/15
A: Idaho is considered a progressive and influential state when it comes to fish and wildlife management but unfortunately, we only have authority to authorize and manage fishing and hunting privileges within the boundaries of Idaho.  Owyhee Reservoir is well inside the State of Oregon and they ...
2/18/15
A: Great Question and sometimes difficult to understand when the answer might vary depending on what state you are hunting in.  In Idaho the answer is provided by statute found in Idaho Code 36-401 which states “No person shall hunt trap or fish for or take any wild animal, bird, or fish of this ...
2/20/15
A: Because snow geese are migratory game birds, the federal governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, are ultimately responsible for their protection and conservation in North America. In the United States, this responsibility has ...
2/20/15
A: The SW Region is unaware of "a lot" of feral pigs being in SW Idaho by a border.  Some time back (`3-5 years) someone had released feral pigs in the CJ Strike area and efforts were made to remove these feral pigs.  The Department continues to be interested in removing any feral pigs released onto ...
2/21/15
A: It means you cannot track collared big game animals for the purposes of hunting. There are not limitations on ground to ground communication with other hunters via handheld radio or GPS.
2/21/15
A: If your son has completed all the necessary requirements and is certified in hunter education, but he has never purchased a hunting license in any state before, Idaho's Hunting Passport is a great option.  If he has purchased a license before in any state, he is ineligible to purchase a Hunting ...
2/27/15
A: A field day is required after completing the Hunter Education course. The field day includes a minimum of 2 hours of classroom instruction on Idaho laws followed by a written examination and field exercise to demonstrate safe firearm handling. Sign up for a field day on our hunter education web ...
2/27/15
A: I'm glad you mention LEGAL ground squirrels and rock chucks.  Idaho does have ground squirrels that cannot be hunted, see page 48 of our 2014 and 2015 Upland Bame, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules.  You need a hunting license to hunt any of the wildlife in the Idaho.  If you are a ...
2/28/15
A: Yes.  Depending on your method of hunting, an appropriate hunting license, tags with appropriate validations (archery or muzzleloader) are  required to hunt deer and elk.  For more information, review the "Licenses, Tags and Permits" section of any of our Seasons and Rules booklets.  A quick call ...
3/2/15
A: The proclamation booklets state results will be posted no later than March 20. Our goal is to complete the drawing as quickly as we can after all of the mailed in applications have been entered. We do have some edit checks to complete to verify all applicants are eligible in the draw based on ...
3/5/15
A: Yes, you are required to have valid Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes.  You can use a 3-day small game hunting license or a a nongame hunting license, each cost $35.50. As for nonresident military, the only discount we have would be for disabled vets with 40% or higher disability rating.
3/5/15
A: This incident was investigated by Fish and Game Conservation officers.  The results of that investigation have been turned over to the county prosecutor who will ultimately decide whether to file charges.
3/7/15
A: At a minimum you will need to purchase an Idaho non-game hunting license to hunt coyotes in Idaho. If you plan to hunt other small game such as upland game birds or waterfowl in the fall you can purchase the small game hunting license which also allows you to hunt coyotes. Please contact our ...
3/8/15
A: A more appropriate solution would be to catch the cats in question in a suitable live trap, and transport them to your local humane society.  I would also advise talking to your neighbors about your proposed actions before trapping.  Live traps are available at many feed and farm stores, and are ...
3/9/15
A: To purchase 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, or complete an affidavit to that effect. To buy ...
3/10/15
A: Unfortunately, we do not have much of information on elk locations and/or abundance in specific areas during October.  Most of our elk observations are made during aerial population surveys that are conducted while animals are on winter range.  These observations don't provide alot of specific ...
4/29/15
A: Most of the ground squirrels north of the Payette River are protected ground Squirrels which can not be hunted.  Idaho has two species of ground squirrel that are only found in Southwest Idaho.  The Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel lives in Washington and Adams counties, they are a federally ...
4/29/15
A: Yes, that's very likely. Please call the Panhandle Regional office to learn more. 
4/30/15
A: The Super Hunt program is about generating money, specifically for the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fish and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anyone wishing to participate.  ...
5/7/15
A: If you access our license purchase page found at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ and complete a search for your information, the system will display the items you have purchased in the current license year at the bottom of the license, tag and permit selection page.The system will display ...
5/8/15
A: Because snow geese are migratory game birds, the federal governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, under the authorities of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, are ultimately responsible for their protection and conservation in North America. In the United States, this responsibility has ...
7/19/15
A: Generally speaking, the brown colored Sportmen's Access signs you see driving Idaho roads highlight fishing and/or boating access sites.  Access to hunting areas on private lands are publicized in Access Yes guides available annually in September.     
7/21/15
A: No it is not required to hunt. however it is a good idea to carry photo identification with you to help indentfy yourself.
7/28/15
A: If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
7/28/15
A: Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still ...
7/29/15
A: No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
7/29/15
A: All legal wolf harvest is updated in those tables as it occurs. If wolf harvest occurs on private land in a zone with a year-round harvest season, the harvest is legal and within an open season and will be updated in the table. The harvest table does not include illegal killings or other mortality ...
7/31/15
A:     To buy an archery permit in Idaho, 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, or complete an affidavit to that effect ...
8/3/15
A: Great question.  The answer is it depends, so stick with me a moment and I will try and clear it up.  During an archery only season crossbows are illegal. (Except, disabled hunters possessing a permit available at IDFG offices may use a crosbow) Crossbows are legal during short-range and any ...
8/5/15
A: If it's a permanent injury, then yes, it’s called a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit Application and it’s available at any Fish and Game office or online here:  https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf The criteria for application are:Each application shall be ...
8/6/15
A: There are weapon restrictions for the taking of migratory birds.  Code of Federal Reguations 20.21 prohibits the taking of migratory birds with any shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassebling the gun, so its ...
8/7/15
A: You can hunt forest grouse with an air rifle with a valid hunting license and when they are in season. You can shoot preditory animals such as starlings, ferral pigeons, english sparrows, and Eurasian Collared doves. There are no other species or seasons for air rifles.
8/9/15
A: Yes. Any person hunting in an archery only hunt must have an archery permit in possession. The same rule applies for muzzleloader hunts too. Any person hunting in a muzzleloader only hunt must have a muzzleloader permit in possession.
8/10/15
A: Page 98 of the 2015-16 Big Game rules pamphlet states that a broadhead cannot measure less than 7/8 inch, and that the entire arrow must weigh at least 300 grains.
8/10/15
A: Good question and good catch! The language in the big game regulations and seasons booklet and the moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat booklet don't match--and they should. The Idaho Administrative Procedures Act contains regulations (e.g., IDAPA 13.01.08.410.5.b ) that prohibit the use of ...
8/11/15
A: Hunts opening Saturday in the Owyhees unlikely to change With controlled deer and pronghorns hunts opening in Unit 40 in portions of Owyhee County Saturday, Aug. 15, Idaho Fish and Game is monitoring the Soda Fire, but not closing or altering hunts at this time, nor expecting to in the immediate ...
8/14/15
A: Wolf hunting tags can be used for either hunting or trapping, while wolf trapping tags can only be used for trapping. Thus, hunters may take up to 5 wolves, and trappers may take up to 10.
8/16/15
A: Field days are offered throughout the calendar year at various times, depending on where you live. More than 14,000 students continually take and pass hunter education in Idaho each year. Classes and field days change often and new opportunities are added constantly, so keep checking the website. ...
8/18/15
A: Can you use a non-resident elk tag to tag a deer if both seasons are open?  The answer is No.  Non-resident deer and elk tags may be used to take a black bear, mountain lion or grey wolf when both seasons are open, but elk tags may not be used on deer.  Page 110 in the Big game regulations ...
8/19/15
A: Yes you can do what you have described.  Drive your ATV up an open trail with your hunting equipment and camping equipment. Leave your ATV parked along side the trail then continue up hiking to a camping spot. Camp overnight then return the next morning to your ATV to return home.
8/24/15
A: You will need to provide a statement from the social security administration on their letterhead explaining the individual(s) do not have a social security number. This documentation will need to be provided to an IDFG regional or headquarters office. We can then set up the individual(s) profile ...
8/24/15
A: Thank you for your question.  You can haul your camping equipment to your camp as long as the trail you are riding on is open for travel.  Your camp can include your rifle or bow, but you can not hunt on the ride in or out.  Hunting includes stopping to glass, scouting, etc.  Once your camp is ...
8/24/15
A: These hunts are designed to reduce depredation pressures from elk on private lands.  Elk will often move to private ground to avoid hunting pressure on public land thus causing impacts to private land owners.  They may be attracted to private land because of green lush pastures, irrigated farm ...
8/27/15
A: Browse here for the prices for our nonresident licenses and tags. Through the month of August this 2015 year, we have a discount for a second nonresident elk or deer tag, as well. A license is required for the purchase of an elk tag.
8/27/15
A: There are no changes to hunting seasons as of 8/28/2015. There are several access restrictions in place, however. Review this news release for more information and visit our fire page to keep up with closures and resources for real-time information.  
8/28/15
A: You can use a rifle chambered in .45 Long Colt to hunt deer in an Any Weapon season.   Weapon restrictions for deer hunting with a rilfe in an Any Weapon hunt are: must weight under 16lbs, can not be fully automatic, can not be a rimfire.  These and other weapon restrictions can be found on page ...
8/30/15
A: This year's fire season is no doubt putting both hunters and IDFG in a tough spot.  We did consider the effects of the closures and the necessity for hunters to change areas because of the current fire closures.  For the following  reasons we made the decision to maintain the current season: We ...
9/2/15
A: The cost of a senior (65+) combination hunting and fishing license for residents is $11.75  A resident for the purposes of this senior discount was changed in 2015 to residing in Idaho for 6-months rather than 5-years.
9/4/15
A: Thank you for your question.  Idaho is a member state of the Wildlife Violator Compact (WVC) as are many other states including Utah.  If an individual’s hunting privileges are suspended in any of the member states, every state belonging to the WVC honors that suspension.  If your hunting ...
9/4/15
A: Yes.  During archery season your regular deer tag is valid during the season for either antlerless or antlered in the units outlined on page 12 of our big game brochure.  Be sure that the archery season is open under the antlerless column in the unit you wish to hunt on p. 12 at: http:// ...
9/4/15
A: Thank you for your comments.  Muzzleloader restrictions have gone through multiple revisions over the years at the request of several muzzleloader hunting groups in the state.  Idaho Fish and Game continues to be concerned with advancement in hunting equipment technology and the difference between ...
9/4/15
A: No as long as you are not hunting any live animal, you do not need a hunting license.
9/7/15
A: If you can show proof of having a valid hunting license in another state you are eligible to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
9/8/15
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission addressed the issue of lighted nocks, expandible broadheads, and other technology-related weapons restrictions a few months ago at their May 2015 meeting in Lewiston. At that time, the Commissioners voted unanimously to NOT accept any modifications to the current ...
9/8/15