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A: All offices are open Monday through Friday, except state holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offices in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions are in the Pacific Time zone; all others are in the Mountain Time zone. Contact us by phone, in person or mail us at a location listed here.  If you need a license or ...
A: No, you only need a hunting license if you are hunting.
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes. Nonresident licenses are listed here.
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Antler hunters, like other outdoor recreationists, must secure permission to cross or look for antlers on private land, and they must abide by transportation restrictions on federal and state public lands. ...
A: The 2010 Idaho State Legislature amended Idaho Code 36-411 to allow IDFG to accept hunter and bowhunter education course certifications from foreign countries provided their course is equivalent to or exceeds our Idaho course.   A course certificate or card must be presented when purchasing a ...
A: Rubber Boas are classified as Protect NonGame under IDAPA 13.  With a hunting license one can collect and possess up to four rubber boas but they may not be returned to the wild.  If you do not wish to purchase a hunting license you can apply for a collecting permit.
A: The Game Regulations are made available online shortly after they are approved by the Fish and Game Commission.  Big Game Seasons are set by the Commission every March (View the Commision Schedule).  For 2012, the meeting is scheduled for March 21-23rd. Printed Regulations will be available a ...
A: To hunt with a crossbow during an archery-only season you must apply for the permit to do so.  The form is online at  Your doctor has to sign it.  
A: Unfortunately, at this time we do not have discounted fishing licenses for nonresident veterans. However, you are able to purchase a daily or season fishing license online and have it mailed to you prior to your trip. Please allow 5-7 business days for mail delivery.  
A: It is valid even if you move out of state.  Each year you will get your lifetime license at no charge but you must get tags, licenses and permits at nonresident prices. Thank you.
A: Idaho is in its 2012 fishing season which means that anglers must have a 2012 Idaho license.  Steelhead and two-pole permits must also be dated 2012.  (All 2011 season licenses and permits have expired).    
A: Yes, there are pheasant hunting opportunities in Nez Perce County.  Pheasants occur in the agricultural portions of the county.  Please note that almost all of the pheasant habitat in the county occurs on private property and, therefore, requires landowner permission.  Additionally, there are some ...
A: Crayfish do not have a specific possession limit, however you can only have up to 5 traps at one time without obtaining a commercial fishing license and trap tags. This is from the 2012 fishing regulations: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish: Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and ...
A: Nonresident hunting license and tags may be refunded less issuance fees and a $50 processing fee, in the event of: Illness or injury that disables a license holder for the entire applicable hunting season. Military deployment of license holder due to armed conflict. Death of the license holder or ...
A: In general it is NOT legal to use a crossbow during the archery only season, however it is legal to use one during the any weapon season..  An individual with a disabled archery permit is allowed to use  a crossbow during the archery only season. Here is the information from the Big Game ...
A:  Crayfish do not have a specific possession limit, however you can only have up to 5 traps at one time without obtaining a commercial fishing license and trap tags. This is from the 2012 fishing regulations: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish: Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and ...
A: A resident may purchase gift licenses for his/her spouse and his/her children under the age of eighteen (18) living in the household. The purchaser must provide the proper residency identification for obtaining a resident license.   Grandparents would not qualify. This privilege is only for ...
A: Yes; as long as you provide suitable documentation for proof of residency in Idaho for your spouse.   Significant others do not qualify. The appropriate proof of residency documents is either a copy of the spouse’s current driver’s license OR in the case of a non-driver, a copy of the spouse’s ...
A: Yes; as long as you provide other suitable documentation for proof of residency in Idaho.   You may live in Idaho and work for a trucking company in another state. Many states require their employees to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the state in which the company is located. As long ...
A: Yes, if he purchases a two pole permit.   Legislation passed in 2009 allows resident youths to purchase a two pole permit without a fishing license.
A: NO: (see exception below); as long as the youth has a valid license and tag. Care must be taken by the adult not to enter into the act of “hunting.” They can even have a weapon in possession as the constitution allows. Once they begin pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, ...
A: No, employees that help in your business to mount, preserve, or prepare any parts of wildlife do not need a license. Your taxidermy license and record keeping will cover their activities.   Each taxidermy business is required to obtain a license and keep records for that business location. ...
A: “Unprotected Wildlife” may be hunted with the non-game license.  Examples include; Jack Rabbits, Coyotes, and Marmots.   Unprotected Wildlife, Defined by Rule: Unprotected wildlife is defined as all animals OTHER than those classified by the Fish and Game Commission as big game animals, upland ...
A: Those who have drawn a January extra controlled hunt will not lose their hunt on August 1.   They cannot purchase the controlled hunt tag until December of the current year and must first purchase a hunting license for the year of the January hunt.    Once they have purchased their hunting license ...
A: The nonresident small game and nonresident three-day small game hunting licenses were established to offer nonresident sportsmen, who do not wish to hunt big game, an opportunity to come to Idaho and hunt small game only for a lower cost.   The lower cost could result in a large influx of ...
A: Hunting and fishing fees, otherwise known as license dollars, help fund Idaho Fish and Game. License dollars make up about 40 percent of the Fish and Game budget.  The rest comes primarily from federal grants. About 16 percent of the federal money is generated by excise taxes on hunting and ...
A: He does not need a license to carry or for target practice, but he does need a license to hunt in Idaho.  Please find more information about hunting rules and hunter education in our Big Game Rules at  
A:  There is no limit to the number of non resident children under age 14 that can fish accompanied by  the holder of a valid fishing license.  All fish caught and reduced to posession shall be included in the license holders daily/possesion limits in order to fish without a license. Non resident ...
A: Lifetime license holders who move out of state continue to get their lifetime license each year at no charge.  They have to purchase nonresident tags and permits, however.  Usually nonresidents are only able to draw up to 10 percent of the permits in any controlled hunt; lifetime license holders ...
A: You can only hunt unprotected species with a blowgun. You must have a hunting license. Please double check with the city or county authorities in your area to see if they have any ordinances that prohibit the use of blowguns.      
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. No, there is no residency excemption for non-resident students in Idaho.  For more information on Idaho residency requirements, please review page 101 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, or contact your local fish and game office.  
A: A hunting license is required at 10 years old for unprotected game and the child must take hunter education to get the license.
A: You can only purchase a trapping license at a Fish and Game Region office or Headquarters.    
A: It is legal to trap and eat fox squirrels with the possession of a trapping license.
A: No.
A: Yes.  A signed, written sales statement showing the taker’s name, address, license and tag numbers (not needed for salvage of road kill), date and location of salvage, must be provided to the buyer of any black bear or mountain lion head, hide or other parts (except tanned hides or finished rugs ...
A: Idaho doesn't have a sizable population of feral hogs and we don't have any rules set up for hunting them because they are not wildlife.
A: Idaho waterfowl hunters must purchase an Idaho Migratory Bird permit to hunt ducks in Idaho.  They must also have a federal duck stamp.  Idaho's Migratory Bird Permit is a validation printed on their license.  It is not an actual stamp.
A: If you are not hunting, you are not required to purchase a hunting license..
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
A: Please confirm my understanding. A nonresident application and elk tag needs to be purchased and then the controlled hunt is applied for? If successful for the general tag, then the controlled youth hunt is applied for? Is there a deadline on the controlled hunt application? Thanks   You do not ...
A: Yes, she can. She can take your hunting license to any of our Fish and Game offices to pick up the bear bait permit and site tags.
A: If you don't provide an archery education number or can't fill out an archery affidavit stating that you have hunted in an archery hunt previously, the Sportsman's pack will print without an archery validation on it.  After you have taken the course you can go to any vendor and they will put your ...
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't get any money from the Idaho general fund (state taxes).  We are funded by license and tag sales and from several federal programs. You will find detailed funding information on our website at on pages 22 ...
A: You can do it through the mail or at an Idaho fishing license vendor.  If you choose to do it by mail, please contact Idaho Fish and Game for a lost license affidavit.  Their number is 208-334-3400.  You can also get a duplicate from any license vendor or Fish and Game office when you come to ...
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).  ...
A: There aren't any wild boar in Idaho.  
A: You must have a hunting license when you apply.  You can wait to get the archery permit when you find out that you have drawn.  Please check online frequently for field days in the Idaho Falls area.  The link to the class list is  
A: 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, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag or ...
A: Yes, you can.  The link is   
A: Treaty rights to hunt and fish are held by tribes, not by individual members, and these treaty rights have geographic limitations as to where they apply.   If a member wants to hunt/fish within the scope of her tribes’ treaty rights, the tribe regulates the member’s hunting & fishing.   If a ...
A: You would need to purchase your actual hunting license your self in order to apply, however you are more than welcome to have someone bring in your information to apply for a draw for you as well as to pick up your tags. They would still have to pick up any draw tags by August 1st  to keep from ...
A: You must purchase a nonresident hunting license ($154.75) and pay the controlled hunt application fee ($14.75).  If you apply online ( or by phone (1-800-554-8685) there is an additional fee added for processing of approximately 3%.  
A: The correct answer is no. The only second tag you can purchase is the second reduced tag which restricts a hunter to the special second tag units only. Please see pages 58 for bear and 63 for mountain lion.   Yes, you can.  If you are going to hunt outside the area that is included in the "reduced ...
A: Yes, he can.  Be sure to purchase a Junior Hunting license for him.  He can apply now (by June 5) for a hunt with that license.  If he is drawn, his tag will be held for him until his birthday on Nov. 15.
A: Idaho Fish and Game is planning a kickoff announcement on June 5 with registration opening soon thereafter.  We encourage all Idahoans who care about wildlife to participate in the Summit either by coming to Boise, going to a one of the regional events or online.  We can send you outreach ...
A: There is no restriction on the mesh size for crayfish traps.  Follow the dimensional requirements and you are legal to deploy 5 crayfish traps per fishing license.  If you want to deploy more than 5 traps, you will need to get a Commercial Fishing License for your operation.   The mesh size ...
A: You clearly care deeply about having healthy wildlife populations in Idaho, about the costs of managing wildlife, how license dollars and spent, and about wildlife management in Idaho.  The Idaho Fish and Game department isn't broke today, but as Commission Chairman Randy Budge stated June 5, "... ...
A: 1) If you are fishing with your son and hook a fish that you want him to land, you will be legal if you have him reel in his line prior to you handing him your pole.  2) Yes, you can cast out a line for your son and let him hold the pole.  He must be able to retrieve the line, himself.  You would ...
A: Up to four (4) Rattlesnakes may be harvested and possessed by holders of a hunting license. 
A: No, you can't. On page 46 of the Fishing Rules Book: Sale of Fish: Fish harvested by anglers cannot be bought or sold without a commercial license except as provided by Idaho Code.
A: Back in the 1990’s the application period for deer, elk, and pronghorn hunts began June 1 and ended June 30. That date has been moved up to May 1 through June 5. The Department’s big game biologists need the months of January, February, and March to determine the health and size of our deer and ...
A: Eurasian Collared doves are an unprotected species and can be hunted all year and taken in any quantities.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
A: You do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to mount, preserve or prepare for preservation any of the dead bodies of any wildlife or any part thereof not personally taken by him in ...
A: An Idaho resident can purchase your nonresident hunting license, controlled hunt applications and tags for you.  All vendors can take care of that for you.
A: Assuming you mean Oxbow Reservoir ( then the western half of the Reservoir is actually in Oregon so no, you cannot fish from land on the Oregon side.  Although the stateline goes down the center of the reservoir you ...
A: The tree squirrel you describe appears to be a red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).  This squirrel is classified as a Protected Nongame Species. It is not legal to shoot/hunt this squirrel in Valley County or for that matter, anywhere in Idaho.  
A: Simply take your number to a vendor; they can enter it into the database.  If you took hunter education in Idaho and no longer have your number, call 1-208-334-3700 (Fish and Game Headquarters).  They can look it up for you and send a new card to you.
A: Yes, they can.  If they are under 14 they don't need a fishing license but they must fish with someone who does have a fishing license (resident or nonresident).  If they want to keep their catch, it becomes part of the licensed fisherman's limit.
A: The combination lifetime license cost for a 40-year-old is $1,113.00.  Please read the information below for more details.   Resident Lifetime License Certificates   Regardless of your age, purchase of a lifetime license could be the best investment you ever make. Lifetime combination, hunting and ...
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't provide search and rescue insurance as part of hunting and fishing licenses.
A: The super hunt tags and super hunt combo tags are issued at no charge to the hunters who are drawn for them.  Those drawn do have to purchase an Idaho hunting license if they don't already have one.  A resident hunter would have to purchase a resident license; the nonresident would have to  ...
A: The “hunt from a vehicle” permit is not included in the disabled license; to get this separate permit you must get a doctor’s signature on an a Fish and Game application form, which can be obtained at any Fish and Game office or by calling 208-334-3700 or online at ...
A: Hunters 65 or older, or possessing a disabled combination license may buy a leftover youth-only controlled hunt tag, first-come, first-served, beginning at 10 a.m. Mountain Time, August 25.  We will have a list of those hunts after the second drawing takes place (August 5-15, results out August 25 ...
A: Idaho residents receiving SSDI qualify for a reduced price hunting and fishing license.  The cost is $5.00.  Tags and permits are not reduced in price, however.  The “hunt from a vehicle” permit is not included in the disabled license; to get this separate permit you must get a doctor’s signature ...
A: If they are alive - the answer is "no."  If they are taken from public waters in Idaho - the answer is "no."  If you have a commercial fish producers license from the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture, then you can sell shiners as bait fish.
A: If you place 5 or fewer traps, you do not need a special permit.  You are, however, required to have a fishing license.
A: If you have lived in Idaho for at least 5 years, you can purchase your senior license on July 31.
A: If the hunter was born January 1, 1975 or later they must take hunter education or show proof they have held a valid hunting license in another state.  Everyone  who wants to hunt in an archery-only season in Idaho must take an archery education class or provide proof that they have taken one in ...
A: Update notice: Idaho statute changes effective July 1, 2015 changes the weapon definitions for some felons. Please review this updated answer for clarification on this change.The following answer remains intact for historical purposes. Consider consulting your lawyer for further clarification on ...
A: Your general season tags must be exchanged for the controlled hunt tags.  This can only be done at a Fish and Game office or by mail. The mailing addresses is IDFG, License Department, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID, 83707.   Remember the August 1 deadline to get the tags to us for exchange.  
A: There isn't a "special license" required to fish on Redfish Lake.  Each person  14 and older who is fishing must have their own fishing license.  Children under 14 can fish without a license.  
A: Children can fish without a license until they are 14.  Nonresident children must fish with a license holder; their catch becomes part of the license holder's limit.  Resident children can keep their own limit of fish.
A: A nonresident season fishing license costs $98.25.  It is valid from date of sale through December 31.  Nonresident juniors (17 or younger) can get a season fishing license for $21.75.
A: The cost of tags is tied to the specific type of license you have.  If you have a senior combination license or a Disabled Veteran's license you can get tags at a reduced rate.  Please contact the Idaho License Department at 208-334-3700 to see what you can do to straighten this out.    
A:   A blowgun would be a legal method of take for upland game animals (rabbits according to established seasons), forest grouse (according to established seasons), unprotected and predatory wildlife, and bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish (during established game fish seasons only).  A hunting ...
A: 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 animals include marmots, fox squirrels, ...
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 ...
A: No, you are not.  Muzzleloader-Only Season Any person hunting in a muzzleloader-only season, including controlled hunts, must have in their possession a license with a muzzleloader permit validation. During a muzzleloader-only season, it is illegal to pursue or kill a big game animal with any ...
A: Yes, you can.  The link to online sales is  
A: you do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to mount, preserve or prepare for preservation any of the dead bodies of any wildlife or any part thereof not personally taken by him in ...
A: Current Outfitting and Guide rules do not require a guide license to rent the use of horses. Nor would you need a guide license to help without compensation. Horses coming into Idaho from out of state must have a current health certificate from their DVM. Please check the with Idaho Outfitter and ...
A: Idaho Fish and Game requires you to have your valid fishing license on your person while fishing and to produce the fishing license upon request.  Idaho Fish and Game does not require you to carry photo identification while in the field fishing.
A: Yes, they can.
A: Yes and no.  Idaho code created a Commercial Steelhead Buyers license that allows an individual to buy and sell legally caught, hatchery produced, steelhead.  The same provision was not made for Chinook salmon.  Hence, yes - you can have a license to buy and sell steelhead but no there is not a ...
A: Raccoons are classified as "Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife" under IDAPA (Idaho Code). The specific rule states: Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife. Those species of wildlife classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not ...
A: Please contact the License Department for information. Their number is 208-334-2592. They can explain the program but, due to Idaho privacy laws they cannot give out landowner's names.
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
A: Licenses may be purchased online ( at Fish and Game offices ( or at one of our many license vendors statewide (
A: You can catch crayfish as long as the water you are in is open for fishing.  Only 5 crayfish traps may be used with a regular fishing license.  If you use more than 5 traps you must get a Commercial Fishing License from a Fish and Game office.