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A: It is legal to trap and eat fox squirrels with the possession of a trapping license.
3/30/12
A: No.
4/3/12
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 ...
4/3/12
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.
4/3/12
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.
4/4/12
A: If you are not hunting, you are not required to purchase a hunting license..
4/6/12
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/ ...
4/9/12
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 ...
4/9/12
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.
4/17/12
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 ...
4/18/12
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 http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/2011annualReport.pdf on pages 22 ...
4/19/12
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 ...
4/26/12
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).  ...
4/28/12
A: There aren't any wild boar in Idaho.  
4/30/12
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 https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx.  
5/10/12
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 ...
5/15/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.   
5/22/12
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 ...
5/26/12
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 ...
5/28/12
A: You must purchase a nonresident hunting license ($154.75) and pay the controlled hunt application fee ($14.75).  If you apply online (fishandgame.idaho.gov) or by phone (1-800-554-8685) there is an additional fee added for processing of approximately 3%.  
5/28/12
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 ...
5/28/12
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.
5/29/12
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 ...
5/30/12
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 ...
6/4/12
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, "... ...
6/6/12
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 ...
6/7/12
A: Up to four (4) Rattlesnakes may be harvested and possessed by holders of a hunting license. 
6/7/12
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.
6/12/12
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 ...
6/12/12
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.
6/13/12
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 ...
6/13/12
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.
6/13/12
A: Assuming you mean Oxbow Reservoir (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/WaterInfo.aspx?qt=1&ID...) 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 ...
6/13/12
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.  
6/14/12
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.
6/19/12
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.
6/20/12
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 ...
6/20/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't provide search and rescue insurance as part of hunting and fishing licenses.
6/21/12
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  ...
6/27/12
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 https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
6/29/12
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 ...
6/29/12
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 ...
7/1/12
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.
7/2/12
A: If you place 5 or fewer traps, you do not need a special permit.  You are, however, required to have a fishing license.
7/7/12
A: If you have lived in Idaho for at least 5 years, you can purchase your senior license on July 31.
7/8/12
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 ...
7/11/12
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 ...
7/11/12
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.  
7/12/12
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.  
7/12/12
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.
7/22/12
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.
7/31/12
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.    
8/2/12
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 ...
8/4/12
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, ...
8/4/12
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 ...
8/5/12
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 ...
8/7/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link to online sales is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.  
8/10/12
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 ...
8/14/12
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 ...
8/16/12
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.
8/16/12
A: Yes, they can.
8/16/12
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 ...
8/20/12
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 ...
8/22/12
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.
8/26/12
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
8/27/12
A: Licenses may be purchased online (https://id.outdoorcentral.us/) at Fish and Game offices (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) or at one of our many license vendors statewide (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm)
8/31/12
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.
8/31/12
A: It is not required for hunting small game. (If you hunt big game in an archery-only season you are required to get an archery validation and take the archery education class).
9/1/12
A: You will need a hunting license and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program Validation.  For more information see the mourning dove section of the Upland Game rules at  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/uplandDoveCraneInfo.pdf
9/1/12
A: Yes.  Many dove hunters have enjoyed the opportunity provided by eurasian-collared doves.  They are a litte bigger than mourning doves and should provide a little more meat than the standard mourning dove.  Eurasian-collared doves are classified as 'unprotected' and can be hunted and taken all ...
9/4/12
A: Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an ...
9/6/12
A: You can now look up your Idaho Hunter Education (or Bowhunter Education) number and print out the information from our Website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/duplicateprintcards.aspx.   Idaho residents--if you need the information for a concealed weapon permit, some Idaho counties ...
9/9/12
A: Yes, anyone can purchase a nonresident license as a gift.  You need to have the nonresident's information such as name, address, date of birth and social security number.
9/13/12
A: You can get a duplicate tag from any Fish and Game office.  They are listed on our website in the "About Us" section.  If you want to do it by mail, please contact our License Department at 208-334-2592 for a copy of the duplicate tag affidavit.
9/18/12
A: You can use a remote controlled boat to fish, provided you have a fishing license, you are fishing during a legal season and using legal bait, and the craft is under direct control of an operator.
9/25/12
A: The Eastern Grey Squirrel and Eastern Fox Squirrel (the two most common species of grey squirrels in Idaho are listed as Unprotected nongame animals under Idaho code.  As such, under Idaho code 13.01.06 300.03 they: may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state ...
9/27/12
Q: Chukar
A: We do not have or require an upland game bird permit to hunt chukar. Several years these "Stamps" or permits were simply incorporated into your hunting license. However, we do require a Sage/Sharp Tail Grouse Permit (validation) for anyone hunting Sage Grouse or Sharp Tail Grouse. These cost $4.75 ...
9/28/12
A: A valid hunting license is all that is required.
9/28/12
A: The person who has moved out of state after purchasing their Idaho resident license and tags can still use them to hunt in Idaho if they have not become a resident of the other state--they can't claim residency in 2 states at the same time.  If this doesn't answer your question, contact the ...
9/30/12
A: 6 would be an annual limit
9/30/12
A: Hunters and anyone else heading into the backcountry are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs’ offices in their hunt area before heading out. Fire updates can be found online at: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/. Additional fire information is available ...
9/30/12
A: No.  You must have a valid Idaho hunting license to hunt on private land, and you must stay within the season rules that Fish and Game has set up for the unit. Hunting any wildlife, even on private property, must adhere to state fish and game laws.
10/1/12
A: Only if you are also hunting. 
10/2/12
A: If they are children they can accompany you but at this time they cannot hunt without taking hunter education and possessing a license and tag.  Ten and eleven year olds with hunter education can buy a hunting license and hunt for small game, birds and varmints.  Twelve year olds with hunter ...
10/3/12
A: You need a valid hunting license.  That is all.
10/5/12
A: Any person who transports any wildlife for another or receives any wildlife for cleaning, processing, as a gift, or for strorage must have a written Proxy Statement signed by the taker of the animal showing the name, address, and license number of the taker, and the number, kind, date taken, and  ...
10/6/12
A: Yes.  Anyone 14 or older is required to have a fishing license In Idaho.  Since a non-US Citizen will not have a Social Security Number, they will have to present their passport.
10/6/12
A: No.  While resident children under 14 can fish without a license, they must purchase a two-pole permit to fish with two poles.  Resident children under 14 can purchase a two-pole permit without a fishing license. 
10/9/12
A: According to our records, you had your fishing license cancelled and a disabled combo issued along with a 2-pole permit yesterday.  However, you have not purchased any tags. If you intend to hunt for deer you will need to purchase a tag at any license vendor or Fish and Game office.
10/9/12
A: There is a Disabled Combination license, which includes a hunting and fishing license, but not tags.  Anyone certified as eligible for federal supplemental income (SSI), social security disability income (SSDI), railroad retirement board disability, a nonservice-connect veteran's pension, or a ...
10/10/12
A: An Idaho fishing license is valid by calendar year - January 1 through December 31.  
10/11/12
A: The best thing you can do is be a good witness.  Document the activity (date, time, and specific activities), descriptions of the hunters, descriptions and license plates of vehicles (pick-ups, ATV's, cars) and report it to Idaho Fish and Game or Citizen's Against Poaching.  You can remain ...
10/13/12
A: We don't require proof of muzzleloader education or previous use for a muzzleloader validation like we do for archery.  Go into your local vendor--they can issue the muzzleloader validation on the spot.  
10/15/12
A: You have to obtain an Idaho fishing license to fish in Idaho.  The 2 state's licenses are not interchangeable.
10/22/12
A: Nonresident Disabled Veterans Nonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified organization may be eligible for reduced fees for licenses and tags. To qualify, nonresident disabled veterans must meet the definitions and provide the three documentation items ...
10/23/12
A: You must have a hunting license to hunt snowshoe hare in the Panhandle.  No other permit is required. The season is August 30-March 31, 2013 and the daily bag limit is 8 hares, possession limit is 24. This information is in the Upland Game Rules Book.
10/31/12
A: An exchange student pays the resident fee for a fishing license.  For ages 14 through 17 the cost is  $13.75.
11/2/12
A: Yes, but persons hunting any wildlife, even on their own property, must adhere to state fish and game laws. They must have a valid Idaho hunting license and tag for the species they want to hunt, and they must stay within the season parameters that Fish and Game has set up for the unit.
11/6/12
A: The requirements for muzzleloader-only season weapons are: Muzzleloader Caliber Requirements In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short-range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • With any muzzleloading rifle or musket that is less than .45 caliber for deer, ...
11/8/12
A: If the license holder is a nonresident, you can go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is your spouse or your minor child, you can also go to any vendor to purchase their license. If the license holder is a resident who is not your spouse or your minor child, you cannot ...
11/11/12