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A: The hunting passport cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt. A person holding a passport can only hunt in a general season hunt with their mentor.  
5/17/13
A: You can purchase a license online and print it at home, but the actual tags would be mailed to you.  They go out within 5-7 days of order.  Buying license and tags at an Idaho vendor is a good alternative.  
5/16/13
A: Badgers can be hunted or trapped year round.  You must have the appropriate Idaho hunting or trapping license to do so.
5/13/13
A: No; there are disease  concerns with  raccoons (rabies) so individuals cannot own a raccoon as a pet.
5/10/13
A: Idaho residents who have lived here at least 5 years can get a senior license beginning on their 65th birthday. 
5/10/13
A: You must get a duplicate of your fishing license to continue fishing.  All vendors can issue a duplicate.
5/9/13
A: Qualifying for and Purchasing an Idaho Archery Permit To buy 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 ...
5/8/13
A: Resident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Resident&feeType=License&feeCategory=   Nonresident license fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/displayFees.cfm?resType=Nonresident ...
5/8/13
A: You can collect and sell shiners and other nongame fish for bait in Idaho as long as you have the appropriate permits. To collect and market bait fish in Idaho, you would need to acquire a Commercial Fishing License from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game along with net tags for your gear.  See the ...
5/8/13
A: If the 7 year old is not an Idaho resident, they must fish with someone who has an Idaho fishing license. If the child wants to keep their fish, it becomes part of the license holder's catch.   Idaho resident children can fish even if they are with someone who doesn't have a license.  They can ...
5/7/13
A: You can get a new trapping license beginning June 1.  Your other license doesn't have to expire first (trapping licenses are fiscal year license because they are considered a commercial license; they are valid from July 1 through June 30).
5/7/13
A:   You do not need a taxidermy license to work on wildlife you harvested. The law applies to all wildlife. If you are mounting animals that you have not harvested yourself, you must obtain a taxidermy license: Idaho Code 36-601 reads: Any person who at any time within the state of Idaho desires to ...
5/6/13
A: Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component of Fish and Game’s mentored hunting program. The Hunting Passport allows any first-time hunter, resident or nonresident, age 8 and older to try hunting for one year with an adult mentor without first having to complete an Idaho hunter education course.   ...
4/27/13
A:   Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year.  The only unprotected birds in Idaho are English sparrows, Eurasian-collared doves, and feral pigeons.  These species may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate ...
4/27/13
A: As of late April of 2013, online purchasers can print some licenses and permits BUT not others.  In this specific case, the hunting and fishing combo license can be printed by the purchaser.  The steelhead permit cannot. Here is more specific information: Some - but not all - licenses and tags can ...
4/26/13
A: Nonresident prices: You must either have an Idaho nonresident hunting license ($154.75) or an Idaho nonresident combination (hunting and fishing license) $240.00. You must also purchase a bear tag ($186.00).  If you decide to add a turkey to your hunting the cost of the tag is $80.00. We list all ...
4/24/13
A: Any vendor can sell you the archery permit.  Be sure to take your bowhunter education card information with you when you go to the vendor.  If you order online, enter your bowhunter education number in the "Archery Education" space in your demographic information.  When that is filled in you can ...
4/19/13
A: License and tag fees are listed on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/.
4/18/13
A: Since you have had a hunting license in Ohio you do not have to take a hunter education course.  The rule is, if you were born after Jan. 1, 1975 you must show proof that you have taken hunter education or that you have held a valid hunting license in another state. 
4/16/13
A: With the license you get when you are 64 (adult hunting or adult combination, for example)  you can only get the adult priced tags, not the senior priced  tags--even after you are 65.
4/15/13
A: Yes, we start selling nonresident OTC tags on December 1 for the next fall's hunting.  You must buy a hunting license and a tag.
4/14/13
A: No, but you must have an Idaho hunting license.    
4/7/13
A: The Idaho disabled fishing license is only available to Idaho residents.
4/6/13
A: When you have been living in Idaho for 6 continuous months you can get a resident license.
4/6/13
A: You will need to obtain a letter from the Veterans' Administration showing that you are at least 40% service-connected in your disability.  Bring this letter in to any Idaho Fish and Game office.   Your record will be coded so that you will be able to purchase the resident disabled veteran's ...
4/5/13
A: Each applicant must choose a specific controlled hunt to apply for.  The hunts are all listed in the Moose, Sheep and Goat Rules Book.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license and submit the application and tag fee with your application (residents $173.00; nonresidents $2116.50).  The tag fee ...
4/2/13
A: Idaho code and Fish and Game commission rules require anyone who hunts, fish, or traps to possess the appropriate license, permit, and tags. They must follow the seasons and all methods of take set by the Commission. If a real emergency existed, discretion would be used. However, the scenario ...
3/29/13
A: If he is hunting, he must have an Idaho hunting license.  If he is fishing, he must have an Idaho fishing license.  If he is trapping, he must have an Idaho trapping license. He should check with the region office in the area for information about contacting the land management agency (for example ...
3/29/13
A: An Idaho hunting license is required.  If you are only hunting ground squirrels you can purchase a nongame license for $35.50.  If it is purchased before July 1, 2013, it will only be valid through August 31, 2013.  If it is purchased after July 1, 2013, it will be valid for the calendar year, ...
3/27/13
A: You don't need a license, and the only restrictions are on access and travel on the land. Horn 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. Horn ...
3/27/13
A: They may be hunted all year...a hunting license is required. Details below: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals 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, ...
3/25/13
A: It won't be available until actual 65th birthday (if the senior has been an Idaho resident for at least 5 years).
3/23/13
A: If you are hunting fox, a hunting license is what you need.  You only need a trapping license if you are trapping them.
3/20/13
A: A combination license is included in the Sportsman's package. 
3/19/13
A: Yes, you can hunt rock chucks.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/17/13
A: Yes, you can still get the bait permit that way.  
3/17/13
A: He can get a hunting license as soon as he finishes hunter education (in this case, while he is still 11).  Be sure to get a junior hunting license, not the youth small game license.  You  can use this license number to enter him into a controlled hunt.  By the way--the application period is May 1 ...
3/16/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are actually hunting.
3/15/13
A: Contact Fish and Game Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They will put you in touch with the License Department who will work with you to become a vendor.
3/14/13
A: You are correct. As long as the elk zone tag that you purchase is open for an archery season AND an any-weapon (rifle) season you can use the same tag for the two weapon types... Thanks
3/14/13
A: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals 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 ...
3/14/13
A: It is legal to use a .22 to hunt whistle pigs.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
3/12/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 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 ...
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 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 ...
3/8/13
A: Raccoons and coyotes are classified as unprotected and predatory wildlife. The sale of legally taken unprotected wildlife is allowed under Idaho Code Section 36-501 (a). The carcasses must be accompanied by a written statement from the seller (seller's name, address, phone number, and hunting or ...
3/2/13
A: The requirement to take bowhunter education applies to big game hunting, not nongame hunts.  You can use a bow to hunt nongame animals without taking the bowhunter education course first.  You must have a hunting license. 
3/1/13
A: Anglers 14 and older must have a fishing license and if they are fishing for steelhead, they must also get a steelhead permit.
2/27/13
A: It is not illegal to possess two copies of your hunting license. However, when a person gets a “duplicate” copy of their hunting license, the duplicate license invalidates the original license. Idaho Code 36-405(b)3. When a duplicate license has been issued the original license shall become null ...
2/26/13
A: No, it isn't required. 
2/24/13
A: Predatory wildlife (raccoon, coyote, jackrabbit, weasel, skunk, and starling) and unprotected wildlife may be legally hunted with an Airgun at any time and in any amount. Cottontail rabbit and Snowshoe hares may be hunted with an Airgun during season (See Upland Game, Furbearer & Turkey ...
2/24/13
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits. - See more at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/do-i-need-hunting-license-kill-jack-rabbits#sthash.7omtD2wt.dpuf License fees are listed online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
2/22/13
A: Pet and livestock owners are allowed to protect their animals from molesting or attacking wolves, including the shooting of, without the need of a license or tag.  Pasted below is the Idaho Statute that provides the rights and limitations for protecting pets and livestock. (c) Control of ...
2/19/13
A: Lifetime licenses cost the same for disabled Vets that they do for other Idaho residents (see below).   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 fishing licenses ...
2/19/13
A: She can fish for steelhead without a license or permit, but her catch will have to go on the permit of an adult fishing with her.  If she wants to keep her catch, she can get a permit to do so.
2/14/13
A: Thank you for your interest in the reopening of the Farragut Public Shooting Range. In November 2012 the Idaho Supreme Court reversed a lower District Court ruling and partially lifted the injunction closing the range. Before we can reopen the Range there are some legal housekeeping matters that ...
2/13/13
A:   You would be required to have an Idaho hunting license. Some ground squirrels are protected.  Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area to see if any are protected there.  For example:  Paiute ground squirrels in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt. As long as you stay ...
2/6/13
A: No.  According to Idaho Administrative Code:  Dogs may be used to hunt or pursue :   01. Upland Game Animals, Upland Game Birds, and Migratory Game Birds. To train on or hunt upland game animals, game birds, and migratory game birds. Cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares are considered upland game ...
2/5/13
A: Jackrabbits can be hunted year round and taken in any number; they are classified as an unprotected animal.  You must have an Idaho hunting license.
2/4/13
A: The only bounty program that Fish and Game is involved in is the Angler Incentive Program in the Panhandle (Lake Pend Oreille).  The information about it is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=107.  An Idaho fishing license is required.
2/3/13
A: Season dates for bobcat trapping or hunting are December 14-February 16.  Bobcat Mandatory Check and Report Information: Any person taking bobcat whether by hunting or trapping must comply with the mandatory check and report and pelt tag requirements by: Presenting the pelts of all bobcats taken ...
1/31/13
A: There are two instances in which you can fish without a license: 1). Free Fishing Day...you can fish anywhere without a fishing license 2).  On a licensed, private pond.  Landowners can go through Fish and Game to license a private pond and they can make any kind of requirements they want to for ...
1/29/13
A: You must have a 2013 tag to hunt in 2013.  The tags (and your hunting license) expired 12-31-12.
1/29/13
A: Yes.  Racoons are now classified in Idaho as a predatory species and can be hunted year round with the proper license.  They can also be pursued with hounds year-round. The only species that can be pursued in Idaho with hounds are black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, red fox, and predatory and ...
1/28/13
A: Idaho requires that all hunters have an Idaho hunting license to hunt.  If you are hunting turkey or big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat, mountain lion, bear) you must have a tag for the animal in addition to the Idaho hunting license.
1/26/13
A: The reason we require a nonresident hunting license purchase in order to put in for our controlled hunt tags is primarily to increase drawing odds for nonresidents. The effect of requiring a license did decrease the number of nonresidents applications, but the hunters serious about coming to Idaho ...
1/20/13
A: Due to Idaho privacy laws we do not post license numbers on our website.  Contact the IDFG Wildlife Department for help getting your report filled out.  Their number is 208-334-2920.
1/20/13
A: Children can fish without a license until they are 14. Hunting is more complex.  If they haven’t had hunter education yet, they can get a hunting passport (detailed information is on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.). Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component ...
1/19/13
A: Contact IDFG Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They can put you in touch with the License Department; they have those records.
1/16/13
A: A nonresident can use this license to hunt predatory and unprotected animals only (see list below).  The cost is $35.50 and the license is valid through the end of August only.  It cannot be used to apply for a controlled hunt.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are ...
1/11/13
A: Contact the IDFG License Department for information.  The number is 208-334-3700.
1/11/13
A: Your purchase of youth hunting/fishing licenses and tags will be valid through the end of the year, even after you turn 18.    
1/6/13
A: The nongame gun license is valid from date of purchase through August and costs $35.50.
1/5/13
A: Thank you for your suggestion.  It will be forwarded to our License Department.
1/3/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are hunting. 
1/1/13
A: We don't have a DAV discount on a fishing only license but we do have a discounted DAV combination (hunting/fishing) license.  It costs $5.00 and is available for residents only.
1/1/13
A: No.  You must get a 2013 Idaho hunting license and migratory bird validation.  The federal duck stamp is still valid and doesn't need to be replaced.
1/1/13
A: Coyotes can be hunted year round and we do not have restrictions on how many you can kill. You must have an Idaho hunting license to hunt them. Please contact BLM directly to see if the area you want to hunt in is open. 
12/31/12
A: Yes, you are required to have an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho, including hunting jack rabbits.
12/31/12
A: The information copied below lists many of the animals that may be hunted and those that may not be hunted.   Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (MAY BE HUNTED--HUNTING OR TRAPPING LICENSE REQUIRED) Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and ...
12/29/12
A: Please contact the IDFG Region office in your area.  They license falconers and would know the requirements.
12/24/12
A: Idaho Code 202(s) defines residency for the purposes of purchasing resident hunting and fishing license. In part the code states that a person must be domiciled in Idaho with the bona fide intent to make Idaho their permanent abode. Simple ownership of property in Idaho does not constitute ...
12/21/12
A: There are several nonresident license options: If you are also hunting big game, you can get a combination hunting/fishing license for $240.00 or a hunting license for $154.75. If you are only going to hunt turkeys and other small game, you can get a small game hunting license for $97.75.  If you ...
12/21/12
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: There isn't a magazine size restriction for hunting big game.  The restrictions we do have are listed below:   IDAHO WEAPON RESTRICTIONS   Rifle and Shotgun   In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:   • By any means other than approved firearms ...
12/6/12
A: The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:   By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now: Recover and keep wildlife species ...
12/5/12
A: The tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information.  The Coeur d'Alene tribes website is http://www.cdatribe.org/.  In your question, you mention that you have talked to them already so you should be good to go ...
11/30/12
A: SUPER  TAG 13      A drawing will be made for 10 super hunt tags in January 2013. This is an incentive for hunters to promptly file their required Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, and pronghorn purchased in 2012. These highly desirable tags can be used in any open hunt for that species ...
11/25/12
A: Lifetime license holders are counted in the resident pool for controlled hunts, even if they have moved out of state.
11/21/12
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 have to obtain an Idaho fishing license to fish in Idaho.  The 2 state's licenses are not interchangeable.
10/22/12
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: 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: An Idaho fishing license is valid by calendar year - January 1 through December 31.  
10/11/12
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: 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