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A: For general deer season in Unit 38 you can hunt the short-range weapon season and/or the archery only season.  Both the Regular Deer Tag and the White-tailed Deer Tag are available to be used in Unit 38; but make sure your tag matches the season and method, and species your are hunting.  The ...
4/18/16
A: It is illegal to hunt Big Game in Idaho with an air rifle. the pertinent section of IDAPA is below: IDAPA 13.01.08.410 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. .05 Other d. With any net, snare, trap, chemical, deadfall or device other than ...
3/18/16
A: You cannot exchange a tag that you have hunted on for another tag.   In fact, you can only exchange your tag if the season on your tag has not yet started.   
11/12/15
A: The short range weapon restriction is for big game hunting only.  Small game and predators do not have a short range restriction.   In Valley County red fox may only be taken by trapping methods.
11/9/15
A: First, a very good and timely question.  As you know, the either-sex portion of the general elk season was eliminated several years ago in the Panhandle, primarily due to low calf:cow ratios that were observed during our winter helicopter surveys.  This was especially true in Units 4, 6, and 7.  ...
10/31/15
A: Muzzleloading rifles are considered primitive weapons and hunters choosing to hunt muzzleloader only seasons are often able to take advantage of special opportunities not available to modern center fire rifle hunters.  To maintain the primitive nature of the sport, Idaho has limited some ...
10/21/15
A: Our deer tags are not sold for a particular weapon usage.  You can hunt the early Archery Season, and, if you don't harvest, you can hunt the Any Weapon Season.  To hunt the Archery Only, you are required to purchase the Archery Permit.  If you were to harvest in the Archery Season and wish to ...
10/18/15
A: A felony conviction that has made an individual a "prevented possessor” has no bearing on their ability to purchase a hunting license in Idaho. If the board of Pardons and Parole has revoked your right to possess a firearm in Idaho, you will not be allowed to possess a black powder or muzzle- ...
10/3/15
A: You are correct.  Shooting sticks are not included in the 16lbs weight restriction because they are not attached to the firearm.  Thank you for your question.  
9/24/15
A: Thank you for sharing your observations and your idea for consideration.   There has been an increase in the number of white-tailed deer seen along the middlefork and southfork of the Payette.  Currently, white-tailed deer can be harvested by anyone who has a valid general any weapon, regular deer ...
9/10/15
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 you can, as long as it complies with the other restrictions in code and rule, (copied below). There is no restriction in idaho on the number of rounds a firearm can carrry, or restrictions against use of semi-automatics. 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE. No person shall take big game animals as ...
8/6/15
A: Many years ago, the bow hunters association made a request that IDFG create an archery stamp and require those who participate in archery only hunts to purchase the archery stamp. The Idaho stamp program was canceled in 1998 after all IDFG licenses, tags and permits became electronic. Those items ...
7/25/15
A: The answer to your question depends largely on what type of doves you have on your place. Mourning Doves enjoy protection as a migratory bird, and take of them is regulated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If these are the birds causing your issues, the ...
4/25/15
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: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission support equipment regulations for archery and muzzleloader equipment that are consistent with the primitive nature of the weapons.
2/16/15
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: Most elk management zones offer a choice of either an A tag or a B tag. The A and B tags have different season dates and may differ in the opportunity to use different weapon types or the type of elk that may be harvested. Although not the case in all zones that offer A tags and B tags, in most ...
1/7/15
A: Please report this to your local sheriff's office.  
12/20/14
A: Unprotected and Predatory wildlife would be legal to pursue with the weapon described.    
12/1/14
A: Yes a semiautomatic 9mm carbine rifle could be used to hunt deer during the general season. Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. This weapon would not be legal during any short range weapon hunt. I would suggest instead using a bolt action rifle however, of a larger caliber for the ...
10/31/14
A: The change in age came about because of the realization that some young hunters are physically and emotionally mature enough to hunt big game, to fire a rifle safely and responsibly, and that it is best that parents decide when their child is ready.
10/24/14
A: It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimefire handgun.  Center fired rifles are lawful: examples are .22-250 and .223.  There are exceptions for mountain lion and legally trapped wolves; see big game rules.
10/19/14
A: .223 caliber centerfire weapons are legal.  It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any rimfire rifle or rimfire handgun. Idaho does not have a magazine capacity restriction.
10/19/14
A: In past regulation booklets deer youth hunst were restricted to youths age 17 and younger who are eligible to hunt big game by Idaho law. That youth hunt information was missed in the 2014 regulation booklets. It will be put back into the 2015 regulation booklets. For this year the only ...
10/16/14
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10/12/14
A: Yes you can use semiautomatice rifles to hunt deer during the general season.  Fully automatic weapons are of course illegal. I don't know if you'd need a semi-automatic rifle since a bolt action is the best to use for the reasons that it is simple, reliable, and safe. Unless you feel that a quick ...
9/24/14
A: If you are specifically targeting Eurasion doves you can use a rifle and you must have a hunting license.  Please conduct risk assessments on every shot.  There are huge safety concerns regarding the use of a rifle to take Eurasion doves.  Please ensure there is an appropriate backstop.
9/15/14
A: Yes, you may hunt migratory birds with your archery equipment in Idaho.  Federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: with a trap, net, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, ...
9/12/14
A:        IDFG offers a wide variety of hunting seasons in the fall, including several that run the entire throughout the month of September. For example the archery season for both deer and elk opens Aug 30 and runs through the end of Septmeber. For the most part, archers will be wildly dispersedand ...
8/23/14
A: During a Muzzleloader Only season no person shall take big game animils with any firearm, muzzleloading pistol or other implement other than a muzzleloading rifle or musket in accordance with weapon restrictions listed in the Big Game Seasons and Rules; for 2014 seasons listed on page 100.
8/11/14
A: Provided you don't have a provision in any felony conviction that prevents you from owning or possessing a firearm; you've purchase a valid hunting license and tags; and have taken an archery education class or qualify for an archery validation - then you can use your archery equipment ...
7/27/14
A: If you purchase a 2014 A Tag for the Weiser zone, you can only hunt during the dates, in the units and with weapon restrictions shown in the 2014 big game booklets for the Weiser A Tag (see page 44 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure). If you wish to hunt in the October 25 to November ...
7/25/14
A: Yes, “red dot” sights are legal to hunt coyotes as well as big game animals.   In 2007 the commission adopted a rule change that allowed the use of lighted reticles to aid those with poor eye sight.  The rule reads it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: With any electronic device ...
7/18/14
A: Thank you for your interest in becoming a hunter education instructor. Our instructors are an important part of Idaho's hunter education program. In Idaho, we have 1200 instructors that teach over 700 courses to 15,000 students each year. Hunter education instructors teach firearm safety, wildlife ...
5/27/14
A: Yes, No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. a.  With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighs more than sixteen (16) pounds. b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) buck. c. With any rimfire ...
5/9/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for your second tag.  They go on sale for that purpose on August 1.
5/6/14
A: Answer:  This is the most complicated part of reporting the harvest statistics. I'm pretty sure that you are asking about deer and elk general hunt harvest estimates on the IDFG web site. We have 3 kinds of general hunting seasons, for most of our hunts, but the names are confusing."Any Weapon" is ...
5/5/14
A: Cam, Thanks for the question on the 2-zone tag for elk and what is the plan for implementation for such a option? The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the Elk Management Plan in January. The next step is to begin to implement the plan. The 2 zone tag system was one of the concepts developed ...
4/24/14
A: The weapon restrictions for short range hunts apply to the specfic hunt area and season dates.  They are designed for public safety.  It is unlikley you will find any vermin to hunt in those areas during the season dates.  However, as long as you have legal access to the land, meaning its public ...
4/19/14
A: You can use a shotgun with shells not exceeding 3 1/2 inches maximum length for turkeys: No person shall take upland game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, firearms except a shotgun using shells not exceeding 3 ½ inches maximum length, except ...
3/23/14
A: No.  A superhunt tag allows you to hunt in any hunt in Idaho for the species you draw, but you must abide by the rules we set in place for the hunt including legal weapons that can be used.  If the hunt as we set it up is archery-only, you can only hunt in it using archery equipment and you must ...
3/17/14
A: Rangefinders are legal to hunt big game in Idaho with, as long as the rangefinder is not attached to a weapon (e.g. rifle, bow).
3/15/14
A: You can carry a weapon even if you are not hunting.
3/5/14
A: Idaho does offer some youth only elk hunting opportunities for the 2014 season. These youth hunts are all Antlerless Only. We do not offer any controlled antlered youth elk hunts at this time. What Idaho does do for youth elk hunters is allow them to hunt both the A and B seasons on one tag in elk ...
2/27/14
A: Please refer to our rules for additional information regarding weapon restrictions. For Big Game. No person shall take big game animals with any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun or any muzzleloading handgun, EXCEPT for mountain lion and trapped gray wolf. For unprotected species. No person hunting ...
2/25/14
A: 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE.No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. 01. Firearms. (7-1-93)a. With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighsmore than sixteen (16) pounds. (7-1-93)b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller ...
2/15/14
A: There are no rules to prevent you from hunting coyotes with a .22 rimfire rifle, but if you are serious about humanely taking the animal, we would suggest using a larger caliber firearm.   F08
1/23/14
A: http://gunczar.com/375win.html  It appears the 375 Winchester round was originally designed as a rifle cartridge, and therefore not legal for use during a short-range weapon hunt. 
1/12/14
A: The short range designation applies to big game hunting.  You can use any legal weapon to hunt predators and unprotected species.
1/10/14
A: Please continue to review page 88 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book for lists of weapon restrictions, including restrictions for  rifle and shotgun; short range weapons; muzzleloader caliber requirements, muzzleloader only seasons and archery only seasons. For example, for rifle and ...
12/30/13
A: Thank you for your question about filing your hunter report for your deer tag. We try to keep the reporting forms as simple as possible, short and sweet. But sometimes, it is TOO short.  Sometimes we wish we had put more instructions on the online forms. Maybe next year. --If you hunted with rifle ...
12/14/13
A: To hunt during an archery only season or archery only controlled hunt, you will need an archery permit.  To purchase an archery permit, you must possess a valid hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an ...
12/9/13
A: Yes, there is a IDFG Commission rule that allows for a person to apply for a permit to us a non-magnifying scope on your muzzle loader for use during a muzzle loader only big game season. Here is a link to the application and other information.   APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL WEAPON REASONABLE ...
11/27/13
A: Yes. However, as infrared light scopes are a source of artificial light, the laws and rules of hunting with an artificial light apply. A permit to hunt predartory and unprotected wildlife with an artificial light on public lands is available at IDFG regional offices. To hunt on private land with ...
11/20/13
A: Idaho doesn't require that you wear hunter orange while big game hunting.  It is required if you are hunting upland birds on WMAs where we plant pheasants.  
10/18/13
A: Yes, you can.
10/2/13
A: It depends on which Zone you purchased the tag.  Check the rule booklet for your zone and follow the A-tag options across the page.  Some allow early archery hunting and late muzzleloader hunting (Palouse Zone).  Others like the Panhandle Zone allow early archery hunting, followed by "any" weapon ...
9/26/13
A: Yes, Unit 4 is in a zone that included Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7, and 9.  You could have used a rifle to take an antlered elk in any of those units from October 10 - 24 using your B tag.   F08
9/26/13
A: Good morning,  Are you within Boise city limits?  If so, you might check with the city or Ada county to determine what the rule is regarding discharging a firearm within city limits as I believe shooting an air rifle within city limits is illegal. The eastern & grey fox squirrel are considered ...
9/25/13
A: You can use any lethal means for forest grouse except they shall not be taken with a trap, snare, net or crossbow in Idaho.  However, the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge is federally run and they have their own rules in addition to IDFG state laws.  You must contact Deer Flat Refuge managers to get the ...
9/19/13
A: Yes, you can.  Deer tags are valid for any general season hunt.
8/5/13
A: You can use a deer tag in any general season hunt.  Archery weapons can be used during an any weapon hunt.
8/5/13
A: The answer depends on which weapon you are using.  If you are hunting during an any weapon hunt using a high powered rifle (7mm) a bullet with a polymer tip is legal to use for big game hunting.  If you are hunting during a muzzleloader only season you are required to use a patched round ball or ...
8/2/13
A: If you were born after January 1, 1975, you must take hunter education or show proof you have held a hunting license that is valid in another state.  You must purchase an Idaho hunting license to hunt in Idaho.  Then, if you want to hunt big game with archery equipment instead of a rifle, you must ...
7/6/13
A:   We have not changed the law--there is no minimum caliber as long as you are NOT using a rimfire weapon.  (See muzzleloading equipment exception below). In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • By any means other than approved firearms, ...
7/3/13
A: Yes.  The general season tag can be used in an any-weapon hunt and, with the addition of an archery validation, used in an archery-only hunt.  Here is the information you asked for for unit 39:   General Season-Any Weapon Regular Tag 10/10/13-10/31/13 Antlered Mule and White-tailed Deer ...
5/8/13
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: Yes, you can.
3/28/13
A: Yes, you can. Details below:   Coyotes are classified as Predatory wildlife in Idaho. The only firearm restriction for the hunting of Predatory, Furbearers, or Unprotected wildlife is that “no person shall …hunt with any weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state or federal law.” IDAPA ...
3/21/13
A: Beginning August 1, unsold general season deer (and elk) tags are available for any hunter to purchase for use as a second tag. 
3/20/13
A: A hunting license is only required if you are actually hunting.
3/15/13
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: 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, muzzleloaders and archery methods.   • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the ...
3/13/13
A: Yes, you can carry a weapon for protection while you are hiking or looking for shed antlers.  
3/11/13
A: You can get a handicapped archery permit that will allow you to use a crossbow during the archery-only season.  You need to use the IDFG form to apply for it; your doctor can sign it.  Call 208-334-3700 (Fish and Game Headquarters); they will mail the application form to you.
1/31/13
A: It states in the Big Game Rules: During a muzzleloader-only season, it is illegal to pursue or kill a big game animal with any firearm, muzzleloading pistol, or weapon other than a muzzleloading rifle or musket.  A crossbow isn't considered a "lesser weapon" according to Fish and Game rules.  
1/5/13
A: Fish and Game rules prohibit the use a firearm "with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed."  Therefore, laser rangefinding rifle scopes attached to a rifle would be illegal to ...
12/22/12
A: The actual federal regulations state the following: It is against the law to take migratory game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than a 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fishhook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance. • With any ...
12/14/12
A: Short-Range Weapons   In big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons, it is unlawful for hunters to use any weapon other than a muzzleloader, archery equipment, crossbow, a shotgun using slugs or shot of size #00 buck or larger, or a pistol using straight-walled cartridges not originally ...
12/8/12
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 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: Idaho Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting the transportation of firearms with ammunition in the magazine while traveling within the state.  Although we are not aware of any federal laws, other state agency laws, or municipal laws prohibiting transportation of weapons with ammunition ...
10/31/12
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 short answer is NO. Short range weapon seasons for big game are limited to: Shotgun using a slug or #00 or larger buckshot Muzzleloader that are .45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion or wolf and at least .50 caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat or black bear With any ...
10/8/12
A: There isn't a maximum number of bullets allowed as long as the following rules are followed: 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, muzzleloaders and archery methods. • With any ...
9/23/12
A: During a general any weapon season while using a muzzleloader You cannot use a muzzleloading rifle or musket which is less than forty-five (.45) caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, or gray wolf, or which is less than fifty (.50) caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or ...
9/21/12
A: Wolves are classified as a big game animal and there are a few firearms restrictions associated with the taking of big game animals. firearms, including slings, scopes or any other attachments cannot weigh more than 16 pounds With any shotgun can not use any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) ...
9/20/12
A: I live out in Acequia area and i wanted to find out where I can shoot My rifles and handguns for target practice. Me and my father inlaw have been trying to find places where we can go but we are really far from a target range and wanted to see how far away you have to be from the road to shoot ...
9/18/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reviewed and considered changes to existing equipment restrictions, including the prohibition against using a lighted retical while archery hunting.  Maintaining the current lighted retical rule is in part due to division among bowhunters of whether to change ...
9/14/12
A: Yes, you can have both weapons with you while hunting.
9/10/12
A: The Commission Rule states that hunters may not take big game with archery equipment "with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to, or incorporated into, an arrow, bolt, crossbow, or bow (except nonmagnifying scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles may be used by ...
8/30/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: The requirement to have an archery validation when participating in archery-only big game hunts has been around for over 20 years.  The original proposal to require an archery validation was based on 2 factors: 1) requested by organized bowhunters as a way to document the number of bowhunters in ...
8/9/12
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: The rules state that it is legal to use a battery powered or tritium lighted reticle on your weapon.  See page 76 of the 2012 Big Game rules book:    It is unlawful to use any pursue big game animals with any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes ...
7/5/12