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A: Only if you're a youth hunter. The 2011 Big Game Seasons and Rules explains: Resident youth hunters ages 12 through 17 who purchase a general season elk zone tag, may participate in any A or B tag elk season within the specified zone, regardless of whether they purchased an A tag or B tag. This ...
9/18/11
A: No. Once the season for which your elk tag is valid has opened, your tag can no longer be exchanged. But you are allowed to buy a left-over nonresident tag for a different zone.
10/2/11
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 ...
1/23/12
A: We cannot make predictions into the future, but we currently have a muzzleloader cow season in Unit 39, cow hunts that allow one to use any weapon, and 9 days of an any weapon bull season.  We use the late season archery to assist us in a depredation issue.  Our bull:cow ratio is adequate only ...
2/9/12
A: Fish and Game conservation officers have discretion in matters such as this.  The officer investigating this case contacted the vendor store where the hunter purchased the tag.  The vendor told the officer a sales clerk was confused about when the wolf tags expired and had indeed told some some ...
2/11/12
A: Generally the answer is no, however there are exceptions. These exceptions are explained in the 2011 Big Game Regulations: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled ...
2/16/12
A: A resident of Idaho can purchase two wolf tags per calendar year. A resident cannot purchase non-resident wolf tags. A non-resident deer and/or elk tag that may be used for wolf, mountain lion, or bear so long as the season for both species is currently open in that area.
2/19/12
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 ...
2/21/12
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 ...
2/26/12
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 ...
2/27/12
A: No, they cannot harvest a bear, lion or wolf with a resident deer tag.  They must have the tag for the specific animal they want to harvest.  
2/29/12
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, ...
2/29/12
A: Nonresidents may draw up to no more than 10 percent of the tags in an individual hunt and no more than 10 percent of the tags for the species. This is not a guaranteed set number of tags to be given to nonresidents. The drawing is a random draw and the 10 percent number may not be met in all hunts ...
2/29/12
A: Successful applicants in the second controlled hunt drawing do not have a deadline to purchase their controlled hunt tags unless they have a general season tag.   Those with general season tags need to exchange the tag for the controlled hunt tag prior to the opener of the general season tag they ...
2/29/12
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 ...
2/29/12
A: Allocated outfitter controlled hunt tags do not go back to the general public.  Outfitter allocated controlled hunts do not have to be purchased by August 1. Outfitters have until August 20 to purchase the tags for their clients.  Any winning tags not purchased by August 20 deadline will be ...
2/29/12
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 ...
3/6/12
A: A hunter may use the general tag to hunt in any spring general season and also use this tag with a controlled hunt permit to hunt in a controlled hunt. A second spring bird may be taken with the extra turkey tag. If the general tag or extra tag is not filled during the spring hunt, then that ...
3/19/12
A: The application is assigned a number.  If the application number is drawn, each hunter on the application will get a controlled hunt tag.
3/20/12
A: No.  You can only get one turkey in the controlled hunt you drew.  You can purchase an extra turkey tag to take a second turkey somewhere else.    
3/20/12
A: Yes, the 2012 Idaho Legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package; it will become part of the Package beginning July 1, 2012.
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: The Idaho legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package in its 2012 session.  It will not be available until July 1, 2012.  We haven't determined the price of the package when the wolf tag is added. The tag will not be retroactive; that is, if the pack was purchased before July 1, you ...
4/3/12
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: That's a suggestion that hasn't been considered to date.  High cost of tags is one of three reasons nonresident hunters gave us for no longer coming to Idaho to hunt (wolf impacts on elk and the economy were the other two reasons cited in a 2009 survey).  Charging two or three times more for a ...
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: No, it isn't.  It is only valid for Chinook salmon fishing within the state of Idaho.
4/26/12
A: A hunter who is drawn for a controlled hunt is not required to pick up the tag.  The deadline to pick it up is August 1; if it isn't picked up by then it will go into the second drawing.  If the hunt that was drawn is an antlered-only hunt, there is a waiting period of 2 seasons before the hunter ...
5/4/12
A: Here is a simplified version of how the controlled hunt drawing system works: The procedure has been computerized since 1973 and was certified random by Boise State University professors in 1977. Every applicant has the same chance of drawing. Officials verify that applicants meet all of the ...
5/9/12
A: Applicants will receive either a tag or a refund check by mail no later than June 10 unless their purchases were made with a credit card.  They will not receive a refund check, but a credit to their account by July 1.   If you do not receive one of these by July 1, please call Fish and Game at 208 ...
5/11/12
A: The mule deer population is doing well, with excellent overwinter survival and lighter than usual hunting pressure last fall. However they did suffer a setback due to the extreme winter of 2010-2011. During that winter we had significant mortality of our radio collared does and likely very low ...
5/14/12
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: No, owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. No one can claim Idaho resident privileges while claiming resident privileges in another state.
5/16/12
A: A person who has applied for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose controlled hunt may not apply for any other controlled hunt in the same year, except unlimited controlled hunts, a controlled black bear hunt, controlled turkey hunt, extra deer, extra elk, or extra pronghorn controlled hunts, ...
5/23/12
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: 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: Because the overall return of spring/summer Chinook salmon to Idaho is smaller than orginally anticipated we have deferred making a decsion about the fishery in the Upper Salmon River  while gathering and analyzing PIT tag detection data relevant to  hatchery returns to that area.   It is clear ...
5/30/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
5/31/12
A: Due to Idaho Privacy Law, we can't release the names of the Super Hunt winners as we used to.  We call the winners directly to notify them that they have won a tag.
6/2/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
6/4/12
A: The application will be assigned one number.  If that number is drawn, both parties on it will receive a controlled hunt tag.
6/5/12
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: You should receive your moose, sheep or goat refund check by June 10.  If you don't, please contact Fish and Game at 208-334-3700.
6/7/12
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: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/7/12
A: Draw Results for Controlled Hunts for Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Bear and Fall Turkey: Successful applicants will be mailed a postcard in the mail by July 10.  The results will be posted online by July 10 at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81. Mark your ...
6/10/12
A: We anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current information from PIT tag detections in the Columbia River hydrosystem suggest that the returns of adult ...
6/12/12
A: You must purchase the type of deer tag you want.  If you want to hunt for white-tailed and mule deer,  purchase a regular deer tag, which is valid for either one (as long as the unit you are hunting is open for both).  If you only want to hunt for white-tailed deer in one of the later seasons, ...
6/12/12
A: The Department does sell nonresident white-tailed deer tags. The quota of 1,500 white-tailed deer tags you are seeing on our website is an amount above the regular/white-tailed deer tag quota of 12,015. By Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule, the extra 1,500 white-tailed deer tags are available ...
6/13/12
A: To manage game in some of the elk zones we have established, we only allow a limited number of tags to be sold. The capped zones are: Dworshak zone B tags Lolo A & B tags Elk City zone B tags Selway zone A & B tags Middlefork zone A & B tags Salmon zone B tags Sawtooth zone A & B ...
6/13/12
A: Based on PIT tag detection among adult Chinook Salmon ascending the dams in the Columbia River we anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current ...
6/16/12
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: Well, To date the harvest is limited but so is the effort. A total of 18 adult Chinook Salmon have been caught and kept through Tuesday but only an average of 12 anglers fished daily and a total of 800 angler hours were fished (about 44 hours per fish kept). While that is not an imperssive harvest ...
6/26/12
A: The harvest share estimates for the Upper Salmon are based on analysis of PIT tag detections and genetic samples from Lower granite Dam. The estimate and improves as our knowledge of the total return size improves through the run. Right now our harvest sharet estimate is in the range  from 1,200 ...
6/27/12
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: Immobilizing drugs are sometimes used to capture and restrain a variety of wildlife for management, research, and public safety purposes in situations where other methods of capture are not practical.  The meat is deemed unfit for consupmption by humans or animals for a time period after the drug ...
7/2/12
A: Yes.  A tag purchased in January 2012 is valid through the end of 2012; you can purchase a second tag at any time you want.
7/3/12
A: Yes.  If you don't pick up the tag by August 1, it will go into the second drawing.  That means that beginning August 2 you can purchase a general season tag instead.  This also applies to elk and pronghorn hunts.
7/4/12
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: Yes, you can purchase your controlled hunt tag now and add the archery permit after you take the archery education class.
7/15/12
A: Yes, you can purchase any general season big game tag after the seasons open.
7/16/12
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: The list is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.    
8/2/12
A: A person whose name was drawn in an antlered-only controlled deer hunt may  not apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one year except for the second deer, elk and pronghorn application period and leftover controlled hunt drawings or sales. • For example, a hunter who drew a ...
8/5/12
A: Nonresident Tag Limitations (page 82 of the 2012 Big Game Rules Book) In controlled hunts with 10 or fewer tags, not more than one nonresident tag may be issued. In controlled hunts with more than 10 tags, except unlimited controlled hunts, not more than 10 percent of the tags may be issued to ...
8/14/12
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident tag for use as a second tag.  
8/16/12
A: Yes, they can.
8/16/12
A: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  There is no deadline to pick up the second draw tags.
8/16/12
A: Three important things to know about the second drawing for big game tags: The deadline for IDFG to process and post the results of the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawing is August 25.  The results will be posted online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
8/18/12
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: No; you would have to purchase a regular  nonresident leftover tag to use as a second tag.  The cost would be $301.75.
8/21/12
A:   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seriously considered point systems in the past, most recently in 2005 and 2010.  In 2005, the Commission adopted a point system contingent on the Idaho Legislature passing a law that allowed the Fish and Game Department to charge a small surcharge on each ...
8/23/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Several years ago, evidence of sex rules were specific to the hunt.  In other words, in an either-sex hunt there was no requirement for evidence of sex; while in sex-specific hunts there was the requirement.  Depending on the year, and the hunting season, the evidence-of-sex requirement did or did ...
8/25/12
A: No, the license you purchase to buy your deer tag also covers upland game hunting.
8/27/12
A: Check the rules book for the unit you are in.  If you have a regular tag and the rules don't limit you to harvesting mule deer only, you can use the regular (what you are referring to as "general") tag to harvest a mule deer or a whitetailed deer. Most archery hunts are open to the harvest of ...
8/30/12
A: Yes, he can.  That is only for youth hunters.
9/4/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients. They are held out for the outfitters to purchase for their clients until specific dates (July 31 or August 30). At that time, any tags not purchased by outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota ...
9/14/12
A: If the season has not opened yet, your tag can be exchanged at a Fish and Game office or by mail.  Our offices are listed on our website under "About Us".
9/15/12
A: Some of the quota tags are made available to outfitters for their clients until August 31.  On September 1 those tags are moved into the general quota and they are available for anyone to purchase.  That increases the number of tags available over the original quota.
9/17/12
A: Early in the year some tags are made available for outfitters to purchase for their clients.  They are held out for the outfitters until specific dates.  At that time, any tags not going to outfitters go back into the general nonresident quota, which changes the numbers.
9/17/12
A: You can exchange any tag as long the season has not opened for the tag you have.  The Salmon B tag season hasn't opened yet so it can be exchanged.  You can make the exchange at any Fish and Game office (listed online in the "About  Us" section of the website).
9/18/12
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: Yes.  The tag is valid through December 31 of the year purchased.  The youth can still hunt with it after they turn 18.
9/24/12
A: A valid hunting license is all that is required.
9/28/12
A: Black bears are found all over eastern Idaho and now grizzlies are in many areas too, so planning ahead to carry bear spray is a wise choice!  Unfortunately, IDFG cannot make product recommendations, but we can tell you what to look for when purchasing a product.   Bear spray can be obtained at ...
9/29/12
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: Mandatory Check and Report Requirements for Moose   Antlers must be presented at Idaho Fish and Game regional offices or official check point or to a conservation officer within 10 days of the date of the kill. Fish and Game headquarters office is not equipped to check in moose. In the Boise area ...
9/30/12
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: No, it doesn't. 
10/4/12
A: I'm not sure how to help you. You may have missed a step.  Do you see something that resembles the below in a yellow box? Click this link to print your CE-51 form for this salvage If not, please leave your phone number or contact your nearest IDFG office and they will walk you through the process ...
10/4/12
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: A general regular deer tag or general whitetail deer tag is not unit specific.  If you hold a regular deer tag, you would need to follow the seasons under the Regular Deer General season section of the Big Game Regulations (check the Whitetail section for general seasons on the Whitetail Deer Tag ...
10/6/12
A: It depends on the unit.  You will need to consult the 2012 Big Game Regulations for what is allowable in the unit where you will be hunting.   In most cases, a youth can harvest an antlered or antlerless.   Same goes for species on the Regular Deer Tag.  In most cases, he can harvest either a mule ...
10/6/12
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: Yes; since it is your kill, you must put your tag on it when you retrieve the animal.
10/12/12
A: Yes.  There are many hunts that are both species or white-tailed deer available with a regular deer tag, however the White-tailed Deer Tag offers more opportunities for this species than the Regular Deer Tag.  For a complete list of hunts for each tag see pages 9-17 of the 2012 Big Game ...
10/12/12
A: Check the Big Game Rules book pages 9 and 10 in the deer hunt season table.  If the unit lists antlerless hunting is only open for youth, only a youth hunter can shoot a doe in that unit.  They do have to abide by the antlered restrictions (such as 2-point only or no antlered deer harvest).
10/12/12