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A: Your assessment is correct. Here is the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule regarding the question. IDAPA 13.01.08.260.03 b. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled hunt for either sub-species of bighorn sheep may not apply for any bighorn tag for two (2) years. Except that a person may ...
4/28/16
A: Idaho Code 36-404 (b) states: Class 4: Senior Resident Combination License. Licenses to be issued only to persons over sixty-five (65) years of age who meet the definition of "resident" pursuant to the provisions of section 36-202, Idaho Code. Idaho Code 36-413 (e) states: A lifetime certificate ...
4/27/16
A: Here is the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rule regarding trophy applications. IDAPA 13.01.08.260.03 b. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled hunt for either sub-species of bighorn sheep may not apply for any bighorn tag for two (2) years. Except that a person may apply for a bighorn tag ...
4/25/16
A: Yes, you can purchase one extra turkey tag for the spring general season hunt. You may purchase a second extra turkey tag for a fall general season hunt as well.
4/23/16
A: You cannot purchase a resident limited deer controlled hunt tag and a resident general season deer tag in the same season. However, if you draw the limited deer controlled hunt tag in unit 18 and purchase the resident deer controlled hunt tag, the only other general season deer tag you may ...
4/21/16
A: Thank you for your question. If you are part of a group application and the application is selected during the draw process but there are fewer tags remaining in the hunt you entered, the draw system will not award any tags to the group application and move on to the next application with an ...
4/18/16
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: The bowhunter online course is online only. At the end of the course print your certification card and you take this to purchase your archery tag. If you participated in the instructor-led course, you received your card at the end of the course. Lost your card? Use our self-serve certification ...
4/2/16
A: Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules for controlled hunts state: In controlled hunts with ten (10) or fewer tags, not more than one (1) nonresident tag will be issued. In controlled hunts, EXCEPT unlimited controlled hunts, with more than ten (10) tags, not more than ten percent (10%) of the tags ...
4/1/16
A: IDFG sometimes implements a Controlled Hunt with an Unlimited number of tags as an intermediate step between a general season hunt and a controlled hunt with a limited number of tags when there is a concern about total hunter numbers and harvest  in the hunt area. If hunting pressure is too high ...
3/1/16
A: You happen to find a pile of bones with a tag, we'd love to see a picture of the pile and a close up picture of the tag so that any numbers or words on the tag are visible. In exchange, we'd be happen to let you know what we know about that particular animal. Please call your local Fish and Game ...
2/14/16
A: No its not legal. Wolves can only be hunted from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. They have shooting hours.
2/10/16
A: Thanks for your question: There are a variety of tools Idaho Fish and Game utilizes to help landowners prevent damage on their property due to wildlife causing damages. One is Depredations Hunts. There are three different depredation style of hunts I will go through so there is no confusion. 1. ...
2/5/16
A: If the landowner controlled hunt tag you get is for a limited controlled hunt, you cannot have a general season tag for the same species. However, you would be able to purchase what we call a RES-NONRES general season tag as a second tag at the nonresident price. The RES-NONRES general season tags ...
2/1/16
A: Even if you harvested a bear on a controlled hunt tag, you could purchase a second bear tag.  This would allow you to hunt the spring or fall general season.   However, if you were to harvest during the general spring bear season on the general season bear tag, you would be done for the year.
1/22/16
A: Once you purchase a game tag, there is not a waiting period before you can go out and hunt on that tag.
1/14/16
A: The Owyhee Units general season only allows harvest of young bucks to limit the overall harvest.  The units are mostly considered a high desert that generally supports a lower deer density because the area is limited by water and seasonal forage.  Also, the area is relatively open which generates ...
1/9/16
A: An adult nonresident elk tag may be used to harvest an elk, bear, mountain lion or gray wolf if  a season is open for that species where and when the elk tag is valid. It cannot be used to harvest a deer. Hunters can purchase an adult nonresident general season elk tag as a second tag as long as ...
1/8/16
A: Hunting without a proper license and hunting without a proper tag are misdemeanor violations in Idaho.  Idaho Code 36-1402 states that penalty for a misdemeanor violation is a fine of $25 to $1000, up to six months in jail, and up to three years of license revocation.
12/28/15
A: Idaho has nonresident over-the-counter tags available for deer and elk. The over-the-counter tag is called our "general" tag and is good for mule deer or white-tailed deer. We also have controlled hunt tags for deer and elk. If a nonresident purchased a general tag prior to drawing a controlled ...
12/26/15
A: A harvested bobcat must be turned into Fish and Game to have a CITES tag attached to it, regardless of the method of take (this includes salvageed road kill). Yes, you will be charged for the tag and vendor fee. A fee of $2 will be charged for each pelt tag. An additional $1.75 vendor fee will be ...
12/25/15
A: On page 47 of the furbearer regulations in the section entitled "removing trapped animals of another" it states: No person shall remove wildlife from the trap or snare of another except licensed trappers with written permission from the owner.  In other words, so long as your name or your son's ...
12/17/15
A: I totally sympathize with the frustration of finding an elk caught in a fence.  I have removed some over the years while on patrol and had to put some out of their misery as well.  It would be lawful to take the elk only if you have a valid tag for the area, the elk season is open.  There could ...
12/13/15
A: In addition to a license and elk tag, you must purchase an archery permit for an archery only season.  In order to purchase an archery permit, you would need to complete an Idaho Bowhunter Affidavit form.  http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntBowAffidavit.pdf  On this form you can ...
12/6/15
A: Trapping ID is issued to each trapper for life and is unique to that trapper.  Although we have the trapper's name associated with the tag number, we are not allowed by law to give that name and contact information out to the public. If you found a legal trap it is unlawful to remove the trap or ...
11/20/15
A:   A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed specifically as stated in the Seasons and Rules as per weapon and sex. 
11/16/15
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 Idaho Fish & Game Commission evaluated nonresident deer and elk tag sales at their July 2015 meeting.  At that time, nonresident tag sales were higher compared to the previous 2 years and projected to remain strong; reflecting improved hunting expectations and a recovering economy.  After ...
11/3/15
A: Yes, so long as supplies last. Nonresidents can purchase an over-the-counter license and tag in Idaho beginning December 1st for the upcoming year. There is a cap to the number of elk and deer tags avialable to nonresidents. Many elk zones sell out quickly in popular areas so you'll want to be ...
11/3/15
A: A youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed as specified in the Seasons and Rules.   The B tag season on the Boise River zone tag is for antlered only.  Therefore, either sex would not be allowed during the period of ...
11/3/15
A: The 2015 season for the general deer tag in unit 11A runs October 10 through November 3. To hunt white-tailed deer in unit 11A through December 1, you would need the White-tail deer tag. Tag exchanges from one type to another had to be done prior to the season opening for the tag you currently ...
11/2/15
A: If you are referencing the General Regular Deer Short Range Weapon Season in GMU 38, you can harvest a doe on a General Regular Season Deer as long as you have not harvested yet.  The last day for harvest would be November 24, 2016.
11/1/15
A: Your controlled hunt tag is only valid for the dates and hunt area listed in the current years big game rule booklet. Once the hunt to the tag you hold starts, you may not exchange it for another tag (see page 110 in the 2015 big game rule booklet). To hunt in the general season at this time, you ...
11/1/15
A: A hunter can purchase both a general elk tag and a controlled hunt elk tag in the same year both at the resident price as long as the controlled hunt tag is an extra antlerless tag.   The extra anterless tags contain an 'X' in the hunt area (i.e. 18-1X or 32-1X).  
10/30/15
A: Yes, as long as supplies last and the season is still current where you're hunting. Learn how many tags are available and other facts about second tags at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/second-tag
10/30/15
A: The situation you describe, as two juveniles age 16-18 desiring to go hunting alone, does not require you to be with an adult in order to go hunting as long as you are residents of the state of Idaho and you hold the correct license and or tag.  You may be thinking of restrictions placed on " ...
10/26/15
A: You cannot hunt a general season period with a controlled hunt tag.   The controlled hunt tag only allows you to hunt the species and sex in the area with the weapon for the period stated in the Seasons & Rules for the particular controlled hunt.   Controlled Hunt 2136 is only good for either ...
10/25/15
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: This is acutally a pretty good question and is bigger than just the Commissary Ridge area as controlled fires (fires actually ignited for a management purpose) can occur just about anywhere. Controlled fires are a fairly complex topic but their purpose is one that hunters and wildlife enthusiasts ...
10/17/15
A: Yes
10/17/15
A: In order to best answer your question, we need some additional information.  Please call the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters office at 208-334-3700. Thank you.
10/15/15
A: Good Question.  Page 100 in the Big Game Regulations states:  The validated tag must remain attached to the carcass until the meat is processed and reaches the place of final storage and consumption.  So if you have the animal processed... keep the validated tag with the meat until you reach your ...
10/15/15
A: You may hunt the appropriate seasons for the tag you possess as listed in the current years big game rule booklets. For example if you purchase an Elk City B elk tag and an archery permit in 2015, you may participate in the early archery season and if you don't harvest in that season, you may ...
10/15/15
A: Elk populations in the Bannock Zone have a patchy somewhat unpredictiable distribution.  We have not had many reports of depredation concerns in this zone this summer/fall, so you may have some success concentrating efforts in higher elevation areas, such as Bannock Peak, Scout Mountain, Kinnport ...
10/14/15
A: A resident may use an elk or deer tag on a wolf, bear or mountain lion only if it is a RES-NONRES TAG.  This would be a general season nonresident tag purchased as a second tag on or after August 1st.   Both elk or dear and other species must both be in season.
10/12/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season. 
10/8/15
A: We're assuming you mean getting a tag replaced because it may be lost. If that's the case: Any local vendor or Fish and Game office can issue a duplicate license. However, lost tags, including deer and elk tags, can be replaced only at a Fish and Game office. Each duplicate item costs $7.25 for ...
10/7/15
A: If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season.  As for what sex is legal to hunt, please consult the Big Game Seasons ...
10/7/15
A: For this year, we recommend you keep your current license and elk tag. Those who have met the residency requirements after purchasing a nonresident license may purchase resident tags for the species they have not purchased. This type of a purchase can only be made at IDFG offices. For example, if ...
10/6/15
A: You can exchange a B elk tag for an A elk tag as long as the season on the B tag has not yet started.   The exchange can only be done at one of our Idaho Fish & Game Regional Offices or our Headquarters Office in Boise.
10/6/15
A: To purchase the Jr. Mentored/DAV tags, a person must possess a Jr. Mentored hunting license, a Jr. Hunting Passport or a Disabled American Veteran hunting license. If you do not have one of these license types, the system will only offer the full priced tags.
9/30/15
A: Please review the Disabled Hunter Companion Rules at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=356 and then give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you need further assistance. Thank you.
9/26/15
A: Adult residents age 18 and over have to purchase their own license because they need to show proof of residency. An adult may buy a license or tag for their minor child. Please check the current seasons and rules section for more details.
9/22/15
A: Antlerless deer are: Deer without antlers or with antlers shorter than 3 inches may be taken in a season open for antlerless deer or either sex. Please consult the current Big Game Seasons and Rules for seasons and specifics on hunting in each unit. Thanks.
9/21/15
A: The number of tags available listed in the big game rules booklet is the total number of tags available for that zone. The number of tags is distributed between three groups based on historical sales at the time the zone was capped. The rules for allocating the number of tags available can be ...
9/18/15
A: I want to thank you for taking the time to write about the tag and permit fees paid by those holding senior licenses.  The Department of Fish and Game does not receive any financial support from the state’s general fund. Therefore, the funding for Idaho’s fish and wildlife programs comes solely ...
9/16/15
A: You can purchase your elk tag at any Idaho Fish and Game office or license vendor in the state, regardless of location.
9/14/15
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: Yes, you must have your license and tags on your person while in the field. Sage Grouse and Sharptail validations print on your license. Tags cannot be printed via the internet, and must be mailed, or picked up in person at a vendor. If you have lost your license or tag, you may purchase a ...
9/5/15
A: The holder of a controlled hunt tag for big game or permit for turkey may transfer that tag/permit to his or her minor child or grandchild under the age of 18 who is otherwise qualified to participate in the hunt. The form at the link below must be used to transfer the tag/permit. Visit any Fish ...
9/5/15
A: Yes.  During archery season your regular deer tag is valid during the season for either antlerless or antlered in the units outlined on page 12 of our big game brochure.  Be sure that the archery season is open under the antlerless column in the unit you wish to hunt on p. 12 at: http:// ...
9/4/15
A: Our resident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/residenttagavailability Our nonresident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability
9/3/15
A: You can purchase a second elk tag, but, it will be at the nonresident price.
9/2/15
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: Browse here for the prices for our nonresident licenses and tags. Through the month of August this 2015 year, we have a discount for a second nonresident elk or deer tag, as well. A license is required for the purchase of an elk tag.
8/27/15
A: Can you use a non-resident elk tag to tag a deer if both seasons are open?  The answer is No.  Non-resident deer and elk tags may be used to take a black bear, mountain lion or grey wolf when both seasons are open, but elk tags may not be used on deer.  Page 110 in the Big game regulations ...
8/19/15
A: Those who apply for a trophy hunt (moose, sheep or goat) can submit an application for deer, elk or pronghorn in the second application period. That person may also participate in the leftover first-come, first-served tag sales as long as they meet all of the other requirements and criteria.
8/11/15
A: Information on the hunts can be found in our big game rule booklets or by accessing the Departments hunt planner at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntPlanner/. Results of the drawing will be posted on our website and we will mail a postcard to those individuals who are successful in drawing a ...
8/10/15
A: Congratulations on your controlled hunt draw success.  Your assumption about the dates for your hunt are mostly correct.  Your tag has nothing to do with the A/B tag system.  There is one item to take note of however.  The actual seasons for your tag are Sept. 6 thru 30 for archery, and October 10 ...
8/9/15
A: If it's a permanent injury, then yes, it’s called a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit Application and it’s available at any Fish and Game office or online here:  https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disArchery.pdf The criteria for application are:Each application shall be ...
8/6/15
A: No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
7/29/15
A: Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still ...
7/29/15
A: If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
7/28/15
A: Big game tags and permits that must be notched, validated or attached to a carcass cannot be printed if purchased via the Internet. Those items will be printed and mailed to customers.
7/27/15
A: Yes.
7/24/15
A: The regular deer tag is valid for mule deer and white-tailed deer. 
7/23/15
A: Unclaimed pronghorn controlled hunts go back into the second drawing. Hunters can apply for those hunts August 5 through August 15. The IDFG Director may make some early hunts available through a first-come, first-served leftover sale on August 6 at 10:00 am mountain time. A list of hunts to be ...
7/21/15
A: No.  Fishing for or targeting salmon/steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water.    In other words, no salmon/steelhead fishing (including catch/release) is allowed unless there is an open season for that river location.   Steelhead rules can be found ...
6/19/15
A: Our preseason forcast for Spring Chinook returning to Pahsimeroi was just over 2,100 adults.  Incomplete PIT tag data is currently suggesting numbers may be less than our forecast - but it's still early and subject to change.
6/1/15
A: If you access our license purchase page found at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ and complete a search for your information, the system will display the items you have purchased in the current license year at the bottom of the license, tag and permit selection page.The system will display ...
5/8/15
A: The Super Hunt program is about generating money, specifically for the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fish and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anyone wishing to participate.  ...
5/7/15
A: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/purchase-second-non-resid...
5/7/15
A: Yes you can apply. Application rules state that if you draw an antlered hunt in the first application period you cannot apply for an antlered hunt in the first application period the next year. You were designated the landowner tag and did not draw the tag. Therefore you are eligible to submit an ...
4/29/15
A: Yes. The restrictions are:      If you draw an antlered elk in the first drawing, you must wait one year before applying for an antlered elk hunt in the first drawing. For example if you drew an antlered elk in 2014 in the first drawing, you would have to wait until 2016 to submit an application ...
4/26/15
A: Even though crawfish are a "game fish" in Idaho, the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not track population numbers or trends for crawfish.  With that said, we are unaware of any populations of crawfish being over-exploited in Idaho. There are many areas where you can set traps for crayfish in the ...
4/26/15
A: Your frustration is certainly understandable, especially when you seem to never draw a tag and someone else always draws their tag.  Changing drawing odds is something we hear from hunters fairly frequently.  Unfortunately, what may seem simple is actually more complicated.  Please check out the ...
3/12/15
A: Yes.  Depending on your method of hunting, an appropriate hunting license, tags with appropriate validations (archery or muzzleloader) are  required to hunt deer and elk.  For more information, review the "Licenses, Tags and Permits" section of any of our Seasons and Rules booklets.  A quick call ...
3/2/15
A: The answers to both of your questions are yes.  Please review a copy of our Big Game or Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules booklets for more information.  A quick call to one of our 9 offices could also help you with your questions.       While any person applying for any ...
3/2/15
A: Here is some information from our trophy proclamation booklets: Any person who has killed a California bighorn ram or Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, on any controlled hunt in Idaho may not apply for a tag for the same species, except any person who has killed a California bighorn ram south of ...
3/2/15
A: I'm glad you mention LEGAL ground squirrels and rock chucks.  Idaho does have ground squirrels that cannot be hunted, see page 48 of our 2014 and 2015 Upland Bame, Furbearer & Turkey Seasons and Rules.  You need a hunting license to hunt any of the wildlife in the Idaho.  If you are a ...
2/28/15
A: The SW Region is unaware of "a lot" of feral pigs being in SW Idaho by a border.  Some time back (`3-5 years) someone had released feral pigs in the CJ Strike area and efforts were made to remove these feral pigs.  The Department continues to be interested in removing any feral pigs released onto ...
2/21/15
A: Thanks for your question!  For calendar year 2014, the department sold 3,386 second nonresident deer tags, and 1,078 second nonresident elk tags.
2/17/15
A: To help us provide you with a correct answer, please tell us what you mean by OIL tags. Thank you.
1/30/15
A: Short answer is you will have to pay for the new tag. Per the Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules. Fees for resident and nonresident adult control hunt tags that are subsequently designated to their minor child or grandchild are not refundable. When you purchase the controlled hunt tag and then ...
1/29/15
A: The simple answer to your questions is yes. General season deer tags can be used in any open general season hunt (archery, any weapon or muzzleloader) as long as the hunter has the appropriate permits. Hunters need to verify seasons in the big game proclamation booklets.
1/26/15
A: Thank you for your question. IDFG will likely evaluate the options to offer a similar or identical program for the fall of 2015 based on the best information at the time.  However, for the department to offer this program again, it will require the Fish and Game Commission's approval as Idaho Code ...
1/19/15
A: Idaho Fish and Game does not have an upland game permit at this time. To hunt turkeys you will need the appropriate hunting license and the appropriate turkey tag and if drawn in a controlled hunt the controlled turkey permit.
1/18/15
A: No. A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. Because the super combo hunt contains a tag for all super hunt species, the winner of the super combo hunt has all other applications for all super hunt species for that year set apart so that they may not draw any other super hunt tag ...
1/17/15
A: A hunter can only draw one super tag per species per year. If you purchase 8 applications for one species such as deer and draw a tag, our draw system sets your additional applications for that species apart so you cannot draw a second tag for that species.
1/17/15
A: Here is Idaho Fish and Game's statement on the matter you are refering to: INFORMATION REGARIDNG SHOOTING OF TWO BIGHORN RAMS BY ONE HUNTER IN UNIT 11 IDFG issued two bighorn sheep tags in Unit 11 in 2014.  On October 6, 2014, in the South Fork of Captain John Creek drainage near Craig Mountain, ...
1/15/15