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A: Yes.
7/7/14
A: We're talking "apples and oranges" when you mix the total number of Chinook coming over Bonneville Dam and Lower Granite with the angler sport harvest on the South Fork Salmon River. First, lets talk about the numbers of fish coming over the dams.  These numbers represent a mixture of fish ...
7/7/14
A: Those who have drawn a 2014 super hunt tag in the first drawing held in June have been notified. Thank you.
7/7/14
A: Free Fishing Day only allows a person who can possess a valid license to fish on that day without a license or a salmon permit.  All other rules dealing with daily bag and possession limits, gear restrictions, etc. are still in effect. Even though, you weren't required to record the adult salmon ...
7/6/14
A: This year the resident general season elk tags went on sale June 25th. We make most of the resident general season tags available when the controlled hunt results are posted to the license system. That means the date can change every year depending on when the controlled hunt drawing is completed ...
7/2/14
A: We wish the returning adult Chinook numbers were only influenced by angling.  That would make our jobs much easier.  Truth is, we knew two years ago that the Chinook numbers returning to Pahsimeroi Hatchery would be low in 2014.  PIT tag information collected at Lower Granite Dam in the spring of ...
7/1/14
A: Controlled hunt tags must be picked up by the end of the day on August 1, 2014.
6/29/14
A: IDFG does not have any plans to restrict elk and deer hunting opportunity in Unit 39 this fall as a result of last years Pony and Elk fires.  However, travel restrictions may and will likely be in place in areas affected by the fire.  Ultimately travel restrictions are a call by the US Forest ...
6/26/14
A: Director Moore has decided to allow controlled hunt tags drawn by youth stand.  Therefore, your grandson will be able to hunt once the tag is purchased.
6/25/14
A: Your daughter does not need to purchase a baiting permit and can hunt off another’s bait.  However, she will need to purchase a hound hunter permit.  The following is on page 101 of the 2014 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or ...
6/20/14
A: After the super hunt drawing has been completed, our License Section contacts each individual to let them know they have drawn a super hunt tag.
6/17/14
A: Your friend will need to contact our license section at 334-2592. Thank you.
6/16/14
A: As of this morning (6/18) the estimated harvestable sport-angling share is 780 adults.  This is based on the PIT data which generated a population estimate at Bonneville Dam.  As more PIT tagged fish are detected at Lower Granite Dam (upper-most dam where Salmon River fish are monitored) the quota ...
6/16/14
A: No. If you purchase the controlled hunt tag, you are restricted to the hunt area and dates of the controlled hunt for the tag you possess. Any person who has purchased a controlled hunt tag is prohibited from hunting in any other hunt for the same species (archery, muzzleloader or general) except ...
6/13/14
A: Elk:                               6 – Idaho                               1 – Texas                               1 – California
6/6/14
A: Resident general season deer and elk tags will be available after the controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk and pronghorn has been completed. This is usually around the first of July. Resident elk tags for capped zones such as Sawtooth B go on sale at midnight July 10.
6/5/14
A: Yes. You can use an extra turkey tag for the fall hunt.
6/3/14
A: Yes you will need a hunting license to purchase a wolf tag. Licenses can be purchased via the Internet at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/. over the telephone at 800-554-8685, any license vendor http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, or through the mail to any Idaho ...
6/3/14
A: Yes. You will need to read the big game season proclamations for season dates. Some elk zones have limited numbers of tags available and hunters can purchase tags until the quotas are sold out. Hunters can purchase deer, elk, bear, mtn lion, wolf, and turkey tags over the counter.
5/30/14
A: If you draw and purchase a controlled hunt deer tag, you may also purchase one nonresident general season deer tag at the nonresident price as a second tag. Hunters can purchase unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tags at the nonresident price as a second tag.
5/30/14
A: Yes. General season and controlled hunt tags are currently the same price. The only difference is the application fee required to apply for a controlled hunt.
5/29/14
A: No, not in unit 67.  The answer on 4/13 responded to a different question regarding a Controlled Hunt bear tag.  You could still kill 2 bears a year, one in 67 and one in a second bear tag unit (Unit 4, 4A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16A, 17, 19, 20, 20A, 26, 27), or a unit in which you had a CH tag.
5/28/14
A: Immediate Family Member.  Includes wife, husband, child, mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, stepchild, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  
5/28/14
A: Yes. The one year waiting period is for those who have drawn an antlered hunt and must wait one year to submit an application for an antlered hunt. You can submit an application for an either sex or antlerless hunt. Just make sure you do not submit an application with an antlered only hunt even as ...
5/22/14
A: Yes, the IDFG Regional Office is the one that issues the tags.
5/20/14
A: The short answer is yes. During this first application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall bear and fall turkey all hunters can submit applications except those who have submitted an application for a moose, big horn sheep or mountain goat. Hunters need to read the rules of application found on ...
5/20/14
A: I would suggest contacting our wildlife staff in our Salmon Region office at (208) 756-2271. The local biologists will be able to provide the best advice.
5/17/14
A: Here is a five year count of nonresident general season tags purchased by residents as a second tag. Year Elk Deer 2009 305 706 2010 271 617 2011 270 588 2012 293 685 2013 324 728  
5/14/14
A: In Idaho, wildlife is considered property that the state manages on behalf of its citizens. There is a public interest in ensuring people are complying with state laws related to hunting, fishing, and trapping on both public and private land, so that Idahoans can enjoy hunting and other wildlife- ...
5/13/14
A: Waiting periods are based on first application and drawing periods only. Any person whose name was drawn on a controlled antlered-only deer hunt in the first drawing in 2013 may NOT apply for any other controlled antlered-only deer hunt for one (1) year or until 2015. Except that a person may ...
5/8/14
A: Over the counter resident deer and elk tags go on sale July 10.
5/7/14
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: That is correct. If you have additional questions, please contact our license section at 208-334-2592. Thanks.
5/4/14
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nez Perce Tribe annually PIT ag more than 200,000 Spring/Summer Chinoook Salmon smolts released from Idaho hatcheries in the Clearwater, Snake, and Salmon rivers. PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags smaller ...
5/4/14
A: Failure to submit a Mandatory Hunter Report for deer, elk, or pronhorn hunting will not prevent you from applying for or drawing a controlled hunt tag.
5/2/14
A: Ok, as biologists we like to have data "in-hand" before setting seasons and bag limits.  The primary information we rely on is the number of Passive Induced Transponder (PIT) tagged adult fish that pass the first dam on the Columbia River (Bonneville) on their journey up the Columbia and Snake ...
4/29/14
A:   Deer hunters may choose either a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag. The regular deer tag is valid for any hunt listed under "2014 Regular Deer Tag Seasons" on pages 15-19 and may be used to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer during those seasons as long as the unit is open for ...
4/29/14
A: You must purchase a hunting license and a regular deer tag.  They are both sold over-the-counter so you can purchase them when you want after July for fall hunting.  The deer tag is valid for any general season hunt, including unit 27. The season dates for unit 27 are September 15-October 31.  It ...
4/27/14
A: Yes, it would theoretically be possible to draw more than one super hunt tag.  One thing to remember is that applications from the first yearly drawing do not carry over to the second drawing.
4/25/14
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: No.  The $6.00 and $4.00 that you pay to enter the superhunt drawings are  application fees and application fees are not refundable.  The application fee for the moose controlled hunt is not refunded, either.
4/24/14
A: No...the bag and possession limits for turkeys state that: The daily bag limit is one bearded turkey per day in the spring and one turkey (either sex) per day in the fall, except in Units, 1, 2, 3 and 5 where 5 turkeys (either sex) may be taken in a day during fall seasons. No more than two ...
4/23/14
A: Each turkey tag can only be used for one turkey.  You must purchase another tag if you want to harvest another turkey.
4/21/14
A: You must choose a specific zone elk tag.  You will only be able to  hunt in the zone covered by the tag you purchase.   The only way to hunt in another zone is if you purchase a second elk tag (at nonresident price) to hunt in a second, different zone.  Each elk tag is zone specific.
4/18/14
A: Below is a summary of the management planning process for Priest Lake.  I believe it answers most of your questions along wtih some others you may have.  if you'd care to discuss Priest Lake management further, please feel free to give me a call at (208) 769-1414. thank you for your interest. Jim ...
4/18/14
A: Please check the Hunter Passport information on our website, paying attention to the questions/answers at the bottom of the page (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332). The key is the age.  At ten, holders of the hunting passport can hunt turkeys and varmints, upland game ...
4/16/14
A: Each application is assigned a number.  The application is entered into the drawing system one time regardless of applicant group size. If you have one hunter or 4 hunters on an application the system will only have one record in the drawing. If a group application is selected during the draw ...
4/14/14
A: Liquid scent could be spread on a tree or shrub but bait for bears cannot be contained in anything non-biodegradable in the short-term.  In order to make sure you were abiding by the law, you should probably just spread the scent on the ground or in a tree, etc. at the bait site, properly tag the ...
4/14/14
A: Yes you can purchase a general season bear tag and hunt in the fall hunt. You can also purchase a second general season bear tag and hunt in the designated units for the second bear tag (units 4, 4A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16A, that portion of unit 16 north of the Selway River, 17, 19, 20, 20A, 26 and ...
4/13/14
A: Basically, you only have to replace the items you need to (and want to). Before July the deer and elk tags have not been designated yet; when you decide the specific zone or type of tag you want you can go to any vendor to get a deer or elk tag.  All vendors can issue these along with salmon and ...
4/7/14
A: The IDFG Wildlife Department decided to not go ahead with that at this time (2014).
4/7/14
A: If IDFG has opened a particular hunt for the hunting of antlerless animals, the person with a superhunt tag can only hunt for and harvest an antlerless animal in that hunt.  The superhunt tag does not allow the hunter to make up their own hunt rules.
4/6/14
A: You can still apply for more than one species during the May 1-June 5 application period so yes, you can apply for deer and elk and pronghorn in the same year if you want to. Going by previous year's sales, it is most likely that there will be some nonresident deer and elk tags available for sale ...
4/2/14
A: Well, the open hunts in this case are actually ALL hunts as put together by Fish and Game...general season hunts and controlled hunts.  For example, if you are drawn for the superhunt elk tag, you can hunt in any general season elk hunt and any controlled elk hunt.  You must abide by the rules we ...
4/2/14
A: Thank you for your question. The Fish and Games fee increase request was not passed through legislation this year. License, tag and permit fees will remain the same as they have since 2005 for residents and 2009 for nonresidents. If you are asking about the convenience fees charged for using the ...
4/1/14
A: A deer cannot be taken with an elk tag in Idaho. Only an elk (or bear, wolf or mountain lion if the seasons overlap) can be taken with an elk tag.
3/31/14
A: You are correct, IDFG does use salmon and steelhead permit fees to pay for toilet services in anadromous fishing areas. We try to time the delivery of porta-potty toilets in spring with the arrival of larger numbers of anglers, so we are not spending a lot of money when few anglers are using the ...
3/25/14
A: The nonresident license that costs $154.75 allows you to hunt any game (big game, upland game, upland game birds and waterfowl) that is legal to hunt plus varmints and unprotected species.  Big game and turkey hunting requires the addition of a tag for the animal to be harvested.  
3/25/14
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 Idaho hunting license and show proof you have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed ...
3/17/14
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: General Season Elk tags in Idaho are sold by the zone and only the zone purchased may be hunted.  The zone tags will dictate the season dates, which sex may be hunted, and the weapon(s) which may be used.  Each zone has an A Tag and a B Tag.  However, some A Tags and B Tags are by Controlled Hunt ...
3/10/14
A: Turkey drawing results are online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=81.    
3/10/14
A: Nonresidents can purchase a bear tag over-the-counter without purchasing a deer or elk tag.  You do, however, have to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
3/1/14
A: A regular bear tag can be used in any general season hunt; you do not have to declare the unit you will hunt in when purchasing it.
3/1/14
A: Some squirrels can be hunted, while others are protected.  For those legal to hunt you must have a hunting license and there are no tag, season or bag limit requirements. Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals (Species okay to hunt)Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “ ...
3/1/14
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: The application is entered into the drawing system one time regardless of applicant group size. If you have one hunter or 4 hunters on an application the system will only have one record in the drawing. If a group application is selected during the draw process, the system looks to see if there ...
2/27/14
A: How to Apply for a Controlled Hunt--Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, fall Bear Big game rules for the current year come out each April. Check the general season information (listed by species) to see if the over-the-counter general season has a hunt you want to participate in. If there isn’t a hunt listed ...
2/12/14
A: To better answer your question, please provide additional information. Thank you
2/9/14
A:   First, you need to submit the Taxidermist/Furbearer license application.  For more information, contact your nearest Fish and Game office.     http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/furbuyerLicenseApp.pdf
2/8/14
A: Yes you can. You must also purchase the archery permit to hunt in an archery only hunt. To purchase an achery permit, you will need to present to the department a certificate of completion in archery education issued by the department, or proof that such person holds the equivalent of such a ...
2/6/14
A: The short answer is no. From the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act: 300.UPLAND GAME BIRD METHODS OF TAKE. 01. Taking of Upland Game Birds. No person shall take upland game birds:   With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/ ...
2/4/14
A: Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license: 1. Drivers must present: A driver must have a valid Idaho driver’s license and must have been domiciled in the state of Idaho for the last six months prior to purchasing a resident license, tag or permit. 2. Non-drivers must present: An ...
2/3/14
A: No, except a person may purchase a left-over nonresident general season elk tag, or put in for an "extra" elk tag (controlled hunts designated by an "X"). During the process of developing the 2014 Elk Pplan there was discussion and interest in developing some hunts that would allow a tag holder to ...
2/2/14
A: Yes. Information about the current program we have for nonresident disabled veterans can be found on our website under the license tab. Look for the Disabled Veterans Programs link. Nonresident Disabled VeteransNonresident disabled veterans participating in a hunt in association with a qualified ...
1/31/14
A: The ladder counts at the dams don't make a distinction between "A" (steelhead that spend 1 year in the ocean) versus "B" (2 or 3 years in ocean) steelhead.  Estimates on the ratio of A to B steelhead are made at some of the dams based on PIT tag data and random stamping of adults at the ladders ...
1/21/14
A: Yes, the license will still be valid:   Lifetime combination, hunting and fishing licenses authorize all privileges associated with a corresponding annual license. These licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license holder and are available to all residents of Idaho. If a lifetime ...
1/19/14
A: Provided you catch the steelhead on the Clearwater River and then travel to the Salmon River - this would be legal.  You can't catch two steelhead on the Salmon River and then go fish the Clearwater River because you would be exceeding the bag limit for the Clearwater River.   F08
1/16/14
A: Big game tags, including  wolf tags and mountain lion tags, expire on 12/31 of the year of purchase.  For example, all 2013 tags expired 12/31/13 and are not valid for use in 2014. Specific to mountain lion and wolf hunting--the seasons run from fall of one year through spring of the next.  The ...
1/15/14
A: Idaho Code 36-202 (s) states: "Resident" means any person who has been domiciled in this state, with a bona fide intent to make this his place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the date of application for any license, tag, or permit required ...
1/7/14
A: It depends if you are a resident of Idaho or a nonresident, and which hunting license you purchased.    Resident youth with appropriate an hunting license can hunt without adult supervision.  However, nonresident youth who purchase a Junior Mentored Hunting license must be accompanied in the field ...
1/6/14
A: Yes. You will be issued an elk receipt that can be redeemed for a tag at a later time in the year. If you apply for an elk controlled hunt in the first drawing period, you must redeem the receipt for the controlled hunt tag by August 1. If you are going to hunt in a general season elk zone with a  ...
12/31/13
A: All deer, elk and pronghorn hunters must complete and submit an online hunter report, for each tag issued, within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of the season for which their tag was valid. Use your hunting license number OR tag number and your complete last name as it appears ...
12/31/13
A: Yes - as long as you're properly licensed and possess a valid tag, you can hunt with your bow in an any-weapon hunt. 
12/26/13
A: If you are looking for general seasons tags, the answer is yes.
12/26/13
A: The answer is "NO" you may not. You must have a 2014 mt. lion tag to hunt them in 2014.  The 2014 tag is valid from January 1, 2014 through the date of harvest or December 31, 2014 whichever comes first.
12/26/13
A: No. Youth hunts are based on the hunters age and not the license or tag type they possess. According to Department rules, "Youth hunt only: Some deer hunts are for youth only. Only hunters 12-17 years of age with a valid license and tag may hunt antlerless deer in these units". Those units are ...
12/23/13
A: Without knowing what species you are asking about, the answer here will be specific to elk only. If you purchase an OTC elk tag for the Middle Fork Zone, which includes unit 27, you may hunt any unit in that zone (20A, 26 or 27). Those are the only units that you may hunt with a Middle Fork Zone ...
12/21/13
A: Everything depends on where you want to hunt. Idaho Fish and Game has many over the counter (OTC) archery elk tags for the 2014 season on sale now. Those OTC general season tags can be purchased at any license vendor, IDFG Regional or Headquarters offices, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/  ...
12/17/13
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: The next time you go to purchase a license, tag or permit, please have the vendor update your email address. This will update your email address in our the license system and our license buyer database. Thanks.  
12/14/13
A: You can submit one (1) application for a trophy species during the April application period. When submitting a controlled hunt application, you are allowed to enter two hunt choices. The hunt choices can both be for antlered or antlerless hunts or can be a mix of antlered and antlerless. For ...
12/14/13
A: At this time we are only offering 3 year licenses for hunting, fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Tags and permits are still valid for one (1) calendar year. 
12/11/13
A: While there are many types of Taenia spp. and other species of tapeworms in animals, including humans, the species that are found in ungulates in Idaho are not known to infect humans.  The species of Taenia found in Idaho ungulates typically have a carnivore definitive host where the adult worm ...
12/10/13
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: You have a few different questions.  The earliest deer hunt in 2014 occurs in August, but it is not the best hunt.  There are many equally excellent big buck hunting units in the state that are Controlled hunts.  You can look at the success rates and number of 4 or 5 points in the harvest by ...
12/1/13
A: In general, tapeworm cysts that are found in the muscles of deer, elk and moose in Idaho are Taenia krabbei.  This tapeworm has a life cycle in which the adults occur in the intestine of coyotes and wolves, eggs pass in the feces of the carnivore, which are eaten by grazing animals, especially ...
12/1/13
A: You only need an archery permit to hunt during an archery-only season. There are no "archery-only" turkey hunts, just general and controlled hunts.   To hunt turkeys with a bow during a general season, you need 2 items:  a turkey tag and a valid nonresident license (3 license options: 1.  Hunting ...
11/28/13
A: I am not sure what your question is, especially if you are asking about zone 110 in Alberta.  If you are asking about Idaho, we do not have a mule deer tag, we have a regular deer tag and a whitetail tag, and what they allow you to take is specific to the location and time of year.  Please refer ...
11/22/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident deer tag at any license vendor or fish and game office.
11/21/13