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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
A: Yes you can purchase a nonresident general season deer tag as your second deer tag. You can purchase the nonresident general season whitetail deer tag at any license vendor, any Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) regional or headquarters office, over the Internet (tag will be mailed to you in 5 to 7 ...
11/20/13
A: Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your questions about the controlled hunt drawing process. When an individual or group application is submitted, the licensing system (IWILD) assigns an application number to that individual or group application. The application number is then loaded ...
11/13/13
A: The only season currently open for deer in Unit 60A is an archery-only season for holders of a Regular Deer Tag or Whitetail Deer Tag.  This season runs from November 1 – December 19.   Are you referring to harvesting a doe in a youth only general season (as listed on page 16 of the Big Game Rules ...
11/7/13
A: A nonresident elk or deer tag, excluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags, are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion, or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk, if a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk ...
11/7/13
A: Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules state that a person with a limited controlled hunt tag is unable to participate in any other hunt except the person may purchase a tag for an extra controlled hunt and/or may purchase a nonresident general season tag as a second tag. Unless the controlled hunt ...
11/5/13
A: The following information can be found on page 98 in the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules Proclamation. "Hunters may exchange a general season deer tag for white-tailed deer tag at any Fish and Game Office. The exchange must be completed before the first hunt opening date of the tag you currently ...
11/4/13
A: Tricky question.  Most of our doe hunts are controlled.  If you drew a controlled hunt for doe deer you cannot use it in any other hunt. If you purchased a general deer tag you can use it in general any weapon seasons and general archery only seasons (archery permit required when hunting in an ...
11/2/13
A: Yes, there is a very limited opportunity for new graduates of our Magic Valley hunter education program to hunt waterfowl on the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area.  It is a tightly controlled event to minimize conflicts with other users of the area and used as a teaching tool to promote hunter ...
11/2/13
A: A person may apply for only one species.  Any person applying for a moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goat hunt is prohibited from applying for any other big game controlled hunt in the same year.  Except: they may apply for a controlled depredation hunt for deer, elk, or pronghorn, a controlled ...
10/31/13
A: I assume you mean for elk, deer, or pronghorn? If so, start on this page:  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=106 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 ...
10/29/13
A: General season tags cannot be transferred to a family member. IDFG does have a rule that allows any resident adult person who possesses a controlled hunt tag to designate his or her tag to his or her resident minor child or grandchild who is qualified to participate in the hunt. Nonresident adults ...
10/25/13
A: You can take 2 cow elk because you have 2 valid tags.  The extra cow tag literally means that you can take an extra elk with it.
10/24/13
A: Yes; your white-tailed deer tag would be nonresident price ($301.75).
10/20/13
A: If you are lucky enough to be chosen for the moose super hunt tag it would allow you to get a moose in addition to one you have already harvested. 
10/19/13
A: You can purchase a tag and use it at any time before or during a general season for elk.  Check the zone you want to hunt for details and be aware that some zone have quotas for tags that may have already been reached. If you were drawn for a controlled elk hunt you would have needed to pick-up ...
10/17/13
A: Exchanges can be made if the season for the tag you have has not been open.  They can only be done at a Fish and Game office.
10/16/13
A: Exchanges can be made if the season for the tag you have has not been open. They can only be done at a Fish and Game office.
10/15/13
A: You can get a duplicate from any vendor.  Vendors are listed on our website in the License section.
10/15/13
A: It depends on which license your son has.  If he bought a Jr. Small Game license in January when he was 11, but is now 12 and wants to hunt deer, he will need to purchase a Jr. Hunting License in order to purchase a deer tag.
10/15/13
A: Yes, you can, but you must purchase the tag before you shoot a big game animal.  
10/15/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  Yes, all you need to do is show your hunter education card when you purchase your license and tag.  
10/13/13
A: If you are drawn for a superhunt tag, it is in addition to whatever regular season or controlled hunt you already have (or obtain) for the year.  So...you could take 2 elk for that season.  
10/12/13
A: There are two landowner tag programs:  1.  Landowner Permission; 2. Landowner Appreciation.  The best source of assistance on both programs would be to contact the Landowner-Sportsmen Coordinator at your nearest Fish and Game Office.     
10/12/13
A: No, every hunter who hunts for big game or turkey must have their own tag.
10/12/13
A: There is no waiting period in Idaho.  Once you buy your license and tag, you can immediately go hunting (provided the season is open).   Years ago (30+) there was a waiting period of 24 hours to dissuade people from illegally killing a deer or elk and then going to the closest vendor and buying a ...
10/11/13
A: NO, the controlled hunt tag is only valid in the area specified in the Big Game rule booklet and the season dates listed for that hunt.  That tag can be used nowhere else in the state. If you didn't fill your tag during the controlled hunt, you can purchase a leftover nonresident deer tag and hunt ...
10/9/13
A: Deer tags are not issued for one zone like elk tags are.  They can be used in any unit that is open for hunting deer.
10/9/13
A: Tags are issued to a specific person so the other hunter cannot just use the tag.  The new hunter must purchase their own license and tag.
10/8/13
A: That means 2 point or smaller.  The unit also has a Controlled Hunt for larger bucks but the 2 point allows anyone with a general regular deer tag to harvest a deer in the unit, it just has to be a 2 point or smaller.  The idea was to create a high quality buck harvest hunt in the unit (Controlled ...
10/7/13
A: Nonresident deer and elk tags (exluding nonresident junior mentored deer and elk tags) are valid to take a black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf instead of a deer or elk IF a season is open for that species, where and when the deer or elk tag is valid, and if there is an open deer or elk season ...
10/6/13
A: Only if the November hunt is the same zone tag...for example, the Elk City zone A tag is valid for an archery only hunt in unit 15 from from August 30 through September 30 and also s
10/4/13
A: The seasons for the tag you have are as follows:   General A Tag Weiser River 8/1/13-11/30/13 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Unit 32*²³ 8/15/13-9/30/13 Antlerless Elk Any Weapon Portion of Units 22 and 31²³ 8/30/13-9/30/13 Either-sex Elk Archery Weiser Zone*³ The only November hunting with the Weiser ...
10/2/13
A: Owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. 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, ...
10/1/13
A: It would be legal, but a lot of work!
10/1/13
A: Yes.  You could purchase a second tag at nonresident price.
9/29/13
A: If you mean that you are in UNITS 1, 4 and 4A--they are all covered by the Panhandle zone tag.  Contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414 for more information about those units.
9/27/13
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: You must leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the largest part of the carcass until the final place of storage or personal consumption.  That means that if you bone and package the meat, you must leave a large chunk with the testicles, penis, vulva, or mammary left naturally attached and ...
9/26/13
A: Here is the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission Refund Rule: IDAPA 13.01.04.600 03. Refunds. The fee for any nonresident license (as defined in Section 36-202(z), Idaho Code) shall not be refunded for any reason except as follows. a. Hunting license and general season deer and elk tag ...
9/24/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes.  If your daughter is 12 years of age or older and has not completed hunter education, she can purchase a Hunting Passport and a deer tag. More information on the program can be found  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332. Must be 12 ...
9/23/13
A: For bears, the definition of bait is any substance placed to attract game animals.  You are not allowed to place parts of animals or fish that are currently classified as game animals or fish that come from the wild or commercial domestic sources.  However, under the scenario you explained:   ...
9/23/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. It depends.  Residents or nonresidents may buy one unsold nonresident general season deer and elk tag at the nonresident price, starting August 28, to be used as a second tag. Any person who receives a controlled hunt tag for elk is prohibited from hunting in any ...
9/19/13
A: No, you can hunt for whitetails in mulitiple big game management units and are NOT restricted to zones like elk hunters are.  So, yes you can hunt whitetails in say Unit 19A from Oct 10 - Oct 31 and if you are unsuccessful, you can hunt whitetails in Unit 11 from Oct 10 - Dec 1.  Your whitetail ...
9/18/13
A: Sorry for the delay.  In general, the answer is one deer per hunter per year for both residents and nonresidents.  However, residents and nonresidents can purchase one unsold nonresident general season deer at the nonresident price starting August 1 to be used as a second tag.
9/17/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, a non-resident hunting mountain lions (with a resident who has dogs) must have a valid hound hunter permit and mountain lion tag for the current year.  More information can be found on page 89 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book:  http://fishandgame. ...
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding.  Yes, mountain lion tags are available for both residents and nonresidents over the counter.  
9/16/13
A: No.  A nonresident who purchase a hunting passport for $1.75 must purchase a nonresident tag and any appropriate permits and/or validations.  All hunting rules, seasons and weapon restrictions also apply to the holder of a hunting passport.     
9/16/13
A: Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.   No.  An person whose name is drawn in a controlled hunt for deer and elk is prohibited from hunting in any other hunt for the same species (archery, muzzleloader or general), EXCEPT when the hunter has been selected in a controlled extra tag or ...
9/15/13
A: Yes, if you have legally harvested, reported, and have a pelt tag placed on the pelt, and have a completed mortality report form in your possession, you may sell your hide or parts but not the edible meat.  All wolves must be checked at a Fish and Game office to legally be able to sell the parts ...
9/10/13
A: Elk tags are either a general Zone A or B tag or a controlled hunt tag. If a controlled hunt tag, the tag can only be used for controlled hunt unit and season of the controlled hunt. General elk zone tags (A or B) can only be used for the zone and seasons they were intended for. However, if you ...
9/9/13
A: Yes, all hunting in Idaho requires the appropriate license, permits, and tags. There are certain incentives and programs for landowners who qualify for participation in the Landowner Appreciation Program. To learn more about the LAP program, visit: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/ ...
9/9/13
A: Sorry the response to this took so long but the answer to season questions are in the rules book.  Unit 28 is on page 16 and hunting is allowed with a regular deer tag from Oct 10 -24, and a youth hunt antlerless until Oct 31on private land. You must look at the regulations to determine if the ...
9/8/13
A: Yes, a 17 year old (anyone born after 1975) that has passed Idaho’s or another state’s approved Bow Hunter Ed class, or can prove he has legally archery hunted in another state and has a valid license, tag, and  archery permit can legally hunt alone in Idaho.
9/7/13
A: Yes, you can use your general spring turkey tag for a fall turkey so long as the tag is unused (see page 20 in upland game rules book).
9/6/13
A: A nonresident hunting license is $154.75 and the deer tag is $301.75
8/24/13
A: As of yet, no.  The fires to-date have remained west of ID-75 and outside of the Pioneer Zone. You can view realtime fire information with Hunt Area overlays at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire/ and in the Huntplanner MapCenter at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner ...
8/19/13
A: You can exchange your elk tag at any IDFG office or Headquarters before the season opens for the tag you currently have.
8/18/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: You can apply for an extra deer tag in the second draw
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/10/13
A: The list of leftover controlled hunts is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  There are several extra tag hunts available...the application period is August 5-15.
8/6/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
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: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: Wolf tags are available and we don't limit the number we sell... The only elk tag that is completely sold out at this time (July 31, 2013) is the nonresident Sawtooth B elk tag.  The tag count of nonresident general season tags is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
7/30/13
A: Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Thursday, August 1, to buy their tags.  Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited and will become available for a second drawing. The application period for the second drawing runs from August 5 to 15. The drawing ...
7/28/13
A: You can apply for a hunt during the second chance application period--August 5-15. We didn't have any leftover moose hunts in 2013.
7/28/13
A: Resident Elk tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=76.   Nonresident tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=75.   Both lists are updated weekly.
7/23/13
A: Yes.  He must have a hound hunter permit: Hound Hunter Permit When dogs are being used to hunt black bears or mountain lions, the following persons must have a valid hound hunter permit and a black bear or mountain lion tag for the current year in possession: • Anyone who owns pursuit dogs. • ...
7/11/13
A: You can only apply for unlimited controlled hunts during the May 1-June 5 application period; they are not part of the second drawing.
7/9/13
A: No.  Controlled hunt tags can only be transferred to a child or grandchild.  More information about this from our website:  Any resident [or nonresident] adult person who possesses any controlled hunt tag may designate the controlled hunt tag to their resident [or nonresident] child or grandchild ...
7/8/13
A: There are no prohibitions in Fish and Game Code preventing you from carrying a firearm while archery hunting. Idaho does not require the wearing of hunter orange to hunt game, except: all upland game bird and upland game animal hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange (a minimum of 36 ...
6/30/13
A: Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected ...
6/29/13
A: The Idaho hunting license that you purchase to buy your elk tag also covers hunting forest grouse.  You can harvest forest grouse during your elk hunt.
6/26/13
A: Not more than 10% of the tags in any hunt can go to nonresident hunters.  That said, the draw is random.  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 ...
6/26/13
A: No, controlled hunts cannot be traded between friends.
6/25/13
A: Yes, you can do that.  The application period for deer controlled hunts is May 1-June 5.
6/25/13
A: A youth under the age of 14 may fish for salmon without a license and permit BUT in order for them to keep a salmon over 24" in length, it must be recorded on an accompaning adult anglers salmon permit.  If a resident youth wants their own bag limit, they can purchase their own salmon permit (no ...
6/25/13
A: Yes, a resident youth may fish for salmon, without a salmon permit, and report the catch of adult salmon over 24" in length on a licensed adult angler's salmon permit.  A resident youth under the age of 14 may also buy their own salmon permit and possess their own daily bag limit of salmon.
6/25/13
A: Any vendor can issue tags.  The list of our vendors is on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm. Tags can also be purchased online or by phone (1-800-554-8685).    
6/25/13
A: We have not documented natural spawning below the dam.  I am sure spawning occurs but the young do not appear to survive long enough to be caught in the fishery.  We tag all of the sturgeon stocked.  The fish we have surveyed appear to all be of hatchery origin.  
6/23/13