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A: With the sportsman's package you have an elk receipt. We consider this your first elk tag. You can purchase the discounted nonresident elk tag prior to redeeming your elk receipt.
8/9/14
A: There will be no rainchecks offered for this hunt.  There is still much unburned land in the unit and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact ther Clearwater Regional Office at: 208-799-5010.
8/9/14
A: Hunters can buy 5 wolf tags per calendar year and 5 trapping tags per calendar year for use in zones with an open trapping season.  A person must attend a wolf trapper education course and have a valid trapping license before trapping wolves.
8/10/14
A: I'll try to help you out.  I think it helps if you know why we have this controlled hunt.  The intent was to harvest antlerless elk where we are having some problems with too many elk on private agricultural land.  That is why the hunt is restricted to "on and within one mile of private land ...
8/10/14
A: There are no shortages of general areas where you might find a cow elk in the Unit 39-1 area.  It really depends on what scenary you want to see while hunting and how far you want to travel.  The further you travel away from highway 21 the fewer people you are likely to see.  We don't have any elk ...
8/10/14
A: Page 112 of the 2014 big game proclamations explains the Departments tag exchange rules. Hunters may exchange general season elk tags for use in another zone or controlled hunt at any Fish and Game office. However, The exchange must be completed before the first hunt opening date of the tag you ...
8/11/14
A: The answer depends on the elk tag you currently posses. Any exchanges must be completed prior to any open seasons for the elk tag you currently possess. If the elk tag you currently possess does not have an open season until after the drawing, you can exchange your general seasons tag to the ...
8/12/14
A: It must remain attached to the largeste portion of edible meat.   TAG VALIDATION AND ATTACHMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT.Immediately after any deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, black bear, or gray wolf is killed, the appropriate big game animal tag must be ...
8/13/14
A: Yes as long as the requested transfer meets all of the requirements as described on the transfer form that can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/huntCHtagPermitDesignation.pdf. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2952 if you have additional questions.
8/13/14
A: If you are a resident, you can purchase the tag through the last day of the hunt. If you are a nonresident, you can do the same as long as the nonresident tag quota has not been sold out. For quota information please visit this page for nonresident inforamtion https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content ...
8/13/14
A: Fish and Game decides on rain checks for a number of reasons should a hunter not be able to hunt in a controlled hunt.  If a fire is burning and the land management agency closes the unit or a very large part of the hunt area during most of the season, then we can decide on offering alternatives ...
8/13/14
A: Yes you can purchase one of the discounted nonresident Brownlee A elk tags as a second tag.
8/13/14
A: Yes. The waiting period does not apply to the second drawing or the leftover tag sales.
8/14/14
A: Currently there are no plans to issue rain checks for Unit 11.  Although fire has gone through much of the Unit, many acres of unburned habitat still remain.  Historically, rain checks are sometimes offered only in those units that have massive ongoing fires with area closures preventing hunter ...
8/16/14
A: Hi Josh, The mountain goat that you observed with red ear tag 13 was captured last winter in Wyoming near Alpine.  During this capture effort, nannies were radio collared and billies were ear tagged.  I passed the waypoint and observation information on to the Wyoming biologist working on this ...
8/16/14
A: If a person has a depredation tag, then yes you can also purchase a general season tag. A depredation tag is similar to having an extra controlled hunt tag. If you have a landowner permission controlled hunt, then the answer would be no. However, you can purchase the nonresident general season ...
8/18/14
A: There will be no rain checks offered for this hunt.  The unit still has much area open to hunting and the fire is now out.  For more information, please contact the Clearwater Regional Office at:  208-799-5010.
8/18/14
A: The second drawing has been completed and the winners have been notified. Limited information on the results of the drawing should be on our website soon.
8/24/14
A: You are restricted to the Snake River Zone with the tag you currently have. Elk zone tags are only valid for the zone they are purchased for.  The exceptions are for depredation hunts, extra antlerless elk hunts, or buying a discounted nonresident elk tag as a second tag, if available.  
8/24/14
A: Based on your question we are going to make the assumption that the antlerless hunt your drew was not an extra hunt. Based on that information if you purchased your 2014 antlerless controlled hunt tag, the system would have prevented you from submitting an application for an antlered hunt in the ...
8/25/14
A: Trapping rules and seasons can be found on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=141 .  Seasons for different species start at different times.  You cannot trap mountain lions legally.  However, you can trap wolves but you must first attend a mandatory wolf trapping ...
8/26/14
A: Actions taken by a previous Commission do not restrict actions of future Commissions.  Commissioners are appointed to 4 year terms and may serve up to 2 terms.  As Commissioners change, it is very common to revisit issues of interest to sportsmen.  The current Commission includes several members ...
8/27/14
A: Yes, you can purchase a nonresident hunting/3day fishing license and your bear tag at any vendor location http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm, on-line at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/ or via telephone at 1-800-554-8685. We also have general season deer and elk tags that ...
8/28/14
A: Yes, a hunting license is required to purchase any big game tag in Idaho.
8/29/14
A: Yes.
9/2/14
A: Good question.  Older does are less likely to produce young and therefore provide less reproductive value to the herd.  However, it is difficult to determine age of a standing deer. You already mentioned the doe without a fawn method, but that too is difficult and not fool proof as a doe may have ...
9/4/14
A: Exchanging Deer or Elk Tags: Hunters may exchange general season elk tags for use in another zone at any Fish and Game office. Deer hunters may exchange a regular season deer tag for a white-tailed deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag for a regular season deer tag at any Fish and Game office. The ...
9/7/14
A: It is possible to recover this animal if you contact Idaho Fish and Game and get with the local Conservation Officer.  You did the right thing by not shooting the bull when you located it several days later; since you validated your tag.  If the animal is wondering, recovery is highly unlikely.  ...
9/8/14
A: You are not required to validate your tag until you take possession of the animal.  Hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve an animal that is wounded.  There are times when wounded animals are not found or recovered.  
9/9/14
A: The elk tag can only be used to harvest an elk, bear, lion or wolf as long as there is a season for elk and the species harvested such as bear. An elk tag cannot be used to harvest a deer. In addition, once the tag has been used to harvest an animal it cannot be used again. You can purchase a ...
9/11/14
A: Hunting black bears is a popular sport in Idaho.  However, for a new hunter, or someone that hasn't hunted in the state before, it can be a little daunting.  The easiest way to get around the confusion of how, when, where, is to contact an outfitter to help you out with your first hunt.  They ...
9/12/14
A: Yes, as long as you personally do not attempt to take an elk.  You do not need a hunting license or tag to accompany and learn from your friend while on their hunt.  For those new to the sport of elk hunting, there's really no better way to learn the safe, ethical and responsible aspects of ...
9/13/14
A: You may harvest a doe with a second tag only where doe harvest is allowed.  For instance, whitetail hunting is either sex in many units as is archery hunting mule deer, but any weapon general seson mule deer is primarily youth hunting.  The second tag only allows you to shoot a second deer that is ...
9/15/14
A: Yes, absolutely.   Just keep the weapons straight for appropriate method of take.
9/16/14
A: Our research shows that one reason many nonresidents left the state over the last 5-6 years was due to the down economy. Tourism was down everywhere.  There has not been a resident license fee increase since 2005 though our expenses continue to increase annually. In order to continue to provide ...
9/16/14
A: Yes. That is the Snake River Zone.  The A tag is available for sale.  There are no B tags in that zone...
9/18/14
A: Yes, you can participate in a general season spring bear hunt, apply for the fall controlled bear hunt and be eligible to draw a tag for the fall controlled bear hunt too.
9/24/14
A: Yes you can make the exchange. However, it will need to be done prior to the opening date of the hunt which is October 1 for the Middle Fork A tag.
9/25/14
A: Over the counter elk tags are available to both residents and nonresidents. There are a limited amount of elk (and deer) tags available for nonresidents, so get them before they are sold out! We are discounting the second tags for both residents and nonresidents this year and they are selling ...
10/6/14
A: The Department does not regulate the fees charged by outfitters for the services they provide. The fees they charge for a hunt can be based on the demand for the hunt and the type of hunt (general season hunts versus controlled hunts). If you would like to discuss the fees charged by outfitters, ...
10/6/14
A: If you kill an animal previously wounded by your partner you must reduce the animal to your possession, validate your tag, and place it on the animal.  If you do not have a valid tag for the area it would be unlawful to kill the animal even if it is wounded.
10/7/14
A: No you may not use another persons tag. However, the Department does allow the tag to be designated to an immediate family member. Here are some of the requirements for this option. The hunter possessing the tag must have passed away prior to the opening of the controlled hunt. The original tag ...
10/8/14
A: Yes, you can obtain a duplicate tag for any controlled or general season hunt.   However, this can only be done at a Idaho Department of Fish and Game office (Boise HQ or Regional Offices).   The cost to have a duplicate tag printed is $7.25 for a Resident or $8.25 for a Nonresident.
10/8/14
A: The Commission will have a briefing on Moose, mountain Goats, and bighorn sheep at their November 13 meeting in Post Falls. The Department will be developing proposals on changes to seasons and tag numbers of the next couple of months and will soliciting input in December and January. The Fish and ...
10/8/14
A: Major oversite on our part. The information is now posted on the website.  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=291. Idaho Fish and Game is unable to release names of the Super Hunt winners.  Here's a synopsis of the results. 2 Pronghorn tags drawn for Idaho and Washington hunters. 2 ...
10/13/14
A: General season tags can be purchased at any time prior to or during the hunting season (they must be purchased prior to hunting) as long as there are tags available in the quota or zone you intend to hunt. The number of tags available to nonresidents can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ...
10/13/14
A: This is a great question and unfortunately, especially with young hunters, it occasionally happens that they have either lost their license, washed it or just simply cannot find it. Although the license number is on the tag, Idaho Code 36-1201(c) requires that your "License must be .......on his ( ...
10/13/14
A: Yes, you can hunt the wounded animal.  However, you will need to comply with all relevant hunting rules such as: open elk season where you are at, correct zone elk tag, lawful hunting hours, don't shoot from or across a public road, and when the animal is harvested, it must be tagged with a ...
10/14/14
A: You can purchase an unsold general season nonresident elk tag as a second tag at a reduced price of $301.75.
10/16/14
A: In past regulation booklets deer youth hunst were restricted to youths age 17 and younger who are eligible to hunt big game by Idaho law. That youth hunt information was missed in the 2014 regulation booklets. It will be put back into the 2015 regulation booklets. For this year the only ...
10/16/14
A: A regular deer tag can be used to harvest a mule deer or white-tailed deer. You will need to look in the big game regulation booklets to see what hunts are open for a late archery hunt and what species of deer can be harvested in those hunts. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have ...
10/20/14
A: Based on the rules listed on page 18 of the 2014 big game regulation booklet, a regular deer tag can be used to hunt in an archery only season in unit 28 from December 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. You will need to make sure you also have the required archery permit to participate in the ...
10/23/14
A:   Once you have killed  any species of willdife that requires a tag to hunt (all big game species and turkey) the hunter must immediatley validate  their tag and attach it either to the carcass for most big game species or to the animal's hide for bear, lion and wolf.   The term immediatley  is ...
10/25/14
A: As long as you have fulfilled the bow hunter education requirements, you are able to purchase an archery permit at any time during a license year. Based on the hunt information in the 2014 big game regulations, your regular deer tag can be used to participate in an archery only hunt for white- ...
10/26/14
A: The Hunting Passport is a part of our mentored hunting program designed to get first time hunters a taste of what hunting is like. The Passport allows first time hunters to obtain a general tag and get out in the field with an adult mentor without having to take a Hunter Education course. A hunter ...
10/26/14
A: First of all, thanks for the taking the time to ask the question.  Putting your tag on an animal you did not harvest yourself is called a tag transfer and is illegal.  The person to whom the tag is issued is the only person who may attempt to harvest that animal.  It is legal however for someone  ...
10/27/14
A: Negative; in Idaho it is unlawful to use someone elses tag or for someone to place their tag on an animal they did not harvest.  
10/30/14
A: Yes, your regular deer tag is valid in a short range hunt.  Short range hunts are general hunts with a weapon restriction, just be sure to follow the weapon restriction listed on page 100 of the 2014 Big Game Season and Rules brochure.
11/1/14
A: Yes, there is not a rule restricting the use of a scope on your shotgun in a short range season.
11/2/14
A: If you were designated the tag, there is not a waiting period. The waiting period is for those who draw an antlered only hunt during the first deer and elk drawing. Please contact us at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/2/14
A: The regular deer tag can only be used during the seasons listed in the big game regulation booklets for the regular deer. It cannot be used in seasons listed for the white-tailed deer tag. Please give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.
11/3/14
A: Over the years we have received many suggestions from our customers about having the ability to print their license from home. In the spring of 2013 we made a change to our Internet purchase site that now allows hunters and anglers to print their license instead of receiving it in the maile. Per ...
11/3/14
A: Most of the elk migration will not happen until late Novemeber or December.  Elk could also be found at any elevation this time of year.  They will seek out areas with good security cover and good forage until snow and cold temperatures push them out of those areas towards their winter range.  ...
11/5/14
A: Anyone can buy tickets for Idaho's Super Hunts. Most of the people who enter are from the US, but every year a handful of entries come from another country.  A hunter from Australia won a moose tag in the 2009 Super Hunt drawing.  Also, since you don't need an Idaho hunting license to enter the ...
11/8/14
A: Yes but only at an Fish and Game office. If you purchase your tags via the Internet, telephone or any license vendor in the state, the system will only offer nonresident tags. Once you have met the requirements to become a resident of Idaho, you can purchase resident tags on your nonresident ...
11/8/14
A: For those species that can be hunted such as bobcat, fox, coyote, wolf, and lion, a trapping license is not required.  We do not have a furbearer license, only a trapping license that is required for trapping furbearers.  Please be sure to check the rules on fox as some counties in the state, i.e ...
11/9/14
A: Super hunt tags are a bonus tag. You can have a general season or controlled hunt tag and a super hunt tag for the same species.
11/11/14
A: Thanks for your question on moose tags. Right now we are in the process of making recommendations on moose hunting seasons.  We are recommending an increase in the number of moose tags that will be offered in Unit 5.  We'll continue to look at tag numbers in there and continue to increase tags if ...
11/12/14
A: Yes, he will need to pay the nonresident tag fees as he does not qualify for resident items.
11/14/14
A: Yes. Deer and elk tags are available over-the-counter in Idaho. However, there are a limited amount. As of this answer, there are fewer than 2,000 of a total of 12,500 deer tags available to nonresidents for 2014. You can find the total remaining tags available online. You'll need your nonresident ...
11/18/14
A: The Department developed a series of recommended changes to the LAP rules to address issues brought forward by some sportsmen and/or landowners.  The proposed changes were not broadly supported by the affected stakeholders and the Commission chose not to make any changes at that time.
11/19/14
A: The mentor may still act as a mentor even if his/her tag has been filled.  The only legal requirement is that the mentor’s tag must have been valid in the same unit as the tag of the one being mentored.  The answer to the three remaining questions is; this is how the fish and game commission wrote ...
11/20/14
A: Hello, I am the Chief of Enforcement for Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Please contact us so we can send you a packet of information regarding your question.  208-334-3736 For your reference please review Chapter 6, Title 36, Idaho Code.  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36. ...
11/22/14
A: This is a very good question! If a wounded animal is located while hunting and it is still alive nothing would prohibit you from taking the animal and tagging it as your own, as long as you have a valid license, tag and or permit for the same animal and area where you are hunting. The hunter who ...
11/25/14
A: There are quite a few opportunities around this area.  One place to start would be to look at Idaho Fish and Game's wildlife management areas in the Panhandle Region.  Another more direct way might be to call the Panhandle regional office and ask to talk to someone in wildlife and we can help you ...
11/25/14
A: Tag levels are set based on harvest data, aerial survey data, and a need to minimize elk depredations on agricultural crops.  Our most recent survey (2013) found around 3800 elk in Unit 22, with healthy calf:cow ratios (about 28 calves per 100 cows) and bull:cow ratios (about 17 bulls per 100 cows ...
11/30/14
A: The nonresident nongame license is valid for hunting unprotected birds and animals and predatory wildlife of this state.  This license is a good option if you are only interested in hunting coyotes, which are classified as a predator.   You may hunt with another person even if they have a ...
11/30/14
A: The reduced bear and mountain lion tags are only valid in specific units. See the current years big game proclamation booklets for a list of the units where reduced bear and mountain lion tags are valid. The full price bear and mountain lion tag can be used in any big game management unit that has ...
12/1/14
A: Elk populations in northern Idaho are mixed - too few in some areas and too many in others.  Perhaps the most important factor in managing an elk herd is management of cow and calf (antlerless) elk. Where elk herds have declined, Idaho Fish and Game has eliminated anterless elk hunting completely ...
12/4/14
A: It is not legal to sell wild game meat in Idaho. You can anonymously report this to the Citizen's Against Poaching hotline or anonymous web form.
12/4/14
A: On pages 101 and 102 of the 2014 Big game regulations you will find detailed information as to how to properly validate and attach your tag to the Big game animal in your possession.   In short, your tag should be validated by “complete removal of the triangles denoting the month and day” of kill ...
12/6/14
A: Yes, unless the regulation book specifies otherwise you can harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer during a regular deer season.  For the 2014 Regular Deer Tag, General Deer Short Range Weapon Season in Unit 38 you could harvest either a mule deer or white-tailed deer.
12/13/14
A: This appears to be in response to this Question and Answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/legally-moving-tagged-ani... The wording of "not on the antlers" in that answer is specific clarification for the original question. It is not a quote from the 2014 seasons and rules book. ...
12/19/14
A: The late season portion of the archery season on the white-tailed deer tag is designed to provide archery opportunity for hunters during and after the rut.  It currently runs from Nov 1 through Dec 19th and is longer than most other archery hunts.  Several years ago a proposal was put forth to ...
12/29/14
A: Unit 68 is part of the Big Desert zone for elk.  There are three elk hunts in that unit.  The first is the A tag that is for archery only and runs from August 30- September 30.  The second is a controlled cow hunt that runs from October 10 - November 30.  The only other hunt in this area is a ...
1/1/15
A: The price of the second nonresident general season tag is a set price for everyone. 
1/1/15
A: Game needs to be tagged, evidence of sex left naturally attached to the animal, and if transporting it for another it needs to be accompanied with a proxy statement that includes takers, name, license number, tag number, address,unit of harvest, date of harvest, species type and sex, and phone ...
1/4/15
A: It can be a tricky situation while packing out an untagged portion of an animal and we appreciate your responsibility in asking for clarification. Here's a quote from a similar question on legally moving a tagged animal: "If you are contacted by an Officer while packing meat off the mountain you ...
1/4/15
A: Most elk management zones offer a choice of either an A tag or a B tag. The A and B tags have different season dates and may differ in the opportunity to use different weapon types or the type of elk that may be harvested. Although not the case in all zones that offer A tags and B tags, in most ...
1/7/15
A: Nonresident Tag quotas can be found on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability. At this time of year these counts are updated every Friday.
1/9/15
A: To upgrade to a sportsman's package, you will need to take your license and any other permits and tags to the nearest regional office. There are a couple of rules to upgrading such as if a person has a tag and has harvested an animal with the tag, they cannot upgrade to a sportsman's package. Once ...
1/10/15
A: Thank you for your interest in hunting in Idaho. It sounds like you've found several opportunities and that you have a good understanding of the restrictions.   Here are some things to consider for second tags: There are no guarantees for a second tag (as you mentioned) Second tags are made ...
1/11/15
A: Here is the Fish and Game statement: INFORMATION REGARDING 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, one of these hunters shot two rams.  ...
1/13/15
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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