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A: Yes. Expandable broadheads are NOT legal for taking big game in Idaho. Wolves are classified as big game animals.
2/10/12
A: Fish and Game conservation officers have discretion in matters such as this.  The officer investigating this case contacted the vendor store where the hunter purchased the tag.  The vendor told the officer a sales clerk was confused about when the wolf tags expired and had indeed told some some ...
2/11/12
A: The Game Regulations are made available online shortly after they are approved by the Fish and Game Commission.  Big Game Seasons are set by the Commission every March (View the Commision Schedule).  For 2012, the meeting is scheduled for March 21-23rd. Printed Regulations will be available a ...
2/12/12
A: This is difficult to answer, as size is relative--huge to one person is typical to another.  That said, typical male wolves average around 100-110 pounds, whereas females average 80-90 pounds.  The truly exceptionally large male wolf can approach 120-130 (sometimes heavier, depending on how much ...
2/14/12
A: The only information we have is what was reported on the news; since that story aired several weeks ago no further reports have come in. Given the time of year with breeding and dispersal taking place anything is possible. The only known wolf activity even close to this area is a lone, black, ...
2/14/12
A: Both static PDF maps suitable for printing and interactive online maps of hunt area boundaries are available on the Hunt Area Map Index.  Sportsmen can also use the MapCenter to view Game Management Units, Elk Zones and current Controlled Hunts.  For offline viewing in Google Earth and GIS ...
2/15/12
A: A resident of Idaho can purchase two wolf tags per calendar year. A resident cannot purchase non-resident wolf tags. A non-resident deer and/or elk tag that may be used for wolf, mountain lion, or bear so long as the season for both species is currently open in that area.
2/19/12
A: The pelts of those wolves that can be safely recovered are sold at Idaho Fish and Game's annual fur auction. This year's auction will be held on Saturday, March 31, at the Southwest Regional office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa. For more information contact the Southwest Regional office at 208- ...
2/27/12
A: No, they cannot harvest a bear, lion or wolf with a resident deer tag.  They must have the tag for the specific animal they want to harvest.  
2/29/12
A: When safe and practical, carcasses are recovered and DNA and other biological samples are collected. Some carcasses are sent to the Idaho Fish & Game Wildlife Health Lab for necropsy and disease testing.
2/29/12
A: None of the carcasses of 14 wolves killed in the aerial control operation in February were retrieved. All were killed in remote areas and were from the ground without great difficulty. In the past we have retrieved most carcasses of wolves killed on the highway or killed as part of control actions ...
3/2/12
A: There is information on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/?getPage=209 about one of the most common wolf diseases.    A wolf was recently found that died of parvovirus (similar to the parvo that effects domestic dogs).   If we suspect that a wolf's death is from disease a ...
3/15/12
A: You might begin by looking at "The Compass" Idaho Fish and Game's 15 year strategic plan, which is posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website under the "About Us" tab.  Developed and implemented in 2005, The Compass lays out four goals:  sustain Idaho's fish and wildlife and the habitats upon which ...
3/16/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game listed the wolf as a big game animal.  It is our intent to manage wolves responsibly, primarily through hunting seasons, just like we manage other big game species.
3/20/12
A: Yes, the 2012 Idaho Legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package; it will become part of the Package beginning July 1, 2012.
4/3/12
A: Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report a wildlife salvage by going online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self- ...
4/3/12
A: The Idaho legislature added a wolf tag to the Sportsman's Package in its 2012 session.  It will not be available until July 1, 2012.  We haven't determined the price of the package when the wolf tag is added. The tag will not be retroactive; that is, if the pack was purchased before July 1, you ...
4/3/12
A: While the Wildlife Summit will focus on the future of Idaho wildlife management in general, there will be  time during the "Idaho Cafe" segment when participants can discuss specific issues and concerns.  Wolf conflicts could very likely come up.  The Idaho Cafe is designed so that people can ...
4/9/12
A: The agenda for the Wildlife Summit is still being developed.  The challenge of the Summit is to bring together diverse wildlife interests to foster common understanding.  Attendees will have an opportunity to express opinions on various issues.  In 1938, Idahoans came together and created the Fish ...
4/9/12
A: In recent years wolf numbers were increasing at about 15% per year in absence of hunting. Primary source of mortality was depredation control. In absence of that, perhaps 20% or so. Population Growth rate would slow as food availability became limited (numbers would not continue to grow ...
4/11/12
A: That's a suggestion that hasn't been considered to date.  High cost of tags is one of three reasons nonresident hunters gave us for no longer coming to Idaho to hunt (wolf impacts on elk and the economy were the other two reasons cited in a 2009 survey).  Charging two or three times more for a ...
4/18/12
A: The wolf season information is in the 2012 Big Game Rules book on pages 66-69.  It has been added to the deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion season information.  
5/14/12
A:   Idaho has licensing requirements for people who raise wolves for sale in Idaho, and has permitting requirements for importing wolves for captive possession into the state.   Idaho has licensing and tattooing requirements for holding in captivity a wolf or hybrid that exhibits primary wolf ...
5/18/12
A: No.  Wolves are classified as a big game animal in Idaho. The methods of take and weapons restrictions for wolves are the same as for other big game animals. For more more information, please visit IDFG's website or refer to the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, which also contains ...
5/25/12
A: The correct answer is no. The only second tag you can purchase is the second reduced tag which restricts a hunter to the special second tag units only. Please see pages 58 for bear and 63 for mountain lion.   Yes, you can.  If you are going to hunt outside the area that is included in the "reduced ...
5/28/12
A: If you follow the salvage reporting requirements, it is legal to salvage a road-killed wolf and bleach the skull.   Within 24 hours of collecting the wolf, you must report it by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self-generating permit that you can print.  A ...
6/5/12
A: Yes, but notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a free salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    Within 24 hours, you must report the wolf salvage by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a free ...
6/13/12
A: No, you not required to report a mountain goat skull that you found while hiking.   For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth ...
7/2/12
A: Yes.  A tag purchased in January 2012 is valid through the end of 2012; you can purchase a second tag at any time you want.
7/3/12
A: Yes, you can carry both weapons while you are hunting.
8/23/12
A: Mule deer in Unit 39 typically follow the major drainages starting at the head of the South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork Boise Rivers.  Deer found in Graham/Atlanta during summer will follow the drainages down to Boise River WMA by December/January.  Some deer following the South Fork drainage ...
8/24/12
A: Yes.  Game animals, predatory wildlife and unprotect species (see list) may be salvaged. Notifying Fish and Game within 24 hours and obtaining a salvage permit within 72 hours is a legal requirement to lawfully possess salvaged wildlife.    You must report a wildlife salvage by going online to ...
9/6/12
A: Wolves are classified as a big game animal and there are a few firearms restrictions associated with the taking of big game animals. firearms, including slings, scopes or any other attachments cannot weigh more than 16 pounds With any shotgun can not use any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) ...
9/20/12
A: During a general any weapon season while using a muzzleloader You cannot use a muzzleloading rifle or musket which is less than forty-five (.45) caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, or gray wolf, or which is less than fifty (.50) caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or ...
9/21/12
A: The short answer is NO. Short range weapon seasons for big game are limited to: Shotgun using a slug or #00 or larger buckshot Muzzleloader that are .45 caliber for deer, pronghorn, mountain lion or wolf and at least .50 caliber for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat or black bear With any ...
10/8/12
A: This is often an ethical dilemma faced by hunters. The rule states it is illegal to hunt big game with the use of bait (except for bear and wolf). Bait here is defined as something placed to attract wildlife. However, many ranchers use salt blocks to manage cattle movement within an allotment. If ...
10/10/12
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead: Protected species of wildlife that have died of natural causes are generally considered property of the state and may not be possessed. But parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered ...
10/22/12
A: If the area you are hunting is approaching the harvest limit, every day you should make every reasonable effort to check whether the harvest limit is reached. It is a hunters responsibility to know the harvest limit and if it has been reached.   It is possible that a hunter may be in on a hunting ...
11/9/12
A: Yes.
11/21/12
A: Wolf tags are sold over the counter.  They are a general season tag, not a controlled hunt item.
11/22/12
A: No.  Trapping classes are not required for any other species.
12/17/12
A: List of Species that Can be Salvaged Big Game Animals Black Bear (Ursus americanus) California Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) Elk (Cervus canadensis) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Moose (Alces americanus) Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) Mountain Lion (Felis concolor) Mule Deer ( ...
12/26/12
A: There is no minimum age to start trapping species classified as furbearers,  or predatory and unprotected.  Trapping can be a highly rewarding mentoring experience for older trappers to teach youngsters.  There are also Trapping Education Courses that are offered when there is enough demand.  This ...
1/12/13
A: Although not as numerous as in the more remote areas in the Clearwater Region, wolves have been observed in parts of Latah County as well.  Most opportunities for observing or harvesting wolves can be found as one moves to the north and east away from private property and onto land managed by the ...
1/13/13
A: Yes, there is a tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus, that occurs in wolves, other wild canids, and even domestic dogs, that can infect humans under some circumstances and result in Cystic Hydatid Disease. For information on this small tapeworm, the disease, and information on how to prevent ...
1/24/13
A: You must have a 2013 tag to hunt in 2013.  The tags (and your hunting license) expired 12-31-12.
1/29/13
A: Pet and livestock owners are allowed to protect their animals from molesting or attacking wolves, including the shooting of, without the need of a license or tag.  Pasted below is the Idaho Statute that provides the rights and limitations for protecting pets and livestock. (c) Control of ...
2/19/13
A: Yes.  The wolf tag you purchased is valid for the entire calendar year.   
3/6/13
A: Yes, you can carry a weapon for protection while you are hiking or looking for shed antlers.  
3/11/13
A: You can get a regular trapping license without taking a class first, but you CANNOT trap wolves until you have taken a wolf-trapping class. 
5/28/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Parts: Lawfully harvested wildlife parts – except edible meat from game animals – may be purchased, bartered or sold when accompanied by a written statement showing said wildlife was lawfully harvested. If black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf parts – excluding ...
6/12/13
A: Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead:  Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally ...
6/19/13
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:   We have not changed the law--there is no minimum caliber as long as you are NOT using a rimfire weapon.  (See muzzleloading equipment exception below). In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals: • By any means other than approved firearms, ...
7/3/13
A: Please contact the Salmon Region office for that information.  Their phone number is 208-756-2271.
7/6/13
A: Unit 4 has hunting seasons for mule deer, elk, bear, moose and wolf.  Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information about animals at 4,000 feet and the prescense of other animals.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
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: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: The definition of private land does not change.  If the land you want to hunt on is private, you must ask the landowner for permission.  If the private land is within a unit that is open for wolf hunting and the landowner okays your hunting on their land, you can hunt for wolves on the land. That ...
8/15/13
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: 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: 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:   Wolves were never released in Whiskey Creek by IDFG.  Often, people will see a culvert trap in the back of a conservation officer pickup and assume it is something other than a black bear being relocated. Years ago in the late 1990's, before IDFG  was involved in wolf management, the Nez Perce ...
11/4/13
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: For more information on the possession and sale of wildlife found dead, see page 75 of the 2012 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet which states, “Parts of big game species – hides, horns, bones, antlers, elk teeth, bear, lion and wolf parts – may be recovered and possessed for personal use if the ...
11/13/13
A: The wolf harvest information is posted online.Browse to: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=121
12/13/13
A: Usually when a depredation occurs U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services is called to remove wolves.  Your best bet to find a possible landowner that might be interested in allowing you to hunt wolves on their property would be to contact Wildlife Services at 208-378-5077; or contact your local IDFG regional ...
12/17/13
A: Why Manage Wildlife in Wilderness By Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns.  Many Idahoans have ...
1/3/14
A: Yes, he can carry a gun for protection even if he is not hunting.
1/10/14
A: The largest harvested wolf ever measured/confirmed by IDFG was 128lbs.  I think the largest we have record of being measured in Idaho from a live capture- radio collaring operation weighed 132lbs. Not to say there might not be some a little larger but we've seen more than a thousand dead wolves in ...
1/13/14
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: Coyote, wolf, bobcat teeth possession and sale?  Animals are classified differently and there are different rules regarding possession and sale depending on the classification. This answer is specific to the species you describe. Coyotes are predators and can be possessed and sold at any time. ...
2/9/14
A: 410.UNLAWFUL METHODS OF TAKE.No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. 01. Firearms. (7-1-93)a. With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighsmore than sixteen (16) pounds. (7-1-93)b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller ...
2/15/14
A: Motorized vehicle use as an aid to hunting for gray wolves is restricted in some areas as per notes in the big game rules.   Look for notes in the wolf rules that restrict motorized access between Aug 30 and Dec 31, which is big game season and often has the motorized rule in place in these units ...
2/15/14
A: Each year antlers from deer, elk, moose, and the horns of pronghorn fall off, or are shed; new antlers and horns begin to grow back and are fully grown again each fall. Animal parts such as antlers,  horns, hides, bones, and teeth of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf and mountain goat from animals ...
2/16/14
A: Please refer to our rules for additional information regarding weapon restrictions. For Big Game. No person shall take big game animals with any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun or any muzzleloading handgun, EXCEPT for mountain lion and trapped gray wolf. For unprotected species. No person hunting ...
2/25/14
A: Assuming a birthdate of May 1 for pups, during the current wolf hunting season, which opened July 1, 2013, 146 wolves were taken by December 1 of that year (representing 7 months from the May 1 birthdate).  Idaho Fish and Game asks employees who are checking in harvested wolves and completing Big ...
3/2/14
A: Idaho Fish and Game is managing wolves under the State of Idaho's 2002 wolf management plan adopted by the Idaho Legislature and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  That plan calls for a statewide wolf population of 150 wolves with 15 breeding pairs.  After reintroduction in 1995, the ...
3/25/14
A: There is one documented pack relatively near Idaho City. This pack had a count of 7 individuals at the end of 2013. You can find information for individual packs (reproduction, year end pack size, activity maps) in the 2012 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report on our website http://fishandgame. ...
3/28/14
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: According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, historical evidence documents the presence of gray wolves throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains of the contiguous United States.  
4/2/14
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: We obtain the age of harvested wolves by counting the annular "rings" from a cross-section of the teeth (much as with aging a tree).  We accumulate teeth for aging over the course of the season, submitting them to an external lab about this time of year.  Thus we have no ages of 2013-2014 wolves ...
4/24/14
A: Yes, No person shall take big game animals as outlined in this section. a.  With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling, and/or any other attachments, weighs more than sixteen (16) pounds. b. With any shotgun using any shot smaller than double-aught (#00) buck. c. With any rimfire ...
5/9/14
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: 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: In Idaho,  the wolf trapping course is required to trap wolves. The basic trapper education course is not required.  Participants can register for both courses on our website on the hunter education page. If you cannot find a course in your area, contact your local Fish and Game office and ask to ...
6/10/14
A: There are some backcountry areas where IDFG may use employees/contractors to remove wolves this winter.  There are four backcountry areas where IDFG has management plans for reducing predation from wolves, bears, and mountain lions, because predation is having significant negative impacts on ...
7/23/14
A: Yes, the second general season nonresident deer or elk tag can be used to harvest the species the tag is for one of the species you list as long as there is a season for both the species of the tag and the species you harvest such as bear.
7/27/14
A: Currently there are classes scheduled in Ahsahka, Lewiston, Salmon and Idaho Falls.  We are working on scheduling more classes in different parts of Idaho including the Treasure Valley.  Please check the website for upcoming classes.  You can also call the Regional office and let them know you are ...
8/3/14
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: 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: Idaho Statesman Outdoor Editor Roger Phillips recently published an interesting article relevant to your questions.  Here's the article: Outdoors Q&A: A long-winded answer to what were Idaho's 'native' wolves By Roger Phillips August 14, 2014 Q: I recently read an article about the native ...
8/16/14
A:        IDFG offers a wide variety of hunting seasons in the fall, including several that run the entire throughout the month of September. For example the archery season for both deer and elk opens Aug 30 and runs through the end of Septmeber. For the most part, archers will be wildly dispersedand ...
8/23/14
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: The answer to the question is simple: how good are you with the firearm/bow you are using?  The most important thing in cleanly killing a wolf or any animal is being a competent shooter.  Accuracy is always increased the closer a person is to the target.  The chances for a miss increase the ...
9/7/14
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: Yes, absolutely.   Just keep the weapons straight for appropriate method of take.
9/16/14
A: This response is overdue and I apologize for that - it was my own oversight - I let it get buried and didn't get back to it until today. Year-round hunting on private lands was in effect in 5 of our 13 wolf management zones during 2014.  All wolves killed by hunters and trappers are included in ...
10/15/14
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