Upland Game

Hunting with ferrets

I am curious about hunting with ferrets, as they have been bred in Europe for that purpose for centuries. Would it be lawful to use ferrets to flush cottontail rabbits? How about upland game birds? If not, would using ferrets to hunt unprotected or predatory wildlife, such as jackrabbits, be considered legal take?

Southwest Region Upland Game Chat

Please join us to discuss the upland game season proposals impacting the Southwest Region.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

5-6 p.m. Mountain Time Zone

Lawful to take Doves from Watercraft?

I understand that it is not lawful to take Upland Game Birds from any type of watercraft (which btw is not defined in the regulations so its confusing whether you can be standing in a moored boat or drifting naturally, etc).

I am trying to confirm that Doves are NOT considered Upland Game and are Migratory Birds and allowed to be hunted from watercraft. Is that the case?

Comments Sought on Upland Game, Furbearer Seasons

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 upland game and furbearer seasons. 

Interested hunters are encouraged to attend one of the regional open house meetings. So far three meetings have been set. Others will be announced as they are arranged.

  • Clearwater Region: 208-799-5010
    • Wednesday, December 21 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clearwater Region office, 3316 16th Street in Lewiston. 
  • Southwest Region: Nampa – 208-465-8465
    • Wednesday, January 4 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Region office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa.
  • Upper Snake Region: 208-525-7290
    • Wednesday, January 4 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Upper Snake Region office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.


Some ideas that will be considered include:

  • Moving upland game bird seasons to the third Saturday in September.
  • Increasing the chukar/gray partridge bag limit back up to 8 each.
  • Increasing possession limits to three times the daily bag limit.
  • Reductions in fall turkey hunting in the Southeast and Southwest regions.
  • Increasing otter quotas in the Panhandle, Clearwater and Southeast regions.
  • A few changes to areas open or closed to beaver trapping in the Clearwater and Magic Valley Regions.

Anyone unable to attend the open house may submit comments online, by mail to Upland Game Comments, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707, or by contacting regional wildlife managers.

To comment on upland game proposals go to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/form/uplandsurvey.

To comment on furbearer proposals go to: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/form/furbearersurvey.

The deadline for submitting comments is January 6.

All written comments will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration before seasons are set.