Regulation states that one can use a bow to hunt upland birds however it’s unlawful to take upland game birds with a crossbow. I can't use a bow and have a disabled archery permit. Does this allow me to hunt upland birds with a crossbow? Why is the permit recognized for Archery Only season but not for anything else that a bow is legal for use?
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I have seen the sport of air rifle hunting is gaining popularity in other states and was interested to know if it is legal to hunt turkey in Idaho with a air rifle? If so is there a caliber or muzzle energy rule that must be followed?
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?
I have permission to hunt a field for doves. The farmer just placed a grain pile in that field so he could feed his critters with it. Now the doves are flocking to it. Is it legal to hunt them there? The intent is to feed critters not the doves.
What is the law concerning hunting irrigation ditches or access roads that parallel them? It's obvious that a sign stating no trespassing/no hunting limits access, but what if there are no signs posted? Are there certain ditches that are ok to access and others that are off limits?
Just a question are Pheasants being stocked on the WMA or have they been furloughed? We went out Saturday and didn't hear any shots with full parking lots that seems odd.
Starting to see a lot of ring-necked doves in southern Idaho, to the point they're becoming a bit of a pest in some places. Are they a game or non-game species and what are the hunting regulations on them?
Forest grouse seasons have been open since late August and all other species opened on October 1.
Most hunters have reported that forest grouse population are 'spotty' and locally abundant.
Both the sage- and sharp-tailed grouse seasons are now closed. Most hunters reported that populations were down from 2010 levels across the range.
Chukar, gray partridge and quail hunters seem to be faring much better. Hunters in the Southwest Region have reported seeing healthy populations of birds. Of the wings that have been turned in thus far, many are juveniles; suggesting that production was good this past spring/summer. Many hunters have reported seeing 'small' birds which would suggest there were some late hatches. Reports from the Southeast Region are that gray partridge numbers are down from 2010 levels when they were quite abundant. I have not heard any reports from the Clearwater, Magic Valley or Salmon regions yet.