Fish and Game Commission
Commissioners are appointed by the Governor in staggered four-year terms. No more than four commissioners may be from the same political party. Each commissioner is confirmed by the Idaho State Senate. In 1996, the Senate approved adding a seventh district to the existing six to meet the needs of Idaho's regions.
The seven commissioners, each representing a different region of the state, are responsible for administering the fish and game policy of the state as described in state code section 36-103:
WILDLIFE PROPERTY OF STATE - PRESERVATION
(a) Wildlife Policy. All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall be only captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.
To be appointed, commissioners must be a bona fide resident of the region from which they are appointed, and be well informed and interested in wildlife conservation and restoration. During their terms, commissioners may not hold any other elective or appointive office.
By law, commissioners must meet in January, April, July and October of each year. In recent years the complexity of wildlife and fisheries management has made it necessary to hold special sessions in addition to the quarterly meetings.
Major duties and responsibilities of the commission are to supervise the Department of Fish and Game; establish regulations and other needed controls on fishing, hunting, trapping and management of wildlife in line with the state's wildlife policy; approve department budgets for submission to the legislature; hold public hearings and make decisions on the management of the state's wildlife.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 12:48 PM MST
Friday, December 18, 2020 - 5:25 PM MST
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 11:24 AM MSTFish and Game Commission Big Game Hunting Deer Hunting Elk Nonresident Tag Limits White-tailed Deer Nonresident Tag Limits Regular Deer Nonresident Tag Limits Nonresident Deer and Elk Quotas and Limits Licenses, tags, and permits General Season Hunts Hunting Elk hunting Big Game Seasons and Rules Nonresident Fee Increase and Hunting Changes Elk (Cervus canadensis)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:09 PM MDT
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:01 PM MDT
Fish and Game Commission approves Clearwater Coho season and shooting hours for Upland Game Bird Permit areas
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:33 PM MDTCoho Salmon Seasons and Rules Coho Salmon Fishing Fish and Game Commission Fishing Steelhead Fishing Steelhead Seasons and Rules Chinook Salmon Fishing Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules Pheasant Hunting Pheasant Stocking Program Upland Game Hunting Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules Fishing Seasons and Rules Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)