Rulemaking Process

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is authorized to establish seasons and rules.

Seasons

Setting the season includes setting season timing and length, species and sex of animal (or fish), size of animal, and number of animals. Season regulations do not require legislative approval.

Rules

All other rules passed by the Commission, such as legal equipment definitions, controlled hunt requirements, allowable method of take, and tag quotas are considered rules and must be adopted following the Idaho Administrative Procedure Act, including approval by the Idaho Legislature whose guidance is that formal negotiated rulemaking should be followed whenever feasible.

Public comment is an important part of rule development and will be used to determine feasibility of negotiated rulemaking. Please be aware that public comments will become part of the official public record. If you are interested in providing comments on one or more of the following proposals, you may do so by submitting your comments in writing to the person identified as the primary contact.

News

Idaho Code

Idaho laws pertaining to Fish and Game are contained in Title 36 of Idaho Code.

The Idaho Code is made available on the Internet by the Idaho Legislature as a public service. This Internet version of the Idaho Code may not be used for commercial purposes, nor may this database be published or repackaged for commercial sale without express written permission.

Administrative Rules

The Administrative Rules are made available on the Internet by the Office of Administrative Rules, Idaho Department of Administration. Official copies of the Administrative Rules must be obtained through the Office of Administrative Rules.

Negotiated Rulemaking

Status Rulemaking Primary Contact
Pending

Limit number of non-outfitted nonresident tags in unlimited controlled hunts

The Commission seeks flexibility to limit the number of nonresident, non-outfitted tags to unlimited controlled hunts.

Comment period:

7/5/2017 to 7/26/2017

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Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game

Pending

Define "Controlled Hunt Area 11" for bighorn sheep hunts

Increased hunting pressure and harvest in this area of Hells Canyon could occur if the current lottery/auction tag use restriction is not revised to incorporate all of Controlled Hunt Area 11 (Units 11, 13, and 18)

Comment period:

7/5/2017 to 7/26/2017

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Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game

Pending

Modifications to Special Big Game Tags

Provide a fairer and more transparent process for tag issuance

Comment period:

7/5/2017 to 7/26/2017

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Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game

Discontinued

Restricting some electronic visual and communication methods as aids to hunting

Restrictions considered for trail cameras and/or electronic two-way communication (voice/text/video/ images/data, via phone, radio, or other transmitting device)

Comment period:

7/5/2017 to 7/26/2017

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Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game

Discontinued

Consider allowing bait for hunting gray wolf during specific seasons

Develop rules to allow use of bait to hunt wolves in game management units and seasons to be set by Commission proclamation

Comment period:

7/5/2017 to 7/26/2017

Learn more

Jon Rachael
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game