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.

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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

Negotiated: Proposed (Comment period open)

Negotiated: Proposed (Comment period open)
Rulemaking Primary Contact

Proposed Rule to extend maximum trap check time for wolf snares in Units 7 and 9 during winter.

Currently trappers are required to check all snares or traps placed for gray wolves at least once every 72 hours and remove any catch therein.

Comment period: 8/7/2018 to 8/20/2018

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Jon Rachael

State Wildlife Manager

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Formal: Proposed (Comment period closed)

Formal: Proposed (Comment period closed)
Rulemaking Primary Contact

Limit transport of cervid carcasses into Idaho from states with CWD [CWD]

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Toby Boudreau
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Bureau
Idaho Fish and Game

Integrate CWD risk into consideration of emergency winter feeding decisions [CWD]

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Toby Boudreau
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Bureau
Idaho Fish and Game

Restrict public from winter feeding wild deer and elk in designated Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone [CWD]

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Toby Boudreau
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Bureau
Idaho Fish and Game

Adopt a landowner permission hunt for turkeys in controlled hunt areas

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Jeff Knetter
Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game

Eliminate mail as an option to submit controlled hunt applications

Eliminate mail as an option to submit controlled hunt applications to Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Sharon Kiefer
Deputy Director
Idaho Fish and Game

Negotiated: Proposed (Comment period closed)

Negotiated: Proposed (Comment period closed)
Rulemaking Primary Contact

Ban importation and possession of live mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, and wild elk in Idaho [CWD]

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Toby Boudreau
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Bureau
Idaho Fish and Game

Prohibit use of natural cervid-based urine [CWD]

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Toby Boudreau
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Bureau
Idaho Fish and Game

Revise trap set back distance from trails for trapping of furbearers and wolves

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Cory Mosby
Staff Biologist
Idaho Fish and Game

Allow use of qualified air guns to hunt for big game animals

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Greg Wooten
Enforcement Chief
Idaho Fish and Game

Allow senior/disabled/DAV hunters to apply for second application period of youth-only hunts

Allow hunters who are at least 65 or who possess a senior or disabled combination license, or a nonresident disabled American Veteran hunting license to be eligible to apply during any second application period for youth-only controlled hunts for big game

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Sharon Kiefer
Deputy Director
Idaho Fish and Game

Disallow transfer of once-in-a-lifetime species to minors

Exclude designation of any moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and grizzly bear controlled hunt tag from a parent or grandparent to their minor child or grandchild.

Comment period: 6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018

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Sharon Kiefer
Deputy Director
Idaho Fish and Game