Sage-Grouse General Any Weapon Season

Management Area 2
Unlimited Tags

9/16/2018 - 9/22/2018

Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Either-sex Sage-Grouse
Either sex may be taken.
Shotgun, Archery or Falconry
No person shall take upland game birds:
  • Except wild turkey, from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise. Wild turkey shall not be taken between sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.
  • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/2) inches maximum length, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, EXCEPT forest grouse. Forest grouse shall not be taken with a trap, snare, net, or crossbow. Crossbow may be used to take forest grouse by a person who possesses a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit or a Special Weapon Reasonable Modification Hunting Permit authorizing use of a crossbow or by a person hunting in an area where crossbow is a lawful method of take for big game.
  • From any watercraft.
  • By the use or aid of any electronic call.
  • By the aid of baiting. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract upland game birds.
  • When hunting on Wildlife Management Areas where pheasants are stocked without wearing at least thirty-six (36) square inches of visible hunter orange above the waist.

In addition to the methods listed above, wild turkey may not be taken:
  • With lead shot exceeding BB size.
  • With steel shot exceeding T size.
  • By the use of dogs, except during fall hunts.


One-bird daily bag limit, two in possession.

Wings collected from harvested birds provide important biological data. If you see a wing barrel, please deposit one wing from each bird you harvest. We also collect wings at check stations and through a mail-in wing survey. If you would like to participate in our wing envelope program, call 208-334-2920.

Sage/Sharp-tailed Grouse Permit Validation: Any person hunting sage-grouse or sharp-tailed grouse must have in possession a valid hunting license with a sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit validation at $4.75.

Identify Your Target! Is it a Sage-grouse or a Sharp-tailed Grouse? Sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse can occur in the same areas in south-central and eastern Idaho. Hunting season for these species do not overlap. The sharp-tailed grouse hunting season is October 1 to October 31.

Refer to the 2016 and 2017 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Season Rules for general upland gamebird rules, license and permit information. See Page 7-9 for important grouse identification information.


Management Area 2
Butte, Camas, Clark, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, and Teton counties; Bannock and Power counties north of I-86 and Bannock County west of I-15; Bingham County west of I-15; Blaine County, except within the Salmon River drainage; Bonneville County west of I-15 and north of US Hwy 26; Cassia County west of I-84 nad north of I-86; Custer County, except within the Salmon River drainage upstream from and including Valley Creek; Elmore County east and south of US Hwy 20 and north of I-84 from Exit 95 east to the county line; Oneida County west of I-84; Owyhee County and Twin Falls County Area Size: 24,973,114 acres
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More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 21 21A 27 28 29 30 30A 35 36 36A 36B 37 37A 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 52A 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 59A 60 60A 61 62 62A 63 63A 64 65 67 68 68A 69


Tags, Permits & Fees

Resident Tags and Permits

  • Sage/Sharp-tailed Grouse Permit
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

NonResident Tags and Permits

  • Sage/Sharp-tailed Grouse Permit
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

A valid hunting license is required for all hunting and trapping activities.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

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