Q. I heard there is a grouse permit required now. What's the deal?
A. Beginning this year, hunters out after sage grouse or sharp-tailed grouse need to have their license validated for those species. The $1.50 validation is not just another permit. Sharp-tailed grouse have been proposed for listing as an endangered species, and sage grouse numbers have declined and they could be considered for listing soon. The Fish and Game Commission adopted the permit requirement to allow Department biologists to get more detailed information on Idaho sage and sharp-tailed grouse hunting. The Department will contact hunters with the validation after the season to determine their harvest and where they hunted. Gathering this information is aimed at keeping these species off the endangered species list and available for hunting.