Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions. We post here answers to questions we're being asked frequently. If you have a question not answered here, please contact us. Urgent questions should be directed to your nearest office. Some answers change over time; please take note of the "answered" date.

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Q: Hunting Passport

Can you buy it in store & go out the same day? Or does it get shipped to you?

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A hunting passport can be purchased at any vendor.  The passport can be used the same day as it is purchased.

answered 10/13/2015

Q: Muzzleloader bullets

Is the new federal lead mz muzzleloader bullet legal for the muzzleloader seasons?

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I say no because the gas seal is part of the projectile. I would like this reviewed again by another enforcement person.

answered 10/13/2015

Q: Disabled crossbow

Can I have a scope on a crossbow if I am a disabled hunter?

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You possibly can without any magnification; you will need to fill out an application form that you can get at any of our FG regional offices. The application form you need is a special weapon reasonable modification hunting permit. This form will need to be filled out by you and signed by your physician and will be reviewed before any permit can be issued.

answered 10/13/2015

Q: Can resident elk and deer tags be substituted for a wolf tag and are they only valid for that unit or zone?

Nonresident deer and elk tags can be substituted for a wolf, bear, or mountain lion. Can resident tags also be used in this way? And could an elk tag for the snake river zone be attached to a wolf shot in a different zone?

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A resident may use an elk or deer tag on a wolf, bear or mountain lion only if it is a RES-NONRES TAG.  This would be a general season nonresident tag purchased as a second tag on or after August 1st.   Both elk or dear and other species must both be in season.

answered 10/12/2015

Q: 2 point only

Is a 1x3 legal for 2 point only?
I ask because the rules for 2 point says it only has to have no more than two points on one side can have multiple on the other. Three point says it's a three point if it has 3 points on one side.

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Yes, a 1x3 is legal in a 2pt hunt.
The 2 pt hunt is designed to target primarily yearling bucks
The 3pt hunt is designed to target primarily adult bucks
There are 2 separate and different definitions between a 2 pt hunt and a 3 pt hunt.

answered 10/11/2015

Q: Please define public highway or roadway regarding illegal to shoot from.

I know that it is illegal to shoot from a public highway. This would obviously include a paved road. Does this also include a road on blm land that has a sign that states not maintained by county. Does this include the dirt and gravel road that is only maintained by those outdoorsmen who cut down fallen trees.

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Idaho Code 36-1508(a) states:  No person shall:  Shoot from Public Highway. Discharge any firearm from or across a public highway.
Idaho Code 36-202(x) states:  "Public highway" means the traveled portion of, and the shoulders on each side of, any road maintained by any governmental entity for public travel, and includes all bridges, culverts, overpasses, fills, and other structures within the limits of the right-of-way of any such road.
Any governmental agency could mean any federal, state or local governmental agency.  Maintained can mean paved, graveled, graded, snow removal or any other maintenaince.  If the road you are speaking about fits this definition, it would qualify as a public highway.  
 

answered 10/11/2015

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If there are season dates listed in the 'Antlerless' column under the General Season or it states youth only with those dates, a youth can harvest a doe.

answered 10/10/2015

Q: salmon fishing in Andersen res.

What are the fishing rules for Salmon in the Anderson res?

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The salmon in Anderson Ranch Reservoir are landlocked fall Chinook that were stocked in the reservoir to help reduce the number of kokanee salmon.  In Idaho rules, landlocked salmon are considered in the trout bag limit and all rules for catching trout also apply to fall Chinook in Anderson Ranch.
You can use barbed hooks; 5 hooks per line and keep 6 fall Chinook per day.
 

answered 10/9/2015

Q: Tag question

During regular deer season, with a muley tag can you shoot a muley or a white tail or only a muley??

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If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season. 

answered 10/8/2015

Q: crawfish trapping specifics

I know how jugging works in Idaho, but is it legal to use a jug to hold your crawfish traps off the bottom while still maintaining the 48 hour trap checking rule?

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There are no prohibitions in IDAPA rule or Idaho code on having your trap suspended from/off of  the bottom.

answered 10/8/2015

Q: Why the different ages for the different youth hunts?

Why do we have different ages for youth hunts? Turkey youth hunt is age 10 to 15.. Age for pheasant and waterfowl youth hunts is age 10 to15. Big game hunts are age 10 to 17. Why don't we put all youth hunts at ages 10 to 17?

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Thank you for the question.
The Department put together a team last winter to look at these types of rules and will be making a recommendation to simplify and make youth hunting opportunities more consistent. These rules will need to be approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and be approved through the legislative process before they are enacted. Thank you.

answered 10/8/2015

Q: Boise and steelhead

Do the numbers look good enough for a Boise river stock?

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At this time, it is too early to tell whether there will be steelhead transferred to the Boise River. Normally, the Oxbow Hatchery trap is opened in late October, but that is dependent on the water temperatures in the Snake River. Once the water temperture comes down where fish can be safely trapped and moved to Oxbow Hatchery, the numbers of steelhead available will become clear. It will likely be early November before we know for sure whether there will be enough steelhead to meet brood stock needs and provide fish to the Boise River. In years when we see average run numbers of steelhead returning, we typically make at least one plant to the Boise River. In good years, there may be as many as three plants. Right now it is just too early to tell what the season will look like for the Boise River. 

answered 10/8/2015

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We're assuming you mean getting a tag replaced because it may be lost. If that's the case: Any local vendor or Fish and Game office can issue a duplicate license. However, lost tags, including deer and elk tags, can be replaced only at a Fish and Game office. Each duplicate item costs $7.25 for Idaho residents and $8.25 for nonresidents.
Thanks

answered 10/7/2015

Q: Either species deer?

I bought a general deer day this year wanted to know if you can shoot just mule deer or can I shoot either white tail or mile deer? Units I hunt in are 60 60A 62 62A areas.

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To be sure and safe, please check page 12 of the Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure. There are specific dates for hunting each species (mule deer / white-tailed) of deer.
Thanks!

answered 10/7/2015

Q: With regular tag...can i hunt mule or white tale ...buck or dows

If I have regular tag...can I hunt white tailed also ?
If A on first Q is YES.....can I hunt either sex deer ?

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If you have a Regular Deer Tag, you can hunt mule or white-tail deer unless indicated otherwises in the Big Game Seasons & Rules.  You must hunt per the General Regular Deer Season and NOT per the White-tail Regular Season.  As for what sex is legal to hunt, please consult the Big Game Seasons & Rules to see what is allowed in the unit(s) you will be hunting.

answered 10/7/2015

Q: Residency

I have lived in Idaho for longer than 6 months but prior to moving here I bought a non-resident elk hunt from an outfitter apparently they bought a license for me as well and I was wondering if there's any way to cancel that and still pay the the non-resident elk tag the transfer but transfer my license to a resident one?

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For this year, we recommend you keep your current license and elk tag. Those who have met the residency requirements after purchasing a nonresident license may purchase resident tags for the species they have not purchased. This type of a purchase can only be made at IDFG offices. For example, if you have not purchased a deer tag, you may purchase a resident deer tag at an IDFG office. You will need to provide proof of residency when purchasing the resident tag(s). Please contact our office at 208-334-3700 if you have additional questions.

answered 10/6/2015

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You can exchange a B elk tag for an A elk tag as long as the season on the B tag has not yet started.   The exchange can only be done at one of our Idaho Fish & Game Regional Offices or our Headquarters Office in Boise.

answered 10/6/2015

Q: Active Duty Field Day Exemption

I am a resident of Idaho who is Active Duty Marines stationed in California and currently deployed to the Middle East. I am going to take the online portion of Hunters education but making it to a field day is almost impossible. When I get back I will have maybe 3 or 4 days in Idaho to visit family, friends, and hunt. Is there any sort of exemption for the Hunter's Education field day?

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To certify in hunter education you must take our instructor-led in class course OR the online course and the in class field day.
The field day is mandatory for everyone. The field day includes a written examination and field exercise examination. Students must show and demonstrate their knowledge of safe hunting practices, hunting ethics, wildife identification and  hunting laws at the field day by passing a written examination and field exercise. Military service is not an exemption for hunters education.
If you have held a hunting license in another state you are eligible to purchase a hunting license in Idaho.
 

answered 10/6/2015

Q: UHD outbreak in hunt area 8A?

A friend who lives in Elk River has told me that he is hearing about an outbreak of bluetongue (more properly called EHD) in the area. Have there been any reports of this? I am concerned, especially with the opener coming so soon.

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Yes, we have a blue tongue or EHD outbreak in the Clearwater Region that will last until the first heavy frosts.  You can read more about it on our website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=7890 

answered 10/6/2015

Q: Blue catfish

Is there blue catfish in Idaho? If so where?

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This question is difficult to answer because blue catfish have never been officially stocked in Idaho.  With that said, we do know that a few blue catfish have been inadvertently released in Idaho waters from a couple of different sources.  Most channel catfish stocked in Idaho waters from the Southeastern U.S.. We send stocking trucks from Idaho on the long road trip to pickup the fish for distribution to various waters around the state.  Several years ago, we noticed a few blue catfish mixed with the channel catfish at were stocked.  We no longer purchase channel catfish from this fish supplier.
Recently, we also discovered that some of the commercial producers of catfish in Idaho also had blue catfish mixed with their channel catfish.  Occasionally, fish do escape from these facilities and make their way into public waters.  We've documented several blue catfish in the Snake River below facilities raising channel catfish in recent years.
Your chances of catching a blue catfish in Idaho are slim.  If you do, consider yourself as one of the lucky few.

answered 10/6/2015

Q: Shooting across WMA roads...?! Legal or not?

Greetings, hunting rules explicitly read "It is Unlawful To: Shoot from or across the traveled portion, shoulders or embankments of any road maintained by any government entity."
I purpose to short-range and pheasant hunt in the Ft. Boise WMA. Yet ,this "rule"/ makes it impossible for me to harvest game which is on the other side of "the traveled portion, shoulders or embankments of any road maintained by any government entity," as there are over 20 miles of road in this WMA.
How then are we to lawfully hunt in such "confined" areas surrounded by so many roads?

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No, it is not legal to shoot across a road on the WMA. However, if you check out the WMA Map at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/ , you may note that many of the "roads" you observe on Fort Boise WMA are actually designated as walking trails.  You should be able to hunt the area without shooting across a public road.

answered 10/5/2015

Q: felony coviction

If i have a felony coviction for unlawful possesion of a firearm, can i still hunt with black powder?

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A felony conviction that has made an individual a "prevented possessor” has no bearing on their ability to purchase a hunting license in Idaho. If the board of Pardons and Parole has revoked your right to possess a firearm in Idaho, you will not be allowed to possess a black powder or muzzle-loading firearm for any purpose. A muzzle-loading/black powder rifle meets the definition of a firearm in Idaho Code. For more information, you should contact the Idaho Board of Pardons and Parole. J.D.R.

answered 10/3/2015

Q: Back country hunt

I have decided after several years in a elk zone that get very high hunting pressure that I would like to hunt some where that doesn't have as many hunters and I would prefer to get away from them all together. Is there anyone I can call that can point me in the direction of some where that has decent elk numbers and is way out of the way of people. I don't care how far I have to hike or anything like that, I can figure out the logistics but I would like to find some where I can archery hunt deep in the back country, I'm just looking for units or maybe mountains to get me started not any ones honey hole.

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Idaho is blessed with many backcountry elk hunting spots and many big game units with few roads or motorized traffic allowed.  Wilderness hunts provide hunters the opportunity to get away from road hunters.  Archery hunters like to hunt during archery only seasons typically so the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 states would be considered non huntable because the September hunt allows rifles.  You didn't mention you wanted to hunt on public land though that is a given for most hunters.  If however you want to hunt on private land, many large landowners are very selective about who they allow hunting on their property, thus providing great conditions and low crowding.  You might consider ranch lands in the Lemhi, Beaverhead, Salmon, or Pioneer zones that have many elk but lots of private land.  That will require some ground work getting permission however.  People that want to hunt on public land have to share with other hunters unfortunately.  The good thing though is that most hunters don't stray too far from roads even during archery season.  If someone wishes to walk and camp away from trailheads, most units provide very low traffic areas. 
You didn't mention which elk zone you have been hunting in but I would bet you could find areas with low pressure there too.  The problem with archery hunting is everyone bugles and cow calls and it sounds like the woods are full of people, thus detracting from the experience for the solitude seeking hunter.  Just look for the holes that nobody wants to go to away from roads and trails, or the hanging basins half way up a mountain if you want to find elk that haven't been pressured.  They disappear after getting hunted into these hard to get places as you probably know.  If you are willing to work for it, you can find solitude even in heavily hunted zones.  You might do some homework on our website looking at hunter success and number of hunters in a zone then call the regional office for better information on the zone or unit you are exploring.  Good luck!

answered 10/2/2015

Q: Jr. Mentored tag purchase

I'm trying to buy a Jr. Mentored deer tag for my brother which is only 23.75 but when trying to buy it there isn't an option for it. Any reason why? He is only 13 and it applies to him.

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To purchase the Jr. Mentored/DAV tags, a person must possess a Jr. Mentored hunting license, a Jr. Hunting Passport or a Disabled American Veteran hunting license. If you do not have one of these license types, the system will only offer the full priced tags.

answered 9/30/2015

Q: Youth Hunting Loop Hole?

It appears that if a youth buys a Hunting Passport at age 8, they will not be able to hunt at age 9 due to the hunting passport being good only till the end of the year. They can take hunters education at 9, but it appears they cannot hunt again until the age of 10?

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The Department knows about this issue with the hunting passport and has taken steps to address the issue. New rules have been proposed by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to address the nine (9) year olds but those rules must be approved by the Idaho legislature in its next session. Information about the proposed rule changes can be found at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/2015/05_May/Minute.... Thanks.

answered 9/29/2015