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: Is there a fishing passport ?

I have family coming in from out of state that want to try their hand at fishing. Is there a fishing passport like the one offered for hunting? Or will they have to purchase a non res. license?

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Sorry, we don't have a fishing passport - but it's a really good idea.  The hunting passport is a way to expose people to hunting prior to taking hunter education and making a large time and financial commitment to the sport.  Fishing is different in the fact we don't require any pre-sport education and we can offer relatively inexpensive short-term licenses.
A 3-day nonresident fishing license costs $12.75 for the first day and $6 for subsequent days.  Overall, that's inexpensive "passport" for a day's worth of recreation.
 

answered 9/28/2015

Q: Shooting big game from a closed road

If a road is closed to the public and gated but still on state land can a hunter shoot from that road?

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Great question, please follow me through to the end.  Page 95 in the Big game rules states:  It is unlawful to shoot from or across the traveled portion, shoulders or embankments of any road maintained by any government entity.  The rule is under Chapter 15 of the Idaho Code: Public Safety section.  No distinction is made for open or closed roads, only that they are public-----even closed roads are used by many to acess areas, and are a public safety concern---- so following the letter of the law the answer is No.   -------Obviously, the totality of the individual circumstance will guide an officer's discretion in working with any violations... with safety being the primary concern---- Stay Safe and Good Luck Hunting

answered 9/28/2015

Q: Fishing on the middle fork by the flying B ranch in November

Is fishing season open on the middle fork of the Salmon River in November and if so what restrictions is there in place?

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The Flying B Ranch is one of the most scenic places in Idaho in the fall.  The weather, colors and crisp cool fall mornings make this a sportsmen's mecca.
The Middle Fork Salmon River is open to fishing year-around.  The rules require artificial flies and lures only with barbless hooks.  All fishing is catch-and-release.

answered 9/28/2015

Q: Out of State hunter hunting with suppresor in Idaho?

I am an out-of-state hunter that wants to hunt in Idaho. I legally purchased and own a suppressor in WA. Can I use it to hunt big game in ID?

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It is legal to hunt in Idaho with a suppressor. Keep in mind that there is a federal permit required to possess a suppressor in Idaho and the weight of your weapon must stay under 16 lbs.

answered 9/27/2015

Q: As a non resident hunter

Will my son and I be required to have a Idaho Hunter education certificate, or will our current Colorado hunter education certificates be sufficient. In order to hunt deer in Idaho again this year?

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Your Colorado Hunter Education Certificate will work just fine.  As long as you took the course through the Colorado Fish and Game dept.  
Bring the certificates with you to Idaho and you shouldnt have any worries !!!
 
Have a great hunting trip !!!
 

answered 9/26/2015

Q: Hunting my grandfathers tag....

If I have my non resident license, may I hunt my grandfathers tag if he is unable/disabled?

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Please review the Disabled Hunter Companion Rules at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=356 and then give us a call at 208-334-3700 if you need further assistance.
Thank you.

answered 9/26/2015

Q: bow hunting

Will I have to take the online course for a bow hunt again where i missed the field day hunt in order to get my license?

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The Idaho bowhunter online coursehas been updated and no longer requires a field day to obtain certification. This was changed January 1, 2015.
If you completed the online course in 2014, you can log back into the course at  https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/idaho  to print your certification card. If you have problems please call the online provider Kalkomey at 1-800-830-2268.
However, if you completed the online course that was available in 2013 or before, you need to re-take the online course to certify.

answered 9/25/2015

Q: Hunting license

I have a hunting license from California I moved here to idaho. My question is can I use my hunting license from California to hunt here in idaho. Cause I'm planning on going hunting but the system doesn't let me. The sale person told me to contact the fish and game.

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All hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license and the appropriate tags or permits in their possession while hunting. See our seasons and rules section for more information and rules regarding hunter education.

answered 9/25/2015

Q: Rifle Weight Limit

Hello, are shooting sticks included in a firearms weight limit? (In Idaho, a rifle must weigh less than 16 lbs.) It doesn't appear so since shooting sticks do not "attach" to the firearm; rather they support a firearm when firing from a standing or kneeing position. Thank you in advance for your consideration and answer.

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You are correct.  Shooting sticks are not included in the 16lbs weight restriction because they are not attached to the firearm.  Thank you for your question.  

answered 9/24/2015

Q: Steelhead and Chinoock Salmon Fishing on the Salmon River Upstream of Stanely ID

Hello, I have a couple of questions
1. When do steelhead and chinnock typically reach the Stanely area on their respective runs in the upper Salmon River?
2. Are you allowed to catch and release them in this area and/or above the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery?
3. Do you see them in those upper lakes in such as Redfish, Alturus or Pettit or in the steams in or out of those lakes?
Thanks,
Daniel Roper
406-514-0084

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There are a number of variables that effect when salmon and steelhead arrive in the Stanley Basin.  Flow, temperature and downstream fish passage conditions are the most common environmental conditions that can alter arrival by 2 - 3 weeks.
The Stanley area has both spring and summer run Chinook.  They typically don't arrive until mid-July.  There are few Stanley Basin steelhead and no fishing open above the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery.  Most steelhead begin arriving in mid to late October in the Salmon/Challis area and will stage in the main Salmon River over the winter and move into the tributary streams in March and early April to spawn.
 
It is illegal to fish for salmon and steelhead when the area is not open for those species.  That includes catch-and-release fishing. 
 
Chinook salmon and steelhead do not use those upper basin lakes.  The only anadromous fish found are sockeye which need the lakes for an important part of their lifecycle.  Hopefully, we will have a sockeye fishery in Idaho wtihin the next 10 years on hatchery produced fish.

answered 9/24/2015

Q: Owning domestic foxes

What is idaho's standpoint on the buying of domestic foxes and keeping them in idaho?

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In general Idaho frowns upon holding domesticated wildlife.  Domesticated animals imported or exported need a permit to transfer across state line.  Permitted facilities are required for most ownership of domesticated wild animals.  You must speak with the wildlife veterinarian to obtain a permit.  Call one of our offices to get that phone number.

answered 9/24/2015

Q: Bass in Treasureton

I was fishing on Treasureton on Tuesday and caught over 100 bass. Sizes from 3inches up to 17inches. Was it planned that these bass were planted in treasureton or were they illegally introduced? I was trying to catch some nice trout and only caught 1 cutthroat (13 inches) and a rainbow (16 inches). I did miss some other trout that were nice size.

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Bass were illegally introduced into Treasureton Reservoir.
"Bucket" biologists are a serious problem in Idaho.  They not only effect some our most important fisheries, they endanger native fish in some lake and river systems.  This has a huge impact from a dollars and cents perspective.  Lost revenue to the local economy and cost anglers in lost opportunity and fishery renovation costs can be in excess of $1,000,000 (e.g. Horsethief Reservoir fishery, which is being treated in 2015, generates over $4.5 million annually in revenue).  We poison several waters each year to remove undesirable fish species and restore appropriate fish populations.  In 2015, we are renovating Horsethief Reservoir, Hagerman Wildlife Management Area and Soldiers Meadows Reservoir at a cost to anglers of almost $50,000.
 
 

answered 9/24/2015

Q: Bullet arrows

Can you use bowmag arrows while hunting big game in Idaho?

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The rules state you may not use any chemicals or explosives attached to the arrow or bolt.  A maghead is designed as an exploding device so no, you cannot legally use them during any season in Idaho.  See page 98 in our big game brochure. 
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgLaws.pdf

answered 9/23/2015

Q: Cant ask a question

I was wondering why I cant ask a question if I am using my internet from my house but if I use a different WIFI connection with my same computer I can ask a question with no problems? When at my home the website does not give me the option to ask a question, but anywere else I connect to WIFI with the same computer and go to the Ask Fish & Game page then I do get the option to ask a question. Has Fish & Game blocked my internet access?

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No blocking on our part. Our only suggestion would be to clear the cache on your computer.

answered 9/23/2015

Q: water fowl hunting on mormon res?

Mormon Reservoir in Camas County including the shoreline area within 200 yards of the ordinary high water line is off limits to hunt. Is this due to the bridge being out? Being as the bridge is being repaired as we speak will this change to allow water fowl hunting? Any idea what season ?

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The Mormon Reservoir waterfowl closure has been in place for many decades.  It was implemented to provide a sanctuary in hopes of encouraging Canada geese to stay on the Camas Prairie later in the season (until ice up).  Anecdotal reports suggest this closure has been successful in holding waterfowl longer into the season.  This closure will remain in place this hunting season, and cannot be changed or lifted unless it goes through the negotiated rule-making process. 

answered 9/23/2015

Q: smoking spawning kokanee

Hayden Lake is on fire right now with spawning kokanee. Are these fish still edible during this phase of spawning? I've read smoking them is ok?

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Spawning kokanee are still edible, but the flesh quality is considerably degraded compared to non-spawning kokanee. Flesh quality continues to degrade during the spawning season, so fish later in the spawning period would be of lower quality. Kokanee deteriote quickly during spawning and die soon after as part of their natural life cycle. Smoking these fish is the most preferrred option to prepare them, but many kokanee anglers stop keeping them once the fish turn red and begin spawning. What is acceptable fish quality to you is a personal preference. Spawning kokanee still fall under normal bag limits and harvest methods. Snagging is prohibited. 

answered 9/22/2015

Q: does the parent have to buy a youth tag

Can I buy a youth elk tag and licence for my friends son or does the parent have to?

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Adult residents age 18 and over have to purchase their own license because they need to show proof of residency. An adult may buy a license or tag for their minor child. Please check the current seasons and rules section for more details.

answered 9/22/2015

Q: can I kill a doe if I have a antlerless tag

I have a antlerless controlled hunt tag. Can I legally shoot a doe with that tag or does it have to be a buck with a spike smaller than three inches.

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Antlerless deer are: Deer without antlers or with antlers shorter than 3 inches may be taken in a season open for antlerless deer or either sex. Please consult the current Big Game Seasons and Rules for seasons and specifics on hunting in each unit. Thanks.

answered 9/21/2015

Q: Do you have to have a trapping license to trap coyotes?

Is a trapping license required to trap coyotes?

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You must have a trapping license to trap coyotes in Idaho.  This species can be trapped all year long and there is not a limit on the harvest amount.

answered 9/20/2015

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The Portneuf Wellness Complex is a multi-use 80-acre facility located near the former North Bannock County Fairgrounds. The complex was generously donated to Bannock County by the Portneuf Health Trust to help promote both physical and mental well-being for those who use it. Among the amazing amenities available at the facility is a 6-acre lake stocked with thousands of rainbow trout and kokanee! A recent donation of over 80 large rainbow trout from Clear Springs Foods has made fishing at the lake particularly exciting. IDFG will stock this lake several more times with catchables this fall.
Anglers 14 and older must hold a valid Idaho Fishing License to fish the lake. Because the lake was created after our last rules process was complete, general rules apply. Each angler may keep up to 6 rainbow trout and 6 kokanee of any size. However, because of the popularity of the pond, the IDFG in cooperation with Bannock County is recommending that anglers keep only two fish. Please note that this two-fish limit may be adopted by the Fish and Game Commission when they consider new proposals this fall.
Anglers may fish from docks, from a float tube or other non-motorized vessel, or from the shore. However, no fishing is allowed in the swimming area which is separated from the rest of the lake by a rope.
Fishing is allowed year-round during the complex's operational hours of 5:00 am until one hour after sunset.
Dogs at the complex must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the lake.  Owners are required to clean up after their dogs.  Stations with plastic bags and garbage cans for waste disposal are located throughout the site.
Anglers cleaning fish should not discard fish entrails in the lake or on the shore.
For more questions about fishing at the lake at the Portneuf Wellness Complex, please contact the Fish and Game regional office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.

answered 9/20/2015

Q: Killing bears

What is the justification for killing bears or other species that are typically not eaten?

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There are many reasons that animals are harvested throughout the world.  These reasons fall into some general categories such as for food and clothing, biological reasons (e.g., control disease, overabundance), and social (e.g., protect livestock or crops, to reduce wildlife/automobile collisions and human injury). 
In Idaho, citizens have a voice in wildlife management including the development of species management plans, establishing harvest seasons, structures and rules.  One way citizens exercised this involvement was by a public initiative in 1938 which established the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  The purpose of the Commission and responsibilities of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are set forth in the State of Idaho Wildlife Policy (Idaho Statute 36-103).  The Policy states- “All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall be only captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.”
If you have a specific question(s) regarding the management of any species in Idaho, we encourage you to contact your local Fish and Game office.

answered 9/19/2015

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The legal definition of a drainage can be found in Idaho Administrative Rules (IDAPA) at 13.01.11.004.10 which says:
10. Drainage.     All water flowing into a common river or stream system, either above or below ground, due to area geography.
 
You can find other common definitions used to craft fish rules in this same section of IDAPA.

answered 9/19/2015

Q: Yankee Fork

Hi,
Several questions.
# 1- What species of fish are in upper Yankee Fork river?
I have a 90 acre claim. ( Starlight Claim # 203588)
The claim includes approx. 3/4 miles on Yankee Fork river.
By law I own anything above ground ( Gold, minerals) etc.
#2- Can I fish on my portion of claim without fishing license?
I'm a catch and release fisherman..
Thanks
Vaughn

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Hi there Vaugh,
The Yankee Fork is home to several species of fish, including Chinook Salmon, Steelead, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. At this time, the populations of salmon and steelhead are very low and no fishing is allowed for those species. Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout are catch/release only and the season is open all year. Mountain Whitefish are also present, and they can be kept all year at 25/day. 
Check out Pages 41-42 in the 2013-2015 Fishing Regulation for more information, which you can download here:
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/rules/seasonsRules.pdf
 
Even though you have a mining claim, a fishing license is still required. All fishing in Idaho requires a fishing license, unless you are fishing a private pond where the owner has a valid private pond permit. 
You can buy a license all over the state at many local vendors, or buy it online. Now you can even buy your license using your mobile phone!
https://id.outdoorcentral.us/
 
 

answered 9/18/2015

Q: Salmon elk zone

In the 2015 big game regs the general B tag in the salmon zone is capped for 2,507 tags but when I went online to purchase one it said sold out at 1,589 why is this?

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The number of tags available listed in the big game rules booklet is the total number of tags available for that zone. The number of tags is distributed between three groups based on historical sales at the time the zone was capped. The rules for allocating the number of tags available can be found at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0104.pdf in section 505. For the Salmon B tags, the quota for residents is 1,589 tags, the quota for nonresident is 830 and the quota for outfitters is 88.

answered 9/18/2015

Q: Quail hunting on Wildlife Management areas.

Can you hunt Quail on the Wildlife Management Areas during the entire quail season, or do you need to wait for the Pheasant season to start? If you are able to hunt earlier do you need to have a Pheasant Permit on the area prior to Pheasant season?

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Quail can be hunted on the WMAs as long as the quail season is open. A pheasant permit is only needed on a WMA that pheasants are released on and only if you are hunting pheasants.

answered 9/17/2015