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: What do you need to bring with on field day?

What is required to bring with on field day; if taking the instructor led course?

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Please bring the printed voucher available at the end of the online course. Either paper copy or electronically available for the instructor to read and verify that you passed the online course. Field days are held outside. Prepare for the weather conditions.

answered 4/2/2016

Q: Moose hunting non-resident allocation.

Hunt #3043 for Moose, 2015, shows that there were 2 tags available, but 1 was awarded to a non-resident.
Since there were more than 2 resident applicants, how can this be?

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission rules for controlled hunts state: In controlled hunts with ten (10) or fewer tags, not more than one (1) nonresident tag will be issued. In controlled hunts, EXCEPT unlimited controlled hunts, with more than ten (10) tags, not more than ten percent (10%) of the tags will be issued to nonresidents. This rule shall be applied to each uniquely numbered controlled hunt and to the controlled hunts for each species.
Based on the rule stated above, the hunt with two tags could potentially have one tag drawn by a nonresident. It does not guarantee one tag will go to a nonresident but there is a chance one could in the random draw process.
 

answered 4/1/2016

Q: Is the ice off Payette Lake?

I want to fish the ice off period on Payette Lake. How can I get current information on if/when the ice will be off Payette Lake?

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Ice will likely be off 10 days to 14 days from now. You can look at Milehighmarina.com has a webcam of the area next to town.

answered 4/1/2016

Q: How to pick the right color lure?

I'll be going to the store in a couple days for trout lures. i was wondering what type of lure is best for trout in the Boise River? my other question is how do I pick the right type of color? Should I just pick ones that I think will work and experiment with them?

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Based on my own personal experience, I would recommend smallish in-line spinners. Common brands include blue fox or mepps. Personally, I have caught trout on silver or blue and silver, blue fox spinners in size one to three. Alternatively, you might want to try small (2-3.5") "stick" baits. Common brands include rapala, storm, or others. Lastly, you might consider black or brown marabou jigs.  You will see other anglers on the Boise River that prefer bait (primarily worms or eggs) or fly fishing (primarily nymphs or streamers), which would be other options. Please be reminded that for the most part, the daily bag limit is six trout except for a small section in east Boise.   

answered 3/30/2016

Q: What types of live bait are allowed to be used in Idaho?

Are we allowed to use live minnows for bait while fishing for crappie and bluegill here in Idaho? And are we allowed to use bee moths or as some call it wax worms?

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No live swimming bait is legal for use while fishing in Idaho waters.  Non-swimming live bait like worms, nightcrawlers, fly larve (maggots), wax worms, etc. are allowed to be used while fishing.  Live crayfish can only be used for bait if they were captured from the water in which you are fishing.
 
The reason for not allowing live bait is two-fold.  First, we don't want new invasive fish species to be established in Idaho from live bait escaping from anglers.  The second issue has to do with transmission of diseases.  Some out-of-state bait sources carry diseases that could be transmitted to Idaho fish populations and cause population level mortality.  This not only effects recreational populations of fish but can also become introduced into commercial fish rearing operations and have huge impacts on their business.

answered 3/29/2016

Q: 2015 big game harvest statistics

With the upcoming application period for Moose, sheep, and goats beginning on April 1, when are the 2015 harvest statistics going to be available?

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These results are now available online in full:
2015 Moose harvest statistics
2015 Sheep harvest statistics
2015 Mountain goat harvest statistics
 

answered 3/29/2016

Q: Map planner measurement reset?

When making a mileage measurement on map planner I used to be able to clear the previous measurement to make another one. Now I have to leave map planner entirely and come back to it in order to make another measurement. Am I doing something wrong or did things change?

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Good morning,
I agree that the measurement tool isn’t terribly intuitive and it would be nice to be able to just take one measurement after another without having to re-open the tool and click any buttons. I updated the application code so now after you have made a measurement, the tool will stay active and you don’t have to go back into the Measurement Tool window to turn it on.  To stop using the Measurement Tools, you still need to open the Measurement Tool window and click the ‘Clear Measurement Results’ button.  What do you think?  Is this better?
Thanks for your feedback,
Pam

answered 3/28/2016

Q: Can you hunt Waterfowl/ Migratory birds in Idaho with a shotgun suppressor/silencer?

Can you hunt Waterfowl/ Migratory birds in Idaho with a shotgun suppressor/silencer?

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There is no state code preventing the use of suppressors for the purposes of hunting. other Applicable federal laws may come into play.

answered 3/27/2016

Q: Felon archery hunting

I would just like clarification on the rule change. Can any felon archery hunt? The wording is just a little confusing and don't want to come to your state and do something illegal when it can be prevented. The wording explosive action and fewer restrictions are getting me. Contacted state police and they told me to contact you guys.

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The answer provided below is a reprint from a similar question asked by another individual.
 
 
Idaho no longer restricts felons' possession of archery equipment. In general, there are fewer restrictions for weapons that do not involve explosive action.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals convicted of felonies are responsible for doing their own research to see if the law allows them to possess firearms. Laws vary among states and the federal government as to the restriction and restoration of rights for convicted felons.
Also note that, in Idaho, one does need a bowhunter certification to hunt in an archery only hunt.
This past legislative season, the rules defining a firearm restriction were indeed changed. As of July 1, 2015, there are now fewer restrictions on what firearms that certain felons may possess.
Idaho Code Section 18-3302 defines “firearm” as “any weapon that will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.”
This includes all guns using explosive force, including:
rifles,
shotguns,
handguns,
muzzleloaders and similar guns.
Before July 1, 2015 there was a different and broader definition of firearm that no longer applies.
Here are links to the basic Idaho laws on this subject:
http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH3SECT18-310.htm
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH33SECT18-3302.htm
http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH33SECT18-3316.htm

answered 3/27/2016

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Yes they are legal for turkeys but not for big game.  So you must be careful if there is a big game season occuring while you are hunting turkeys because you could be in violation if you are also hunting big game.

answered 3/27/2016

Q: Check-stations

Where on your website can I find the game-check stations in Ada, Canyon, and Gem Counties?

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Game Check Stations are not posted on the website.  Check stations have several purposes including collecting biological data and/or to help inform people of rules and regulations, and help with the enforcement of those rules and regulations.  You are welcome to call the SW Region office in Nampa (465-8465) to discuss check stations in Ada, Canyon, and Gem counties.

answered 3/26/2016

Q: feral cats

Do I need a trappers license to live catch feral cats in my own yard to protect my chickens?

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No Fish and Game issued trapping license is needed to catch ferrel cats on your property.  Ferel cats would not be classified as wildlife and would not fall under Fish and game jurisdiction.
 
Ferel cats fall under state, county and city jurisdiction, and therefore you should be aware of animal abuse laws.
 
I would consult with animal control agents in your local jurisdiction
 
 
 

answered 3/26/2016

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Yes you can to hunt waterfowl.

answered 3/26/2016

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Waste laws only apply to game animals, except black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves.  These laws also apply to all game birds and game fish.  A complete list of Idaho’s wildlife and their classification can be found in the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) 13.01.06.100. Because jackrabbits are classified as predators, they are not covered under waste laws.  Remember though, Cottontail rabbits are classified as upland game animals; Therefore seasons, bag limits and waste laws apply.

answered 3/25/2016

Q: Bighorn sheep regulations

I was always told that a legal bighorn ram in Idaho was a "full curl" ram, but when I look in the regulations, I see no mention of this requirement. I would like to start applying for bighorn hunts and would like some clarification of this rule. Thank you.

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We used to require a ram be 3/4 curl or better but that rule changed several years ago.  Biologists looked at harvest rates and their potential impacts on age structure and decided that if a hunter wished to harvest any legal ram rather than a mature ram, more older and larger rams would survive passing on their genes to offspring.  Also, if a hunter wished to use his "once in a lifetime" opportunity on a smaller ram, then they shouldn't be penalized and be required to miss that opportunity if it had no negative impacts to the population of bighorns. 

answered 3/25/2016

Q: Where can I find a few deer and elk sheds in the magic valley or up around Hailey?

I am looking for a fairly easy place to find some deer and elk sheds. I am a disabled veteran and don't have a whole lot of mobility. I live in the Twin Falls area and would go north to the Hailey area or East to the Burley area or even just up in the South Hills. I don't want anyones secret canyon, or anything like that, just an area where they winter and I might stuble on a couple of sheds.
Thanks

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Good Morning,
Sorry for the delay on responding to your question.There are quite a few places I can think of where you could possibly find some shed antlers. Mule deer start dropping their antlers in January/Early February. Because most of the deer antlers have been on the ground for quite some times, the easy ones have probably already been picked up. However, there are places where deer wintered in heavy sagebrush cover, where I am sure you could still pick up a few antlers.For deer - I would go to the sagebrush flats on the Bennett Mt. front. Like I said, I would look in places that have heavy sagebrush, where antlers cannot be easily seen, such as the flats around Clover Creek, Bennett Creek, Teapot Dome and Pioneer Reservoir. I have picked up many deer antlers in all of those areas, late into the summer.
Elk antlers are going to be a bit more difficult, as elk normally winter quite a ways off the beaten path. However, some easier places to find antlers (where elk have wintered) are the Picabo Hills, Fish Creek (outside of Carey), and Browns Bench (west of Salm on Falls Reservoir.
Hopefully some of these places help, and good luck!
John
Magic Valley RegionLandowner/Sportsmen Coordinator

answered 3/24/2016

Q: STEELHEAD

HOW MANY ON AVERAGE STEELHEAD RETURN TO THE SAWTOOTH HATCHERY EVERY YEAR.
HOW MANY NATIVE STEELHEAD DO YOU THINK ARE IN THE STANLEY AREA.

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On an average year, 2000-3000 steelhead return to Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. We typically see fewer than 100 natural steelhead at the Sawtooth weir.

answered 3/24/2016

Q: Please plant some trout between Minidoka and Milner dams in the river, K2 park would be a good start in Burley.

Could Idaho Power's catfish planting be changed to "Trout"? We have had enough catfish...
Thanks

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To whom it concerns,
We appreciate your recommendation to stock Trout in Milner Reservoir; however, water temperatures are typically unsuitable for rainbow trout survival in the Milner Reservoir pool. Stocked trout that pass through the Minidoka Dam do not persist much downstream.  We have documented water temperatures that are not suitable for rainbow trout. If you haven't tried it yet, consider fishing the Minidoka bypass on the South Side.  There is good access and word has it some great trout fishing.

answered 3/24/2016

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No birds may be shot without a license. Unprotected non-native species, such as European Starlings and Eurasian Collared-doves, may be taken year-round by those possessing a valid hunting license.

answered 3/22/2016

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Not from the wild.  Only if you can prove it was offspring of a magpie raised in captivity.  That typically requires a bill of sale from a licensed captive animal farm.

answered 3/22/2016

Q: Does the boise river have bull trout in it?

I know the SF, the middle, and north fork all have bull trout in the but I'm wondering about the main in town stretch. Someone recently told me they caught one a while back here and was wondering if that was possible? Also what is the largest rainbow and brown trout taken out of the in town stretch?

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Thanks for your question about Bull Trout and the Boise River. Bull Trout are now mostly extinct below Lucky Peak dam. It is possible (but very unlikely) that a Bull Trout could be flushed downstream through Arrowrock and Lucky Peak dams and be caught in the lower Boise River. Bull Trout have not been documented in any surveys for probably over 50 years. It’s not impossible that you caught a Bull Trout, but it would be very rare!
I’m not sure what the largest Brown Trout ever caught has been, since we don’t keep angler records for individual waters. However, population surveys have occasionally found some rare Brown Trout in the 25-27 inch range. Jake Cecil caught a very large Rainbow Trout in 2007 directly below Lucky Peak dam. That fish was 30” long, with a 25” girth, and was estimated at over 23lbs. That is a very unusual trout for that stretch of the Boise River. Typically, anglers might expect to see Rainbow Trout up to 25 inches, but a rainbow over 22” is exceptional. 

answered 3/22/2016

Q: Motorized hunting rule

My question is similar in nature to the question found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/motorized-vehicle-use-exc...
Except I'd like to ask about meat removal. Is it acceptable to shuttle meat on an open trail in a hunting motorized restricted area? Similar to the guy above I understand that I can ride in and then begin my hunt. Just curious if once I'm way back in there if the meat has to be carried out or if I can ride out. Not sure if it would classify as an aid to hunting or not? Thank you

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There are several exceptions to the Motorized Hunting Rule (page 102 of the 2015-2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules).  One of these state: Hunters may use a motorized vehicle to retrieve downed game if such travel is allowed by the land owner or manager.  This would apply to both public and private land.  In the case of public land, the road or trail used to retrieve downed game must be open for motorized travel.  Exceptions to the MHR do not allow travel prohibited by land owners or managers.  Also, riders of the motorized vehicle could not be engaged in the activity of hunting as defined in Idaho Code Section 36-202(j) during the retrieval of downed game.   

answered 3/21/2016

Q: Does Fish and Game maintain a land disposal list?

I was recently reading a news story about Black lake and this paragraph caught my eye, " The properties have been on Fish and Game’s disposal list since 1990." If a list exists how can one inquire about purchasing land from the department of fish and game? Thank you for your time.

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Hi,
Yes, the Department of Fish and Game does maintain a list of surplus properties.  These are properties that the Department has determined no longer aid the agency in fulfilling its mission.  All such properties are reviewed and approved for surplus by our Lands Committee, Director, and Commission.
By Idaho statute, the Department of Fish and Game Commission, not the Department, has the authority to purchase or exchange lands.  But neither the Department or Commission has the authority to sell lands.  All sales of Commission properties must be done via the State Land Board process and its approval.  So for any sale of IDFG properties, they must first be approved for sale by the Land Board, offered for sale to public agencies by the Board, offered for sale at auction, and then offered for sale to any interested party making an offer.
As of now, IDFG has several properties approved for sale by the Land Board but which did not sell via auction.  These and other surplus properties that have yet to be approved for sale can be identified by contacting Gregg Servheen at 208-287-2712 or via email gregg.servheen@idfg.idaho.gov.
Thank you for your interest and question.  

answered 3/20/2016

Q: Non resident disabled veterans license

Can I email my proof of disability to you? I have scanned the document with copy of my drivers license.
Thank you,
Brett Wanner
Army Veteran.

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You can e-mail your proof of disability, letter on Veterans Affairs letterhead showing combined service connected disability percentage, to licenses@idfg.idaho.gov.

answered 3/19/2016

Q: Cancelled weapons permit. Does your hunter education course online qualify for this permit?

Does your hunter education class qualify me with the Ada county sheriff department for my permit for a cancelled weapon?

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunter education certification course does not include any handgun lessons or safety information when carrying a concealed firearm. It best to contact your local Sherrif department for current concealed carry permit requirements and current courses that teach concealed carry safety.

answered 3/17/2016