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 it legal to hunt geese in a private field (with permission from the owner) within city limits?

Shelley, Idaho. I have permission to hunt on a private field just was wondering if it was legal or not because I think it might be within city limits. The field is on the east side of yellowstone highway and on the north side of 1400 North.

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This would be dependent upon each individual cities ordinance and would need to be addressed with the city.  There is no mechanism in state law that would give a variance for this.    

answered 2/12/2016

Q: silencers

With the legislation 1099 can a person use a silencer in pursuit of preditors?

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Provided you possess the appropriate federal paperwork, suppressors are legal for hunting in Idaho.

answered 2/12/2016

Q: Winter range maps

I found the downloadable maps on this page, https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/category/tags/winter-range. I was unable to figure out how to view the map. I was wondering if there is a certain program I need to access the maps? Or is there a way to convert the .SHP file to a .KML file?

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Good morning Austin,
If you don't already have Google Earth Pro on your computer, I suggest you download it (it is free - use the key GEPFREE). You can add a .shp file to Google Earth Pro and save as a kml if you like.
Feel free to contact me if you need any further assistance.  pam.bond@idfg.idaho.gov, 208-287-2724
Pam Bond, GIS Analyst, IDFG

answered 2/12/2016

Q: Will the lease on the big onion access yes property be renewed?

I've noticed on the website that the big onion lease was up last year just curious.

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The Department generally begins discussion on renews each spring.  This parcel has been in the program for a number of years, so i would assume it is a high priority for the region.  However, we can't garuntee anything until the process is done.

answered 2/11/2016

Q: Private Pond inflow and outflow mesh size

I am thinking of applying for a Private Fishing Pond Permit. I have read in the Fishing Regulations and searched the Idaho Code 36-706 and can not find any information on the required mesh size to be used on my Inflow and Outflow. I will only be stocking with bass and crappie that I plan on taking from Dworshak reservoir (By obtaining a Live Fish Transport Permit). My outflow goes right back into Dworshak Reservoir so there is no danger of any fish species escaping the pond that aren't already in Dworshak. Can you please provide me with some information on Mesh Size?
Thank You

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Greetings, thanks for your question. The mesh size requirements for fish screen is really dependent on several factors. The design of the outflow (pipe vs drain etc), the size of fish you want to screen, and the water flow through the screen make a big difference in the mesh size needed. We need more details about your potential pond design to really provide an accurate answer. At a minimum, you should expect nothing bigger than 1", but likely will need something down in the 1/4-1/2" size screen. 
I'm going to forward your question to the Regional Fish Manager in Lewiston who will be the point of contact for pond permits in your area. He will respond to you directly and can provide further guidance. 
Martin Koenig
Sportfishing Program Coordinator

answered 2/11/2016

Q: Are kids allowed their own limit of fish?

Are kids allowed to catch their own limit of fish or do the fish count towards the licenced adults limit ?

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It depends on if the children (under 14 years of age) are residents of the State of Idaho or nonresidents.
Resident children (primary domicile/home) who have lived in Idaho for at least the past 6 months are considered residents and can possess their own daily bag limit of fish.  They can even purchase a salmon or steelhead permit (without having a license) and have their own bag limit of these fish.  If they don't purchase a salmon or steelhead permit, then fish they catch and keep need to be recorded on their parents permit and count against their parent's daily bag limit.
Nonresident children (under the age of 14) can fish without a license, but they must be accompanied by a licensed individual (resident or nonresident).  Any fish the youth catches count on the licensed person's daily bag limit.  Nonresident youth can purchase their own 3-day Salmon and Steelhead permit and have their own limit of salmon or steelhead caught within the 3-day period covered by the license.

answered 2/11/2016

Q: River conditions.

Would there be a good place to check to find river conditions on the Salmon River between Challis and Salmon? Trying to find something on line but no recent information.

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River conditions are constantly changing, especially this time of year. There are a couple of different ways to get information on current river conditions:
1.) There are numerous stream flow gauges throughout the upper Salmon River basin that are operated by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and reported online (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/current/?type=flow) or try an internet search for "Idaho stream flows". While these gauges will report stream flow and give you a general idea of flow in relation to the long term average (high, low, normal), they do not report conditions such as water clarity, slush ice, etc.
2.) For current fishing conditions, contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office in Salmon (208-756-2271) or try one of the license vendors in the Salmon Region found here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm. Many of our license vendors are paassionate anglers as well, and will likely be able to give you up to date reports on current river conditions.

answered 2/11/2016

Q: Hunting wolves with artifical light.

Is it legal to hunt wolves with artificial light on private land in season with license and tag, with permission?

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No its not legal. Wolves can only be hunted from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. They have shooting hours.

answered 2/10/2016

Q: Are gun suppressors legal to hunt with in Idaho?

Senate bill 1099 was passed in 2013. i do not see an answer for the use of gun suppressors for hunting since that date. All gun suppressor questions answered are before that date. I assume that suppressors are still legal to hunt with in Idaho.

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Provided you possess the proper federal paperwork, suppressors are legal for hunting in Idaho.

answered 2/10/2016

Q: What type of fishing license should I get?

I will be visiting from out of state for 7 days to fish for steelhead. What is the best license for me to get?

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Let's look at the economics of the various license options. 
You could buy a Nonresident Fishing license ($98.25) and a Nonresident Steelhead permit ($25.75) and fish all year for steelhead in Idaho.  It would also give you the latitude to return in the fall and fish for steelhead at no additional cost.  You could also fish for salmon in the spring or fall with an additional nonresident Salmon permit for $25.75.
If you want to buy 3-Day Salmon/Steelhead permits (includes a 3-day nonresident fishing license) they cost $25.75.  You would need to purchase 3 individual permits for a total of $77.25 to fish for 7 days.  If you go this "route," you might as well plan on a 9 day vacation rather than 7 days.

answered 2/10/2016

Q: What is the minimum bow weight for small game?

Hello, I was wondering if there was a minimum bow poundage for small game in Idaho? I know the legal big game weight is 40 but is there one for small game? Thank you for looking at this question. :)

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Poundage restrictions on archery equipment are only for taking of Big Game in Idaho. There is no minimum poundage for Small Game.

answered 2/8/2016

Q: Chinook in Arrowrock

Hi F&G
I have been fishing arrowrock a bit this winter and happened upon a spot where I seem to have pulled out multiple chinook.
They are not kokanee, or trout, they are a salmon. People have told me that coho have been planted in anderson, as well as chinook. People seem to think they are coho because their jaw is not black.
The 3 I caught were roughly 16-18" spots on the back, silver body, spots on the tail, greenish hue to their back.
I have caught 3 in 2 days, are they washed out from anderson? Are they planted in Arrowrock? Are they spawning? I am a bit lost here any help would be appreciated.
Here is a picture of the fish
http://puu.sh/mZTrk/8cfe433aac.png Bottom is a trout, top fish is the one I am asking about.
How did this many salmon wash out into arrowrock?

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There have been a few fall Chinook that have passed out of Anderson Ranch Reservoir and  caught downstream in Arrowrock Reservoir.  However, the fish in your picture are not fall Chinook or coho.  The fish in the bottom of the picture is clearly a rainbow trout while the upper fish appears to be a kokanee. 
IDFG used to stock coho in many reservoirs across the southern part of Idaho but after several years of evaluation of return-to-creel results, we found  few were being caught by anglers.  Coho were replaced in our hatchery systems with other strains of rainbow trout and more kokanee production - fish that are caught by anglers.  Our goal is to achieve a 40%+ harvest number for fish stocked at 9 - 12" in length.
Fall Chinook have been stocked numerous times over the years as a fish management tool to control excess numbers of kokanee.  They are an aggressive predator on kokanee and, as a benefit, provide an outstanding fishery for anglers interested in catching larger fish.  Deadwood Reservoir is another location where both kokanee and fall Chinook can be caught.

answered 2/7/2016

Q: Turkey Hunting.

Are there any Turkey's on Idaho WMA's ?

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Yes, several WMAs have turkeys.  Two of the better known WMAs include Craig Mt. WMA and Cecil Andrus, but they also occur on Fort Boise, Boise River, and in eastern Idaho.  Depending on where you live you may be able to find turkeys on WMAs.  You can call the local regional office to get more specific information or  go to our website in the turkey section of the rules to locate distribution of turkeys in Idaho.

answered 2/7/2016

Q: Roswell marsh

Are the crop fields at Roswell marsh public land available to hunt?

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Yes, the cropped areas of Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area are available to hunt. All IDFG ground part of Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area north of Highway 18 is currently open for hunting. The wetland portion south of Highway 18 is closed from 1 February – 31 July for waterfowl nesting. For a map of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area, go to the Idaho Fish and Game website (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/) and search “Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area map” to download a copy. For more information, please call the office at Fort Boise WMA at (208) 722 -5888.

answered 2/6/2016

Q: Can I use gamefish for fish bait ?

Can gamefish or parts of gamefish ( flesh, innards, heads, tails, ect. ) be used as bait to catch other fish ? I.e can I use a bass I caught for catfish bait ?

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Yes, you may use game fish parts for bait (no live fish may be used except for crawfish that are caught in on the waters being fished)  Good Luck fishing

answered 2/5/2016

Q: Depredation Hunts Southwest Region

How Many Tags For Depredation Hunts in the Southwest Region 2015 /2016 where given out?

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Thanks for your question:
There are a variety of tools Idaho Fish and Game utilizes to help landowners prevent damage on their property due to wildlife causing damages. One is Depredations Hunts. There are three different depredation style of hunts I will go through so there is no confusion.
1. Depredation Hunt; a hunt where 50% of the hunters are chosen by the landowner and 50% of the other hunters are chosen from a list of sportsment that fill out an application. These are controlled hunts that count as an extra tag and the hunters are able to keep the meat. In the Southwest Region, we had one depredation hunt this year.
2. Kill Permit; This is an emergency hunt that is used in a specialized situation. Some stipulations would include weapon type, methods, sex, and shooting hours. Hunters are very restritictive and are typicllay just the landower and a ranch hand.  The meat from these permits are donated to food banks, chruches, and local families in need. We have issued 14 kill permits this year; this includes revision of previous issed permits.
3. Landowner Permission Hunts; To address multiple depredations over a large scale area IDFG created some Landowner Permission Hunts, called LPHs. For example, the Wieser River Area. There are 35 landowners with large agricultural operations that have reported damages from elk. Insted of having 35 individual depredations hunts, we try to address the issues as a whole with one hunt.These hunts give landowers permission slips they can use to address the depredations on their peorerty. These permisson slips are redeemed in a Regional Office for an elk tag. The landowner can choose to give the permission slip out if they desire. These are classified as controlled hunts where the hunters can keep the meat. A few LPH hunts are extra tags. In the Southwest Region, there are 450 extra LPH tags and 525 regular controlled hunt tags. The primary areas for these hunts are Untis 31, 32, 39, and 41.
 
If you have futher question, please email me
Katie Oelrich
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Landowner Sportsman Coordinator
Southwest Region
Nampa, Id 83686
w. 208-465-8465 ext.1034860
c. 208-409-9481
katherine.oelrich@idfg.idaho.gov
 

answered 2/5/2016

Q: How does my tackle shop become a licensed vendor?

How does my tackle shop become a licensed vendor?

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Please send a letter expressing your interest in becoming a license vendor for the Department of Fish and Game. Include in your letter:
     Your Name     Business Name     Mailing Address     Phone number
You can send the letter through the mail to:
IDFG License SectionP. O. Box 25Boise, ID 83707
or send it via e-mail to licenses@idfg.idaho.gov.
 
 

answered 2/5/2016

Q: Whistle pigs/ground squirrels

Is it legal to hunt whistle pigs in Southwest Idaho/Kuna area?? Am aware of the Birds of Prey restrictions. If this info can be found in the hunting regs., please reference the page number. Thanks!!

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Ground squirrels (sometimes called "whistle pigs") in southern Ada County are predominately the type called "Piute ground squirrel."  This species is considered to be Unprotected Wildlife in Idaho Administrative Code (IDAPA 13.01.06).  IDAPA 13.01.06, Section 300.03 states: "Those species of wildlife classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state or federal law, by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping, or combination hunting and fishing licenses, provided such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances, or regulations."  Additional information can be found on page 39 of the 2016-2017 Upland Game, Furbearer, and Turkey regulations brochure, as well as the IDFG website at:  idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/ground-squirrel .  Shooting regulations for the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area can be found on the Idaho BLM website.  Currently, these regulations can be found at this web address: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/NLCS/MNSRBP_NM/management_and_research/...
 

answered 2/4/2016

Q: Fort Boise snow geese?

There are certain sections of fort Boise that are not specified as closed from Feb 1st to March 10th. Can you hunt these areas for snow geese? I've heard of people hunting these open areas.

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The central portion of Fort Boise WMA is closed from February 1 – July 31 for waterfowl nesting. Remaining areas of the WMA are still open to public access, but the hunting of white-fronted and light geese (Blue, Ross’s, and Snow) on any portion of the WMA is not allowed after January 31st.
On page 10 of the Idaho 2015 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules, under Closures, it states: “In the Southwest Region, Fort Boise and Payette River WMAs and that portion of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area south of Highway 18, and the Snake River Islands Unit of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge will be closed February 1 – March 10 2016.”
The ponds at Fort Boise WMA are a primary roosting area for snow geese as they pass through our region on the spring migration. Shooting them where they roost would just induce them find somewhere else to roost. This would not only provide a very limited hunting opportunity, but would deny the opportunity for hundreds of wildlife viewers to enjoy the spectacle of thousands of geese at Fort Boise heading out to or returning from daily feeding forays.  Providing a place for snow geese to roost keeps them in the general vicinity at least, so local fields can continue to offer hunting opportunity.   
Areas of Roswell Wildlife Habitat Area north of Highway 18 are open to light goose hunting.  The harvested grain in those fields can provide a hunting opportunity when they feed there. 
For a map of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area, go to the Idaho Fish and Game website (fishandgame.idaho.gov) and search “Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area map” to download a copy.

answered 2/3/2016

Q: Understanding the meaning of "Taking" big game animals

I have not been able to find a clear definition of what "Taking" means for birds, animals, fish etc. I would assume it means the same thing as harvesting or killing or trapping or catching the animal as opposed to the act of just hunting or fishing?

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"Take" is defined in statute (Idaho Code 36-202(i)).
""Take" means hunt, pursue, catch, capture, shoot, fish, seine, trap, kill, or possess or any attempt to so do."
 http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title36/T36CH2SECT36-202.htm
 
 

answered 2/3/2016

Q: Steelhead

What month do they run in 2016?

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In the late winter and spring, steelhead can be found in the upper sections of most rivers open to steelhead fishing. This is usually February - April, but check the closure dates. In February-April, steelhead will be found in the Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Salmon River near Riggins, and the upper Salmon River from Salmon to Stanley. The Snake River bellow Hells Canyon dam is also popular at this time of year.
In the fall, steelhead begin to appear in Idaho in September. Lower sections of the Clearwater, and Snake rivers are best. Fishing picks up in October and November and steelhead can be found in the Salmon River near the towns of Riggins and as high as North Fork and Salmon. 

answered 2/2/2016

Q: Land owner tag

If I acquire a landowner tag for elk am I able to buy an elk tag at the general price that same year?

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If the landowner controlled hunt tag you get is for a limited controlled hunt, you cannot have a general season tag for the same species. However, you would be able to purchase what we call a RES-NONRES general season tag as a second tag at the nonresident price. The RES-NONRES general season tags are those general season nonresident deer and elk tags remaining from the nonresident quota after August 1. These general season tags can be purchased by both residents and nonresidents as a second tag at the nonresident price.
For example:
If you are a resident of Idaho and are given a landowner limited elk controlled hunt, you cannot purchase another resident general season elk tag. If we have nonresident elk tags available as of August 1, you may purchase a RES-NONRES general season elk tag at the nonresident price.
If you are a resident of Idaho and are given a landowner extra limited elk controlled hunt, you can purchase a resident general season elk tag because the landowner controlled hunt given is an extra tag.

answered 2/1/2016

Q: When do they stock Sego Prairie pond in Kuna?

When do they stock Sego Prairie pond in Kuna?

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For the most part, Sego Prairied Pond is stocked once per month during March, April, May, and June as well as during October and November.  During each of the months, about 225 catchables are stocked. We do not publicize the day of stocking, but the week of stocking may be found at:
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=230
 

answered 2/1/2016

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Yes, page 14 in the fishing regulations only restricts fishing to single point barbless hooks while fishing for salmon and steelhead.  Barbed hooks are allowed while fishing for trout, although cutthroat are catch and release only; and if you caught a salmon or steelhead while using a barbed hook they could not be reduced to possession.  Good Luck fishing

answered 1/31/2016

Q: Can you fish a electric motor only lake when a gas motor is mounted to boat, but not used?

If the gas motor is not started or used on the lake. Can the boat be used on the lake with a electric motor?

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Yes, as per Page 50 of the fishing regulations, "When fishing waters listed --electric motors only-- gas (internal combustion) motors may be attached to the boat; but use of the gas motor is prohibited.  Good Luck fishing

answered 1/31/2016