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: Bowhunting education

If I take the online internet course for bow hunting, do I get a card saying I passed or is it filed in the system?

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Following successful completion of the online bowhunter course you receive a certification card to print. The record of your certification will be stored with Idaho Fish and Game if you ever lose this card.

answered 11/13/2015

Q: Do i need an archery permit for a short range hunt

I have been wanting to hunt with my bow and the only chance I had we were in harvest. I have my certificate for archery ed and there is a short range hunt for white-tail and im wondering if I need it on my license in order to hunt in short range or if a archery permit is just for archery only seasons.
Thank You,
Hunter Bartausky

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You can use a bow in a "short-range weapon" hunt without an archery permit validation.
The archery permit validation is required for archery-only hunts.
However, you are required to follow the archery equipment restrictions listed on page 98 of the 2015 - 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure.

answered 11/12/2015

Q: Bowhunting

If I choose to Bow hunt for deer and am unsuccessful could I trade in my tag for a rifle tag to hunt deer?

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You cannot exchange a tag that you have hunted on for another tag.   In fact, you can only exchange your tag if the season on your tag has not yet started.   

answered 11/12/2015

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If you have access to a boat, try fishing flats east of Gotts Point in 10-20 feet of water. The north shore east of Gotts Point can be good in spring from April-June as catfish move to shallow waters to spawn. The west basin is also a good area. Check the flats along the south shore of the west basin (Caldwell Dam side) in 8-15' deep. Remember, boating is only upen April - September, so check with the Deer Flat Refuge office for details. 
If you don't have a boat, access is a bit more challenging. Try fishing the access area around Gotts Point (the end of Greenhurst Road), and the shoreline along the Kingfisher Trail to the east of Gotts Point. There is also access near the Deer Flat Refuge headquarters. The long shoreline point near the headquarters and along the Nampa Dam are worth trying. Otherwise, the Caldwell Dam has a lot of access, but I'm not sure how good the catfishing can be.
The most important thing to keep in mind is using good bait. Freshly cut fish like carp, suckers, pikeminnows or perch is the best bet. If you can't get fresh cut bait, try the more traditional catfish baits available at your local bait shop. 
Good luck!

answered 11/12/2015

Q: when in november willthe steel heads be released in the boise river

I heard that it would be this thursday is that true

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Yes. More than 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 12 the first of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is the full news release about the Boise River steelhead stocking.

answered 11/11/2015

Q: Can a firearm be used during all of a controlled hunt season?

I'm considering applying for the controlled antlered deer hunt next year for 1-1a and am wondering if I can use my firearm during the complete duration from August 30- December 1. I can't clearly see the rule on weapon restrictions during the controlled hunt period if no specific weapon control hunt is applied for.

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Yes, this controlled deer hunt is an "any weapon" hunt. You may use your firearm for the entire length of the hunt.

answered 11/10/2015

Q: How to become a wildlife rehabilitator?

I'm 18 and have a love for animals. What process do I need to go through to get a wildlife rehabilitation permit in Idaho? Is any training needed? After i get the permit, what is the next step?

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Depends on the region, what species you are interested in and what you have for facilities.  You need to contact your local regional office and outline your intentions, experience, facilities, species interests, and then the regional office can determine if you are qualified and fit into their needs for wildlife rehab in the region.  Good luck!

answered 11/9/2015

Q: Salmon/steelhead license

Can I fish for either salmon or steelhead with one permit or do I need to buy a permit for each species?

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In Idaho we require seperate permits to fish for steelhead and salmon.  So, the Steelhead permit is good for fishing in the spring and fall steelhead seasons.  You need to record all steelhead caught and kept over 20" in length on your permit. 
The Salmon permit is good for fishing in the spring and summer (spring Chinook salmon) and fall (fall Chinook and coho salmon). Salmon over 24" that are kept must be recorded on your permit by removing a date notch and recording the river section where the fish is caught.

answered 11/9/2015

Q: can you shoot a rim fire rifle in valley county in short range for small game and predators?

can you use a rimfire rifle in valley county in the short range units on the valley floor for small game and predators?

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The short range weapon restriction is for big game hunting only.  Small game and predators do not have a short range restriction.
 
In Valley County red fox may only be taken by trapping methods.

answered 11/9/2015

Q: Why a muzzleloader permit?

Why do I have to get a muzzleloader permit? I already have an archery permit, and I see the reasons for that, I. e. knowing how to track a wounded animal etc.

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Muzzleloader permits were initially set up to count the number of muzzleloader hunters in order to design hunts for them.  They are now included in sportsmen packs but other license purchasers who are muzzloader hunters cannot be counted or contacted/surveyed without the permits at this point.  Thanks for your question.

answered 11/9/2015

Q: Are you allowed to scent lures?

In regards to 'chumming' and scent / attractants, are you allowed to apply scent to dodgers / flashers as well as your lure?
Not looking to pour scent all over the water, just on tackle.

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Yes, you can scent lures to increase your chances of attracting a fish.

answered 11/6/2015

Q: steelhead fishing rigging shrimp

How do you rig shrimp for steelhead fishing?

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Thread the hook through the main body of the shrimp.  If the shrimp has been frozen or is soft, some people will put a couple of half-hitches of thread around around the shrimp on the hook to hold it in-place.
 
Most people will use shrimp below a "Sammy" when the river temperatures are cooler in the winter.

answered 11/6/2015

Q: Can you buy multiple wolf tags or just one at a time?

Can I buy multiple wolf tags at one time or can I only buy one at a time/per day?

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You can purchase multiple wolf tags at a time.  Hunters may buy up to five gray wolf hunting tags per calendar year. Certified wolf trappers may buy up to five gray wolf trapping tags per trapping season for use in those zones with an open trapping season.
For more information about wolf hunting, please see the Grey Wolf section of our Big Game regulation.

answered 11/6/2015

Q: Leftover nonresident tags

Why did fish and game do away with the discount price on the leftover nonresident tags? I would have thought they would keep it that low to encourage the purchase of more tags, therefore creating more revenue. Last I checked they were looking for more money right?

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The Idaho Fish & Game Commission evaluated nonresident deer and elk tag sales at their July 2015 meeting.  At that time, nonresident tag sales were higher compared to the previous 2 years and projected to remain strong; reflecting improved hunting expectations and a recovering economy.  After considering a variety of price and timing scenarios, the Commission eventually approved the August only discount.  As of early November, residents had purchased more leftover nonresident deer tags than the previous year, even with the shortened discount window.  As for leftover nonresident elk tag sales, residents have purchased nearly the same number as the previous year.  Combining purchases by residents and nonresidents, more leftover tags were purchased in 2015 than in 2014.    

answered 11/3/2015

Q: STEELHEAD IN BOISE RIVER

When are Steelhead going to be released in the Boise River????? November 2015 WHEN??

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A load of steelhead will be delivered to the Boise River this week (week of November 9th) and another load is scheduled to be delivered next week (November 16th) pending the weather.

answered 11/3/2015

Q: Is there a lottery for elk in Idaho?

I live in Ohio and wish to elk hunt next year. Can I show up in Idaho and purchase license and elk tag. And is it DIY hunt?

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Yes, so long as supplies last.
Nonresidents can purchase an over-the-counter license and tag in Idaho beginning December 1st for the upcoming year. There is a cap to the number of elk and deer tags avialable to nonresidents. Many elk zones sell out quickly in popular areas so you'll want to be ready if your hunt is in one of those zones.
If you find a controlled hunt that you're interested in, you can also apply for that and exchange your general tag if you draw.
You can learn more about where to plan your "do-it-yourself" public land hunt using our Idaho Hunt Planner and seasons and rules books. 
Our 2015 Deer and Elk Outlook may provide some additional information about our hunt opportunities and we're planning a 2016 outlook next late summer.

answered 11/3/2015

Q: What is the Cutthroat trout limit on the main Salmon River below the Middle Fork?

We fish for steelhead below the Middle Fork of the Salmon River on the main part of the River. We catch a lot of cutthroat trout and we have released them. Is there a possibility we could keep one to have for dinner?

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In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin.  The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins.  Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.

answered 11/3/2015

Q: If a youth has purchased a general season elk tag (Unit 39 Nov.1-Nov.9) are they allowed to harvest either sex?

If a youth has purchased a general season elk tag (Unit 39 Nov.1-Nov.9) are they allowed to harvest either sex?

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A resident youth (ages 10-17) can hunt both the A and B seasons of an elk zone.  However, the rules of each season must be followed as specified in the seasons and rules.

Per your example, the B tag season on the Boise River zone tag is for antlered only.  Therefore, either sex would not be allowed during the period of November 1-9.

 

answered 11/3/2015

Q: If I have bought a non-resident general deer tag may I use that tag in 11A for the white tail only season that goes until Dec 1st?

I bought a non-resident general deer tag and want to hunt in unit 11a in mid November for white tail. My friend said I may not be able to hunt during that time frame because my tag is a non-resident general deer tag and not a white tail tag. Can I use it then for the white tail hunt or at least exchange it for a non-resident white tail tag? It was $300 and I don't want it to go to waste. Thank you!

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The 2015 season for the general deer tag in unit 11A runs October 10 through November 3. To hunt white-tailed deer in unit 11A through December 1, you would need the White-tail deer tag. Tag exchanges from one type to another had to be done prior to the season opening for the tag you currently hold (see page 110 in the 2015 big game rule book). Based on the information in the question, you would not be able to exchange the general deer tag for a white-tail deer tag at this time. Please contact our license section at 208-334-2592 if you have additional questions. Thanks.

answered 11/2/2015

Q: Can i shoot a doe with a general deer tag?

In Unit 38 there is a antlerless hunt and it ends after the antlered season. Could I shoot a female deer with my general deer tag? Or is there a female only tag?

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If you are referencing the General Regular Deer Short Range Weapon Season in GMU 38, you can harvest a doe on a General Regular Season Deer as long as you have not harvested yet.  The last day for harvest would be November 24, 2016.

answered 11/1/2015

Q: Use of unused contolled tag for late season archery

I have a controlled deer tag that went unfilled. Can I exchange or use that tag for a late season general archery hunt in another unit so I don't have to spend $300 for a non resident tag?

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Your controlled hunt tag is only valid for the dates and hunt area listed in the current years big game rule booklet. Once the hunt to the tag you hold starts, you may not exchange it for another tag (see page 110 in the 2015 big game rule booklet). To hunt in the general season at this time, you will only be able to purchase the general season Res-Nonres tag at the nonresident prices.

answered 11/1/2015

Q: Cow season in unit 4

Why is there no cow season in unit 4? This past rifle season I saw over 70 cows before I saw a bull?

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First, a very good and timely question.  As you know, the either-sex portion of the general elk season was eliminated several years ago in the Panhandle, primarily due to low calf:cow ratios that were observed during our winter helicopter surveys.  This was especially true in Units 4, 6, and 7.  In areas with good elk numbers and good calf ratios we started controlled hunts for either-sex or antlerless permits.
During last year’s helicopter surveys (January 2015) we saw an increase in calf:cow ratios, especially in Unit 6.  In previous years they were around 13 calves per hundred cows (13:100).  During last year’s surveys they averaged 32:100 in the St Joe drainage.  That was encouraging.  Unfortunately we were not able to fly Unit 4 because of weather and snow conditions.  During this year’s check stations we heard a lot of what you are saying – hunters reporting lots of cows and lots of calves in both the St Joe and N Fk C’da River units.
This was the first year that we saw really encouraging data and I didn’t feel it was enough to change seasons yet.  Remember that we are trying to rebuild the herd after several years of low calf survival.  If we see good calf:cow ratios during this winter’s helicopter surveys it will be time to look at adding some cow harvest to those units where it was eliminated.  We are now in a 2-year season setting cycle so seasons won’t be changed until the 2017 hunting season.  But if things continue to look good I think it will be time to have some antlerless harvest in those units, probably initially in the form of controlled hunt permits.

answered 10/31/2015

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A hunter can purchase both a general elk tag and a controlled hunt elk tag in the same year both at the resident price as long as the controlled hunt tag is an extra antlerless tag.   The extra anterless tags contain an 'X' in the hunt area (i.e. 18-1X or 32-1X).  

answered 10/30/2015

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Yes, as long as supplies last and the season is still current where you're hunting.
Learn how many tags are available and other facts about second tags at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/second-tag

answered 10/30/2015

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The muzzle-loader only hunt for elk in the Panhandle is only for Unit 4 because other units (1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6) have an any-weapon general deer season during that time.  When this hunt was set up it was the desire of the muzzloader hunters to have a season where there was no competition with modern firearms for any species.  The original hunt included Units 7 and 9.  When elk populations decreased in these 2 units they were removed from the hunt, leaving only Unit 4.
We are starting to see a recovery in the elk population in Units 7 and 9.  If this continues, Units 7 and 9 will be added into the hunt during the next round of regulation changes.

answered 10/28/2015