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: Caimans

Are caiman legal to own as pets in Idaho, Canyon county?

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Caimans are wildlife and require an import permit be issued before the animal enters Idaho. At this time Caimans and all other crocadilians are not being allowed import into Idaho as personal pets. Some cities also have wildlife restrictions which restrict pet crocadilian.
answered 9/14/2015

Q: Nonresident archery elk permit purchase

Can I purchase a nonresident archery elk tag at any Idaho game and fish office or do I have to purchase it in the region I will be hunting?

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You can purchase your elk tag at any Idaho Fish and Game office or license vendor in the state, regardless of location.
answered 9/14/2015

Q: Salvaging spawned kokanee

Can we catch the kokane that have spawned and will die without a license at anderson ranch res.

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To legally catch or take gamefish from a public water in Idaho you need to have a fishing licenese.  They also need to be taken in a legal manner as defined by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in the 2013 - 2015 Fishing Rules booklet.  This does not include capture by hand or snagging - unless the water is open for salvage.
answered 9/12/2015

Q: chinook in lucky peak

Will chinook ever be planted in lucky peak? I caught one last week but would imagine it made its way down from anderson? Thanks.

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I wouldn't rule-out fall Chinook being stocked in Lucky Peak Reservoir because it's a fish management tool we often use on other bodies of water to control Kokanee populations.  The difference with Lucky Peak Reservoir is there is very little natural Kokanee reproduction that occurs in tributaries to the reservoir, so we have tight control over the Lucky Peak Kokanee population. The fall Chinook fishery in Anderson Ranch Reservoir has become very popular over the past few years.  These are the same fish we use in Lake Coeur d'Alene to provide a fishery.  If public desire for this type of fishery grows, we may consider expanding stocking into other waters with Kokanee as a forage fish.
answered 9/12/2015

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In Idaho, coyotes can be hunted by anyone possessing a hunting license (age 10 and up) or hunting passport (age 8).
answered 9/11/2015

Q: Have you considered adding a late archery or rifle season for whitetails in lower Sawtooth region?

I live in garden valley and i am 36 years old. I grew up hunting units 33, 34 and 35 from the mid 80's till now. In the early 90's there was a very small population of whitetail on the Middle Fork of the Payette River. Nobody knew where they came from and over the last 25 years they have really grown taken over. There numbers have not been regulated and i think a late archery or rifle season would help native species to this area have better odds of surviving harsh winters.

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Thank you for sharing your observations and your idea for consideration.   There has been an increase in the number of white-tailed deer seen along the middlefork and southfork of the Payette.  Currently, white-tailed deer can be harvested by anyone who has a valid general any weapon, regular deer tag from Oct 10 - Oct 31.  They can also be harvested by anyone with a valid general any weapon, white-taileded deer tag from Oct 10 - Nov 8.  They may also be harvested with a valid tag during the archery season earlier in the fall (Aug 30 - Sep 30).   IDFG observations in the area indicate that in general the white-tailed deer use more of the river bottom and surrounding ag field interface, whereas most mule deer move further into the forest for the spring, summer, and fall period.  It appears that white-tailed and mule deer overlap the most on winter range.  A late season hunt in late November or December may allow more harvest of white-tailed deer but it would also mean that mule deer could also be impacted by hunting activity on winter range.  Also a fair amount of the river bottom where white-tailed deer concentrate in the winter is private so access to hunters may be limited.  These are just two considerations that need to be weighed in the balance for any future season change.   One of the best things that would improve mule deer odds of surviving harsh winters in those units would be an improvement to the winter range.  Currently, many of the south facing lower slopes have been over-run by invasive weeds that provide no benefit to mule deer.    
answered 9/10/2015

Q: mechanical broadheads

When will the commision be re-evaluating the use of mechanical (expanding) broadheads?

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission addressed the issue of lighted nocks, expandible broadheads, and other technology-related weapons restrictions a few months ago at their May 2015 meeting in Lewiston. At that time, the Commissioners voted unanimously to NOT accept any modifications to the current rules related to equipment for taking big game animals. I do not expect the Fish and Game Commission will be interested in considering this issue again for at least several years.
answered 9/9/2015

Q: jet boat salmon river

Can you drive a jet boat year round on the salmon river near Salmon, ID?

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While jet boats are allowed on the Salmon River near Salmon, ID, it is not recommended during much of the year. Low water levels and other hazards make some sections very hazardous.          In addition, a permit is required year round for all types of approved watercraft to be on the Wild and Scenic Main Salmon River. The permitted area begins at the Corn Creek Launch Site and ends at Long Tom Bar (about ½ mile above Vinegar Creek boat ramp) for a total of 77.6 miles.  Non-commercial powerboats are limited to no more than six (6) boats on the Main Salmon River at one time, with a maximum length of 7 days per boat. Permits are allocated using a reservation system centered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations and payments are accepted beginning the 1st of June through the end of the control season by calling the Salmon River Ranger District, (208) 839-2211. 
answered 9/9/2015

Q: Do I need hunters Ed

I went hunting in Oregon earlier this year and decided I would like to continue doing it in Idaho but Idaho requires hunters Ed even if you are older than 18, but the site says exception being if you have previously held a hunting license in Idaho or any other state and I still have my Oregon hunting license so I was wondering if I need hunters Ed.

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If you can show proof of having a valid hunting license in another state you are eligible to purchase an Idaho hunting license.
answered 9/8/2015

Q: Out of State Salvage

I live in Washington State but work in Idaho. I was curious if I could salvage road kill or is that only for Idaho Residence.

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Yes, salvage is legal to residents and nonresidents alike. Be sure to fill out the required paperwork. https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/non-resident
answered 9/7/2015

Q: Can I hunt from the deck of my own private lake front property?

I live on Arrow Point on Coeur D'Alene. Can I hunt turkeys from my deck in season with a license? What about ducks or geese?I have neighbours but it is considered Harrison County?

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Your question may be better answered by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.  Their general phone number is 208 446-1300.  Fish and game laws in Idaho are silent on the subject of shooting from the deck of your home.
answered 9/7/2015

Q: Is license required to open a Archery game zone

we are planning to open a Game zone and would like to include Archery in it, Do we need to take license for the same.

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No as long as you are not hunting any live animal, you do not need a hunting license.
answered 9/7/2015

Q: Lost permits. Do I have to have them in possession during hunt?

I did not print out my permit for sharp tailed grouse or the controlled turkey when I bought them. Do I have to have them in possession if asked for it in the field? I do have a copy of the permit numbers that I can show.

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Yes, you must have your license and tags on your person while in the field. Sage Grouse and Sharptail validations print on your license. Tags cannot be printed via the internet, and must be mailed, or picked up in person at a vendor. If you have lost your license or tag, you may purchase a duplicate at a Regional Office.
answered 9/5/2015

Q: Giving Away A Tag

Is there anything against the Idaho Fish & Game regulations that would prevent me from giving my Elk tag to a Minor (17yrs or younger), Since I will not have the opportunity to hunt this year but have already drew for and purchased the tag.

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The holder of a controlled hunt tag for big game or permit for turkey may transfer that tag/permit to his or her minor child or grandchild under the age of 18 who is otherwise qualified to participate in the hunt. The form at the link below must be used to transfer the tag/permit. Visit any Fish and Game office, or send by mail. The tag must accompany the form. The child or grandchild may receive only one controlled hunt tag/permit per species, per calendar year. The transfer must be made before the opening date of the hunt. For more information, please contact your local Fish and Game office or call our licensing section in Boise at 208-334-2592. . The form is available here: Designation/Transfer Of Control Hunt Tag Or Control Hunt Permit Form
answered 9/5/2015

Q: Muzzleloader Caliber Restriction?

Why is there a caliber restriction for muzzleloader only hunts for elk (and a few other species)? I know the point of the other muzzleloader only hunt rules is to preserve the primitive nature of the hunt, but why limit caliber size with muzzleloaders? You don't do this for the any weapons seasons (a .223 Rem is legal for elk- right?) You seem to trust the judgement of the center-fire rifle hunters to choose a quality big game bullet and to take good shots, regardless of caliber choice - I wish you'd afford the muzzleloader only season hunters the same freedom. Right now a hunter can take a .50 caliber muzzleloader out with 175 grain lead round ball and attempt to shoot an elk on a muzzleloader only hunt, but the same hunter cannot use a .45 caliber muzzleloader shooting a 460 grain lead conical...? If you need to have some assurance muzzleloader hunters are using an adequate bullet for elk, why not regulate the weight of the bullet (like you do for arrows for archery hunters)?

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Thank you for your comments.  Muzzleloader restrictions have gone through multiple revisions over the years at the request of several muzzleloader hunting groups in the state.  Idaho Fish and Game continues to be concerned with advancement in hunting equipment technology and the difference between wounding loss and success rates resulting from these advancements.  We will continue to review appropriate caliber and other restrictions on muzzleloader hunting that reflect the primitive nature of the hunt, success rates and wounding losses, and allow us to provide separate muzzleloader seasons with as few restrictions as necessary.  Thank you for your comments.
answered 9/4/2015

Q: is it legal to bow hunt in meridian city limits?

i am aware it is illegal to do so in Boise, but i could not find any information about it for Meridian

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I'm not sure.  I would talk with the Meridain Police about discharge of a bow in their city, they may consider a bow a dangerous weapon and have restrictions.
answered 9/4/2015

Q: can i hunt a doe during the archery season only with a regular deer tag?

Just wondering if i could hunt doe during archery season only with a regular deer tag? I am confused if i can shoot either one since i am archery hunting

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Yes.  During archery season your regular deer tag is valid during the season for either antlerless or antlered in the units outlined on page 12 of our big game brochure.  Be sure that the archery season is open under the antlerless column in the unit you wish to hunt on p. 12 at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgDeer.pdf
answered 9/4/2015

Q: Hunting privileges

Due to an unfortunate circumstances with a hunting partner, Utah suspended my big game hunting privileges and said that they could inform other states as well. Would I still be able to hunt with my kids in Idaho where common sense still abides?

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Thank you for your question.  Idaho is a member state of the Wildlife Violator Compact (WVC) as are many other states including Utah.  If an individual’s hunting privileges are suspended in any of the member states, every state belonging to the WVC honors that suspension.  If your hunting privileges are still suspended in Utah, your hunting privileges are also suspended in Idaho and the purchase of an Idaho hunting license while suspended constitutes a misdemeanor violation.  However, unless there are additional restrictions placed on your suspension in Utah prohibiting you from accompanying anyone in the field while hunting, you can accompany others while they are hunting in Idaho as long as you do not kill, or attempt to kill any wildlife.
answered 9/4/2015

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The cost of a senior (65+) combination hunting and fishing license for residents is $11.75  A resident for the purposes of this senior discount was changed in 2015 to residing in Idaho for 6-months rather than 5-years.
answered 9/4/2015

Q: Semi-permanent Treestands

The regulations say that you cant have a portable treestand left up overnight but what about a ladder treestand(Semi-permanent), which take two to three men to install? Is it subject to the same overnight regulations?

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Yes ladder stands are considered a portable stand. This rule applies only on Fish and Game property, for use on BLM, Forest Service, or Department of Lands property consult their regulations for clarification.
answered 9/3/2015

Q: Shooting near roads

How far away do I need to be positioned from a government maintained road to discharge a firearm legally? I know it is unlawful to shoot from and over government maintained roads but what about 20 yards or even 100 yards from the edge of the road?

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There is no set distance that someone would have to be from a road to legally shoot. The law says that it is unlawful to shoot from or across a Public "Highway" A public highway is defined by Idaho code in Idaho Fish and Game Title 36 as:

"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.

answered 9/3/2015

Q: Kokanee just stocked in Hayden Lake

1.Are these Kokanee's that were recently stocked at Honeysuckle beach wild or farmed? 2. Are they safe to eat? 3. I saw some people fishing them with corn, isn't that illegal to use corn? 4. I caught one and when I held it, the eggs were pouring out of it, can you use these eggs for fishing, like for trout?

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Hello, I can provide answers to your questions.  I listed your questions below with my responses. 1.Are these Kokanee's that were recently stocked at Honeysuckle beach wild or farmed? The kokanee are raised in a Fish and Game fish hatchery and stocked into Hayden Lake every year.  The get stocked as juveniles in June and are about 3-4 inches long when released.  It takes about a year before they are large enough to be caught by anglers.  The largest kokanee in the lake (typically 14-17") are two years old. 2. Are they safe to eat? Yes, they are safe to eat.  In fact, kokanee are one of the finest tasting fish in our area and are hugely popular with anglers for this reason. 3. I saw some people fishing them with corn, isn't that illegal to use corn? Corn is legal to use as bait.  In fact, corn is the most popular bait to use when kokanee fishing.  Kokanee are caught primarily by trolling from a boat in open water.  There are differnent types of trolling gear you can use to catch them.  However, corn is commonly placed on the hook of the lure.  Maggots can also be used. 4. I caught one and when I held it, the eggs were pouring out of it, can you use these eggs for fishing, like for trout? It is legal to use fish eggs for bait.  However, I would not recommend this as an effective bait for kokanee fishing.  Corn or maggots is much preferred. If you are interested in learning more about kokanee fishing, there are some good websites with information on fishing techniques.  Also, local sporting goods stores are usually good about helping, too. I hope this helps.  Have a good day. Andy Dux
answered 9/3/2015

Q: licenses

How do I go online and find how many over the counter elk tags are left for a certain area?

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Our resident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/residenttagavailability Our nonresident tag count can be found here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/license/nonresidentTagAvailability
answered 9/3/2015

Q: Catching spawning kokanee on hayden creek by hand.

Had heard of some people going up Hayden Creek and catching spawning kokanee by hand for smoking purposes. Is this legal? And if so,what is the daily limit?

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“It is illegal to fish in any waters of Idaho with more than one handline or pole with a line attached; …..or by archery, spearfishing, snagging, hands and netting except as permitted. “ If you observe a violation I would encourage you to report it to your local Conservation Officer, Sherriff’s Office or the “Citizen Against Poaching” CAP hot line at 1-800-632-5999 – this phone number is also on the back of your fishing license.  The limit for kokanee varies from region to region so you will need to consult your regulations for kokanee limits in each region.  For Hayden Creek and its tributaries the Kokanee limit is 15 and this information is found on page 13 of the printed fishing regulations.  Kokanee can provide some excellent table fare when smoked but they must be harvested using legal methods.  Catching Kokanee by hand is not a legal method of take or harvest.
answered 9/2/2015

Q: Not filling an elk tag?

If I buy an archery elk tag for unit 31 and I do not fill the tag, can I still buy another one for archery season in unit 39?

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You can purchase a second elk tag, but, it will be at the nonresident price.
answered 9/2/2015