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: South Fork Boise River

When you say you are stocking the South Fork Of the Boise River do you mean below Anderson Dam or above over couch summit or both? Thanks

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We manage the area below Anderson Ranch Dam as a "wild trout" fishery. Consequently, we don't stock hatchery produced trout in that area.  When they refer to stocking the South Fork Boise River in our planting report, we mean the South Fork above Big Smoky Creek.
answered 8/4/2015

Q: Deer crossing Chinden between Linder & Meridian Roads

Hi, I have seen deer crossing Chinden between Linder & Meridian road. Most recently a doe & two fawns. I have also seen them in the pasture that is becoming construction area east of Paramount subdivision. Do you have programs in place to move them to less dangerous areas?

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There are hundreds of deer throughout Boise and surrounding areas that have become urbanized.  We do not have any translocation programs for deer.  Fortunately, most deer have figured out how to safely cross roads and when and where to feed to avoid most traffic.  The greenbelt and surrounding lush green vegetation are very attractive to wildlife and is part of the charm of Boise.  There is little we can do to discourage their use of the area as it will always pull deer from the dry foothills to the lush vegetation of the valley bottom.  If you do find animals which have been killed or injured by cars, please report them, however. Emergencies where people are in danger, call 9-1-1 Animal in distress, please contact Idaho Fish and Game or your local Sheriff A dead animal safely on the side of a road, online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill  
answered 8/4/2015

Q: Is there any exemption for older archery hunters to be able to receive the archery license with out a class?

I was told at fish and game I had to take the archery education class even though I am 42 and have been into archery for well over 30 years and belong to an archery class. I think it's a waste of money and is just red tape I already know safety well. I didn't have to take a hunter's safety class because of my age. Does everyone have to really waste time on repetivatly redoing the same stuff we already know? And pay for it? Or am I exempt because of my age and knowledge?

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    To buy an archery permit in Idaho, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.
answered 8/3/2015

Q: Checking Traps

Do I need to check my traps every 72 hours if I have released them?

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If your traps are not set then they do not need check within the 72 hour time frame. You must have closed them rather than some other method such as snow, debris, rocks etc. You will also note that traps are not allowed to be placed except during a current trapping season, you cannot leave them out after the season or place them prior to the season.
answered 8/3/2015

Q: fishing at night with lights

Is it legal to fish at night with lights either in the water or hanging over? what page of the fishing regulations is this covered. Ive looked everywhere.

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Idaho law is silent on fishing with artificial light, which means it is legal to do so.
answered 8/3/2015

Q: Private property wolf harvest

The newer regulations allow year-round harvest (limited) on private property -- right? Where will these totals be reflected? It doesn't look like anything has changed in the 2014 totals, and nothing shows up yet on the 2015 spreadsheet. Does that mean no wolves have been harvested on private property outside the regular season dates, or they're just not posted yet?

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All legal wolf harvest is updated in those tables as it occurs. If wolf harvest occurs on private land in a zone with a year-round harvest season, the harvest is legal and within an open season and will be updated in the table. The harvest table does not include illegal killings or other mortality factors. The 2014 wolf harvest on private land with an open season would have been entered into the table at the time it was originally reported.  The table does not differentiate harvest by land ownership. As of August 3, there has been no wolf harvest reported for the 2015-2016 hunting season which opened July 1.
answered 7/31/2015

Q: Super Tag

If I were drawn for say a Moose super tag do I have to pay the 175 dollars for the tag

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No. If a hunter draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license prior to IDFG issuing the appropriate super hunt tag.
answered 7/29/2015

Q: Purchase of second "non resident" big game tag

Does IDFG plan to offer leftover non resident tags at a discount again for the 2015 hunting season?

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Yes.   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the sale of discounted second tags, but this year, for a limited time.  Left over nonresident tags will go on sale August 1 and will be available at discounted prices during August only. Beginning September 1, leftover nonresident tags will still be available as second tags but at regular nonresident prices.  Please visit the http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/tagdiscount for more information about the 2015 Second Tag Discount.
answered 7/29/2015

Q: Chesterfield water level

What is the capacity /water level for chesterfield? Is it too low to dock a 19ft boat?

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The ramp at Chesterfield is still usable. The last section of dock is in the water.
answered 7/29/2015

Q: If drawn for a superhunt, do you then need to purchase a tag for the animal you were drawn for?

If you put in and win a super hunt for say deer, do you then need to purchase a deer tag to hunt?

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If a person draws a super hunt tag, IDFG will issue the tag and mail it to the hunter. The hunter is responsible for purchasing the appropriate hunting or combination hunting and fishing license before we can issue the appropriate tag.
answered 7/28/2015

Q: Personal identification

Is photo identification required when hunting big game with a valid hunting license?

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No it is not required to hunt. however it is a good idea to carry photo identification with you to help indentfy yourself.
answered 7/28/2015

Q: Big Horn Sheep in Craig Mountain WMA

Where do I find Big Horn Sheep in the Craig Mountain WMA?

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Bighorn Sheep on Craig Mountain WMA, otherwise known as the Redbird Herd, can be found primarily along the Snake River from the river up to around 2500' in elevation. As expected, they typically prefer rocky crag-type habitat. If you're looking for wildlife viewing opportunities some of your better chances are south of Asotin, Washington. Between 5-10 miles south of Asotin, along the river road (on the Washington side) you can frequently see BHS across the river. For this you will want to have a decent pair of binoculars and/or a spotting scope. They are more active in the mornings and evenings where you will likely see some animals down next to the river. In the hot afternoons, they will often be resting in the shade of cliffs. At this time of the year, ewes, lambs, and young rams are together at lower elevations. More mature rams are typically at higher elevations. Another great opportunity to see bighorn sheep and see the Hells Canyon area is to buy tickets for a local jet boat tour. They offer full day and half-day trips (the half day is more like a 3/4 day) and very often come across BHS along the trip as well as providing an amazing experience with cultural, historic, geological, and other wildlife elements. Certainly a highly recommended experience! Good luck! Justin Barrett
answered 7/28/2015

Q: If you want to trap in a different state after moving ang had a trapping license in the previous state?

What is u want to trapp in a state that u just moved to and u had a license in the previous state

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In Idaho, you can participate in trapping by purchasing a trapping license and following all rules and regulations.
answered 7/27/2015

Q: I wasn't able to print my online ID deer tag/license, how can I get a copy?

I wasn't able to print my online ID deer tag/license, how can I get a copy?

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Big game tags and permits that must be notched, validated or attached to a carcass cannot be printed if purchased via the Internet. Those items will be printed and mailed to customers.
answered 7/27/2015

Q: Special pricing for archery

Why do we pay more for archery? Just because we choose to use a bow, rifle hunters don't pay extra to use a gun. Why is that?

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Many years ago, the bow hunters association made a request that IDFG create an archery stamp and require those who participate in archery only hunts to purchase the archery stamp. The Idaho stamp program was canceled in 1998 after all IDFG licenses, tags and permits became electronic. Those items that used to be stamps were converted to permits or validations on licenses.
answered 7/25/2015

Q: Restrictions on use of motorized boats on Henry's Fork?

Where can I find motorized outboard restrictions on the Henry's Fork above Island Park reservoir?

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Motor restrictions on the Henrys Fork are governed by Fremont County.  You can find the ordinance that restricts motor use on the Mack’s Inn reach at this link: http://www.co.fremont.id.us/departments/commission/waterways_ordinance_revised.pdf
answered 7/25/2015

Q: Night Vision

Night Vision: Allowed, for raccoon and coyote only as long as the proper permission and spotlight permit is obtained. Where do I obtain a spotlight permit? Also if I'm only using NV and not a spotlight, do I still need the permit? Who and how do I get a hold of someone to notify them when and where I decide to hunt at night on Public Lands? Thank you for your help.

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A spotlight permit may be applied for at your local Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office. Ask to speak with the Regional Conservation Officer regarding the permit. There are several stipulations that must be met before a permit will be issued. If you are simply using NVG for Predatory and Unprotected Wildlife, as defined by Idaho Code, and you are not casting a light of any kind, you do not need a spotlight permit. This of course requires you to utilize only ambient light and your NVG. All other rules, and laws are still applicable.  -Josh Royse, Regional Conservation Officer, Magic Valley Region
answered 7/25/2015

Q: Two elk tags

I currently hold a resident smokey mountain elk tag. Can I also purchase an out of state middle fork tag?

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Yes.
answered 7/24/2015

Q: Can I kill magpie's that are eating my chicken eggs

We have numerous magpie's that are eating our free-range chicken's eggs. Can I kill them? Our neighbor said they are protected because they are the Mexican state bird. We live in Idaho.

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Magpies are a protected migratory bird and can not be hunted or killed without a permit.  Both a state and Federal permit are required to kill magpies. The best long term solution to magpies eating chicken eggs is to protect the chickens and exclude the magpies.  Federal and state requirements will require non lethal methods of control before lethal control will be authorized. The Code of Federal Regulations 50 cfr21.43 is the federal restriction and exceptions to killing magpies. Also an Idaho Fish and Game take permit is required for magpies.  Contact your nearest regional office to get the FG permit.
answered 7/23/2015

Q: Regular Deer Tag

Can I use a regular deer tag to hunt whitetail deer in the whitetail deer season or do I need a whitetail deer tag for those hunts?

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The regular deer tag is valid for mule deer and white-tailed deer. 
answered 7/23/2015

Q: Mule deer "tumors?"

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, a mule deer buck came into our salt lick. I noticed a large lump on his left shoulder and another one on his right shoulder. However, when he turned to the side, his entire right side was covered with lumps varying in size from golf ball to softball size. He probably had between 15 and 20 lumps but otherwise seemed healthy and they didn't seem to affect him. I have never seen anything like this and wondered if you could tell me what they are?

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Mule deer and whitetail "tumors" can be benign or malignant depending on the growth.  The most commonly encountered tumor is the benign fibroma caused by the papilloma virus and are quite common in deer.  Maybe not surprisingly, they can be more regularly seen around salt licks as the virus is spread by contact or biting insects and any place of congregation may help spread the diseases.  They don't seem to affect the animal unless they interfere with feeding or sight, and don't impact the meat for eating.  Deer often recover from the virus and the papilloma disappear.
answered 7/23/2015

Q: Ester Simplot Park

What happened to the fish that were in the pond that they drained for the park construction.

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After the pond was lowered, contractors for the City of Boise helped us lower an electrofishing boat into the remaining water.  We then spent a day collecting as many game fish as possible. Captured fish, mostly largemouth bass and bluegill, were then transferred into adjacent ponds.
answered 7/21/2015

Q: Early Antelope Tags

Can you just walk in after Aug 1st and buy an early antelope tag for archery? I've heard of people doing this or so they claim. I just thought it was pretty unfair if so especially before the second draw results even come out? Just wanted a correct answer on it.

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Unclaimed pronghorn controlled hunts go back into the second drawing. Hunters can apply for those hunts August 5 through August 15. The IDFG Director may make some early hunts available through a first-come, first-served leftover sale on August 6 at 10:00 am mountain time. A list of hunts to be offered through a leftover sale on August 6 will be made available on our website around August 4.
answered 7/21/2015

Q: When is the Land Owner Drawing?

I sent in a check with my application and it has not cleared the Bank.

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Sorry for the delayed answer. The LAP drawing was completed at the end of July.
answered 7/21/2015

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Report it online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/feedback/fish/forms/reportTaggedFishAngler.cfm
answered 7/21/2015