Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How many rounds can a shotgun carry for hunting upland birds?

How many rounds can a shotgun carry for hunting upland birds (chukar)? and where is the rule found in the book....I've been looking everywhere.


There is no restriction on the number of rounds a shotgun can hold for upland game hunting. The restrictuion of 3 shells applies only to migratory birds.

answered 1/13/2015

Q: Non-resident chukar hunting

I am planning a trip to Idaho to hunt chukar from October 18 thru October 20, 2014. I will be purchasing a 3-day small game non-resident license. Am I able to hunt chukar on these dates even though it coincides with the first 5 days of pheasant season?


Yes, you can still hunt chukars during the first five days of the pheasant season.  The code only specifies pheasant.  Here is a copied and pasted section from 36-407:
(e)  Nonresident Small Game Hunting License. A license issued only to a person twelve (12) years of age or older, entitling the person to hunt upland game birds (to include turkeys), migratory game birds, upland game animals, huntable furbearing animals, and unprotected and predatory wildlife of this state. A person holding this license shall purchase the appropriate required tags and permits, and may not hunt pheasants in an area during the first five (5) days of the pheasant season in that area. A license of this type may be had upon payment of a fee as specified in section 36-416, Idaho Code.

answered 9/12/2014

Q: Hunting/fishing opportunities

Where can I find a combination hunting/fishing trip somewhere within driving distance of Boise. Waterfowl/upland bird/deer/elk or any combination thereof?


There are a number of locations a person could experience a comintation hunt that could include 2 or more of the groups you are looking for.  Many folks hunt the South Fork of the Boise for Mule deer and chukar, or later in the year you could hunt for elk and chukar.  Parts of Unit 32 and 32A would provide elk/deer/and upland bird hunting in the form of forest grouse or other upland species.  The Fort Boise WMA can provide an opportunity to hunt deer, waterfowl, and upland.  There are many more such combinations that could be outlined.  The best thing to do is to come into the SW region and sit down with a map and discuss with a biologist what your priority species is and any other preferences.  Best to call and set up an appointment (465-8465) to gurantee that a bioloigst is in.

answered 5/2/2014

Q: Nongame Gun License [Can it be used by a nonresident during dog training?]

I have a Sport Dog and Falconry Training Permit. I raise Chukar to plant and shoot to train bird dogs. In order to shoot at these birds I must have a Idaho hunting license or a Nongame gun license. How much is a Nongame Gun License? Resident and Non-resident? Thank you. Chad


Thank you for your inquiry.  A resident Hunting License is $12.75.  A nonresident Small Game Hunting license is $97.75, and a nonresident Nongame Hunting license is $35.50, however, a nonresident hunter cannot use a Nongame license for this, they must use at least the Small Game Hunting license.
thank you

answered 3/12/2014


Please contact the Idaho Department of Agriculture. 

answered 4/19/2013


The season dates for chukar and gray partridge hunting are September 15, 2012 through January 31, 2013.  (Daily bag limit is 8 chukar and 8 gray partridge.  Possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge).

answered 12/30/2012


List of Species that Can be Salvaged

Big Game Animals

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
California Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana)
Elk (Cervus canadensis)
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Moose (Alces americanus)
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Mountain Lion (Felis concolor)
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana)
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis)
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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Upland Game Animals

Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii)
Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)

Upland Game Birds

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Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus)
California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus)
Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Furbearing Animals

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American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
American Beaver (Castor canadensis)
American Marten (Martes americana)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Fisher (Martes pennanti)
Mink (Mustela vison)
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Northern River Otter (Lontra canadensis)
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Predatory Animals

Black-tailed Jack Rabbit (Lepus californicus)
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Ermine (Mustela erminea)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata)
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
Western Spotted Skunk (Spilogale gracilis)
White-tailed Jack Rabbit (Lepus townsendii)

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Unprotected Animals
Unprotected animals are all remaining animals in Idaho that are not listed as protected, endangered, or threatened AND all animals listed in categories above without a season. 


answered 12/26/2012

Q: Chukar

I will be hunting in Idaho this fall. With my non resident license, do I need a upland bird stamp or seperate permit to hunt Chukar or Sage Hen?


We do not have or require an upland game bird permit to hunt chukar. Several years these "Stamps" or permits were simply incorporated into your hunting license. However, we do require a Sage/Sharp Tail Grouse Permit (validation) for anyone hunting Sage Grouse or Sharp Tail Grouse. These cost $4.75 and they are used to help us survey Sage/Sharp Tail grouse hunters and their success.

answered 9/28/2012


Idaho discontinued its helicopter chukar counts in 2011.  This was one of the aerial surveys eliminated after a review conducted to assess risk and cost in relation to value of biological information collected, following a fatal helicopter accident in August 2010. 
Like many other years, hunting can vary widely geographically.  Idaho is an extremely geographically diverse state.  Spring conditions were favorable across much of Idaho during 2012.  Persistent drought conditions could impact brood survival.  However, reports from folks in the field suggest the population had good production and this fall looks to be promising.

answered 8/16/2012


You will be seeing that report soon but you are a little early. Flights are being scheduled now but will have to be conducted on days with the right weather for counting. Keep an eye on the Fish and Game web site at where results will be posted as soon as they are available.

answered 8/22/2004


Your Idaho license is good until the end of the year, December 31. Some seasons run over into 2001, for instance, chukar and gray partridge, waterfowl and rabbits. You will need a new hunting license January 1. Your federal duck stamp is good for the 2001 part of the season.

answered 12/17/2000