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: Do you want to be notified of dead elk finds?

I understand that I can keep the bones and antlers of any elk I find that presumably died of natural causes with no reporting requirements . However, does the Fish & Game have any interest in wanting to know about it? On Saturday I found a dead 6x bull that had probably died 2-3 weeks ago.

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You can only keep antlers from found animals that have died naturally. 
If you have any suspicion that the animal died by something other than natural causes, we especially would like to hear about it. 
You can keep animals that died from injury incurred by vehicle by filling out a roadkill permit on our website by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the page.
We would be interested in knowing about dying elk and what caused the death as well, be it starvation, predation, or other cause so letting us know where the animal is would be helpful too. Also, by letting us know you would clear yourself of any suspicion surrounding the cause of death and your possession of the animal. 
Thank you for your concern and assistance.
Online report forms:
Online report sighting of any wildlife in Idaho (dead or alive)
Report roadkill or salvage
Submit report (or call) about suspicious activity

answered 2/29/2016

Q: Where do I file my roadkill salvage permit once it's printed and signed?

I filled out a roadkill report and received my permit. Now what do I do with it?

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If you filled out your report using our online reporting tool and checked the box indicating you were salvaging the animal, then the information you have entered goes directly into our database.  You do not need to take any further action.  It's that simple! 

answered 1/7/2016

Q: Can you use game roadkill for trapping bait?

Can you use big game road kill as a bait during trapping season?

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Road killed big game animals may only be used as bait for wolf trapping.  No other animals may be baited with road killed big game.

answered 12/8/2015

Q: The wildlife collision salvage rule

What statute under Idaho Code does violations of the wildlife collision salvage rule fall under? Where can I find the legislative rule that outlines the wildlife collision salvage rule?

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General information about salvaging wildlife is at: idfg.idaho.gov/species/roadkill
Idaho Administrative Code IDAPA 13.01.10.300.02 contains the rules for salvage of certain types of wildlife found dead. You may view this rule at: adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0110.pdf
Please note that only some species may be salvaged. They are listed at: idfg.idaho.gov/species/roadkill/salvage/list

answered 8/5/2015

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: KML Shapefile Availability

Hi, I am a student wondering if I could get the roadkill data for a GIS project, as a KML or other form of data.
Thank you very much,
~Timarie

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Yes. 
All the road kill data is available on our road kill site at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill/list
The data is available as a CSV (comma separated values) for download on that page.

answered 4/23/2015

Q: What to do with roadkill salvage form once printed?

I salvaged and reported a deer hit by a car and it generated a form with all my information on it and a place for a signature, but it did not say what to do with the form. Do I turn it in somewhere locally? Do I mail it in?

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Thanks for the great question!
The printed form is for your records. By filling out and being presented that form, we have a digital copy of the form for Idaho Fish and Game's records. You can print it or maintain a PDF of this form for quick referral on a computer or phone.
We recommend you keep the salvage form as long as you have the salvaged remnants.
If you are salvaging many animals, you might consider creating an account and staying so that you can log in and access your salvaged reports. 

answered 2/25/2015

Q: Are confiscated and or road kill big game animals available for public use? And if so, how can you sign up for them?

Are confiscated and or road kill big game animals available for public use? And if so, how can you sign up for them?

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Yes.  During the 2012 Idaho Legislative session, new rules were approved which allow people to recover, posses, and sell commercially valuable wildlife that have been killed by accidental vehicle collisions.  You can go to our web site at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill to find out more details regarding the rule, obtain the online “salvage permit” and read a list of common questions and explanations.   
However, we do not have lists to sign up for salvagable wildlife. 

answered 12/10/2014

Q: If licensed with a tag and you see a deer or elk injured by a vehicle collision can you dispatch it and harvest it ?

If you are on your way early in the morning to go elk hunting with a tag and license and an elk
steps out in the highway and you clobber it damaging the front of your truck and obviously wounding it
- can you pull over and dispatch the wounded animal and harvest it - tracking it for a bit if necessary ?
This actually happened but we find no specifics on this situation and did not follow it as it limped off
the road into nearby trees.

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Yes, you can hunt the wounded animal.  However, you will need to comply with all relevant hunting rules such as: open elk season where you are at, correct zone elk tag, lawful hunting hours, don't shoot from or across a public road, and when the animal is harvested, it must be tagged with a properly validated and attached elk tag.
Please note that if you do kill a game animal through a vehicle collision you can now salvage all, or part of the animal.  If you do salvage any part of the animal you will need to report it to Idaho Fish and Game in person at a regional office or on-line at the following website: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/roadkill.

answered 10/14/2014

Q: Can on duty emergency personnel harvest roadkill?

I was wondering if it is legal for on duty law enforcement, fire, ems or other emergency responders to take roadkill?

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In general, government agencies place restrictions on the use of government vehicles and equipment and the types of personal activities employees may perform while on duty.  However, these restrictions vary by government entity.  Under procedures for Idaho Fish and Game employees, all wildlife parts (such as road kills and depredation kills) picked up while on duty or acting in an official capacity remain the property of the state.  Where such meat is edible and not needed for evidence, Fish and Game employees try to transfer meat through welfare organizations to needy people.  If you have questions about polices for government employees other than Fish and Game, please contact that agency directly.
 
 

answered 9/23/2014

Q: In Season Road Kill Harvesting

During a Big Game Hunting Season, such as Deer, if you stumble across a Road kill Deer while in possession of a Deer tag in the Hunt area may one Harvest the Road Kill Deer with a Permit and still be able to use the tag on a Deer you harvested with a controlled hunt weapon?

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Whether it is in season or out of season it would not be lawful for you to use your deer tag on a road kill animal.   However, you can use the online salvage report and obtain a “salvage permit” that would allow you to legally salvage and retain all or part of the road kill animal in question.
During the 2012 Idaho Legislative session, new rules were approved which allow Idaho residents to recover, posses, and sell commercially valuable wildlife that have been killed by accidental vehicle collisions.  You can go to our web site to find out more details regarding the rule and there is also a list of common questions and explanations concerning the new rules.
The process can start here by reporting the salvage online: (click on the “report road kill and/or Salvage” icon.
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill
Another option would be to report your salvage at a Regional Office and obtain your salvage permit at that time.  Either way you must report that you are salvaging the road kill animal within 24 hours.

answered 7/15/2014

Q: Can a nonresident get a salvage permit?

Can a non resident get a salvage permit?

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Yes.  In 2012, new rules were approved which allow both residents and nonresidents to recover, possess, and sell certain wildlife killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.   To legally salvage this wildlife, a person is required to notify Idaho Fish and Game and complete reporting requirements. 
A list of wildlife species that can be salvaged can be viewed by going online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill.   Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may not be recovered, possessed, or salvaged. 
More information on Idaho's wildlife salavage rules can also be found on Fish and Game's website. 

answered 4/8/2014

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After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit. You may self-report online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill or call IDFG to report.
If you contact Fish and Game outside normal business hours via phone or email, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued and mailed to you within 72 hours.

answered 2/18/2014

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Roadkill is salvage is legal in Idaho as long as the species is not protected. Learn more about the self-reporting requirements and the species at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill 

answered 10/24/2013

Q: Is it legal to hunt bear over the remains of a quartered game animal?

I know it's against the rules to use any big game animal as bait when hunting bear, however, I have a question about hunting over a legally harvested elk kill. My brother-in-law recently took a cow elk, and after we harvested all of the meat we left the cape, entrails, and most of the skeleton on the mountain. The next day when walking by the kill site to fill my elk tag we encountered a large boar eating and burying the remains. If I would have had a bear tag, would it be legal to set up and hunt bear over the kill site, essentially using the remains as bait?

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For bears, the definition of bait is any substance placed to attract game animals.  You are not allowed to place parts of animals or fish that are currently classified as game animals or fish that come from the wild or commercial domestic sources.  However, under the scenario you explained:
 
Under IDAPA §13.01.017, an activity qualifies as baiting only if the substance is placed for the purpose of attracting big game animals.  If a carcass/bones/gutpile happens to be at a lion/ bear/wolf hunting location by coincidence—whether through take by the same or another hunter, roadkill, predation or other causes, a hunter may legally hunt over it.  Lawful harvest and field processing of a game animal consistent with reasonable hunting practice does not qualify as bait placement.  However, it is baiting if the carcass is not at its location by coincidence (e.g., the hunter or someone else moved it for the purpose of attracting big game animals), or if the hunter adds other substances to it (like salt or scent).  Although it may also qualify as baiting if used to attract big game, leaving excessive meat in the field is more clearly illegal under IDAPA §13.01.08.351 and Idaho Code 36-1202(a) (waste of meat).
 

answered 9/23/2013

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You can salvage roadkill any time of year:
By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.  A list of wildlife species that can be salvaged can be viewed by going online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill.   Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may not be recovered, possessed, or salvaged.
 
The language of this rule is specific to “accidental kills caused by wildlife vehicle-collisions”, and does not include other man-caused mortalities such as crippling loss, train collisions, fence kills, and others.
 

answered 7/8/2013

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By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game within 24 hours and completing reporting requirements within 72 hours (to obtain a free permit), Idaho residents and nonresidents can now recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.  A list of wildlife species that can be salvaged can be viewed by going online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill.   Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may not be recovered, possessed, or salvaged.
 
The language of this rule is specific to “accidental kills caused by wildlife vehicle-collisions”, and does not include other man-caused mortalities such as crippling loss, train collisions, fence kills, and others.
 

answered 7/8/2013

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Possession and Sale of Wildlife Found Dead:  Big game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally salvaged road kill, may be recovered, possessed, purchased, bartered, sold or transferred. If sold, black bear and mountain lion parts must be accompanied by documentation on how they were obtained.
Legally salvaged road kill may not be used as bait for hunting or trapping, except in the Panhandle wolf management zone where it may be used as bait in trapping wolves only.
Edible meat from game animals taken from the wild may not be purchased, bartered or sold.
Protected species of wildlife that have died of natural causes are considered property of the state and may not be possessed

answered 6/19/2013

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Yes, if you are talking about "salvaging" a road killed deer. 
Within 24 hours, you can report a wildlife salvage by going online to fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill, which will direct you to a self-generating permit that you can print. A copy of the permit must accompany the salvaged wildlife. 

answered 4/22/2013

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If this question is regarding roadkill salvage, you may harvest the animal and then report it within 24 hours. You do not need to obtain a permit first.

answered 2/17/2013

Q: i got some road kill moose meat today. how do i get a permit for this?

your online site is not very helpful for this.

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You may fill out the roadkill salvage form at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill
Once the form is submitted you will receive a printable receipt to keep with the salvaged meat.

answered 1/27/2013

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There is a link on our website to roadkill and salvage reporting.  It is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations/salvage/

answered 12/29/2012

A: 

The wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Spring 2012. The rule allows for the legal salvage of some game animals killed by auto collisions:
 
By notifying the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) and completing reporting requirements, people can now:
Recover and keep wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, unprotected wildlife, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions. A list of wildlife species that CAN be salvaged can be viewed by going online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill. Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may NOT be recovered, possessed, or salvaged.
Purchase or sell wildlife parts, except the edible flesh, of wildlife species classified as big game, upland game, upland game birds, furbearers, or rattlesnakes that may be lawfully hunted or trapped that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.  Bighorn sheep cannot be purchased, bartered, or sold.  
Retain and consume the meat of wildlife species classified as big game, upland game animals, upland game birds, and furbearing animals which may be lawfully hunted or trapped, that have been killed by accidental vehicle-collisions.   Persons salvaging and consuming this meat do so at their own risk.

 
You can learn more about it online at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill
Specifically, you can follow these links for more information:
 

What do the new roadkill/salvage rules allow?
What are the reporting requirements? Do I need to contact Fish and Game to report any animal that I salvage?
Can I salvage a road killed duck or hawk?
Can I sell salvaged bighorn sheep heads?
If an animal is not killed by a vehicle but injured during the collision can I dispatch it?
Do I need to have a valid hunting license to salvage road kill?
Do the new salvage rules only apply to road killed animals? What about other man caused mortalities such as crippling loss, train collisions, fence kills, and others?
Can I stop on Interstate highways to retrieve or to salvage wildlife?
Can I stop on highways to retrieve or to salvage wildlife?
Can I eat the meat of an animal that I salvaged?
Can I sell the meat of salvaged wildlife?
Are there special reporting requirements for the sale of black bear and mountain lion parts?
How much do road-kill salvage permits cost?

 
 

answered 12/5/2012

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The salvage permits are free. 
After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit.
If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued and mailed to you within 72 hours.
To fill out the report yourself, click the yellow button on the right at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill

answered 11/25/2012

Q: Do I need to get the permit before I pick up the roadkill?

If I come upon or hit an animal, do I have to notify the IDF&G before I harvest the animal. If so, the roadkill may be taken by predators or spoil before I can return for it.

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No.  After picking up the animal, you have 24 hours to notify Fish and Game, and 72 hours to obtain a salvage permit. You may self-report online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill or call IDFG to report.
If contacting Fish and Game by phone outside normal business hours, it’s critical you leave your full name, phone number, address, and location of salvage so a permit can be issued and mailed to you within 72 hours.    
The Salvage permit is free.

answered 10/23/2012