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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The application period for elk controlled hunts, as well as controlled hunts for deer, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey runs from May 1 through June 5. Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5 or 1-800-554-8687; or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2010 Idaho hunting license to apply.

answered 4/4/2010

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Successful applicants for spring turkey and bear hunts will be notified by postcard after March 10. You can also check your status through the Idaho Fish and Game Website in March, at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ch/results.cfm. It is the responsibility of hunters to find out whether they were successful in the controlled hunt drawing.

answered 2/7/2010

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Fish and Game takes applications for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep controlled hunts April 1 through April 30. Applications for elk, deer, pronghorn and fall black bear controlled hunts are accepted from May 1 through June 5. It's too late for spring bear and turkey controlled hunts - the drawings for those already are over.

answered 3/24/2008

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The results are posted on the Idaho Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ch/results.cfm. Winners will be notified by mail. Good hunting.

answered 3/4/2007

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Successful applicants for spring turkey and bear hunts will be notified by postcard by March 10. You can also check your status through the Idaho Fish and Game Website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/.

answered 2/11/2007

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The application period for spring turkey controlled hunts starts January 15 and runs through February 15. That's also the time to apply for spring black bear controlled hunts. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15-some controlled hunts open later. Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.

answered 12/28/2006

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The receipt for resident big game tags is offered as a convenience, so you only have to make one purchase, which is especially if you are buying a Sportsman's Package. Resident deer and elk tags do not go on sale until August 1, however. You can redeem your receipt at that time for a specific tag. If you want an elk zone where the total number of tags has been capped, it is best in most cases to be in line for it on the first day of sale, August 1. Actual tags for resident hunters of bear, mountain lion, turkey, and antelope are available on December 1.

answered 12/4/2006

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Yes. Though the Sportsman's Package includes a resident adult combination fishing and hunting license plus tags for deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, and turkey as well as salmon, steelhead, archery and muzzleloader permits, it doesn't include the sage and sharp-tailed grouse permit validations. Anyone hunting sage or sharp-tailed grouse must buy the proper permit validation on their license.

answered 9/24/2006

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It is time to think about choices for 2006 controlled hunts. (Draws for spring bear and turkey controlled hunts are already over.) Moose, mountain goat and bighorn applications are accepted during the month of April. Applications for elk, deer, pronghorn and fall black bear controlled hunts are accepted from May 1 through June 5. Yep, that's right-June 5. The application dates have been the month of May for many years but mixing applications with fishing license sales during the last week of May led to frustrations for all concerned. So the Fish and Game Commission added a week to the big game controlled hunt application period this year.

answered 3/19/2006

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This license allows 10- and 11-year-olds to hunt upland game birds, migratory birds, cottontail rabbits, and unprotected and predatory birds and animals, as well as turkeys and sandhill cranes. They must have a hunter education certification and the holder of an adult Idaho hunting license must accompany the youth in the field. A Hunter Education Graduate Hunting License, however, doesn't allow the holder to hunt turkeys, sandhill cranes or big game. To hunt turkeys or sandhill cranes they must buy a youth small game license and turkey or crane tags. For more information refer to general hunting license regulations or visit the Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/licenses/

answered 1/8/2006

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There is no need to exchange your tag. It is good for spring or fall. If you bag a turkey this fall and want to try for a second you'll have to purchase an extra tag before you go after turkey number two.

answered 9/11/2005

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Yes. His wild turkey tag is valid for any hunt. If he doesn't get his turkey in the controlled hunt, he can use the tag for a general spring hunt. If he still doesn't bag a turkey during the general spring hunt, he can save that tag and use it in the fall.

answered 4/11/2005

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No. You can only take two in the spring and one in the fall, or vice versa. If you fill your general tag, you can use an extra tag after May 1 for a total of two spring turkeys. If you don't get your second turkey this spring, you can use the extra tag in the fall. You can harvest a third turkey, but if you take two this spring, you'll have to wait for the fall season to take turkey number three.

answered 4/4/2005

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Yes. The general spring youth turkey hunt is open to youth hunters who are 15 or younger on the first day of the hunt (April 9). However, because she will no longer be fifteen on the beginning date of controlled youth hunts (April 15) she would not qualify for those hunts.For a complete list of rules for the 2005 turkey season log on the Fish and Game website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hunt/rules/turkey/turkey.pdf

answered 3/20/2005

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Now. Tags for spring turkey and spring bear became available on Sunday, March 6.

answered 3/7/2005

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The drawing is now complete. You can find out if your name was drawn online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hunt/ch/results.cfmControlled hunt winners for spring bear and turkey will also be notified individually by March 10. Only hunters whose names have been drawn will be notified. Notification is done by U.S. mail.

answered 2/27/2005

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Good time to wonder. The Fish and Game Commission will be deciding on 2005 turkey seasons soon. Watch for announcements in local media for meetings in the seven regions or submit comments to regional office or by email on the department web site at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

answered 11/28/2004

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Indeed you will. The Sportsman's Pak includes a combination fishing and hunting license, archery and muzzleloader permits, deer, elk, bear, mountain lion and turkey tags as well as salmon and steelhead permits for a grand total of $107. Separately, these items would cost $172.

answered 2/8/2004

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You probably can find one by now and the rules are on the Fish and Game web site at www2.state.id.us/fishgame. The plant where the rules are printed was subject to a major electrical problem, delaying printing and distribution to license vendors. The brochures have been printed and have arrived in several F&G regional offices. They are also being sent to vendors now.

answered 1/26/2004

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There are two kinds of turkey tags, the regular spring tag and a late spring/fall tag. You can harvest two turkeys this year. You must have a separate tag for each turkey. The spring turkey tag can be used from April 15-May 25 in any general season turkey hunt. The late spring/fall tag can be used in general hunts from May through May 25. If you have not harvested with it by the end of the spring season (May 25), you can hunt with it during the fall season. The spring turkey tag cannot be exchanged for the late spring/fall tag. Please note: there are no turkey controlled hunts this fall.

answered 4/20/2003

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The drawings are done and cards are in the mail to those lucky hunters who drew. If you think maybe the dog ate your mail, you can check (your license number will be required) on the Fish and Game Internet web site at www2.state.id.us/fishgame. Tags will be available for purchase March 6 and thereafter.

answered 3/2/2003

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Yes, for some folks. All junior/senior/Disabled American Veteran turkey tags are reduced to $9.75. For the rest of us, the first spring turkey tag will still cost $18 but the second tag (the late spring/fall) general season tag will cost only $12 each. This is the only fall tag, so if it is used in the late spring season, there will be no fall turkey hunting.

answered 2/9/2003

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Turkey tags are no longer exchangeable except in the following cases:The spring turkey tag can be exchanged for a spring controlled turkey hunt.The late spring/fall turkey tag can be exchanged for a fall controlled turkey hunt.

answered 8/25/2002

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Yes, but it will have to be in a controlled hunt. A person is allowed to purchase three turkey tags a year. They are the spring general season tag or a spring controlled hunt tag, a late spring/fall tag, and a fall controlled hunt tag. If a person uses their spring general season tag or spring controlled hunt tag and their late spring/fall tag to harvest birds in the spring, the only hunt they are eligible for in the fall is the controlled hunt.

answered 4/21/2002

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Yes. The Sportsman's Pack includes a combination license, archery and muzzleloader permits, deer, elk, bear, lion, turkey, steelhead and salmon tags for $107. The cost if bought individually would be $172.

answered 2/10/2002