Recent Changes to Seasons and Rules

Season, rule, and law changes

On this page you will find significant changes to seasons or rules in Idaho that are not listed in the printed rules brochures.

Season and Rule Changes

Hunting Seasons & Rules

Species
Summary & Info
Deer, Elk, Moose

Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone Established

Press Release Chronic Wasting Disease Information
Last updated: 12/17/2021
Pheasant Stocking Canceled on Property

Fish and Game’s pheasant stocking program cancelled at the Zollinger Access Yes! property in southeast Idaho

Press Release Upland Game, Turkey, and Furbearer Seasons and Rules
Last updated: 09/30/2021
Trapping Rules Adjusted

Trapping rules on pages 36-37 were adjusted per Idaho code effective July 1, 2021.

Upland Game, Turkey, and Furbearer Seasons and Rules
Last updated: 09/30/2021
Pheasant Season, Area 2 Correction Applied

The Commission took action to delay the opening day of pheasant season for nonresidents by five days on July 14, 2021. Following that action, Fish and Game staff became aware of an error in the materials presented to the Commission that resulted in an inadvertent extension of the pheasant hunting season in Area 2.

Unlike the rest of the state, Area 2 pheasant season has historically been open through November 30, whereas Area 1 and Area 3 are open through December 31.

Upland Game Seasons and Rules
Pheasant seasons in Area 2:
  • Residents: October 16, 2021 – November 30, 2021
  • Nonresidents: October 21, 2021 – November 30, 2021

Last updated: 09/03/2021
Nonresident general season tags for elk, white-tailed and mule deer

F&G Commission amends wolf hunting and trapping seasons to align with new state law

Big Game Seasons and Rules
Press Release
Last updated: 07/01/2021
Nonresident general season tags for elk, white-tailed and mule deer

Limits within the overall quota for nonresident general seasons deer and elk tags were implemented for all non-capped zones.

Nonresident Quotas and Limits
Press Release
Last updated: 11/20/2020

Fishing Seasons & Rules

Species
Summary & Info
Steelhead

Chinook seasons close for the Lower Salmon River at end of fishing hours on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Steelhead Seasons and Rules
Press Release (09/01/2021)
Last updated: 09/01/2021
Coho Salmon

Coho seasons are open per Commission order. Coho Seasons and Rules
Clearwater River Season (7/14/21)
Snake River Season (9/1/21)

Last updated: 09/01/2021
Chinook Salmon

Chinook seasons close for the Lower Salmon River at end of fishing hours on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Chinook Seasons and Rules
Press Release (05/25/2021)
Last updated: 05/26/2021
Notice: Seasons and rules may change. It is your responsibility to be aware of any changes made since these rules books were printed.

The Rules Brochures

Online rules brochures are created in PDF file format. They are produced to keep the online display as close as possible to the printed version. This page is intended to show significant changes or corrections to the printed rules brochures.

Seasons and Rules

To view Idaho Fish and Game administrative rules and code, visit the Office of Administrative Rules on the Idaho Department of Administration website.