If you're an Idaho resident, or if you're just visiting our great state and want to do some hunting while you're here, it's important that you know the rules and regulations for hunting in Idaho.
In this blog post, we will outline the basics of Idaho hunting seasons and licensing requirements so that you can have a safe and enjoyable hunt!
Hunting In Idaho
When it comes to hunting, Idaho is a paradise. With so much public land and a variety of game to hunt, there's something for everyone in Idaho. From the magnificent Rocky Mountains to the vast deserts and everything in between, Idaho offers some of the best hunting opportunities in the country.
Whether you're an experienced hunter or a first-timer, Idaho has a hunt for you. If you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping hunt, try your hand at elk hunting in the mountains. Or, if you're looking for a more relaxed hunt, try deer hunting in the foothills. No matter what kind of hunt you're looking for, Idaho has it.
One of the best things about hunting in Idaho is the abundance of public land. In Idaho, nearly 70% of the land is public, which means there's plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. And with so much public land, there are endless hunting opportunities.
If you're looking for a challenging hunt, Idaho is the place for you. With a variety of terrain and game to choose from, you can tailor your hunt to be as challenging as you want. From big game like elk and deer, to small game like rabbits and squirrels, Idaho has it all. So come on out and experience the best hunting Idaho has to offer.
Idaho Deer Seasons
|General Season||Oct. 10-Dec. 1**|
**Season dates vary by zone
Idaho Elk Seasons
|General Season||Aug. 1-Dec. 20**|
**Elk season dates vary extensively by zone and take method. Refer to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for additional information on legal season hunting.
Idaho Pronghorn Seasons
|Controlled Hunt Seasons||Sept. 25-Dec. 31**|
Idaho Black Bear Seasons
|General Season||Aug. 30-Oct. 31 and Apr. 15-30**|
**Season dates vary by zone. No hunter can take more than one black bear, and trapping, snaring or capturing bears in any manner is illegal.
Idaho Mountain Lion Seasons
|General Season||Aug. 30-June 30**|
*Dates vary greatly region and type of animal since Idaho relies on wildlife management units to control hunting and populations. Many of Idaho’s big game hunts are managed, controlled hunts to prevent overpopulation; these hunts require specialty permits. For specific details on hunting dates and regulations in your area, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.
Idaho Turkey Seasons
|Fall General Season||Aug. 30-Jan. 31**|
|Spring Youth Hunt||TBD|
|Spring General Season||TBD|
**Season dates vary by zone
Idaho Small Game Seasons
|Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare||Aug. 30-March 31|
|California and Bobwhite Quail||Sept. 18-Jan. 31|
|Chukar and Gray Partridge||Sept. 18-Jan. 31|
|Pheasants, Males Only||Oct. 9-Dec. 31**|
|Red Squirrel||Aug. 30-March 31|
How To Get A Hunting License In Idaho?
Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.
- Complete the Idaho hunter education certification requirements.
- Choose the correct license type.
- Buy the license through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website or an Idaho–approved vendor.
Hunting licenses are good from the date of purchase through Dec. 31 of the same year. Idaho residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting license.
Where to Buy an Idaho Hunting License
- Visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.
- Call 1-800-554-8685.
- Visit an Idaho Department of Fish and Game office or an approved license vendor.
**Season dates vary by zone for pheasant hunting.
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Idaho hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website.
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