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#1698634 - 10/19/10 11:57 PM spotlighting in idaho?ng
the noobie Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2152
Loc: Idaho/Montana
i cant find anything in the very confusing idaho proc. but the coyotes are howling again tonight and its makin me mad so im curious is spotlighting legal in idaho? or are there any tags/licenses i can buy?
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#1698668 - 10/20/10 12:38 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
ShooterMedic Offline
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Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 45
Loc: Menan, Idaho
You can spot light dog in Idaho if you are on private property with permission. You can't spotlight from a vehicle and your light must have it's own power source. Good luck
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#1698670 - 10/20/10 12:43 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: ShooterMedic]
the noobie Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2152
Loc: Idaho/Montana
aahh poo im not brave enough for that then lol
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#1698683 - 10/20/10 12:57 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
goose_boy Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 668
Loc: SE Iowa
Get out there, it just takes a little getting used to... like getting in a tall tree stand on a skinny tree on a windy day, sure you're gonna sway a little but it ain't gonna kill ya! Then again, that's here in Iowa where we don't have any dangerous animals, except the mountain lions that have started moving in but they're pretty rare. Spotlighting in Iowa is illegal, and I wish I could do it. Instead, I have to wait for a nice snow cover and a full moon and do it old school. At least you have a light!

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#1698685 - 10/20/10 01:01 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: goose_boy]
the noobie Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2152
Loc: Idaho/Montana
I dont have a tree stand the trees arent the best around here and my spotlight is car operated but it might just kill me.. lol we have all of the big game predators except grizzly bears... it just wouldnt be the safest without a few buddies and a shotgun or three along with the rifles
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#1698842 - 10/20/10 11:00 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
MTG Offline
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Registered: 12/12/09
Posts: 43
Loc: SE Idaho
You have to get a permit from Fish & Game to use an artificial light in Idaho. Cost--$1.00 You can hunt with light in any unit as long as there is no big game season currently open in that unit. What shootermedic said also applies. The permission must be written and carried with you while hunting. Pretty much good to go anywhere after December first as most hunts are over by then.


Edited by MTG (10/20/10 11:01 AM)

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#1698870 - 10/20/10 11:43 AM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
Lungbuster Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 1124
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: the noobie
it just wouldnt be the safest without a few buddies and a shotgun or three along with the rifles


That's what makes it fun!! Hunting at night is great, I do it all the time.... by myself.
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#1698960 - 10/20/10 03:08 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: MTG]
the noobie Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2152
Loc: Idaho/Montana
so its never legal to spotlight on public land ever?
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#1699105 - 10/20/10 07:14 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
reb8600 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/04
Posts: 8273
Loc: Roy, Utah
Originally Posted By: the noobie
so its never legal to spotlight on public land ever?




Ready your furbearer and your big game proclamation. The information you need is in there but you need to look at both of them to get all the information. Yes you can on public land so long as the county/city has no law forbidding it.
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#1699109 - 10/20/10 07:19 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
MTG Offline
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Registered: 12/12/09
Posts: 43
Loc: SE Idaho
Originally Posted By: the noobie
so its never legal to spotlight on public land ever?



Its legal if there is no big game season open on the land you want to hunt and you have a permit from F&G. Read page 36 of the upland game and furbearer booklet.


Edited by MTG (10/20/10 07:26 PM)

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#1699114 - 10/20/10 07:28 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: reb8600]
jspencer Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 353
Loc: Meridian, Idaho
Taken directly from the idaho fish and game furbearers rules:

It is Unlawful
• To trap without a valid trapper’s license.
• To destroy or damage a muskrat or beaver house.
• To trap in or on a muskrat house.
• To destroy, disturb, or remove any traps belonging to
others.
• To use any part of a domestic or wild origin game bird,
game animal, game fish, or protected nongame wildlife
for bait in trapping furbearing animals, unprotected
wildlife, or predatory wildlife.
• To set, place or stake any trap or snare during the closed
season.
• To possess a live furbearer taken from the wild.
• To hunt any animal or bird by aid of a spotlight, flashlight
or artificial light of any kind; except unprotected or
predatory animals on private land after obtaining written
permission and on public lands after obtaining a permit.
It is lawful to hunt raccoons on public lands without a
permit if such taking is not in violation of state, county, or
city laws, ordinances, or regulations.

• To buy furs without a valid fur buyers license.

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#1699125 - 10/20/10 07:44 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: jspencer]
the noobie Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2152
Loc: Idaho/Montana
ahhh ok i know i had seen it in the proc last year but i couldnt find it this year to buy this $1.00 license to use the spotlight can i just go to cabelas or sportsmans warehouse?
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#1699137 - 10/20/10 07:55 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: the noobie]
jspencer Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 353
Loc: Meridian, Idaho
I'm just guessing, but I think you have to go down to the fish and game office to get that permit.

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#1699165 - 10/20/10 08:22 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: MTG]
reb8600 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/04
Posts: 8273
Loc: Roy, Utah
Originally Posted By: MTG
Its legal if there is no big game season open on the land you want to hunt and you have a permit from F&G. Read page 36 of the upland game and furbearer booklet.


Where are you reading that it is legal as long as there is no big game season open. I dont see that in the proclamation.
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#1699177 - 10/20/10 08:37 PM Re: spotlighting in idaho?ng [Re: reb8600]
MTG Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/12/09
Posts: 43
Loc: SE Idaho
Originally Posted By: reb8600
Originally Posted By: MTG
Its legal if there is no big game season open on the land you want to hunt and you have a permit from F&G. Read page 36 of the upland game and furbearer booklet.


Where are you reading that it is legal as long as there is no big game season open. I dont see that in the proclamation.


That is what I was told last year when I got my permit. I haven't found it yet either, may be in the big game regs....I'll have to have them show me where it is.

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