Yes, it is possible. There is a fairly healthy population of wild turkeys along the Boise River corridor from Eagle to where the Boise River joins the Snake River. It is fairly common for Fish and Game to receive sightings from the Eagle area. Occasionally, Fish and Game even receives observations from Boise.
Yes they are legal for turkeys but not for big game. So you must be careful if there is a big game season occuring while you are hunting turkeys because you could be in violation if you are also hunting big game.
There is no minimum draw weight for bows when usingarchery equipment tohunt turkeys. Also, there are no restrictions on the type of broadhead that may be used. For example, expandable broadheads are legal for the taking of turkeys.
Yes, several WMAs have turkeys. Two of the better known WMAs include Craig Mt. WMA and Cecil Andrus, but they also occur on Fort Boise, Boise River, and in eastern Idaho. Depending on where you live you may be able to find turkeys on WMAs. You can call the local regional office to get more specific information or go to our website in the turkey section of the rules to locate distribution of turkeys in Idaho.
Good question. Page 18 of the upland bird regulations lists unlawful methods of take for Upland game birds-- and a crossbow is an unlawful method of take, so it would not be legal. Shotguns are legal during turkey hunts and would give you some options for hunting on your property. Good Luck hunting
Your question may be better answered by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. Their general phone number is 208 446-1300. Fish and game laws in Idaho are silent on the subject of shooting from the deck of your home.
You are correct. Turkey can not lawfully be hunted with a .22 LR. On page 18 of the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Regulation Brochure it lists some of the rules that apply to the hunting of upland game birds. Turkeys are classified as an upland game bird. The only firearm that is allowed for use in the taking of turkey is a shotgun using shells not exceeding 3 1/2 inches maximum length.
All of Idaho Fish and Gameâ€™s wildlife harvest statistics are estimated from surveys of hunters.
We get the most questions about deer or elk. I think this is what you are asking about. For deer, elk, and pronghorn, each hunter is required to fill out a Hunter Report form, either online or by phone. Statistics are used to estimate the number of animals harvested, because not all hunters file their report. The number harvested is broken out in 1400 different ways, by zones, by units, by weapons, by controlled hunts, etc. In 2014, about 170,000 hunters bought tags to hunt these species.
From the Hunter Reports, we calculate the number who hunted in each area, the number of animals harvested, the success rate, as well as a breakdown of the harvest by sex, antler size, weapon used, deer species, number of days hunted, and harvest date.
There is a lot of high-powered computer analysis used, but we are not using computer â€œmodelsâ€� to estimate what the harvest is. The data only come from the hunters who file their reports, but we are not predicting something about those who do not file reports. The harvest estimates are then put on the web site, where both biologists and hunters can use them in planning next yearâ€™s hunting.
In contrast, for moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions, and wolves, any hunter who harvests an animal is required to bring the carcass in for inspection, measurement, and tagging. For these species, the number harvested is taken directly from these carcass inspections.
For all other small game species, survey questionnaires are sent to a random sample of hunters who purchased the appropriate tags. We sell licenses to about 250,000 hunters that allow hunting for most of these small-game species. Questionnaires are sent to between 3,000 to 8,000 of these hunters for each type of hunting. Their answers about hunting and harvesting are used to extrapolate to all the hunters who purchased. These species include snow geese, turkeys, sandhill cranes, sage and sharp-tailed grouse, forest grouse, quail, chukars, huns, pheasants, cottontail rabbits, and snowshoe hares.
We also sometimes use these same hunter questionnaires to ask the hunterâ€™s opinion on a few questions, such as about proposed rule changes or about the quality of the hunting season. Thank you for asking about our survey methods.