It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters
will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho.
While trapping has long been part of the landscape in Idaho,
Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and
people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in
the woods because of the wolf trapping season.
The wolf trapping seasons open Tuesday, November 15,and run
through March 31 in the Lolo zone; Selway zone; Middle Fork zone;
Dworshak-Elk City zone, except Unit 10A; and the Panhandle zone,
except for units 2 and 3. All other zones are closed to trapping,
subject to commission review in January.
Trappers must complete a required wolf trapping class before
they can buy wolf trapping tags, valid only in zones with an open
wolf trapping season. Licensed trappers may buy three tags per
trapping season. Wolf tags cost $11.50 for resident hunters, and
$31.75 for nonresidents. Trappers also may buy an additional two
hunting tags per calendar year.
Details of wolf hunting and trapping seasons and rules are
available on the Fish and Game Website at:
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=266, and they are
published in a pamphlet available at license vendors and Fish and
Trapping regulations prohibit traps from the center and within 5
feet of center line of all maintained designated public trails and
from the surface of all maintained designated public roads. Ground
traps are prohibited within 300 feet of any designated public
campground, picnic area and trailhead.
Hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs and other pet owners are
responsible for keeping track and maintaining control of their
dogs. It is illegal to allow dogs to pursue wildlife – except for
dogs pursuing mountain lions and black bears during the open
People concerned about their dogs caught in a trap may carry
wire cutters for snares. Dogs caught in traps may become agitated
or panicked and bite their owners while they try to free them. Put
a blanket or coat over your dog’s head to protect yourself from
being bitten, and push down hard on the springs or lever. The
springs or levers may be stiff, and it may be difficult to release
a dog from a wolf trap.
Contact local a Fish and Game conservation officer for help.