Idaho Swan Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Swan Controlled Hunt Season and Rules

Season Details

  • Season Dates: October 1, 2022 – December 1, 2022
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1 | Possession Limit: 1

Controlled Hunt Area: Hunting during Idaho's swan-controlled hunt season is confined to Northern Idaho counties, namely Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai.

Controlled Hunt Information

Eligibility Criteria:

Holders of valid hunting licenses are eligible to apply for controlled hunts with specific restrictions:

  • Nongame Hunting License, Hunting Passport, or Three-Day Nonresident Small Game License holders are ineligible to apply.

Application Period:

  • May 1 – June 5: Fall 2022 hunt application period.
  • Early July: Winners of the first drawing posted at, with successful applicants notified.

Application Process:

  • Only one application per person or group is accepted.
  • No more than two individuals may apply on a group application.
  • Application fee: $6.25 ($18.00 for nonresidents).
  • Credit card application is available with additional processing fees.

Swan Tag Fee:

  • Resident: $22.75
  • Nonresident: $74.25

Refunds and Notifications:

  • Application fees are nonrefundable.
  • Hunting license fees will not be refunded to unsuccessful applicants.
  • Applicants are notified by email, and results are available by August 25 at

Nonresident Permit Limitations:

  • No more than 10% of controlled hunt tags may be issued to nonresidents.

Tag Designation to Child or Grandchild:

  • Holder may designate the tag to a child or grandchild under 18, qualified to participate in the hunt.
  • Designation to resident youth by resident adults; nonresident adults to nonresident youth.

Hunters, these in-depth details ensure a comprehensive understanding of the application process, fees, and regulations governing the controlled hunt for swans in Idaho.

Hunt Requirements

Daily Bag Limit:

  • 1 Swan:
    • Hunters are allowed to harvest a single swan per day.

Mandatory Check and Report:

1. Swan Carcass Presentation:

  • Requirement:
    • Hunters must present the swan carcass to one of the following within three days of the kill:
      • Conservation officer
      • Regional office
      • Check station

2. Relevant Harvest Report Completion:

  • Procedure:
    • After presenting the swan carcass, hunters are required to complete a comprehensive harvest report. This report is vital for tracking and managing swan populations.

3. Authorization for Reporting:

  • Permissible Authorization:
    • In circumstances where the hunter is unable to present the carcass and complete the report personally, authorization is allowed. Another person may perform the check and report if they possess sufficient information to accurately complete the report.

Importance of Check and Report:

The check and report process is crucial for wildlife management and research. It aids in collecting essential data on harvested swans, contributing to conservation efforts, and ensuring sustainable hunting practices. Hunters are encouraged to fulfill these requirements promptly and accurately to support the overall well-being of swan populations in Idaho.

Swan Hunting Regulations: Comprehensive Guidelines

Daily Bag Limit and Mandatory Check and Report:

  • Daily Bag Limit:

    • Hunters are limited to harvesting 1 swan per day.
  • Mandatory Check and Report:

    • Any hunter who harvests a swan must, within three days of the kill:
      • Present the swan carcass (for measurement and identification) to:
        • A conservation officer
        • A regional office
        • A check station
      • Complete the relevant harvest report.
      • Authorization is allowed if another person possesses sufficient information to complete the report.

Required Permits and Documentation:

  • Swan Tag – REQUIRED:

    • Hunters must possess a valid swan tag.
  • Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit - REQUIRED:

    • A mandatory permit for participation in migratory bird hunting, including swans.
  • Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp – REQUIRED:

    • Hunters must carry the Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp.

Firearm and Ammunition Requirements:

  • Shotgun Capacity:

    • Hunters must use a shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells.
  • Nontoxic Shot – REQUIRED:

    • Use of nontoxic shots is mandatory for swan hunting.
  • Shot Size Limitation:

    • No person shall take swans while in possession of a shot larger than two-tenths (0.2 inches) in diameter (size T).

Fall 2022 Controlled Hunts – Swans:

Hunt No. Controlled Hunt Area Tags Season Dates Notes
9301 1 50 Oct. 1 – Dec. 1 The hunt t Area includes Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai counties only.

These comprehensive guidelines ensure hunters are well-informed about the regulations governing swan hunting, including necessary permits, firearm specifications, and the specifics of the Fall 2022 Controlled Hunts.

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