Ensuring ungulate populations recover in areas negatively impacted by wolves


Reimbursement Process

Harvest Reimbursement

We work with Sportsmen and Idaho's Predator Biologist to determine what areas Idaho Ungulates (Moose, Elk, & Deer) have been most negatively impacted by wolf predation. We then designate reimbursement zones based on those and other factors. December 1st to March 31st have proven to require more time, energy and financial investment for hunters to be successful. Where as a person may stumble upon a wolf while Elk or Deer hunting during the fall hunting season with very little invested. At the same time, Trappers consistently spend more due to mandatory trap check times, which require more time in the field. For these reasons we designate reimbursement amounts accordingly.

F4WM applied for and was the recipient of a series of different 2020 IDFG Commission Community Challenge Grants in the amount of $23,000 total. This funding was awarded, to be used as matching funds to partner with F4WM monies, and used to increase reimbursement amounts in very specific units or portions of units selected by IDFG. In February of 2021, another $30,000 was added to this current contract making increased reimbursement once again available to eligible wolves harvested within these specified units.


Regional priority areas include:

A. Within the Panhandle Region GMUs 7, 9; that portion of Unit 6 w/in the NF St. Joe drainage; that portion of Unit 4 north of Forest Highway 9; and that portion of Unit 4A south of the Clark Fork River and west of Forest Road (FR) 278 to its junction with FR 1066, west of FR 1066 from its junction with 278 to its junction with FR 332, and west of FR 332.

B. Within the Clearwater Region GMUs 10, 12, 15, 18

C. Within the Southwest Region GMUs 20A, 22, 23, 24, 26, 31, 32, 32A, 33, 39

D. Within the Magic Valley Region GMUs 43, 44

E. Within the Upper Snake Region GMUs 50, 62

F. Within the Salmon Region GMUs 28, 29, 36A, 36B, 37

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IDFG employees are ineligible for reimbursement under this agreement and with Commission Challenge Grant funds. They are eligible for reimbursement under F4WM stand-alone program if meeting F4WM criteria for reimbursement.

This increase will continue until all Community Challenge Grant Funding has been depleted, and is available to both members and non-members alike, as required by IDFG.

2020 / 2021 Season Reimbursement Amounts


  • Any legally harvested Idaho wolf (hunted or trapped) $500

Increased Reimbursement Zones

(All Panhandle units and all units not meeting IDFG Elk objectives.)

(Increased amount valid for all trapped and hunted wolves September 10th through March 31st.)

$750 Per Wolf

$1000 Per Wolf

The Reimbursement Process

The reimbursement request process is quite simple- to request a reimbursement, follow the detailed steps below:

  1. The first step is to make certain your membership is current. You must be a member of F4WM prior to harvesting your wolf to qualify for reimbursement. (The exception to this is when IDFG Grant funding is being used for the reimbursement, which requires F4WM to reimburse both members and non-members alike). Please allow 7 days for membership processing. Membership must be approved and processed prior to being eligible for reimbursement. Once your membership is processed, you will be eligible for expense reimbursement when you harvest a wolf. 
  2. Start saving receipts prior to harvesting a wolf- receipts need to be for items purchased in relation to the scouting, hunting, or trapping of wolves. These can include items such as fuel, firearms, ammunition, traps, game cameras, outdoor clothing/gear, license & tag fees, ATV/UTV, 4-wheeler, truck purchase or payments, etc. 
  3. Upon harvesting a wolf, send us a copy of your expense receipts for the amount of the reimbursement, based on the unit of harvest (See the chart above) and a copy of your Idaho Fish & Game mortality report (pink slip) proving it was a legal harvest, and what unit the wolf was harvested in). Reimbursement documentation can be sent via email to or by mail to F4WM Po Box 821 Ponderay, ID 83852. You keep the wolf. 
Once we receive and verify your reimbursement requests, your check will be mailed within 5-7 business days. Please direct any questions related to harvest reimbursements to Secretary/Treasurer Teresa Stevens at or 208-304-0906.  

With the help of your membership or donation, F4WM is able to help hunters and trappers offset high operating costs with a reimbursement for each wolf harvested.

Please help us today by joining or renewing your membership! (Auto renew is available)

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