Press Release

May 2017

Some Horsethief Reservoir campsites remain closed

A popular camping area on the east side of Horsethief Reservoir will remain closed indefinitely, while 85 campsites on the west side of the reservoir opened to camping mid-May.

The 32 campsites located on the east side, known as Horsethief Creek, will be closed due to hazardous tree removal and construction.

“This will mean some folks will need to look for other areas for campsites during the busy Memorial Day weekend,” said Dennis Hardy, Fish and Game recreation site maintenance foreman

Camping on the west side of Horsethief is on a first-come, first-served basis, but campers must register. All camp sites are primitive with no electricity or drinking water.

Fishing opportunities at the popular reservoir remain unaffected by the east side campsite closure. The reservoir is full, been restocked with trout, and ramps and docks are open for anglers.

Located 9 miles east of Cascade, the 270-acre reservoir is situated within a forested area, giving it a high-mountain-lake appearance. Horsethief is managed as a rainbow trout fishery and is a popular summer destination for anglers and other recreationalists.

Visitors are advised that much of the surrounding lands around Horsethief are private, posted, and are closed to the public.

“This area is extremely popular, but we want to encourage everyone to be responsible and respect the private landowner’s wishes, as well as others using the area,” Hardy said.

First Super Hunt drawing deadline is May 31

Hunters hoping to enter Idaho’s first Super Hunt drawing have through May 31 to apply.

With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

The first drawing will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species - elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by June 10.

A second drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 1 through August 10, with winners notified by August 20.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing and there is no limit to the number of entries.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

For more information, including frequently asked questions and photos of previous winners, visit the Super Hunt page on Fish and Game's website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt.

Trap Education Effort Partners with Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 22nd annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events.

To register or just learn more about the training day, visit www.snakeavoidance.org, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at hfunke3dk@gmail.com or by phone at 208-463-2304.

The combined event will be held at Veterans’ Memorial Park – State Street and Veterans’ Parkway in Boise – on Sunday, June 11th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. While the cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $50 for pre-registered dogs, the trap awareness seminar is free, with no appointment required.

The trap awareness seminar is designed for anyone who regularly takes their dogs to the Boise foothills, other outlying areas and even the greenbelt. “Most dog owners are unfamiliar with traps of any kind,” Fish and Game conservation officer Kurt Stieglitz noted. “This seminar will provide them with some very practical tools related to trapping, including the steps to take if a pet dog ever ends up in a trap.”

Fish and Game staff will discuss the different types of traps that might be encountered including foot-hold traps, body-gripping traps, and snares, how each trap type works and how to safely release a pet from a trap. Other topics to be covered include trapping seasons, areas to avoid while walking your pet, trapping rules, and what to do if a trap is encountered.

For more information regarding the trap awareness seminar, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465.

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CAP your tag with a dollar donation

Ethical sportsmen are reminded that they can help stop a game thief by designating a dollar to Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) when purchasing a license or applying for controlled hunts.

Citizens Against Poaching is a non-profit citizen organization, managed by a volunteer board, who work in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. CAP has a 24-hour hotline where citizens can report wildlife crimes, and remain anonymous if they choose. Callers may also receive a reward.

CAP does not receive any funding from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, so a one dollar donation is critical to the CAP poaching hotline.

“Donations provide funding for rewards,” said Chris Wright, Fish and Game assistant enforcement chief. “You will simply be directing that dollar to be used by Citizens Against Poaching, but your controlled hunt application fee will remain the same.”

In 2016, the CAP hotline received 878 calls from citizens reporting suspected Fish and Game violations. These calls resulted in 77 cases, 157 citations issued. These concerned citizens were paid $17,700 in reward money.

Citizens who witness fish and game violations are encouraged to call the CAP hotline number at 1-800-632-5999, call any law enforcement authority, or report online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/poacher.

Anglers Invited to Help with Fish Collection at CJ Strike Reservoir

This Saturday, anglers can participate in their favorite pastime and support a good cause – reestablishing fish populations in local waters.

The winter’s heavy snowpack has filled many small lakes and reservoirs throughout Southwest Idaho including Blacks Creek Reservoir and Indian Creek Reservoir. Biologists from Idaho Fish and Game will be stationed at CJ Strike Reservoir this Saturday, May 13 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, collecting Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and Yellow Perch from anglers for transfer to the two reservoirs.

“We have a dedicated group of anglers that have agreed to volunteer their time to give back to the resource,” fisheries biologist Mike Peterson noted. “But we want to encourage all licensed anglers to join us for the capture event.”

Participating anglers should stop at the Air Force boat ramp (just north of Strike Dam) to register. “Because it is illegal to transport live fish without a permit within the state, we will provide participants with a permission slip to transport live fish during the event,” Peterson said.

Holding pens will be placed adjacent to the Air Force boat ramp, where participating anglers can drop off their live fish. At the end of the day, the fish will be loaded into hatchery trucks and delivered to the reservoirs.

Idaho Fish and Game does not operate a warmwater hatchery. “With assistance from local anglers, we will be able to move fish into these reservoirs much sooner than our crews can do on their own, with the hope of seeing the transplanted fish successfully spawn this year,” Peterson said. “These reservoirs are very productive and transferred fish can grow quickly. If the reservoirs continue to hold water, they should provide great fishing opportunity in two to three years.”