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Bobcat check-in on Feb. 26 from 4-6 p.m. at Grangeville Senior Center

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Attention Trappers! A bobcat check-in will be held at Senior Citizens Center in Grangeville, 108 Grangeville Truck Rte on Monday, February 26 from 4-6 p.m. Each trapper will be charged a $1.75 administration fee and $3 per pelt. 

Contact the regional office (208) 799-5010 for more information… more

The State of Deer and Elk: Deer Harvest Management (VIDEO)

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In the ninth episode of Fish and Game’s ‘State of Deer and Elk’ series, Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Biologist, Eric Freeman, discusses how wildlife biologists manage deer harvest for different scenarios, such as habitat protection, maximum herd numbers, or disease prevention.

Homeowners and recreationists: Be vigilant during coyote mating and denning seasons

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With February comes the coyote breeding season, which can mean an increase in conflicts between coyotes and domestic dogs in the Boise area. With that in mind, Fish and Game biologists are reminding residents and recreationists around the Boise Foothills and elsewhere to take additional precautions with their pets to… more

River otter trapping season closed in Clearwater Region

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Idaho Fish and Game was notified that the Clearwater Region's limit of 20 river otters was met on February 20, 2024. The otter trapping season for the entire region closes 72 hours after the harvest quota has been met. As a result, the otter season for the Clearwater Region closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 23,… more

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report (02-20-2024)

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Hi everyone, this is the Upper Salmon River steelhead fishing report for February 20, 2024. The data discussed in this report was collected between Tuesday, February 13th and Sunday, February 19th.

As mentioned in last week’s river condition report, the spring steelhead fishery on the Upper Salmon River is off… more

Hunter education course offered in Salmon

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An instructor-led hunter education course will be held in Salmon February 26, 27, 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., March 1 from 3 to 7 p.m., and March 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.  This course is designed for youth 9 years of age or anyone new to hunting. 

F&G asks public to avoid portion of Fort Boise WMA during bridge replacement project

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A bridge replacement project inside of Fort Boise WMA is slated to begin on Feb. 26 and last for approximately four weeks. During this time, equipment and materials will be transported to the job site via the Bar Diamond parking area and access road.

For safety reasons, users are advised to avoid this portion of… more

Trout and suckers of Williams Lake: Understanding how they interact and vary over time

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By: Luke Anderson, Fisheries Technician, and Brett Kelly, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Welcome back to the next installment of our Williams Lake blog series. If you haven’t already, check out the earlier parts in the series: Part 1 that describes how we used a picket weir to monitor rainbow trout spawning in the… more

Reminder: Antler gathering closure remains in SE and Upper Snake regions until April 15

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The antler gathering closure runs until April 15 in the Upper Snake and Southeast Regions. The closure is on public land only, and is intended to reduce stress on wintering big game and help eastern Idaho mule deer herds recover after the harsh winter of 2022-23. 

The closure includes searching for,… more

F&G takes ownership of big game winter range parcel in Elmore County

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Idaho Fish and Game recently took ownership of a 5,533-acre land parcel in Elmore County about 20 miles southeast of Boise that contains high-quality wildlife habitat and provides valuable winter range for deer and elk. 

The property was bought from a seller who sought out Fish and Game as a preferred buyer… more

F&G Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee to meet Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. MST in Boise and virtually

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The Idaho Fish and Game Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. MST at Fish and Game's headquarters building at 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise. The meeting will be streamed live via Zoom, however, members of the public in attendance or online can observe the meeting; but there… more

'Hunting as Conservation': MK Nature Center to host evening lecture series on Feb. 22

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Idaho Master Naturalist and avid sportsperson, Eric Keren, will share information about hunting as a tool throughout history and today to manage wildlife. The act of hunting is an act of conservation...find out how and why! This will be an informative talk for hunters and non-hunters alike! Free and open to the adult… more

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Conditions Report (02-14-2024)

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Hi everyone,

Since our last update two weeks ago, we have continued to experience warmer than average temperatures along the Upper Salmon River which has resulted in an early start to the spring steelhead fishing season. Compared to more recent years, the Deadwater ice jam opened a month earlier which means that… more

Craig Mountain WMA public meeting scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.

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Idaho Fish and Game will be hosting a public meeting at the Clearwater Regional Office at 3316 16th St. in Lewiston on March 12 from 6-8 p.m. Come learn about the recent and future habitat projects happening on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area (CMWMA). Contact the Clearwater regional office for more information… more

F&G asks ice anglers and 'polar plunge' participants to take precautions on Lake Cascade

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Idaho Fish and Game wants to remind ice anglers this winter to always remain cautious when walking or operating off-highway vehicles on ice. Throughout this winter ice fishing season, there have been multiple reports of people cutting large square holes in the ice so they can take a "polar plunge" or ice bath.… more

Leash your pets: F&G increasing patrols on Boise River WMA

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Idaho Fish and Game enforcement staff will be conducting increased patrols in the Boise River Wildlife Management Area over the next couple months to ensure compliance with leashed dog requirements and access restrictions, as well as to address littering issues on trails.

“We have a number of issues that… more

F&G continues to receive multiple reports of two sub-adult mountain lions frequenting Ketchum neighborhoods

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Residents in Ketchum are reporting two mountain lions frequenting their yards or seeing them on their security cameras. From video observations, biologists are calling them sub-adults, approximately 1.5 to 2 years of age and suspect they are siblings. Most of these reports are from west and north Ketchum. 

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February 'Wildlife Express' goes underground for a closer look at the subnivean zone

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Chances are, if you've ever left your elk or deer meat in the deep freezer for too long, a fine layer of ice crystals forms around the vacuum bag. The process—known as sublimation—doesn't just occur in your freezer; you can also find examples of sublimation in nature, which is where you can find this month's edition of… more