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PAWS course coming to Pocatello on March 2

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If you like hitting the trails with your favorite four-legged hiking buddies, then consider signing up for an upcoming Pets and Wildlife Safety (PAWS) course.  Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with Companion Canines of Pocatello will be hosting this special event on Saturday, March 2, at the Southeast Region… more

Clearwater Region waters to be stocked with trout in March

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Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region will be stocking approximately 8,150 catchable-sized rainbow trout in March. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2024 fishing license!

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake… more

Reports of yew continue despite ordinances that prohibit the plant in many parts of Blaine county

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A recent death of a moose north of Ketchum in the Hulen Meadows subdivision has renewed concerns about wildlife eating ornamental yew plants, which are deadly to anything that eats the plant. Fish and Game officers were unable to determine the cause of death since a necropsy was not performed before the moose was… more

Statewide trout stocking highlights for March 2024

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Many of Idaho’s lakes and ponds are soon going to be bolstered with Idaho Fish and Game stocking roughly 80,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout this March. Wondering if the stocking trucks are going to be backing up to your favorite fishing hole? We asked our Fish and Game hatchery staff to boil down some of the most… more

F&G staff hosting a variety of presentations at Idaho Sportsman Show in Boise

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Idaho Fish and Game will be back at the Idaho Sportsman Show at Expo Idaho in Boise, from Feb. 29 to March 3 with a full schedule of seminars on Saturday, March 2 where people can hear straight from biologists about important hunting and fishing topics in the Southwest Region. 

 “This is an opportunity… more

Twin Bridges campground near Whitebird is now open

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management actions at Twin Bridges are now completed and overnight camping is re-opened. Twin Bridges access site is located south of the community of Whitebird off of Highway 95. Control action results will be posted within the next few weeks. 

Contact the Clearwater Region… more

Hunter and trapper education courses coming up in Salmon

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Do you know someone that needs to take a trapper or a hunter education course?  Two courses will be held in Salmon during March and are designed for youth 9 years of age or older.   

US Fish and Wildlife Service approves 2023 Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan for at-risk species

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved Idaho Fish and Game’s revision of its State Wildlife Action Plan, which extends the plan for a decade and ensures Idaho will continue to receive about $700,000 annually in federal funding.

The Wildlife Action Plan is for conserving and managing Idaho’s most at-… more

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 Feb. 20. 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 Feb. 23.

Any otter… 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 during the following dates:

Feb. 26 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27 5-7 p.m. Feb. 29 5-7 p.m. March 1 3-7 p.m. March 2 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