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ATV Use Surveyed

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The use of all-terrain vehicles among Idaho's hunters has grown dramatically in the last few years, a trend not greeted with enthusiasm by non-users. Differences of opinion between those who use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or trail bikes and hunters who do not surfaced in a recent survey conducted in a collaborative… more

Bighorn Tag Lottery Nets Disease Research Dollars

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One major source of funding for bighorn sheep health research in Idaho received a large boost with this yearÁ_s bighorn tag lottery. Ticket sales brought in about twice as much money as last year with the first opportunity for a lottery tag holder to hunt the fabled Unit 11 in Hells Canyon. About $78,000 was raised… more

Ask Fish and Game

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Q. With quotas on elk hunting zones, am I going to be able to buy a tag for this fall? A. Idaho has 29 elk hunting zones. Tag sales limitsÑusually called capsÑapply to only five of these zones. Even where the caps are in place, the limit is based on historic use and does not represent a serious cut in tags. You can… more

Steelhead ÔNo-Harvest Season' Off To A Good Start

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LEWISTON - With hot weather firmly entrenching the Clearwater region, steelhead anglers may be surprised to learn that steelhead have already been moving rapidly up the Columbia and Snake rivers, and into the Clearwater River. As a result, many anglers have already discovered the excitement of the earlier than normal no… more

Fish & Game Keeping A Close Eye On Potential Of Avian Botulism Outbreak

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ROBERTS - Higher temperatures are a sure sign we've entered the dog days of summer, but they are also sign that wildlife managers need to keep a close eye on waterfowl for outbreaks of avian botulism. At Market Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Regional Habitat Manager John O'Neill has been busy collecting samples of… more

Catch-And-Release Requires A Few Precautions

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LEWISTON - Most anglers would agree that catch-and-release fishing is an important conservation practice, but returning fish to the water alive is not always as simple as it sounds. With the "No Harvest" steelhead season beginning August 1 on the Clearwater River, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages… more

Spaces Still Open in Hunter Education Classes

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Formal registration for summer and fall rifle hunter education classes was during the week of July 22 - 26, but many classes throughout the Magic Valley Region did not fill. There is still time to get registered and enrolled in one of these classes before the hunting seasons arrive. Classes are still available in… more

Rainbow Trout Stocking Report

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Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 21,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during August.LOCATIONNUMBER OF TROUT Boise River (Boise)4,000 Boise River (Eagle to Middleton)4,000 Boise River (Middle Fork)1,000 Boise River (North Fork)2,000 Bull Trout Lake2,… more

Salmon Season Likely for Next Summer

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Salmon anglers have caught about half as many hatchery chinook this year as they did in last year's seasons but still enough to raise enthusiasm for another year of fishing in Idaho. Early and highly tentative predictions for next year call for about 45,000 adult spring and summer chinook to clear Lower… more

Another Good Steelhead Season Likely

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Barring poor river conditions, Idaho steelhead anglers should have another good season coming after September 1. According to early predictions, about 170,700 steelhead could be on their way to Lower Granite Dam, the last barrier to entering Idaho fishing waters. If that figure holds up, it will be slightly more than… more

Resident Tags Available

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Resident hunters may buy their tags for this fall's big game hunts now but tags for the five elk zones with caps become available in the wee hours of August 1. Five elk hunting zones have now been capped so that only a limited number of tags are available in them. Those zones are the Middle Fork, Selway, Lolo, Elk… more

Ask Fish and Game

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Q. I understand that my 10-year-old can take hunter education next year and hunt the fall of 2003, is that true? A. True. Under a law approved in the last Idaho legislature, the age for becoming a licensed hunter has been lowered from 12 to 10. However, hunters 10 and 11 years old will qualify for small game hunting… more

Free Big Game Hunting Workshop Set For Saturday, August 10

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IDAHO FALLS - The fall big game hunting seasons are just around the corner and what could be better than a whole day of activities designed to not only introduce young people to the thrills of hunting, but to help old-timers hone their skills. IDFG will be hosting this free event on Saturday, August 10 at Beaver Dick… more

Attention: Resident Elk Hunters Capped B-Tags On Sale August 1 At 4 A.M.

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LEWISTON - Idaho resident elk hunters planning to purchase tags for north central Idaho may need to wake up early to secure a coveted tag for this fall. A limited number of tags for the Dworshak, Lolo, Selway, Elk City and Middle Fork Zones will go on sale beginning August 1 at 4:00 a.m. Pacific time at Fish and… more

Waterfowl Season Open House Meeting Set For August 5

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LEWISTON - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has scheduled an open house meeting for the public to review and provide written comments concerning the 2002-2003 waterfowl season proposals. Set for Monday, August 5, the open house will be held at the Clearwater Region office, 1540 Warner Avenue in Lewiston, from 8 a.m… more

August Bowhunter Education Course Offered In Orofino

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OROFINO - With bowhunting season only a month away, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages prospective bowhunters to register for the mandatory course soon so they can participate this fall. The last remaining bowhunter education course for the Orofino area is scheduled for August 10 and 11, from 8 a.m. to… more

Hunter Education Instructors Honored

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Ron Galloway of Meridian was honored as Instructor of the Year in the Idaho hunter education program when awards were presented at the Fish and Game Commission's July 17-19 meeting in McCall. Galloway has instructed more than 1,500 students since he began teaching in 1987. He received a plaque and a lifetime hunting… more

Upland Season Brochures Available

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Brochures for the 2002-2003 upland game seasons are available now at license vendors as well as Fish and Game offices. The new rules can also be found at www2.state.id.us/fishgame in the hunting section. Hunters will notice some changes in the appearance of the new brochure, similar to the new look of the big game… more