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Craig Mountain WMA video series: Forest health part III- Wildlife screen

Wed, 03/22/2023 - 16:08 | idfg-jbruns

During the forest health operation planning process, a lot of consideration is taken into account to benefit wildlife species. This video shows a meadow that provides a significant amount of wildlife value. In order to provide some security for wildlife species, a ban of trees were left alongside the road to create a… more

Fish and Game seeks volunteers to plant sagebrush to rehabilitate big game winter range damaged by wildfires

Wed, 03/22/2023 - 15:00 | idfg-tthompson

The Magic Valley Region, Idaho Fish and Game, in partnership with the Twin Falls District, BLM are seeking volunteers to help plant sagebrush to rehabilitate big game winter range at two different locations in the Magic Valley.

The goal is to plant 13,000 seedlings over two weekends.

On April 1, 2023,… more

F&G seeking public comment on Draft Pronghorn Management Plan 2023-2028

Wed, 03/22/2023 - 08:30 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking comments on its Draft Pronghorn Management Plan 2023-2028. The plan will provide guidance for staff to implement management actions that will aid in the protection and management of pronghorn populations and guide harvest recommendations.

The plan identifies major issues that… more

Joint project underway to reduce big game-vehicle collisions in North Idaho

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 15:30 | idfg-tjross

The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Idaho Fish and Game and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative recently announced a joint project to improve traffic safety and protect wildlife by repairing existing highway fencing and extending it by about a mile near wildlife underpasses on U.S. 95 north of Bonners… more

Irrigators in Salmon Region asked to contact Fish and Game before turning ditch water on this spring

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 13:45 | idfg-mdemick

To keep fish out of irrigation ditches, irrigators who divert water from local rivers and streams are asked to contact Idaho Fish and Game’s Anadromous Fish Screen Program at 208-756-6022 at least one week prior to turning their water on.

This will allow Fish and Game enough time to get all fish screens in place… more

March 21: Upper Salmon River Weekly Fishing Report

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 12:38 | idfg-mdemick

Over the past week, steelhead angler effort increased on the upper Salmon River. However, overall angler effort remained lower than average for mid-March.

Most of the angler effort was observed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 and downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17. Primarily due… more

Mountain lions continue to be active throughout the Wood River Valley

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 11:29 | idfg-tthompson

Residents throughout the Wood River Valley continue to see and report mountain lions frequenting their yards or are seeing them on their security cameras. Since October 1, 2022, the Magic Valley Region has received 85 calls about mountain lions in the Valley, with a majority of those calls coming from Hailey residents… more

March’s Wildlife Express newsletter wades through the lives of Idaho’s shorebirds

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 14:54 | idfg-cliess

When folks think about tropical, sandy beaches, Idaho doesn’t usually come to mind. Well, as far as humans go. As for the subjects of March’s Wildlife Express newsletter, on the other hand, Idaho’s shorelines are a five-star resort.

Shorebirds is a broad term, used to define birds that, you guessed it, inhabit… more

Recreationists, homeowners reminded to take precautions with their pets as coyote denning season arrives

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 11:40 | idfg-bpearson

Amid increasing reports of coyote activity around Boise and as well as other Idaho cities, Fish and Game reminds recreationists and homeowners to take additional precautions with their pets to help reduce the risk of potential conflicts during the coyote denning season.

F&G continues to monitor mountain lion activity in McCall

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 11:27 | idfg-bpearson

Mountain lions have been seen and reported in McCall in recent months, and Fish and Game wildlife biologists believe the lions will stick around into spring. Understandably, lions close to homes has generated questions about potential risks to public safety, and whether – or how – Fish and Game intends to deal with… more

Southeast Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee Meeting

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 20:19 | idfg-jjackson

Date:                 Tuesday, March 21, 2023- 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Address:           Idaho Fish and Game Southeast Region Office
                         1345 Barton Road, Pocatello, ID

Call-in Number:  208-236-1281

Members of the Southeast Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC)… more

Winter feeding update for the Southeast Region (03/17/2023)

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 19:43 | idfg-jjackson

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game with input from the Southeast Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) initiated the feeding of deer and elk at several locations in the Southeast Region beginning in early February.  Because of improving winter conditions across the region over the past several days, no new… more

How to report an illegal sturgeon harvest and be a good witness for wildlife

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 11:11 | idfg-scassinelli

You're out fishing and see someone harvest a white sturgeon and place it in a cooler, what would you do in this situation? It is illegal to harvest sturgeon in Idaho; sturgeon should not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing. Know how to report this common violation and hear tips on how you can be… more

Draw results available for spring turkey controlled hunts

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 10:47 | idfg-cliess

Spring turkey controlled hunt draw results are available now.

The results have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system, Hunters can check their GoOutdoorsIdaho account to view their controlled hunt tags draw results for spring turkey. Email notifications will be sent to those… more

F&G Commission sets spring Chinook season to open April 22

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 10:41 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game Commission set the 2023 spring Chinook salmon fishing seasons for the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers to open on April 22. The preseason forecast is for 49,291 hatchery adults to return to Lower Granite Dam, which is located about 35 miles downstream from Lewiston. 

Chinook fishing will… more

ICYMI: Fish and Game Commission Meeting March 16, 2023

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 10:09 | idfg-cliess

Watch the full recap of the March 16, 2023 Idaho Fish and Game Commission Meeting in Boise, Idaho. 

Topics covered include: 2023-2024 season setting for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and wolf; setting 2023 spring Chinook salmon season; and final decision on trapping restrictions in Unit 39. … more

Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat 2023-24 seasons and rules booklet available online

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 09:24 | idfg-cliess

Idaho's 2023-24 Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules booklet is now available online, and should be hitting the shelves at regional offices and license vendors by the last week in March.

The booklet can be viewed here online.

In recent years, bighorn sheep and mountain goat populations… more

Massive spring snow goose migration is on at Fort Boise WMA

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:51 | idfg-rphillips

A feathered fireworks display is currently happening Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area near Parma, as tens of thousands of snow geese use the WMA as a stopover on their northward spring migration.