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After a 39-year career at Idaho Fish and Game, Director Ed Schriever announces his retirement

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 13:29 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever recently announced his retirement effective in February after spending his entire 39-year career in wildlife management with the department and rising through the fisheries ranks into leadership at headquarters. Schriever was hired as director in January 2019.

In… more

Prescribed burn will result in closure of Bruneau Duck Ponds segment of C.J. Strike WMA

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 08:54 | idfg-bpearson

Idaho Fish and Game, in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, will be conducting prescribed burns on the Bruneau Duck Ponds segment of the C.J. Strike WMA between December and March, depending upon weather conditions. 

Fire activities will include burning approximately 100 machine piles of Russian… more

Come see steelhead at the MK Nature Center

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 16:20 | idfg-sfocht

The MK Nature Center received five steelhead and have placed them in the large outside viewing window for you to see!

Fish and Game staff from the Oxbow Hatchery were in town stocking steelhead in the Boise River and dropped these lucky five for you to visit. These steelhead were hatchery raised, released to… more

Fish and Game officers seek information about a wasted bull elk near Mackay

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 15:20 | idfg-jbrower

On November 27, Conservation Officers discovered a bull elk that was shot and left to waste just south of the Pass Creek Road near Mackay. The temperature of the carcass led officers to believe it had been shot earlier that same day. Remains of a second elk and drag marks were also found nearby. No bull harvest season… more

Habitat restoration efforts take advantage of local wildfires

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 12:19 | idfg-hdistad

The Lemhi River consisted historically of a large active floodplain containing complex fish and wildlife habitats.  The Lewis and Clark expedition noted in their journals an observation of a fish weir constructed by Native Americans that spanned multiple channels, suggesting that the river system contained a network of… more

Magic Valley Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee to meet on December 5, 2022

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 10:54 | idfg-tthompson

Members of the Magic Valley Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee will meet to assist Fish and Game with the assessment of winter conditions and make recommendations about winter feeding based on local conditions. The committee is made up of five local citizens who monitor winter conditions and make recommendations… more

Southwest Idaho instructor team named State Instructors of the Year

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 09:44 | idfg-bpearson

The backbone of Idaho's hunter education training effort rests on volunteer instructors, who give their time, passion and energy to the program. Since 1991, the Idaho Hunter Education program has recognized an instructor who has continually made a significant contribution to the program. The recipient of the State… more

It’s time to winterize your home to protect Idaho’s wildlife

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 08:31 | idfg-tthompson

We all have a checklist we run through when winterizing our homes when fall turns to winter. But did you know that you need a checklist of items that need to be done to protect wildlife that might pass through your yards?

Residents across Idaho are encouraged to inspect their yards for items that can entangle… more

Avian cholera outbreak suspected in Southwest Idaho snow goose die-off

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 15:10 | idfg-bpearson

Southwest Idaho is currently experiencing a waterfowl die-off that is primarily affecting light geese in Parma and surrounding areas, including the Lake Lowell Unit of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Staff at Fish and Game’s Wildlife Health Lab believe that a recent outbreak of avian cholera is responsible for this… more

Statewide trout stocking highlights for December 2022

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 12:48 | idfg-cliess

Some of Idaho’s lakes and ponds are soon going to be bolstered with Idaho Fish and Game stocking roughly 9,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout this December. 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

Here’s how you can get dialed in for ice fishing and find a popular (and safe) destination near you

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 10:12 | idfg-cliess

Unless you’re a hockey player or margarita, ice can get a bad rap. It glazes your windshield, covers your driveways and makes the highways slicker than snot. But when it comes to lake fishing in the winter, ice is a big bonus.

One of the hottest opportunities (figuratively speaking) to catch fish this… more

Southwest Winter Feeding Advisory Committee will meet Dec. 2

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 13:56 | idfg-bpearson

Southwest Winter Feeding Advisory Committee December 2022


Date: December 2, 2022, 2:00 p.m. MST

Address: 15950 N Gate Blvd. Nampa, ID 83687

The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee is participating by a combination of in-person attendance at the above physical location and phone conference.… more

Lake Cascade Ice Update - Nov. 22, 2022

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 13:45 | idfg-mthomas

Ice fishing season is arriving early on Lake Cascade! Recent weather conditions have created a layer of solid, clear ice on the northern end of Lake Cascade. On Nov. 22, I visited Poison Creek, Boulder Creek, and Van Wyck (Cascade city boat ramp) access areas to check out surface and ice conditions.

At… more

Upper Snake Winter Feeding Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 30

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 11:50 | idfg-jbrower

Upper Snake Winter Feeding Advisory Committee Meeting


Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022- 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MST

Address: 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Members of the Upper Snake Winter Feeding Advisory Committee will meet to assist Fish… more

Chinook spawning in the Lemhi is something to be thankful for this year

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 10:32 | idfg-mheller

This year represented a spawning season that gave fisheries staff in the Salmon Region excitement for the future of Chinook Salmon here in Idaho. 

November’s ‘Wildlife Express’ tries to catch up with the American pronghorn, the Porsches of the plains

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 09:54 | idfg-cliess

Pronghorn are unlike any other animal in the American West. Not to be confused with their African lookalikes — the antelope —pronghorn occupy a mix of landscapes across southern and eastern Idaho and into the central Idaho mountains (and grace the cover of this month’s Wildlife Express.)

These iconic ungulates… more

Don't let a lack of gear stop you from waterfowl hunting

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 12:06 | idfg-bpearson

Waterfowl hunting has a reputation for being expensive, but hunters don’t need to shell out tons of money on a boat or a truckload of waterfowl gear to be successful. That’s especially true in a state with as much public land as Idaho.

Jump shooting is a low-cost option for public land hunts, but it is not the… more

More steelhead to be stocked in the Boise River on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 09:11 | idfg-bpearson

The good news keeps on coming for anglers. Approximately 100-125 more steelhead will be transported and released into the Boise River on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The fish are trapped at Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River and will be released in equal numbers at five stocking locations:

Glenwood Bridge Americana… more