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Idaho Fish and Game

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

Fish and Game and University of Idaho Fisheries Students Team up to Study Hells Canyon’s White Sturgeon

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 11:16 | idfg-sputnam

Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the University of Idaho have a long history of cooperation.  This is especially true in the Clearwater Region, where the university resides. 

Idaho Department of Fish and Game provides the students ample opportunity to participate in fieldwork which helps them understand… more

Watch for wildlife on highways and avoid costly collisions

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 10:28 | idfg-cliess

Winter is already tough for deer, elk and other big game animals, and being near busy roads and highways can be deadly, so drivers are asked to keep a sharp eye out and avoid costly and potentially dangerous collisions.

Hitting a deer or an elk is hazardous to drivers and passengers, and often results in… more

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling continues across the Clearwater and elsewhere in the state

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 17:19 | idfg-jbruns

Idaho Fish and Game staff will be continuing to collect samples from deer at hunter check stations and head barrel drop-off locations as part of a statewide surveillance program for chronic wasting disease.

Chronic wasting disease was detected for the first time in Idaho in 2021 after more than 20 years of… more

All 2023 nonresident general season deer and elk tags go on sale Dec. 1

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 12:21 | idfg-rphillips

Nonresident deer and elk tags for the upcoming 2023 hunting season go on sale starting at 10 a.m. MST on Dec. 1. Licenses and tags can be bought online at, through the Idaho Fish and Game mobile app, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. They can also be bought in person at a license vendor location, or… more

Southwest Winter Feeding Advisory Committee will meet Dec. 2

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 15:45 | idfg-staff

Southwest Winter Feeding
Advisory Committee Meeting


Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. MST

Address: Idaho Department of Fish and Game Southwest Regional Office: 15950 N Gate Boulevard Nampa, Idaho 83687

The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee is participating by a combination of in-… more

Three white-tailed deer shot and left near Rock Creek Road south of Potlatch

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 15:40 | idfg-jbruns

Fish and Game is seeking information regarding three whitetail deer that have been shot and left to waste near Rock Creek Road south of Potlatch.

The first deer was found on Sept. 18, 2022; the second and third deer were found on Nov. 14. It is believed the same person was involved with killing all three of the… more

Kokanee are making a comeback in Payette Lake

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 16:08 | idfg-jmessner

By Gavin Aguilar – Fisheries Technician

Payette Lake in McCall is a deep, cold natural lake that has supported a kokanee fishery for well over a century. In fact, kokanee and their anadromous cousins, sockeye salmon, are native to Payette Lake, and historical documents suggest that commercial fisheries on Payette Lake… more

Fish and Game sponsors a mentored youth waterfowl hunt in Hagerman

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 16:05 | idfg-tthompson

Each year, as bird seasons open, Idaho Fish and Game staff from the Magic Valley Region organize three mentored hunts for a small number of recent graduates of in-person hunter education classes. These hunts provide opportunities for youth to experience a day in the field hunting upland birds or waterfowl. In 2022, the… more

Bald eagle illegally shot in Bear Lake County

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 15:21 | idfg-jjackson

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the illegal shooting of a bald eagle in the community of Bern in Bear Lake County.

On Nov. 6, Senior Conservation Officer Kolby White with Idaho Fish and Game received a report of a dead bald eagle in the middle of a field in the small… more

Craig Mountain WMA Mountain Lion hunting route access program-discontinued

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 13:19 | idfg-zswearingen

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be discontinuing the trial lion hunting route access program on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area.  The routes were opened during the 2021-2022 season with the goal of increasing harvest of mountain lions on the WMA.  No mountain lions were harvested under the access… more

A Fisheries Biologist Reflects

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 12:44 | idfg-tcopeland

At times it is good to look back and see what is in the water behind you. In this podcast, Scott Putnam considers his 30 years with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in an extensive interview. He describes the work he has done and offers some good advice for those who are looking for a career in fisheries. Most of… more

Idaho Master Naturalist FALL Newsletter is Available

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 13:38 | idfg-sfocht

The Fall edition of Idaho Naturalist News (the seasonal newsletter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program) is available for viewing! Read about what Idaho Master Naturalists are doing all across the state.


Information sought about a mule deer buck left to waste in Lincoln County

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 12:34 | idfg-tthompson

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, conservation officers from the Magic Valley Region received a report of a mule deer buck that was found dead lying next to a BLM road in Lincoln County. The deer was found on the eastside of Black Butte in Unit 52 which had an open controlled muzzleloader hunt at the time of the… more

Henrys Lake Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2022

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 16:48 | idfg-ntillotson

Big news Henrys Lake anglers! The new Idaho catch-and-release state record hybrid trout (Rainbow Trout X Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout) was caught out of Henrys Lake this fall, and it’s a whopper. Hailey Thomas of Rigby caught this 36-inch hybrid, which easily beats the prior catch-and-release state record by 6… more