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Fish and Game Commission names Jim Fredericks as new director of Idaho Fish and Game

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 14:57 | idfg-rphillips

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has extended an offer to Jim Fredericks to serve as the new director of Idaho Fish and Game. Fredericks has been a deputy director for Fish and Game since 2021 and is a former fisheries bureau chief. 

Fredericks, 58, was raised in Moscow since grade school, graduated from… more

Bobcat checks will be offered prior to big game public meeting Feb. 22 in Orofino

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 14:59 | idfg-jbruns

A bobcat check-in will be held Wed., Feb. 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Clearwater Hatchery, Hatchery Roe Dr. in Orofino, ID. Each trapper will be charged a $1.75 administration fee and $3 per pelt. 

Anyone interested in learning more about upcoming big game season proposals are welcome to attend one of the public… more

Craig Mountain WMA launches new video series: Part I- Overview and History

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 12:39 | idfg-jbruns

Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area (CMWMA) staff recently put together several videos highlighting the work being done to manage the WMA. These videos will be released in a series over the next few months. The first video of the roll-out process is entitled "Craig Mountain WMA Overview" featuring the history,… more

F&G stops Cascade deer trapping after two days due to high prevalence of chewing lice

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 11:57 | idfg-bpearson

Idaho Fish and Game stopped trapping town deer in the City of Cascade on Tuesday, Jan. 31 after just two days of trapping. Biologists found the prevalence of chewing lice was higher than expected, preventing most of the deer from being transported to winter range. 

F&G detects 15 deer with chronic wasting disease in 2022

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 10:27 | idfg-rphillips

With nearly all results back from 2022 chronic wasting disease testing, Fish and Game found 15 positive cases out of 3,171 tests statewide. All CWD cases from 2022 were detected in a 6-mile radius within the Slate Creek drainage north of Riggins and east of U.S. 95 where the disease was first detected in fall of 2021… more

Southeast Region Winter Feeding Advisory Committee Meeting scheduled for Feb. 7

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 23:42 | idfg-jjackson

Date:                 Tuesday, Feb. 7, 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:  1 208-985-2810  Enter Code: 159 132 589#

Members of the Southeast Region Winter Feeding… more

Idaho Fish and Game shares some common fishing violations in the Southeast Region

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 22:26 | idfg-jjackson

Whether you dangle a jig through a hole in the ice or cast a streamer into an open river, wintertime is a great time for fishing.  Southeast Idaho has no shortage on fantastic winter fisheries-- but before you head out to reel in the fun, be sure you know the rules.

Here are some important reminders based on… more

Idaho Fish and Game Southeast Region initiates winterfeeding action in Bear Lake County

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 22:00 | idfg-jjackson

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has initiated a winter-feeding action on the west and east sides of Bear Lake in Bear Lake County, with additional actions to be rolled out in the near future in priority areas. 

Winter conditions… more

Idaho Fish and Game closes WMAs in the Southeast and Upper Snake Regions to protect wintering wildlife

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 21:28 | idfg-jjackson

Beginning Feb. 3, several Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in southeast and east Idaho will be closed to all public entry.  This includes the Portneuf, Georgetown, and Montpelier WMAs in the Southeast Region, and the Tex Creek and Market Lake WMAs in the Upper Snake Region. These WMA closures will… more

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

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 17:00 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking comments on its Draft Gray Wolf Management Plan 2023-2028. The plan will provide guidance for staff and set goals and strategies that will be carried out through hunting and trapping season setting and other management actions. 

Designed to span six years, this plan identifies… more

Two elk calves found dead after eating ornamental yew in Ketchum

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 15:40 | idfg-tthompson

Despite a 2016 Blaine County ordinance restricting the planting of noxious plants, including exotic yew, two elk calves were found dead on Friday February 3, 2023, after eating the toxic plant in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum. 

Fish and Game conservation officers who investigated the report of dead elk… more

Feb. 3: Clearwater Regional Ice Fishing report

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 13:23 | idfg-jbruns

F&G’s McCall Fish Hatchery staff spends winters growing two generations of Chinook

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 15:52 | idfg-cliess

McCall, a modest-sized mountain town that originated as a mining and forestry hub, has since evolved into a popular, year-round outdoor destination for snowmobilers, skiers, boaters, snow-sculptors and, of course, sportsmen.

While the recreation changes seasonally along with the workers who support them, the… more

Video: See how Fish and Game estimates annual wolf populations

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 14:06 | idfg-rphillips

People often ask, "How do you know how many wolves are in Idaho?" The short answer is with cameras and mathematical modeling, among other things. 

But the entire process is more complex and a fascinating look at wildlife management that was created by Fish and Game staff in cooperation with University of Montana… more

Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2023 grants cycle through April 30

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 14:01 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2023 grants cycle. The grants program provides funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 

Grants up to $10,000 per project are available. In addition, in 2023, IFWF will award $5,000 to fund a special… more

Shooting range committee to meet virtually Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. MST.

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 10:59 | idfg-rphillips

Meeting is open to the public but public comment will not be taken

The Idaho Fish and Game Citizen Shooting Range Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting that will be streamed live via Zoom on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. MST. 

The public can observe the meeting by using the above Zoom link, or watch at the… more

How to report a fishing bag limit violation and be a good witness for wildlife

Wed, 02/01/2023 - 15:37 | idfg-scassinelli

You’re fishing at your favorite local spot and see someone with more fish than the daily bag limit, what would you do in this situation? Our conservation officers provide tips on how to report this common violation and how you can be a good witness for wildlife.

Being a good witness not only helps our… more

Teton Valley seeing increased mountain lion activity due to winter conditions

Wed, 02/01/2023 - 12:44 | idfg-jbrower

An unfortunate incident occurred involving the loss of a family pet to a mountain lion near Tetonia on Jan 30, when a young female lion ventured into a homeowner’s yard and killed their dog before heading under their porch. The homeowners immediately called local law enforcement who quickly responded and dispatched the… more