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Here's what upland game bird hunters can expect for 2022

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 11:48 | idfg-cliess

Idaho, with one of the most rugged landscapes in the union, offers a multitude of upland game bird hunting opportunities. Whether you find yourself in the high-mountain timber or the lowland-sagebrush steppe, there’s a good chance you’re in upland bird country.

Upland game birds are sensitive to environmental… more

Youth pheasant hunt scheduled Oct. 1 in Salmon

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 09:43 | idfg-mdemick

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host a youth pheasant hunt in Salmon on Saturday, October 1.

Designed for youth ages 10-17, the event is free and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The youth will begin their day at the Fish and Game office learning about pheasants and safely hunting… more

Don't forget the tenderloins when field dressing your elk or deer this fall

Sat, 09/10/2022 - 13:52 | idfg-sross

Hunting season in Idaho is already warming up. As the weeks go by we will make the final preparations for fall, hunters often find themselves asking critical questions like “Is my rifle or bow sighted in?” “Are my good knives still in my pack?” “Where did I put my tags” “Where am I going to set up camp this year?” “… more

There is a human element to anadromous fish in the Upper Salmon Basin

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 13:30 | idfg-mdemick

By Shelly Hiron - Fisheries Technician

Whether it is up in a forested riparian drainage working in a creek, at a screen monitoring site salvaging fish, or installing a new screen or screw trap, the human element at the Idaho Fish and Game Screen Shop in Salmon is full throttle in the summer.  The public will… more

Free Shooting Skills Clinics scheduled in Eastern Idaho

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:31 | idfg-jbrower

Fish and Game, Eagle Rock Gun School and Club, and the Idaho Hunter Education Association have teamed up to offer a free shotgun and rifle shooting clinic to help hunters get on-target and ready for the upcoming field season.  Both events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Eagle Rock gun range located just… more

F&G tracks bull trout populations by counting the spots where they spawn

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:06 | idfg-bbowersox

This time of year Fish and Game fisheries staff have provided a variety of cool stories about our work on Chinook redd walks to track those populations. But, Chinook aren’t the only native fall spawner we track using this method, bull trout is another native Idahoan that has their spawning nests counted each year to… more

Deadline is Oct. 21 to apply for Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 09:51 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking members of the public to volunteer to serve on a Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee, which will be responsible for providing input about public shooting range grant applications annually.

Members of the public who actively use shooting ranges, have experience managing or… more

Volunteer Opportunity to help restore wildlife habitat in the Magic Valley after the 2020 Badger Fire

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 09:44 | idfg-tthompson

Fall is right around the corner which traditionally brings cooler temperatures and fall rain, making it the perfect time to plant sagebrush to restore big game winter range lost during the Badger Fire. The Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region… more

Waterfowl season for youth and veterans/active military runs the weekend of Sept. 24-25

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 14:00 | idfg-cliess

Duck and goose hunting is one of the most exciting ways to get a youth hunter geared up for hunting. Oftentimes, the sheer abundance of waterfowl flying overhead or bobbing out in the water mesmerizes youngsters enough to potentially take their minds off the discomfort of sitting in near-freezing water later in the… more

Video: How to field dress a deer, elk or moose in a chronic wasting disease management zone

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 11:44 | idfg-jbruns

Now that CWD has come to Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game is receiving lots of questions for hunters about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and what does this mean for hunters in the management zone (Units 14 & 15). Here are a few things to be aware of;

All hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose in a CWD Management… more

Kamiah RV and Equipment Storage Building

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 14:54 | idfg-cchristensen


Sealed proposals will be received by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 600 South Walnut, PO Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707, until 2:00 p.m., prevailing local time, on October 6th, 2022 for DFG Project No. 2023-102, Kamiah RV and Equipment Storage Building. Bids mailed to… more

Fish and Game asks for public comment for Murtaugh Lake tiger muskie introduction

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 14:20 | idfg-tthompson

A recent fisheries survey in Murtaugh Lake near Murtaugh, Idaho found high numbers of common carp, Utah chub, and Utah sucker that have limited the amount of sport fish available to anglers. With few game-fish present, Fish and Game biologists have proposed introducing tiger muskie into the lake.

Tiger muskie… more

Interactive maps for Large Tract properties can now be found on the IDFG webpage

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 09:45 | idfg-jbruns

As you are planning  fall hunts, please remember that recreational motorized access to all Large Tracts properties is designated to open roads and trails, with all other roads closed to recreational motorized access. All roads are open at all times for non-motorized access.

Here are a couple of recent… more

Upland game bird hunting is going to get a little more exciting starting Sept. 17

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 09:28 | idfg-cliess

Upland game bird hunting is going to get a little more exciting starting Sept. 17. Seasons for chukar, gray partridge, quail and sage-grouse will give upland hunters even more variety this fall.

Here’s a summary of what’s coming up:


Chukar & Partridge

Chukar and gray partridge… more

Artificially created dams create barriers to fish passage

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 17:47 | idfg-wearl

On August 18, 2022 reports of a man-made dam on Lolo Creek were forwarded to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The initial information stated a large man-made dam was located under the bridge that crosses Lolo Creek to Forest Road 5114 near Lolo Campground. Pictures from the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries… more

Snorkel crew training to meet the challenges faced during wild salmon and steelhead trout surveys

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 11:20 | idfg-sputnam

Because wild Chinook salmon and steelhead trout spawn and are reared in natural environments, their status is not easily monitored. One method to monitor natural-reared Chinook salmon and steelhead trout is to use standardized snorkel survey protocols to collect juvenile salmonid data in their home streams. The data… more

This month’s 'Wildlife Express' newsletter dives deep into the lives of salmon

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 11:18 | idfg-cliess

Salmon are the marathon runners — well, swimmers — of the fish world, and for some, their finish line is the rivers and streams of Idaho.

There are three species that make Idaho their final destination: Chinook, sockeye and coho. (If you really want to split hairs, you could add in kokanee salmon as the fourth… more

Hayden Pond open for Labor Day weekend

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 10:15 | idfg-mdemick

Hayden Pond is once again open for anglers just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

Access to the popular fishing pond, located south of Salmon, was temporarily closed in early July after the dilapidated bridge spanning Hayden Creek was removed and replaced with a new, safer bridge.        

“The pond… more