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November trout stocking schedule for the Southeast Region

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 16:54 | idfg-jjackson

November isn’t just for hunting—you can squeeze in some great fishing, too!

Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing rainbow trout to three fisheries during November! But it’s the lunker trout (averaging 5 pounds) donated by Riverence Farms in Soda Springs that… more

Your Mandatory Hunter Report helps us track deer and elk herds

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 15:15 | idfg-rphillips

Who needs to report? 

Hunters who purchased an elk, deer, or pronghorn tag are required to submit a Mandatory Hunter Report – even if a hunter did not hunt or harvest an animal. The report is a quick and easy questionnaire about your hunting season. 

Hunters are required to submit a report 10 days after… more

Mule deer buck left to waste in southeast Idaho's Unit 70

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 17:19 | idfg-jjackson

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding an adult mule deer buck that was shot and left to waste in southeast Idaho.

The buck’s body was discovered on Oct. 28 by two Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers in a private cultivated field approximately 100 yards from Garden Creek Road… more

Pheasants stocked at three Salmon-area locations

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 09:04 | idfg-mdemick

Bird hunters should be excited that pheasants are being stocked weekly at three area locations, including Pratt Creek, Kirtley Creek and at the Pahsimeroir River Access area.   

“These stockings have been very popular so we hope hunters get out and try their luck,” said Bret Stansberry, wildlife biologist based… more

East Saddle forest management project improves elk habitat in the Lolo Zone

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 15:57 | idfg-jbruns

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)’s Clearwater Region are working together on management projects that improve wildlife habitat on National Forests lands. One such project is East Saddle, where the Forest Service recently implemented prescribed burning to improve… more

F&G Commission meeting Nov. 14-15 in Lewiston

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 13:48 | idfg-cliess

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hold the public hearing and business meeting at the regional office in Lewiston. A public hearing will begin on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. PST at the same location. Those wishing to speak to the Commission during the public hearing will have a three-minute time limit, with additional… more

F&G seeking information about bull moose illegally shot in Unit 32A

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 12:04 | idfg-bpearson

Fish and Game conservation officers are asking the public for information regarding bull moose that was illegally killed about a mile from Cabin Creek Road in Unit 32A on Oct. 28, 2022.

Conservation officer Ben Hurd responded to a report of a dead, mature bull moose on Oct. 31. Evidence collected at the scene… more

Road work to impact travel on BLM’s Eagle Creek Road on Craig Mountain WMA

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 15:29 | idfg-jbruns

Construction work is underway to maintain and improve the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eagle Creek Road in the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area east of Lewiston in Nez Perce County. Equipment operating along the roadway may impact travel, particularly during the work week. In addition, there may be periods… more

Oct. 31 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 12:57 | idfg-bbeller

Steelhead angler effort and catch continued to increase during the past week on the upper Salmon River.

The majority of anglers were observed between the Middle Fork and Lemhi rivers within location codes 15 and 16. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 17 hours per… more

Lowman Ponds will be drawn down and unfishable until spring

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 14:03 | idfg-bpearson

Fish and Game, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, has drawn down both ponds at the Lowman Ponds access site to make repairs to a plugged culvert, and the ponds will remain drained throughout the winter in an effort to address chronic issues with invasive aquatic weeds. The ponds will not be refilled until… more

Returned nonresident big game tags go on sale Nov. 3 and are available to residents as second tags

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 10:42 | idfg-cliess

Fish and Game will sell returned nonresident, general-season big game tags starting at 10 a.m. MDT on Nov. 3. Tags can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at Fish and Game offices during normal business hours, at license vendors, online at or by calling (800) 554-8685.

A list of… more

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Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:05 | idfg-jsauder


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Tips from the public lead to conviction for wildlife crimes in Madison County

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 10:54 | idfg-jbrower

On Oct. 24, 2022, Brayden Froehlich was sentenced in District Court in Madison County, Idaho for multiple wildlife crimes including one felony count of unlawfully killing, possessing or wasting wildlife and one misdemeanor count for hunting with a revoked license. Froehlich’s initial 2-year license revocation… more

Know the difference between a bull elk and bull moose before you squeeze the trigger

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 10:36 | idfg-cliess

Know your target. That’s one of the first rules taught in hunter education curriculums in every state. Yet, every year, a small percentage of hunters ignore this principal — or possess very poor observation skills — and down an unintended big game animal.

With the general elk season upon us, Fish and Game… more

Seats available in trapper education course Nov. 19 in Salmon

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 08:21 | idfg-mdemick

Idaho Fish and Game will host a trapper education course in Salmon on November 19.  The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fish and Game Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North.

Advanced registration is required, and class size will be limited.  To register, go online to Fish and Game’s website or… more

Rear quarters of harvested deer found discarded in dumpster of Montpelier business

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 17:26 | idfg-jjackson

On Oct. 19, Fish and Game received a call from the owner of Christensen Custom Cuts in Montpelier regarding the discovery of four rear deer quarters that had been illegally discarded in a dumpster in front of his business. 

The owner, Rick Christensen, told Fish and Game that in his professional opinion the… more

F&G's stocked access sites provide golden opportunity for Idaho pheasant hunters

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 16:06 | idfg-cliess

The 2022 fall pheasant season is in full swing as upland hunters take to nearly two dozen Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and other private and federal property sites across the state. The ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus for you bird nerds out there) is among the most colorful game bird species found in… more

State of Deer and Elk: Counting herds, and how hunters help through mandatory hunter reports

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 15:48 | idfg-rphillips

Deer and elk live throughout Idaho in habitats ranging from desert to mixed conifer forests, and a big part of a wildlife manager’s job is to estimate how many are out there.

What role do hunters play in that? More than you might realize. If each deer and elk hunter spends a few moments filling out a mandatory… more