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First responder and military appreciation day scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Farragut Shooting Range Center

Fri, 08/26/2022 - 16:49 | idfg-tjross

First responders and military personnel put their lives on the line each and every day for the safety and betterment of us all. In appreciation of their service and sacrifice, Idaho Fish and Game is pleased to honor and celebrate them by hosting a “Hometown Heroes” day.

The event will be held on Sept. 11 at… more

Fall Chinook Salmon Update: August 2022

Fri, 08/26/2022 - 12:44 | idfg-jdupont

Fall Chinook Salmon Update AUGUST 2022

by Joe DuPont

Idaho’s fall Chinook Salmon season opened on August 18 so I figured I better put out an update to let people know what is going on with this fishery.  In this update, I will try to answer the questions people… more

Waterfowl hunters will find launching boats difficult at Market Lake due to low water levels

Fri, 08/26/2022 - 11:42 | idfg-jbrower

For the past several years drought conditions have persisted at Market Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and this year has not proved any different. So far this water year, Market Lake has received half as much precipitation as it did in 2021, which was also considerably drier than usual. Barely three… more

Officers seeking information about dead moose calf near Kelly Canyon

Thu, 08/25/2022 - 16:08 | idfg-jbrower

Conservation officers with Idaho Fish and Game are asking people to provide information about a moose calf that was found dead in the middle of the Fish Creek Road near Kelly Canyon on Aug. 24. The calf likely died earlier that morning or late the night prior. Fish and Game officers observed it had a broken shoulder… more

Gearing up for fall pheasant stocking in the Clearwater

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 17:34 | idfg-Deborah.M…

Fall is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start preparing for pheasant season! Here in the Clearwater, Fish and Game has four locations participating in the statewide Pheasant Stocking Program. Pheasant season begins with a youth-only hunt on Oct. 1 and continues with weekly pheasant releases until… more

Big game depredation actions continue into 2022 throughout southern Idaho

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 14:46 | idfg-tthompson

Consistent efforts by depredation staff from the Magic Valley Region are showing successes in parts of the region to reduce chronic big game depredation on agricultural crops. While consistent prevention tactics have been shown to change wildlife behavior, there continues to be new and ongoing incidents of big game… more

F&G director issues conservation closure for sturgeon fishing on portion of CJ Strike Reservoir

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 14:13 | idfg-bpearson

Citing a need to protect sturgeon amid abnormally low dissolved oxygen levels and high water temperatures on a portion of CJ Strike Reservoir, Idaho Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever on Wednesday, Aug. 24 signed a conservation closure order for sturgeon fishing in the portion of the Snake River arm between Canyon… more

Southwest Idaho's mountain lakes provide anglers with opportunities to catch unique species

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 11:49 | idfg-bpearson

High mountain lakes across Idaho’s backcountry provide some fantastic fishing in some beautiful scenery, and a handful of them are the only places you can catch some of Idaho’s more unique sportfish.

Idaho’s moutain lakes are primarily stocked with westslope cutthroat trout and sterile rainbow trout, but… more

Collaborative graduate study with University of Idaho looks into perch, bass and pikeminnow interactions in Lake Cascade

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 11:43 | idfg-cliess

Fisheries managers in the Southwest Region and University of Idaho graduate student Bryce Marciniak kicked off a study looking into the interactions between perch, pikeminnow and bass populations to determine their influence on the survival of juvenile perch.

"For over a decade, we’ve observed prolonged… more

Leftover controlled hunt tags available first-come, first-served

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 09:57 | idfg-cliess

Over 400 deer tags and 200 elk tags not issued during the recent second controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and swan are available first come, first served.

See full list of available leftover tags

Leftover tags will be available for purchase at Fish and Game offices and… more

Getting to Idaho's alpine lakes

Tue, 08/23/2022 - 14:03 | idfg-jheckel

Idaho is unique in having abundant opportunities available to get away from crowds and explore the high country filled with alpine lakes. But, you may ask, how will I get to one of these high mountain gems? Well, the first place to start is refer to Idaho Fish and Game’s Alpine Lake Fishing resource… more

Second controlled hunt draw results now online

Mon, 08/22/2022 - 15:33 | idfg-cliess

Results of the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear and swan have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system.

Look Up Your Results

Click on the button above to check to see if you drew a controlled hunt tag. Hunters who already have an account can purchase them… more

Instructor-led hunter education courses coming up in Southwest Idaho for August and September

Mon, 08/22/2022 - 12:33 | idfg-bpearson

Southwest Idaho currently has 11 instructor-led courses slated to start in August and September, with more to come. Among the upcoming offerings in the Southwest Region are Hunter Education Certification, Hunter & Bowhunter (Combo) Education Certification, Trapper Education Certification, and Wolf Trapper… more

Big game hunters should see good hunting in 2022 with a few exceptions

Fri, 08/19/2022 - 10:13 | idfg-cliess

Deer and elk hunters should be optimistic and concerned about the 2022 hunting seasons. They will have mostly healthy, stable elk herds and potential growth in mule deer herds and harvest, but white-tailed deer hunting in portions of Clearwater area are unlikely to have recovered from a disease die off last year, and… more

Deer Gulch Access Area on Salmon River to close temporarily

Fri, 08/19/2022 - 08:39 | idfg-mdemick

Portions of Idaho Fish and Game’s Deer Gulch Access Area on the upper Salmon River near Ellis will be temporarily closed for improvements beginning Aug. 29. 

Construction is planned to restore and enhance 500 feet of eroding riverbank to protect the bridge over the Salmon River. The west riverbank will be… more

Hunters should check for wildfires in their hunting areas before their trips

Thu, 08/18/2022 - 15:32 | idfg-rphillips

Hunters planning their first trips want to pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary. 

Large fires are common in Idaho and are often burning when archery season opens at the end of August. Fires can created large closure areas that temporarily curb hunters’ access… more

A bunch of hunting opportunities kick off Aug. 30 and Sep. 1

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 15:35 | idfg-cliess

There are two big days circled on just about every Idaho hunter’s calendar: August 30th and September 1st. Both mark long-awaited season openers ranging from grouse to mule deer. Many of the following seasons open statewide and span well into the winter.

Whether you’re an upland bird hunter or a bowhunter… more

10 reasons to keep fishing (or learn to fish) during late summer

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 12:47 | idfg-rphillips

Late summer can be an odd season for anglers because sometimes it feels like fishing season is winding down, but in many parts of Idaho, summer-like weather typically lasts through September and into October. That means lots of time remains for fishing, and if you’ve been postponing a fishing trip, or learning the… more