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Elk Poacher's Bribe Falls on Deaf Ears

Wed, 11/08/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

A poacher's offer of half an elk did little to dissuade two hunters from turning in the culprit. In turn, the poacher, Robert Dechanne of Boise was handed the maximum sentence for the offense by Boise County Magistrate Patricia Young. On October 5, ten days prior to the area's elk season opener, two deer hunters… more

Domestic Animals - Stay Home!

Tue, 11/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The MK Nature Center offers an urban haven to many different types of wild animals. Mule deer, raccoons, mink, and great blue herons are just some of the species that find food and shelter at the site. Recently, however, some not so wild animals have been making an appearance. Turtles, cats, kittens, and even dogs… more

Don't Shoot Swans

Mon, 11/06/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

With flights of waterfowl from the north country due any time now, hunters are reminded to be careful about swans. If it's bigger than a snow goose, has no black wingtips like a snow goose does, it's a swan. Shooting swans is illegal in Idaho and the result can be a sizeable fine and possible loss of hunting… more

Steelhead Run up 55 Percent

Mon, 11/06/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Recent angler catch rates reflect what fish biologists expected-the best steelhead numbers Idahoans have seen since 1992-93. Through the end of October, biologists counted 104,087 steelhead coming over Lower Granite Dam, the last lower Snake River dam before the run reaches the Idaho border. That is 55 percent higher… more

Unit 28 Forage Recovering

Mon, 11/06/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game has received many inquiries regarding the impacts of the Clear Creek Fire on wildlife, particularly big game animals. The Clear Creek fire was one of the nation's largest and most intense wildfires that burned over millions of acres last summer. At more than 200,000 acres, it affected a major portion of… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 11/06/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Can I trade my deer tag for a Clearwater Region deer tag? A. No. There is no provision in state code or Fish and Game rules for exchange of deer tags after the beginning of the season. However, you can buy a nonresident deer tag for the Clearwater area for $235. Seasons run until mid-late November, or use your… more

In The Field

Thu, 11/02/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Deer season opened this week in much of the Panhandle Region. A few calls have come in from landowners, upset with hunters on cultivated private property without permission. In the interest of 'cultivating' good relationships between hunters and landowners, this is a good time for all hunters to review Idaho's trespass… more

Vegetation Recovering from Fire

Tue, 10/31/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Since the end of summer, Fish and Game has received many inquiries regarding the impacts of the Clear Creek Fire on wildlife, particularly big game animals. The public is not alone in their concerns. Because Unit 28 contains some critical winter range for elk, Fish and Game biologists have been touring the area to record… more

Steelhead Come to the Boise

Mon, 10/30/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Get the big gear ready; steelhead will be released into the Boise River November 3. Anglers have been waiting all this fall in the hope there would be enough hatchery steelhead returning to Idaho to allow releasing some into the Boise River. Fish and Game has to wait until it is evident that hatchery needs will be met… more

Pheasant Stocking Program Continues

Mon, 10/30/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Legislators indicated satisfaction with current Fish and Game's pheasant stocking program when this year's results were presented to them in a meeting October 24. The bulk of the $200,000 spent on the program goes to stocking more than 14,000 roosters on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across southern Idaho during… more

New Southwest Supervisor Takes Over

Mon, 10/30/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Don Wright is on the job as Supervisor of the Southwest Region, the largest and by far most populous of Fish and Game's seven regions. Wright has been with the department for almost 30 years, previously serving eight years as Supervisor of the Upper Snake Region. Before that, Wright worked mostly in enforcement in the… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 10/30/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. When do next year's licenses become available? A. December 1, resident and nonresident licenses will be available, as well as nonresident general-season tags.

In The Field

Wed, 10/25/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

An illegal act in Hayden caused quite a stir this week. A poacher launched an arrow at a doe whitetail deer. Unfortunately, the arrow hit the deer. Fortunately, the arrow struck the scapula and only slightly penetrated the animal's shoulder. Time will tell, but the animal stands a good chance of recovery on its own.… more

Pheasant Stocking Increases

Mon, 10/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game will plant about twice as many birds on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) this fall compared to past years. Planting operations will begin this week. Schedules for planting birds are not publicized by the department. The pheasant planting program was increased to more than 14,000 birds on WMAs this fall… more

Elk in the Clear Creek Burn: To Feed or Not to Feed?

Mon, 10/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Clear Creek Fire in game management unit 28 has left many people wondering what big game animals, especially elk, will be feeding on this winter. Impressions of a completely charred landscape have led to rumors that Fish and Game will feed wintering elk to make up for a lack of natural food. While a significant loss… more

All Stop At Check Stations

Mon, 10/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho sportsmen take pride in their knowledge of hunting and fishing techniques and safety practices, but there is one basic rule that is sometimes overlooked. According to Idaho Code, "all sportsmen must stop at Fish & Game check stations." The law does not require only those with fish or game to stop, it says "all… more

Commission Sets Tag Quotas

Mon, 10/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The number of general hunt elk and deer tags allowed for nonresidents will be about the same for next year as in the last several years. Meeting in Salmon in early October, the Fish and Game Commission adopted the recommendations of the department in allowing 12,800 regular deer tags, 1,200 Southeast deer tags, 11,000… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 10/23/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Does calling the Citizen's Against Poaching (CAP) really help find poachers? Can I remain anonymous and still collect a reward if the information I give them helps catch a poacher? A. Tips given to the Citizen's Against Poaching organization are very helpful in helping to apprehend a variety of miscreants.… more