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Kootenai River Angler Science Program: A win for burbot and anglers

Wed, 12/21/2022 - 11:54 | idfg-tjross

For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by a crackling fire. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot in the Kootenai River.

Referred to by some as the Kootenai leopard or ling cod,… more

More Harm Than Good: Why You Shouldn't Feed Backyard Deer

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 15:56 | idfg-mdemick

The hardship of winter motivates some well-meaning people to set out food for deer. The truth is, they’re wild animals adapted to winter, and feeding them can quickly create a variety of problems significantly affecting their health and survival.

Despite good intentions, supplemental feeding of deer often harms… more

Young mountain lions captured and euthanized in Kendrick

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 13:28 | idfg-jbruns

Idaho Fish and Game officers investigated a report of three mountain lions found under a deck at a residence in Kendrick on Sat., Dec. 17. To protect public safety, officers trapped and euthanized the three young mountain lions. “We made the decision to euthanize because lions habituated in an urban setting pose a… more

Helicopters, GPS collars and big game animals – another day on the job

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 12:02 | idfg-tjross

To most folks, the notion of riding in a helicopter to locate, capture and place a GPS collar on a deer, elk or moose seems like something only seen in movies or nature documentaries. For many of our staff, it’s another day on the job, and it’s all done with the goal of understanding and managing big game populations… more

Juvenile mountain lions sighted in Kendrick

Sat, 12/17/2022 - 16:49 | idfg-jbruns

Fish and Game staff from the Clearwater region, received a report of juvenile mountain lions under the porch of a residence in the community Kendrick.

To keep both residents and pets safe, Fish and Game is urging everyone to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings, especially during early morning and… more

Aerial seeding on Craig Mountain WMA

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 15:29 | idfg-jbruns

Idaho Fish and Game recently conducted aerial seeding of 250 acres on the Craig Mountain WMA. Aerial seeding operations were conducted to improve soil stability and reestablish native grasses to areas that were burned in the Snake River Complex Fire in 2021.

Fish and Game has conducted several fire… more

Ornamental Yew: Toxic to wintering wildlife

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 15:24 | idfg-jbruns

Japanese yew is an evergreen suitable for much of Idaho’s climate, which makes it attractive for landscaping. Unfortunately, it’s also deadly.   

Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking homeowners, landscapers, developers and nurseries to choose alternatives to Japanese yew, or other types of yew (Taxus), when… more

Mule deer buck left to waste near Lucile

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 14:09 | idfg-jbruns

A 4x4 mule deer buck was shot and left to waste near Lucile between the evening of Dec. 13 and morning of Dec. 14.  This is one of many deer that are shot and wasted every year. This deer was shot close to a popular recreation spot above the boat ramp, giving hope that a motorist or boater may have witnessed the… more

Expert ice fishing: F&G staff shares their tips so you can catch more fish

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 16:12 | idfg-rphillips

Ice fishing can be pretty darned simple. Drill a hole, drop a baited hook  and wait for a fish to bite. It really can be that simple if you’re just starting. But like all fishing, there are more ice fishing skills you can learn to catch more fish, and those skills can come from trial-and-error experience, or learning… more

Reports of mountain lions on the increase in Wood River Valley communities

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 13:17 | idfg-tthompson

Fish and Game staff from the Magic Valley Region continue to receive frequent mountain lion reports from throughout the Wood River Valley. Mountain lions are killing deer and caching their prey in Ketchum and Hailey neighborhoods, and residents are seeing lions on security cameras and reporting tracks around their… more

Hunters and anglers: Use caution this winter when using boats

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 12:45 | idfg-cliess

Temperatures (and snow) are falling across much of the state. With the onset of cold air and water temperatures, anglers and waterfowl hunters are encouraged to take precautions and practice boating safety this winter.

Nearly every year, there is a boating accident in Idaho involving duck hunters or winter… more

State of Deer and Elk: Understanding survival and causes of mortality helps F&G manage deer and elk herds

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 11:06 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game biologists have spent decades counting and monitoring deer and elk populations including when, where, and how animals die. It’s a critical part of understanding all facets of wildlife management, and a common question is often, “what kills the most deer and elk?”

The short answer is hunters… more

F&G Commission begins hiring process for new department director

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 10:23 | idfg-cliess

The Fish and Game Commission has opened the application period for the position of Fish and Game director. The application period runs from Dec. 15 to Jan. 5.

The Fish and Game director reports to the seven-member Commission and is responsible for administering laws and rules and controlling the Department's… more

Fish and Game begins to feed elk at the Bullwacker feed site west of Ketchum

Wed, 12/14/2022 - 15:52 | idfg-tthompson

Idaho Fish and Game staff from the Magic Valley Region will begin feeding elk at the Bullwacker feed site in mid-December 2022 as deep snow begins to accumulate throughout the Wood River Valley. Over 125 elk are fed in a typical winter. It is anticipated that feeding will continue until April 2023.

Residents… more

Low-level flights to occur across the Magic Valley Region to assess big game populations

Wed, 12/14/2022 - 15:41 | idfg-tthompson

Wildlife biologists from the Magic Valley Region will be conducting low level helicopter flights across southern Idaho over the next several weeks. It is anticipated that the flights will continue into late January 2023. 

Biologists use winter-time flights to survey big game since wildlife is concentrated on… more

Improvements are on the way to the Farragut Shooting Range Center

Wed, 12/14/2022 - 08:12 | idfg-tjross

Many new opportunities are already being enjoyed by the public at the Farragut Shooting Range Center, and more are to come in the years ahead. If you've never been to the range before, here's a glimpse at what it has to offer.

If you haven’t checked out the new 3D targets along the 20-station 3D… more

Bighorn sheep capture scheduled in Hells Canyon late December

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 16:52 | idfg-jbruns

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to capture 55 bighorn sheep in three Hells Canyon herds Dec. 19-23 as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations. 

Bighorn sheep will be captured by net gunning from a helicopter and… more

Moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep season setting open house to be held in Jerome

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 13:50 | idfg-tthompson

Wildlife biologists from the Magic Valley Region will be hosting a public open house on December 15, 2022, from 3 – 7:00 p.m. at the Magic Valley Regional Office to take public comments on proposed changes to moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep seasons for the 2023 – 2024 hunting seasons.

The Magic Valley… more