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Two white-tailed deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in same area as previous CWD cases

Thu, 12/30/2021 - 16:16 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game officials received notice on Dec. 29 that two white-tailed deer bucks from the Slate Creek area north of Riggins have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the third and fourth deer that have tested positive for CWD in the area. Idaho had its first CWD detections from two hunter-… more

Extreme winter weather temporarily closes Farragut Public Shooting Range Center

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 14:12 | idfg-cliess

Due to extreme snow and freezing rain, Farragut Public Shooting Range Center will be closed on Friday, Jan. 7.  It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Although winter hours for the range are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there may be days when it’s necessary to close the range due… more

St. Maries man sentenced to months in jail, thousands in fines and decade-long hunting ban for poaching convictions

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 13:44 | idfg-doverman

Paul D. Coward, of St. Maries was sentenced in December in the First District Court in Shoshone County for various wildlife-related crimes to months in jail, thousands in fines and a 10-year hunting revocation.

Early in 2021, Coward was charged with numerous misdemeanor and felony violations stemming from… more

Idaho Fish and Game attempted to rescue two bull elk from Treasureton Reservoir

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:10 | idfg-jjackson

Late afternoon on Sunday, December 26, Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers from the Southeast Region responded to a report of two bull elk that had broken through the ice on Treasureton Reservoir north of Preston.

Officers attempted to use a Fish and Game airboat to reach the elk with a plan to cut a… more

River otter trapping is closed for the season in the Southwest Region

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 15:02 | idfg-cliess

The 2021-22 river otter trapping season in the Southwest Region closed Dec. 27 after river otter harvest quota for Idaho’s Southwest Region was met. The Southwest Region consists of Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties.

Trappers can… more

Anglers are reminded that 2022-24 fishing seasons and rules take effect Jan. 1

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 14:26 | idfg-cliess

In November, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the 2022-24 Fishing Seasons and Rules, and anglers will see about 23 changes that take effect on Jan. 1.

Steelhead bag limits have been modified for spring 2022 seasons, which are not reflected in the printed version of the 2022… more

The birds and the seeds: Let’s talk about winter bird feeding

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 13:45 | idfg-cliess

We all know that neighbor that takes bird feeding to Olympic games-level extremes. With tree limbs sagging under the weight of countless feeders and a back lawn that looks like it was ripped straight from Augusta Country Club, they stand out on their back porch with arms outstretched as a myriad of birds swoop in to… more

Deer and elk netting and aerial surveys are brief disturbances for wintering animals

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 10:14 | idfg-rphillips

Every winter, helicopters take to the sky to help Fish and Game biologists count and radio collar deer and elk. It provides valuable data that helps the big game managers monitor how animals are doing during winter and also count herds to learn if they are growing, shrinking or remaining steady over time. And each… more

Rainbow trout stocking schedule for January 2022 in the Magic Valley Region

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 10:10 | idfg-tthompson

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 1,900 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in January. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

 

Body of Water… more

Hells Canyon sturgeon are so big that anglers don't need to lie about how big they are

Mon, 12/27/2021 - 17:56 | idfg-jdupont

Being a fisheries biologist certainly can have its perks. We may not make the most money, but sometimes we get paid to do things that others would pay a lot of money to do. Jet boating Hells Canyon and fishing for sturgeon is one of those things.

Although it may look like we are just having fun when… more

Can We Get Juvenile White Sturgeon To Grow Faster?

Mon, 12/27/2021 - 16:43 | idfg-jdupont

Can We Get Juvenile White Sturgeon To Grow Faster?

By Nolan Smith and Joe DuPont

 

 

Fisheries personnel for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Idaho… more

Helicopter surveys of big game to begin soon near Salmon

Mon, 12/27/2021 - 14:31 | idfg-mdemick

Beginning in early January, Idaho Fish and Game staff will take to the air to get a closer look at sheep and elk numbers, including several low-level helicopter surveys planned throughout the state.

"People may see and hear low-flying helicopters in Idaho’s outdoors throughout the winter,” said Fish… more

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

Mon, 12/27/2021 - 14:07 | idfg-tthompson

Staff from Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region began feeding elk at the Bullwacker feed site on December 23, 2021 as deep winter snows began to accumulate throughout the Wood River Valley. The site typically feeds over 125 elk each year.

Located west of Ketchum, the Bullwacker feed site is the only Fish and… more

Lake Cascade and Horsethief Reservoir ice conditions - Dec. 22, 2021

Thu, 12/23/2021 - 10:04 | idfg-mthomas

Update by Justin Furby, Fisheries Technician

On Wednesday, December 22nd we checked surface and ice conditions on Lake Cascade and Horsethief Reservoir.  In general, Cascade is not yet safe for fishing, but Horsethief is in play. Although air temperatures will be dropping over the weekend, Valley County is… more

Attention steelhead anglers: Spring 2022 steelhead bag limits have been reduced

Wed, 12/22/2021 - 13:51 | idfg-cliess

Steelhead anglers are reminded that steelhead bag limits have been reduced for the 2022 spring season, but the reductions are not reflected in the new, 2022-24 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules booklet.

Fish and Game commissioners set the default steelhead seasons and bag limits for… more

Low water levels and a late start to winter make for hard times on hard water

Wed, 12/22/2021 - 12:43 | idfg-tthompson

With December nearly wrapped up, temperatures are finally consistently cold enough to start thinking about ice fishing in the Magic Valley. Typically boasting much of Southern Idaho’s ice fishing opportunity, the Magic Valley Region has numerous reservoirs, lakes and ponds that can provide fishing opportunity all… more

Hunt and fish 2022 worry-free by renewing your hunting and fishing license today

Wed, 12/22/2021 - 12:35 | idfg-cliess

Don’t be caught flatfooted this January when that next fishing trip or late-winter hunting opportunity presents itself. Renewing your annual Idaho hunting and/or fishing license is quick and easy, and can be done right from your computer or cellphone. So pull the trigger on that 2022 Idaho hunting and fishing license… more

River Otter trapping closes for the season in the Upper Snake Region

Wed, 12/22/2021 - 10:08 | idfg-jbrower

The river otter harvest quota for Idaho’s Upper Snake Region was reached at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 21. The otter trapping season for the entire region closes 72 hours after the harvest quota has been met. As a result, the otter season for the Upper Snake closes at 5 p.m. Friday, December 24.

Any otter… more