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Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. What stamps do I need to hunt birds? A. For upland birds, you only need a hunting license, unless you hunt sage or sharptail grouse, which have a special $1.50 permit to gather information on hunter numbers and harvest. For waterfowl, you need a license, a federal duck stamp, and federal harvest information permit… more

Sight In that Favorite Rifle

Fri, 08/25/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

With hunting seasons just around the corner, big game hunters around the region are asking themselves the same question: does my rifle shoot straight? That question can be positively answered on Saturday, September 9 at the annual Sight In event, to be held at Black's Creek Rifle Range, 2420 E. Kuna-Mora Road east of… more

All Cranes Are Not Created Equal!

Thu, 08/24/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

IDAHO FALLS - As the opening day for the sandhill crane controlled hunt season approaches, hunters are reminded that in addition to sandhill cranes, Eastern Idaho is also host to endangered whooping cranes. While whooping crane population numbers are still low, these cranes have been known to hang out with their more… more

In The Field

Thu, 08/24/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Cooler nights, county fairs, pick-ups hauling firewood, fields and roadsides turning brown...all are reminders that Idaho's great fall hunting seasons are just around the corner. Hunters are sighting in rifles, poring over maps of hunting areas and in general "gearing up" for good times ahead. There is one other… more

Lake Cascade's Clinging Crustaceans

Tue, 08/22/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

They're back... and on Cascade's trout. Small, whitish copepods less than one-quarter inch in length are once again being found on fish taken from Lake Cascade. The worm-like organisms are the reproductive stage of Lernaea cyprinacea, a crustacean related to freshwater shrimp. "Many Idaho waters contain these copepods… more

Poachers Pay $6,113 In Fines and Penalties

Tue, 08/22/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Judge Lynn Brower of Bear Lake County sent a clear message to offenders of fish and game laws with fines and penalties totaling $6113 and jail time handed out to two men who confessed to poaching two mule deer in Bear Lake County. On Wednesday August 16 th 2000, Josh Christensen, 22 and Nathan Humphreys, 24 both of… more

Dove Hunting Rules in Upland Booklet

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Dove and forest grouse hunters will find rules for their seasons in the upland game proclamation booklet, available at license vendors as well as Fish and Game offices. Hunting seasons for mourning doves and forest grouse begin September 1. Hunters should monitor current wildlands fire situations. Restrictions on… more

Muzzleloader Rule Impacts Few Hunters

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Department of Lands led the way August 17 in announcing more stringent fire-prevention rules on state and private forest land. The rules include a ban on discharge of muzzle-loading weapons. The restrictions do not apply on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. The restriction… more

State, County Appeal Road Closure

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The state Attorney General, on behalf of the Department of Fish and Game, has filed an appeal with the Idaho Supreme Court to open the Antelope Creek in Bonneville County. The county has filed a similar appeal to open the road, which it maintains. The road is an important access route to lands of the Caribou National… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/21/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. I heard there is a grouse permit required now. What's the deal? A. Beginning this year, hunters out after sage grouse or sharp-tailed grouse need to have their license validated for those species. The $1.50 validation is not just another permit. Sharp-tailed grouse have been proposed for listing as an endangered… more

Fire and Wildlife

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

As the number of acres burned by wildfires adds up, many people wonder what will be left when the smoke finally clears and the last embers burn out. Charred stumps and ashen landscapes appear to be devastated, incapable of recovery and unable to support wildlife populations. Unless the fire is unusually intense,… more

Commission to Meet August 23-25

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet at 8:00 a.m. August 24 and 25 at Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut in Boise. A public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 23 in the same location. Topics on the agenda include setting waterfowl seasons, consideration of legislative proposals for next year,… more

Sockeye Count Hits 165

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game fisheries biologists predicted at least 100 sockeye would return to the Sawtooth Basin in this summer's run and now the figure stands at 165. On August 11, 165 of the endangered salmon had returned some 900 miles from the ocean through the Columbia, Snake, and Salmon Rivers. The sockeye run this year far… more

Fine Weather for Ducks?

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

With forest fire ash drifting in the air and temps in the toasty range, most Idahoans are probably not thinking about the whistle of wings on a chilly morning breeze, but duck hunters are a breed apart. This is the time of year when the size and composition of fall waterfowl flights become clear and the possibilities… more

Nonresident Tags Available for Residents

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Unsold Idaho nonresident deer and elk tags will be available to residents September 1. The tags will be sold at nonresident prices, $235 for deer and $338.50 for elk, and can be used as a second tag. Fish and Game Commissioner Don Clower said he looks forward to taking a mule deer early in the fall in southern Idaho,… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 08/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. There's a fire in the area I hunt. Is Fish and Game going to close the hunt? A. Fish and Game has not, and does not plan to, close any hunts because of fire. If a land management agency closes access to everyone because of extreme fire danger in an area, Fish and Game will support that decision. Right now, there is… more

Hunters Warned of Fire Danger

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game has no plan to close hunts in southern Idaho where wildland fire conditions are extreme but everyone headed into hunting or fishing territory must abide by the restrictions currently in force on Forest, BLM and state lands. With archery seasons for antelope and early elk hunts set to begin soon, hunters… more

Feel a Frog for Free

Mon, 08/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Ever see a desert frog? You can do that and touch one too in an evening of family fun and education at the next Nature Center Wildlife Wednesday program. On August 16 at 7 p.m., wildlife researcher Janice Engle will give a talk on the Columbia spotted frog at the MK Nature Center located at 600 S. Walnut in Boise.… more