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.
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
Fisher, wolverine and Canada lynx 2023-2028 conservation management plan is open for public comment
Tue, 12/13/2022 - 12:04 | idfg-cliess
The 2023-2028 draft management plan for the conservation of fisher, wolverine and Canada lynx is now open for public comment. The deadline to comment is Jan. 3 at 8 a.m.
Fish and Game wildlife managers are presenting a new management plan for these three medium-sized carnivores whose sightings in the wild are… more
Trapper education course offered in Salmon Dec. 17
Tue, 12/13/2022 - 08:45 | idfg-mdemick
Fish and Game will host a trapper education course in Salmon on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fish and Game Office, 99 Highway 93 North.
The interactive course provides students with hands-on training from experienced trapping instructors. Basic trapping techniques with safety, ethical trapper… more
Lake Cascade Ice Conditions - Dec. 12, 2022
Mon, 12/12/2022 - 16:14 | idfg-mthomas
On Monday, December 12th we checked surface and ice conditions on Lake Cascade. Although we got off to an early start building ice in November, recent heavy snowfall has delayed ice development across much of the lake and has made for a slushy surface. Conditions may improve with forecasted cold and clear nights… more
Open house in Salmon set to collect comments on moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons
Fri, 12/09/2022 - 13:20 | idfg-mdemick
Hunters can soon comment on the proposed 2023-24 hunting seasons for moose, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep. Idaho Fish and Game will host an open house Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Salmon Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North.
Season proposals in IDFG’s Salmon Region include a decrease in moose tags… more