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Winter Wildlife Woes

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

This winter is shaping up to be one that might restore depleted water supplies to many of our reservoirs, offer a good spring runoff for boaters, and bring some needed vegetative growth to the land. It has been too dry for too long. On the flip side of those positive benefits, however, a harsh, early, and lasting… more

Cat Comments Sought

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Fish and Game wants to know how Idahoans wish their mountain lions to be managed. The department is currently revisiting its management philosophy for Idaho's biggest wild cats and deciding whether or not revisions are needed. The Fish and Game Commission will include any changes when they set big game rules in March… more

Pheasant Plans Focus on What Works

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho's pheasant management programs will emphasize efforts that have proven themselves over the last couple of years while one part of the program will be dropped because it is not cost effective. Wildlife bureau chief Steve Huffaker reported results from the 2000 pheasant program to Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners… more

Wildlife Law Breakers

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The following are true stories from this fall's big game seasons in Idaho. Some are funny, some surprising, but for the men and women in wildlife law enforcement they are all in a day's work. In southern Idaho, two Fish and Game reservists operated a management check station, which is not an enforcement operation.… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. When the spring steelhead season starts January 1, will the limits stay like they have been this fall? A. Yes. Limits will remain the same at three per day, nine in possession and 40 for the season if you buy a second steelhead permit.

Fish and Game Open Houses Set For 2002 Big Game Rules

Fri, 12/14/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

How many elk do you want in the South Hills? Yes, Virginia, there are ELK (!) in the South Hills. Or, do you want any elk there at all? What about mountain lions in Idaho? Are there too many, too few, or are the ones we have just in the wrong place at the wrong time? These issues and other big game management… more

All Ice Is Not Created Equal, Especially At Henrys Lake!

Thu, 12/13/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

HENRYS LAKE - We tend to lump all ice into one category. Cold, hard and slick! While this may be generally true, how and when ice forms can have a dramatic impact on its actual physical properties. These variations in ice can have serious implications when it comes to safety and water quality issues. This year,… more

IDFG To Hold Scoping Meeting For Big Game Hunting Regulations And Mountain Lion Management

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

IDAHO FALLS - Just as sure as the changing of the seasons, so to is the annual changing of hunting regulations. Because nothing in nature ever stays the same for long, biologists must not only constantly monitor wildlife, but also adapt their management strategies to account for changes in habitat conditions and shifts… more

The Utah Olympic Public Safety Command

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

EASTERN IDAHO - The Blackfoot City Police Department, Bonneville County Sheriff, Idaho Department of Fish… more

Winter Boaters Urged To Use Extra Caution

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

For those courageous winter boaters that brave the elements, the winter months can provide excellent, crowd-free opportunities at waterfowl and fish. However, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game, being out on the water in the winter months can be very dangerous if boaters aren't careful. "Winter boaters… more

Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled For Moscow-Pullman And Lewiston

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

From novice birder to seasoned ornithologist, anyone is welcome to participate in the 102nd annual Christmas Bird Count to be held December 15 and January 5 in the Moscow-Pullman and Lewiston areas. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the all-day count of early winter bird populations gives participants the… more

Some Turkey Tags to Cost Less, Seasons Grow

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

As wild turkey seasons continue to be liberalized, the cost of the tag for late spring and fall controlled hunts will be reduced. Meeting in Boise November 28-30, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted the recommendations of the department that include lowering the price of the tag and increasing hunting… more

Our Symbol of Freedom Puts on Annual Show

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

By Phil Cooper The bald eagles that will appear in Southwest Idaho in January may be spending the holidays in the Idaho Panhandle. As consistent as the calendar, bald eagles have returned on schedule to Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. The annual migration of these magnificent birds has begun and the numbers of… more

Hunting, Fishing License Makes Nice Gift

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Licenses for a full year of fishing and hunting make a welcome gift, available from Fish and Game offices in the form of a gift certificate. Hunting and fishing licenses for the year 2002 went on sale December 1. The actual license rather than a gift certificate only can be purchased for minors. Hunters born January… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 12/10/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. I heard about a depredation hunt in my area. How do I apply for it? A. The Big Game regulations contain information and applications for depredation hunts. You have to fill out the application and send it in to the Fish and Game office in the region you want to hunt. All applications received from May 1 through… more

Regional Hunter Education Instructors Receive Awards

Fri, 12/07/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Thirty-five individuals braved the elements recently to enjoy a dinner compliments of Fish and Game, and to receive awards from that agency for their volunteer services in the regional bowhunter and rifle hunter education programs. Instructors and some wives from around the region attended this annual event that honors… more

Deer and Elk Surveys Underway

Wed, 12/05/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be conducting aerial surveys of deer and elk populations in the Clearwater region in big game management units 11, 13 and 18 from early December through January. Results of these surveys will provide information from which management decisions will be based for determining… more

Seized Game Donated to Charity

Tue, 12/04/2001 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Every year, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game seizes various types of unlawfully taken wildlife that is often donated to charity. After each case goes through the court system, and with the magistrate's approval, IDFG donates the wild game meat to charity organizations to be distributed to the needy. In… more