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Idaho Fish and Game

Commission Opposes Reintroduction of Grizzlies

Mon, 11/20/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Chairman John Burns has reaffirmed the opposition of the Commission and Department to the proposed reintroduction of grizzly bears announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Commission has formally opposed reintroduction since 1995. Even though it opposes reintroduction, Fish… more

Draft Fish Management Plan Approved

Mon, 11/20/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, meeting by conference call Nov. 17, approved a draft five-year fisheries management plan for 2001 through 2005. This is the fifth management plan developed since 1981. It may be downloaded from the department website under "What's New" at by December 1. The… more

Commission Meets in Orofino

Mon, 11/20/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Fish and Game Commission will consider turkey hunting seasons when it meets in Orofino December 6-8. The Commission will meet at the Konkolville Motel but a public hearing is set for 7 p.m. December 6 at the Ponderosa Restaurant at 220 Michigan Avenue. Rules for the 2001 turkey hunting seasons will be considered… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 11/20/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Is it true some hunts were extended? A. Yes. B tag elk hunts in the Selway and Middle Fork zones have been extended until November 30, as have some deer controlled hunts and some controlled hunts for trophy species. The extensions were a response to fire-related closures of the areas earlier in the year. More… more

IDFG To Host Open House for Wild Turkey Seasons

Sun, 11/19/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), 1540 Warner Avenue, Lewiston, will host an open house Wednesday, November 29 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. for public comment on proposed changes to the 2001 Wild Turkey seasons. The only proposed change for the spring hunts in the Clearwater region would be to include Unit 10… more

Open House Set For Trophy Species

Wed, 11/15/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Magic Valley Region will propose a moose hunt in the Wood River Valley, game management units 48 and 49, at its upcoming open house meeting in Jerome later this month. This issue and others regarding mountain goat and bighorn sheep in the region, plus input for the 2001 statewide turkey seasons will be topics for… more

November is the Time to Think About Turkeys, Of Course!

Wed, 11/15/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

IDAHO FALLS - It's November and images of turkeys are everywhere. It's no wonder that November is National Turkey Month. While most people are scouting for the perfect recipe for how to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey, the Idaho Department of Fish… more

In The Field

Wed, 11/15/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Waterfowl Hunters: Know Your (Weight) Limits Hunting seasons for most species of game animals are open. Most hunters are taking wise safety precautions by wearing hunter orange in the field as they pursue their pastime. An often overlooked aspect of hunter safety is boating safety while pursuing waterfowl.. Nearly every… more

Fish & Game Searching For Tundra Swan Poachers

Tue, 11/14/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

ROBERTS - Market Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Roberts, Idaho, has always had an abundance of wildlife. Native Americans and early settlers found such a bounty of wild game that they named the area "Market Lake." As Idaho grew, the area was placed under the management of IDFG to insure that both the needs of… more

Boise, Payette Rivers to Get More Steelhead

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Boise River's already red-hot steelhead fishing will get another boost on November 17 when several hundred additional hatchery steelhead are stocked in the river. That same day, and for the first time this fall, the Payette River below Black Canyon Dam will be stocked with the four- to ten-pound ocean-going rainbows… more

More Steelhead for Boise, Other Rivers

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

A strong run of hatchery steelhead has allowed Fish and Game to truck more of the sea-run fish to areas where more anglers will have a chance to catch them. On November 9, about 300 more steelhead joined some 200 planted the week before in the Boise River. Hells Canyon Reservoir and the Little Salmon River each… more

Closure Lifted in Unit 28

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Meeting by conference call November 8, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to rescind the hunting season closure in game management unit 28 near Salmon. The order is effective Thursday, November 9. The Forest Service also will lift its access closure on all but a few roads, which will be closed with locked gates… more

Successful Hunters Asked to Report

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Successful elk and deer hunters are now the only ones who need to send a harvest report to Fish and Game. This is a change from the last two hunting seasons when all deer and elk hunters were required to file harvest reports. Reports are to be filed within 10 days of taking an animal. No report is required of those… more

Bribe Offer Fails

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

A poacher's offer of half an elk did little to dissuade two hunters from turning in the culprit. The poacher, Robert Dechanne of Boise, was recently sentenced to the maximum penalty by Boise County Magistrate Patricia Young. On October 5, just 10 days before the area's elk season opener, two deer hunters in the… more

Ask Fish and Game

Mon, 11/13/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. What license or permit do I need to fish for steelhead? I don't think my fishing rules book has the price right. A. You are correct, the prices in the book are wrong. It was printed late last year, prior to the fee increases approved by the Legislature in the spring. It was reprinted in July, and the prices in the… more

Party Hunting - Common Form of Poaching

Sat, 11/11/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Poaching is defined several ways. Most of the public would agree that shooting an animal and leaving all or some of the meat to rot is poaching. However, too many people sit idly by for a more common form of poaching - party hunting. The unlawful practice of hunters shooting another hunter's game to fill tags can land… more

Elk Poacher's Bribe Falls on Deaf Ears

Wed, 11/08/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

A poacher's offer of half an elk did little to dissuade two hunters from turning in the culprit. In turn, the poacher, Robert Dechanne of Boise was handed the maximum sentence for the offense by Boise County Magistrate Patricia Young. On October 5, ten days prior to the area's elk season opener, two deer hunters… more

Domestic Animals - Stay Home!

Tue, 11/07/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The MK Nature Center offers an urban haven to many different types of wild animals. Mule deer, raccoons, mink, and great blue herons are just some of the species that find food and shelter at the site. Recently, however, some not so wild animals have been making an appearance. Turtles, cats, kittens, and even dogs… more