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F&G's stocked access sites provide golden opportunity for Idaho pheasant hunters

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 16:06 | idfg-cliess

The 2022 fall pheasant season is in full swing as upland hunters take to nearly two dozen Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and other private and federal property sites across the state. The ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus for you bird nerds out there) is among the most colorful game bird species found in… more

State of Deer and Elk: Counting herds, and how hunters help through mandatory hunter reports

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 15:48 | idfg-rphillips

Deer and elk live throughout Idaho in habitats ranging from desert to mixed conifer forests, and a big part of a wildlife manager’s job is to estimate how many are out there.

What role do hunters play in that? More than you might realize. If each deer and elk hunter spends a few moments filling out a mandatory… more

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

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 13:07 | idfg-tthompson

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 900 10" - 12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in November. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns);… more

Bat vs. Moths - A fun "echolocation" activity for teachers and their students!

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 12:56 | idfg-jjackson

Bats vs. Moths
(similar to the children’s game Marco Polo)

 

Objective:  This activity will help demonstrate how bats use echolocation to navigate in the dark to find food and avoid obstacles.

 

Supplies:

●   A classroom of eager learners

●   A large… more

Statewide trout stocking highlights for November 2022

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 12:25 | idfg-cliess

Many of Idaho’s lakes and ponds are soon going to be bolstered with Idaho Fish and Game stocking roughly 18,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout this November. Wondering if the stocking trucks are going to be backing up to your favorite fishing hole? We asked our Fish and Game hatchery staff to boil down some of the most… more

After reported wildlife attack on dog near Hulls Gulch, F&G offers tips for residents and pet owners

Tue, 10/25/2022 - 13:16 | idfg-bpearson

On Monday morning, Fish and Game Southwest Region staff received a report from a Boise resident, near 8th St. and Hulls Gulch, that their dog had been taken from their back yard by a wild animal the prior morning.

The homeowner stated that shortly after letting their 18-pound miniature labradoodle out, they… more

Oct. 24 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 14:06 | idfg-bbeller

Steelhead angler effort continued to increase downstream of North Fork during the past week, and catch rates were similar to last week’s report.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 53 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of North… more

Hayden and Hyde ponds to be stocked in early November

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 12:15 | idfg-mdemick

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock 400 trout in the 10-12-inch range at two area waters in the coming weeks.   

Waters stocked

Week stocked

Number of trout

Hayden Creek Pond

Oct 31-Nov 4

200

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Sage-grouse illegally taken in southeast Bingham County

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 18:28 | idfg-kpennala

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking information regarding two female sage-grouse that were illegally taken in southeast Bingham County. A Fish and Game conservation officer discovered the grouse carcasses on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in the area of Brush Creek Road and Paradise Road on public land, east of Blackfoot. The incident… more

Fish and Game officer picks up alligator in New Plymouth

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 14:17 | idfg-bpearson

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 21, Fish and Game took possession of an alligator that was found by a New Plymouth resident the previous night. The alligator is currently being housed at a Fish and Game facility.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, Officer Brian Marek received a call from the reporting party… more

Another case of chronic wasting disease found in Unit 14

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 14:06 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish and Game received notice on Oct. 20 that a white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The young doe was found dead along Slate Creek Road in Hunting Unit 14 in Idaho County, the same general area where chronic wasting disease was first detected in November 2021.

A Fish and Game… more

Hunters using e-bikes are reminded to be aware of motor vehicle use restrictions on public lands

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 10:31 | idfg-bpearson

With hunting season now in full swing, conservation officers in Southwest Idaho and in other parts of Idaho are noticing a trend of hunters running afoul of motor vehicle use restrictions on public lands. In a number of cases, hunters have been using e-bikes and making an incorrect assumption that motorized vehicle… more

Hunting doesn’t just happen in the mountains…it starts in your closet

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 13:07 | idfg-cliess

Regardless if you’re a greenhorn or seasoned hunter, assessing the weather and dressing accordingly can be a bit of a tightrope walk. Those pre-dawn hours while you’re waiting for the propane stove to fire up might have you reaching for that thick down jacket, but 100 yards into your hike you may be shedding like a… more

Elk carcass left to waste in St. Maries dumpster

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 10:25 | idfg-mmaret

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking information about an elk being left to waste in St. Maries. The skinned elk was discarded in the dumpsters on the St. Maries River Road on Oct. 19 before 3 p.m. The head and two front quarters were removed, leaving the hindquarters, backstraps and tenderloins to waste. It is believed the… more

Deadline to apply for Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee is extended to Oct. 31

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 16:42 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public volunteers to serve on a Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee that recommends which public shooting ranges should receive grant funds totaling up to $550,000 annually. 

Anyone interested in applying for a position on the Citizens Shooting Advisory Committee must fill… more

Crystal Springs Pond in Bingham County to be drawn down for the winter

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 16:40 | idfg-jjackson

Beginning Oct. 31, Crystal Springs Pond will be slowly drawn down over the course of a week to help reduce nuisance vegetation. 

This fishery, located in Bingham County adjacent to Idaho Fish and Game’s Springfield Fish Hatchery, is a popular family fishing water and typically supports year-round trout fishing… more

Park it right there! Idaho Fish and Game and Itafos provide new parking lot for Upper Blackfoot River anglers

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 16:17 | idfg-jjackson

Anglers who love fishing the Upper Blackfoot River in southeast Idaho have something else to be happy about besides catching beautiful cutthroats and rainbows. Thanks to a donation from Itafos Conda — a mining operation and fertilizer manufacturing facility located in Soda Springs — there is now a new parking area to… more

Idaho Fish and Game biologist to give guest lecture on beavers, bats, and butterflies at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in October

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 13:19 | idfg-jjackson

When people think “Idaho Fish and Game” and “fall”, what may come to mind are hunting seasons and critters like deer, elk, waterfowl and upland game birds. But, this fall the public has a chance to learn about some of Idaho Fish and Game’s research and management efforts focused on other important members of Idaho’s… more