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Idaho Fish and Game

Elk hunters should find plenty of elk in most of the state

Mon, 10/17/2022 - 13:34 | idfg-rphillips

Idaho's general, any-weapon elk seasons are getting underway, and rifle hunters are following archers in pursuit of one of Idaho's most prized game, and they can look forward to healthy herds in most parts of the state. 

To learn about general elk hunting seasons, see the 2022 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules… more

Mule deer doe found shot and left to waste in southeast Idaho

Mon, 10/17/2022 - 10:51 | idfg-jjackson

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding an adult mule deer doe that was shot and left to waste in southeast Idaho.  The doe was discovered in a private field off of East Green Canyon Road near Inkom.   The incident likely occurred sometime between the evening hours of Oct. 10 and the early… more

Everything you need to know to hunt for cow elk in the Panhandle during the general seasons

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 11:45 | idfg-tjross

Idaho Fish and Game prioritizes the simplification of hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and rules whenever possible. However, due to variability in the status of fish and wildlife populations across the state, special rules and exceptions must sometimes be implemented to ensure future opportunity persists for… more

License fraud is far too common, and the public can help Fish and Game detect and reduce its occurrence

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 11:11 | idfg-jberl

A recent survey asked Idaho sportsmen and women what they viewed as the most severe and egregious wildlife violations - from fishing without a license, to spotlighting, to killing wildlife outside of legal seasons and more. 

One of the top responses may come as a bit of a surprise to some: license fraud. It’s… more

October’s Wildlife Express sheds some (black) light on Idaho’s scorpions

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 10:43 | idfg-cliess

If you thought rattlesnakes were the only antagonists of the Idaho desert, think again. The Gem State’s dry country is home to an arachnid that many folks don’t even think about: scorpions.

For some, scorpions are nightmare fuel when camping out under the stars in southern Idaho. Recall the famous Gary Larsen… more

Carcass of big game animal left to waste near Rockland

Thu, 10/13/2022 - 17:54 | idfg-jjackson

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding a possible deer or elk left to waste near Rockland in Power County.  The skinned and quartered remains of either a large deer or possibly a small elk were found west of Big Canyon Road next to a group of trees.  No head was present to aid in the… more

Interested in winning prizes for fishing? The Lake Pend Oreille Angler Science Program might be for you!

Thu, 10/13/2022 - 10:51 | idfg-tjross

If you have spent much time fishing on Lake Pend Oreille, then maybe you’ve been lucky enough to catch a monster rainbow trout. If not, you’ve likely seen pictures of the truly impressive fish that reside there. 

In recent years, Lake Pend Oreille has been producing more rainbow trout over 20 pounds… more

It’s mating season for some of Idaho’s large wildlife species which means males can become aggressive

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 21:31 | idfg-tthompson

It’s fall, which we associate with cooler temperatures and the start of hunting seasons across the state. To Idaho’s wildlife, fall is the time of year when many species of wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and mountain goats breed or go into rut. When in rut, they begin searching for a… more

Henrys Lake sets new state record hybrid trout

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:37 | idfg-mkoenig

Hailey Thomas of Rigby hoists a 36-inch rainbow/cutthroat hybrid trout from Henrys Lake before releasing the fish and taking home a catch-and-release state record. 

Congratulations to Hailey Thomas of Rigby on landing a new catch-and-release state record from Henrys Lake. Hailey hooked the 36-inch long… more

State of Deer and Elk: Movements and migrations help define wildlife populations around the state

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:34 | idfg-rphillips

Since prehistoric times, people have known that big game animals roam throughout Idaho. Deer and elk are typically seasonal migrants that inhabit mid and upper elevations spring through fall and then move onto winter range to escape deep snow and bitter cold.

But learning exactly where and when animals… more

Big Game hunters – know the rules for motorized travel in some big game hunting units

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 14:26 | idfg-tthompson

With increasing use of motorized vehicles such as side-by-sides and ATVs by big game hunters, everyone, especially those using motorized vehicles need to be aware of the motorized hunting rule. The rule applies when someone is actively hunting big game using a motorized vehicle. The rule is in effect from August 30… more

Waterfowl season opens Oct. 19 for most of Southwest Idaho

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 10:04 | idfg-bpearson

Duck hunters in Southwest Idaho are reminded that the 2022-2023 waterfowl season opens Wednesday, Oct. 19, excluding Valley County, where the season has been open since Oct. 1.

While some hunters may still be accustomed to the waterfowl season opener falling on a weekend, this is the second consecutive year in… more

Idaho's WMAs provide a bounty of waterfowl hunting opportunities

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 10:03 | idfg-bpearson

The Snake River has received much acclaim as the go-to public land duck hunting destination in Idaho, but it’s certainly not the only place where hunters have an accessible place to hunt waterfowl. About two-thirds of Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas are managed with waterfowl in mind, providing food and… more

Oct. 11 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 15:29 | idfg-bbeller

Idaho Fish and Game personnel began interviewing steelhead anglers on the upper Salmon River on Saturday, October 1.  During the first weekend, angler effort was low, and no anglers reported catching a steelhead. Angler effort increased the following week with most anglers located downstream of North Fork in location… more

Pheasant season will be opening soon in the Magic Valley – here’s what you need to know

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 14:24 | idfg-tthompson

The pheasant season opener has long been a family tradition for many in the Magic Valley. While the opener may not have its past luster due to significant habitat loss resulting in a steep decline in wild bird numbers, there continues to be opportunities for bird hunters to take to the fields. 

In the Magic… more

Fish and Game’s MK Nature Center welcomes its newest addition, a 7-foot sturgeon

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 13:10 | idfg-cliess

Everyone knows the excitement that comes along when a Fish and Game fish truck backs up to a local pond or lake. So imagine the excitement when a long-bed truck carrying a 7-foot-long fish pulled up at Fish and Game’s MK Nature Center on Oct. 11.

The 7-foot sturgeon was recently added to MK Nature… more

Trespassing call in Pahsimeroi Valley leads to over 50 wildlife charges filed against five southwest Idaho men

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 09:39 | idfg-mdemick

What started as a simple phone call to Idaho Fish and Game about trespassing in the Pahsimeroi Valley during the 2021 pronghorn archery season, led to an extensive investigation with over 50 wildlife charges filed against five southwest Idaho men.

Charges were filed in six Idaho counties where the… more

Clearwater Pheasant Stocking & Access Yes!: What to Know Before You Go

Fri, 10/07/2022 - 17:47 | idfg-Deborah.M…

Fall is officially here, which means grab the shotgun, some blaze orange, the kids, the dog and get out there! Here in the Clearwater, Fish & Game wants to remind hunters of the requirements for using the region’s pheasant stocking locations.  General season for all 4 pheasant stocking locations opens on October… more