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
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
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
Southeast Region Fish and Game asks deer and elk hunters to submit samples for CWD testing this fall
Fri, 10/07/2022 - 12:09 | idfg-jjackson
Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD was detected for the first time in Idaho in 2021 in Game Management Units 14 and 15 after more than 20 years of proactive surveillance and testing. CWD is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. There is no cure for this fatal disease.
As a… more
Fri, 10/07/2022 - 09:50 | idfg-mdemick
With the irrigation season winding down and efforts to keep fish out of local ditches, irrigators who divert water from area rivers and streams are asked to call Idaho Fish and Game’s Screen Program at 756-6022 several days before shutting off their water for the season.
Irrigators are also asked to ramp… more
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 17:05 | idfg-jbruns
Failure to leave evidence of sex and species naturally attached to a big game animal, remains one of the most common violations detected at Fish and Game check stations, so in order to help hunters, Fish and Game staff have created a helpful video below that is especially important for those hunting within a CWD… more
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 16:44 | idfg-scassinelli
At check stations across the state, Idaho Fish and Game staff are collecting lymph nodes from harvested deer, elk, and moose to increase monitoring efforts for chronic wasting disease, which was detected in Unit 14 last year for the first-time ever in Idaho. Hunters in Units 14 and 15 are reminded that CWD testing is… more
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 14:55 | idfg-mdemick
Portions of Idaho remain unseasonably warm as we head into general, any-weapon big game hunts, which means hunters may be harvesting animals in warmer temperatures than they're used to. To ensure quality meat for the table, make preparations to process your big game animal.
Hunters have an ethical and legal… more
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 14:41 | idfg-rphillips
Reminder for hunters, after you harvest your animal, you must validate your tag by completely removing the correct day and month – just like in the picture – and attaching it to the largest portion of the carcass.
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 14:39 | idfg-rphillips
Pheasant season opens Oct. 8 in North Idaho and Oct. 15 in South and East Idaho. See area maps for opening dates on page 11 of the Idaho Upland Game, Turkey and Furbearer seasons and rules.
Fish and Game will stock about 30,000 pheasants this year at locations in every region of the state. Hunters can see a… more
Wed, 10/05/2022 - 16:16 | idfg-rphillips
The State of Deer and Elk is an opportunity for hunters to learn how biologists gather data about these important and iconic animals and use that information to manage healthy, sustainable populations that provide excellent hunting opportunity.
Equally important, it’s a way for hunters and others interested in… more
Chronic wasting disease: what you need to know and how you can help in the Panhandle and elsewhere in the state
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:00 | idfg-tjross
Chronic wasting disease was detected for the first time in Idaho in 2021 after more than 20 years of proactive surveillance and testing. Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose, and there is no cure.
With most hunting seasons already underway and… more
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:46 | idfg-tjross
Get in on this while you can! Idaho Fish and Game staff along with NRA certified instructors will be teaching a Successful Shotgunning workshop on Oct. 22 at the Farragut Shooting Range Center in Athol.
The class is geared toward new or potential shotgun owners with little or no experience with shotguns or… more
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 14:22 | idfg-rphillips
Nonresident elk tags remaining can be bought by resident hunters as second tags, but still at the nonresident price. Available tags and zones are listed online at gooutdoorsidaho.com. Residents can also buy the tags at all license vendors, at Fish and Game regional offices, or by calling 1-800-554-8685. These elk tags… more
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 11:45 | idfg-cliess
Idaho Fish and Game is seeking members of the public who want to have a big impact on shooting range decisions by volunteering to serve on a Citizens Shooting Range Advisory Committee, which will be responsible for providing input about public shooting range grant applications annually.
Members of the public… more
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 08:30 | idfg-jberl
A recent survey of Idaho sportsmen and women found that nearly 80% of participants who had observed or knew about a wildlife crime opted to report the offense to a conservation officer or other law enforcement. It’s great to see that the bulk of Idaho citizens recognize the importance of assisting conservation officers… more
Mon, 10/03/2022 - 16:29 | idfg-tthompson
Each year, youth 17 years of age and younger that successfully complete an in-person hunter education class in the Magic Valley Region are invited to participate in a mentored youth pheasant hunt at the Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area south of Wendell. Coincidentally, the mentored youth hunt is held on the… more