The Southwest Region has a long history of big game winter feeding efforts. The Winter Feeding Advisory Committee, made up of several citizen volunteers, continues to meet and review current winter conditions and evaluate needs to declare more winter feeding emergencies based on factors outlined in Fish and Game rule and policy as per IC36-123. Before this year, the last emergency winter feeding operation was conducted in the winter of 2007/2008. Elk and deer were fed because of severe winter weather conditions in Garden Valley and the Lowman area.
March 13, 2017 status report
Garden Valley/Lowman: 23 active feed sites are operating between Garden Valley and Lowman. Approximately 500 elk and 500 deer are currently being fed along the Banks/Lowman highway.
Weiser Cove: Approximately 200 deer are being fed at two feeding sites. Fish and Game is working with private landowners to operate the sites.
Emmett: Approximately 50 deer continue to be fed. Deer are starting to disperse and feeding is occurring every other day.
Totals: 26 feed sites, 750 deer, 500 elk