Big Game Winter Feeding in Idaho
Fish and Game looks to natural forage to sustain big game populations. But when emergency conditions exist, winter feeding becomes an option. Three main conditions that can trigger winter feeding are:
Private Property Damage
Public Safety Concern
Excessively harsh winter conditions
The agency’s policy and actions have evolved through decades of experience with winter feeding and is done with the best interest of Idaho’s big game populations.
After the devastating winters in the late 1990’s, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission developed a policy and process to guide the agency’s decisions to feed or not to feed big game animals.
Regional Feeding Updates
Idaho Fish and Game will continue to monitor winter effects and prepare for poor conditions. Updates will be posted here if efforts intensify.