2018 Sage-Grouse Season Scoping Proposal

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Opportunity for public comment: July 13 - August 6, 2018.

2018 sage-grouse lek data indicate that most populations could be hunted at the “Restrictive” level, as defined in the 2006 Conservation Plan for the Greater Sage-grouse in Idaho. To read the plan please visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/wildlife/sage-grouse (opens in a new window).

Idaho Fish and Game is scoping two options (below) for the 2018 sage-grouse season: Option 1 is the same as the season offered in 2017. Option 2 would close the northwest portion of Owyhee County to hunting in 2018 (see striped area on map). This area has been impacted by the 2015 Soda Fire. Counts of males on leks have declined from 160 birds in 2015 to 69 in 2018. In addition, recent information from radio-collared birds indicates this population is experiencing high mortality and may be isolated from the remainder of Owyhee County.

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Option 1 is the same as the season offered in 2017. [PDF download 2017 brochure]
  • Area 2 - Open Restrictive Season: Seven-day, one-bird daily limit statewide within sage-grouse range, except in designated closed areas, September 15 through September 21.
  • Area 1 - Closed Season: Southeastern part of the state (east of Interstate 84, south of Interstate 86, east of Interstate 15, and south of U.S. Highway 26); Washington, Adams, Payette, and Gem counties; Elmore County north and west of Highway 20 and south of Interstate 84.
Option 2 would close the northwest portion of Owyhee County to hunting in 2018.
  • Area 2 - Open Restrictive Season: Seven-day, one-bird daily limit statewide within sage-grouse range, except in designated closed areas, September 15 through September 21.
  • Area 1 - Closed Season: Southeastern part of the state (east of Interstate 84, south of Interstate 86, east of Interstate 15, and south of U.S. Highway 26); Washington, Adams, Payette, and Gem counties; Elmore County north and west of Highway 20 and south of Interstate 84. Option 2 adds a new closure in northwest Owyhee County .