Idaho Fish and Game was seeking comments on the proposal to remove the goose season closure at Milner Dam.
Comments closed March 23, 2017. Details are found at https://idfg.idaho.gov/about/negotiated-rules
Decades ago the Department closed several areas around the state to goose hunting. These areas were designed to give migrating geese a place to stop, rest and not be hunted. Goose populations at the time were much lower than current numbers; management objective then was to increase populations.
The number of migrating geese throughout the Snake River Valley has increased substantially over the past several decades; therefore, a goose season closure at Milner Dam is no longer warranted.
The Department proposes to eliminate the goose hunting closure in the area upstream of Milner Dam and thereby provide additional goose hunting opportunities in that area.