Press Release

July 2010

Porcupine Lake Access Trails Temporarily Closed

Two U.S. Forest Service trails, which provide access to Porcupine Lake, will be closed temporarily during a scheduled brook trout removal project.

The trails will be closed August 9 through 13.

Rob Ryan, Fisheries Biologist with Idaho Fish and Game reports that trails 642 and 114 will be closed temporarily to public access for the removal of brook trout from Porcupine Lake and upper Porcupine Creek.

The project is a cooperative effort between Fish and Game and the Forest Service Sandpoint Ranger District. Rotenone, naturally toxic to fish, will be applied to remove brook trout so that westslope cutthroat trout may be stocked in 2011.

Brook trout are non-native fish that pose a risk to native fish populations in the drainage.

Porcupine Lake is about five miles north of Clark Fork, in the Lightning Creek drainage.

Rotenone occurs naturally in the roots and stems of several plants. Indigenous tribes are known to have smashed roots of these plants and released them into the water as a means of capturing fish for their own consumption. Rotenone is lethal to fish because it readily enters the blood stream of fish through their gills.

"Rotenone is toxic to fish in small concentrations, but when used properly is not harmful to humans," said Ryan. "However, precautionary measures are required during the application of rotenone products to limit human exposure."

Any questions regarding the scheduled trail closure should be directed to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Attn Rob Ryan, 2885 W Kathleen Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 83815. Ryan can also be reached by phone at (208) 769-1414.

Public's Help Sought in Deer Poaching Case

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the poaching of a doe mule deer near Boise on July 27.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers may remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999, 24 hours a day.

Responding to the initial report, Fish and Game conservation officer Matt O'Connell found the poached deer near the Hill Road entrance to Dry Creek Cemetery north of Boise. The doe had apparently been shot and most of the meat was taken off of the carcass.

Evidence was collected at the scene, but O'Connell hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the poaching incident.

"I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this dead deer," he said.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons may also contact their local Fish and Game office with information regarding the case.

Hunter Education Classes Offered in Upper Snake Region

Hunter education courses in Idaho are taught primarily by volunteer instructors who themselves like to hunt.

This means that as the hunting season approaches, the chances of finding a hunter ed class become more difficult. Fortunately, a couple of options still exist for those who want to get out and hunt for the first time.

The Upper Snake Region is offering two field day classes on Saturday, August 28, for those who will have completed either the on-line course or the workbook option. These are the only classes scheduled before the general hunting season, and they are likely to be the last chance for new hunters to meet the requirements to purchase a hunting license.

By law, all hunters born after January 1, 1975, are required to pass a certified course to hunt. Additionally, anyone (including adults) interested in travelling to many of the other western states may need to show proof of having passed a hunter ed class to buy a license. Even if you have passed hunters ed before, if you don't have the hunter Ed card you will not be able to purchase a license in some western states.

Both classes will be self-study classes, with participants required to complete either a hunter education workbook or the on-line class before registering for the August 28 field day. During the field class, students will go through a review, be given a chance to ask questions, take the test, and must pass a live shooting exercise before passing the class.

Any student 12 or under must have a parent present for the live shooting exercise. Because of the intense and fast-paced nature of these classes, older students may benefit more than younger students.

Fish and Game offers the traditional hunter education classes that provide a great learning opportunity for younger participants through the winter, spring, and summer. Both classes will be limited to 25 students and are expected to fill quickly.

Public Meetings Set on Sage-grouse and Waterfowl Seasons

In preparation for setting hunting seasons and limits for the upcoming sage-grouse and waterfowl seasons, the Idaho Fish and Game Upper Snake regional office in Idaho Falls will host a public open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 2.

The informal open house will take place at the Fish and Game office at 4279 Commerce Circle in the Saint Leon Business Park. Biologist will be available to meet and discuss proposed recommendations.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Daryl Meints at IDFG, 525-7290 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529(TDD). Individuals not able to attend but wishing to discuss recommendations, may do so via e-mail at daryl.meints@idfg.idaho.gov or by regular mail to IDFG, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, ID 83401.

Women's Hunting Clinic Set for Saturday August 28

Idaho Fish and Game has scheduled a hunting clinic to introduce the sport of hunting to women; and, to help those women who already hunt to further their hunting skills.

The 17th annual Panhandle Region women's hunting clinic will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at the Coeur d'Alene Rifle and Pistol Club, 5105 Atlas Road, Coeur d'Alene. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register, call Idaho Fish and Game at 208-769-1414.

Topics covered at the clinic include firearm safety, hunting regulations, preparation for the field, map and compass use and hunting ethics. After receiving instruction in safe handling of firearms, participants will head to the range and have a chance to shoot several types of firearms and bows.

"Participants in past women's clinics identified the hands on experience shooting at the range as the highlight of the workshop," said Julie McKarley, workshop instructor and Fish and Game conservation officer. All participants have the opportunity to shoot rim-fire .22-caliber and center-fire rifles and to practice with archery equipment.

While hunting has often been viewed as an activity that men practice, more women and girls are taking up hunting. In fact, female hunters comprise the fastest growing segment of the hunting public.

A registration fee of $5 includes coffee, snacks, drinks and a barbecue lunch.

Bluebird License Plate Gets a New Look

Idaho's distinctive bluebird specialty license plate has a new look.

The new plates with an updated design will be available August 2 at the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles.

The new bluebird design joins the other wildlife license plates - elk and cutthroat trout. All three wildlife license plates, sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, are available from every county assessor's office throughout Idaho.

See the new bluebird license plate and the other wildlife plates at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/nongame/lic_plate.cfm.

In 1992, the Idaho Legislature passed the wildlife license plate bill that allowed a portion of the wildlife license plate proceeds to benefit nongame wildlife projects, conservation education and watchable wildlife. The bluebird plate became available in 1993. The elk plate was added in 1998 and the cutthroat trout plate in 2003.

The elk plate design was updated in 2008, and the cutthroat trout plate was updated in 2009.

Proceeds from the purchase of wildlife plates support the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's nongame plant and animal species management by the Conservation Sciences Program. Nongame wildlife is not hunted, fished or trapped, and includes native species such as peregrine falcons, bluebirds, frogs and wolverines. Along with the state income tax check-off, the wildlife license plate program provides most of Fish and Game's nongame budget, helping fund many nongame and watchable wildlife projects and activities throughout Idaho. It also helps leverage federal funds through matching grant opportunities.

Ask Fish and Game: Fall Steelhead Fishing

Q. I hear rumors of a large steelhead run returning to Idaho this year. When can I starting catching them?

A. The harvest season for steelhead opens August 1 on the Clearwater River downstream of the Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston. Harvest season opens October 15 in the rest of the Clearwater drainage. It's catch-and-release until then. Catch-and-release fishing for steelhead also opens in the Snake and Salmon rivers August 1. Harvest season in the Snake and Salmon opens September 1.

Spring, Summer Chinook Fishing Ends August 4

Fishing for ocean-run spring and summer Chinook salmon in all Idaho waters, except the Boise River, will end for this year on August 4.

Non-tribal Chinook salmon fishing will close on all the waters of the Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon, Little Salmon, and Upper Salmon rivers at the end of legal fishing hours August 4.

Salmon fishing waters are closed when anglers are close to reaching the non-tribal share of the runs. Spring and summer Chinook salmon also begin to reach spawning condition this time of year. Fish in spawning condition are less desirable to anglers and they migrate into hatchery terminal areas not accessible to fisheries.

Chinook fishing in the Boise River will continue through September 30. The daily limit is two Chinook, regardless of size, and the possession limit is six Chinook regardless of size. Please see Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules for the Boise River, available at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Chinook salmon anglers on the Boise River may use hooks no larger than five-eight inch, with no barbless requirement. Snagging or attempting to snag salmon is unlawful.

The statewide limit for Chinook salmon is 40 fish for the year.

In addition, anglers are reminded that fishing for fall Chinook salmon opens in the Snake River beginning September 1.

Deadline to Buy Controlled Hunt Tags

Big game hunters whose names were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Sunday, August 1 to buy their tags.

Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeit. After a second drawing, any leftover tags are sold over the counter.

The rules have changed for controlled hunt permits. Hunters who were successful in a controlled hunt drawing no longer have to buy a separate permit. All hunt information is included on the tag.

Hunters are responsible for checking whether they were drawn in the controlled hunts they entered. Results of deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear controlled hunt drawings are available on the Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ch/results.cfm.

Hunters can buy those tags at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone at 1-800-554-8685, or online at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/. For information on rules and dates for specific hunts consult the regulations brochure or the Fish and Game Website.

And those lucky enough to draw can use Fish and Game's Hunt Planner at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner to plan those fall hunts.

For hunters who weren't drawn, big game general season tags also are available in many big game units. For details contact license vendors or local Fish and Game offices.

Enter Second Super Hunt Drawing Now

It's not too late to apply for a second chance at the hunt of a lifetime.

Entries in the second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by August 10 with the drawing set for mid-August.

Entries for two elk, two deer, and two pronghorn hunts and one moose hunt will be drawn along with a "Super Hunt Combo" entry, which entitles the winner to hunt for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. The entry period for the second drawing is June 2 through August 10.

So what's a Super Hunt?

It is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Entries are drawn for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

Hunters can take an animal or animals on their Super Hunt or Super Hunt Combo tags in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.

The first entry costs $6; additional entries for the same species cost $4 each when purchased at the same time. Super Hunt Combo entries cost $20 for one; additional entries are $16 when purchased at the same time. Enter at license vendors, all Fish and Game offices, or on the Internet at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/superhunt/, and on the phone at 1-800-824-3729 or 1-800-554-8685.

Fill out entry order forms and mail them to: Fish and Game License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

F&G Commission to Set Wolf Seasons in August

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Monday, August 16, in Idaho Falls.

Commissioners will consider proposed season dates, harvest limits and methods of take on gray wolves. They also will consider proposed seasons on waterfowl and sage-grouse.

Wolf seasons still are subject to a still pending legal challenge.

Idaho Fish and Game managers will present public comments on waterfowl season proposals collected from across the state and summarized for the commission.

Routine agenda items also include falconry seasons and limits.

Fish and Game Working on Waterfowl Seasons

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider proposed waterfowl seasons and limits during a special meeting August 16 in Idaho Falls.

Season proposals have not yet been set, but managers anticipate waterfowl seasons similar to last year.

Fish and Game officials plan regional meetings in early August to gather public comment on proposed waterfowl seasons.

Waterfowl hunters in the Clearwater Region have a chance to comment on proposed 2010-2011 duck and goose seasons during an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 2 at the Idaho Fish and Game office, 3316 16th St., Lewiston.

In the Panhandle Region, an open house to discuss waterfowl season proposals has been set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, at the Fish and Game office, 2885 Kathleen Ave., Coeur d'Alene.

In the Upper Snake Region, an open house is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, at the Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls to discuss sage-grouse and waterfowl 2010 season recommendations.

Hunter comments collected from across the state will be summarized and presented to the commission, which will set the final waterfowl seasons August 16.

Other meetings will be announced as they are set, and season details will be announced as they become available.