Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the 2015-2016 waterfowl seasons.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees waterfowl management at the national level, authorized Fish and Game to hold a waterfowl season similar to the 2014-2015 season. Using that authorization as a framework, Idaho Fish and Game has proposed a 105-day season and a 2-day youth hunt, identical in length to last year's season.
For ducks and Canada geese, the 107 days can only occur between September 26, 2015 and January 31, 2016. For white-fronted geese and light geese (Snow and Ross's), the 107 days can only occur between September 26, 2015 and March 10, 2016.
To view and comment on the season proposals, visit Fish and Game's public involvement page at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/public-involvement.
Waterfowl hunters may also provide their comments by attending one of several open house meetings throughout the state where they can speak directly with local biologists.
Open house meetings currently scheduled include:
- Lewiston - Tuesday, August 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Clearwater Region Fish and Game Office, 3316 16th Street.
- Jerome - Tuesday, August 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Magic Valley Region Fish and Game Office, 324 S 417 E, Suite 1.
- Pocatello - Monday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Southeast Region Fish and Game Office, 1345 Barton Road.
If a meeting is not listed in your area, visit your nearest Fish and Game office where copies of the proposed seasons and comment forms are available. Written comments may be mailed to: 2015-16 Waterfowl Seasons, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Comments will be collected through August 7.