Press Release

April 2016

Pizza lunch meeting at Idaho Fish and Game

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will provide a pizza lunch at a sportsperson meeting to be held Tuesday, May 3 at 3316 16th street in Lewiston.

The meeting begins at noon and will include presentations including; big game management overview and spring fishing updates.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in wildlife and is designed to stimulate informal discussion about local fish and wildlife issues. A pizza lunch will be provided free-of-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ICOA Youth Camp provides common ground for sportsman's groups

By Mark Rhodes, Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer

In 2010, the Idaho Conservation Officer's Association (ICOA), in partnership with Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), conducted their first annual Youth Conservation Camp in Cascade, Idaho. The vision behind the camp was to expose kids to a whole bunch of outdoor recreation activities, including shooting, archery, fishing, trapping, hiking, and basic conservation.

Remaining Egin-Hamer closure ends at sunrise May 1

ST. ANTHONY - As of sunrise on Sunday, May 1, 2016 the remaining northern part of the Egin-Hamer Area Closure will open, but public land managers want to remind users that certain rules still remain in effect on BLM lands.

The portion of the Egin-Hamer Closure Area that is south of the Egin-Hamer Road opened on schedule at sunrise on April 1st. Even though the entire area will be officially open it is still a concern to agency staff that users remain on designated routes to protect the habitat and that everything possible is done to reduce the spread of noxious weeds.

Fishing Trailer Schedule for May

The month of May will be busy for Fish and Game's fishing trailer, with a dozen fishing events scheduled around the Treasure Valley and beyond.

To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. A complete statewide fishing trailer schedule is available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

A fishing license is not needed by any participant registering at the trailer for the duration of the event, regardless of age or residency.

Update on IDFG St Maries/Black Lake proposed land exchange

In February 2016, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to trade four parcels comprised of 1,402.04 acres of mostly forested land in Benewah County. In the value-for-value trade, IDFG would receive 1,012.72 acres of the Black Lake Ranch which fronts the Coeur d'Alene River and Black Lake in Kootenai County.

Moose, sheep and goat hunt applications due April 30

The deadline for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunt applications is fast approaching. Hunters have through Saturday, April 30 to apply for these hunts.

Hunters can apply at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, or use a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685. Internet users may apply through Fish and Game's website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/fees/. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.

Time soon approaching for newborn wildlife

Wild bird and mammal species typically produce young in the spring. This timing allows the young to gain the strength and size needed to survive the challenges of winter, or the rigors and dangers of fall migration.

Deer, elk and moose will give birth to fawns and calves in May and June. Last week I saw Canada goose goslings that were already several days old when I saw them.

Rainbow Trout stocking schedule for southwest Idaho

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 150,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during May.

LOCATION - WEEK STOCKED - NUMBER OF TROUT

Boise River, above Glenwood Bridge - May 16, 30 - 440/1,440

Boise River, below Glenwood Bridge - May 16, 30 - 720/720

Browns Pond (McCall) - May 16 - 450

Caldwell Pond #2 - May 2 - 500

Cascade Reservoir - May 2, 16 - 45,700/42,000

Corral Creek Reservoir (Cascade) - May 23 - 3,500

Crooked River (Idaho City) - May 23 - 1,000

Nesting season is a reminder to keep wildlife wild

By Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game public information specialist

It's nesting season for waterfowl, and people may encounter ducks and geese on nests or ducklings and goslings in neighborhoods, parks, ponds and other developed areas.

It's fun and exciting to see wildlife among in cities, towns and suburbs, but people should remember they are protected wildlife that should not be disturbed.