Press Release

July 2016

Homestead Trail Now Open

The popular Homestead Trail – part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) – is once again open for use by foothills recreationists. The trail was closed after the Table Rock wildfire roared through the area, burning more than 2,500 acres, and nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat on the WMA. “We’re happy to re-open the trail to foothills users,” Fish and game regional habitat manager Jerry Deal noted.

The only caveat is that users stay on the trail; cross-country travel through any burned area within the WMA is prohibited.

Upper Salmon River Chinook season to close July 31

Idaho Fish and Game will close fishing for Chinook salmon on the Salmon River from the Copper Mine boat ramp about 2.5 miles upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream to a posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at the Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley at the end of fishing hours (10 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time) on July 31, 2016.

Project WILD Workshop Will Focus on Wildlife, Water, Trees and Words

If you are an educator who has participated in a Project WILD, Project WET, or Project Learning Tree workshop, then you are already aware of some of the innovative tools available for teaching science and environmental education to students of all ages. But did you know there is one workshop that ties all three "Projects" together with a special focus on literature?

Don’t forget to buy your controlled hunt tags by August 1

Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight Mountain Daylight Time, Monday, August 1 to buy their tags.

It is the individual applicant's responsibility to check online at, or watch for a post card to see if they were drawn for a tag. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

Fish and Game Commission to meet August 8 in Boise

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Monday, August 8 at Fish and Game’s Headquarters office, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.

Commissioners will consider proposed seasons for sage-grouse, approve the fiscal 2018 budget, and hear a briefing on nonbiological rules for all game animals.

There will be no public hearing during this one-day meeting, but the public is welcome to attend.

A full agenda will be posted on the Fish and Game website when it becomes available.

Keep a clean camp to avoid bear conflicts

With summer temperatures continuing to increase and natural food sources for bears becoming harder to find, potential for human interactions with bears are on the rise.

With thousands of campers, anglers, and hikers venturing outdoors, Idaho Fish and Game encourages people to be mindful of their food and garbage.  The same cautions apply to homeowners in bear country.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 29,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during August.


Location                                                    Week Stocked                           Number of Trout


Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge         August 8, 22                          1,440/1,440

Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge         August 8, 22                             720/720

Fish and Game discounts nonresident elk tags sold as second tags

Elk hunters can double their hunting opportunity at a discount in August by buying a second tag to extend their season and have a chance to harvest two elk.

Starting Aug. 1, nonresident elk tags will be $299 when purchased as a second tag, which is discounted from the regular price of $416. It will return to the regular price on September 1.