Press Release

August 2016

Discount for second general season elk tag ends Wednesday

August 31 is the last day for hunters to purchase a second general season elk tag at a discounted price.

Through August only, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident general season elk tags to be used as second tags for the discounted price of $299 (plus $1.75 vendor fee). Starting September 1, nonresident elk tags will be available as second tags at the regular price of $416. 

Second deer tags are also available but will not be discounted due to high demand.  The price for a second deer tag is $300.00 (plus $1.75 vendor fee) while supplies last.

Respect and courtesy are essential when hunting private land

With many of Idaho's hunting seasons set to begin soon, Idaho Fish and Game urges hunters to be conscious of their actions and act responsibly when hunting private land.  

"We are fortunate that the majority of hunters are respectful and considerate to landowners,” said Sal Palazzolo, private lands coordinator for Idaho Fish and Game. “But each year, we deal with problems related to irresponsible behavior of a few.”

Prepare for fall hunting with summer shooting

With Idaho’s general rifle season fast approaching, many hunters are probably realizing that the last time they touched their rifle was during last year’s hunting season.  Since then, their guns have been tucked away gathering dust.

“Unfortunately, some find it strange how a rifle in gun cabinet no longer shoots as straight as it did last year,” said Bill Seybold, Fish and Game volunteer/hunter education coordinator based in Lewiston.

Fall Chinook, steelhead seasons open Sept. 1 for ocean-fresh fish

Fall chinook and steelhead seasons open Sept. 1, and the forecast is for an above-average chinook run and an average steelhead run. It’s early in the run for both fish, and the numbers can change quickly as these migratory fish leave the ocean and swim upstream to Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game Customer Information Potentially Compromised

Idaho Fish and Game today learned that personal information for license buyers who began purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and tags prior to 2008 was potentially accessed by a breach of the online computer license sales system owned and operated by Active Network, a Texas-based company.

During a Friday afternoon conference call, Active Network executives told Fish and Game that it cannot confirm whether any personal information was actually taken but that it is possible.

Upper Snake Region Fire Update - 8/26

IDAHO FALLS – With some of the worst wildfires in recent years still burning across the Upper Snake Region the situation is creating more questions than answers for wildlife managers and hunters. Ongoing firefighting efforts on the Henry’s Creek fire east of Idaho Falls, as well as fires burning around the Teton Basin have made it difficult for biologists to do on the ground assessments of damage to wildlife habitat by the fires, but aerial images indicate severe impacts in many locations.

Yellowstone River disease outbreak is not affecting Idaho fish

The disease that killed thousands of fish in the Yellowstone River in Montana is present in Idaho rivers, but Idaho Fish and Game officials have seen no large outbreaks or die offs of fish in Idaho rivers this summer. 

The Yellowstone fish die-off is attributed to proliferative kidney disease, which appears to affect mostly mountain whitefish and to a lesser degree trout. 

Fish and Game Temporarily Halts Online License and Tag Sales

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday announced it has temporarily suspended the sale of licenses and tags online after being notified that its online license vendor’s computer system was breached.  The State of Idaho online licensing system will be down indefinitely until state officials can ensure the public’s information will be secure.