Press Release

August 2016

Leftover controlled hunt tags available August 25

Approximately 156 deer and 161 elk controlled hunt tags not issued during the recent second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear will go on sale first come, first served August 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Leftover tags are available for purchase at all Fish and Game license vendors, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

There are no leftover tags available for black bear or pronghorn.  A list of available tags by hunt number is posted on Fish and Game’s website under the “Licenses” tab https://idfg.idaho.gov/tag/controlled-hunt/unclaimed.

Many hunters are choosing to increase their opportunity and enjoy some extra time in the field by purchasing second tags for deer and elk.  For more information, including frequently asked question, go to https://idfg.idaho.gov/buy/second-tag.

Second controlled hunt draw results now online

Hunters who applied in the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

Results are available on Fish and Game’s website at http://idfg.idaho.gov/ch

Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow three simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing.  Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

It is the responsibility of the hunter to determine whether he or she was drawn.  Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants

Tags can be purchased at any Fish and Game license vendor, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, or by telephone at 800-554-8685. There is no deadline to pick up these tags.

All tags leftover from the second drawing will be sold first come, first served beginning August 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Time is running out for discounted second general season elk tags

Time is running out for hunters wanting to buy a second general season elk tag at a discount.

Through August only, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident general season elk tags to be used as second tags for discounted prices of $299 (plus $1.75 vendor fee). Starting September 1, these 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.

Second tags are sold on a first come, first served basis and are available until the nonresident tag quotas are reached.  Tags can be purchased at all license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, and by phone with a credit card at 1-800-554-8685.

The second tag program has been popular with hunters.  For many years, portions of the nonresident quota of 12,815 elk tags and 15,000 deer tags went unsold.  Since 2000, they have been available as second tags for residents and nonresidents alike, although the majority of second tags (about 70 percent) are sold to residents.

More information about second tags can be found at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/buy/second-tag.

10 tips for hunters during fire season

With hunting seasons beginning soon and ideal conditions for wildfires to spread, hunters should do their part to ensure they aren't contributing to the problem.

Here are 10 things every hunter can do during fire season:


1

Plan ahead

Check your hunting area in advance of your hunt and see if there are fire closures or access restrictions due to fire danger. (The first is where wildfires are happening; the second is where land managers restrict access to prevent fires.) You can check Idaho Fish and Game's fire page at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/fire.


2

Be patient

Most fires are typically extinguished or under control by October hunts. However, the Pioneer Fire which continues to burn in the Idaho City/Lowman area may potentially affect access this fall.  If you know fires are burning in your hunting area, you may want to delay your hunts, or choose another area.

Wildlife workshop for educators scheduled in Ketchum

Idaho Fish and Game will host a WILD about Early Learners workshop in Ketchum for educators of pre-Kindergarten to second grade to help them learn fun and exciting ways to teach wildlife conservation in the classroom.

“But this workshop is not just for teachers,” said Lori Adams, Project WILD coordinator.  “Scout leaders, parents, day care providers, or anyone interested in sharing nature with children is welcome to participate.”

The workshop will be held September 16 and 17 at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens.  

Participants will receive an Idaho WILD about Early Learners Guide which is full of fun, educational activities for younger students. In the specialized guide, teachers will find hands-on activities, music and movement, resource lists, home connections and much more. Workshop participants will also receive the activity-filled Project WILD and WILD Aquatics guides appropriate for students of all ages. 

Cost is $45, which includes all guides, supplemental materials and a potato bar lunch. College credit is available for an additional $60-75.

To register or for more information, contact Lori Adams, Project WILD Coordinator, at 208-287-2889 or lori.adams@idfg.idaho.gov.  More information can be found on the education link on the Department's website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Horsethief Reservoir limited to day-use only starting Monday, Aug. 22

Summer day at Horsethief Reservoir
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Evin Oneale, IDFG

Idaho Fish and Game officials are closing Horsethief Reservoir to overnight camping on Aug. 22 unless a replacement host can be found. The current host unexpectedly resigned, and under agreements with adjacent land owners, the department will only allow camping when a qualified host is present. 

The east side of the recreation facility will also be closed to public access. The west side, including boat launch, dock, and the fishing area around the dam, will remain open for fishing and other day-use activities. 

Fish and Game is searching for a replacement host, and people interested can contact Joe Kozfkay or Dennis Hardy at (208) 465-8465. Hosts must be qualified, have a background check done by Fish and Game, and be available by Labor Day weekend to reopen the area for camping.  

Super Hunt winners announced

Winners in the second of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been picked.

Of the 22,079 entries, 5,673 were for two deer tags, 7,689 were for two elk tags, 1,675 were for two pronghorn tags, 4,504 were for one moose tag, and 2,538 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:  

  • Deer:  1 - Utah; 1 - Oregon
  • Elk:  1 - Idaho; 1 - Montana
  • Pronghorn:  2 - Idaho
  • Moose:  1 - California
  • Super Hunt Combo:  1 - Texas

All winners have been contacted. State law prohibits Fish and Game from releasing the names of the winners.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Over $168,000 was raised in this Super Hunt drawing.  Proceeds benefit the Access Yes! Program, which supports landowners who provide hunter and angler access to or across private land.

For more information on Idaho's Super Hunts, go to http://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt.

New information on Mountain Lion attack east of Rexburg

The mountain lion believed to be responsible for attacking a four year-old girl near her family camp Friday evening east of Rexburg weighed approximately 90 pounds and turned out to be a young male rather than a young female as originally reported.  

While the cat appeared to be healthy, tests are being performed to check for any potential diseases.  Evidence at the scene indicates the lion put down by sheriff deputies was responsible for the attack.  However, biologists are collecting DNA samples to attempt confirmation.  

Initially it was thought that the child was taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls.  Instead, the child was taken to a nearby immediate care facility for treatment and was back in camp with her family the following day.   

Fall Chinook seasons open September 1

An exciting fall Chinook season is ahead for anglers, with September 1 marking the first day of the season on parts of the Snake, Clearwater, and Salmon rivers.

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The 2016 fall Chinook forecast is 32,800 hatchery and naturally-produced fall Chinook returning to the Snake River basin.

The Snake River will open for fall Chinook fishing from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. 

Fishing on the Snake River from the Idaho border upstream to Cliff Mountain Rapids (about a mile downstream of Hells Canyon Dam) will be open until Oct.31, but could be closed sooner depending on the actual number of fish that return and the amount of harvest. The stretch between Hells Canyon Dam downstream to Cliff Mountain Rapids is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 17. 

The Clearwater River, from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge in Lewiston; and the Salmon River, from its mouth upstream about three-fourths of a mile to Eye of the Needle Rapids, will be open until October 31. 

A valid fishing license and salmon permit are required to fish for fall Chinook. Only adipose-clipped salmon may be kept. The daily bag limit is six adult fall Chinook salmon, and the possession limit is 18.  There is no season limit on adult fall Chinook.

Only adult fall Chinook (24-inches and longer) must be recorded on the angler's salmon permit. There is no daily, possession, or season limit on fall Chinook jacks (those less than 24 inches).

Hunters can extend their seasons with second tags

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price for second elk tags if purchased during August, and hunters are taking advantage of the savings.

More than 380 elk hunters purchased second elk tags as of Friday, August 12.  The price reduction coincides with high populations of deer and elk due to a series of mild winters and good survival.

Through August only, resident and nonresident hunters can buy remaining nonresident elk tags as second tags for $299, which is discounted from the regular price of $416.  Starting September 1, prices will return to their regular price.  These prices do not include the $1.75 vendor fees.

Second deer tags are also available but will not be discounted due to high demand.  The price for second deer tags is $300 (plus $1.75 vendor fee) while supplies last.

Second elk and deer tags are sold on a first come, first served basis and are available until the nonresident tag quotas are reached.  Tags can be purchased at all license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, and by phone with a credit card at 1-800-554-8685.

Fish and Game is forecasting good deer and elk hunting this year because of consecutive mild winters and good survival.  Hunters had excellent success last year and deer and elk populations remain strong.  For a preview on the upcoming season, go to https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/idaho-hunters-another-great-big-game-season

The second tag program has been popular with hunters.  For many years, portions of the nonresident quota of 12,815 elk tags and 15,000 deer tags went unsold.  Since 2000, they have been available as second tags for residents and nonresidents alike, although the majority of second tags (about 70 percent) are sold to residents.