Wildfires large and small are reshaping Idaho’s landscape, and there’s no quick, easy answer on how each fire affects wildlife except that fires are part of the natural cycle.
It wasn’t your typical Idaho roundup; there were no horses, cowboys, or even cows, but it was important for one of Idaho’s most valuable wildlife species: sockeye salmon.
Late summer marks the beginning of the monarch butterfly’s epic migration to wintering grounds in coastal California and central Mexico. In the western U.S., hundreds of these magnificent orange-and-black butterflies will be sporting white tags — each the width of an M&M and bearing an email address and serial number — in an effort to track the direction, route, and destination of their migratory movements. Researchers are enlisting the help of the public to spot and report these tagged migrants en route to their wintering grounds.
LEWISTON - - The Clearwater Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will provide a Dutch Oven lunch at a sportsperson meeting to be held Thursday, October 6th at 3316 16th street in Lewiston.
The meeting will begin at noon and will include presentations on big game hunting outlook, significant enforcement cases, fall fishing season updates and other related activities.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in wildlife and is designed to stimulate informal discussion about local wildlife issues. The Dutch oven lunch will be provided free-of-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information, contact the Fish and Game office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010.
The sharp-tailed grouse season opens Saturday, October 1, and runs through October 31, with a daily bag limit of two birds and a possession limit of six.
The season is open only in eastern Idaho in these areas: Bingham and Clark counties east of Interstate 15, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson County east of Interstate 15, Madison, and Teton counties, Bonneville County east of Interstate 15, Bannock County east of Interstate 15 and south of Interstate 86, Bear Lake, Caribou, Cassia County east of Interstate 84 and that portion west of Interstate 84 south of the Malta-Sublette Road and east of the Malta-Strevell Road, Franklin, Oneida, and Power County south of Interstate 86.
A popular area with upland bird hunters and one of the most important strongholds for sharp-tailed grouse in Idaho is the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area east of Idaho Falls, which burned recently during the Henrys Creek Fire. Fish and Game is currently evaluating the impacts of the fire and developing plans for habitat restoration and management of wildlife populations.
“We are not entirely sure of the bird response, but a tremendous amount of habitat has been lost,” said Jeff Knetter, Fish and Game upland and migratory bird coordinator. “In the long run, this may provide some benefits, but in the short-term, this is a tough blow.”
Sharp-tailed grouse hunters must have in their possession a valid Idaho hunting license with a $4.74 sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit validation. The permit allows better monitoring of the harvest of this game bird.
Hunters are reminded that because both sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse can occur in the same areas, identification of species is important as the season for sage grouse closed September 23.
With several upland game bird seasons in progress or about to begin, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game asks hunters to help gather upland game bird information by providing a fully feathered wing for each bird they harvest.
By examining the shape, condition, length and color patterns on wing feathers, biologists can determine the bird's sex and whether it was an adult or juvenile. For sage grouse, biologists can even tell if an adult female successfully produced chicks that year. In addition, the percentage of juveniles and adults wings collected can provide information on production rates. All of this information can help determine the status of various game bird populations and helps Fish and Game improve management of the species.
Hunters can provide their wings in a variety of ways, one being by mail.
Close to 3,000 hunters who purchased a Sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit have received a packet in the mail with specific directions and a pre-paid return envelope. Hunters, who did not receive a mail-wing envelope, can still participate by contacting their nearest Fish and Game office or call 208-334-2920.
"We'd like the wings mailed back to us by November. For sharp-tailed grouse, we also want to know where the bird was harvested, date of harvest, days hunted, and number of hunters if hunting in a group," said Jeff Knetter, Fish and Game upland game and migratory bird coordinator.
Hunters can also drop their wings off at department-run check stations or in "wing barrels" located at popular access routes throughout the hunting season. Unfortunately, check stations and wing barrels sometimes miss grouse hunters in more remote areas of the state. The mail-in wing program targets those hunters that may not pass by a check station or wing barrel.
"The more information we have about hunters and birds harvested, the better we can manage the different species," said Knetter.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued the following news release which will be of interest to unit 40 hunters.
Source: Office of the Governor, contact Jon Hanian, (208) 334-2100
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointments today of two new members to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, representing the Salmon River country and the Magic Valley on the seven-member panel.
Greg Cameron, a farmer who grows sugar beets and barley near Rupert, and Jerry Meyers, a retired long-time judge now working as a mediator from the tiny community of North Fork north of Salmon, fill vacancies left by the expired terms of Mark Doerr of Kimberly and Will Naillon of Challis, respectively.
Cameron, an avid archer and member of the Minidoka Bowman Club and Idaho State Bowhunters, said his four children and four grandchildren give him plenty of reason for wanting to be on the Fish and Game Commission.
“I am a passionate outdoorsman, and truly care about our natural resources in Idaho, especially the fish and game,” Cameron wrote in applying for the post. “We have a special state, with diverse fish and game opportunities. I would like to see it stay that way for many generations to come.”
Meyers, an attorney and former Lemhi County magistrate, served as a senior judge in Idaho courts from 2007 to 2014 while launching a mediation and private legal practice. A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Idaho Houndsmen, Meyers said he finally has time to match his interest in serving on the Fish and Game Commission.
“My life experiences growing up on a cattle ranch in Power County, a real estate broker/appraiser, outfitter/big game guide, attorney, judge, and mediator will be beneficial working with the wide spectrum of issues and people coming before the board,” Meyers wrote in applying for the position. “Those varied professions have given me significant insight into how to resolve issues as they are presented.”
Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to cooler weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.
Health and Welfare state public health veterinarian Dr. Leslie Tengelsen will talk about avoiding bat rabies exposures in people and pets. Dr. Rita Dixon, Fish and Game state wildlife action plan coordinator, will review the ecology of bats and threats to a healthy bat population. After the presentation, Dr. Dixon will take participants on a walk to look and listen for bats.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host a public meeting on Tuesday, September 27 to seek input from landowners, sportsmen and other interested public concerning plans for habitat restoration and management of wildlife populations of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Since the Henry’s Creek Fire has been extinguished, Fish and Game staff has been on the ground evaluating the impacts of the fire. At the meeting, an overview of the situation will be presented along with potential rehabilitation and management options for this fall and winter.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Eastern Idaho Technical College building #6 (EITC), Room number 6163-6164, in Idaho Falls, ID.
Fall is here, and we're already seeing some great Idaho hunting shots on social media. Why not put them here, too?
We love seeing folks out hunting in the fall and sharing their experiences through photos, and we encourage people to share their best shots on our photo gallery.
It's quick and easy to download them, and don't worry, we won't ask for your favorite hunting spot, but photos may be used for Fish and Game illustrations and promotions.
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