Press Release

September 2016

Services in Place for Fish and Game License Buyers Potentially Affected by License System Breach

The Identity Theft services announced last week by Active Network for Idaho Fish and Game license buyers are now in place and operating.

The Texas-based company owns and operates Fish and Games hunting and fishing license system and is making the services available to all license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised by an attempt last month to access the online license system.

Active Network is offering two years of free identity protection and restoration services. 

The company established a website where people can check to see if their information was potentially impacted, receive instructions on how to access identity protection and restoration services, and receive tips to protect against identity theft.

The website address is: https://activeoutdoors.allclearid.com.

Active Network also established a toll free call center to answer questions about the incident or the identity protection services provided.  The number is 1-855-260-2772.

The company will mail out notices starting today to all license buyers potentially affected by the data breach.  The notices include information about what happened and the steps outlined above to protect customers from identity theft.

Idaho Fish and Game’s online license purchasing system remains shutdown until the agency is comfortable with the security measures taken.

Fish and Game licenses and tags can be purchased by telephone by calling 1-800-554-8685.  Buyers who use the telephone option should note that it takes 7 to 10 business days for licenses and tags to arrive by mail.  Hunters can also make purchases at any of the 400 businesses throughout Idaho that sell Fish and Game licenses and tags or at Fish and Game regional offices or the headquarters office in Boise.

To see all articles related to the license breach, click on the 'license breach data info' link on the next line.

Introducing novices to hunting has never been easier

It's easier than ever to introduce someone new to hunting in Idaho.

One way is through Idaho Fish and Game’s Hunting Passport, which offers novice hunters, both young and old, the opportunity to hunt for one year before needing to complete a hunter education course.

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A Hunting Passport is a special authorization that allows anyone who has never held a hunting license in any state, resident and nonresident, age 8 and older, to hunt wildlife  for one year when they are accompanied by a mentor and participating in the Mentored Hunting Program.

“This simply allows people to test the waters and see if hunting is something they will enjoy before committing to the coursework and effort required to complete hunter education,” said Brenda Beckley, Fish and Game hunter and angler recruitment manager.”

Youth waterfowl and pheasant hunts begin soon

Youth across Idaho will soon have an early shot at waterfowl and pheasants, with September 24-25 marking the youth waterfowl weekend and October 1-7 set for the youth pheasant season.

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Exposing youth to positive hunting experiences, especially at an early age, is a critical first step in connecting with the outdoors and with carrying on the hunting tradition.

“Youth hunts provide a great opportunity for adults to introduce young people to the joys and responsibilities of hunting before the regular seasons begin,” said Brenda Beckley, Fish and Game hunter and angler recruitment manager.” 

Active Network Announces Remedial Actions for Fish and Game License Buyers Potentially Affected by License System Breach

Active Network, the Texas-based company that owns and operates Idaho Fish and Game’s hunting and fishing license system, today announced it will offer the following identity theft services to all Fish and Game license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised by an attempt last month to access the online license system.

The services include:

  • Offering two years of free identity protection and restoration services.
  • Established a website where people can check to see if their information was potentially impacted, receive instructions on how to access identity protection, and restoration services, and receive tips to protect against identity theft.  The website will go live on Monday September 19, 2016 at 8 am MDT.  The website address is: https://activeoutdoors.allclearid.com
  • Also established a toll free call center to answer questions about the incident or the identity protection services provided.  The number toll free is 1-855-260-2772 and will be available on Monday September 19, 2016 at 8 am MDT.

On Monday, the company will mail out notices to all license buyers potentially affected by the data breach.  The notices include information about what happened and the steps outlined above to protect customers from identity theft.

Click here to read the Active Network announcement.

“We are pleased that Active Network has taken these steps to help our sportsmen and women potentially affected by the incident,” said Fish and Game Administration Chief Michael Pearson.  “We are continuing to work with Active to maintain secure purchasing options.”

Fish and Game hosts Dutch Oven lunch

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 dinner 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.

Camping Limits on Fish and Game Property

With the busy fall hunting and fishing seasons upon us, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game would like to remind the recreating public of camping restrictions on Fish and Game lands such as the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area and at fishing access sites along the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.

The following is prohibited on Fish and Game lands statewide:

  • To leave a camp, vehicle and/or trailer unattended for more than 48 hours. 
  • To camp, park a vehicle and/or trailer for more than 10 consecutive days in any 30-day period, unless otherwise posted. 

Users are also reminded to be aware of, and follow all travel restrictions while on Fish and Game managed lands. These restrictions are in place to benefit wildlife and your hunting and recreating experience.

Please contact Fish and Game's Clearwater Regional office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010 for any questions.

Stopping poachers is just a phone call away

With many hunting seasons about to begin, the Idaho Fish and Game reminds people who spend time outdoors that they should reach for a phone whenever they witness a violation of fish and game laws.

Callers to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators. 

"Many sportsmen help us solve cases regardless of the reward," said Assistant Enforcement Bureau Chief Chris Wright.  "But it is a good added incentive for some people."

Rewards are: $200 for birds, fish and general violations; $300 for most big game animals and wild turkey; $600 for trophy species such as sheep, goat, grizzly, moose and caribou.  In special circumstances, these amounts can be higher.

Citizens who report a wildlife violation are encouraged to note as complete a description as possible of people and vehicles involved as well as report it as quickly as possible.   

“License plate numbers are extremely useful as well as specific information such as exact location and time,” Wright said. “The more detailed information you provide and the quicker you report it, the more likely a poacher will get caught.”

Persons with any information about suspected poaching activity are encouraged to call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999, contact the local Fish and Game office, or report online https://idfg.idaho.gov/poacher.

Chukar, quail, partridge and sage grouse seasons open Saturday

Upland bird hunting seasons start in a big way across much of Idaho with Saturday, September 17 marking the opening day for chukar, quail, gray partridge and sage grouse.  

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Hunters can expect to find above average to average numbers of birds in most of the state.  A season forecast with breakdowns by species for each of Idaho’s seven regions is available on Fish and Game's website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/2016-upland-bird-forecast.

Chukar and gray partridge seasons run through January 31, 2017 throughout the state. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight gray partridge, and the possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge.

Controlled fires in the Clearwater could boost elk herds

Idaho Fish and Game is fired up about increasing elk populations in its Lolo Elk Zone in the headwaters of the Clearwater River. Through a cooperative effort with Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the two agencies and RMEF are proposing controlled forest fires known as “prescribed-fire treatments” to improve habitat for elk and other wildlife. 

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Officials with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests want to use them to burn more than 100,000 acres over several years, particularly in the remote backcountry areas where once-prime elk habitat has grown into dense forests that provide little or no forage for animals. 

“That seems like a lot, but it’s only 3 percent of the land area on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests,” said Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert.