Press Release

November 2016

Reward Offered For Information About Dead Grizzly Bear

The Idaho Department of Fish & Game is working with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to locate the individual or individuals responsible for the death of a grizzly bear on or about October 21, 2016, near the Coyote Meadows Road on the  Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Fremont County, Idaho.

Elk/Deer Left to Waste; Public’s Help Sought

Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999, twenty-four hours a day.

The first case involves a spike elk carcass, discovered near Arrowrock Reservoir’s Irish Creek boat ramp and apparently harvested around November 1. The elk had been cut in half, with one entire half left in the field to spoil. “It appears that attempts were made to pack portions of the other elk half away from the kill site,” Fish and Game conservation officer Ben Cadwallader explained. “Yet one whole front quarter was found –  apparently discarded – just off the trail, as though the person became injured or perhaps exhausted.” Evidence was collected at the kill site, but Cadwallader would like to visit with anyone who might have knowledge of the discarded elk. “Given the popularity of this area, it’s highly likely someone witnessed what happened here,” Cadwallader said.

Christmas gifts for hunters and anglers

People shopping in Idaho for Christmas gifts on “Black Friday” likely have a relative or friend who is an angler or hunter.  There is absolutely no end to the products that are available in the retail stores for someone on your list who hunts, fishes, camps or boats.

Hunters and anglers are probably the easiest people on your list to buy Christmas gifts for. There are items that would be appreciated that cost only a few dollars…all the way up to items that cost hundreds or more.

Some items are actually needed (hats, gloves, socks etc.).  Other items we just want because we think they will make us more likely to bring home meat for the freezer or get that once in a lifetime trophy. We hunters can easily convince ourselves that new binoculars or a rangefinder will make us more successful at finding the buck of a lifetime.  The one color of spinner, spoon or fly we don’t currently have may be exactly what would attract a new state record fish. 

Most of us who love the outdoor experience won’t mind if we already have one of whatever you give us.  We can almost always use another one…whatever it is.

One item that is essential for hunters and anglers to get near the end of the year is a new license. Idaho hunting and fishing licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and they expire December 31.

New hunting and fishing licenses first become available for purchase on December 1. However, they don’t become valid until January 1. Most hunters and anglers don’t think to buy one until their first outing of the new calendar year, so the timing makes hunting or fishing licenses great Christmas gifts. 

Licenses are available at many vendors statewide including most sporting goods stores, hardware stores and now even the major national retail chains carry them. Previously available online in Idaho, internet security issues have temporarily halted online license sales in several states including Idaho.

Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area Road Closures Go Into Effect Dec. 1st

Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area Road Closures Go Into Effect Dec. 1st

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IDAHO FALLS - Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was created to protect big game winter range and year-round habitat for imperiled game birds (watch "The Last Stand" for more information, https://youtu.be/byuLuyhThV4).  One of the biggest stressors for wintering animals is excessive amounts of disturbance that increase animal movements and burn critical fat reserves.  

As a means to limit disturbance to animals, a majority of the roads on Tex Creek WMA have been closed December 1-April 15 annually through approval of the Bonneville County Commissioners since 1996.  

Dredging Effort to begin at Wilson Springs

One of Nampa’s most popular fishing locations, Wilson Springs, will soon be receiving a major makeover. Three of the area’s four fishing ponds will be dredged to improve fish habitat and fishing conditions.

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When complete, the  two-and-one-half month project will have removed more than 13,000 cubic yards of sediment and increased the depth of Wilson’s North Pond, South Pond and Trophy Pond by more than three feet each.

 

Anglers will be inconvenienced during the dredging effort which begins November 28th. “We will be monitoring the suspended sediment levels in each of the impacted ponds during the dredging effort,” Fish and Game fisheries manager Joe Kozfkay noted. “If these sediment levels are deemed too extreme, we won’t be stocking rainbow trout.”

 

Bag a wild turkey for the holidays

While hunting wild turkeys in the fall often takes a back seat to big game, waterfowl and upland bird hunting, pursuing the elusive birds in the fall has its advantages.

“Hunting turkeys in the fall can be just as exciting as in the spring,” said Jeff Knetter, Fish and Game upland game and migratory game bird program manager.  “Plus in some places, you will likely have the woods all to yourself.”  

For hunters looking to put a wild bird on their Thanksgiving or Christmas table, Idaho’s Panhandle and Clearwater regions both offer general fall hunting seasons and hold the majority of the state’s birds.       

The general season in the Panhandle runs through December 31 in management units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) 3, 4, 4A, 5 and 6.  In the Clearwater, the season runs November 21 through December 31 on private lands only in management units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18.  For the purpose of this hunt, "private lands" do not include corporate timberlands.

The daily bag limit is one turkey (either sex) per day in the fall, except in Units, 1, 2, 3 and 5 where five turkeys (either sex) may be taken in a day during fall seasons.

Hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license and a General, Extra, or Special Unit tag.  Special unit tags are valid only for the fall season in Units 1, 2, 3 or 5.

A general fall season also occurs in southeast Idaho, but that season ended Oct. 31.   

For more information, review pages 16-25 of the 2016 & 2017 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules booklet available at all Fish and Game license vendors and online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/rules/upland-furbearer-turkey.

F&G bringing more Steelhead to Boise River

Another load of steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Wednesday, November 23, the second and likely last stocking for the year.

Approximately 250 steelhead were stocked November 10 and a number of anglers have reported tangling with the large fish.

Fish and Game will stock the fish at four locations including Glenwood Bridge, Americana Bridge, Broadway Avenue Bridge behind Boise State University, and West Parkcenter Bridge. 

Anglers should note that no stocking will take place at Barber Park due to a stream-bed improvement project at that location.  For more information on this project, see https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/work-begins-boise-river-improvement.

Fish and Game estimates approximately 250 steelhead will be stocked.  Based on limited returns of steelhead to Hells Canyon Dam this fall, this will likely be the last stocking for the year in the Boise River.

Besides a fishing license, anglers hoping to tangle with one of the hatchery steelhead need a $12.75 steelhead permit, good for 20 fish. Though required in other steelhead waters, barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling.

All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin (the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin). Boise River anglers catching a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lacks an adipose fin must consider the fish a steelhead. Any steelhead caught by an angler not holding a steelhead permit must immediately be returned to the water. Steelhead limits on the Boise River are three fish per day, nine in possession, and 20 for the fall season.

Holiday bird seed sale set for December 2 & 3

The tenth annual Holiday bird seed sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 2 and 3 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Morrison Knudsen (MK) Nature Center in Boise.

Stock up on winter bird seed and find that special gift for the outdoor person on your list. Assorted types of locally-preferred bird seed will be available for purchase, as well as feeding supplies, books, apparel, jewelry, children’s gifts and nature-themed holiday gifts.  Nature Center staff will be available to help with seed selection and for education.

Family-friendly activities are planned for Saturday, December 3, including kid’s take home crafts from 11 to 3 p.m. and live bird presentations at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the nature centers educational programs.  The sale is presented by MK Nature Center and Wild Birds Unlimited. The nature center is located behind Fish and Game headquarters at 600 South Walnut.

For questions, contact Sue Dudley at 208-287-2900 or email sue.dudley@idfg.idaho.gov.