Press Release

January 2017

Winter feeding fact sheet

Link to videos of wintering wildlife and winter feeding here.

Photos and cutlines are below. 

This winter’s cold temperatures and deep snow at low elevations has prompted Idaho Fish and Game to implement emergency big game feeding at nearly 110 locations across southern Idaho. Winter conditions in the Panhandle, Clearwater and Salmon areas are normal and emergency feeding is not necessary there.  

Clearwater Region Big Game Public Meetings Scheduled

Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters about proposed changes to the 2017-2018 big game seasons. 

Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed season changes and provide their written comments by attending any of four open house meetings. Each meeting will begin with a presentation followed by an opportunity to provide comments. Meetings are scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations.  

Grangeville: Senior Citizens Center, 108 N. State St.-Wednesday, February 15th

Winter big game feeding is reserved for emergencies

After several mild winters in a row, this year’s winter above average precipitation and colder temperatures has felt a lot harsher for both people and wildlife. But while people can retreat to the warm comfort of a home, big game face the brunt of winter out in the elements as they have done for eons. As snowpacks build and frigid temperatures persist, Idaho Fish and Game starts fielding questions from concerned citizens about winter feeding of deer and elk.

Fish and Game legislative proposals returned to commission

During last week’s Idaho Fish and Game Commission annual meeting in Boise, House Resources and Conservation Committee Chairman Rep. Marcus Gibbs (R)  Grace, returned two Idaho Fish and Game legislative proposals to the Fish and Game Commission.

Representative Gibbs informed commissioners that neither proposal will receive a committee print hearing, where the committee determines whether a proposal will be printed and numbered as a bill.

Feed sites off limits to hunting mountain lions and wolves

With Idaho Fish and Game winter feeding big game in areas of southern Idaho, hunters are reminded that mountain lions and gray wolves may not be hunted or pursued within one-half mile of any active Fish and Game big game feeding site.  In addition, wolves cannot be trapped within the same distance. 

Mountain lion harvest season closed in southeast Idaho

Mountain lion hunters should note that the harvest season for both female and male mountain lion has closed in game management Units 66A, 68, 68A, 70, 71, 72, 73, 73A, 74, 75, 76, 77, and 78, as the harvest quota of 22 females has been reached.  The dog training season will remain open in these units through March 31, 2017.

Fish and Game Director delivers annual report to Commission

Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore delivered his annual report to the Fish and Game Commission last week at their quarterly meeting in Boise.  

The annual report details the sources of the agency's funding, and what was accomplished with the money. The report leads with a statement from Director Virgil Moore, followed by future challenges, cost comparisons and big game harvest history.

Check off for wildlife on your Idaho income tax return

The taxes we pay provide funds for many of the services and programs provided by federal and local government agencies. Police departments, fire departments, public schools, transportation, parks, health and welfare programs and many more… are all paid for by the taxpayer. It comes as a surprise to many people when they hear that the agency that manages wildlife resources in the state, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), is not financed by income tax, property tax, or state sales tax.