Press Release

February 2017

Fish and Game officer named National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Rob Brazie recently earned national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his dedication in creating the next generation of hunters and sportsmen, as well as his accomplishments in upholding the state’s game laws.

The NWTF named Brazie as Wildlife Officer of the Year award at the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville February 18.

Avian cholera outbreak deaths climb to 4,200 birds

Idaho Fish and Game personnel continue to find and collect dead waterfowl from an avian cholera outbreak in the Parma area, and officials now estimate more than 4,200 birds have died since the outbreak started in early February. 

The outbreak has occurred on private land, and the disease has killed mostly ducks, but also some geese and other birds. Fish and Game crews and volunteers are collecting the dead birds and burying them at nearby Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area to prevent, or reduce, further spread of the disease. 

Anglers can help shape the 2017 Chinook salmon season by going online

If you missed your chance to provide comments on this year’s salmon season, you still have time.

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on five management strategies that involve the Rapid River, Hells Canyon and Clearwater Basin Chinook salmon runs.

Through Saturday, March 4th, anglers can review the proposals and provide their comments online using the salmon season web survey available on the Fish and Game’s website at

Commission to meet via conference call February 28

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Tuesday, February 28 to discuss legislative proposals related to license fees, depredation compensation, and use of license funds.

The call will begin at 3 p.m. (MST) at Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.

There will be no public testimony taken during the call, but the public is welcome to attend. Those living outside of Boise can listen to the call by traveling to their nearest Fish and Game regional office.

Female mountain lion harvest season closed in Unit 39 near Idaho City

Mountain lion hunters should note that the harvest season for female mountain lion has closed in game management unit 39, as the harvest quota of ten females was reached February 23, 2017.

Hunters will be allowed to keep female mountain lions taken prior to this closure but must report them within five days of harvest. The harvest season in this unit remains open for males only until the season ends March 31, 2017.

Conservation Officers Seeking Help In Finding Poachers Responsible For Killing 28 Pronghorns Near Monteview

Conservation Officers Seeking Help In Finding Poachers Responsible For Killing 28 Pronghorns Near Monteview

IDAHO FALLS - Conservation Officers with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) are seeking assistance from the public in apprehending the person or persons responsible for the killing of at least 28 pronghorns in the Monteview area during the last week of January and beginning of February, 2017.

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to Create a New Fee Proposal to Manage Big Game Depredation Impacts and Improve Hunting and Fishing Access

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today directed Fish and Game staff to develop a proposed bill for consideration by the Idaho Legislature that would create a new $5 charge to purchase an Adult Resident annual hunting, fishing or trapping license. 

IFWF solicits applications for 2017 grants

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 grants cycle. The grants program provides funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and tax-exempt organizations.

The Foundation is especially interested in projects that align with the Foundation's mission. Grants of as much as $10,000 per project are available.

To qualify for grant support, projects generally address one or more of the following areas: