Press Release

April 2017

Boise River Wildlife Management Area Will Open May 1

Closed sections of Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), will open to public access on May 1. This includes areas impacted by the Table Rock and Mile Marker 14 Fires.

Most of the mule deer and elk wintering on WMA lands have now moved to higher elevations, giving WMA managers the okay to allow human access to the areas.

The Boise Front segment of the WMA closed in mid-January to protect wintering big game animals, while the WMA’s Charcoal Creek segment closed for the same reason in early February.

Spring Wildlife Celebration planned at MK Nature Center April 29

The Fish and Game Morrison Knudsen (MK) Nature Center in Boise is getting ready for its annual Spring Wildlife Celebration. This family-friendly event will be held at the nature center on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $3 per person, ages three and over.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing
more than 100,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during May.

Due to continued high water, fish earmarked for river stocking will be allocated to local ponds.


Browns Pond (McCall) May 15 450

Caldwell Pond #2 May 1 500

Cascade Reservoir May 22 42,000

Corral Creek Reservoir (Cascade) May 29 3,500

Duff Lane Pond (Middleton) May 1 225

East Mountain Reservoir (Cascade) May 22 500

Fish and Game Trailer Theft Suspect Sought - Public’s Help Needed

In early April, a thief made off with tens of thousands of dollars of big game live-trapping and monitoring equipment, together with the Fish and Game trailer they were stored in.

Now the public’s help is being sought to bring the case to a close. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the trailer thief.

Commission to meet in Salmon in May

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet May 16-17 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon regional office in Salmon.

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at 99 Highway 93 North. Citizens are invited to address the commission on any topic related to Fish and Game business. All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meeting the next day.

Outdoor Skills Workshop Slated

New hunters or hunters new to Idaho are invited to attend the Idaho Big Game Hunting 101 workshop sponsored by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The May 6th outdoor skills workshop will be held at Fish and Game Headquarters – 600 S. Walnut in Boise from 8am to 5pm. Workshop cost is $15/participant.

Another bighorn euthanized after contacting domestic sheep near Challis

A one-year-old bighorn sheep ram that mingled with domestic sheep near Challis was euthanized Friday, April 14, to prevent the sheep from potentially carrying disease back to the wild herd. This is the third bighorn sheep removed from the same area on the edge of Challis since March 30.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials euthanized the yearling ram after receiving reports that it was observed inside a pen on private property with a small flock of domestic sheep.