Press Release

April 2017

New Access/Depredation fee in effect May 1

Hunters, anglers and trappers will see new prices May 1 with the addition of a $5 Access/Depredation fee for resident adults and $10 for nonresident adults when they buy their first annual license.

The new fee will pay for land access for sportsmen and women, and depredation prevention and payments to farmers and ranchers if big game damages their operations.

Fish and Game commissioners recognized that maintaining abundant big game herds means increased responsibility to mitigate for their effects to farmers’ and ranchers’ livelihoods. Animals can do significant damage to crops, haystacks and other agriculture commodities.

Commissioners also want to enhance access to private lands for hunting, fishing and trapping in response to changing patterns of land ownership, changing traditional access, and the growing need to compensate private landowners for access.

The Access/Depredation fee is expected to raise $1 million annually for sportsmen’s access to hunting and fishing, and another $1 million annually for depredation prevention and damage compensation.

A reduced fee will also be applied to other annual licenses such as for junior, senior, Disabled American Veteran and military furlough licenses.

The new fee is in addition to “Price Lock,” which takes effect when 2018 licenses go on sale in December. Under Price Lock, anyone who buys any resident annual 2017 license (hunting, fishing, trapping, combination, Sportsman’s package, etc.) is exempt from the 20-percent fee increase for 2018 licenses and permits. However, all license buyers must still pay the Access/Depredation fee annually.

For at least 5 years, resident hunters, anglers and trappers will pay 2017 prices for licenses and tags as long as they buy any annual license each year, which locks them in at 2017 prices for all other licenses and tags.

Youth Conservation Camp offers summer adventure

The Youth Conservation Camp offers a summer adventure for youth, ages 10-12, who want to learn outdoor skills and experience a wide variety of fun, outdoor activities.

Youth Conservation Camp, shooting at range
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MIke Demick, IDFG

The week-long camp will be held Aug. 7-11 at Trinity Pines Camp and Conference Center in Cascade, Idaho. Cost per camper is $275, which includes food, lodging and equipment for the week. Registration is first-come, first-served and a few spaces are available.

Fishing Trailer Schedule for May

The month of May will be busy for Fish and Game’s fishing trailer, with a dozen fishing events scheduled around the Treasure Valley and beyond.

To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. A complete statewide fishing trailer schedule is available at

A fishing license is not needed by any participant registering at the trailer for the duration of the event, regardless of age or residency. “Everyone is welcome at these events, but we want to make a point of inviting kids and their parents who have an interest in fishing but lack the equipment and perhaps the knowledge to get started,” regional conservation educator Evin Oneale noted. “The only cost is a bit of time, and the idea is to help people gain enough fishing experience and confidence to strike out on their own and enjoy fishing as a fun, family activity.”

Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule for May

Date                             Location                                   Time

Wednesday, May 3 Esthers Pond (Boise) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 4 Wilson Ponds (Nampa) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 6 Williams Pond (Boise) 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, May 10 Kleiner Pond (Meridian) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 11 Settlers Pond (Meridian) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 13 Weiser Pond (Weiser) 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, May 17 Sawyers Pond (Emmett) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 18 McDevitt Pond (Boise) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 20 Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, May 24 Wilson Ponds (Nampa) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 25 Kleiner Pond (Meridian) 4:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 27 Eagle Island Pond (Eagle) 10:00am-2:00pm (Cops & Bobbers Event)

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.

Highland Valley Road and all the WMA’s popular trails including Homestead and Cobb will be open to the public beginning May 1.