Press Release

June 2017

F&G commission officially adopts Price Lock

Commissioners approved Price Lock during a conference call on June 23, which makes the deal official to save hunters, anglers and trappers money in the future by purchasing a 2017 annual license and continuing to buy one annually. 

At the commission's request, the Idaho Legislature approved a 20-percent fee increase to resident hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and tags, which takes effect when 2018 licenses go on sale. But Fish and Game's Price Lock means hunters, anglers and trappers can pay the same as 2017 prices if they renew a license annually. For more details about Price Lock, including a Q&A visit: https://idfg.idaho.gov/pricelock.

Price Lock benefits sportsmen and women by saving them money while also providing consistent funding for wildlife conservation, management and enforcement. In short, sportsmen and women are investing in Idaho’s fish and wildlife when they buy a hunting, fishing or trapping license, and Price Lock keeps those prices constant.  

 

 

Second Chance at a Super Hunt Tag

Hunters have a second chance to draw a Super Hunt tag for the upcoming season.

29 of the 40 Super Hunt tags were drawn in the first drawing in early June. The second Super Hunt drawing has 11 tags.

  • 2 Super Hunt elk tags
  • 2 Super Hunt deer tags
  • 2 Super Hunt pronghorn tags
  • 1 Super Hunt moose tag
  • 1 Super Hunt Combo with tags for all 4 species

To have a chance at winning a hunt of a lifetime, hunters have until August 10 to enter the second Super Hunt drawing.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose with a tag for that species, including general hunts and controlled hunts. Super Hunt tags are in addition to other tags, meaning if you draw a controlled hunt tag or purchase a general season tag, you can still participate in these hunts as well as the Super Hunt.

Money raised by the Super Hunt drawings supports hunters and anglers access to private lands through the Access Yes! program. This program is designed to improve access to or across private land to public land by compensating willing landowners.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each and Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter either drawing, and there is no limit on the number of times a person can apply.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, by calling 800-554-8685 or online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt. Entries can also be mailed to Fish and Game License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Orders must be received at Fish and Game no later than August 10, with winners to be notified by August 15.

As of June 22, 2017, 80 Access Yes! lease agreements have opened 308,365 private acres and 370,995 public acres to hunters and anglers.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 38,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during July.

 

Location     Week Stocked      Number of Trout

Big Creek (Cascade) July 3 200

Boise River, Middle Fork July 17 2,000

Boise River, North Fork July 17, 24 2,000/2,000

Boulder Reservoir, Lower (Lake Fork) July 17 1,200

Browns Pond (McCall) July 3 1,000

 

Bull Trout Lake (Grandjean) July 10, 24 900/900

Bull Trout Lake #1, Little (Grandjean) July 10, 24 750/750

Bull Trout Lake #2, Little (Grandjean) July 10, 24 200/200

Clear Creek (Cascade) July 3 200

Fischer Pond (Cascade) July 3 750

 

Goose Lake (New Meadows) July 10 250

Grimes Creek (Idaho City) July 3 1,000

Kimberland Meadows Pond (New Meadows) July 3 750

Lake Fork Creek (McCall) July 10 300

Lake Fork Creek, North Fork (McCall) July 17 200

 

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds July 10 600

Marsing Pond July 3 450

Martin Lake (Grandjean) July 10, 24 1,000/1,000

Mores Creek (Idaho City) July 3 600

Northwest Passage Pond (McCall) July 3, 24 375/375

 

Payette Lake, Upper (McCall) July 3 5,000

Payette River, Middle Fork July 3, 17 750/750

Payette River, North Fork July 10, 24 2,250, 250

Payette River, South Fork July 10, 24 1,500/1,500

Poormans Pond (McCall) July 24 250

 

Rowland (Scout) Pond (McCall) July 3, 24 750/750

Silver Creek (Crouch) July 3, 17 750/750

Tripod Reservoir (Smiths Ferry) July 17 1,000

Warren Dredge Pond (Warren) July 17 800

Wilson Springs (Nampa) July 3, 17 250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa) July 3, 17 400/400

 

Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore’s statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement delisting Yellowstone grizzly bears

The delisting of Yellowstone grizzly bears is a conservation success, and we are proud of the role that the states and local communities have played in grizzly bear conservation. 

Commission to meet via conference call June 23

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Friday, June 23 to adopt the Price Lock order to discount license, tag, and permit fees with consecutive year purchases. An update concerning the Chinook salmon season will also be included.

The call will begin at 8:30 a.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.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Director’s office directly at 208-334-5159 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-2529 (TDD).

Super Hunt winners announced

Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been drawn.

Of the 57,048 total entries, 20,092 were for eight deer tags, 19,904 were for eight elk tags, 4,286 were for eight pronghorn tags, 8,438 were for one moose tag, and 4,328 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

All winners have been contacted. State law prohibits Fish and Game from releasing the names of the winners.

Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:

  • Deer: 3 - Idaho; 3 - Washington; 1 each from Arizona and Nevada
  • Elk: 5 - Idaho; 2 - California; 1 – Pennsylvania
  • Pronghorn: 4 - Idaho; 1 each from California, Oregon, Montana and Utah
  • Moose: 1 - Idaho
  • Super Combo: 1 - Idaho

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

The entry period for the second drawing goes through August 10, where tags for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, one moose, and one Super Hunt Combo will be drawn. Winners will be notified by August 20. Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

Proceeds raised in the drawings support the Access Yes! Program, which compensates willing landowners who provide hunter and angler access to or across private land to public lands. As of April 2017, 79 properties are enrolled, opening 306,730 acres of private land and access to an additional 369,755 acres of public land for hunters and anglers.