Press Release

June 2017

WILD About Bats Workshop for Teachers Coming to Pocatello in July

Bats take flight every evening throughout Idaho (except when hibernating) to work Mother Nature’s night shift-- controlling crop pests, munching on mosquitoes, and even slaying a few scorpions.

Learn more about the world’s only flying mammals by taking WILD About Bats, one of the newest workshops to join the Project WILD family. This workshop will be held July 19 and July 20 at the Pocatello Fish and Game office.

This workshop will not only dispel common myths about bats, but will offer a field opportunity the first night to join biologists for a night of bat capture-- “catch and release” only of course!

We won’t stay up too late because our second day will be filled with information sharing and brand new bat-related educational activities perfect for any time of year, not just Halloween! Participants will discover fun and exciting ways to teach wildlife conservation and ecological concepts in the classroom. Plus, WILD About Bats is a great way to earn a continuing education credit through an Idaho university.

Project WILD workshops such as this one are ideal for all types of educators—schoolteachers (K-12), 4-H leaders, scout leaders, docents, interpreters for zoos, homeschool educators-- anyone who is involved in sharing conservation education with others. And, Project WILD isn’t just for the science educators. Even if you teach math, art, PE, or run the library at your school, there is something for you in Project WILD!

Class fee is $40 plus $60-75 for the optional university credit.

To register online, go to https://idfg.idaho.gov/education/project-wild/specialized. Please contact the regional Fish and Game office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703 for more information.

Grizzly bear research trapping to begin in Caribou-Targhee National Forest

ISLAND PARK – As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the distribution of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will begin pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations in Island Park and Centennial Mountain areas.   

Trapping operations can involve a variety of activities, but all areas where work is being conducted will have major access points marked with warning signs. These signs will remain whenever bear trapping activities are being conducted and for a period of three days afterwards. It is important that the public heed these signs and not enter an area that has been posted.

Trapping will primarily take place in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest inside within the caldera in Island Park and at locations west of Highway 20 along the Centennial Mountain Range. Operations will conclude at the end of August.

In order to attract bears, biologists utilize natural food sources such as road–killed big game animals as bait. Bears are captured using snares or culvert traps. The bears are then anesthetized and handled in accordance with strict protocols. Bears that meet certain criteria are fitted with a radio collar.

Monitoring collared bears provide managers and researchers with information such as daily and seasonal movements, habitat use, causes of mortality, and timing of den entry and emergence.

Idaho Fish and Game is a member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. This team works together to monitor the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly population.

For more information regarding grizzly bear trapping efforts or Idaho’s role in grizzly bear management, call 208-525-7290.

Chinook seasons to close on Lower Salmon and section of Upper Salmon

To minimize fishery impacts on the hatchery and natural origin fish destined to spawning areas and hatchery facilities in the Salmon River Basis upstream of the Little Salmon River, Idaho Fish and Game will close fishing for Chinook salmon in two river sections of the Salmon River effective the end of fishing hours July 2, 2017. River sections to close are:

Lower Salmon River - from the Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge upstream to a posted boundary at the mouth of Short’s Creek.

Upper Salmon River - from the Highway 93 bridge 0.3 miles south of the junction of Highway 93 and Highway 75 upstream to the posted boundary upstream of the mouth of Valley Creek.

Chinook fishing continues in the section of the upper Salmon River from the posted boundary upstream of the mouth of Valley Creek near Stanley to a posted boundary 100 yards below the weir and trap at the Sawtooth Hatchery. Seasons also continue in the Little Salmon, Lochsa, and Snake rivers.

Anglers are reminded that changes to seasons or limits may be implemented on short notice. For current information on Idaho's salmon seasons and fishing rules, visit the Fish and Game website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/chinook/rules

Big game controlled hunt drawing results online

Hunters who applied for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunts can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

Drawing results are now available at: http://idfg.idaho.gov/CH.

Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow three simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing. Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

It is the responsibility of the hunter to determine whether he or she was drawn. Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10.

Successful applicants must purchase their controlled hunt tags by August 1. Any tags not purchased by August 1 will be forfeited. All unclaimed tags, along with controlled hunt tags no one applied for, will be available in a second drawing around August 22, with the application period from August 5 through August 15.

After the second drawing, any leftover tags will be sold first-come, first-served beginning August 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, online at http://idfg.idaho.gov or by telephone at 800-554-8685.

Holiday fishing fun!

The Fourth of July holiday is a day of great celebration in the U.S. Fireworks, family, and fishing are all great choices for activities during the Fourth of July holiday! And, because of the Idaho Fish and Game Price Lock program, buying your 2017 fishing license means the price of your next year’s license won’t go up!

The Idaho panhandle offers outdoor opportunities in abundance. The weather forecast looks great for outdoor fun, so taking off Monday, July 3 and expanding the holiday fun is something to seriously consider.

Fishing is fun, close, and inexpensive. If you are not sure where to start, I suggest taking advantage of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) website. Search for Idaho Fish and Game, or fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Once on the website, click on the fishing tab. On the drop down, go to Fishing Planner. I doubt there is a state in the country that makes it as easy to find fishing information. And the “Family Fishing Waters” section lists many great choices on places to go, and what fish are present in each water. The “Family Fishing Waters” section lists 18 places in the Panhandle that are good spots for fishing fun on the Independence Day holiday weekend. There are suggestions for other parts of the state as well, and each region has a tab to get fishing information.

Waters with the Family Fishing designation have been identified as fishing spots close to home that are geared toward family fishing and the high likelihood of catching fish. The fishing regulations are uniform on Family Fishing Waters and are easy to understand, even if you don’t fish often.

Of course, one rule applies to all waters in the state. Everyone 14 years old and older is required to have a fishing license. Licenses are available at many retail stores and you can even buy them online. Licenses purchased online can be stored on your mobile phone! As long as you carry your phone, you have your license with you.

IDFG Sunnyside timber sale to proceed

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s (IDFG) plan to conduct forest management activities on its Sunnyside property will proceed as proposed earlier this year.

The parcel includes approximately 52 acres of timber, with approximately 40 acres “landlocked” and not accessible to the public. parcel is located on the Sunnyside peninsula approximately 8 miles east of Sandpoint, Idaho and is part of the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area.

Funds generated by the sale of timber from the Sunnyside property will be used to support wildlife habitat projects in the Panhandle and other areas across the state. Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has been providing forestry expertise in developing the project.

The proposed timber sale was met with some local concerns, mostly from people requesting that timber harvest not occur on the Sunnyside property. IDFG sincerely appreciates and respects the different views and perspectives on how the Sunnyside parcel should be managed. Over the past few months, IDFG worked with a local conservation organization to determine whether other management options were available, such as an easement which would provide funds for the habitat program but leave the site unharvested. After fully investigating and considering other land management options, the decision has been made to proceed with the timber sale as initially proposed.

Factors considered included the state policy that does not encumber or sell forested lands. Additionally, sufficient funding to obtain public access and/or mitigate the states’ resources could not be found. With current strong timber markets, moving forward with timber harvest at this time will generate substantial revenue for wildlife habitat improvement projects. The proposed sale will maintain a portion of the timber on the site, and will provide wildlife benefits on many more acres of publicly accessible lands.

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.