Press Release

June 2017

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, 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.

Most ‘capped’ resident elk tags go on sale July 10, Sawtooth tags available July 12

Resident hunters wanting to purchase a general season elk tag in a ‘capped’ zone will want to review this year’s seasons and rules booklet for changes on how tags will be sold in July.

All resident capped elk zone tags, except for the Sawtooth Zone, go on sale at 10 a.m. (MDT) on July 10 at Fish and Game offices, license vendors, or with a credit card by going online to, or by calling (800) 554-8685.

Due to high demand, resident Sawtooth Zone A and B elk tags will go on sale July 12 (two days after other resident tags), with half of the tags sold at license vendors only starting at 10 a.m. (MDT). The remaining half of the resident Sawtooth tags will go on sale online only at 1 p.m. (MDT).

The capped zone tags are sold over-the-counter on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand for these tags is high, and many are expected to sell fast. Fish and Game officials adjusted the sale of the capped zone tags to give equal access for in-person sales at vendors and those who prefer to buy tags online.

“Last year, resident Sawtooth Zone A and B tags sold out in less than an hour,” said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game administration bureau chief. “We’ve changed the sale in attempts to allocate the tags in a more equitable way for hunters, but there will likely be higher demand than tags available.”

License and tag buyers who purchase online are reminded that Fish and Game added security measures, which require the buyer to establish a unique account with a user name and password. Before tags go on sale, hunters are also encouraged to buy their hunting license, set up their online account in advance and remember their password.

For current information about how many of each of the capped zone tags are available, go to and click on the “Elk Tag Quotas” under the “Licenses” tab.

Avoid fall rush, sign up for hunter education course this summer

If your sights are set on hunting this fall and you still need to complete Idaho’s hunter education requirement, now is the perfect time to sign up for a course.

Hunter education is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 who wants to purchase an Idaho hunting license.

Hunter Education Field Day
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Summer is a great time to get into a course, as there are a number of courses to choose from and space is usually available. Courses are offered year-round, but the numbers offered decrease in early fall as most volunteer instructors prepare for their own hunting adventures. Early fall courses also fill up rapidly and there may not be available spaces for those who delay.

Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game to Host Fun Family Event in St. Anthony on June 17th


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Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game to Host Fun Family Event in St. Anthony on June 17th

St. Anthony - Anyone interested in learning more about what the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is all about is invited to attend a free event that will be held in St. Anthony at the Clyde Keefer Park on Saturday the 17th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Idaho Fish & Game and Idaho Falls Parks & Rec Team Up To Expand Family Fishing Opportunities!

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IDAHO FALLS – Ever since Becker Pond was constructed at Ryder Park in Idaho Falls it has been a hit with the community.  The pond was so popular that in order to make sure there were enough stocked fish to go around that the daily limit had to be dropped to two fish.  Hot summer days also meant that as the summer drug on that water temperatures increased to the point that fish became lethargic.  A plan to create a second pond at Ryder Park should allow for more water flow to keep water temperatures cooler and provide more fishable shoreline.  In order to help families be able to get out at no cost, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game will be making every Monday evening all summer a free fishing opportunity at Ryder Park!