Press Release

September 2017

F&G director elected president of national fish and wildlife organization

“Virgil is a true leader in conservation and is very well equipped to maintain positive momentum for AFWA’s initiatives,” said Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and 2016-17 AFWA President. 

Youth waterfowl weekend and pheasant hunts begin soon

Young hunters will soon have an early shot at waterfowl and pheasants, with September 30-October 1 marking the youth waterfowl weekend and October 7-13 set for the youth pheasant hunt.

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Exposing youth to positive hunting experiences, especially at an early age, is a critical first step in connecting with the outdoors and with carrying on the hunting tradition.

“The ultimate goal of the youth hunts is to pass down tradition, knowledge, and experiences from one generation to the next, and for our youth to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family,” said Brenda Beckley, Fish and Game hunter and angler recruitment manager. “Plus they’re great opportunities to help youth develop their skills before the regular seasons begin.”

Make the call to catch poachers

With many hunting seasons in progress or about to begin, the Idaho Fish and Game is asking the public to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline if they witness a violation of fish and game laws.

“Calls from concerned citizens are instrumental in catching poachers stealing from Idaho’s citizens,” said Chris Wright, Fish and Game assistant enforcement bureau chief.

Callers to CAP hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators.

During the 35 year history, CAP has been an important link to catching poachers. Each year, CAP receives an average of 600 calls from the public, which results in 150 citations issued and $20,000 paid in rewards.

"Many hunters and anglers help us solve cases regardless of the reward," said Wright. "But it is a good added incentive for some.”

Rewards are: $200 for birds, fish and general violations; $300 for most big game animals and wild turkey; $600 for trophy species such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, grizzly, moose and caribou. In special circumstances, these amounts can be higher.

Citizens who report a wildlife violation are encouraged to note as complete a description as possible of people and vehicles involved as well as report it as quickly as possible. But it’s critical to never to put yourself in harm’s way trying to get it.

“License plate numbers are extremely useful as well as detailed information such as exact location, time and description of suspects,” Wright said. “But try to keep your distance and never confront the suspects or put yourself in jeopardy.”

Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ or https://idfg.idaho.gov/fire.

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

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Regan Berkley, IDFG

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

Sept. 13: Updates on fires that may affect early season hunts

Here's an overview of wildfires that may affect hunters. This post will be periodically updated, but wildfires are dynamic and situations can constantly change. We will do our best to keep hunters informed about what fires are affecting early season hunts. This is for general information on a large-scale basis. Please follow links for more details. 

F&G has more detailed information on links on its Fire Information Page.

Here's a statewide map and overview of fires and hunting units. 

Updated Sept. 13 (See below for a map of regions and hunting units)

Panhandle region 

Light fire activity. The Buck Fire is burning in Unit 7. According to the Forest Service, the fire is located on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho and is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek. Here's more information about the Buck Creek Fire

Clearwater Region

Major fire activity in Units 12, 14, 17, 16A, 19 and 20, as well as fires in 8A and 18. People heading to the Clearwater area, especially the Lochsa/Selway areas, should check for fires and fire closures at the Nez-Perce/Clearwater National Forest. The Hanover Fire is also burning south of Grangeville and north of the Salmon River. 

The Hanover fire is 26,342 acres and is 88 percent contained. The fire remains heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored.   

Fish and Game morning meeting set for October 4 in Lewiston

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The Clearwater Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will provide coffee and donuts at a hunter and angler meeting to be held Wednesday October 4th starting at 6:30am at 3316 16th street in Lewiston.

Topics may include; Big game and upland game season forecast, fisheries updates, commission report, Craig Mountain fire & upcoming season outlook and more!

The meeting is open to anyone interested in wildlife and is designed to stimulate informal discussion about local fish and wildlife issues.

For more information, contact the Fish and Game office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010.

Many upland game bird seasons open soon

September is here which means many Idaho upland game bird hunting seasons are about to begin. Here’s a brief summary of the upcoming seasons.

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Hunter in Sunset, cc-by Roger Phillips

Forest Grouse

Wednesday, August 30 marked the start of the forest grouse season, which includes ruffed, spruce and dusky grouse. The season in northern Idaho runs through January 31 and through December 31 in the rest of the state. The daily limit is four, whether all of one or mixed species, and 12 in possession.

Fall Turkey

The general fall turkey season opens September 15 in portions of the Panhandle, Clearwater, and Southeast regions. Turkey hunters need a valid hunting license and appropriate turkey tag. For more details, see pages 16-25 of the 2016-17 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure.

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Bird hunters encouraged to donate their wings

With many upland game bird seasons opening soon, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to donate a fully feathered wing for each bird they harvest.

Because juvenile and adult birds molt their wing feathers differently, biologists can use this information to estimate chick production that year.

Hunters can provide their wings to Fish and Game in a variety of ways, one being by mail. Close to 3,000 hunters who hold a Sage/sharp-tailed grouse permit will receive a packet in the mail with specific directions and a pre-paid return envelope. Hunters, who did not receive a mail-wing envelope, can still participate by contacting their nearest Fish and Game office.

Sept. 8: Updates on fires that may affect early season hunts

Here's an overview of wildfires that may affect hunters. This post will be periodically updated, but wildfires are dynamic and situations can constantly change. We will do our best to keep hunters informed about what fires are affecting early season hunts. This is for general information on a large-scale basis. Please follow links for more details. 

F&G has more detailed information on links on its Fire Information Page.

Here's a statewide map and overview of fires and hunting units. 

Updated Sept. 8 (See below for a map of regions and hunting units)

Panhandle region 

Light fire activity. The Buck Fire is burning in Unit 7. According to the Forest Service, the fire is located on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho and is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek. Here's more information about the Buck Creek Fire

Clearwater Region

Major fire activity in Units 12, 17, 16A, 19 and 20, as well as fires in 8 and 18. People heading to the Clearwater area, especially the Lochsa/Selway areas, should check for fires and fire closures at the Nez-Perce/Clearwater National Forest. The Hanover Fire is also burning south of Grangeville and north of the Salmon River. 

Southwest Region