Press Release

October 2017

Fish and Game Commission to meet November 16-17 in Jerome

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Nov. 16 and 17 in Jerome at Fish and Game’s Magic Valley regional office, 324 S. 417 E., Suite #1.

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Persons wanting to address the commission on any topic having to do with Fish and Game business may do so at the public hearing. All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meeting the next day.

The commission meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Routine agenda items include appointing a Commission representative to Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and a Commission Liaison to Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation (lFWF). A complete agenda will be posted on the Fish and Game website when it becomes available.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director's Office at 208-334-5159 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-368-6185 (TDD).

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 15,000
catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during November. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

LOCATION     WEEK STOCKED     NUMBER OF TROUT

Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge   November 6   1,440

Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge   November 6   720

Caldwell Pond #2   October 30   500

Eagle Island Park Pond   November 6   450

Eds Pond (Emmett)   November   13 200

Esthers Pond (Boise)   November 6   1,300

Kleiner Pond (Meridian)   November 6   900

Marsing Pond   October 30   450

Merrill Pond (Eagle)   November 20   250

McDevitt Pond (Boise)   November 6, 20   450/450

Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend)   November 13   900

Parkcenter Pond (Boise)   November 13   750

Payette Greenbelt Pond   November 13   450

Riverside Pond (Boise)   November 6, 20   360/360

Rotary Pond (Caldwell)   October 30   1,100

Sawyers Pond (Emmett)   November 13   900

Sego Prairie Pond (Kuna)   November 6   225

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)   November 6, 20   125/125

Weiser Community Pond   November 13   500

Williams Pond (Boise)   November 13   450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)   October 30, November 13   250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)  October 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20   400 each

The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be stocked when conditions become favorable.

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Information sought on killed cow & bull moose found south of Elk River

On October 20, 2017, Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers located a cow moose and a bull moose that had been shot near the 21-mile marker on the Aquarius road, hunt unit 10A in Clearwater County. The Aquarius road connects Elk River to the Grandad Bridge area.

The scene suggests that the moose were killed at different times but within a hundred yards of each other. Although the actual dates of the deaths are unknown, officers believe the moose were shot on or after October 10. Portions of the animals were taken and the antlers of the bull moose were left at the scene.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Clearwater Regional Office at 208-799-5010, or the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Review hunting rule books before heading out

Parents of young hunters in southwest Idaho are reminded that general antlerless mule deer seasons in most units were shortened by one week this fall, following the tough winter of 2016-2017.

Unit 39 general antlerless mule deer season for youth hunters ends Oct. 24.

A careful review of the rule books before heading out is advised, as some hunters have already run afoul with the law. 

“Mule deer does have been shot very recently in units 22, 31, 32, 32A, but the season in those units closed for youth doe on October 16,” said Charlie Justus, Regional Conservation Officer. “Hunters need to closely review the rule books each year, as changes to seasons are made almost every year.”

For details of other youth opportunities, see the current big game seasons and rules booklet available at all Fish and Game offices, license vendors or online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game.

Fish and Game asking for angler opinions

Anglers from across the state are encouraged to take part in a survey about fishing in Idaho.

The survey, offered every five or six years, covers a variety of topics including how often people fish and their preferred fish species, what types of fishing regulations they support, and what important conservation priorities Fish and Game should pursue. Fish and Game is also interested in learning more about what other values are important to anglers, such as solitude or natural beauty.

"The angler opinion survey is the first of many steps we take to ensure our fisheries program is providing what the public wants," notes Jeff Dillon, Fish and Game's State Fishery Manager.

The survey is designed to be statistically random, but also offers an opportunity for all anglers to share their opinions. There are three different ways anglers can access the survey – a mailed survey, an invitation by email, and an open online survey. Here’s how it will work.

  • A mailed survey goes out Oct 23 to a random sample of fishing license buyers.
  • An emailed invitation to take the survey will be sent Oct 24 to a random sample of license buyers.
  • An online survey open to everyone will be released Oct 30. The public will find a link to the survey on Idaho’s Fish and Game’s website https://idfg.idaho.gov from Oct. 30 until Nov.13.

Anglers who receive a survey in the mail or via email should complete those and not take the open online survey.

All responses will remain confidential. Survey results are important to help shape Fish and Game's next statewide fish management plan. "We've conducted these surveys for over 30 years and they help us understand what anglers want, measure how well we meet their expectations, and keep us focused on activities that benefit fish and fishermen", said Dillon.

Trapper education course coming to Lewiston

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Starting in July 2018, trapper education will be required for all trappers who purchased their first trapping license after June 2011.  Individuals that have taken wolf trapper education are not exempt from this requirement.

To help meet the new requirement, Fish and Game will be hosting a trapper education class on Saturday, 18 November 2017, at the Clearwater Regional Office in Lewiston.

The course covers basic trapping techniques with a strong focus on safety and ethical trapper behavior. Selecting safe and responsible trap set locations is emphasized throughout. Other topics include furbearer behavior and management, trapping regulations, equipment selection and maintenance, avoiding non-target catches, and care of captured animals.

Idaho Climate Summit will be held in Boise, Pocatello and Moscow Nov. 16-17

The summit will be held at Boise State University, University of Idaho and Idaho State University and live streamed to other locations. 

The summit is an Idaho-grown, Idaho-driven effort to build understanding of how Idaho’s climate is changing and a way to help Idahoans build solutions to Idaho’s changing climate. 

Event participants include businesses, resource and land managers, Idaho tribes and tribal organization, researchers and topical experts, public interest organizations, government officials and more. 

Idaho Fish and Game is a sponsor along with a wide range of agencies and organizations. 

Here is more about the Idaho Climate Summit and how to register. 

How to contact Fish and Game officers after hours

With many of Idaho’s hunting seasons in progress, the Idaho Fish and Game reminds people who spend time outdoors that there are several ways to contact a Fish and Game officer on weekends or outside regular business hours.

For wildlife-related emergencies or to report a violation, contact the local sheriff's office, the Idaho State Police, or your local police department. Their dispatchers will route pertinent information quickly and efficiently to officers in the field by radio.

Another option is a call to the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999, which is staffed around the clock during the hunting season. CAP dispatchers will quickly contact the appropriate officer, officer's supervisor, or adjacent officer until they reach someone.

“The more detailed information you provide and the quicker you report it, the more likely a violator may get caught,” said Fish and Game Enforcement Chief Greg Wooten.

The process is quick and simple, and callers can remain anonymous. Callers are encouraged to leave a call back number so officers can obtain additional information if needed. Rewards are paid if the information supplied is sufficient for a citation to be issued.

“License plate numbers are extremely useful as well as specific information such as exact location and time,” said Wooten.

The CAP number is printed on the back of all licenses and tags, as well as in all the season and rule brochures. Some enter the CAP hotline into their cell phone so they don't have to look for the phone number.

A dispatcher, either through the local sheriff’s department, the state police, or the CAP hotline has the ability to reach multiple officers at once on the radio. These dispatchers are true professionals at routing calls quickly and efficiently to the appropriate officers in the field.