Press Release

November 2017

Proper Carcass Disposal Completes a Successful Hunt

Hunters who are successful at harvesting a big game animal are required by law to remove and care for all of the edible meat including; the meat from hind quarters as far down as the hock, meat of the front quarters as far down as the knee, and meat along the backbone which is the loin and tenderloin.

“A successful hunt is doing things right from start to finish, says Regional Conservation Officer, Mark Carson. Once a successful hunter has removed the edible meat, the unusable parts need to be disposed of properly as a courtesy to others. The waste should be double-bagged, securely tied, and put in your garbage container for collection. If your residence does not have garbage collection services, the remains may be taken to the county transfer station. These facilities will accept the inedible parts of big game for no charge from residents who live within that county.

Dumping a fleshed out game carcass along the roadside or on someone else’s property is considered littering, which is a violation of Idaho law. “Some hunters do not know that the proper and easiest way to dispose of a carcass is along with your normal garbage,” says Carson.

Nearly all hunters will dispose of the unwanted portions properly. Others will take the fleshed out carcass and dump them in poorly selected locations. Unwanted big game carcasses that end up on the side of the road or in ‘vacant lots’ become eyesores and public health issues. They can even become roadway hazards because they attract dogs and scavenging birds (ravens, magpies, and bald eagles). The scavengers then become dangers to drivers who swerve to avoid hitting them.

Dumping unwanted remains is also inconsiderate of nearby residents. It reflects poorly on all hunters and damages the image of hunters among those people who do not hunt. It does not take many improperly dumped and highly visible carcasses to generate strong negative reactions.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 9,300 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during December.

LOCATION          WEEK STOCKED          NUMBER OF TROUT

Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge December 4      1,440

Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge December 4      720

Eagle Island Park Pond December 4      450

Esthers Pond (Boise) December 4      1,300

Williams Pond (Boise) December 4      450

Marsing Pond November 27      450

Parkcenter Pond (Boise) December 4      750

Riverside Pond (Boise) December 4      720

Rotary Pond (Caldwell) December 4      500

Sawyers Pond (Emmett) December 4      450

Wilson Springs (Nampa) November 27, December 18      250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa) November 27, December 4, 11, 18      400/400/400/400

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.

- IDFG -

Holiday bird seed sale set for December 1 & 2

Stock up on winter bird seed for your feathered friends and find that special gift for the outdoor person on your list.

The eleventh annual Holiday Bird Seed Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 1 and 2 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Morrison Knudsen (MK) Nature Center in Boise.

Assorted types of locally-preferred bird seed will be available for purchase, as well as feeding supplies, books, apparel, jewelry, children’s gifts and nature-themed holiday gifts. MK Nature Center staff will be available to help with seed selection and for education.

“Feeding birds is a great way to brighten a cold winter day for the whole family,” said Sue Dudley, Nature Center Gift Shop Manager. “It's also a never-ending source of entertainment and enjoyment.”

Family-friendly activities are planned for Saturday, December 2 including kid’s take home crafts from 11 to 2 p.m. and live bird presentations at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds will help fund the nature center’s educational programs. The sale is presented by MK Nature Center and Wild Birds Unlimited. The nature center is located behind Fish and Game headquarters at 600 South Walnut.

For questions, contact Sue Dudley at 208-287-2900 or email sue.dudley@idfg.idaho.gov.

Biologists think they've found answers to low survival of sockeye salmon

Biologists think they’ve answered a nagging question about its relatively new sockeye hatchery in Springfield. The hatchery succeeded in raising lots of young sockeye, but the fish have survived poorly after being released to migrate to the Pacific. 

Didn’t hunt or fish this year? There’s still time to take advantage of Fish and Game’s Price Lock

By Virgil Moore, director of Idaho Department of Fish and Game

If you hunted or fished this year, I hope you brought something back for the frying pan or the freezer to go along with your memories afield. Life these days is pretty hectic, and many Idaho residents haven’t purchased a license because of time constraints or other factors. If this is you, I still encourage you to buy a 2017 hunting license, even if you don’t have a chance to use it this year.

You’re probably thinking my suggestion doesn’t make sense considering 2018 licenses go on sale in less than a month, but here’s why I think it does. A 2017 resident hunting license costs $12.75 – the cheapest annual resident license that Fish and Game sells. By buying one, you are automatically “locked-in” at 2017 prices through Fishing and Game’s Price Lock program.

That means your license, tag and permit fees won’t increase when the 2018 prices take effect December 1. Resident hunting and fishing fees are going up about 20-percent next year, so that $12.75 resident hunting license will cost $15.75 next year (including the vendor fee) for those who aren’t locked in. Deer and elk tags will increase $5 and $6.75, respectively, so you can see the Price Lock savings will quickly add up.

Price Lock will be in effect for at least five years, maybe even longer, if the legislature and Fish and Game Commission decide the program is worth continuing.

If you stay in Price Lock by purchasing your annual hunting license every year (or any annual license every year – you don’t have to buy the same license each time) and save 20-percent annually, it’s like getting your fifth one for free.

The Price Lock theory goes like this: by offering an incentive for more people to buy licenses every year. Fish and Game will have the funding needed to continue to effectively manage fish and wildlife for the people of Idaho.

Don't improperly dump your big game carcasses

When you're done butchering a big-game animal, there's usually bones, hide and other inedible parts that should be double-bagged, securely tied, and put out with your household waste for garbage collection.

Hunters are required to remove and care for all of the edible meat from hindquarters as far down as the hock, the shoulders as far down as the knee, and meat along the backbone. There is also a lot of meat in the neck and covering the ribs that make good ground or stew meat.

When you take your harvested animal to a professional meat processor, you can deliver the clean carcass and your work is done.  Perhaps the best part of paying a professional meat processor is the shop disposes of the bones for you.

When hunters do the processing themselves, there is a pile of bones, hide, and a head that need to be disposed of. If you're quartering the animal in the field and in a remote area, these will be cleaned up by scavengers in short order. 

If you bring an animal out whole and need to dispose of the inedible remains, a transfer station will accept animal carcasses for no charge from residents who live within that county who pay the solid waste disposal fee.

When disposing of game animals, hunters should consider the consequences of their actions. It only takes one improperly dumped and highly visible carcass to generate strong negative reactions from the public. 

Unwanted big game carcasses that end up on the side of the road or other visible areas become eyesores and public health issues. They can even be hazardous because they attract dogs and scavengers, which become dangers to drivers who swerve to avoid hitting them.

Upland game and furbearer open house & chili cook-off set for Dec. 5

An upland game, turkey and furbearer open house meeting will be Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the regional office, 3316 16th St. in Lewiston.

The monthly Fish and Game dinner will also be held that evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will include these presentations: Steelhead radio telemetry tracking study, wildlife updates, commission report and more. 

“This meeting is a chance to engage in conversation with fish and game staff and an opportunity for folks to break the cabin fever and warm up with homemade chili," said regional supervisor Jerome Hansen.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring a pot of chili, soup or stew to add to the competition. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite recipe. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners!

Dinner will be served for free on a first come-first serve basis. Contact the regional office at (208) 799-5010 for more information.

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

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Jerome November 16-17.

The meeting and public hearing will be held in the Magic Valley Regional Office at 324 South 417 East, Suite #1.

Presentations on fisheries and wildlife population monitoring will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. A public hearing will follow at 7 p.m. Citizens are invited to address the commission regarding agenda and non-agenda items at the 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 continue at 8:00 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). Commissioners will also act on pending rules/ratifications, land acquisition/easements, sale of Sawtooth nonresident elk tags, Sandhill and turkey tag discounts, and also hear updates on the upcoming legislative process and revision to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request.

A complete agenda is posted on the Fish and Game website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/about/commission/archive. Times on the agenda are approximate and subject to change.

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).

Fish and Game seeks information on two moose unlawfully killed

Conservation Officers are seeking information regarding a cow and calf moose that were killed in the early morning hours of Thursday November 2, 2017. The moose were shot near the top of Coyote Grade Road east of Lewiston.

“The moose were likely shot from the roadway and only a portion of the meat from the calf was taken”, said Conservation Officer Rick Cooper. As the result of a call from a concerned individual to the Citizen’s Against Poaching hotline the officer was able to salvage much of the meat that had been left in the field to waste.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Citizen’s Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or the Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater regional office at 208-799-5010.