Press Release

November 2017

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.

Deadline for Angler Opinion Survey approaching

Interested anglers are reminded they have through November 13 to take part in an online 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 survey helps Fish and Game understand what anglers want, measure how well their expectations are being met, and to help focus Department efforts on activities that benefit both fish and anglers. Information collected will help Fish and Game propose draft fish management direction for the next six years.

The survey is available on Idaho’s Fish and Game’s website and at https://idfg.idaho.gov/form/open-survey-2017-idaho-angler-opinion-survey. It should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Stocked pheasants provide opportunity for youth at Palouse River Access Yes property

To provide a special opportunity for youth hunters, Idaho Fish and Game has partnered with an area landowner and the Game Bird Foundation to stock pheasants each week to an area of private land near Potlatch Idaho.

Little Canyon Shooting Preserve is providing 25 roosters per week to the Palouse River Upland Game Bird Area, an 810 acre Access Yes! parcel, north of Potlatch Idaho.

Eligible youth must be 17 years or younger, possess a valid hunting license or passport, and be accompanied by an adult mentor (18 years or older who possesses a valid hunting license). The mentor may also hunt. The number of youth hunters is limited to five per day. Sign in at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444acae2aa4f94-palouse

Birds will be banded with individual numbers to evaluate hunter utilization. Fish and Game’s phone number (208-799-5010) will be located on each band to allow hunters to report band numbers. Additionally, with each band number hunters report, they will be entered into a drawing for a prize. The drawing will be held at the end of the season. The effectiveness of this system will help determine future action.

To access the site, go 2.75 miles west of Potlatch Idaho on Highway 6 to Wellesley Road. Take a left and go 1.75 miles to South River Road. Turn left and cross the railroad tracks and the Palouse River Bridge. The parking lot and sign-in kiosk are on the left. Hunters are required to report their harvest on the mandatory report form located at the kiosk.

For more information, please call the Idaho Fish and Game office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010 or the Gamebird Foundation at 208-883-3423.