Press Release

December 2017

Female mountain lion harvest season closed in Unit 31 near Weiser

Mountain lion hunters should note that the harvest season for female mountain lion has closed in game management Unit 31 near Weiser, as the harvest quota of three females was reached on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Hunters will be allowed to keep female mountain lions taken prior to this closure and must report them within five days of harvest. The harvest season in this unit remains open for males only until the season ends March 31, 2018.

For more information on female lion quotas and whether the season has been closed in a particular management unit, call 1-800-323-4334 or visit Fish and Game’s website at

Additional details on seasons and rules for mountain lion hunting rules can be found in the 2017 & 2018 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure available at all Fish and Game license vendors and online at

Become a Master Naturalist

Anyone who enjoys and appreciates Idaho’s outdoors can be an Idaho Master Naturalist; teachers, hunters, nature guides, farmers, retired professionals, and …you! The Idaho Master Naturalist Program aims to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively work toward stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment.

A certified Master Naturalist completes 40 hours of hands-on, experiential classroom and field training about Idaho ecology, plants, animals and natural systems. Participants also complete 40 hours of volunteer work for local conservation agencies; hours can be divided between agencies such as IDFG, US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho State Parks and more.

Join our statewide network of dedicated, trained volunteers and

Give back to your community

Further your education and interest in nature

Participate in and guide conservation efforts

Help with fish and wildlife research projects, as well as teach children and adults about nature and the importance of conservation

If you’re interested in learning more about the Program, please attend a January or February meeting of the Lewis and Clark Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program. Chapter meetings are January 10, February 7 and 21, from 6 - 8pm at the Idaho Fish and Game office on 16th Street in the Lewiston Orchards.

For more information, visit us on Facebook or contact:

Dave Eberle, Chapter President,

Jen Bruns, Idaho Fish and Game, 208.799.5010

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 2,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during January.


LOCATION                        WEEK STOCKED                          NUMBER OF TROUT

Marsing Pond                       January 1                                                  450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)    January 1, 15                                       250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)        January 1, 8, 15, 22           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 -

Winter Is The Perfect Time For Teachers To Get WILD!

Winter Is The Perfect Time For Teachers To Get WILD!

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G. Losinski./ IDFG

ISLAND PARK – What better way is there to celebrate Ground Hog Day than to learn about wildlife and winter.  Many people think that winter is the time to head south or to hibernate but for others, winter offers the opportunity to experience a whole new world unknown to most.  For those teachers bold enough to try, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is once again offering a special workshop focused on winter, called WILD About Winter Ecology.  This workshop is held at Harriman State Park of Idaho and focuses on the adaptations used by both animals and man to survive the cold.  

Pheasant Miscount means fewer birds stocked on WMAs

Along with Christmas trees, you can add ring-necked pheasants to the list of hard to find items this Christmas season.

A simple miscount by the supplier of birds destined for stocking on Fish and Game’s four regional Wildlife Management Area (WMAs) means fewer birds have and will be stocked in the final weeks of the pheasant hunting season.

“Our supplier recently discovered that they were short by about 800 birds,” Fish and Game wildlife biologist Tyler Archibald noted. “And only one of the 58 other bird farms contacted had any surplus birds available.”

Those 400 pheasants have been added to the stocking schedule and will make up more than half the original pheasant shortfall.

“We’ve adjusted pheasant stocking rates for the last three weeks of the season to absorb the 385-bird deficit,” Archibald said. “Only Ft. Boise and C.J. Strike WMAs will see fewer birds stocked as the season winds down.”

Both Montour and Payette River WMAs will be stocked during the last full week of December, the first time in many years that these WMAs have received birds so late in the season.

Here's the adjusted stocking schedule. For questions regarding the stocking schedule, contact the Fort Boise WMA office at 208-722-5888.

Congress to consider bill to enhance Wildlife Conservation Nationwide

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bill introduced December 14 in Congress, will deliver a modern enhancement in how fish and wildlife conservation is funded before species become more rare and costly to protect – if it becomes law.

The bill (HR4647) would redirect $1.3 billion annually in existing royalties from development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to be dedicated to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program, an authorized sub-account within the long-established Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program.

Wildlife conservation has been primarily funded through state fishing, hunting and trapping license fees along with Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. For over 75-years, those programs, under the direction of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, have been successful in preserving, protecting, perpetuating and managing many of Idaho’s wildlife populations.

Not since the enactment of the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson acts has there been an opportunity to pass new legislation of such importance to protecting what is every American’s birthright – our great natural heritage. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would be one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in a generation.

Additional funding for proactive strategies that complement existing programs would help the Idaho Fish and Game Commission conserve and manage the full array of Idaho’s fish and wildlife.