Press Release

February 2018

Fish and Game asks for your patience during license system transition

Idaho Fish and Game will launch a new license and tag sales system on March 1, and department officials are asking the public to be patient while the change is made and license vendors learn the new system. 

“For the first time since 2007, the department is upgrading its license issuance system which is a major undertaking. We’ve trained our staff and vendors on the new terminals and issuance process, but it may take a little while before everyone becomes familiar with the new system,” said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game administration bureau chief. 

In 2017, Fish and Game contracted with JMT to operate its licensing system and conduct controlled hunt drawings. The contract includes providing sales terminals at all Fish and Game regional offices, private businesses that sell licenses around the state, and also the internet sales website. JMT currently serves other fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, West Virginia and Maryland. 

Idaho Fish and Game sells approximately 1.9 million licenses, tags and controlled hunt applications annually, all of which is done through the contracted licensing system. 

March 1 is also the final day to apply for controlled spring turkey hunts, and hunters are encouraged to apply before then to ensure applications are completed in a timely manner.

Mountain Lion Killed near Bruneau Elementary School

A mountain lion that spent a portion of the morning in a tree on the Bruneau Elementary School grounds was later shot and killed.

The cat was spotted about 8:00am and school authorities immediately locked the school down and contacted the Fish and Game Office in Nampa. “We did not have a conservation officer immediately available to respond,” Fish and Game wildlife manager Rick Ward noted. “We made a call to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office and requested that Sheriff’s office personnel dispatch the cat as a matter of public safety.”

The cat jumped from the tree and left the school grounds a short time later, but remained in the area. A houndsman was called in and the cat was treed and dispatched about 10:30 less than one-half mile from the school.

At 82 pounds, the adult female lion appeared to be in good body condition although it had suffered a severe break in its lower left front leg at some point in its life. Though fused and healed over, the injury might have limited the cat’s mobility to hunt natural prey.

The control action was warranted given the location and behavior of the cat. “Lion sightings are fairly common in the Bruneau area,” Ward said. “But we were unwilling to take any chance with a cat that seemed comfortable spending time in a school yard.”

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Make sure your prices are correct for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat applications

To ensure applications are correctly entered, hunters applying for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags in April are encouraged to apply online, by phone or in person at Fish and Game offices or license vendors.

Application fees for these species have increased for both residents and nonresidents, and are not part of the resident “price lock” program. The new application and tag fees are not reflected in the 2017-18 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat rules booklet because it was published before the new fees were set by the Legislature.   

Residents who are “price locked” will pay $183.50 to apply ($166.75 plus $16.75 application fee) for a moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goat tag. To be “price locked”, a resident will need to have purchased a  2017 annual fishing, hunting or trapping license. 

Residents who did not buy an annual license in 2017 will pay $216.50 to apply ($199.75 plus $16.75 application fee). 

Nonresidents pay $2,143.50 to apply for a moose, sheep or mountain goat tag ($2101.75 plus $41.75 application fee). Nonresident tags did not increase, but the application fee did. 

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat runs from April 1 through April 30. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. Mailed applications with incorrect payment amounts will be returned to the applicant and not entered into the drawing unless correct amounts are postmarked by the deadline.

Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags are unlike other drawings for controlled hunts because applicants must include the full price of the tag with the application. Unsuccessful applicants are refunded the price of the tag, but not the application fee. Both residents and nonresidents must have a 2018 hunting license to apply for any controlled hunt tag.

Waterfowl Dumped near Kuna Butte

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding two recent cases of wanton waste associated with the dumping of multiple Canada goose, mallard and goldeneye carcasses near Kuna Butte, southwest of Kuna.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Responding to a call on January 19th, Fish and Game conservation officer Brian Flatter found nine Canada geese, and two duck carcasses left to waste along Swan Falls Road south of Kuna. On February 5th, fellow conservation officer Brian Jack responded to a second call and found 31 Canada goose carcasses dumped in the same area.

No meat from any of the birds had been taken. Idaho code requires that the breast meat be removed before disposing of a harvested waterfowl carcass.

Evidence was collected at the scene, but the officers would like to speak with anyone who might have information about the wanton waste case. “I’m hopeful someone will make a call and provide information to move this case forward,” Jack said.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays, Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends or the Ada County Sheriff’s Office anytime at 208-377-6790.

Editor’s Note – A photo of the 31 geese is included with this news release. Photo credit: Brian Jack, IDFG.

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Anglers! Have your say in upcoming fishing rules and the statewide fisheries management plan

Fisheries managers are working with the public to shape three fishing proposals: 2018 Chinook salmon seasons, upcoming statewide fishing seasons and rules through 2021, and updating Idaho’s long-term fisheries management plan.