Press Release

August 2018

Some Horsethief Reservoir Campgrounds Closing Early

Several Horsethief Reservoir area campgrounds will be closing just after Labor Day weekend and will remain closed until the spring of 2019. The closures come about three weeks earlier than normal.

Ospreys Bay, Easters, Timber Bay and Bear Knob Campgrounds, all located on the west shore of Horsethief, will be closed on September 4th. Only Kings Point campground will remain open, including the Kings Point boat ramp. The entire east side of Horsethief has been closed this season as campground construction upgrades continue in that area.

Horsethief Reservoir is managed cooperatively by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the YMCA. Fish and Game oversees Horsethief’s popular trout fishery, while the YMCA is responsible for campground management.

The campground closures will have no impact on fishing or boating activities at Horsethief.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 13,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during September.

LOCATION      WEEK STOCKED      NUMBER OF TROUT

Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge      September 3, 17     1,440/1,440

Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge      September 3, 17      720/720

Horsethief Reservoir      September 17      4,000

Indian Creek (Caldwell)      September 17      200

Indian Creek (Kuna)      September 17      300

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds      September 10     600

Marsing Pond      August 27      450

McDevitt Pond (Boise)      September 24      900

Riverside Pond (Boise)      September 24      720

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)      September 24      250

Wilson Springs (Nampa)      August 27, Sept. 10     250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      August 27, Sept. 10      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.

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Hunters - Hit the Bullseye at Sight In Event

With hunting seasons just around the corner, big game hunters around the region are asking themselves the same question: does my rifle shoot straight?

Get your answer on Saturday, September 8 at the annual Sight In event, to be held at Black’s Creek Public Shooting Range located at 2420 E. Kuna-Mora Road southeast of Boise (https://idfg.idaho.gov/bcr).

From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Hunter Education Instructors will help participants get their favorite hunting rifle(s) – centerfire or black powder – and/or hunting handguns zeroed in on the bullseye.

Cost per shooter is $10, and shooters may bring multiple firearms. There is no cost for non-shooters.

The Sight In event is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Chapter of the Idaho Hunter Education Instructors’ Association and serves as the Chapter’s primary fund raising event for the year.

For more information regarding the Sight In event, contact Chapter President Don Sturtevant at 208-409-4192.

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Fall turkey hunters should be aware of new rules regarding what tags are eligible

Under new rules, there are three types of turkey tags available each calendar year: general tag, extra tag and special unit tag. A hunter may purchase one general tag, two extra tags, and three special unit tags.  

Here’s how each tag can be used: 

  • The general tag and one extra tag may be used during the spring general season.  
  • However, if one or both go unused, the unused tag(s) may be used during the general fall season. 
  • A second extra tag may also be used during the general fall season.  
  • A general tag, or an extra tag, may be used with a controlled hunt permit in the spring and fall seasons. 
  • Special unit tags may be used in designated units during any season set by the Commission.  

Fall general turkey hunts open Aug. 30 in most of  the Panhandle and Clearwater, and Sept. 15 in other parts of the state. Here are season dates and maps of open units, as well as other information regarding turkey hunting. 

 

Time for boots on the ground, lots of hunting starts on Aug. 30 and more in September 

Aug. 30 kicks off many archery seasons for deer and elk, general hunts for bear, mountain lion and wolves, as well as seasons for some upland game birds and animals with more seasons opening in September. 

Big game animals

Many archery seasons for deer run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 30. For details by unit, go to the archery season (page 12) in the Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet. 

Many archery elk hunts also open on Aug. 30, but exact dates and details differ by zone. You can see which elk zones offer archery hunts in the elk rules starting on page 35 of the Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet. 

To learn more about deer and elk season in 2018, read the deer and elk hunting outlook

Many fall black bear (page 68), mountain lion and wolf seasons run concurrent with the archery seasons, and many hunts for these animals allow rifle hunting as well. 

Upland game birds 

Forest grouse (dusky, ruffed and spruce) seasons open Aug. 30 statewide with closing dates Dec. 31 or Jan. 31 depending on the zone. 

Brush up on the new trespassing law before you go hunting or fishing

Idaho’s new trespass laws took effect July 1, and hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of what’s changed before they head into the field, but also what’s unchanged. 

Before delving into the changes, there a few things to remember: 

  • You still need permission to be on private land. 
  • It’s the responsibility of the hunter/angler to know if they’re on private land. 
  • The laws affecting how landowners must post their property has changed. 
  • Fines have been stiffened for trespass violations. 

There’s some confusion about the new law, but according to Idaho Fish and Game’s Enforcement Bureau Chief Greg Wooten, the basic principles are unchanged. 

“Trespass laws have changed, but the core philosophies have not,” he said. “It’s still the sportsman’s responsibility to know when they’re on private property and obtain permission to be there.” 

Among the biggest changes that could affect hunters and anglers in the field are new laws regarding how a landowner must post their land, which used to require no trespassing signs or orange paint every 660 feet, but that’s no longer the case. 

Under the new law, a person should know land is private and they are not allowed without permission if: 

The property is associated with a residence or business; 

Boat Ramp Construction Begins at Roberts Access

Construction of a new boat ramp at Roberts Access on the Snake River south of Weiser is now underway. Owned and managed by Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), the popular waterfowl and angling site will be closed to public access until ramp construction is complete.

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Roberts Access south of Weiser on the Snake River

 

The existing ramp has not aged gracefully. Undercut by river flows, the ramp is breaking up and slipping into the river, making it unsafe for boat launching.

The new ramp will take only a short time to pour, but must cure before crews can push it into place. “We’re aware that waterfowl season begins in only a few short weeks,” IDFG recreation site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy noted. “Roberts should be back on line prior to, our just after, the waterfowl opener.”

New upland game opportunity for 2018: red squirrel season opens Aug. 30

Hunters taking to the field on Aug. 30 can add red squirrel to their list of potential quarry. Aug. 30 is the traditional opening date for cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare. The season for all three species will run through March 31, 2019. 

Bag limit for red squirrels is eight per day. 

Here's more information on red squirrels. 

Red squirrels were reclassified as a game species earlier this year, and the Fish and Game Commission approved the hunting season on Aug. 23. 

Here's more information about upland game hunting in Idaho. 

Winners announced for second Super Hunt drawing

Winners in the second of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been picked.

Of the 17,302 entries, 4,220 were for two deer tags, 5,220 were for two elk tags, 1,718 were for two pronghorn tags, 3,583 were for one moose tag, and 2,561 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:

  • Deer:  1 - Idaho; 1 - Washington
  • Elk:  2 - Idaho;
  • Pronghorn:  2 - Idaho
  • Moose:  1 - Idaho
  • Super Hunt Combo:  1 – Idaho

All winners have been contacted. State law prohibits Fish and Game from releasing the names of the winners.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Over $130,000 was raised in the second Super Hunt drawing. Proceeds support Idaho Fish and Game's efforts to increase sportsmen's access to and across private lands for hunting, fishing and trapping. 

Here's more information on Idaho's Super Hunts