Press Release

September 2018

Youth pheasant hunt runs Oct. 6 through Oct. 12

Youth 17 years old and younger with an Idaho hunting license can participate in the youth pheasant hunt so long as they're accompanied by an Idaho licensed hunter age 18 years or older.  

The youth hunt runs from Saturday, Oct. 6 through Oct. 12. 

Pheasant hunting starts a half hour before sunrise, except on C.J. Strike, Cartier Slough, Fort Boise, Market Lake, Montour, Mud Lake, Niagara Springs, Payette River, and Sterling wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. Shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. at those locations. 

The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is nine, except on nine WMA’s in southern Idaho where pheasants are stocked. On these WMA's, the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.

Youth hunters do not need a WMA upland game bird permit, but they are required to wear hunter orange above the waist during the pheasant season while hunting on these WMA’s. A hunter orange hat meets this requirement.

Here is the stocking schedule at Fish and Game’s Wildlife Management Areas for the Youth Pheasant Hunt: 

  • Fort Boise: 100 pheasants
  • Montour: 70 pheasants
  • Payette River: 70 pheasants
  • Sterling: 230 pheasants
  • Market Lake: 115 pheasants
  • Niagara Springs: 100 pheasants
  • C.J. Strike: 100 pheasants

Young hunters who have never had a hunting license and have not taken hunter education can still participate in the hunt through Idaho's Hunting Passport Program

For more details about pheasant hunting, see the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules, or get the printed brochure available at Fish and Game license vendors.

Getting ready to buy your hunting license? Consider a three-year license

Idaho hunters can buy a three-year hunting license or three-year hunting/fishing combo and not have to worry about buying another license until 2021.

The price for a three-year resident hunting license is $34.75 (plus vendor fees) and $97 (plus vendor fees) for a three-year combo license. 

Benefits of a three-year license include: 

  • Convenience: You don't have to worry about having a valid license for three years.
  • Save $3.50 on vendor fees (two years of savings of $1.75/year)
  • Save $5 on access/depredation fee (only pay two years instead of three at $5/year)
  • Avoid the 20 percent fee increase with the Price Lock program.

Here are several options for buying your hunting and fishing licenses and tags

Hunters may be affected by prescribed fires near Gibbonsville

Hunters planning to pursue game in the Gibbonsville area this fall should beware that prescribed fire activities may occur from October through December on both sides of Highway 93 from Lick Creek north to Lost Trail Pass.

Salmon-Challis National Forest officials will use several methods of prescribed fire including Jackpot, broadcast and pile burning. Areas impacted may include Crone Gulch, areas near Moose Creek Estates, along the Continental Divide Trail east of Lost Trail Pass, and in the Lick, Hughes, Twin, Vine, and Pierce Creek drainages. Pile burning may also occur at Wagon Hammer Picnic area, Cougar Point and Crags campgrounds, and near Grizzly Hill near Leadore.

Indian Hill Road on the Nez Perce/Clearwater Forest closed until Sept. 28

The first two miles of Indian Hill Road are currently closed to all motorized vehicles through September 28 for public health and safety during road construction and repair, according to the Forest Service. Forest officials will monitor the need for further updates to the closure order as roadwork progresses.

The Forest Service released the following information: 

Ongoing road construction and repair on Indian Hill Road necessitated an official closure order (Forest Supervisor’s Order 01-17-06-18-008) prohibiting all motorized travel on the road on certain dates to protect public safety during construction activities. The contractor has encountered challenges with the landscape which prolonged these construction activities. Safe travel by the public is not currently possible on the first two miles of Indian Hill Road, requiring an update to the official closure order.

Road conditions, official closure orders, and other information is available on the forest website at For updates on Indian Hill Road or other locations on the Moose Creek Ranger District, contact Fenn Ranger Station: (208) 926-4258.

Grizzly bear hunt canceled after judge orders federal protection for the bears

A federal district court judge in Montana on Monday, Sept. 24 ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes portions of Idaho. 

"Putting the Yellowstone grizzly population back on the endangered species list is a setback for grizzly bear conservation," Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said.

"Idaho wildlife managers have worked for decades with local communities, our sister states, and federal agencies to build a healthy Yellowstone population. Given the social and scientific investment we’ve made in grizzly bear recovery, this ruling is a big disappointment. We can’t reconcile this court outcome with the conservation success so many worked hard to achieve."

Idaho Fish and Game issued one grizzly bear tag to an Idaho hunter in July. That hunt has been canceled. 


Updated: Nonresident/second elk tags are sold out, deer tags still available

Nonresident elk tags are sold out for 2018

Nonresident deer tags sold out in 2017, and are selling faster this year. Out of the 15,500 available, less than 3,000 remained on Sept. 21. Nonresident deer tags are also available as second tags, and hunters can see how many tags are left on the nonresident tag information page. Sales updates are posted weekly. 

Youth Pheasant Hunts scheduled in Salmon and Challis

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host Youth Pheasant Hunts for Salmon and Challis-area youth age 10-17 on Saturday, October 6. Both hunts will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Salmon and Challis.

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Salmon youth will begin their day at the Fish and Game office learning about pheasants and safely hunting with dogs. They will move to the shooting range to learn about shotgun safety, practice their shotgun shooting skills, and spend the afternoon hunting pheasants on private land. Challis participants will follow a similar schedule, but will meet at the Central Idaho Rod and Gun Club in Challis to start their day.

Little Camas Reservoir is open to salvage fishing

Idaho Fish and Game on Thursday, Sept. 20 opened Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County to salvage fishing because of low water conditions.

Anglers participating in the salvage must have a valid Idaho fishing license. The salvage order removes the bag limit, possession, and size limits, and anglers can use any method of removing the fish, except for the use of firearms, explosives, chemicals or electric current.

“There is a high likelihood of the remaining fish dying as water conditions deteriorate,” said Kelton Hatch, Magic Valley Regional Communications Manager. “We wanted to get ahead of fish dying and allow our anglers the opportunity to remove the fish.” 

The salvage will remain in effect until December 31, or be removed sooner if conditions improve. For more information, call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.