Press Release

October 2018

Salvage Order Issued for Jensen Grove Park Pond in Blackfoot

Salvage Order Issued for Jensen Grove Park Pond

The Southeast Regional Office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has been notified by the City of Blackfoot that water filling the pond at Jensen Grove Park will be shut off by early December. The fish at Jensen Grove’s pond will not survive when water levels become unsuitable.

Therefore, Fish and Game is issuing a salvage order for the Jensen Grove Park pond effective October 30, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

During the salvage order timeline at Jensen Grove Park pond:

● Fish may be taken by any method except use of firearms, explosives, chemicals, electric current, or prohibited baits.

● All bag, possession, size, and number limits are suspended.

● A valid Idaho fishing license is still required.

For more information about this salvage order, contact the Idaho Fish and Game in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.

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Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 15,000
catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during November. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

LOCATION     WEEK STOCKED     NUMBER OF TROUT

Boise River – Barber Park to Glenwood Bridge      November 5      1,440

Boise River – Eagle Bridge to Middleton      November 5      720

Caldwell Pond #2      October 29      500

Eagle Island Park Pond      November 5      450

Eds Pond (Emmett)      November 12      200

Esthers Pond (Boise)      November 5      1,300

Kleiner Pond (Meridian)      November 5, 19      450/450

Marsing Pond      October 29      450

Merrill Pond (Eagle)      November 5      250

McDevitt Pond (Boise)      November 5, 19      450/450

Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend)      November 12      900

Parkcenter Pond (Boise)      November 5      750

Payette Greenbelt Pond      November 12      450

Riverside Pond (Boise)      November 5, 19      360/360

Rotary Pond (Caldwell)      October 29      1,100

Sawyers Pond (Emmett)      November 12      900

Sego Prairie Pond (Kuna)      November 5      225

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)      November 5, 19      125/125

Weiser Community Pond      November 12      500

Williams Pond (Boise)      November 5      450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)      October 29, November 12      250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      October 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19      400 each

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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Stonebridge Boat Ramp Closed for Improvements

Fremont County and IDFG will be temporarily closing the Stonebridge boat ramp on the Henrys Fork River beginning Oct. 29 to install a concrete boat ramp. Construction is expected to last 2-3 weeks. During construction the boat ramp will be closed and not accessible for launching boats. Angler access and restroom facilities will remain open.

The current ramp is comprised of gravel and dirt and is sometimes difficult to launch from. The new 20 foot wide concrete ramp will better accommodate boaters and prevent erosion.

For questions regarding this project or its completion please call Darin Schneider, IDFG Recreation Site Foreman at 208-525-7290

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Respect and courtesy are essential when hunting private land

Hunters should get permission before hunting on private land, and Idaho Fish and Game urges them to act responsibly so access to private lands can be preserved. 

"We are fortunate that the majority of hunters are respectful and considerate to landowners,” said Sal Palazzolo, private lands coordinator for Idaho Fish and Game. “But each year, we deal with problems related to irresponsible behavior of a few.”

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Access to private land can be a challenge for Idaho hunters.  Yet each year, landowners restrict access to their property because of conflicts with hunters.  Trespassing, property damage, and discharging firearms close to livestock or buildings being three main reasons.  Unfortunately, the careless actions of a few are causing access to quality hunting to disappear for the rest.      

Most hunters satisfied with whitetail management, but surveys show division

A majority of Idaho’s white-tailed deer hunters surveyed show support for current white-tailed deer management, but it’s not unanimous, and there are contrasting opinions about management in the core of Idaho’s white-tailed deer country. 

That’s a summary of the hunter survey done by Idaho Fish and Game in 2018, which the department will use in part to gauge hunter preferences as it updates its white-tailed deer management plan. Results were similar compared to the last white-tailed deer survey conducted in 2003.

“We’ve seen that most whitetail hunters are satisfied with the current management, but survey results also suggest opportunities to do even better,” Wildlife Bureau Chief Scott Reinecker said. 

Oct. 24-31 is National Bat Week, and you can learn more about these fascinating creatures

Governor C.L. Butch Otter has proclaimed October 24–31 to be National Bat Week in Idaho and called upon Idahoans to join him in celebrating the significance of bats with observances and activities. This year’s theme is “Be a Bat Hero!”

Bat Week is a time to celebrate our bats and to spread the word about how we can help to protect them. To learn more about bats, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Bat Week table at Cabela’s in Boise on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Bats are amazing animals that are vital to our health, our environment, and our economy. Although all Idaho bats are insect-eating, in other parts of the world, some bats pollinate important food crops while others spread seeds that grow new trees.

In Idaho, bats are worth an estimated annual value of $313 million to our agricultural industry by consuming insect pests that damage crops. Bats also suppress forest insect pests and thus help to protect Idaho’s forests. Yet bats are in decline nearly everywhere they are found, particularly as a result of wind energy and white-nose syndrome, a disease that has resulted in unprecedented mortality of hibernating bats throughout eastern North America. Bats need our help. During Bat Week 2018, take action!

Here are things every Idahoan can do to Be a Bat Hero!

Respect them: Please be aware that all bat species in Idaho are legally protected under the classification “Protected Nongame Species.” It is illegal to harm, harass, or kill them. Protected Nongame status is not intended to prevent unintentional take, protection of personal health and/or safety, limit property and building management, or prevent management of animals to address public health concerns. If you observe a possible violation, please “Make the Call” to Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999. You can remain anonymous and rewards are available.

Trapper Education Course scheduled in Salmon Nov. 3

A Trapper Education Course is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game Office, 99 Highway 93 North in Salmon.

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The one-day course covers basic trapping techniques with a strong focus on safety and ethical trapper behavior. Selecting safe and responsible trap set locations is emphasized throughout. Other topics include furbearer behavior and management, trapping regulations, equipment selection and maintenance, avoiding non-target catches, and pelt preparation.

Salmon region check station summary

Here are the numbers for two Salmon region check stations operated over the weekend of October 20 & 21 with comparisons (in parentheses) to the same period in 2017.

Carmen Check Station - Highway 93, north of Salmon

  • Numbers of hunters through station - 241 (251)
  • Numbers of elk checked - 14 (9)
  • Numbers of deer checked - 48 (28)

Stephens Gulch Check Station – Highway 93, north of Challis

  • Numbers of hunters through station - 231 (344)
  • Numbers of elk checked – 12 (20)
  • Numbers of deer checked - 32 (25)

Hunter success rates at both check stations were higher these two days compared to the same period last year. Overall harvest rates at Carmen increased from 14.74 percent in 2017 to 25.73 percent in 2018. Success rates at the Stephens Gulch station was up slightly as well, with 13.08 percent in 2017 to 19.05 percent in 2018.

Check stations provide a snap shot of what hunting was like early in the season, but there's lots more deer and elk hunting available in the Salmon region this fall.

Hunters are reminded that many check stations are “management stations” where the main goal is to collect data from harvested animals and interview hunters. However, Fish and Game also pays attention to any rule violations encountered. The department has taken the top five most common hunting violations and created short videos explaining the reason for each rule and what hunters can do to stay in compliance. The videos are available at https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2017/10/how-avoid-common-hunting-violations

Studying wildlife ecology through road-killed animals

Seeing a road-killed animal may be sad, but it might also provide a clue to more effective wildlife management. 

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Hilary Turner works for the Idaho Fish and Game as a roadside carcass surveyor in the Upper Snake Region. She drives US-20 from Idaho Falls to the Montana border searching for carcasses and collecting data.

“Why?” you may ask. 

Ecology is the study of interactions and relationships between organisms and their environments. Road ecology is an emerging science where scientists study the ecological effects of roads, which Turner does by collecting data on road kills.