Grab your fishing pole, pack the cooler, and don’t forget your fishing license. Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing nearly 7,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during August. Fish on!
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Upper Snake River Region, held its annual Hunter Education Instructor’s banquet in July. The banquet and awards ceremony were held to honor and show gratitude to our volunteer instructors who donate their time teaching Hunter Education classes.
The “Instructor of The Year” award for the Upper Snake Region was presented to Mike and Sally Webster, a teaching couple from St. Anthony. Mike and Sally are involved in the local Idaho Hunter Education Association and in their community. They are often asked by the people in their community to put on a class, and they are always willing to do so.
Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking hunters and other interested parties to review and comment on a proposed sage-grouse hunting season for 2019. Deadline to comment is Aug. 19.
Statewide, sage-grouse lek counts indicate a 25-percent decline in males at leks in spring 2019, compared to 2018. Data indicates that most sage grouse populations can be hunted at the “Restrictive” level, as defined in the 2006 Conservation Plan for the greater sage grouse in Idaho. However, Fish and Game data also calls for caution in some areas north of the Snake River and in part of Owyhee County.
2019 hunting season proposals include:
- The sage-grouse hunting season would open on Sept. 21-22 for the two-day season and Sept. 21-27 for the seven-day season.
- Close northwest Owyhee County, northwest of the Mud Flat Road (Area 1 in Owyhee County). Birds in this area were impacted by the 2015 Soda Fire. Part of this area was closed in 2018, but wildlife managers are proposing to expand the area in 2019 due to population declines outside the fire boundary.
- Restrictive seven-day season, one-bird daily limit, for the remainder of Owyhee County (southeast of the Mud Flat Road) and all areas south and west of Interstate 84 (Area 2).
- A two-day season, one-bird daily limit, for most areas north of the Snake River (Area 3). Fish and Game would maintain the closure in the Upper Snake region that was closed last year due to the Grassy Ridge Fire and other declines (Area 1 in eastern Idaho).
- Southeast Idaho would remain closed as it has since 2014 (Area 1).
Tags for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn hunts, and one moose hunt will be drawn, as well as a “Super Hunt Comb” that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species - elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose.
Proposed rules would allow more youth turkey hunting, expands pheasant WMA permit requirements, bans importation of some live game animals, and establishes possible wait period for some controlled hunt applicants.
Whether it is a large number of fish being stocked relative to the size of the water, a unique species, a new location, or a one-time-only stocking, hatchery staff point out stocking events of interest for anglers.
All fish seek cooler temperatures when it gets hot out just as we do. But species such as catfish can thrive in warmer waters and are often easier to catch than a cold water species like trout.
How many wolves are on the landscape in Idaho? That’s an often-asked question that Idaho Fish and Game is aiming to answer using game cameras during a new statewide population monitoring program.
Come on out to the Southeast Idaho Hunting University on August 3 at the Pocatello Trap Club located at 1442 Fortress Road (near the Pocatello Airport). From 10 AM to 4 PM, this free event will be filled with a variety of hunting-related activities, demonstrations, and presentations to help hunters of any experience level prepare for fall adventures. Plus, two hunter education field days will be taught in conjunction with the event. Who knew "summer school" could be so much fun?
During their meeting on July 25, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission awarded $100,000 in funding to various organizations throughout the state through the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Community Challenge Grant program.
Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) trout at the following locations in the Upper Snake Region during the month of July. All trout stocked will be rainbows unless otherwise specified.
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