Press Release

July 2019

Pennal Gulch Access Area near Challis to be closed temporarily

The Pennal Gulch Sportsmen’s Access Area on the Salmon River downstream of Challis will be temporarily closed to vehicle access from Wednesday, August 7 at 5 p.m. through Monday, August 12 at 8 a.m. The access area gate will be locked during this time period.

Boaters are encouraged to plan accordingly and use alternative launch and take out sites upstream at Challis Bridge and downstream at McNabb Point or Watts Bridge.

Public access at Pennal Gulch is provided through an easement across private property. The road is closed to access from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise throughout the year. As always, recreationists are encouraged to enjoy the resource, but be respectful to both private and public lands.

Southwest Region August trout stocking schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 18,000
catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during August.

Location                                                         Week Stocked                               Number of Trout

Boise River – Barber Park to Glenwood Bridge August 5, 19                         1,440/1,440

Boise River – Eagle Road to Middleton              August 5, 19                            720/720

Boise River, Middle Fork                                       August 12                                   1,750

Boise River, North Fork                                       August 5, 19                              1,750/1,750

Chinook fishing on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River to close on July 28

Idaho Fish and Game will close fishing for Chinook salmon on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River effective at the end of fishing hours on July 28, 2019.

Fishing hours are  4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. 

Fish and Game fisheries managers are currently monitoring the returns of fall Chinook and may propose a fishing season later this summer. 

F&G personnel capture and relocate moose wandering in Nampa

Idaho Fish and Game crews successfully sedated, captured, transported and released a yearling cow moose from Nampa to the Sagehen Reservoir area on July 23. 

Nampa Police Department received reports of a moose wandering in the north side of Nampa in the early morning, and Fish and Game officials were later notified it was bedded down in a residential backyard north of Interstate 84 near Cherry Lane and 11th Avenue. 

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A Fish and Game crew responded, and with assistance from Nampa Police Department, the team was able to safely dart the moose while it was laying down. The moose then rose and wandered about 400 yards to a vacant area before the sedation took effect, at which time the crew was able to load the moose onto a trailer and haul it to the release site. 

A beginner's guide to public shooting ranges

Visiting a supervised shooting range for the first time can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Shooting ranges are designed for safe firearms practice for shooters of all abilities, and they can be a great place for beginners to learn more about responsible, safe shooting.

Most of the anxiety that first-time range-goers feel stems from uncertainty. There is also the added pressure of shooting in front of more experienced firearms handlers, which can make an inexperienced shooter feel intimidated.

Hunters must buy controlled hunt tags by Aug. 1, or tags will be forfeited

Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight Mountain Daylight Time Aug. 1 to buy their tags.

Tags may be purchased at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone at (800-554-8685), or online. Controlled hunt tags not purchased by Aug. 1, excluding unlimited tags, will be forfeited and combined with controlled hunt tags no one applied for and made available in a second drawing.

The application period of the second drawing runs from Aug. 5 through midnight Mountain Daylight Time Aug 15, with successful applicant to be notified by Aug. 25. Any tags not drawn will go on sale first-come, first-served Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Applicants who provided an email address received an email notification informing them of their draw results, and postcards were mailed to successful applicants by July 10. But it is ultimately the hunter’s responsibility to determine whether he or she was drawn by checking online at

Jack Chinook Salmon to be stocked in Blue Mountain Meadow Pond in Challis

Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game's Sawtooth Hatchery will release 100 Jack Chinook Salmon in Blue Mountain Meadow Pond in Challis by Tuesday, July 23.

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Jack Chinook Salmon are less than 24 inches in length, and are considered in the trout bag limit when stocked in ponds. The trout daily bag limit is six (6), all species combined.

The 1.3 acre pond is easy to access and is adjacent to the golf course in Challis. For more information on local fishing holes geared toward families and the likelihood of catching fish, visit

Idaho Fish and Game relocates mountain lion from public park in Banida on July 18

On July 18, Idaho Department of Fish and Game personnel removed a young male mountain lion from a public park in the small community of Banida in Franklin County.   The mountain lion had been spooked out of some cover on an adjacent property by a landowner and his dog before it ran up a tree.  The healthy mountain lion was tranquilized by Fish and Game and then released in a remote location in southeast Idaho the same day.

Bowhunter education course offered in Salmon

Beginning bowhunters wanting to pursue big game this fall are encouraged to register for a bowhunter education course to be held in Salmon.

An instructor-led course will be held July 29, 30 and 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. each evening at the Salmon Public Library, 300 Main Street.

Students can register for the course online at or by visiting the Fish and Game’s office in Salmon.

The course is a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences designed for students ages 9 to 14 or anyone new to bowhunting. Subjects include archery equipment, hunting techniques, shot placement, recovery techniques, ethics and Idaho laws, tree stand safety, outdoor preparedness and exam.

To purchase an archery permit in Idaho, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.