Press Release

August 2019

F&G Commission approves agreement to continue recreation access on state endowment lands

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 23 approved a memorandum of agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands to continue public access for hunting, fish, trapping and other recreation on about 2.3 million acres of state endowment lands. 

Winners announced for second Super Hunt drawing

Winners in the second Idaho Super Hunt drawing have been picked.

Of the 25,533 total entries, 7,360 were for two deer tags, 7,636 were for two elk tags, 2,755 were for two pronghorn tags, 5,115 were for one moose tag, and 2,667 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: 2 - Idaho
  • Elk: 1 - Idaho; 1 - Washington
  • Pronghorn: 2 - Idaho
  • Moose: 1 - Washington
  • Super Combo: 1 - California

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 $190,000 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.

For more information, including frequently asked questions and photos of previous winners, visit the Super Hunt page on Fish and Game's website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt.

Public's help sought in pronghorn poaching near Stanley

An illegally killed pronghorn buck was discovered recently near Stanley, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public for information to bring the poacher to justice.

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Johnathan Beer - IDFG

While working in the Stanley area on Wednesday, August 14, Fish and Game conservation officers Johnathan Beer and Malcolm Clemenhagen found the carcass of a young pronghorn buck approximately 130 yards east of Highway 75 near the junction with Pettit Lake Road. Based on the location, Beer believes the pronghorn buck was likely shot from the highway. The entire carcass was left to rot.

“The pronghorn was likely shot with a small caliber bullet, .223 or smaller, sometime the early morning we discovered it,” Beer said.

Early season elk hunts require special precautions

With antlerless elk hunts taking place in the Salmon Region, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reminds hunters that they can increase their success and avoid possible conflict by always obtaining landowner permission, knowing the area they intend to hunt and taking extra precautions to properly care for their harvest.

“Always get permission, scout the area beforehand, and plan for the heat,” says Dennis Newman, wildlife biologist for Idaho Fish and Game based in Salmon. “These are challenging hunts, but hunters who plan ahead and adjust to the conditions can do well.”

These local hunts, as well as other early-season hunts across Idaho, are designed to address chronic depredation problems. The goal is to control populations causing crop damage by harvesting or discouraging animals in specific areas or portions of units.

Early season hunts in the Salmon Region began August 1 and are open only on or within one mile of private agricultural lands in Big Game Management units 29, 36A, 36B, 37, 37A, and parts of units 21A and 28. Hunters are encouraged to review page 47 of the 2019 & 2020 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure for special area definitions and descriptions.

Since the hunts occur on or near private land, hunters are encouraged to be aware of and follow Idaho’s recent trespass law that went into effect July 2018. Hunters are reminded that they must have written permission or other lawful form of permission to enter or remain on private land.

“There’s more information and a blank permission form on page 2 of the rule books,” Newman says. “Hunters are encouraged to visit with landowners well in advance and be sensitive to their concerns of fire, nearby livestock, equipment, and crops.”

Fish and Game’s hunt planner can help hunters plan trips during high fire season

Our typically hot summer season is definitely upon us. Hot and dry conditions throughout Idaho have left rangelands and forests with extremely dry vegetation. Hunters are reminded that Fish and Game provides important fire information to help them keep up-to-date on current fire locations and acreage burned, especially in those Game Management Units where hunts might be impacted by fires.

There are two ways that hunters can easily find where significant fires are located and their suppression status using the Fish and Game website.

Using the Idaho Hunt Planner, which can be found under the Hunting header, look to the left-side of the web page, select “Map Center”, then select “Turn Layers On/Off” and click on “Wildfire & Closure Related Layers.” Once selected, zoom in to see all active fires highlighted in the respective Game Management Unit.

Additional fire information can also be found on the Fish and Game website that has up-to-date fire information. Under the Hunting header, select “Fire Info in Idaho.” Hunters can find a wealth of information on this page that will help in planning a hunt that may be experiencing a significant wildfire situation.

Be safe and prepared for any situation when planning your next hunting adventure!

For additional information, please call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359, or any other Fish and Game office.

Fish and Game’s Magic Valley hatcheries lead the way in steelhead production

Each year, steelhead anglers throughout the state reap the benefits of fish reared in Magic Valley steelhead hatcheries. Because of the area’s cold clean water, three local Idaho Fish and Game hatcheries in the Snake River canyon raise steelhead that will ultimately be released as smolts to begin their migration to the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the strain of either an A-Run or B-run, Idaho steelhead will spend the next 1-2 years maturing in the saltwater before returning to Idaho. Steelhead have an anadromous life history that begins in freshwater. As smolts, they migrate to the ocean to mature, and return to freshwater as adults to spawn.

Hatcheries mimic the natural lifecycle

Beginning in late spring, regional staff from the Magic Valley, Niagara Springs, and Hagerman National fish hatcheries rear approximately 5 million steelhead from eggs taken from adults at various hatcheries around the state. Over the next eleven months, the young steelhead grow, reaching approximately 8.5 inches in length and weighing nearly four ounces, the perfect size for smolt to begin their migration to the Pacific Ocean.

Identifying hatchery vs. wild steelhead

After hatching and growing for three months in raceways inside hatchery buildings, local hatchery crews move the small fry to outside raceways in August. Using specially designed pumps, fish are transported in large hoses from one location to the other. While making the move, each fish will take a detour through a specially designed trailer where an automated system removes their adipose fin which identifies it as a hatchery-raised fish, and at the same time, it’s measured and weighed.

Hunter education course offered Sept. 9-13 in Salmon

First-time hunters still have a shot at getting into a mandatory hunter education course before the fall big game seasons begin.

An instructor-led hunter education course is scheduled in Salmon on September 9-13 from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening. This course will be held at the Salmon Sr. & Jr. High School, 401 S. Warpath, and is designed for youth 9 to 14 years of age or anyone new to hunting.

Anyone born after January 1st, 1975 must complete a hunter education course as a prerequisite to purchasing an Idaho hunting license.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required by visiting the Salmon Fish and Game office or registering online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education.