Press Release

November 2019

Traps, snares and pets can be a bad combination, and here's how to avoid a problem

Pet owners are reminded fur trapping seasons are open during late fall and winter, and pets running off leash unsupervised could risk having their toes pinched – or worse – by traps and snares intended for wildlife.

While traps and snares are rarely encountered by bird hunters or hikers, pets can be attracted to them and become trapped, and people who allow their dogs to roam should be prepared to act quickly if it occurs.

Most traps and snares are simple in design and easy to operate if you know what to do. Some of the larger foothold and body-gripping traps can be challenging because they require more effort to open, but the principles are the same.

Idaho Fish and Game provides information on how to spot and avoid traps, and what to do if a pet gets caught. Both videos and brochure are available online. 

Large numbers of waterfowl dumped and left to waste along Idaho Highway 46

Fish and Game officers are seeking information on the dumping of 154 snow and Canada geese and mallard ducks found along Highway 46 north of Gooding on November 15, 2019. All of the birds were left to rot, with no attempt to remove any meat.

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According to Conservation Officer Trevor Meadows, “The birds were dumped prior to November 15th. This is an egregious situation of wasting waterfowl. If anyone witnessed a vehicle in the pull-off just north of the Camas and Gooding county line, please let us know a description of the vehicle or the occupants.”

At this time, this is a situation of wanton waste.

Rescuing modern day dinosaurs: F&G biologists relocate stranded white sturgeon into the Snake River

Fish and Game staff recently captured four white sturgeon below Minidoka Dam and released them into the Snake River at Massacre Rocks State Park. The four sturgeon were stranded in isolated pockets of remaining water after passing through the Minidoka Dam sometime during the summer months.

F&G commission extends smaller steelhead bag limits for 2020 season for Snake and Salmon rivers

Idaho Fish and Game Commission extended the current bag limits for steelhead fishing (one fish per day, three in possession) on portions of the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers for the 2020 spring steelhead season, which begins Jan. 1.

With help from nature and volunteers, Tex Creek WMA is recovering from wildfire

It has been three years since the Henry’s creek fire burned two-thirds of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area. So what does it look like now and how is the area recovering? According to Ryan Walker, the manager of Tex Creek WMA and a habitat biologist for Fish and Game, everything is looking good.

Nov. 18 Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

Steelhead catch rates continued to improve over the past week on the upper Salmon River.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 12 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught.

Angler effort decreased compared to the previous week. The majority of bank anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location code 15, while the majority of boat anglers were observed upstream of North Fork in location code 16. Angler effort upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 remained low.

River conditions remained great throughout the week. On Sunday the river had clear visibility in all areas, and water temperatures were near 40 degrees. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,200 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 93 percent of average for today’s date.

Entire 4x4 whitetail buck shot and left for waste on Brown's Ridge Road near Weippe

On Thursday, Nov 7, officer Dave Beaver received notification from a sportsman that he had found a whitetail buck shot on Brown's Ridge Rd. 8 miles SE of Weippe. The buck was a mature 4x4 and was found about 30 yards off the road in a clearcut. It appears that the deer may have been shot with a rifle at night. Nothing was salvaged from the animal. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident, is encouraged to call Senior Conservation Officer Dave Beaver at (208) 791-5118 or contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1(800) 632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.


Two white-tailed deer shot and left to waste near Troy

Two white-tailed deer were shot and left to waste along Tamarack Road north of Troy over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend. Both does were shot in the vitals and left to waste on private property. As seen in the photo below, the deer were found close to the road assuming that a low amount of effort went into retrieval of either deer.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident, is encouraged to call Senior Conservation Officer Brian Perkes at (208) 969-1605 or contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1(800) 632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.


Pioneer and Smoky Bennett zone elk hunters: Know before you go!

Big game hunters, especially those in pursuit of antlerless elk in the Pioneer and Smoky Bennett zones need to be aware of the motorized hunting rule when using motorized vehicles as an aid to hunting elk. The rule is specific to 30 game management units, primarily in central and southern Idaho, and includes many of the units in the Pioneer and Smoky Bennett zones. The motorized hunting rule applies when someone is actively hunting big game using a motorized vehicle. The motorized hunting rule is in effect from August 30 through December 31. During this time hunters may only use motorized vehicles on established roadways open to motorized traffic or travel, and may not go cross-country.

The motorized hunting rule does not apply when hunting upland game birds or upland game animals.

What is an established roadway?

The definition of an established roadway as it relates to this rule is that the road is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by a government entity. And, the road is capable of being traveled by a full-sized vehicle.

Can hunters use a motorized vehicle on Forest Service or BLM designated trails?

If motorized travel is allowed by the Forest Service or BLM, you may use a motorized vehicle on trails to retrieve downed game or pack in or out your camping gear as long as you follow the restrictions in place by the land owner. However, you may not hunt while packing camping gear.

When in doubt, stay on the road!

It is the responsibility of the hunter to know and understand the rules and regulations of the area where they hunt. For vehicle travel, it’s especially important to know and follow the vehicle use restrictions for the area you are hunting. Travel maps are available from each of the federal land management agencies.