Press Release

December 2019

Deer Poached in Boise's Baggley Park

Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in solving an apparent mule deer poaching case in Boise’s Baggley Park.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Fish and Game conservation officer Joey Ishida responded to a report of the apparent poaching and found a large pool of blood next to the tennis courts in East Boise’s Baggley Park, just off Parkcenter Boulevard. A drag trail led northeast out of the park and terminated in a cul-de-sac at the end of South Crosscreek Lane. Based on this evidence, Ishida believes that the deer was poached between 1:00am and 3:00am Tuesday morning, dragged across the park to the cul-de-sac and loaded into a vehicle.

Backtracking to the tennis courts, Ishida followed a blood trail left by the dying deer south across Parkcenter Boulevard to a common area in a residential neighborhood. “It appears that the deer, possibly a large buck well-known by neighbors, was hit with an arrow in the common area, bolted across Parkcenter Boulevard and died a short distance into Baggley Park,” Ishida said.

Security camera footage obtained by Fish and Game shows a darker color – possibly black – Jeep Wrangler with a brush guard cruising through all those neighborhoods around 2:05am. “I’d ask that persons living on South Crosswater Lane, East Woodvine Court, East Monterey Drive and South Mariner Way review their security camera footage and report anything suspicious during the early morning hours of December 10,” Ishida noted.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.

Male mountain lion seasons close in five southeast Idaho units

The take season for male mountain lions has closed in Game Management Units 66A, 75, 76, 77, and 78 in southeast Idaho effective December 9, 2019. Please note the following in relation to mountain lion hunting in these same five units:

  • Hunters will be allowed to keep male mountain lions taken in these units prior to this closure and must report them within 5 days of harvest.
     
  • These units are still open to harvest for female mountain lions only, consistent with limits established in the 2019-2020 Big Game Proclamation.
     
  • A dog training season (pursuit only—no harvest) for male mountain lion in these units is open, effective immediately, and shall close March 31, 2020.

The most current information on whether a quota has been met or the season has been closed for a particular game management unit anywhere in the state can be obtained by calling or stopping by any regional Fish and Game office or by calling 1-800-323-4334 (24/7 toll-free line). Information is also updated regularly on an Idaho Fish and Game webpage at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/harvest-quotas.

Lewis-Clark Master Naturalist Seeks New Members

Anyone who enjoys and appreciates Idaho’s outdoors can be an Idaho Master Naturalist; teachers, hunters, nature guides, farmers, retired professionals, and …you! The Idaho Master Naturalist Program aims to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively work toward stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment.

A certified Master Naturalist completes 40 hours of hands-on, experiential classroom and field training about Idaho ecology, plants, animals and natural systems. Participants also complete 40 hours of volunteer work for local conservation agencies; hours can be divided between agencies such as IDFG, US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho State Parks and more.

Join our statewide network of dedicated, trained volunteers and;

  • Give back to your community
  • Further your education and interest in nature
  • Participate in and guide conservation efforts
  • Help with fish and wildlife research projects
  • Teach children and adults about nature and the importance of conservation

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please attend a monthly meeting of the Lewis and Clark Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program. Upcoming meetings held from 6 to 8pm at the IDFG office on 16th St in the Lewiston Orchards.

For more information, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/LewisandClarkMasterNaturalist or contact:

Jen Bruns, Idaho Fish and Game, 208.799.5010                                                                                                                             Chris Koehler, Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, 208.983.6317

F&G asks for public's help to combat illegal dumping at access sites

Littering is a serious problem on many Idaho Fish and Game properties, and Fish and Game staff has noticed an uptick in people dumping trash at access sites around the state. The department is asking people to report anyone who is dumping or damaging access sites by calling any local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. Write down a vehicle license plate number, physical description of the violator and their vehicle, and note the location, day and time of the activity.

These access sites are maintained for public use and paid for with funding from hunters and anglers, so not only are the sites degraded, it costs money that could be better spent on other things.

In some cases, literal truckloads of trash were left at Fish and Game access sites. In the past 10 months in Southwest Idaho alone, there have been more than a dozen such instances of illegal dumping, which has left mounds of trash including construction supplies, pallets, furniture, animal remains, nails, asphalt, tires and more. Some access sites have seen multiple incidents in that span.

Big game aerial surveys underway in Salmon and Challis

Wildlife biologists with Idaho Fish and Game are taking to the sky across the state to get a closer look at deer and elk numbers, including several low-level helicopter flights planned this week to survey mule deer in the Salmon and Challis areas.

"We want to give folks a heads up regarding these flights,” said Dennis Newman, Fish and Game wildlife biologist based in Salmon. “A low-flying helicopter may be seen flying in their area in the weeks ahead, as well as later this winter."

Fish and Game will count mule deer in game management units 21, 21A, 27, 28, 29, 30, 30A, 36A, 36B, and 37 beginning December 5. Depending on weather conditions, biologists plan to begin elk surveys in units 30 and 30A in early January.

Disturbance to animals is kept to the minimum needed to acquire accurate information, generally less than a few minutes per group.

Besides finding big game animals congregated at lower elevations, winter also brings two requirements to conduct accurate surveys - clear weather for good visibility and snow cover that aids locating and identifying species. A helicopter flying low and slow over select areas is the most efficient tool for gathering big game herd information.

The helicopter surveys are scheduled during the winter months to cover areas at the same time of the year so that information gathered is comparable from year to year. The goal is to compare population trends, and age and sex ratios. In early January, biologists will also capture and radio-collar hundreds of deer and elk across the state. Crews will then monitor the radio-collared animals to estimate herd survival throughout winter and early spring.

Both the flight survey information and data collected from radio-collars will be used to determine the overall health of Idaho’s mule deer and elk herds. With this information, biologists can be more precise in developing future hunting seasons.

F&G acquires additional public access in Bull's Fork

The Idaho Fish and Game recently finalized a land acquisition in the Bull’s Fork area east of Idaho Falls. The property adds an additional 1,552 acres to the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area and is open to the public for hunting and trapping. The funds for the acquisition were part of a mitigation agreement reached between Fish and Game and the Bonneville Power Administration.

Magic Valley Region stocking schedule for December 2019

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking nearly 700 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during December. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

Body of Water                                 Week to be Stocked                          Number to be Stocked

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond                 Dec. 9-13                                                    345

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond                Dec. 23-27                                                   345

Time to shop for 2020 hunting and fishing license deals

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday shopping deals going on, here are some Idaho Fish and Game “hacks” you may not be aware of that can save you money and increase your opportunities.  

Hack #1: Purchase a 3-year youth license for your 17-year-old

If a youth purchases a, 3-year youth license while they are 17, they can continue to purchase junior priced tags through the valid dates of the license. Age restrictions still apply for youth-only hunts.

Hack #2: Save $89 on license and tags by buying a Sportsman Package

Have you ever been in the field and wished you had another tag or permit in your pocket? Sportsman Package provides a resident combo license, 6 big game tags, and 4 permits -a savings of $89.15 off the a la carte pricing. For the avid hunter/angler, this will either save you money or provide more opportunities at a marginal increase in cost.

Hack #3: Enter Idaho’s Super Hunt: the little known “ultimate controlled hunt” 

Sure you know about Idaho’s controlled hunts, but did you know that there’s another drawing called Idaho’s Super Hunt which allows you to hunt any open unit (even controlled hunts) anywhere in the state? Each year 34 winners are drawn for elk, deer, moose, pronghorn, or the ultimate super hunt- a combo of all 4 species! You do not need to purchase a license to enter. There are two drawings you can enter, and the second drawing often has fewer entries.  Entries are $6 for individual species, or $20 for combo entries.

An eleven-year-old Boise resident is selling sockeye socks to benefit Idaho's anadromous fish

Inspired by a trip to the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery, Topher Jones, an 11-year-old Boise boy, hatched a plan to raise money for Idaho's anadromous fish primarily by selling sockeye socks.

The self-dubbed “Sock Guy for Sockeye” will donate all proceeds to the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. IFWF will distribute the funds through its competitive grant program, funding projects that benefit Idaho’s anadromous fish.