Press Release

August 2020

F&G Commission expands access to pheasant hunting with new stocking locations

Pheasant hunters will have more birds and more places to hunt them in 2020, thanks to the Fish and Game Commission expanding the department’s pheasant stocking  and more than doubling the number of locations to 22 areas around the state. 

Pronghorn migration study begins across Idaho

Fish and Game Wildlife Biologists took to the air in late July to capture pronghorn antelope as part of a statewide effort to improve the understanding of pronghorn migration routes and habitat use. In all, 106 pronghorn were outfitted with GPS tracking collars across 27 Game Management Units. Thirty one of those collars were placed on pronghorn in the Upper Snake Region. While the Department has collared thousands of deer and elk over the years, there is still opportunity to learn more about how pronghorn are using the landscape, particularly in relation to their movements between seasonal ranges.

Hatchery highlights for September: Notable fish stockings around the state

Idaho Fish and Game has continued stocking fish during COVID-19, and despite this being an abnormal year, most of Idaho's angling opportunities remain unchanged. Here's a sampling of some places that will get generous trout stockings during September.

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To see more about what waters have been stocked, go our the Fish Stocking webpage.

Panhandle Region:

Antelope Lake – 500 Rainbow Trout. This is a scenic lake in a quiet mountain setting. A short distance from the town of Clark Fork, it is nestled in the forest north of the Clark Fork River.

Officers investigating shot and wasted 4x4 white-tailed deer off Harrisburg Road near Kamiah

Conservation officers need your help to solve the case! If you have any information on this incident, contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Construction work on Elk Creek Reservoir dam anticipated to be completed by September 5

Idaho Fish and Game encourages anyone visiting Elk Creek Reservoir near Elk River to stay clear of the construction area while improvements and repairs are being made to the dam. All the work will be focused on the dam and it is anticipated that the work should be completed by the end of this week, September 5. All other main reservoir access points will continue to be open to the public and fishing, boating and other recreation activities are still allowed. Contact the Clearwater Regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. 

Idaho's early small game opportunities are a great gateway for new hunters

Hunting small game is a great way for beginners to get started, and some of the earliest fall hunting seasons — including squirrel, snowshoe hare, cottontail, dove and forest grouse — present excellent opportunities for new hunters to develop their skills and confidence without breaking the bank.

Trapper and wolf trapper education classes scheduled throughout Idaho

Anyone who has not taken Idaho trapper education or held an Idaho trapping license prior to July 1, 2011 is required to take trapper education before purchasing a trapping license. All wolf trappers are required to take wolf trapper education in order to trap wolves.

Trapper Education and Wolf Trapper Certification courses scheduled for SW Idaho

Trapper Education courses are back on the schedule in Idaho’s southwest region, and persons desiring to take a course have four opportunities to do so in the month of September. For those desiring to secure their wolf trapper certification, two course offerings are available the same weekend.

Please note that persons desiring to trap wolves need BOTH the trapper education and wolf trapper education certifications.

Southwest Region Trapper Education Course Offerings:
Saturday, September 19 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, September 19 1:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday, September 20 8:30am-12:30pm
Sunday, September 20 1:30pm-5:30pm

Southwest Region Wolf Trapper Education Course Offerings:
Saturday, September 19 1:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday, September 20 8:30am-1:30pm

All courses will be taught at the Fish and Game regional office in Nampa – 15950 N. Gate Boulevard, immediately west of the new Amazon distribution center. Click here (Trapper Education Courses) to view and register for courses available statewide.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, class size will be greatly limited to allow for appropriate social distancing at all times. Masks and other PPE are highly encouraged for all participants. Masks and gloves will be available at the class. Students are asked not to attend a course if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Any course may be cancelled should state COVID-19 guidelines change prior to a course date.

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A wealth of hunting opportunities kick off Aug. 30 and Sept. 1

Some small game hunting seasons will open in Idaho on Aug 30 and Sept. 1, with opportunities including upland birds, upland game, and doves. Many general archery seasons for deer and elk also open on Aug. 30. There is a wealth of opportunity that this time of year provides for Idaho’s hunters.