Press Release

August 2020

F&G Commission approves modified steelhead bag limits for Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake Rivers

During their meeting on Aug. 20, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved modifications to the steelhead season in the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake Rivers for the fall 2020 season, reducing the bag and possession limits to 2 and 6 fish, respectively.

Winners announced for second 2020 Super Hunt drawing

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

Of the 38,177 total entries, 9,913 were for two deer tags, 11,822 were for two elk tags, 3,404 were for two pronghorn tags, 7,765 were for one moose tag, and 5,273 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 - Washington
  • Elk: 1 - Pennsylvania; 1 - Oregon
  • Pronghorn: 2 - Idaho
  • Moose: 1 - Idaho
  • Super Combo: 1 - Idaho

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 the species that they drew, 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.

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

F&G Commission asks Army Corps to halt proposed trail project on the Boise River Wildlife Management Area

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to end its consideration of a proposal that would build a new, 15-mile recreation trail through crucial winter range for mule deer near the shores of Lucky Peak Reservoir. Displacement of big game from crucial winter range and increased risks of wildfire, soil erosion, and invasive species threatening winter range quality were key adverse impacts noted by the Commission.

Campground at Waha Lake closed until further notice due to increased fire danger

As of today (8/18) the campground at Waha Lake is closed. This closure was implemented due to hot and dry conditions that has increased fire danger. The closure starts today and will be in effect until further notice. Contact the Clearwater Regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. 

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Wood River Valley black bears continue to get food rewards from residential garbage

Black bears, some with cubs, continue to find unsecured residential garbage throughout the Wood River Valley leading to food-conditioned bears. During the early morning hours of August 17, a large sow and cub were found in the Warm Springs area, with the sow gaining access to at least four unsecured garbage cans. Blaine County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Fish and Game officer monitored the sow and cub throughout the early morning hours to encourage them to leave the neighborhood. Near daybreak, both bears wandered into the surrounding timber.

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A residential garbage container became a source of food for a food-conditioned black bear in Ketchum 

F&G seeking information about cow elk shot and left to waste in Unit 50

A cow elk was shot and left to waste southeast of the Double Springs Road near the base of Mt. Borah in Unit 50. Fish and Game Conservation Officers are looking for any information the public may have to help solve this case.

Based on forensic evidence, it is estimated that this elk was shot around Aug. 9th or 10th. "I found two cow elk lying right next to a two track road only 300 yards apart," explains Conservation Officer Joe Heald. "One was harvested properly while the other was just left to rot."  

A similar incident involving a wasted cow elk occurred in nearby Unit 63 around the same time period. "With as many people as there are out on the landscape right now, it is very likely that someone witnessed these elk being shot and left to waste," says Heald. "Please give us a call if you think you have information that would be helpful in either case."

To provide information regarding either of these cases or to report another wildlife crime, please do so by calling the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward is available for information that leads to a citation.   

Related Story: Cow elk shot and left to waste near Howe

Habitat Improvement Efforts Start Soon at Fort Boise WMA

Efforts to enhance nearly 400 acres of wetland habitat at Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will begin as soon as August 18th.

Early work will focus on water control structure replacement and ground preparation for future installation of new water delivery structures. The majority of the dirt work, including sediment removal from wetland interior areas, will take place in late winter and early spring. The improvement project will continue through the winter and wrap up sometime in May of 2021.

 
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Construction Efforts Continue at Horsethief Reservoir

Horsethief Reservoir will soon be getting a new boat ramp – sort of. The popular King’s Point boat ramp is showing its age and will be replaced in September.

For crews to successfully construct the new ramp, the area around the old ramp must be allowed to dry out. That can only happen by lowering water levels which will begin this week. The drawdown will be done slowly, and the reservoir will remain fishable through the fall and winter months.

Near the end of August, Horsethief’s T-dock will be removed and stored for the winter. The remainder of Horsethief’s docks and the King’s Point ramp should be usable through Labor Day weekend, after which the remaining docks will be removed and stored, and the ramp area closed for the construction effort.

For more information regarding Horsethief’s ongoing improvements, please contact Fish and Game fisheries manager Jordan Messner at the Fish and Game McCall office – 208-634-8137.

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