Youth turkey season opens April 8, and general turkey season opens April 15. Hunters will find most general hunting opportunity in the Panhandle, Clearwater, Southwest, and Southeast regions. In each of the regions with general hunting opportunity, turkey populations are faring well, and the hunting outlook is as good or better than recent years.
Idaho hunters are blessed with about two-thirds of the state being publicly owned, or open for public hunting, which provides some great opportunities for turkey hunting. The birds are plentiful in Idaho, and many of them are found on public land where anyone can access them.
The big bull elk with a distinctive set of antlers was something of a celebrity to folks living in Emmett. Now Fish and Game is asking people for information regarding the suspected poaching of a large bull elk northeast of Emmett near Black Canyon Dam in late February.
Citizens Against Poaching 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, or provide information online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/poacher.
Local residents enjoyed observing the bull elk for several weeks prior to its disappearance. In late February, Fish and Game conservation officer Josh Leal responded to a report of a dead elk near the south side of Black Canyon Dam and found the headless carcass of a large bull.
“Given the timing, it is reasonable to assume this is the same bull seen and enjoyed by so many people,” Leal said.
Witnesses reported seeing two people dressed in camouflage clothing – one carrying a rifle – in the area shortly before the elk was discovered.
Evidence was collected at the scene, but Leal would like to speak with others who might have knowledge of the poaching incident, a case which has struck a chord with local residents.
“I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this case,” Leal 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.
It's time to grab the family and head out into the sunshine for a fun filled day of fishing!
Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River began to shift upstream during the past week. Effort increased considerably near the confluence of the Pahsimeroi River and upstream of the East Fork in location code 19, while effort downstream of Salmon declined.
April may be known for its finicky spring weather in southeast Idaho, but here is a “forecast” anglers can really rely on to plan their outings.
In summer of 2020, Ryan Callaghan of the popular television show MeatEater teamed up with Idaho Fish and Game to learn more about conservation strategies on the South Fork of the Snake River and answer intriguing questions, such as: “How can you help a fishery by removing fish?” and “Why does a state agency pay you to catch rainbow trout?”
Spring is here, and hatchery staff have ramped up fish stocking around the state, with trout bound for water bodies in each of Fish and Game's seven regions. About 213,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked throughout Idaho during April, more than three times as many as they stocked in March.
Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing 35,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during April.
Fishing is part of a healthy lifestyle and costs very little to get started. An annual fishing license costs around $30, and children under 14 years of age do not need a license at all.
Remember to be courteous to other anglers and always exercise social distancing when fishing.
LOCATION WEEK STOCKED # OF TROUT
Arrowrock Reservoir (Boise) April 5 9,000
Crane Falls Reservoir (Bruneau) April 5 1,200
Dick Knox Pond (Emmett) April 12 800
Duff Lane Pond (Middleton) March 29 325
Eagle Island Park Pond April 5 450
Eds Pond (Emmett) April 19 200
Esthers Pond (Boise) April 26 600
Heroes Pond (Meridian) April 5 150
Indian Creek (Caldwell) March 29 200
Indian Creek (Kuna) April 12 300
Kleiner Pond (Meridian) April 5, 19 450/450
Legacy Park Pond (Mt. Home) April 12 350
Lowman Nature Ponds April 19 600
Lucky Peak Reservoir (Boise) April 5 6,775
Mann Creek Reservoir (Midvale) April 5 2,400
Mariposa Pond (Boise) April 5, 19 125/125
Marsing Pond April 5 550
Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) April 26 700
McDevitt Pond (Boise) April 5, 19 450/450
Nicholson Pond (Kuna) April 12 400
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has canceled telephone conference calls scheduled for April 1 and April 15. The April 1 call was to discuss pending legislation, but the Idaho Legislature will be out of session at that time. The agenda items for the April 15 meeting will be postponed and taken up during the May 6 quarterly meeting in Coeur d'Alene.
For details, see the Commission Meeting Schedule webpage.
The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts begins on April 1 and runs through April 30. Hunters can apply online or at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, or by telephone by calling (800) 554-8685.
Hunters are reminded that Fish and Game no longer accepts mail-in applications, and that moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunt tags are excluded from designation by any parent or grandparent to their minor child or grandchild.
Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts remain unchanged for nonresident hunters, who can still apply, and are limited to no more than 10 percent of the tags.
To apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts, each applicant must possess a 2021 Idaho hunting or combination license. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $16.75 for residents and $45.75 for nonresidents. Moose, sheep and goat hunt applicants must pay the tag fee along with the application fee when they apply. The total application fees for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat are:
- Residents under Price Lock: $183.50
- Residents without Price Lock: $216.50
- Nonresidents: $2,672.50
Moose, sheep and goat drawing results will be online in early June. Tag fees will be refunded to those who did not draw, but not the hunting license or application fees.
A person is allowed to apply for one of these three species in a year, and those who apply for a moose, sheep or goat hunt are ineligible for most deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawings. For more details, see page 37 of the rules booklet.
For more information, review the 2021-2022 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Rules brochure, which is available at Fish and Game offices and license vendors.
Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 63,700 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in April. 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
Crystal Springs Lake
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