Press Release

April 2021

F&G seeks public input on whether to mandate gender identification for mountain goats

Fish and Game is seeking public input regarding whether to mandate a gender identification course for mountain goats for hunters who draw mountain goat tags. People can comment by going to the public survey webpage. Deadline to comment is April 30. 

Mountain goats are sensitive to harvest, particularly harvest of adult females. Increased nanny harvest can lead to population declines and fewer tags available to hunters in the future. Idaho and other states have various programs to educate hunters on gender identification of mountain goats and the importance of reducing the numbers of nannies taken in the harvest.

In part due to the challenges of differentiating genders, it is legal for hunters to take nannies, but Fish and Game officials encourage hunters to take billies, but any training is voluntary. 

The goal of the course would be to reduce nanny harvest and allow more hunting opportunities if herds can support it. 

April 19 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River during the past week was primarily observed upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19, while angler effort downstream of the East Fork was low.

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The best catch rates for the week were observed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19, where interviewed anglers averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 did not report catching a steelhead, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location 18 averaged 15 hours per steelhead caught.

First sale of returned nonresident elk and white-tailed deer tags is on April 22 at 10 a.m. MDT

Returned nonresident elk and deer tags will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT on April 22 on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 28 elk tags available and seven white-tailed deer tags. To see what zones and units the tags are for, go to the returned nonresident tag webpage.

Nonresidents can buy the tags online, at any Idaho Fish and Game license vendor, or by calling 1-800-554-8685. 

This is the first of several opportunities to buy returned nonresident tags if they become available. Other dates will be: May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and 16, Oct. 7 and 21 and Nov. 4. Tags available will be published online at 10 a.m. on the Tuesday preceding the sale.

Demand for nonresident tags is extremely high, and they are expected to sell out within minutes. Anyone wishing to buy online should be logged in and ready prior to 10 a.m.

Nonresident hunters are reminded that although most nonresident deer and elk general tags have sold out, nonresidents are still eligible to apply for controlled hunts, but are restricted to no more than 10 percent in most controlled hunts. Application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear controlled hunts is May 1 through June 5. 

Note: No nonresident Disabled American Veteran deer or elk tags were returned so none will be available for the April 22 sale.

Returned tags are available only to nonresidents. Tags for general season deer and elk hunts are unlimited for resident sales. 

 

Three helpful tips to remember when interacting with your local conservation officer

Interactions with an Idaho conservation officer should be a positive experience. You’ll be more at ease and better prepared for the next time you see a conservation officer in the field by remembering these simple tips.

April hunter education courses offered in Salmon

Future hunters who have not taken a hunter education course, but are interested in applying for a big game controlled hunt, still have a chance of getting into a course before the application periods end.

An instructor-led hunter education course is scheduled in Salmon on April 19, 20, 22, and 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm each evening, and the field day on April 24 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. This course is designed for youth 9 years of age or anyone new to hunting.

A field day for students who have completed the online course will be held in Salmon on April 24 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The online course is designed for older students with good reading comprehension.

Both courses will be held to a limited number of students and masks are required. To register or for more details, go online to Fish and Game’s website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education, or visit the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 99 Highway 93 North.

Anyone born after January 1st, 1975 must complete a hunter education course as a prerequisite to purchasing a hunting license - and a hunting license is required to apply for a controlled hunt.

The controlled hunt application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat ends May 1, with the application period for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey ending June 5.

April 12 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was most concentrated upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19 during the past week. Outside of location code 19, steelhead anglers were most commonly observed near the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17.

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The best catch rates were once again observed within location code 19, and anglers interviewed within that area averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 49 hours per steelhead caught.

Kids Creek pond in Salmon stocked with steelhead

Personnel from Fish and Game's Pahsimeroi Hatchery released 65 steelhead in Kids Creek Pond on Monday, April 12.

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Kids Creek Pond is a small fishing pond in downtown Salmon, also known for good trout fishing. The pond will receive 550 catchable-size (10-12 inch) rainbow trout before May 1.

The trout limit is 6, all species combined. Steelhead stocked in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit.

For more information on fishing spots close to home that are geared toward families and the likelihood of catching fish, visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/family-fishing-waters.

Put your bird feeders up, but keep them clean says Idaho Fish and Game

After a salmonellosis outbreak was detected in parts of Idaho and surrounding states earlier this spring,  bird enthusiasts were cautioned to remove feeders to reduce the spread of the disease.  If you want to put your feeders up again, just be sure to follow some important steps to protect your fine-feathered friends.

Should North Idaho swan hunts be controlled hunts? Hunters can weigh in

Idaho Fish and Game held its first swan hunt in north Idaho during fall 2020 and offered 50 tags on a first-come, first-served basis. The tags sold out very quickly, which caused frustration with some hunters. As a result, the Fish and Game is seeking opinions from hunters whether to offer swan tags through a controlled hunt framework.

People can comment here.