Press Release

July 2021

Last call: Buy your 2021 big game controlled hunt tags by Aug. 1 or lose them

If you are a hunter who was successful in the 2021 controlled hunt drawing, don't forget to purchase your controlled hunt tag by Aug. 1.

Successful applicants must purchase their controlled hunt tags by 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Aug. 1 or their tags will be forfeited. All unclaimed tags, along with controlled hunt tags no one applied for, will be available in a second drawing, with the application period running from from Aug. 5 through Aug. 15. Successful applicants for the second drawing will be notified by Aug. 25.

After the second drawing, any leftover tags will be sold first-come, first-served beginning Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.

Hunters who did not draw a controlled hunt tag (as well as those who did) still have the opportunity to get a prime deer, elk, pronghorn or moose hunt through the Super Hunt program, which is separate from and different than other controlled hunts. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, 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.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each, or $20 each for the Super Hunt combo, and people can apply as many times as they like. 

The Super Hunt entry period goes through August 10. Tags for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, one moose, and one Super Hunt Combo will be drawn. Winners will be notified by August 15. Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online through Fish and Game's licensing system, or by calling 1-800-554-8685. 

For more information, including frequently asked questions and photos and stories of previous winners, visit the Super Hunt webpage.

Recreationists can help reduce conflicts on Idaho Fish and Game properties

With summer in full swing, the desire to get outside and enjoy all Idaho has to offer grows strong. With a renewed recreation focus and a growing population, publicly accessible lands in North Idaho are seeing a lot of use. These publicly available lands fall under many different ownerships, ranging from federal public lands to privately owned lands that allow public access.  In fact, over 70% of land in the Panhandle Region is publicly accessible. In short, there are a lot of places to go and things to see.

Idaho Fish and Game owns or manages only a small portion of these publicly accessible lands, and they are generally located in the valley bottoms and at key points to access various water bodies. Fish and Game properties are managed primarily for wildlife habitat and sportsman access for hunting, fishing and trapping. Other uses, such as hiking, biking, kayaking and horse riding are also allowed.

With growing use of Fish and Game lands, conflicts with the management goals and adjoining neighbors are increasing. Recreationists can take some simple steps to help reduce conflicts. The parking areas only have so much room, so when the parking lots are full, consider exploring new areas instead of parking outside of designated areas.

Craig Mountain WMA road closures as of 7/27/21

Idaho Fish and Game, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Department of Lands would like to remind public that the Snake River Complex is still an active fire. Primarily, everything south of Waha Rd/Redbird Rd is limited to local traffic only; ingress and egress to homeowners and fire personnel. This includes Soldiers Meadow, Zaza, Stage Coach and Deer Creek Rds. We ask recreationists to avoid the area until the scene is deemed safe and personnel have left the area.

Recreational and 4 wheeler vehicles should avoid traveling in those areas, due to continuing fire operations. No traveling in, around, or adjacent to the fire perimeter area of any kind. We understand that Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area is a unique and special place to many local recreationists, we will notify public as soon as road restrictions are lifted. 

Contact the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office | Facebook page or Clearwater regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. Thank you for your continued cooperation. 

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for August 2021

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 23,100 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in August. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

For maps of these Idaho fishing locations and other angling destinations please visit the Fish Planner.

 

Body of Water

Week to be Stocked

Number to be Stocked

Hayspur Fish Hatchery will reduce campsite numbers due to site construction

In early August construction projects at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery near Picabo will limit the number of campsites available to campers. Throughout the month heavy equipment will be operating adjacent to the campground which requires a partial closure of the campground for safety reasons.

It is anticipated that the campground will be reduced to approximately 10 campsites throughout the month of August.

The Hayspur State Fish Hatchery is located on Loving Creek in Blaine County, about 30 miles south of Sun Valley.

For more information contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Deadline for second Super Hunt drawing is Aug. 10

The second Super Hunt drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn, and winners will be notified by August 20.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online or by calling 1-800-554-8685. You can buy as many entries you want for Super Hunts or the Super Hunt Combo. 

Super Hunt winners get the best of the best by being able to hunt any open hunt in Idaho for the species they draw, general or controlled hunts, until they tag an animal. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing for either residents or nonresidents.

Any Super Hunt tag is also considered an extra tag so you can still use your general or controlled hunt tag. For more information, including frequently asked questions and photos of previous winners, visit the Super Hunt page on Fish and Game's website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt.

Second big game controlled hunt drawing and swan tag application period is Aug. 5-15

Tags available include those for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear that were not applied for in the first drawing, as well those that were drawn by hunters but not purchased by the Aug. 1 deadline. There will also be 50 swan tags available in the drawing, which are valid only in North Idaho. To see big game tags available see the controlled hunt webpage. 

Hatchery highlights for August: Notable fish stockings around the state

Idaho Fish and Game is stocking almost 90,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout throughout the state in August. With so many fish stocked in so many places, it can be hard for anglers to sift through the stocking forecasts and records to identify noteworthy stocking events. To make it easier, we asked Fish and Game hatchery staff to highlight some stocking events for the month: