Dead deer numbers will continue to climb a week or more after cold weather and a hard frost kills populations of disease carrying Culicoides gnat.
On the morning of Aug. 30, Idaho Fish and Game staff received a report of coyotes acting aggressively towards a dog on the Buena Vista Trail near the airport in Idaho City.
According to the reporting party, a woman was hiking with her dog in the area on Monday morning when they were chased for approximately a quarter mile by two aggressive coyotes. Neither the woman nor the dog was bitten during the encounter, but given the aggressive behavior, Fish and Game officials are alerting people with dogs of the potential of an attack by the coyotes.
It is not uncommon for coyotes to be territorial with domestic dogs, particularly small dogs, and it’s possible that the coyotes were protecting their nearby young. Fish and Game will continue to watch closely for any further conflicts. For now, officials suggest recreationists may wish to walk their dogs somewhere else for a few days.
If people do encounter coyotes while out hiking with their dogs, officials recommend keeping dogs under close control to reduce the chances of an attack by a coyote.
“It’s always good to keep dogs close and under control to minimize the risk,” said Southwest Regional Manager Ryan Walrath. “Being in close proximity to a leashed dog is a much greater deterrent to a coyote, but being on leash doesn’t absolutely guarantee a territorial coyote won’t cause problems with a dog.”
Idaho Fish and Game is stocking almost 95,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout throughout the state in September. 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:
Fall isn’t just for hunting! It’s also a great time of year to wet a fly or dunk a worm in your favorite fishery. Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing over 18,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at various locations during September! Fish on!
Archery hunters are taking to the field starting Aug. 30 and depending on the hunting unit or elk zone, most seasons will remain open through September. To see what areas are open for archery hunting, see the 2021 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules.
Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. MDT at a special meeting via Zoom. People can attend in person at Fish and Game’s Southwest Regional Office, 15950 North Gate Boulevard, Nampa or by computer or call in.
Members of the public attending the meeting in person are encouraged to wear a mask. The special meeting will not include a public hearing, and no public comment will be taken during it.
Those wanting to listen in remotely can Live stream via Zoom: https://idfg.idaho.gov/ZJA
Meeting ID: 936 8235 8350, or call (253) 215-8782.
Agenda items include:
- Adoption of Amended Temporary rule for outfitter elk set aside
- Adoption of proposed rules
- Season Setting: Set general hunt deer and elk tag limits for nonresidents and outfitter allocation in units/zones not having resident tag limits
- Season Setting: Fall steelhead and coho 2021 run update and season modification
- Season Setting: Correction for pheasant season closing date in Area 2
- Season Setting: Report on wildfire and related closures on big game hunts and hunt modifications
- Disposal of Powerline Road administrative parcel
- Request for accommodation by bighorn sheep auction tag holder
- Executive Session
To see full agenda and associated documents, go to the Fish and Game Commission webpage.
Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director's Office at 208-334-5159 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-368-6185 (TDD).
Hunters are reminded it is illegal to bait big game in Idaho except for black bears and wolves in accordance with all appropriate baiting rules, and illegal baiting can lead to a citation and loss of hunting privileges.
From page 98 of the 2021 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules: It is unlawful to hunt any game animal/bird by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for the black bear baiting permit and gray wolf trapping (see black bear and wolf sections). Bait is defined as any substance including grain, salt in any form (liquid or solid), or any other substance placed to attract game animals/birds, except synthetic liquid scent for deer and elk.
New hunters interested in getting their Hunter Education certification can do so in person through courses held throughout the state in September and early October, or complete the online course and get certified without having to attend a field day.
Hunters need only a valid hunting license to hunt most small game and upland birds. Tags are required for turkeys, and new for 2021, sage grouse.
With hunting season just around the corner, hunters should know that public access options are improving due to reduced fire risks, but fire season is not over just yet.
Cooler temperatures will make for some great fishing experiences this fall. Check out the list of family friendly fishing waters that will be stocked full of fish this September.
Due to recent rainfall and lower temperatures in the region, fire risk has declined. As a result, the temporary public access ban announced on July 22 will be lifted effective Friday, August 27
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