Press Release

December 2021

Two white-tailed deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in same area as previous CWD cases

Idaho Fish and Game officials received notice on Dec. 29 that two white-tailed deer bucks from the Slate Creek area north of Riggins have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the third and fourth deer that have tested positive for CWD in the area. Idaho had its first CWD detections from two hunter-harvested mule deer bucks from the Slate Creek area in November.

St. Maries man sentenced to months in jail, thousands in fines and decade-long hunting ban for poaching convictions

Paul D. Coward, 55, of St. Maries was sentenced for various wildlife-related crimes to months in jail, thousands in fines and a 10-year hunting ban following his guilty pleas. 

Anglers are reminded that 2022-24 fishing seasons and rules take effect Jan. 1

With the 2022-24 fishing seasons taking effect Jan. 1, anglers will have about 23 changes to the seasons and bag limits throughout the state. Reminder to steelhead anglers, the spring 2022 bag limits have been adjusted and are not reflected in the new printed seasons and rules booklet. 

The birds and the seeds: Let’s talk about winter bird feeding

You don’t need to be Snow White to attract backyard birds. Many species may very well settle on your backyard bed and breakfast with a proper bird-feeding setup this winter. Here are a few ways to spice up your bird-feeding buffet and enjoy an enchanting opportunity to observe wildlife right in your own backyard.

Deer and elk netting and aerial surveys are brief disturbances for wintering animals

Every winter, helicopters take to the sky to help Fish and Game biologists count and radio collar deer and elk. And each year, biologists get a valid question from the public: Doesn't that hurt the animals? The short answer is no. Here's why. 

Rainbow trout stocking schedule for January 2022 in the Magic Valley Region

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 1,900 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in January. 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

Freedom Park Pond - Burley

Helicopter surveys of big game to begin soon near Salmon

Beginning in early January, Idaho Fish and Game staff will take to the air to get a closer look at sheep and elk numbers, including several low-level helicopter surveys planned throughout the state.

Bell helicopter survey
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James Brower Idaho Fish and Game

"People may see and hear low-flying helicopters in Idaho’s outdoors throughout the winter,” said Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Bret Stansberry of Salmon. “While we understand that folks are still recreating, we will do our best to temporarily avoid areas where we observe people.”

Each survey is estimated to take approximately one to four weeks in each management area. In the Salmon-Challis areas, elk surveys are planned for game management unit 36A and a bighorn sheep survey is planned in March for the Salmon River below Panther Creek.

Fish and Game begins to feed elk at the Bullwacker feed site west of Ketchum

Staff from Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region began feeding elk at the Bullwacker feed site on December 23, 2021 as deep winter snows began to accumulate throughout the Wood River Valley. The site typically feeds over 125 elk each year.

Located west of Ketchum, the Bullwacker feed site is the only Fish and Game Commission sanctioned feed site in Idaho. Depending on winter conditions, feeding typically begins in late December or early January.

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Elk feeding at the Bullwacker feed site west of Ketchum

Residents and visitors are asked to stay away from the feed site in order to not disturb the elk.

It is anticipated that feeding will continue until April 2022.