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Get ready for your hunts this fall with F&G’s Southeast Idaho Hunting University on Aug. 3

Sportsmen’s groups,, outdoors enthusiasts, agencies, and others will have booths and host activities

Whether you are an experienced hunter or hitting the field for the first time, make tracks to the Southeast Idaho Hunting University on August 3 at the Pocatello Trap Club located at 1442 Fortress Road (near the Pocatello airport). From 10 AM to 4 PM, this free event will be filled with a variety of hunting-related activities, demonstrations, and presentations to help hunters prepare for fall adventures.

Booths, activities, and demonstrations. Who knew “summer school” could be so much fun? Sportsmen’s groups, businesses, outdoors enthusiasts, state and federal agencies, and other community partners will be staffing 20 booths and activity stations for the whole family to enjoy!

  • Archery range
  • Trap shooting
  • Sporting dog and falconry demonstrations
  • Hunting basics for mule deer, elk, turkey, upland game, waterfowl
  • Proper meat care in the field
  • Latest hunting gear and technology
  • Bear safety/awareness
  • Access Yes
  • Backcountry preparedness and wilderness survival
  • And, so much more!

The Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Trailer will also be on display, featuring illegally taken wildlife and the stories behind the crimes. Hear from conservation officers what common violations hunters commit in the field, and learn how to be a good witness when reporting violations you may observe. Don’t know if your muzzleloader, bow, or other hunting equipment is legal for a particular hunt? Bring it on over to the CAP trailer and have our officers assess that for you.

If you get hungry during all the fun, the Thanks-A-Brunch food truck will be there with its yummy lunch menu!

Special Presentations. The day will also be filled with a series of presentations from experienced hunters from the community and from Idaho Fish and Game. They will share important tips, hints, and strategies to make hunting more successful and enjoyable whether you are going for the first time or the hundredth time.

Time                              Topic                                      Location

10:00                              Welcome                               Main Stage

10:30-11:00                   Falconry Demonstration     Field Area

10:30-Noon                   Sporting Dog Demo             Field Area

11:00-11:30                   Talking Turkey                      Main Stage

11:30-Noon                   Mule Deer Hunting 101       Main Stage

Noon – 12:30                IDFG Q&A Panel                   Main Stage

12:30-1:00                     Elk Whispering Basics         Main Stage

1:00 – 1:30                    Upland Game Hunting        Main Stage

1:30 – 2:00                    Waterfowl Hunting              Main Stage

2:00 – 2:30                    Being a Good Witness        Main Stage

2:30 – 3:00                    Why Wildlife Research        Main Stage

3:00 – 3:30                    Wilderness Survival             Main Stage

Register for a hunter education field day. To be sure that no one gets left out of the hunt this fall, Idaho Fish and Game will be offering two hunter education field days as part of the Hunting University event-- one from 9 AM to 1 PM and the other from 2 PM to 6 PM.

Interested students must either pass the online Hunter Education course or complete the independent study workbook option BEFORE registering for either field day. The field day is the last step in certification, and these two classes at the event will help new hunters and youth get their licenses before deer season opens on October 10!

To take the online hunter education course ($24.50) or to register for a field day ($9.75), go to https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education. The independent study workbook can be picked up at any regional Fish and Game office for $8.00.

For more information about the Southeast Idaho Hunting University or if you, your organization, or business would like to be involved with the event, please contact Tessa Atwood or Jennifer Jackson at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 208-232-4703.

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