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Hunting, Fishing Seasons Open During Holidays

There's still time to bag that Christmas goose, or maybe a nice holiday season steelhead.

For hunters and anglers itching to get out in the field or to wet a line during the holiday season, several opportunities are available.

The pheasant season in Areas 1 and 3 is open through December 31. The forest grouse season also is open statewide through December 31. Seasons for bobwhite and California quail in Area 2 are open through January 31, 2008. And chukar and grey partridge seasons are open statewide through January 31 as well.

For upland game hunters, the cottontail season is open through February 28, and snowshoe hares through March 31, 2008.

Waterfowl seasons are also open through the holidays - to January 18, in Area 1, northern and eastern Idaho; and to January 25 in Area 2, southwestern Idaho and Magic Valley.

Hunters 16 or older must buy a federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, available at Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices, local post offices and some vendors. The federal stamp is valid through the end of the seasons. Please consult the rules brochure for details and bag limits.

For anglers with time off during the holidays, the fall steelhead season remains open through December 31. The spring steelhead season starts January 1, but anglers will need a new steelhead permit and a 2008 fishing license.

Most rivers and streams are closed to other fishing, though some are open under winter fishing rules for certain species, such as whitefish and brook trout. Most lakes and reservoirs as well as ditches and canals are open year round. Some lakes and reservoirs already have enough ice for icefishing.

Consult rules brochures for exceptions and details.

And remember, anyone planning to go hunting or fishing on or after New Year's Day must have a 2008 license.